Made from crushed minerals, mineral makeup claims to offer users a light, natural appearance. Many cosmetic companies have their own line of mineral makeup; however, not all contain the same quality of ingredients. Because makeup is generally worn for a long time, the American Dermatological Association recommends selecting makeup that is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. In layman’s terms, this mean the best mineral makeup are those that are less likely to trigger allergic reactions, clog pores or cause acne. The ADA also recommends that users choose makeup that contains sunscreen. Several brands of mineral makeup attempt to follow the ADA recommendations.
Called “The Skin Care Makeup,” Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup is concerned with healthy skin. The company works with dermatologists to develop makeup that is free from fillers, is non-comedogenic and oil-free. All Jane Iredale makeup is free from synthetic dyes, perfumes and has zero sensitivity recorded in an FDA-approved laboratory. The Pure Pressed Bases and the Amazing Bases have a Very Water Resistant rating and a 20 SPF sun protection.
The New Beginnings Spa at the Dawn Career Institute states that Jane Iredale’s mineral makeup provides benefits for the skin that other makeup lines “can only envy.” New Beginnings Spa adds that the makeup is perfect for those who have sensitive skin, because it contains no fillers and does not support bacteria, leaving it virtually allergen-free.
Dermatologists, plastic surgeons and skin-care professionals, including author and esthetician Shelly Ballestero, recommend Jane Iredale makeup. It has won numerous awards in print magazines. “Marie Clarie” magazine recommends the makeup, and “Allure” magazine chose Jane Iredale’s Circle Delete as one of its 2008 Best of Beauty Natural Selections.
One of the first companies to offer a 4-in-1 mineral makeup, Pur Minerals is one of the leading mineral makeups on the market. The company says its products–which contain shea butter, antioxidants and an SPF of 15–are good for skin. Pur Minerals contains no harsh chemical dyes, petroleum-based oils, fragrance, talc or fillers and can be used by all skin types.
Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup was listed as No. 8 in “Allure” magazine’s Best of Beauty Natural Selections and “Elle” magazine listed Pur Minerals as a must-have mineral makeup with SPF.
bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals
BareMinerals by Bare Escentuals is another leading mineral makeup and is often mistaken with Bare Essentials because of the similarities in spelling.
BareMinerals has no dyes, perfumes or chemical preservatives. It is non-comedogenic–meaning it will not clog pores–and it has an SPF of 15. The company says its mineral makeup is gentle enough on your skin that you can sleep in it. BareMinerals has won numerous awards in beauty magazines and its Liner Shadow was ninth in “Marie Claire” magazine’s Ultimate Beauty Product Guide.
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