What are the Bare Minerals Ingredients? There are only five ingredients in the original Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Makeup foundation.
Titanium Dioxide is widely used in cosmetics and skin care for its thickening and whitening properties. It provides a physical sunscreen and provides UVA and UVB protection. (Titanium dioxide also makes Oreo cookies frosting extra-white and is the 'M' on M&M's candy.)
Zinc Oxide is also a physical sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. It provides thickening and water resistance. Is known to be “calming” to the skin and will reduce irritation and promote healing. (It is in Desitin ointment for diaper rash and calamine lotion.)
Bismuth Oxychloride is a pearlescent mineral that provides the “glow” and causes problems for some users (See Bismuth in Mineral Makeup)
Mica is a sheer, translucent and skin-hugging mineral. Reflects light from the face, creating an illusion of a smoother, softer and more radiant skin tone.
Iron Oxides provide the color to the foundation.
The ingredients in bareMinerals Matte Minerals are:
Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Calcium Silicate, Soil Minerals. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides
If you are looking for a Bismuth Free makeup with a few ingredients as possible, my recommendation is Mineral Hygienics.