Why does mineral makeup come off so easily?

August 2nd, 2013 by Sarah Leave a reply »

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Mareannah asks…I don’t understand why Bare Minerals comes off so easily. Is this true of all mineral products?

The Beauty Brains respond:
It depends on your definition of “mineral makeup.”

The make up of mineral makeup

True mineral makeup (makeup that ONLY contains true mineral ingredients) must come in powder form because there are no liquid minerals. Therefore, these products are limited to ingredients such as talc, calcium carbonate, mica, iron oxides, and so on. While these ingredients do a good job of gently covering the skin they do have a couple of significant drawbacks: They only offer a limited color palette and they have poor adhesion to skin compared to other forms of make up which include oil and other binders.  The latter is the reason you experience this problem with some mineral makeup products.

It’s also important to note that some products call themselves mineral makeup even though they contain non-mineral ingredients. If mineral purity is important to you, be sure to read the label very carefully to make sure only minerals are listed. But if long lasting coverage is more important to you, then look for  non-mineral ingredients like oils that help the powder stick to your skin.

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