Posts Tagged ‘Mineral Makeup’
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We all want free samples and there’s great sites out there that are offering samples with just a little charge for shipping and handling. This is exceptionally good for those who aren’t familiar with mineral makeup and want to try them out to see if its right for them or not. Below are some sites I found that are offering free samples. So go take a look and see what’s right for you.
1. Ocean Mist Cosmetics are offering free sample kits, but its only for new customers. An existing customer would pay US$3 for the sample and if you’re not a new customer and check the “new customer” category, the sample kit won’t be included in your order. Personally, I wouldn’t order from this site, but hey, its good to try out different products yea?
2. Lumiere Cosmetics are also giving out samples and they only charge you a penny! The samples come in little baggies and you get about a good half a gram. If you order this sample, I suggest you purchase small jars at Target (sets of 2 for US$1) so you don’t have to deal with the mess of the baggies.
3. Signature Minerals are giving samples and yes, they’re at no cost except for shipping. Though the only catch is, even though you can order as many samples as you want, but you have tp order only one free sample per order. If you order 3 free samples in one order, they will only ship you the first sample kit in your order.
4. Everyday Minerals is probably one of the best places to get sample kits because you’re not limited to one purchase. Whenever you want to try a new foundation, blush, or concealer, you can just do so and you only get charged about US$3 (US$6 Priority) for shipping. I personally recommend this because I’ve been using it for about a month now, and its working pretty well for me. I’ll be giving this a review a bit later.
After Bare Minerals and Revlon, I also tried L’Oréal’s mineral makeup line called, “Bare Naturale”. The line is growing with concealers, eyeshadows and even eyeliner. I tried this mineral foundation for about 2 weeks and I thought it was much better than Revlon’s Colorstay Mineral Makeup.
I used Bare Naturale for about a month (?) and although I didn’t love it completely, I did like it. I bought Bare Naturale in Medium and it blended with my skin pretty well. It lasted longer than Revlon did and it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or looking real cakey like Bare Minerals did to my skin. The packging is somewhat similar to Revlon’s Colorstay Mineral makeup – but much better. The brush is bigger and the pot isn’t really hollow. I like how its portable, but the brush was a little stiff to me. I thought that the brush could’ve been a bit better. It makes it kind of hard to clean the brush for me since everything’s attached together so I removed everything from its original packaging and placed the makeup in a jar so I could use my own kabuki brush. All in all, I recommend using a primer with this like Smashbox, Bare Vitamins, Avon, etc. This is probably one of the better drugstore mineral makeup brands and I would recommend this to anyone who’s new to mineral makeup.
We all can’t purchase Bare Minerals or order online, so I decided to test out a few drugstore products to see if they would live up the bigger brand names. Now my first taste of mineral makeup was Bare Minerals, and that didn’t go too well for me. So I figured I might as well try out different products so I know what to steer clear from. Let’s get into what this product says it can do before I get into what I think about it.
– Up to 16 hours of wear and care
– Has an exclusive mineral complex that cares for your skin
– Smooth flawless coverage and lightweight feel
– Non-irritating, fragrance-free, oil-free
Now for most people starting out with drugstore brands, it can be a bit hard to find a color that matches your skin tone. I bought the Colorstay Mineral Makeup in Medium (US$15), and it matched my skintone pretty okay (since there isn’t a wide range of colors). I know its better if I had pictures of it, but I threw it away – because I hated it. Usually Revlon comes out with some really good products. I really like their Colorstay eyeliner and eyeshadows, but this product just didn’t make the cut for me. The packaging I guess is covenient for those who don’t like fussing around much, but its not really practical. If you look at the ad above, you can see that the brush is super small. That brush is simply crap because it doesn’t cover a lot of areas at all, and honestly, I don’t like how the brush felt on my skin – it was a bit coarse. I couldn’t really use my other brushes with it since its basically designed to use with that specific brush and I was frustrated. The makeup blends in with my skin, but it didn’t last 16 hours as it claimed. I would apply it in the morning and when it got to mid day, it literally disappeared. I was really disappointed about everything and I threw it away in less than a week. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone and honestly, it really wasn’t worth the money paid at all. There are much better drugstore mineral brands out there.
If you want to see the actual product, you can check this on youtube by Emily – it’s pretty much what I would say about it.
Bare Minerals is supposedly the “first mineral makeup” that started the mineral makeup trend. I’m sure everyone has seen the Bare Minerals infomercial at least once. Bare Minerals claim to suit every skin type and is said to be so pure that you can sleep in it. But is it too good to be true?
Let’s take a look at the ingredients. Bare Minerals uses only five ingredients; Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Mica and Bismuth Oxychloride. Here’s some information about these ingredients.
* Titanium Dioxide is widely used in cosmetics and skin care for its thickening and whitening properties. It provides a physical sunscreen and provides UVA and UVB protection. (Titanium Dioxide also makes Oreo cookies frosting extra-white and is the ‘M’ on M&M’s candy.)
* Zinc Oxide is also a physical sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. It provides thickening and water resistance. Is known to be “calming” to the skin and will reduce irritation and promote healing. (It is in Desitin ointment for diaper rash and calamine lotion.)
* Bismuth Oxychloride is a pearlescent mineral that provides the “glow”.
* Mica is a sheer, translucent and skin-hugging mineral. Reflects light from the face, creating an illusion of a smoother, softer and more radiant skin tone.
* Iron Oxides provide the color to the foundation.
credit: Mineral Makeup Reviews
I purchased the Bare Minerals starter kit just to see what all the rage was about. Boy was I in for a surprise. The brushes are okay, but I did find them to be a little scratchy. The product didn’t really match my skin much. The coverage was good, but you can see where the product starts and where the product ends. Plus, my face started to to itch – especially on warmer days. Despite all that, I still used it (I’m not about to waste US$70) thinking maybe my skin wasn’t use to the product. After a week, I decided to stop using the foundation completely. My skin texture became dry and rough, and my face started sprouting pimples. It also didn’t last all day and left my face looking washed out. Then I read about Bismuth Oxychloride being an ingredient that can irritate the skin. I was pretty upset because something that claimed to be good for my skin, actually made it worse. I think I was better off using Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup instead. My mom is actually using Bare Minerals right now, and it works pretty good for her. Her face is glowing, and she hasn’t complained about any irritation, so that’s good. I recommend this product if you have normal to dry skin, because you’re face can look more oily using this product. I’d advise you to see if you’re allergic to Bismuth before using this product, or just try Bismuth-free mineral makeup.
Right now I’m currently using Everyday Minerals and I’m quite satisfied with it. I’ll be sure to give it a review once I’ve experiment with it more.
For more information on Bismuth Oxychloride and Bismuth-free mineral makeup, do visit Mineral Makeup Reviews.