Posts tagged ‘mineral’

November 26, 2013

Hello again! Mineral makeup, anyone?

After having taken such a huge break from blogging, I’m just going to post something normal that will let me pretend that I’ve been here the whole time! I now work at the Body Shop, and a big part of my job is putting makeup on anyone who stands still long enough that I can catch them. It’s really fun, and it also lets me practise my makeup skills as well as allowing me to work with different kinds of products that I would otherwise have to buy and test for myself. I’m writing about a Body Shop foundation today, but this is just because I happen to use it on clients a lot; I’ve not been asked to write this, and my only motivation is that I wanted to mention it for myself. My boss doesn’t even know I have a blog!

A big deal at the Body Shop is mineral makeup. Obviously, as a more ethical and responsible company, the Body Shop want to be sure that they aren’t giving people lots of nasty ingredients that will be bad for their skin; the ‘Extra Virgin Minerals’ mineral foundation is made of 5 mineral ingredients, so it’s nice and simple (and talc free). The main reason that I like it though, is that it actually comes in a pale enough colour for my face! This is depressingly rare, as many of my pale-skinned sisters will attest. Clearly, it’s not offensive in the way that failing to cater for ladies & gents with much darker skin is offensive, but it is a royal pain in the behind sometimes when makeup companies or retailers think that everyone in the world is some variant of ‘medium beige’. So it’s nice to be able to give light-skinned girls a really pretty makeover that’s right for them, rather than trying to fob them off with orange stuff.

The coverage is medium, but buildable if you really work the product hard. It isn’t as full coverage as bareMinerals powder, not quite, but it feels lighter on the skin, which I know for a lot of people is a worthy tradeoff. I do prefer a fuller coverage personally, and it doesn’t quite glide onto the skin in the same way as more expensive mineral powders, but it is definitely adequate for most people. The packaging is the same, and contains the same 5g of product with a plastic sifter in the top. It’s just as messy when you’re in a hurry in the morning, which never fails to annoy me, but that’s probably my own fault!

On me, it stays quite matte for quite a long time. Again, this is impressive in comparison with the bareMinerals matte (which I also currently own), as this product doesn’t keep its promise for very long. Admittedly, I work hard under strong lights, so someone who isn’t always hot might not find it melts so much, but the Body Shop powder definitely stays put longer on me. (For example, I’ll work for a bit, then touch up with Body Shop mineral powder, then not have to touch up again for a LOT longer.)

Finally, I don’t feel that it clogs my pores or does anything bad to my skin, which is great as I am a bit acne-prone these days. I like a matte finish all year round, but especially in the autumn and winter, and oddly enough this is the time of year when I often reach for my mineral makeup. I think perhaps it’s because you get up in the dark, do your makeup in funny light, and don’t want anything complicated or tricky! Or maybe that’s just me (I’m almost impossible to drag from my duvet in these winter months). 

I apologise for the lack of a proper photo, but this stock photo of the product will have to do for now. Anyway, I think the Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals powder foundation is a great option for those who need something gentle for their skin, but prefer a matte finish and the ease of a throw-it-on powder that lasts on the skin. Also, it sells for £15 on the website, which is a reasonable price for a midrange foundation that should last you a good 5 months even with a lot of use. 



September 13, 2011

Review: bareMinerals Original Foundation

Pot of powder foundation

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Pot of loose powder

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I know that this isn’t exactly brand-new and hot off the press, but I do get the impression that this brand hasn’t made quite the same splash over here in the UK as it did in America. I could be wrong, but most people I know who know of it, have been told by me!

Anyway, the foundation. Obviously, it’s a loose powder formulation, and in the second image you can see that it comes in a handy little pot with a sifter to stop you wasting product. bareMinerals are always quite keen to flog you their own brushes, but I actually like to apply this with my mini kabuki brush – you can really buff it in properly.
Here’s what the website says about the foundation:

Our ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation gives you all the flawless coverage you want with a naturally luminous finish that won’t clump or cake. It’s clinically proven to improve the appearance of your skin over time. The creamy minerals diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles without drying out your skin. Its silky, soft texture looks like a powder, but feels like a cream and buffs on beautifully. Made with only the purest, highest quality ingredients. It’s makeup so pure you can sleep in it.®

And here is the list of ingredients (nice and visible on the site, for once!): Titanium Dioxide 12.6%, Zinc Oxide 21%. In Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide.

Although they do get credit for listing their ingredients so visibly, there’s something about the company that irritates me. I’m well aware this is just a personal thing, and has no reflection on the makeup, but whether it’s the fact that they don’t capitalise the first letter of their name, or whether it’s their over-pushy sales assistants, they just annoy me!

The coverage of this makeup is, as they say, pretty flawless. It’s really very good for a powder foundation. No complaints there at all. However, the ‘luminous finish’ they mention is basically shimmer. It’s subtle, but it’s there, and it does my head in. At first, it’s invisible – just a lovely natural look. But after a few hours, if you have any kind of oil on your face at all (and most of us do!) it’ll be super shiny. This shimmer, added to the full coverage, equals a kind of greasy cakey look that I really wasn’t expecting, and I find it really gross. “Makeup so pure you can sleep in it”? Only if you want a shimmery, oily pillow!

This is a known problem, which is why they brought out the matte version of the foundation a little while later. Other than the horrible way it wears, the original one isn’t bad – I think the matte version could well fix my issues with it. I do use it often enough, and just carry around blotting tissues or other powder – £23 is too much to spend for something that I won’t use! But if I’m going out & I know I’ll have a long day, I probably wouldn’t rely on this. Also, I’d like to try the matte version, but the price means that I can’t just pick it up as an extra! I probably won’t purchase again, for a while at least.

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