Mineral Makeup

After using BE Light 2.0 for the last year, I wanted to try other brands. I like the BE, but it's a little yellow on me. So I ordered Alima, Jane Iredale, Meow, & Pur. (JI & Pur, I found samples on eBay)

Alima -- really great color selection, equals Meows. Plus they have a huge selection of blush & lip colors as well. Unfortunately, it was really drying on my slightly dry skin. I actually felt tightness & a masky-feeling as the day wore on. Yikes. That hasn't happened with any other brand. Those of you with oily skin might love this tho.

Jane Iredale -- I got the Pure Pressed Base, and fell in love with the format. The color Warm Sienna, was a pretty good match (they run lighter than BE, as does Meow), and I couldn't believe how great the coverage was in pressed form. It's very creamy feeling, but a satin matte finish. I'd gotten so used to cleaning up the mess on my bathroom counter, I was really loving how portable this was. And it actually had a soothing, creamy feel on my skin.

Pur -- haven't received this one yet.

Meow -- really happy with their color choices. I ordered about 6 in both Pampered & original. Their hint about pale olive skin looking better in the peach toned Persian was right on. I expected to do better with yellow or neutral, so i also got Manx & Mau (which is my next best match) but Persian was really seamless. I may go to Mau for winter. Even tho I wear sunscreen my pale olive skin tans like nobody's business with even minimal sun exposure -- even in Alaska! Sheesh. I like the texture of both versions. Slightly creamy, and no tightness or irritation at all. Some really great quality. I only wish the finish was a little less matte, and that they came in pressed form.

I'll probably go with the Jane, just for ease of travel, and the intermediate satin finish, but really happy with the Meow as well.
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i love EM - much cheaper,better coverage, and they have a really good range of colors for foundation and blushes.

i wear a mix of sunkissed fair and medium intensive foundations.
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I've been really happy with them.. and another online store which I can't rembember.

Stays on nice and has good shine-control (oily teenager.. AHH!!)

I've tried several different mineral makeups, but I'm not a huge fan of Bare Minerals (its' not really completely "organic" although it's better than regular stuff)
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I'm thinking about trying Meow Cosmetics foundation.

Is it absolutely necessary, or really worth it, to use the primer, foundation, AND finish/setting powder? That just seems like a lot of steps, and a lot of stuff on my face!!

I've tried L'oreal mineral powders, and physician's formula, neither really amazed me. My biggest concern/confusion with mineral foundation is: do the higher-end brands last all day? How easily do they rub off?

Also, I have no idea how to find my shade. I've NEVER been good at that and I've been wearing foundation on and off since I was about 16.

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I'm thinking about trying Meow Cosmetics foundation.

Is it absolutely necessary, or really worth it, to use the primer, foundation, AND finish/setting powder? That just seems like a lot of steps, and a lot of stuff on my face!!

I've tried L'oreal mineral powders, and physician's formula, neither really amazed me. My biggest concern/confusion with mineral foundation is: do the higher-end brands last all day? How easily do they rub off?

Also, I have no idea how to find my shade. I've NEVER been good at that and I've been wearing foundation on and off since I was about 16.
Originally Posted by thataliciagirl
If your skin is not oily or combination, I don't think you are going to need the primer for the meow. I don't think you really need finishing powder, either, with the meow. I'm not convinced it helps the makeup stay longer. I do like the meow glow powder, if you want a more luminous finish.

I find that mineral makeups last about as long as liquid foundations.

As for choosing color, I think the meow colors are very forgiving. You have to be more careful when choosing a concealer, though. Get the wrong concealer, it will almost stand out like chalk on your face.

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I use the primer but only because I have oily skin. I don't think you need that or a finishing powder, personally.
I'm thinking about trying Meow Cosmetics foundation.

Is it absolutely necessary, or really worth it, to use the primer, foundation, AND finish/setting powder? That just seems like a lot of steps, and a lot of stuff on my face!!

