Browsing Making Good With Minerals (08/09)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

beingTRUE Broken Down

We’ve been a little behind in our on-going feature on mineral makeup, Making Good with Minerals, so please forgive. BEING TRUE is the next line up and it’s a new one to us. Let’s breakdown their Protective Mineral Foundation Compact SPF 17 ($40 @ It has more ingredients inside than I am used to seeing and quite a few are known to aggravate skin. I’m pretty lucky that I can put basically anything on my skin without worrying about an adverse reaction but I know there are many who cannot. I’ve *d the ones that might make skin mad at you.


Being-True Here’s the list of ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (sunscreen), Zinc Oxide (sunscreen), *Mica (transparent mineral mined in sheets. Can sometimes cause irritation for those with sensitive skin or rosasea), Zinc Stearate (sunscreen), *Boron Nitride (A mineral known for its high adhesion quality and a light texture. Can cause an itchy rash with prolonged usage), *Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone (unmodified silicones which are considered a good protectant but may cause irritation to sensitive skin due to its occlusion nature), vitamin E, green tea, Idebenone (a form of the powerful anti-aging ingredient CoQ10), Methylparaben (a non-natural preservative), Propylparaben (preservative) and it may contain Iron Oxides (natural coloring), *Bismuth Oxychloride (one of the most known irritants in mineral makeup. In many brands because it gives a satin finish to the skin) and *Carmine (dark red pigment that can be irritating to some).




Overall, I really liked the feel of this pressed powder on my skin but make sure to use a light hand. It costs a little bit more than what we’re used to but for the finish it left behind, it was worth it. Available in 17 shades.



Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Making Good With Minerals

I had a couple of readers write in about skin irritating ingredients in mineral makeup, foundation specifically. So many different lines are popping up these days that it’s starting to get confusing. So here’s what I thought we’d do – over the next two months, we’ll examine mineral lines on the rise, the kinds of ingredients they use and what that means for you. We’ve featured most of them on these pages before but let’s really get to the bottom of each.


And let’s really try and put the myth to bed that mineral makeup is actually good for your skin. Remember how everyone is throwing the word “natural” around these days? Well these companies are too and some of the ingredients can be just as irritating and un-natural as their non-mineral-based competition. This info from the Cosmetic Cop is worth the read. Don’t mistake this thinking we are not fans, as we are especially when it comes to the glimmer shadows from BE. *sigh*


Ok, onward. First up, the EVERYDAY MiNERALS line and their line which includes Foundations, Finishing Powders, Pressed Powders. Created by an ultra-busy Mom, the Founder was one of the first estheticians in California making headway into the area of all-natural and organic in the area of beauty.


Ingredient breakdown of powders:Everydayminreals_2


Mica – transparent mineral mined from the earth that provides light reflection (think of those liquid foundations that contain ingredients to lessen the look of wrinkles to the naked eye)


Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide - sunscreens


Iron Oxide – a natural color without dyes or animal ingredients


(some of the shades contain) Ultramarine Blue – ingredient used in blue and purple shades (the cool shades)


What we like about this line:


* Besides having a vast array of foundation shades, they really go the extra mile in getting it exactly right with warm vs cool complexions.


* Doesn’t contain some of the well-known skin irritating ingredients.


* The packaging has some thought behind it. What I mean by that is I’m really not enticed by some of the Mom and Pop mineral makeup brands out there. Sorry but I need good-looking packaging too. So shoot me.


* The prices are very reasonable and most of them come in these three sizes: $2.50/sample, $6/mini, $12/big


* 100% money-back guarantee.


What we feel can be improved upon:


* The website is not the easiest to navigate.


* Sizes do not give you exact measurement of product. Did I miss this on the site?


So do you currently wear mineral makeup? Why do you like it? Check out this line @

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