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Monday, March 23, 2009

Mineral Make-up:The Next Big Thing


The first time I heard or read about Mineral Make-up (yes, there is such a thing), was on women's forums on the internet way back 2006, I guess. I actually had no idea what Mineral Make-up was. And I didn't know when it was first introduced in the market. But, girls can't stop raving about it on the internet, on television... everywhere! I wasn't tempted to try it that time because I barely know anything about that kind of make-up plus I am on a tight budget. So... nada.

I was never a Mineral Make-up enthusiast till last week, I went to this mall somewhere in Manila, I window-shopped around the health and wellness section, went to Maybelline's booth and my eyes landed on their mineral make-up line. The saleslady tried the foundation on me, and oh boy, I was so amazed. It gave me that "natural luminous finish" and the "healthy refined coverage" that I needed in a foundation. It isn't that expensive, too! It was my first time to try a mineral make-up on, and yes, I was convinced to buy one. But, unfortunately, my shade was out-of-stock.

Since then, I have been amazed on how these mineral make-ups can do wonders on someone's skin. Yes, based on my experience, it really does give me the kind of coverage that covers the imperfections. However, I am quite curious if these new type of make-up is really good especially for those with sensitive skin. Do mineral make-ups, considering that they are organic, really are better alternatives with the traditional make-up?


So what really is a Mineral Make-up? Mineral make-ups are made of all natural, finely ground minerals from the earth, without any of the chemicals, dyes, and preservatives found in traditional makeup. A lot of consumers are raving about it because according to them, it give their skin a youthful "glow", and a natural, not a heavy "made up" look. Mineral Make-up companies claim that it covers imperfections perfectly, yet it allows the skin to "breathe".They claim that Mineral Make-up can smoothen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and conceals blotchiness. It can also improve the overall appearance of skin with acne or rosacea. And their claim to popularity: their being ideal for sensitive skin. Quite convincing isn't it?

However, I stumbled upon this site (http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/the-lowdown-on-mineral-makeup) wherein the author Colette Bouchez discussed that some experts say that Mineral Make-up is just "a genius marketing plan" and that it can also cause problems on the skin the same way as the traditional make-up. But of course, dermatologists said that as compared to make-ups with talc and other comedogenic chemicals, Mineral Make-up is much safer to use.

If you look at it closely, a make-up is a make-up, whether organic or loaded with preservatives, you should always let your skin rest and breathe. A clear, healthy skin is always much better than a Mineral Make-up. Right? :)

For your convenience (because I love you my dear avid readers), here is a list of Mineral Make-up sites that contain tutorials, reviews on different brands and other Mineral Make-up FAQs. Enjoy and stay gorgeous! :) You are also free to share on what Mineral Make-up brand that suits you best. :)