Mineral foundations are as stated in the name, made of minerals and they are heavily pigmented powders so that you do not have to use a lot of product. They are suitable for all skin types and especially recommended to those who have sensitive skin and tend to react badly to regular foundations. Minerals foundations typically have a high content of titanium dioxide which is a great sun protection ingredient. Usually, coverage can be built gradually especially when using a dense kabuki brush to buff on the foundation. Alternatively, mineral foundations can be mixed with water (or rather, used with a moistened brush) to create a liquid foundation effect. You may also mix it with your moisturizer to create a tinted moisturizer. I’m yet to try out the wet method of applying mineral foundation.
So far I’ve tried 3 different brands of loose powder mineral foundation. I first started with Sweetscents, then E.L.F. and recently, MAD Minerals. I’d like to compare the different brands of foundations and also what I generally feel about mineral foundation.
This gives a sheer coverage but just enough to even out the skin tone. My skin looks really smooth and refined. It doesn’t feel dry at all on the skin (probably because most mineral foundations do not contain talc which is an oil absorbing ingredient) and I really liked the feel of it. However, it didn’t stay on and just worn off after just half a day. I have a sample pack that is in a darker shade which I find to work as a good tint for a healthy-looking skin color or used even as a bronzer.
Due to the fact that I wanted something with a heavier coverage, I actually got the E.L.F. Mineral Concealer. However, to my disappointment, even the concealer could not give me the coverage that I wanted. The staying power is comparable with Sweetscents’ foundation but I think I like Sweetscents better. It just looks better. The only thing I like about this is that it has shimmer (if you don’t already know, I’m a sucker for shimmer) so I guess I can use it as a finishing loose powder or something but I would not actually use this as a foundation.
This is by far the most preferred mineral foundation that I’ve tried out of the lot. The coverage builds up really well and the staying power isn’t too bad either plus the finishing is really smooth. On the down side, I feel that this foundation is a tad too dry for my skin because it accentuated my “lines” and it also tends to cake up around my cheek area where I usually load up on the coverage. However, whenever I choose to use a mineral foundation, I’d reach for MAD’s. I’m also looking forward to try the wet method for this foundation.
All in all, I think that mineral foundation isn’t a too bad addition to makeup because there is a huge lot that are in love with mineral foundation (I feel left out *sobs*) but I still prefer liquid or cream foundation. I don’t find the hassle of using mineral foundation all that worth it for the effect that I’m hoping for. Or perhaps I just need a better kabuki brush. I don’t know. I’ll update you when I eventually find something that I really like about mineral foundation. I’m really hoping that a better brush would make a difference.
Mineral foundations are now available from Loreal (a more generic brand). I have not tried that before and I don’t really intent to because it’s quite pricey and I really don’t need such a big jar since I can’t even finish what I have now (you really just use very little product!). The Loreal one comes with a mini kabuki brush (which feels like a broom, by the way) and if you’re trying that out, I’d like to know what you think of it!