I've tried L'oreal mineral powders, and physician's formula, neither really amazed me. My biggest concern/confusion with mineral foundation is: do the higher-end brands last all day? How easily do they rub off?

Also, I have no idea how to find my shade. I've NEVER been good at that and I've been wearing foundation on and off since I was about 16.
Originally Posted by thataliciagirl
If your skin is not oily or combination, I don't think you are going to need the primer for the meow. I don't think you really need finishing powder, either, with the meow. I'm not convinced it helps the makeup stay longer. I do like the meow glow powder, if you want a more luminous finish.
I find that mineral makeups last about as long as liquid foundations.

As for choosing color, I think the meow colors are very forgiving. You have to be more careful when choosing a concealer, though. Get the wrong concealer, it will almost stand out like chalk on your face.
Originally Posted by Brio
Oh man, I hadn't seen that before so I went and looked and then I had to buy it. That was the only thing I was wishing their foundation had. I don't want to be shiny but a little more glow than matte is perfect

I do think mineral holds up better than liquid, at least for me. Usually by the end of the day with liquid, it can look a little greasy and it will actually get darker on me. With mineral I can just do a little touch up and go on about my business. That is really nice when we want to go out at night. Usually I would need to redo my makeup before we went out and now I don't.
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I'm thinking about trying Meow Cosmetics foundation.

Is it absolutely necessary, or really worth it, to use the primer, foundation, AND finish/setting powder? That just seems like a lot of steps, and a lot of stuff on my face!!

I've tried L'oreal mineral powders, and physician's formula, neither really amazed me. My biggest concern/confusion with mineral foundation is: do the higher-end brands last all day? How easily do they rub off?

Also, I have no idea how to find my shade. I've NEVER been good at that and I've been wearing foundation on and off since I was about 16.
Originally Posted by thataliciagirl
If your skin is not oily or combination, I don't think you are going to need the primer for the meow. I don't think you really need finishing powder, either, with the meow. I'm not convinced it helps the makeup stay longer. I do like the meow glow powder, if you want a more luminous finish.
I find that mineral makeups last about as long as liquid foundations.

As for choosing color, I think the meow colors are very forgiving. You have to be more careful when choosing a concealer, though. Get the wrong concealer, it will almost stand out like chalk on your face.
Originally Posted by Brio
Oh man, I hadn't seen that before so I went and looked and then I had to buy it. That was the only thing I was wishing their foundation had. I don't want to be shiny but a little more glow than matte is perfect

I do think mineral holds up better than liquid, at least for me. Usually by the end of the day with liquid, it can look a little greasy and it will actually get darker on me. With mineral I can just do a little touch up and go on about my business. That is really nice when we want to go out at night. Usually I would need to redo my makeup before we went out and now I don't.
Originally Posted by Rednaturalcurls
I think you will like the glow. I just got a sample, but I was impressed with the glow you got without it looking like glitter on your skin.

I have to agree with that. I think mineral make-up is easier to touch up than liquid foundation, if you want to refresh to go out for dinner at night or something.

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I wore my EM to work on Monday, and I was way disappointed because it only lasted about half a day. I'm not giving up yet, though. I'm hoping the new shade I ordered and the intensive formulation will help with the coverage and the staying power. I also ordered a different color concealer to try instead of the mint, and I'm hoping that will help with covering up the redness.

Maybe I should try using a flat top brush instead of the kabuki - if it gives more coverage. I just can't keep sinking money into things that might end up not working. *sigh*

I really really want to be able to use mineral makeup, though, because it's so fast and easy and better for your skin (according to everything I've heard). I just also want some good coverage which lasts. Maybe that's just too much to ask!
Originally Posted by entipy
try a flat top brush - it makes a huge difference. as for coverage, have you tried the intensive formula? that's all i use and it covers so well. also, for the concealers, try them wet - it makes a world of difference
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I don't use any of the primers either. If I want more coverage, I lightly mist my kabuki brush with moisturizing facial toner, like Boscia, then dip & apply. Increases coverage by about 30% for me.

