Amazing Matte Loose Powder

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Category:
Makeup > Powders > Mineral Powder
Last Updated:
7/25/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
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Amazing Matte Loose Powder comes in one shade, and although it's translucent it still looks best on fair to light skin. This talc-free, mica- and rice starch; based powder looks beautiful on the skin and provides a dry, matte finish that does a good job of keeping excess shine (oil) in check. The mica lends a subtle glow to skin without being at all sparkly, making the strong matte finish look more natural. This is an impressive product for oily to very oily skin; the only caution has to do with using rice starch (a food-based ingredient) over blemishes.

Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Stearate, Hydrated Silica, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain: Iron Oxides

The Jane Iredale line primarily features its mineral makeup, along with several other cosmetics. The skin-care selection from Jane Iredale is limited to a few ancillary products, although a couple of them are definite options if you're a fan of this line.

For more information about Jane Iredale, call (800) 869-9420 or visit the Web site at www.janeiredale.com.

Iredale's color line is advertised as "The Skin Care Makeup," but it isn't skin-care-like at all, at least not in the way you may imagine. Ingredients like boron nitride, mica, and zinc stearate (also known as zinc soap) have no benefit for skin, and they are the primary ingredients of Iredale's loose powders. A few of the products do include mineral-based, gentle sunscreens and a smattering of antioxidants (though the packaging will render them unstable after opening). The ingredient lists are also relatively short, which is beneficial for those with sensitivities, but that's about as skin-caring as this line gets.

You do need to be wary of some of Iredale's questionable claims, such as "Because our bases are concentrated pigment, the coverage we can achieve is far superior to normal makeup with a minimum amount of product. This is why mineral makeup should always look sheer and natural." These powders can be applied sheer, but the very nature of these ingredients results in products that are heavy-textured and that, like it or not, can look powdery and "made-up" on the skin. This is especially true if you have any dry patches, because these mineral powders, which also claim to "trap moisture," will exacerbate any dryness and can look caked and change color over very oily areas. Actually they do trap moisture, but they trap it away from the skin. That's the nature of any powdered mineral - they are absorbent and as a result can be drying.

Iredale denigrates talc, dismissing it as cheap filler material and an irritant, but talc is the essential backbone for a number of the most luxurious-feeling powders you will find, some of which have a softness and virtually seamless finish on the skin that other lines (including Iredale's) should envy. And talc is not irritating, at least not any more than the mica Iredale chose to use in its place. Even more significant, talc is a natural ingredient and a mineral. Despite this, all of Iredale's claims revolving around how mineral makeups are better for skin are marketing hype to the max. The most important element of her mineral makeup is the overall gentle, fragrance-free formula that provides outstanding sun protection.

If the concept of a powdered makeup different from the traditional talc-based powders you've seen at the cosmetics counters or drugstores appeals to you, then this line presents some fine choices. We would recommend using caution when you read (or are told) about the inflated benefits of some rather ordinary but nevertheless effective ingredients. However, with a few exceptions, there is certainly nothing in these straightforward formulations that’s harmful or irritating, and that's always beneficial.

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  1. CAROL
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Made my pores look huge.
    • It's hard for me to say it's a good value when I threw it away, but it could be fine for someone with tiny or invisible pores. My combo skin looked awful in this and if I did want mineral powder, I'd get one with a finer texture.

  2. Joy L
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    Enh...
    • Maybe my skin is too oily, but this did little to nothing to keep shine at bay. Also, it cannot stand up to water or sweat at all. Not the least bit. Maybe it's too natural...? Also tried the liquid foundation, which was worse because it didn't blend well and once it dried before I was done blending it was near impossible to fix short of some extra splashes of water. Problem is, the foundations (liquid and powder) are sheer to begin with.

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