Shaky Foundations

24 Sep 09 03:58PM EST
Post by Kate Browne  Kate Browne Google Plus
Makeup and I go way back. From that first lip-gloss I bought from the Avon lady at the grand old age of10, it’s been a love affair that’s seen me through several decades. Now I’m on the wrong side of 35, with a toddler who likes to start the working day at dawn with a rousing chorus of Baa baa black sheep — my relationship with makeup is less love affair, more necessity. For this working mother, some days makeup is the only thing that can transform me from sleep deprived zombie to something close to resembling a human being.

Lately there’s been a lot of noise about mineral makeup. You only have to turn on the TV or flip open a magazine to see yet another cosmetic company spruiking the ‘all natural’ benefits of this new breed of makeup, as well as being endorsed by glossy Hollywood starlets as a must-have product.

So what’s so special about it? Unlike regular foundation, mineral makeup actually claims to BE GOOD for your skin. In the makeup world this is as radical as someone manufacturing a chocolate bar that helps you lose weight.

Basically, unlike the pore clogging guilt that other kinds of foundation can induce, the supposedly all ‘natural’ mineral version is positively guilt free. One brand I came across claims its mineral foundation is so gentle you can wear it to bed, others say that just by that using it you can improve your skin. While the idea of hopping into bed with a full face of makeup is a little scary, I was still intrigued enough to want to give mineral makeup a go. And it seems I’m not the only one — we’ve had plenty of requests from readers asking us to test it out.

As a result, here CHOICE HQ we recently recruited an army of makeup lovers to test out a whole range of these new fangled foundations and let us know what they think. In the meantime I’ve been investigating how good this stuff really is for you in terms of the ingredients. Can brushing powder all over your face really work wonders for your skin? See our results.

In the meantime let me know if you’ve tried mineral makeup? I’d love to know what you think.

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