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Is this mineral makeup really free of harmful stuff?

September 18th, 2013

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Moulin Rouge says…I just saw this Deep Bronzing Mineral Bronzer by Divine Cosmetics on It’s cheap, it says its comparable to MAC makeup and it’s “FREE of harmful ingredients.” Should I buy it? 

The Beauty Brains respond:

It depends on whether or not you’re Canadian. One of the ingredients in the formula, Ferric Ferrocyanide, is classified as “expected to be toxic or harmful,  suspected to be an environmental toxin, and to be persistent or bioaccumulative,” according to Health Canada.

Risk is a combination of hazard and exposure

Remember that the true risk of any given ingredient is determined by both the intensity of the hazard and the degree of exposure. In the case of a colorant such as this one which is only applied topically, the exposure should be quite low.

Still, one would think that any company wanting to make the claim “free of harmful ingredients” might have opted out of using something with CYANIDE in the name. Sheesh!

Deep Bronzing Mineral Bronzer ingredients:

Mineral Talc, Mica, Iron Oxides. May contain: Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide.

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Why does mineral makeup come off so easily?

August 2nd, 2013

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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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Does Mineral Makeup Have Any Special Benefits?

June 18th, 2011

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The Left Brain says…I was interviewed by a writer for WebMD who asked me questions about mineral makeup. I was curious what your beliefs are about mineral makeup are (because I’m curious to see how effective the marketing behind these products has been.) So, I asked the Beauty Brains Forum to share their beliefs about mineral makeup. Here is what they had to say…

Less irritating

I use it because it’s less occlusive than liquid makeup and it does not contain irritants (like chemical sunscreens) that aggravate my rosacea. But the same could be said for any powder makeup. –Sarahf

I think most consumers would agree with me in that they have come to know “mineral” as meaning a product containing natural, hypo-allergenic ingredients, as opposed to old-fashioned powders that may still contain skin-irritating synthetic ingredients. –Juliearnt84

Better oil control

I use powder mineral makeup but mostly just because it IS powder and on my oily skin that works better. A definite plus is that it doesn’t break my skin out. That being said it doesn’t work for me at all unless I use a primer under it. Go figure. –Lindygirl1960

The only benefit with mineral makeup I find is my forehead tends to be less shiny. I use liquid mineral makeup then put powder over that. Otherwise, it’s just the same, if in some cases not worse, than non-mineral. In the end, I think it’s a lot of hype. If it wasn’t for the fact that an hour after washing my forehead is shiny enough to signal airplanes at night I wouldn’t bother with mineral makeup at all. –JamiSings


Oh and another reason…. it is powder and therefore does not have to fit into the 3-1-1 bag for travel! –Lindygirl1960


Well…I use mineral make up, because it is actually the only make-up that doesn’t contain ingredients that I am allergic to… But if I didn’t have any allergies I would go for all the ‘normal’ make- up. I don’t use it simply because it claims to better for the environment or that it would be non-toxic.Those claims do not sound very valid to me. So yes, I am very happy with mineral make-up, because it makes it possible for me to wear make-up (I could not live without…) without getting scary allergic reactions. –Kosmo

Better coverage

I just like the coverage I get…I think I can get the same coverage with regular powder makeup, but honestly I haven’t really tried. Almost every brand now makes some kind of mineral claim on their powder makeups that I haven’t noticed any powders without it! So that’s why I continue to use it. –LoveMyTwinGirls

Liquid foundation was making my skin dry and I never really got the same finish each time and thats in any texture very runny, thick or mousse (the mousse was a disaster and the blush too!). The powder oddly stays all day and it also gives a more natural finish. They had just the perfect shades of eyeshadow that i’d been looking for and it just so happened that it stays all day. –Bluecurls

Compelling Advertising

Marketing mind games was definitely part of the reason I decided to try some… cute name, pretty website, pretty product descriptions haha but hey the products work. It wasn’t about it being mineral it was just they had such good reviews and I was sick of horrible cakey skin.-Bluecurls

I admit, I started using mineral powder makeup because I saw a commercial of the “pioneer” brand on tv and thought it was a miracle. I totally bought into the “safety” aspect, and the “amazing coverage” messages. That was about 5 years ago…Now that I am Beauty Brains savvy, I don’t care whether it has minerals or not. -LoveMyTwinGirls

What do YOU think about the benefits of mineral makeup? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with the rest of the Beauty Brains community.
And thanks to all the members of our Forum for their great contributions!




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Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12 Review, Photos and Swatches

March 7th, 2011

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A new addition to the Double Wear lineup, Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12 is a mineral-rich, long-wearing loose powder that claims to deliver smooth, even, flawless-looking skin that stays fresh and looks natural even through heat, sweat and humidity for up to 12 hours.Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup SPF 12
The powder comes in a clever double-decker jar in Estee Lauder’s signature navy and gold colors. You get a mirror and puff applicator on the top and a loose powder with a sift …

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Rihanna Inspired Blue Eyes Lesson

September 7th, 2009 *Rihanna Inspired Blue Eyes* In This Lesson I Do A Look That Was Inspired By The Beautiful Signer Rihanna. Here Is The Picture With The Inspired Look … Rihanna is one of my favorites she has a unique style of Singing,Makeup,and Hair.I have learned so much about this Beautiful Young Woman Rihanna. Her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Her birthday is February 20th 1988.She has two little brothers Rorrey and Rajad. Shes from the most beautiful place Barbados …