Mineral Foundation Reviews

When it comes to foundations, I have always preferred liquid so here is my humble list of mineral foundation reviews. Enjoy!

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation ($25)
While a friend back in college raved about this, my experience with it was hooooorrible! Instead of the “creamy, delicately soft texture” it claims to provide, it dried out my skin, accentuated dry patches and left my face feeling itchy and irritated. It also did not cover well and was very shimmery. On the bright side, the wide color range, SPF 15 and the fact that you can mix and match different shades to get your perfect match are definitely its pluses. I would highly recommend you try this out at the store before you buy it.

Overall Rating: C-

Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Liquid SPF 10 Makeup ($33.50)
This contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Iron, Potassium, Titanium Dioxide and Pomegranate extract to help protect skin and erase signs of fatigue while creating a natural, radiant look. It is available in 6 shades and Intensity 2.0 is the right match for my NC30 skin. The texture is slightly thicker than most liquid foundations. It goes very creamy just like BB creams and blends effortlessly into the skin. Coverage is light to medium but the best part is, once you blend it into your skin, it becomes invisible! People can never tell I am wearing makeup when I wear this and unlike some foundations, I can also feel my skin breathe through it. My only complaint is the low SPF. Come on everyone knows we need at least SPF 15! Other than that, this is a really good mineral foundation if you are looking for something lightweight and not a lot of coverage.

Overall Rating: A-

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & BandwidthEvery Day Minerals Original Glo ($12)
This is meant for dry to normal skin types and promises to deliver a dewy glow and youthful appearance. It comes in a wide range of colors and costs half as much as BE with samples going for as little as $5. I use Medium for my NC30 skin and it does deliver a nice glow while covering up redness without irritating my skin or accentuating flakes. But if like Bare Escentuals, I find this very shimmery and if you go overboard, you can end up looking shiny. I also noticed that after a few weeks of using this, my skin became drier. I no longer use this anymore.

Overall Rating: C

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation ($26)
Voted as Beauty Editors #1 Pick of ELLE Magazine in 2009, this is made with pure inert minerals with main ingredients including Mica (reflects light to blur fine lines), Zinc Oxide (for anti-flammatory purposes), Titanium Dioxide (acts as a natural sunscreen), Iron Oxides and Ultramarine Blue. It is also free of bismuth oxychloride, talc, preservatives, dyes, parabens and other harmful chemicals so it is suitable for all skin types. There are 16 shades available to suit pale to tan skin with cool, warm, neutral and olive undertones. I have Warm Honey, which is a medium yellow-based color and a good match for my NC30 skin. The foundation has the finest and creamiest texture I have ever seen in a powder. The coverage is also great and very buildable. I usually just dip my brush onto the powder that is stuck on the lid, swirl it around, tap off excess and buff onto the skin. It never looks cakey and all I get is this natural, fresh-faced glow. Plus unlike Bare Escentuals, the light-reflecting particles are really tiny and not over-the-top shimmery so it never emphasizes pores, fine lines or dry patches. I also love that it does not require a finishing powder yet still manages to wear well without oxidizing. Thanks Lily Lolo for making a mineral foundation that I love!

Overall Rating: A+

MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation ($26.50)
This contains light-reflecting micro-minerals to provide a smooth satin finish and vitamins A, C and E to help nurture and condition the skin. It is suitable for all types of skin, especially normal to dry. Unlike most MAC foundations, this runs slightly darker. I normally wear NC30 but wear NC25 for this one. The coverage is low to medium but one pump is all I need to even out the redness on my entire face. Texture-wise, it is smooth and very blendable. I use MAC’s #190 brush or a small powder blush (as suggested by the ma) to gently buff it in and I *love* the results! My skin looks radiant, healthy and most importantly, REAL minus the flattening effect most foundations give to your features. I will definitely repurchase when I run out!

Overall Rating: A-

MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation (Loose) ($29)
This comes in 9 shades which run slightly darker than the MSF Naturals. I use Medium Plus for the MSF Natural and Medium for this. Unlike most other mineral foundations I tried, this does not irritate my dehydrated combination skin. It feels soft, lightweight, non-drying and imparts a my-skin-but-better finish. The coverage is on the sheer side and slightly more matte compared to the Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation. The sock-covered latex sponge applicator that it comes with also works pretty well for buffing the product into the skin but I prefer using a small powder brush. My only gripe is it does tend to oxidize so the color turns darker by the end of the day. Love the texture and finish, hate the wearability.

Overall Rating: B-

Zorpia Photo Sharing: Free Unlimited Storage & BandwidthMilani Minerals Loose Makeup ($7)
Despite the cheap price tag, this acutually works better than some of more expensive mineral foundations out there. I have True Beige, which is a neutral color for medium skin tone. The color looks a little dark in the bottle but is a decent match for my NC30 skin. Unlike Bare Escentuals and Every Day Minerals, this is not as shimmery. Coverage is medium and a little goes a looooong way. When I first put it on, my face does look a bit powdery but a few spritzes of Sephora’s Radiance Face Spray fixes the problem easily. I read somewhere that people complained about oiliness after a few hours but I never had this problem. My makeup stayed fresh after six hours of errands without any touch ups. I also love the brush-in-the-cap design but the brush itself is absolutely useless. The bristles are way too rough and I don’t know how anyone can use it without scratching their faces (I use Cat Cosmetics’ Kabuki brush to apply this). Other than that, this does the job without breaking the bank.
*Update: This also dried out my skin after a month. I have stopped using it.

Overall Rating: C

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