So many choices it makes our heads spin! How do you figure out what’s best for you? Here’s the breakdown of the latest mineral makeup foundations to be found on store shelves.
Lancôme Ageless Mineral
Includes a white sapphire complex to make skin look brighter and feel softer. It’s formulated with aloe, vitamin E, mica, alumina and bismuth oxychloride. Twelve shades all offer SPF 21 and are free of talc, oil and fragrance.
The positive – it comes in shade options. The negative – it can be irritating to sensitive skin.
CoverGirl Tru Blend Micro Minerals
An ultra fine powder has been refined five times finer than the average mineral powder foundation. Tru Blend Micro Minerals is available in 10 different shades and each container includes a soft brush.
The positive – it’s easily portable. The negative – it’s hard to find shades for darker skin tones.
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and Walgreen’s in the U.S.
PUR Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation
With 10 shades from fair to deep skin tones, Pur focuses on being a four in one product: foundation, concealer, powder and sunscreen.
With SPF 15, this foundation contains no harsh chemical dyes, talc, alcohol or preservatives.
The positive – great coverage. The negative – it is only sold online.
Livinia Mineral Creme Foundation
Unique mix includes kaolin, cornstarch, grapefruit extract, shea butter, vitamin E and jojoba oil which makes this product hydrating and with an SPF 15.
It was developed by an Australian makeup artist. The product does not contain synthetic preservatives, parabens, artificial colours or fragrances.
The positive – it’s long lasting and easy to apply. The negative – it is hard to find.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Mineral Powder Foundation
Made with 95 percent natural minerals and no artificial colourants, this mineral makeup includes light-diffusing properties to illuminate skin and hide flaws. Available in five shades with SPF 15.
The positive – it’s great for skin illumination. The negative – doesn’t provide great coverage.
Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation
A grinder compact creates fresh powder for each use to prevent waste. With SPF 20, this foundation includes vitamin A, E, C as well as a seawater complex with calcium and magnesium. It is available in nine shades.
The positive – fresh makeup every time. The negative – it’s not for oily skin or combination skin.
In case you aren’t sure what mineral makeup truly is, here are the basics:
1. Mineral makeup is made up of at least three minerals: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and iron oxide.
2. These minerals are all inert, which means they won’t react with your skin or be absorbed by the skin.
3. These minerals can screen UVA/UVB rays, which is why mineral makeup has an SPF of 15-20 on average.