A Comparison of Brands of Mineral Makeup

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Mineral makeup products are all the rage. With a variety of prices, these makeup products promise mineral ingredients, with no additional fragrances or other irritants. If you have allergies or want to dive into this growing trend, experiment with a variety of options before deciding on the right one.

Jane Iredale

The Jane Iredale brand describes itself as the Skin Care Makeup. The powder foundations come in pressed and loose forms, with an SPF of 20. The Jane Iredale website advertises these foundations with a recommendation from the Skin Care Foundation. PurePressed is the line of mineral makeup in the Jane Iredale brand. The PurePressed blush comes in warm and cool shades. As of August 2010, it sells for $26. PurePressed eye shadows come in single colors, duos, triples and kits of five.

PurMinerals

PurMinerals advertises itself as a pure, fragrance-free option of makeup. The company offers a starter kit, known as the Start Now Essentials Collection, which includes a foundation, a glow powder, an all-purpose blush and eye shadow, and a brush. As of August 2010, the kit costs $37. The kit comes in 10 options, from lightest to darkest tone: porcelain, light, blush medium, golden medium, tan, medium dark, dark, deep, deeper and deepest.

Everyday Minerals

Everyday Minerals offers a host of colors and options. The base, or foundation, comes in six choices: warm, golden, beige, cool, buff and olive. The eye shadow comes in dozens of shades. The company offers sampler packs that give you more than two dozen colors. Blushes and concealers also come in a variety of shades and mattes for every face tone. If you want to experiment with all these choices, you can throw a Try Me kit of three to four shades in your cart whenever you buy anything.

Bare Minerals

Bare Minerals makeup products are sold in themed kits. You can get a Get Started kit for $60 as of August 2010. The set comes with a variety of foundation and other all-over powders, as well as brushes, brush cleaners and an instructional DVD. Once you are comfortable with the company and its products, you can invest in eye shadow and blush kits in different hues.

Afterglow

Afterglow Cosmetics promise organic ingredients in their mineral cosmetics. The Glow starter or traveler kits sell for $68 as of August 2010. The kits, either light, medium or deep medium, come with two foundations, a blush, a setting powder, two brushes, instructions and a bag to store it all in.

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