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The Truth About Mineral Makeup

Updated on April 30, 2013

The Truth About Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup has been around for more than a decade. Along with other makeup, its purity has been doubtful. Much has changed recently; there has been a pure mineral makeup revolution. But is it really any better than the other makeup on the market?

A saavy consumer needs to be well informed and know what to look for:

What is mineral makeup?

These are products made from ground-up rocks, has the appearance of a fine powder, and is brushed onto the skin.

What kind of products are available?

Products include bronzer, blusher, and eyeshadow. Also now available are liquid foundation, and lipstick.

What are the advantages of mineral makeup?

Pure mineral makeup allows the skin to breathe. It is also supposed to offer maximum sun protection that won't feel heavy on the skin, and won't melt in the sun.

Is that all?

No, it has many more benefits. It contains no fillers, or powders so it will not settle into fine lines on the face. The minerals work with the natural warmth of the skin and makes your complexion look flawless and radiant. It is hypoallergenic, is less allergy producing, and works well on all skin types, particularly sensitive skin. Perfumes (as yet) have not been added to these mineral makeups claiming to be pure.

What if I am lazy and fall asleep with makeup on?

Some companies boast that mineral makeup is so pure you can sleep in it. Mineral makeup promises to improve your complexion whenever you wear it; it is non-comedogenic - which means it will not clog your pores. It also protects your skin from the sun, and of major importance, it reduces the amount of chemicals that permeate the skin.

How does it offer protection from the sun?

It has two of the natural active ingredients found in sunscreen: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

How is mineral makeup made?

Good question. The basic principle of making mineral makeup is agreed upon by most makers - it is made by mixing finely crushed minerals with water and forming a paste. There is a mineral collection known as 'Mac Mineralize' - their product is baked on terracotta tiles for 24 hours in the warm Italian sun, producing a pure powder of microfine texture.

But if this is a powder how does it work in a liquid foundation?

There is more opportunity to add synthetics to a liquid in order to preserve it on the shelf. But there are natural preservatives that can do this. If you prefer a liquid foundation to a powder, the right one can be just as effective as a powder in coverage, look, and feel. Always read the label.

Is it easy to apply?

Because the texture is superfine it may take some practice. Many come with their own tools to make application easier. Otherwise, it is best to invest in a good goat hair brush - but not sable, as it is coarser. Some makeup artists say it is best to use the side of the brush, others advise a 'swirl, tap, and buff' motion' - whichever you choose, use a little at a time.

How do I know I am getting a pure mineral makeup?

As always, read the label. Many companies are now jumping on the bandwagon and are quickly manufacturing new products. However, if the label says 'mineral enriched' - it is not pure and is no more than a marketing ploy. Almost all products contain some kind of mineral but pure mineral makeup should contain no synthetic ingredients.

What are some of the names in the mineral makeup market that I should check out?

You can further research products made by:

- San Franisco based 'Bare Escentuals' - their product line known as 'BareMinerals' makes the bestselling foundation in America

- By Terry

- Pixi (a British brand)

- Space NK

- Cosmetics A La Carte

- Mac Mineralize

- Cover FX

- Inika

- Jane Iredale

- Laura Mercier

All of their mineral products are designed to allow the skin to breathe, with the added benefits of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and vitamins.

"Beauty is only beautiful when it is healthy" - BkCreative

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome RTalloni! Good point about skin changing over time. I think we forget that.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting, especially with skin changing over time. Thanks for this easy-to-read format on mineral makeup!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Diane my friends are all raving about the Bare Minerals brand. My friends range in age from mid 40s to mid 60s - and here and there. I've been using other brands but I think I will take a look at Bare Minerals - then I can write a personal account for a person of age 63 - me.

      If you do try it and have a moment, please let us know.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Diane 5 years ago

      Is Bare Minerals good for mature skin?

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm with you PaperNotes - not a big makeup fan but this whole concept kind of intrigued me so I tried it. And I'm happy to say it does work. If you need to feel like you are dressing up for a special occasion and want to brush on a bit - it did give me that bit of smoothness that I wanted. Not bad.

      Glad you found the hub useful!

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      Thanks for this useful hub. I am not an avid fan of makeup as most of the times it leaves my skin with some red spots. Maybe mineral makeup will do me good, I'd better try this. Thanks again.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much GreenThumblady! I'm glad you found the information useful. Thanks too for the up rating. Yay!

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      GreenThumbLady 7 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      Excellent hub! I agree, it is so incredibly important to not put any harsh chemicals on your skin. Thanks for such great information! Rated up for sure!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is news to me. Thanks for the information Kat Quarterman - and for sharing it. I will check it out.

