domenica 24 maggio 2015

Mineral Foundation (review)

Hi everyone!

Since I had some skin problems due to allergy for dairy, I decided to change foundation and after long researches I decided to give a try to the Bare Minerals loose powder foundation (Original).

First thing first lets talk about the mineral foundation:

Mineral foundation

Minerals such as iron oxides, talc, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide are micronized, or ground and milled, into tiny particles to create makeup.

Different products micronize to different levels to achieve different coverage. Mineral products are usually free of preservatives and fragrances ( that are some of the main causes for irritation).
Mineral makeup got its commercial start in the 1970s, with some of the really early all-natural makeup products, but it has a very ancient history (just think of Cleopatra's kohl-rimmed eyes)
In the 70's Diane Ranger first founded Bare Escentuals and later started Colorescience Pro, another mineral line. She developed her first mineral cosmetics because she felt there was a need and market for natural ingredients and a natural look and feel.
"In 1976, cosmetics firms were required to list ingredients on their products for the first time, and I was shocked at what we were putting on our skin," Ranger, who had grown up wearing heavy traditional makeup, says. "Then I went through my 'hippie girl' phase and discarded makeup along with my bra."
The growing desire for natural cosmetics coincided with the increasing number of women who identified themselves as having sensitive skin. "Add in marketing and media awareness, and an aging baby boomer," Ranger says. "All these matter." (
The pros and the cons

One popular claim is that it can clear up acne. The anti-irritating ingredients like zinc can be soothing to inflammation, but it's not likely a cure-all. The lack of the filler ingredients found in conventional makeup, however, can lead to less pore clogging. That can mean fewer breakouts.

Another claim is that mineral makeup acts as a sunscreen to protect skin from sun damage. The protective claims for zinc oxide (the white stuff your local lifeguard paints on his nose) and titanium dioxide, usually found in powder blends, do have some research behind them. The FDA has approved zinc oxide as a skin protectant and titanium dioxide as a sunscreen. But -- and this is a big but -- no mineral makeup is going to give you enough SPF to protect you against damaging ultraviolet rays.

Mineral makeup might not last as long on your face or be as durable as conventional makeup because it doesn't contain standard cosmetic ingredients such as binders, waterproof polymers, and other "stick-to-your-skin" agents.

True mineral makeup is limited in its natural range of shades, so it may be difficult to find a perfect skin tone match.

My opinion

So, after these researches, I decided to give it a try. Now it has been almost a month that I've been wearing everyday the BareMinerals original foundation, and I am quite satisfied. It is true that the foundation hasn't cured my skin, but, preventing pore clogging it surely has helped a lot my skin.
I preferred the Original formula instead of the Matte because I have combination skin and I didn't need all that effect on my cheeks. 
Hope this quick review will help you to choose the best foundation for your skin :)



PS: I will soon post a nice DIY mineral foundation!

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