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pure-mineral-makeupIf you have not noticed the boom in mineral make up you need to crawl out from under your stone and see the light. The good news is -its not just all hype! It’s good for your complexion, provides natural sun protection, and isn’t absorbed by your skin (meaning fewer pimples). Glowing stars like Jessica Simpson, Gisele, and Lucy Liu are all purported fans.

Unlike most cosmetics, true mineral makeup products do not contain talc, oils, alcohol, dyes, binders, fillers, heavy preservatives, and have little (or no) chemical ingredients. Dermatologists often recommend Mineral Makeup for people with sensitive skin and those prone to acne. Most mineral makeup products contain titanium dioxide, which provides a varying degree of sunscreen protection. Much like the phrase “dermatologist approved”—which often means nothing—many products touted as “mineral” are more like mineral hybrids (not that this is a bad thing, just something to be aware of). Yes, these hybrids might have a significant mineral content, but they also contain chemicals so if this is very important to you, check out the label before you buy.

The best true mineral products we found come from Bare minerals and Jane Iredale. Bare minerals is the biggest name in the mineral makeup at the moment —and devotees swear by great coverage and staying power. One of the most popular products is the loose powder formula of Bare Escentuals i.d. bareMinerals Foundation with SPF 15

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