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What's your favorite Mineral Makeup Foundation Powder?

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I've tried BE, Avon (loose and pressed), ELF, and EDM. I've also recently ordered Colorscience with my points from Birchbox and waiting for it to arrive.

 

I like BE, it has been fine for me, but it is just so expensive! I really like their all-over face colors (especially Trudy) as blush, and their eyeshadows. And their brushes are really good, although I also love my Sonia Kashuk set of pink brushes (for breast cancer).

 

Avon loose minerals original formula was way too drying and made my skin itch like crazy (and I have combination/oily skin!) They reformulated it maybe a year ago and it was a little better, but still the worst out of the 4 brands I've tried. The pressed mineral powder is really good, and is my current foundation of choice; it comes with a flat sponge/puff, but I apply it with my SK big powder brush for a little more even coverage. I have brown splotches on my skin and it covers those fairly well.

 

ELF is really, really good for the price; I'd put it about par with BE. It is in my travel bag because if I lose it or it gets stolen while traveling, I'm only out $5. (All my travel cosmetics are ELF for this reason.)

 

EDM is wonderful, and reasonably priced. I've heard so many folks here at MuT say that EDM is their HG foundation. Unfortunately, I was a big fan of their big jars because they were so much easier to swirl the powder in the lid, but they quit making them and went to the small jars like everyone else. I haven't been bowled over with any of EDM's other products, but the foundation is great. I have one more big jar (sealed) to use up once I finish up the Avon and the Colorscience. I love their wide range of colors and 4 different formulas; there's a very good chance of finding exactly what you want from them. (Although they have changed their colors at least twice since I started using them, which is frustrating. Luckily, my color stayed the same.) And the company has a good image of being naturally-inclined while still using science to keep their products exact and hygienic.

 

Hey, LadyDragonFire, I've heard a lot of wonderful things about Elea Blake; and we have a store here in Chattanooga that sells it! It's fairly expensive, but my friend Margy LOVES it and she is a very frugal (working mother of 3) person, and this is her splurge on herself because she says it works so well.

 

I've also heard lots of great things about Meow, including people who were EDM die-hard fanatics who switched to Meow. And you can't beat the cute names for the colors and formulas! Oh yeah, and I also got samples of Ocean Mist once and HATED them. They broke out my skin terribly, and my skin is on the opposite side of sensitive, so that was disappointing. But others have raved about them, so it might be worth ordering some samples from them.

 

Hope you are finding helpful information! Good luck on your MMU search!

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Hi! First post! I am using MAC loose mineral powder. I find it really good on my skin. Normally if I use liquid foundation when it comes to washing it off my face feels really dry and rough.

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Absolutely, hands down, Monave. I've used Silk Naturals before and stopped due to customer service issues. Which got me hunting. None of Monave's products contain talc, bismuth, etc and they make a good range of colors for women of all ethnicities. Their mineral oncealer is the most opaqūe in terms of coverage, although their regular mineral foundation has enough coverage. I use their loose minerals in conjunction with their liquid matte and moisture mousse formulas. Moisture mousse under the eyes, loose minerals all over my damp face, and liquid matte às a concealer patted over top of the minerals. Perfect coverage every time. Their liquid/mousse formulàs are their loose minerals mixed into a super high quality base of moisturizing cream, their own blend, and their products are super concentrated. Absolutely spectacular products, not to mention their stellar customer service. I have oily, acne prone skin with monthly hormonal breakouts but since I've been using their products the last sevêral months, my skin breaks out less and less. Their products actually heal my skin, which is amazng, bc every single one I had tested out before finding their stuff, other than the one brand mentioned below, broke me out horribly. And all their products are silicone/dmethicone free!! If you're looking to cūstom mix your own shade, buy bulk mineral makeup base from The Conservatorie, along with some very inexpensive oxides, and custom mix your perfect shade for far cheaper than Silk Naturals. They have several different mineral foundation and concealer bases to choose from. And if you want 'silk' in your foundation as well, they have a foundation base with that in it, and they also sell pure siłk powder. They are a way cheaper option to SN and have far better customer service. They also sell large samples of their mineral eye shadows and pigments very cheaply, and even sample sizes are very generous compared to other companies. I tried Coastal Scents mineral foundation and absolutely hated it. MAC's has mismuth in it the last time I checked. Sephora's brand shocked me with the quality of their loose mineral ingredients, actually, although I've only been using their darker shade as a matte bronzer. Picked it up for $6 during the summer but they were all out of my shade, so bought that one. Seriously though, check out Monave! You so wont regret it! Best brand of foundations, mineral and cream/liquid, I have ever tried. And they also make an Oil Control Humectant which is 100% dimethicone/silicone free and works very well under their foundations, as well as their Rose Daily Moißturizer whīch is stellar!

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If you are looking for a super clean mineral makeup, try UltraPure Cosmetics (UltraPureCosmetics.com).  Nothing in the line contains petro-chemicals, parabens, bismuth oxychloride, dyes/lakes, carmine (derived from beetles), or talc.  It is perfect for people who have acne, sensitive skin, rosacea, or anyone who likes a luminous natural look without the shininess other makeups have.

