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Mineral makeup issues

battinlashbattinlash Posts: 1,850Registered Users
I didn't want to guano the other mineral makeup threads, so here's one about my issues with it.

I bought into the mineral hype and started with Physician's Formula. I was so excited to try it, but the experience was disappointing....It goes on just like a powder, and that's about it. Nothing special, no amazing flawless coverage like I hoped for. It definitely doesn't wear like a foundation. I figured it was because it was a drugstore brand, so I got some free samples of Everyday Minerals. Again, the same thing. Coverage is blah and nothing to write home about. Mineral makeup gets such rave reviews, it must just be me, but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I buff like I'm supposed to but there still isn't good coverage.

I really, really want to love this stuff. I have struggled with acne for years, but I have recently managed to conquer it. Now my skin is nice and I want that great finish for the leftover uneven tones. Anybody have some ideas about what I am doing wrong? I want to give this stuff a fair shot before I give up.

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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    What kind of brush do you use? The fluffier the brush, the worse the coverage IMO. I use the BE kabuki brush and it works well.
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  • battinlashbattinlash Posts: 1,850Registered Users
    I bought the Everyday Minerals premium foundation brush when I ordered my samples, and I also have a kabuki brush from Sephora. I'm not sure which is better to use.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Are you building it up in layers? I personally like a light coverage, but if you want heavier coverage, you have to put on another layer, or 2. If you have the finishing dust from Everyday Minerals, you can put that betwen layers to increase coverage. The brush you use to apply it is important also. I can't get good makeup application without a kabuki brush.

    There is definitely a learning curve with mineral makeup. But, once you get it, you'll never want to use anything else.
  • snaphunksnaphunk Posts: 82Registered Users
    I got a cheapo foundation brush from Sally's and that was the ticket for me. I tried Minerals a couple of years ago and used the big kabuki brush. It was a disaster- too much, cakey, mask-like, an all over yuck! Someone on this board advised a foundtion brush and wow! the difference it made. RedCat is right, once you get the hang of minerals, you won't want to use anything else.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Take a look at this demo website. The woman gives really good tips and shows amounts and types of brushes.

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    Scroll up after it finishes loading.
  • MutterbuttMutterbutt Posts: 59Registered Users
    I use Bare Minerals. I tried that sheer cover stuff first, and it was awful. I don't know much about the brand you said you use, but what I have heard from others, you get what you pay for, and the cheaper stuff doesn't work well. I really like the coverage I get from bare minerals, and their brushes are great!
  • battinlashbattinlash Posts: 1,850Registered Users
    Okay, I'm going to get a new brush. Will report back with results.
  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    Mutterbutt wrote:
    I use Bare Minerals. I tried that sheer cover stuff first, and it was awful. I don't know much about the brand you said you use, but what I have heard from others, you get what you pay for, and the cheaper stuff doesn't work well. I really like the coverage I get from bare minerals, and their brushes are great!
    I second this. I too use Bare Minerals and I started using mineral makeup with a cheap knock off from HSN and it looked horrible. When I finally ordered Bare Minerals I could definately tell a differance. You definately do get what you pay for. I have been using Bare Minerals now for a good 6-7 years and could never imagine using liquid foundation or any of those cheapo type mineral makeups. I have great skin to begin with but Bare Minerals gives me that nice "air brushed" look that makes my skin look perfect, which I loooove! :lol:
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  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    Take a look at this demo website. The woman gives really good tips and shows amounts and types of brushes.

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fcommunity.livejournal.com%2Fbareescentuals%2F21179.html%3Fview%3D86203" class="Popup

    Scroll up after it finishes loading.
    This is a great, great demo of how to use Bare Minerals. Very easy and do able. My tip: I use Mineral Veil as my makeup primer. I use it before anything else. I just buff it all over my face. Then I conceal and then I use the Bare Minerals foundation and lastly finish off with some more Mineral Veil.
    I find that gives me a more air brushed look. :D
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  • curlyjenncurlyjenn Posts: 585Registered Users
    If your mineral makeup is settling into your pores and fine lines, what do you use to keep that from happening? Is there a primer or something?
    I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.

    Used to be CG, now I'm not. Using Suave Aloe & Waterlily shampoo & condish, JoiWhip, BRHG, Suave Aloe gel, Aussie Tizz No Frizz, and anything else that looks good!
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  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    curlyjenn wrote:
    If your mineral makeup is settling into your pores and fine lines, what do you use to keep that from happening? Is there a primer or something?
    I would definintely use a primer. The best primer is 100% pure aloe vera gel. Aubrey Organics makes an excellent brand. :)
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  • curlyjenncurlyjenn Posts: 585Registered Users
    Just the same stuff that I usually put on my sunburns? Should I let my moisturizer sink in, then add the aloe and let it dry then makeup?
    I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.

    Used to be CG, now I'm not. Using Suave Aloe & Waterlily shampoo & condish, JoiWhip, BRHG, Suave Aloe gel, Aussie Tizz No Frizz, and anything else that looks good!
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  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    curlyjenn wrote:
    Just the same stuff that I usually put on my sunburns? Should I let my moisturizer sink in, then add the aloe and let it dry then makeup?
    Yes, as long as it is 100% pure aloe vera gel with nothing else added. I would apply it after the moisturizer and then the mineral makeup. :)
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  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    JerseyCurl wrote:
    The best primer is 100% pure aloe vera gel. Aubrey Organics makes an excellent brand. :)

    Does it dry stiff or anything like that?