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      Kat Quarterman 8 years ago

      Thanks BkCreative! I started using the loose powder mineral a few years ago when I was an Independent Consultant with The Body Shop At Home. I loved the way it was so light on my skin and the glow it gave me!!

      Recently, I discovered the baked mineral makeup! You probably didn't mention this brand because it launched Nov 2009 - so pretty new! Fluhme ( is a new direct selling company that offers baked mineral eye shadows, blushes, bronzers and a professional grade skin care line. Baked minerals offers so much versatility in uses!

      Please check it out and let me know what you think: or

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ahhh, so that is what has happened to Nivea. I remember when it used to be the product of choice and was for years - and then I tried it once and ugh! They never have to tell you when they change a formula and how.

      Certainly Nellieanna - like everything else, cosmetics have become so industrialized and are filled with the cheapest ingredients and by doing a lot of PR, and charging absurd prices - for some reason people are sold.

      How interesting that you made your own cosmetics. I did it too like 40 years ago when my children were young. I didn't want to use toxic shampoos on them - so I bought pure castile olive oil cakes and shaved it and added sage, rosemary and nettle (hmmm I need to do this again) and I made bath oils and skin lotions. It was pretty lovely - and I sold quite a bit.

      Whipped cream sounds fabulous for the skin. There is soooo much that we can do that is healthy, natural and does not cost $900. Outrageous.

      Thanks for checking out my hubs. Since I am your fan/follower I will know as soon as you write another hub!

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 years ago from TEXAS

      Well - I was a Mary Kay Sales Director for 5 years (like between 25 and 30 years ago when she was alive!) After that went through making my own cosmetics (from my herb garden and fresh produce) - but a change in lifestyle interferred so I settled on a line I liked. I am dismayed by the prices, though & finally balked when E.L. came out with their latest best treatment & the 2 creams for morning & night were $900! Nothing in a jar is worth bucks like that! (modest sized jars, at that!)

      I switched to some nice things from the pharmacy for skin care - a product supposedly from Scandinavia. Nothing wrong with it but now I am using a couple of items from the health store - a "Wrinkle Rescue" cream and a marvelous lotion with Borage - which I found to be soothing to my sensitive skin when something had irritated it.

      When I was 21 and for a number of years I loved Nivea Cream - but it's vastly different now. Back then it was rich with lanolin. The Wrinkle Rescue is not the same but seems to be effective.

      Great beauties in Europe boasted of using Nivea Cream in combination with other cosmetics for the perfect skin care.

      Then Nivea began to add formaldehyde and now I don't know what they're doing to it - but it's not the same at all!

      I've long cleaned my makeup off with dairy whipping cream - and nothing like plain clear water! Have a few other special things I use as needed. But simplicity is valuable.

      Trish McEvoy's husband & partner is a dermatologist, by the way. Everything of hers I've tried in the makeup line, I really like. No perfumes. I've sampled the skin care & it's nice - but I'm happy with my little simple routine at present.

      Thanks for your reply! And for reading my page!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello Nellieanna! So glad to hear from you!

      I've heard of but never tried the Trish McAvoy. In fact Nellieanna, I use nothing. Maybe it is laziness but when I remember I use a bit of raw shea butter that seems to offer all the nourishment I need (I wrote a hub about the amazing benefits) - and because I had it - I brushed on some mineral makeup during the winter just to try it and it was okay after I left shea butter on for awhile. Otherwise I kind of get a ghostly look if I just brush on the mineral makeup.

      You're doing the right thing and the best things with water and living a happy stress free life - it works! As I get older I just get happier.

      Loved reading your intro on your profile page - how could I not leave a comment?

      Thanks for writing!

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      Nellieanna Hay 8 years ago from TEXAS

      I was an Estee Lauder gal for years with some items from Trish McEvoy - I've gradually switched to Trish for all my makeup products and have tried her mineral makeup powder. I like her liquid makeup really well, but am iffy about the mineral powder. "Powder" has been a scary word for me for years - at my age anything drying is! Do you know anything about Trish McVoy's mineral powder? I frequently don't wear makeup so I can apply cream more often - haha - but have been known to fall asleep wearing makeup at times. I'm very much into diet and drinking lots of water, avoiding the sun on my skin, limiting alcohol (very drying) and doing what it takes. I'm 78, by the way Thank you very much for your kind words on my fan mail! I really know I'll like your hubs too!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for all the information pmccray. There are so many types on the market now. What to pick. You'll help with decisions because I don't know why you should have to get 2 other colors in a kit. Extras just become 'land-fill.'

      I'm enjoying your hubs by the way! Great stuff!

