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Mineral makeup 
1st-Nov-2008 07:09 am
The hunt for the perfect cosmetics can not only be time consuming, but expensive as well.

Mine started with a tube of Revlon Colourstay lipstick in Brick for my Secondary 4 graduation night (at 16 years old). And it hasn't stopped since. The stuff on my Poupee closet is just the tip of the iceberg.

But with the recent rage with mineral makeup making its way into commercial cosmetic brands, I have done a little research to present your cosmetic options available online.

Gents, you might want to skip the rest and come back another day.
... unless you're interested, of course. (^_-)-☆

If you lurk in cosmetics review or spree forums, you might have heard of mineral makeup. It is essentially a cosmetic made and of any of several finely ground minerals, mixed with a base such as cocoa butter. They usually exclude talc, but most companies list their ingredients on their website or on the product packaging. Mineral makeup is reputedly excellent for those with sensitive skin and have experienced reactions to major brands.

Two of the biggest brands in mineral makeup are Everyday Minerals and BareMinerals. There are a number of reviews out there between the two, so I won't bother to add my 2 cents. However, I got the impression BareMinerals was a lot like those dodgy late-night infomercial companies (not to mention they're a fair bit pricer), so I put in my free sample order of Everyday Minerals (US$4.60 for shipping to Australia) instead. Yes, FREE samples! And there's no limit to the number of free samples you can order, cuz they want you to find the right shades for your complexion.

Mineral cosmetics is by no means, new. Australia surprisingly has a number of mineral cosmetic companies, such as Sheer Cover Natural Mineral Makeup and Earthy Essences. But while these companies are physically closer and might save on shipping, the prices are shockingly up there with commercial cosmetics like Clinque, Lancome or MAC.

If you're like me and don't wear eyeshadows often, but you would love to have a wide variety of eyeshadows without spending a fortune, About Face/The She Space's mineral cosmetic pigments might be the answer. They sell sample ziplock bags of eye pigment for US$0.50 each (full 3gms sizes are now 15% off for their anniversary sale). You can also customise your own colour with sparkle/shimmer at their custom pigment bar. Only drawback is orders take 3 weeks to process at the moment, but otherwise, can you tell how excited I am to put in an order? (^_-)-☆

Want one more mineral makeup company? Check out MAD Minerals. They have a larger matte colour palette and pre-set sampler sets.

Now if you're not familiar with using loose pigments, Youtube has some great tutorials, such as this one from MakeupGeekTV. MAC and Urban Decay have eye bases, but so do About Face/The She Space called primers. And I wanna get a tub of their Black Out primer, cuz it does this to pigments:

Left is Chasing Mystery applied completely dry. The right is Chasing Mystery applied over Black Out Primer

There are of course a billion other non-mineral brands, such as Global Goddess (their Goddess Glow South Pacific Shimmer bronzer looks divine!), Smashbox (offering samples with every order) and Too Faced (slutty-o-rama much?).

So head out there and get your war paint.
You know you want to. (^0^)/
1st-Nov-2008 03:25 am (UTC)
oooo thsnks for the review, seems interesting XD will check the links later XD
5th-Nov-2008 06:48 am (UTC)
Great! There are a lot more mineral makeup companies out there (I have accumulated quite a list now), besides the ones I have listed, but feel free to look around for what you might find most suitable for your skin and budget.
1st-Nov-2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Interesting. *nods*
2nd-Nov-2008 10:23 am (UTC)
That black primer looks awesome. I've always known about how it helps darker colours to come out like that, but having a dark primer would be so handy - you get to skip a whole step ^_^
4th-Nov-2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
It certainly does, but I worry how well the primers will hold up to my oily skin. Makeup has a tendency to slide off my face and join the witness protection program.

I reckon the black primer might also help bring out the iridescents as well. We'll see how it goes when it arrives in my shipment end of the month. XD
4th-Nov-2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Having oily skin myself I feel your pain. Primers can help reduce the oil slickiness, especially in Summer, but it's still very much a case of trial and error. They're not the "fix all" that they claim to be though, at least not any of the face primers that I've tried anyway... which is a few.

Eye primers are really good, especially if you're going to be wearing eyeshadow. If you're doing blues or greens the darker primer should work perfectly. Let me know how it goes and what the texture/finish/staying power etc is like.
5th-Nov-2008 10:30 am (UTC)
The cosmetic hunt is such an expensive (often lifetime) trial and error exercise.

I tend to be a little unadventurous when it comes to eye shadows, as I find my slitty eyes difficult to play up as a feature. Without double eyelids or a eye socket crease, shading is a bit of a challenge. That will hopefully change with my shipment of About Face pigments. (^0^)b
5th-Nov-2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
The cosmetic hunt is such an expensive (often lifetime) trial and error exercise.

And then you find something awesome.

When you next go to buy it, you find that it's been discontinued. The circle of life continues.

5th-Nov-2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Exactly! It's so annoying, but we keep at it anyway.

Edited at 2008-11-05 10:59 pm (UTC)
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