Mineral Hygienics offers a very good selection of bismuth free cosmetics.
I have been using their starter kit for about a month now and I am very impressed. First of all, it is bismuth free and only contains four ingredients. So anyone looking for more natural cosmetics should definitely take a look at these. The products seem to have a much finer texture than other mineral powders,
which gives the foundation a smooth, matte finish. I wear medium in everything and their medium is a perfect match. It provides medium to fuller (not complete) coverage. However, you can achieve full coverage by using these tricks - Concealing with Mineral Makeup.
What impressed me the most is that this makeup stays on until you take it off. I was blown away that at the end of the day (the very end - at bedtime) I still have what looks like all of my makeup in place and it stays there until I take it off. I haven't slept in it, but I think I might just to see exactly how long it does stay put. I am sure I am not the only one who has glanced in a mirror during the day and thought "what happened to my makeup?"! I do not recall any other foundation that has ever had the same staying power as this one. This is not only important because if we put on makeup we actually want to wear it all day, but also that it continues to provide sun protection all day long. Which got me thinking, if we are using mineral make up as our sun protection and it wears off by lunch time, then we are no longer protected. Another plus is that they offer a 60-day money-back guarantee.
Mineral Hygienics Foundation
The foundation comes in 12 shades. The starter kit includes two shades so you can mix your perfect make up color or if your skin gets slightly darker in the warmer months.
Their Foundation has only four Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica and Zinc Oxide. It DOES not contain fragrances, talc, bismuth oxychloride, dyes, parabens, mineral oil, saligylates, carmine, synthetic fragrances, methylparaben, petro-chemicals, or anything else. The Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide provide a natural SPF and sun protection.
Sheer Perfection Silk Translucent Powder
They call their finishing powders "Velvet Powders". Now I am a huge fan of Bare Minerals's Mineral Veil, but I like this as much, maybe even better. I think this definitely contributes to the makeup's all day staying power. This only had four ingredients: mica, rice powder, corn starch and iron oxides. What I really like about this powder is that it is really translucent. Mineral Veil is not truly translucent, unless you have very fair skin you have to get one of the tinted versions or use an all over face color after applying it because it definitely lightens up the look of the foundation. The company recommends using this as a primer also if you have oiler skin, fine lines and wrinkles or enlarged pores. I did this a few times and I really do like the results. (You use it before and after the foundation.)
Enhancers are all over face colors and consist of two bronzers and two illuminators. The bronzers are very sheer and subtle. You can use them all over your face for a nice light wash of color. I really like that they have a bronzer for cool skin tones and one for warm skin tones.
Kabuki Brush is the best Kabuki brush ever. I have a lot of different Kabukis that I do not care for because they apply too much makeup. This one is perfect. It is soft and fluffy and it puts the perfect amount of makeup on. Plus it has not shed one bit, unlike many of the others.
Starter Kit is what I have been using and what I recommend to get started with this brand. It is a great value with a $59.99 price tag, you save over $100 from the retail prices. The kit has full size products and deluxe brushes - it includes:
It is sold in six different color choices, fair, light, medium, tan, warm and dark. They have detailed information on their site if you need help deciding on your best shade. They also have an auto delivery plan where you get a kit every 90 days for $19.99/month - which is good for beauties on a budget. (You have to order this, don't worry they do not automatically enroll you.)
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I had used Bare Minerals for 8 years but when I would get the least bit sweaty it would itch. I decided to try Mineral Hygienics because of the reviews. …