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Mineral Make up


Hi Ladies,

I have tried a few mineral foundations before but I am looking for one that I can swear by. I have tried Afterglow Mineral Foundation (it does not have Bismuth Oxychloride like BareMinerals so that it gives more of a matt finish, but I found that it was too matt and looked cakey). I have also tried Physician's Formula Mineral Wear and that one is okay, too but I am looking for one that is a powder so it is better for oil control.

What do you ladies use? And what can you recommend?.. especially for an oily complexion prone to breakouts!

BareEscentials any good? I heard that for an oily complexion, because of the Bismuth Oxychloride it can make your face look too shiny, especially if you have oily skin. For those who have tried it, what can you tell me?
Apr 28, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

7 Replies


Try Aromaleigh

Before I started apothena, Aromaleigh was the only mineral makeup brand I used. I've been using that for over 7 years now (back when she was mainly doing skincare). I have oily skin and I need to conceal blemishes and pores, and found her powders were good at that. She has a good selection and the price has always been reasonable.

I've heard that Bismuth Oxychloride is not too healthy, and last I checked Aromaleigh did not use it.

I wonder if you could mix some powder with a liquid toner/hydrosol to create a liquid foundation so that it won't be too matte/cakey? And it won't get too shiny since it's not a moisturizer.
Apr 30, 2007 @ 11:16 am


Thank you Jen! I just have another question: does mineral foundation also act as a concealer? Because I heard that you don't need a concealer when you have mineral makeup, just use a concealer brush. But then again, I'm not too sure...
Apr 30, 2007 @ 09:25 pm

Use a sponge

I'm no expert with makeup (I spend about 1 minute putting on makeup in the morning), but I used a heavier concealer powder (Pure Cover I think it's called)from Aromaleigh that I applied with a sponge (like latex or some similar material). That covered my many imperfections. Then I'd follow with a lighter powder on top for shine control. You could use a brush (like a Kabuki brush) but I think I used a flocked sponge.

We also sell a cream concealer from Earth's Beauty. They market it as an under eye concealer, but I like it on blemishes. You just use a tiny bit. That's another option that is good for hiding blackheads and large pores, too. Then you follow with light powder.

I've never tried a concealer brush, so I don't know if it works better than a sponge.
May 01, 2007 @ 11:01 am

Great Advice!

Hmm, that is interesting. I have so many options to consider...
May 14, 2007 @ 09:40 pm
Ali de Bold

Bare Escentuals

Hey Artist, I use Bare Escentuals and have oily skin as well. For some reason the first few times I used it, my face did not get shiny, but now it does. My skin looks great with it on, but definitely shiny, which is frustrating. I thought it was just me. Good to know it isn't. However, I find that it does make blemishes less noticeable and gives a really nice even skin tone.
May 15, 2007 @ 08:08 am

bare escentuals

I apply mineral veil first. Then I apply my colour and finish with a quick buff of mineral veil. I find this keeps the "shine" at bay. Try it, it might work for you too.
Jun 19, 2007 @ 09:01 pm

Powdery look?

I use mineral powder just to even our tones. However, it makes my skin look... well, powdery. How much is the mineral powder you use, and does it do that? I would love to try something that does more than even my tone out!
Jul 14, 2007 @ 05:22 pm

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