In the last posts we had a look at different mineral makeup brands available in the UK. In this post I would like to summarise some of the main points to help you making a decision, which brand suits your needs the best. Personally I have only tried Lily Lolo’s foundation so far and really liked it. Looking at the different brands I decided to order some samples from Honeypie Minerals as well, as they are very affordable and are free from a lot of harmful ingredients. I will add some swatches once I received the samples.
Generally I would say that Lily Lolo is the most known company and therefore it is probably the easiest to find swatches for their products online. They also have the biggest range of products available at the moment. Particularly when looking for swatches from Glam Colour Cosmetics and Honeypie Minerals I had difficulties finding any information. Therefore, buying trial sizes first is especially important.
Honeypie Minerals and Glam Colour Cosmetics are excluding a lot of typical ingredients to be found in foundations. If you have sensitive skin you might want to look at their products first. However, I think that all brands actually do offer great alternatives to traditional foundation, the majority avoiding any additives, alcohol or Petrochemicals.
As you can see in the table above, Glam Colour Cosmetics and Sampure Minerals have the shortest ingredients list for their products, so if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin it might be an idea to start with them before testing other foundations with additional ingredients. Also, these two brands are free from a lot of typical ingredients like Bismuth Oxychlorid known to be allergenic to some people.
As you can see all these brands are cruelty-free and vegan (Lily Lolo having some products that are NOT vegan). If you are looking for a product range that is also halal, you should have a look at Elemental Beauty, Glam Colour Cosmetics or Sampure Minerals. All brands are offering sample sizes of their foundation with Honeypie Minerals offering the cheapest way to try different colours at £0.99 and free shipping in the UK. Barefaced Beauty and Lily Lolo offer the biggest range of foundation shades, but Elemental Beauty, Glam Colour Cosmetics and Honeypie Minerals also do have a wide selection of shades to choose from.
(*) Notes on foundation ingredients:
- Allantoin: By-product of uric acid extracted from urea and considered an effective anti-irritant.
- Bismuth Oxychlorid: The standard primary ingredient included in most powders that are referred to as “mineral makeup.” The claim for bismuth oxychloride (which is also known as synthetic pearl) is that it is all-natural and better for skin than talc. In fact, in many ways talc is a more natural, unadulterated, pure ingredient than bismuth oxychloride. Bismuth oxychloride, which seldom occurs in nature, is manufactured by combining bismuth, a by-product of lead and copper metal refining, with chloride (chlorine compound) and water. It’s used in cosmetics because it has a distinct shimmery, pearlescent appearance and a fine white powder texture that adheres well to skin.
- Iron Oxides: Compounds of iron that are used as colorings in some cosmetics.
- Kaolin: Naturally occurring clay mineral (silicate of aluminum) that is used in cosmetics for its absorbent properties.
- Mica: Earth mineral included in products to give them sparkle and shine.
- Parabens: Group of preservatives, including butylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and ethylparaben, that are among the most widely used group of preservatives in cosmetics.
- Rice Powder: Rice Powder has been used for generations and is known for its oil-absorbing properties. Known for its ability to help makeup last longer and leave a silky finish on the skin (…)
- Talc: Naturally occurring silicate mineral (any group of substances containing negative ions composed of silicon and oxygen) of magnesium.
- Titanium Dioxide: Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics.
- Ultramarines: Inorganic pigments (of various colors) permanently listed by the FDA for external use only, including around the eye area.
- Zinc Oxides: Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics.