Mineral makeup has swept the beauty scene, with department stores and drugstores alike vying for a customer’s every last pore. Put down your stick concealer and walk slowly away – The Vogue City will make a believer out of even the most diehard liquid (foundation) lady.
Bare Escentuals bareMinerals powder foundation, $25, takes the cake on quality, price and coverage.
Originally a QVC late-night special, specialty stores took note when sales skyrocketed. Available at almost every Sephora and some full service salons, this venerable fairy dust comes in over ten shades and is miraculously free of all of those bad things – parabens, synthetic dyes and other harsh chemicals – that can irritate skin. While Sephora offers great online shopping specials, this is one you’ll want to test for yourself in store, in person, as the color tends to deposit darker on the skin than in the jar.
Mineral Fusion’s loose base, $33 at Whole Foods, is a hearty contender in this battle of the beautiful.
Also free of nasty additives, this powder sweeps on easily and gently. However, at nearly $10 more per container, we expected more of a color selection and better packaging. Nonetheless, a little goes a long way.
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers, $8, wins in the price department, and also comes in a convenient, travel-friendly shape with added brush.
With only four colors to choose from and availability in drugstores only (most of which don’t let you test product before you buy), it may seem like a bit of a drawback; one option is to buy two shades closest to you and mix to the perfect tone. At $8 a pop, you can certainly afford to.
Janet Jackson is the only Nasty Girl we respect. Keep your brushes clean by washing them once a week with gentle cleanser (baby shampoo works wonders) and air drying between use. Your newfound glowing skin will thank you!
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