This is the pressed (and less messy) version of gloMinerals’ gloLoose Base Powder Foundation. Like the Loose version, this has a mica base and an application that feels silky and slightly creamy, but sets to a dry matte finish. It feels remarkably smooth and offers a soft, non-sparkling glow to skin. If you have lines or wrinkles, be sure to check the application in daylight because any amount of shine can make wrinkles more obvious. Overall, this is one of the better pressed-powder mineral foundations due to its superior texture, application, and blendability, but regrettably it doesn’t contain sunscreen. It also manages to not look flat or dull on skin, although overdoing this definitely results in a powdery appearance that accentuates lines. This is still highly recommended for fans of mineral makeup who have normal to slightly dry or oily skin. The shade selection is excellent. Most of the colors are neutral to slightly warm (yellow/gold) and are suitable for most fair to dark skin tones. The darkest shades (those in the Cocoa range) are worth a look because this mineral foundation doesn’t look ashen because it doesn’t contain lots of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
Note: This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.
Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Nylon-12, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Isopentyldiol, Water
May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Chromium Hydroxide Greens, Carmine
Another mineral makeup line has found its way into the over-marketed, overhyped, and inundated world of mineral makeup. The reason for this mineral-oriented explosion seems to be consumers' insatiable appetite for something new and the belief that the word "mineral" on a product label means it is a superior form of makeup. Mineral makeup isn't better for skin and it isn't the best way to get makeup on your face. In fact, because there are so many "mineral" products being sold, there isn't even a way to generalize what they contain because the formulas are completely random.
Claims for mineral makeup range from the sublime to the absurd, with the truth somewhere in the middle. Perhaps the most consistent claim made about mineral makeup products is that they are better for sensitive skin. That isn't the case. A mineral powder's granular nature makes it problematic for sensitive skin, and that slight abrasion over the skin is something to watch out for. The claim that mineral makeup is good for dry skin is physiologically impossible because minerals of any kind are absorbent and that means the moisture in your skin and whatever emollients you put on your face will be sucked up by the mineral powder. There are many types of foundation that work beautifully for sensitive and dry skin, but it is probably not in powder form.
When it comes to gloMinerals the only thing glowing you can count on are the claims. The press release for this makeup brand states it is a "clinical makeup system uniquely formulated for skincare professionals and their clients." The "advanced formulations" are said to combine UV protection with "pharmaceutical grade ingredients" and antioxidants. That sounds great, but the truth is there is nothing about any gloMinerals makeup product that is pharmaceutical grade; in fact, there is no such thing as pharmaceutical-grade makeup. gloMinerals products do not hold any advantage, for professionals (as in aestheticians) or anyone else; they are just powders, nothing more, nothing less. Not a single ingredient in any of the gloMinerals products is unique; the ingredients are found in almost any makeup line you care to name. That doesn't mean gloMinerals isn't worth a look, but it does mean the products aren't professional, aren't cutting edge, aren't worth the price, and certainly aren't something you need to try so you don't miss out on it.
What we find ethically distressing is that the company claims their products offer UV protection, but none of these products have an SPF rating or list any active sunscreen ingredients. Some of them do contain titanium dioxide, but unless it's listed as an active ingredient and the product has undergone the appropriate FDA testing to establish an SPF rating, you absolutely cannot rely on it for sun protection. Their claim of UV protection is either disingenuous or ignorant on the part of the company; either way, if a company can't get the sunscreen claim right, then you should think twice about any of its other claims. Plus, there are lots of companies that offer products with "mineral" in the name that do come with an SPF rating, do list the active ingredients on the label, and don't cost as much as gloMinerals products.
There are some key products to consider from gloMinerals, including their pressed-powder foundation, which definitely contains minerals; the main mineral is mica, a shiny mineral pigment that is used in thousands of makeup items. Oddly, several of the company's non-mineral products are excellent, including their cream lipstick, lip gloss, bronzing gel, and brush-on brow powder. The specialty products and those that add shine are no better than average, and the pencils are merely OK.
One more thing: gloMinerals talks up the antioxidants in their products. Most of the products contain a blend of vitamins (such as A, C, and E) with a couple of antioxidant plants such as green tea. Although adding antioxidants to makeup is a thoughtful touch, in most cases the amounts gloMinerals included are but a dusting. There's also the issue that the small amount of antioxidants won't last long in products packaged in clear jars and transparent glass bottles.
For more information about gloMinerals, call 1.800.232.0398 or visit www.gloprofessional.com.