A few years ago I made my way up to the Proactiv kiosk at the mall seeking a solution for my then acne problem and, while I don’t use Proactiv anymore (more on that later), there is one tip about makeup I learned that has and will always stay with me. As I was purchasing my new skincare products, the sales associate explained to me the importance makeup ingredients also play in acne prevention and that anything I put on my face needed to be free of three harmful ingredients. Impatient as I was for my acne to clear up, I headed straight to the nearest health food store to find a new face makeup. To my surprise, there were a lot of natural makeup brands that still included these “no no” ingredients. The one and only brand that I found that even came close was Mineral Fusion and to this day (3 years later) I still wear and swear by this brand. At one point, about a year ago, I thought maybe my face was ready to handle department store products and tried a new foundation. Sure enough my skin suffered some major breakouts as a result. My skin is just far too sensitive to the ingredients commonly found in conventional makeup products and, frankly, I’m not willing to risk it anymore. This just goes to show even more how good the Mineral Fusion brand and foundation is! Yes, Proactiv helped clear up my skin, but I honestly believe this makeup is what now prevents me from having tons of acne. Makeup is one of the main, or at least contributing, causes of acne for women. We constantly go through the cycle of using makeup to cover our acne, which makes it worse because it clogs our pores even more, and then we put on more makeup to cover it up. Really, we just need to let our skin breathe, but I’ll be the first to admit how hard it is to go out with no makeup when you are struggling with acne.
All of the Mineral Fusion products I’ve tried have far surpassed my expectations and I would absolutely recommend their products to anyone. But more than that, I love their mission and what they stand for. Their makeup is actually good for you and good for the environment. It is made of natural ingredients and free of gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, SLS, and phthalates. They don’t conduct animal testing and they use recycled materials for their packaging. And what’s even more, they are partners with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Mineral Fusion is just an all around great brand to use and support.
Mineral Fusion Products I Use
Below are the three Mineral Fusion products I use everyday. I would also love to try their blush too!
Pressed Powder Foundation
I wear the pressed powder foundation in the shade Olive 3. I will say, their shade naming conventions don’t really correspond to the shade it actually is so I would be sure to read the shade descriptions on their website to determine the one that’s best for you. For instance, you would initially think Olive 3 is just a darker shade of olive compared to Olive 1 or 2, but it’s actually for olive skin with warm undertones compared to Olive 1 and 2 which are for olive skin with neutral and cool undertones respectively. Sprouts and Whole Foods both carry testers in store so you can go in and test out the colors to confirm which one best matches your skin. I apply the powder with an Eco Tools kabuki brush, which I purchased at the same time I discovered Mineral Fusion per the cosmetics associate’s recommendation and I am sooo glad I did! Eco Tools seriously makes the best brushes! They are all so soft and well made and very affordable! And they are cruelty free and environmentally friendly too! It’s a win-win! 😊
Pressed Powder Foundation Ingredients: Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Boron Nitride, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Hydrolyzed Mango Juice Extract, Hydrolyzed Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Alaria Esculenta (Sea Kelp) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibus Red Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Sambucus Nigra Fruit (Elderberry), Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Chromium Oxide Green, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarine, Zinc Oxide.
For bronzer, I switch between the shades luster and sparkle, but mostly wear sparkle just because I’m not the biggest fan of duos. The sparkle has a shimmer finish in the palette, but when it goes on there really isn’t too much shimmer on your face so don’t worry about that. I use another Eco Tools brush to apply the bronzer, but, to be honest, I’m not actually sure which brush it is since it came in a brush set I purchased years ago. It is most similar to their blending and bronzing brush.
Bronzer Ingredients: Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos Red Tea) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca (Sea Kelp) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
I use the concealer duo to cover up any imperfections on my face or dark circles under my eyes and apply it with Eco Tools’ airbrush concealer brush. I love the creaminess of the concealer because it provides great coverage. I primarily use the lighter shade and then give the remainder to my mom when I’m done with it because the darker shade is perfect for her skin. I wish they made the concealer in single shades, but I guess it works out for us so at least I’m not wasting it. 😊
Concealer Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract (Pycnogenol), Zinc Oxide, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos Red Tea) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Ingredients to Avoid
I’m going to preface this section with the fact that I know some of these ingredients are present in Mineral Fusion’s makeup so, while I don’t think you need to stay away from these products 100%, I do think you need to watch out for them and see how your skin reacts to them. Everyone’s skin is different. The one ingredient below that is not present in any of Mineral Fusion’s products is talc, but talc is present in the makeup I used years ago before I switched to Mineral Fusion. For this reason, I believe my skin does not react well to talc. Silica is still a maybe for me. I’ve used foundations with silica and broke out, but silica is present in Mineral Fusion’s concealer. Perhaps, since it is used in such small areas that it does’nt affect my face as much.
Talc is a mineral made up of mostly magnesium, silicon, and oxygen, and is added to makeup to prevent caking and dilute the pigment. More than being an irritant to the skin, it is also rumored to be the cause of various health concerns. Research it a little and you’ll surely not want it near your face ever again.
Mica describes a group of various naturally occurring minerals that all have similar physical and chemical properties. It is used in makeup, especially mineral foundations, for its shimmering appearance to give a soft, natural glow.
Silica is also a naturally occurring mineral found in sandstone, clay, and granite, but can also be synthetically produced. Like talc, it is added to makeup to prevent caking and dilute the pigment, as well as to help absorb sweat and oil and as a suspending agent, which is why you’ll find it in a lot of liquid foundations.
Like I said, everyone’s skin is different and you just need to find what irritates your skin and what doesn’t. Obviously, it is very hard to avoid all three of these ingredients, but you can at least be aware of them so that you can look out for them and keep an eye on how your skin reacts to them.
Do you suffer from acne? What makeup brands have you found that work?