I agree on the flat top brush! I ordered one from Meow along with my samples & it does give more coverage, & a lot less mess. I use the rounded brush for apply blush or for touch ups when I want a lighter hand.

And I think the drugstore mineral brands are a waste of time. L'Oreal contains talc as its main ingred, & Neutrogena just made me sneeze with all the airborne mess of it's horrid applicator, & gave zero coverage. I just looked dry & flaky.

Still enjoying the Meow but loving the Jane Iredale's coverage, & the Pur is great at neutralizing redness.
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Has anyone tried Sheer Cover? I just saw a commercial on that. Ingredients: http://www.sheercover.com/ingredients.php
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
I tried it several years ago and like it. I really liked the concealer and it lasted me forever. I just thought it was too expensive. Through the infomercial, they want you to join a "club," and through the club it ended up costing $30/month.

Bed, Bath & Beyond (or maybe it's Linens-N-things) sells it.

HSN also sells it. They have an anniversary kit which I linked below. Go to HSN & read the reviews. These reviews are usually a pretty good indication of how good a product is. HSN also has their 30 day money-back guarantee. I've returned makeup with no problems.

click here

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Thanks for the info Brio. I does look expensive.

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I have read everything here and have one question -- I have very light skin with some freckles and really dry - I haven't worn make-up really before but now with grey to white hair I need to do something to perk up --

I was looking at the Bare Escentuals which I can get near me - do you all think that will work with dry skin well.


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rho
rho
I have read everything here and have one question -- I have very light skin with some freckles and really dry - I haven't worn make-up really before but now with grey to white hair I need to do something to perk up --

I was looking at the Bare Escentuals which I can get near me - do you all think that will work with dry skin well.


thanks
rho
Originally Posted by rho1640

If you've got an Ulta store near you, you can go and have them do a BE makeup application on you. Sephora probably does it too. I think mineral makeup can be made to work with every skin type.

If you've got an Ulta store near you, you can go and have them do a BE makeup application on you. Sephora probably does it too. I think mineral makeup can be made to work with every skin type.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Thanks - Ulta is the store that is about 30 -45 minutes away from me that I was thinking about going to - do they do the applications all the time or just certain times (I noticed they said something about Sept. 29th) because I don't want to wait - you know that whole instant gratification thing
rho
I was looking at the Bare Escentuals which I can get near me - do you all think that will work with dry skin well.
rho
Originally Posted by rho1640
I have dry skin as well and yes, the BE is a good choice. It's much more moisturizing than Meow. You'd probably do well with Fair or Fairly Light. Jane Iredale & Pur (pressed versions) are also moisturizing and I get no tightness at all when I wear any of these 3 brands. I sometimes use my BE loose mixed into a rich moisturizer cream during very cold windy winter days.
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I was looking at the Bare Escentuals which I can get near me - do you all think that will work with dry skin well.
rho
Originally Posted by rho1640
I have dry skin as well and yes, the BE is a good choice. It's much more moisturizing than Meow. You'd probably do well with Fair or Fairly Light. Jane Iredale & Pur (pressed versions) are also moisturizing and I get no tightness at all when I wear any of these 3 brands. I sometimes use my BE loose mixed into a rich moisturizer cream during very cold windy winter days.
Originally Posted by CelticCurls
Thank You! I am just a tad nervous about starting any make-up routine - I have been trying to do my eyebrows and some lipstick at least since I am so washed out but I think it is time to move on to more if I don't want to look like death warmed over. So I want quick and easy that stays on pretty well and doesn't dry me out - sounds like this is my solution
rho
do they do the applications all the time or just certain times (I noticed they said something about Sept. 29th) because I don't want to wait - you know that whole instant gratification thing

I see them doing it at all times, but you could probably just call and see when their makeup person is in and maybe even set up an appoitment.
Has anyone tried Colorscience mineral makeup? I read a rave review about it somewhere. Here's the link to their site....

http://colorscience.com


The ad makes it sound soooo wonderful...
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