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      pmccray 8 years ago from Utah

      I tried the Bare was okay, but not the "miracle" cover up like shown in the commericals. I like the finish after I apply concealer and foundation. My problem with this particular company was at the time you could not order just the color that you wanted they continued to send me this kit with 2 other colors I could not use. It wasn't a total loss, I love the makeup brushes. Very informative hub.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great information and testimonial theherbivorrhippi! It seems that with only a little effort we can find something that is not only not harmful but beneficial as well.

      Thanks for the compliment!

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      I love mineral makeup and so does my skin! I never believed that it would actually cover the skin and I wouldn't need a liquid foundation until I actually tried it and I felt like it was a miracle. It never gets 'cakey' and never even looks like I'm wearing makeup. Even when I sweat my skin still looks amazing and I don't know if it's because I've gotten older or if it's due to the minerals but I haven't had a blemish in years. I think it actually made my skin healthier. Mineral blush looks like a natural glow and the eyshadow stays put. Awesome Hub!!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for the recommendation apricotmousse! Readers will appreciate it!

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      apricotmousse 8 years ago

      I love MAC mineralize beauty products. They are the best make up brand in the whole world!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I hope it works for you rkhyclak! It seems the folks who use mineral makeup swear by it!

      Thanks for writing!

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      rkhyclak 8 years ago from Ohio

      I don't know why I've only just found this hub, but it's great! I've been contemplating the switch, but have kinda been hesitant cuz I love my CoverGirl, but I think you got me! Thanks!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you for writing DeBorrah K. Ogans. I'm so glad you found the information helpful!

      And Pollyannalana - another endorsement for Bare Minerals. It's great we can share this information and not waste our time on junk.

      Thank you for writing!

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      Pollyannalana 8 years ago from US

      Thumbs up on Bare Minerals, Ive been using it for months now and it is indeed good stuff.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      BkCreative, I always know where to come to get excellent healthy tips! Thank you for this great information on mineral makeup. Its always a pleasure! Blessings!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks moonbun - I tend to let mine, the powder, sit and I forget about it and it seems fine when I go back which is during cooler weather or a special event.

      Glad you liked the hub - and thanks for the comment about good stuff!

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      Luna Fae 8 years ago from UK

      I too use Bare Minerals and I can't believe how long that stuff lasts for. Admittedly, I don't use it everyday, but I've had mine for ages (even ordered a new one thinking I would have run out by now). It's still got loads in it. For a foundation, I've not found anything better.

      Informative hub, thanks!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I did buy some a couple months ago - and then forgot about it. I'm not a big makeup wearer - but thanks for this reminder, I'll dust some on today - if I remember.

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      justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

      Hmmm...very interesting! If I wore makeup, I would try it! :D

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      BkCreative 9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Yes, lots in common. I'm going to keep visiting your hubs lots of good information.

      I will try some recommended mineral makeups in the spring. Bare Minerals seems to be a winner - always good to get personal feedback.


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      Jody Heckenlively 9 years ago

      I'm starting to feel we have alot in common, BK! I'm a Bare Minerals user too...although because I work at home I only use it if I'm going out. And I do fall asleep with it on!

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      BkCreative 9 years ago

      I've never been disappointed with mineral makeup. The products seem to be much better today than say 10-20 years ago.

      Thanks for writing!

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      AKF 9 years ago

      This is good information. I'm a bit tired of all the horrible makeup filled with chemicals. I hope this really works. I'll try it.


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      BkCreative 9 years ago

      Thanks Violet Sun!

      I'm so glad that we not only have quality products on the market but we are choosing to use the best now.

      Thanks for writing!

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      BkCreative 9 years ago

      Hi Earth Angel,

      Isn't it great to find a quality product? I've read and heard nothing but the best about BareMinerals. Thanks for confirming it!

      Love your avatar!

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      Earth Angel 9 years ago

      GREAT Hub!! Thank you for sharing!!

      I have used Bare Minerals for 4 years and LOVE it!! I never thought I would switch from the Estee' Lauder that I used for over 20 years!!

      At first I felt "naked" without a liquid foundation!! Now, a liquid foundation feels sooooooooooooo heavy!!

      And yes, you can sleep in it!! I have extremely sensitive skin and have never had any problems with Bare Minerals!!

      Actually, the look on my avatar was created with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil!!

      Thanks again for sharing!!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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      VioletSun 9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Perfect timing! This morning I decided to use my mineral makeup kit which I purchased from Sephora in August, and hardly use, as I am used to my regular foundation and blush, and it IS amazing how healthy my skin looks with the minerals, its worth the investment and learning how to apply it. Good to read in your hub it is healthy for the skin as it has been advertised.


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