Mineral Veil

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Category:
Makeup > Powders > Mineral Powder
Last Updated:
12/12/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Mineral Veil is a talc-free loose powder with a softer and much lighter consistency than the bareMinerals Foundation SPF 15, and it applies matte. The shades are sheer and have a dry finish that’s best for someone with normal to oily skin.

Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Corn Starch Modified, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Stearate.

May Contain: Iron Oxides

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. The self-proclaimed "healthiest, purest makeup in the world" was founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s, and is now run by Leslie Blodgett, who appears regularly on QVC and the company's own infomercials to support and demonstrate her products. Blodgett is largely credited with turning the line she began into a $150 million business—no small feat. The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skin-care products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

Supporting the company's portrayal as a leader in purity are the corresponding claims that the bareMinerals makeup does not contain fragrance, oil, binders, preservatives, emulsifiers, or any other harmful chemicals. Although this line does have its advantages for someone with sensitive skin, as it turns out, bismuth oxychloride, a major ingredient in the powder formulations, can cause skin irritation, while the other minerals can be drying (Source: www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Bismuth_oxychloride-9923103). Regarding bismuth oxychloride, it is interesting to note that bismuth (a metallic element) seldom occurs in nature. Instead, it is a by-product of copper and lead refining, or is manufactured synthetically. Chemically, it's similar to arsenic, a fact you won't see in any advertising for bareMinerals. However, just as cosmetic-grade mineral oil is not identical to the petroleum from which it originated, neither is bismuth oxychloride identical to bismuth. The bismuth oxychloride used in cosmetics is non-toxic, but this background offers a good example of how skewed a company's definition of "natural" can be.

Aside from the health and purity claims, loose powders are as messy as it gets in terms of your vanity (countertop, not ego) and your makeup bag. The powder just gets all over the place, and the very basic packaging does not do much to minimize the mess. Additionally, while there are softer neutral shades, and some fairly exotic shades as well, most are mildly to extremely shiny and make any amount of crepey skin look more so. The face powder does provide some amount of opaque coverage, but the shine and the thickness can be a bit much. The loose powder eyeshadows and blushes apply in a somewhat lighter way, though they still provide significant coverage. Many women ask me about mineral makeup and whether or not it really is better for skin. The answer to that question is "No."

Although most mineral makeup is innocuous, the texture, appearance, and application have difficulties that make it not comparable to today's best liquid or pressed-powder foundations. We agree with bareMinerals' stance that foundation shouldn't look or feel like a mask, nor should there be a line of demarcation where the application stops. However, their foundations are not the only ones able to achieve this, and there is no inherent benefit to this type of foundation over numerous other options.

There isn't much to say about the skin-care products, but what's worth paying attention to is noted in the At-a-Glance section.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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  1. Dolly
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Drying
    • It leaves my face feeling dry, i have mix to dry skin, it does not last through the day

  2. Liz
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 01, 2012
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Love
    • I received the mineral veil in my very first bare minerals starter set and honestly I had no idea what the point of it was. When I asked the woman at the bare minerals counter, she said it's supposed to give a smoother look to my face. Assuming that she was just trying to sell product, I decided to open up my mineral veil compact and give it another try. I apply a small amount over my entire face (minus the eye shadow) after I'm completely finished applying my makeup. I make sure to apply enough for it to do its job, but not too much that it alters the color of my foundation. A small dusting per area of application is what I use. Anyways I believe it does give a more "photo finish" look to my face. It appears to smooth out my 25 year old "wrinkles" and look of my pores. Mind you, I do use a medium-full coverage concealer and medium to full coverage bare minerals loose powder foundation. Mineral veil seems to provide the finishing touch. It lasted all throughout the night and even the next morning (yes I know, wash your face before bed!) my foundation looked flawless! Mineral veil claims to "set" your foundation which I think it does, especially over a liquid concealer. It just gives my face a more airbrushed look, which I really enjoy. I will be continuing to use mineral veil. The downfall is that it is expensive, but it lasts a very long time since you use only a fraction of the amount compared to the amount you would use of the powder foundation. I would recommend this product, but I'm not so convinced to suggest everyone I know to go buy it.

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