    And is it expensive?
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  • JerseyCurlJerseyCurl Posts: 945Registered Users
    JerseyCurl wrote:
    The best primer is 100% pure aloe vera gel. Aubrey Organics makes an excellent brand. :)

    Does it dry stiff or anything like that?

    And is it expensive?
    Well, everybody's skin responds differently but I have oily to combo skin and it just absorbs right in. Although if I guess if I overdid it it would probably get sticky or stiff. I saw it at a local health food store here in Florida for like 7 or 8 dollars. I think Vitamin Shoppe sells it too, for around the same price. :)
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  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    Cool! Hmmm...first, I try the minerals...then, I prime with aloe and see what happens. I am so impatient to get the stuff now!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    If your mineral makeup is settling into your pores and fine lines, what do you use to keep that from happening? Is there a primer or something?


    I use a silicone-based primer in the areas where I have lines (forehead, nose to lip lines, under eyes), and large pores (sides of nose). This really helps to keep the makeup from accentuating those problem areas.

    I've used aloe vera, but it doesn't work as well as silicone. I've used many primers, and I think the best primer is DHC Velvet Skin Coat

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    It's a bit expensive though. So, I kind of save it for special occasions. For everyday use, where I'm just going to the grocery store or something, I use a product made by Monistat (yes, the vaginal yeast people). They now make an anti-chafing product called Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder/Gel. It has the same ingredients as silicone makeup primers...but it's only about 5 bucks and the tube is 10 times the size of makeup primer products. You can buy it in the feminine hygiene section of any grocery or drug store. You can get a free sample of it here:

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    I also use the primers on my eyelids to help eyeshadow stay longer and not crease.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I'm going to try the aloe because I prefer to use natural products.
    I've tried and loved the DHC velvet, but it's not in my budget.
    And, since I'll try anything for free, I sent for the chafing gel sample. Thanks redcatwaves for the link!
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    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
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  • curlyjenncurlyjenn Posts: 585Registered Users
    Thanks! I tried the aloe today, and while it is better, you can still see the ugly big pores on the sides of my nose. That DHC primer is out of my price range, but I sent off for the chafing gel. I might just go pick some up anyway. I've been wanting some for other uses, too.
    I'm a 3b, with 3c underneath.

    Used to be CG, now I'm not. Using Suave Aloe & Waterlily shampoo & condish, JoiWhip, BRHG, Suave Aloe gel, Aussie Tizz No Frizz, and anything else that looks good!
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  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    Ooh, RedCatWaves, thanks for the link for the free sample! You're the best. I've heard about the Velvet, but it's too expensive.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I've been using aloe gel as a primer and it works quite well. It keeps the makeup from settling into my big nose pores (yes, I do have a big nose and big pores :) ).
    I got my Soothing care powder gel sample yesterday and tried it today. It does feel exactly like DHC velvet. If it doesn't break me out I will probably buy some.
    Thanks to everyone for the recommendations!
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    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    I have some of that powder gel (I had a coupon a while back), but I've never used it. Now I can get it out of the linen closet and give it a try because I have horribly large pores too. :D Thanks for the suggestion!!
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  • battinlashbattinlash Posts: 1,850Registered Users
    I bought some of the Monistat gel. Not sure if I see a difference after I put on makeup, but it makes my skin feel like a doll's.

    I am still using the MM by Everyday Minerals, but I'm still not entirely pleased with it. I have nice new brushes but they're not miracle workers; I think my technique needs more work.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I use those velvety powder puffs for applying mineral makeup instead of a brush. The pads are very soft, disposable, the makeup doesn't float around so much, and it gives a smoother finish for me. Just put a little bit of makeup in the lid and dip the pad in lightly and swirl around on your face. I like them much more than a brush.
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • dana222dana222 Posts: 33Registered Users
    monistat! who knew!? haha thats so bizarre! im definitly going to try it im out of my 30 dollar laura mercier primer and i dont want to have to spend that again but if u have that much to spend on primer id go for that one! its really good
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  • icedangl007icedangl007 Posts: 26Registered Users
    question - what is silicone really? i tried on a primer at MAC which was silky smooth, but I passed because it was silicone based.
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  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    Don't know if these helps, but most people are OK with using silicones on their skin. Usually doesn't clog pores or cause breakouts, & doesn't build up because your skin is always shedding old cells and growing new ones. Silicones in a skin product won't absorb into your skin, but can help hold in moisture.

    I've been using the monistat anti-chaf when the temps are cool. I'm hoping it helps protect my facial skin from cold winds. In the summer, though, I go easy on silicone products.
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    I use those velvety powder puffs for applying mineral makeup instead of a brush. The pads are very soft, disposable, the makeup doesn't float around so much, and it gives a smoother finish for me. Just put a little bit of makeup in the lid and dip the pad in lightly and swirl around on your face. I like them much more than a brush.
    Oooh, really? The little pads work? Maybe I'll order that everyday minerals sample kit and try a pad then before I buy a brush. I do have some largish (sp) powder brushes, wonder if they'd work. :?:
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    The powder puffs I use have a little cloth 'handle' on them like these -

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    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html