Staples in my stash: Mineralissima mineral makeup
About 8 or 9 years ago I discovered mineral foundation while wandering online, and until not long ago, I didn’t want to use anything else… it was quite the discovery for my oily skin, exacerbated by my habit of using sunscreen and the warm climate where I live.
I began using other brands that I quite liked overall, but due to circumstances, I switched a few times until I found Mineralissima mineral makeup, which I’ve been using for almost 3 years or so; the company says on its website that once women try it there’s often no going back, and that has been quite true in my case: from the get-go, these products have been permanent residents on my makeup table.
About the brand (and something of an impopular opinion)
This Netherlands-based mineral makeup brand typically includes few ingredients in their formulas, and claims to avoid artificial components and chemicals: their words, as per their website… erm, wha? I thought this was mineral makeup, which is what I came looking for. Interesting: I hadn’t known about titanium dioxide trees, or that iron oxide pigments grew on cabbages…
My verdict on this is: many points to Mineralissima for offering cruelty-free products with pared-down INCI lists; on the other hand, points off for falling into the chemical-phobic, “natural=Nirvana/synthetics=Satan” scaremongering rhetoric of so many brands and interest groups, a practice I find more annoying and off-putting with each day.
IMO, this brand’s products have enough quality not to have to resort to this nonsense. If you can’t pronounce it then don’t buy it? Well, I knew how to pronounce polysyllables and use a dictionary by the time I began grade school, so I’ll buy whatever I find truly useful and adequate for my purposes, whether it goes by dihydrogen monoxide or by any other name.
OK, having said that, on to the review…
Mineralissima mineral foundation
This mineral foundation has a nice, relatively wide variety of skin tones from lightest to darkest, about 20 in total, although the mid-range tones are the ones with the most choices according to cool, warm or neutral subtone. The full-sized jar shown in this post is the tone I use, 2.0 Medium Light, which is pretty much that, with a yellowish neutral sub-tone.
This product claims to have a SPF 15+, but personally, I’m not too convinced about the reliability of SPF in loose powder form, so I normally use this over my usual sunblock, which also serves as a sort of moisturizing primer.
The finish is matte, and I find that it looks best on well hydrated skin, so that it’s not dulling; right upon application it looks like it’s going to be too matte and flat, but in minutes it’s as if it melts somehow on the skin… this takes longer when worn directly on the skin, as I do sometimes in the summer, but I usually apply it over my sunscreen, or over a light moisturizer in the evening.
The duration is quite good, though I find it is a bit better when worn over some sort of moisturizer; I apply this powder foundation in the morning, and I very rarely feel the need to retouch during the day, at the most I blot shine as needed.
It gives moderate coverage, not opaque or intense, so for issues like very dark, little-to-no-sleep undereye circles or those annoying period breakouts, I’d say it’s best to opt for another product… in these cases I like to use Mineralissima’s loose concealer, which is very pigmented, or sometimes a touch of BB cream before applying this foundation.
The coverage is buildable, but since a little foundation goes a long way, I wouldn’t advise applying more than a light dusting because of the risk of looking too powdery and artificial as the day goes by and skin absorbs the moisturizer (I’ve had it happen in drier winter days, and infernal summer days cooped up in an air-conditioned office)
Very important: a very light hand is key – avoid loading the brush with too much powder, because a small amount is enough to do the job of evening skin tone; opt for a concealer or another type of foundation with more coverage if imperfections are a concern to you.
Last, I should mention that some find loose powder foundations a bit of a pain to use, particularly in the morning when you’re in a rush. I don’t find that’s so, myself, but I’ve been using it for years… if you’re a bit heavy-handed or the nervous type, it is quite likely you’ll wind up wasting product, since it’s so light, fine and fluffy, it’s quite likely some of it will fly and settle on your makeup table… and even on your garments if you’re not careful.
This particular product, the Foundation 2.0 that I use, contains only six ingredients, and after a quick run through CosDNA these seem to me to be pretty safe and non-troublesome on the whole (it doesn’t include bismuth oxychloride, an ingredient that until not long ago was pretty fairly common in mineral foundation, even though it often causes skin reactions).
Mineralissima loose mineral concealer
Mineralissima’s loose concealer comes in 8 colors, which at first seems a little limited, particularly when you take into account that four of those are color correctors in green, lavender and light pink (personally, I’m no fan of this color-correcting concept), but I’ve found that the ones I’ve used (Blonde and Bisquit) are: 1) quite adaptable to skin tone 2) offer very high coverage, besides being quite long-lasting.
See analysis in CosDNA.
By long-lasting, I don’t mean just the longevity of the product on the skin: I also mean that the 3g jar lasts forever and ever – you may not even use it up in years; the tiniest touch of concealer is enough to cover adequately, and just like with foundation, it’s best to go easy on application, because it can quickly go to Cakesville if you’re even a bit heavy-handed.
If you overload the brush, you’ll probably have to waste time trying to blend it afterwards, or it may (or rather, probably will) gather in large pores and fine lines; besides, if you have flaking or peeling skin, these products will highlight it so that it can be seen from outer space.
However, once you get the hang of a light-touch application, I find Mineralissima mineral makeup a breeze to use (more than liquid foundation, IMO), it looks subtle and is easy to wear; I forget I have any on.
If you’re anti-foundation because you abhor the feeling of spackle on your face, but you’d like to dress up for an event, for normal to oily skin like mine this would be my first suggestion to try; I’d also suggest checking this out if you find traditional foundations formulated with silicones tend to clog your pores and/or break you out.
For drier skin, well, it depends. My skin dries up somewhat in colder weather, which I usually fix with extra moisturization, but lately this is not enough in some occasions, and then I don’t much like how this product looks on me, because it kind of dulls and ages my face.
So with this in mind, I wouldn’t recommend this type product for dry and/or dehydrated skins, or for skin damaged by treatments, exposure or overexfoliation, mainly because I doubt it will look well… however, I’ve bought on occasion this brand’s Chiffon Finish finishing veil for my mother, who loves it on her dry, mature skin… if none of the above issues are a concern, then in that case somebody with dry skin might still find it worth a try.
Would I repurchase Mineralissima mineral makeup? Yes – I don’t really like using anything else in summer, which is quite fierce, humid and everlasting where I live; however, as I get older, I find that I need to swap this foundation for other products that are less dry once cooler weather sets in.
In any case, these products have earned their place on my makeup table and I like to keep them in my stash at all times… though this is not to say I won’t go on to try other options in mineral makeup!
My rating for the Mineralissima foundation and concealer: 5 points.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.