I have personally seen blemished skin clear up very quickly as well as rosacea calm down and clear using this foundation.

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I'm going to check that company out. Never heard of them. It's so difficult to find any foundation, mineral or otherwise, that is free of all the garbage that goes into so many of them these days.

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I've spent a lot of money on cosmetics....so I know.  Oh, btw, the foundation is also gluten and soy free too.

 

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I've been using Monave's for the past few months after every other expensive brand I tested broke me out. I LOVE all of Monave's foundations, both mineral and liquid/cream, as well as their moisturizers. Spectacular stuff, very healing to the skin, and their products look beautiful on, with great coverage. But I am always perusing other websites out of curiosity. I also spend a great deal of money on makeup and skin care and am always looking for the absolutely BEST foundation. For me, it's got to be 100% free of silicone/dimethicone/cyclomethicone and any other of their relatives, otherwise I run into major problems. Those ingredients destroy my skin. Gluten and soy don't bother me at all, but I can't stand talc and bismuth, corn starch, I avoid rice powder too, as well as mineral oil, lanolin, and other assorted crap which shouldn't be in foundations at all. They do nothing but clog my pores and suffocate my skin, making using a great skin care line pointless and a waste of money.

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have tried the usual suspects, bare minerals, jane iredale, etc. but have found that merle norman works best for me.  good coverage, glowy but not glittery.

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I have tried all the major players but found that the Sephora Brand mineral compact and Becca mineral powders were amazing! Full coverage and the color actually matches my yellow toned skin!

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Silica shells and regular silica powder don't act in the same manner at all. If mixing regular silica into your mineral foundation, yes you'll get less coverage. Not so with silica shells. They feel nothing like regular silica powder, absorb far more oil, and it actually adheres to the skin rather than just rolling off it as the spheres/regular silica powder does.

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I have tried only Bare Minerals. I bought a starter pack. While I love the sheer coverage, the original shade is a little orange for my skin tone (I have very very light skin). The blemish cover shade is GREAT! Really a great find.

I saw on their website that they also do a lot of other shades and now have a matt range as well as the sheer range. I will get some the next time I see it.

I have had no skin reactions. It goes on smoothly, but too much around the eyes do bring out the little wrinkles... :(

Over all I love this brand.

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I am using FIT ME Foundation by MAYBELLINE. It is non-comedogenic and tested by dermatologist for its effectiveness. It's lightweight pigments and translucent base give you a natural look. 

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I like Mary Kay's.. my first mineral foundation which I used, and probably would be the last, works well on my skin..

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I've tried Bare Minerals ( which I simply hate! Cakey, itchy , made me super oily, no staying power and broke me out! ), along with some others ( such as lily lolo, lumiere, buffd, cory, EDM, mad minerals, elegant minerals ).

 

I actually have 3 mineral brands that I love and keep going back to. It is Silk Naturals, Lucy Minerals and Meow Cosmetics. 

Silk Naturals and Meow cosmetics have 3 formulations ( light coverage, medium coverage and heavy coverage ).  While Lucy has heavy coverage only.

Meow cosmetics has the widest range of colors though ( widest I have ever seen with more than 80 shades! ), and the most matte one too and easiest to apply. Looks fabulous as soon as I apply it. They all have AMAZING coverage , but the one that lasts on me the most and keeps me matte is Meow ( even on my super oily skin! )

If you want complete and utter pure ingredients with nothing added then I suggest meow, especially since they have a sensitive skin fomula and it still lasts all day.rolleyes.gif

 ( Lucy has one too but it doesnt last on my oliy skin )

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I love how everyone is sharing their experiences with the different mineral products.  I have recently been switching my cosmetics and other items to more natural products.  Try Afterglowcosmetics.com.  I ordered a blush and a finishing veil and like them very much.  Happy sharing everyone!  icon_cheesygrin.gif

 

P.S. I was looking at LA Minerals and was sad to see Yellow "5' in one of their eye products.  Nasty stuff that artificial coloring.  frown.gif

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Musq Mineral Powder have the best I've tried!! I have tried so many but my skin is very sensitive skin and could tell the difference instantly! I used Bare Minerals but it was more expensive and it has bismuth and would slide off my face.  The coverage of Musq is amazing (which I need!) and felt so light on the skin. The customer service, was really helpful with super quick postage. I love their skincare range too. They sell online and to other places too www.musq.com.au hope this helps! :)

 

 

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I'm going to read through all of the recommendations in this thread, since I'd like to try mineral makeup for myself. I have family members who really like Bare Minerals, but I know that there are many other brands to try as well.

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I had to resurrect this thread to share that I FINALLY got to the Elea Blake studio to have my custom foundation blended! It was a great experience, got a whole makeover, and in addition to my foundation (still $45), I got good deals on a small blush, lipstick palette, and free eye pot. I've been very pleased over the past week of using these products. If you're ever in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I highly recommend it; if not, you can order sample baggies of things and get a less customized experience but still try some great minerals. (Oh, and their primer is nicknamed "face crack" and it's fabulous. That's what I'm buying on my next trip!)

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