Mineral makeup is one of the biggest trends to have hit the world of cosmetics. It seemed to have reached its peak of popularity during the late 2000s, driven largely by several claims about its superiority to the normal type of traditional makeup. Some even claim to wear mineral makeup to bed. Let’s break down each of these differences and find out if mineral makeup is indeed worth the hype.
One of the greatest differences between mineral makeup and the typical makeup is the composition or the ingredients they have. Authentic mineral cosmetics are composed of compressed minerals, and are free of synthetic or “harmful” preservatives and ingredients like parabens, wax additives or oil. The most popular brands list only a handful of ingredients. Bare Escentuals only has two active ingredients (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) and three inactive ingredients (Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, and Iron Oxides). Everyday Minerals has six ingredients on most mineral foundations (Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide and Greens). This minimalistic approach towards beauty is claimed to allow the makeup to be “breathable” and less harmful to most skin types.
Because of a lack of many additional ingredients, fans and proprietors of mineral of mineral makeup claim that this type of cosmetic is generally safer than most other makeups and more appropriate to sensitive skin. Not so quick, though. There is ongoing debate about the safety of two major mineral makeup ingredients, Mica and Titanium Dioxide. These two, while naturally occurring, had some people concerned about their dangers when inhaled as nanoparticles and harm the lungs and skin. The jury is still out, however, because many others argue that if the particles were actually the size of nanoparticles they’d be useless to makeup, as they would not offer coverage. Users are also advised to scan labels for bismuth oxychloride which can cause irritation and acne flare ups.
3) Ease of Use
Of course, one of the major factors every woman considers in purchasing makeup is the ease of use. When mineral makeup was at its most popular, we all knew it in the form of fine, loose powder with a kabuki brush. You have to use the kabuki brush to apply it in circular motion. You cannot do this on the go, unlike compact foundations that use sponge. Fortunately, mineral makeup has evolved over time and more of them can be found in compact or liquid formulations. One must note, though, that additional ingredients like binders are added to keep the powders from falling loose. Still, liquid and compact forms of mineral makeup still adhere to the philosophy of light, breathable and minimalist makeup that is good to all skin types.