Mineral Makeup: Angel or Devil?

We test some of the most hotly debated products on the market

We had 10 women test mineral foundations and judge quality based on look, feel and packaging. (To play fair, we removed or covered labels and logos.) Each tester received a more natural brand marked Product A and a less natural brand marked Product B. The natural quality of the products was judged by Total Beauty editors based on product ingredients. Find out which makeup fared best.

By Charli Schuler

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It's interesting that the bare minerals didn't work so well.

by amber.flute Monday, January 14, 2013 at 03:52PM Report as inappropriate

This is a great article. I like that there are several women using different brands. Personally, I can't wear mineral makeup. It looks really bad and causes allergic reactions. Isn't mineral makeup supposed to be good for sensitive skin? Funny, my skin isn't that sensitive to begin with!

by luckygal79 Monday, December 31, 2012 at 08:48AM Report as inappropriate

Minerals are defintely not for me, or at least I haven't found one yet that works for me. They all seem to make my fine lines look worse. So right now I'm sticking to liquid foundation or CC cream.

by EricaF123 Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 05:21PM Report as inappropriate

I use some mineral makeup products. Some are great, while others are not. It's kind of like all cosmetics.

by robyne00 Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 04:37PM Report as inappropriate

I use both Bare Minerals SPF 15 and a Physicians Formula Organic wear 100% Percent Natural Origins Loose Powder, which is mineral based. I find both are good powders. The Bare Minerals one gives lighter coverage but works well on my very oily skin. The primer definitely helps it stay on. I really like mineral makeup and have seen a reduction in the oil on my skin at the end of the day.

by sonya_kinsey Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 01:42PM Report as inappropriate

thanks for the info

by LittleBunny Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 10:27AM Report as inappropriate

I had alot of trouble reading this article because the words were cut of on each side and the picture on the right was also cut off. I guess it's just my computer???

by EmiLaine333 Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 06:24PM Report as inappropriate

I've been eyeing mineral makeup as of late, I'm probably going to buy some. Now I'm hesitant on Bare Minerals. Not a bad thing, that would be a lot of money to spend on a kit. I've been seriously eyeing Maybelline's mineral powder and setting powder. I may go with that. Really appreciate this article!

by catalinahx Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11:37AM Report as inappropriate

Still not sure if I'm going with mineral makeup or not, at least I know I can buy the drugstore brands and still get good quality.

by mrselliott08 Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 07:54PM Report as inappropriate

There are no mineral products that work for me but I like hearing from people who are trying it for first time...I think minerals are great for younger skin.

by powerwoman033 Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 06:34PM Report as inappropriate

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