Who couldn’t use affordable, flattering, virtually undetectable foundation?
Mineral makeup has an amazing affinity with the skin—it looks like bare skin but better. It is non-comedogenic (will not block pores) so even the oiliest, acne-prone skin can use it. There are no talcs, filters, chemicals or dyes in the product, and there is virtually no risk of allergy so even the most sensitive skin can use it. In fact, mineral powders contain zinc oxide, an anti-inflammatory, which soothes and helps to reduce skin sensitivity. Mineral powders tend to wear extremely well and are quite water-resistant so won’t run. Depending on the type, concentration, and quality of the minerals used, mineral powder can also act as a physical sunscreen.
Still, not all mineral makeups are created equal.
6 Qualities To Look For In Mineral Makeup
- Is the coverage long lasting with minimal touch-ups required throughout the day?
- Does the colour stay true without going “orangey”?
- Is the finish light but buildable for those who want an utterly flawless look?
- Is the product easily applied and does it come in a purse-friendly compact form? (Loose powders can get messy and do NOT travel well.)
- Does the line have a good range of shades?
- Is the product suitable for all skin types?
MY MINERAL MAKEUP PICKS
Best Quality: Jane Iredale Pressed Mineral Powder SPF 20 (10g) $59. This product is superlative. With a super-refined texture that is so silky smooth it bonds to your skin, it creates the most undetectable full coverage I’ve ever seen (imperfections are amazingly camouflaged; all you see is beautiful, flawless skin). Makeup artists and doctors alike all marvel at its outrageous performance — me too.
Jane Iredale Pressed Mineral Powder is available at Beverly’s The Spa on 4th, www.spaon4th.com.
Best for Less: Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make-up Foundation SPF 15 (8g) $30
This is definitely the “hidden gem” of the lot. The coverage is moderate to full and extremely easy to achieve (a little goes a long way). I use this product myself and it’s excellent. I have oilier skin and even on the hottest day of the summer, it didn’t let me down.
Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make-up Foundation is available at many Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques, www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Best for the Budget: Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc-free Mineral Face Powder (9g) $22
For the price, this product is fantastic. The coverage is sheer to natural (won’t cover major imperfections as well as the others) and there aren’t as many colour options, but the finish is great.
Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc-free Mineral Face Powder available at London Drugs, Pharmasave, Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart and Superstore.