K guys… I have to admit, I was super stressed about writing this blog post.
After my super downer posts about all the crap that’s in typical makeup, I wanted to be the knight in shining armour to come along and be like ‘But don’t you worry! Here are hundreds of PERFECT makeup options for you!”
Except I’ve been looking and looking and looking and I haven’t been able to find anything that I would consider 100% “perfect” options. Everything that would otherwise be perfect seem to contain just one or two iffy ingredients.
But it’s not the end of the world. In the end, nothing can be perfect anyway since we all have different skin and react so differently to ingredients.
Just remember that these suggestions are all MILES ahead of typical makeup products! So eliminating that stuff is going to make a big difference to your skin.
The best thing you can do is try out one of these “pretty good” options and watch for the following reactions:
- Irritation – if your skin feels sensitive, red, irritated after use… maybe keep looking
- Dehydration – if your skin feels like it’s lacking hydration after use, or your skin gets more and more oily throughout the day (indicating the product is drying you out and you’re overproducing oil) … then maybe keep looking
- Significantly more acne – obviously if it’s significantly breaking you out more than you were before using it, it may not be the best choice. Give it a chance though to see if any breakouts after initial use could be a coincidence (ie. due to something else)
Keep an eye out for the above reactions over time too… sometimes products will feel ok initially but dehydrate or make your skin more sensitive over time.
These Are Not Personal Reviews
The other reason I’ve been stressing about this blog post is because it’s also hard to strongly recommend anything when you haven’t tried them yourself.
The following ones are simply those that seem like okay options based on me looking at the ingredients lists. It’s nothing about how they actually work or look or feel. It will probably lead to me ordering and trying some of them out for actual reviews.
Mind you… the other issue is that I’m not really a makeup person. I like a thick creamy concealer to dab on spots and cover under eye redness, and that’s it.
So I know what I like and am looking for, but I know other people use more things, and have very specific preferences about what they like, so it’s ….. well…… it’s tough, but I’m trying my best here….
So enough blabbing, let’s look at my “looks like a pretty good option, I hope” list:
Ann Marie Gianni’s Earth Mineral Makeup
So in my search, I came across Ann Marie Gianni’s natural makeup line called Earth Minerals.
How it works is that it’s a powder that contains only four natural mineral ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, and mica
So you can use it as a loose powder makeup, OR you can mix in a few drops of your oil of choice (which is awesome because you can choose one that you already know works for you, like jojoba or argan or hemp for example), and make it into a liquid foundation. Use more powder for heavier coverage, less for light coverage.
I love that it’s only four ingredients…
The only iffy thing is the mica, which sometimes people can find irritating, although it’s not one of the worst ingredients. Be careful if your skin is really sensitive… just watch for any irritation.
Also, the fact that this is only four simple ingredients also made me realize that it’s really not that difficult to just make your own makeup (for a lot less money and without the mica). I have been messing around with this with some success; will post a blog post on DIY makeup when I’ve perfected it!
Anyway – Annemarie’s Earth Minerals… not a bad choice, and “the people out there on the internet” seem to have good things to say. Here’s someone with acne prone skin’s youtube review on it.
Oh also… bonus: zinc oxide (and usually titanium disoxide too) is the main ingredient in natural sunscreens, so this foundation, and most other mineral makeups double as sun protection
Lily Lolo (click here for Lily Lolo UK) is another powder mineral makeup; their foundation has the same four ingredients as Annmarie’s at about half the cost (mica, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, iron oxides).
Again, the ingredients have natural sun protection, and I imagine you can probably make it into a liquid foundation if you prefer that.
Claims not to clog your pores, and helps you minimize breakouts.
They also have a powder concealer with just four ingredients: kaolin clay, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and iron oxides
Clear Skin Minerals
My first foray into looking at makeup on Etsy… there is an Etsy seller with outstanding reviews for her products called “Clear Skin Minerals“.
She’ll even customize the makeup for you. Which is pretty neat.
Here’s the ingredients list for her powder foundation:
zinc oxide, crushed pearls, silk powder, kaolin clay, jojoba oil, Vitamin E Oil, iron oxides, kosher rice powder, carnauba wax mica, Niacinamide, Vitamin A, Kojac Acid, magnesium stearate
At first I was rather confused if this was indeed a powder… after all it, it has oils in it. I emailed Lisa, the owner, and asked and she said:
“Believe it or not–it’s a powder. A creamy soft beautiful powder that almost feels like a cream so it’s easy to work with and provides beautiful coverage :)”
Anyway, the ingredients list looks great and the oils are on point. It has mica, but it’s coated with carnauba wax, which softens the particles and makes them less irritating.
Also I like that it has niacinimide in it (vitamin B3)… this ingredient has studies that confirm that it is incredibly helpful for acne. And pearl powder has been used for acne for centuries in China.
The only problem I see with this one is a potential one with all powdered makeup … without any natural hydrators in them, they can sometimes absorb too much moisture from your skin, dehydrating it.
So just watch out for that… and if that was the case, much like the Annmarie one, you could probably just add a little hydrating oil and make it into a liquid foundation. Or just make sure you moisturize really well before applying the powder makeup.
Also, kaolin clay tends to bring junk stuck in the pores up and out… which is a good thing, but could possibly result in a bit of an initial “purge”, which you may not want.
Overall, this sounds like a winner.
So, the makeup company 100% Pure has an outstanding ingredients list. Super great, nourishing ingredients, and nothing bad. Apparently it’s so natural you can eat the stuff!
This is the list for their Fruit Pigmented Healthy Foundation (liquid):
Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Pigmented Extracts of: Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Bean) and Lycium Chinese (Goji Berry) Fruit, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Extracts of: Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Ferment White Tea) Leaf*, Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry) Seed, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Peel, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit, Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle) Active Ingredients: 15% Titanium Dioxide, 10% Zinc Oxide * Certified Organic”
The only issue is that they use a lot of fruit extracts. These are super helpful and healing ingredients, but they are best used not every day, especially if your skin is already sensitive. They could potentially thin the skin and make it more sensitive over time if overused.
However, someone commented on my last article and said that she had sensitive skin and 100% Pure was feeling amazing, not irritating, and very soothing.
So.. I don’t know. This would absolutely be my recommendation if you’re a casual foundation wearer…like only wearing a full face a couple times a week.
And I don’t think it’s a bad choice if you’re an every day wearer… but just keep an eye on your skin. If it’s starting to get more sensitive over time, this could be why.
I actually really like the looks of this liquid foundation formula from Zuii…
Prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond oil), aqua, calendula officinalis (calendula oil), glycerine, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera juice), mica, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle flower extract), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange peel oil), rosa damascena (rose flower oil), pelargonium graveolens (geranium flower oil), daucus carota (carrot sativa seed oil), chamomilla recutita (chamomile flower extract), equisetum arvense (horsetail extract), urtica dioica (nettle leaf extract), glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate
It’s got all kinds of soothing, healing, anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe, calendula, chamomile, geranium, and rose.
It does have the mica… but… whatcha gonna do…
And some cetearyl alcohol, but it’s so low down the list, it’s probably not the end of the world.
Overall, this one looks super. Their other products (concealer crayon, loose powder, blush, etc) look alright too.
I was alerted to this one by someone in my Naturally Clear Skin Academy… I am pretty impressed with Bella Mari’s minimal and natural ingredient lists. I’ve even ordered and tried out the blemish stick concealer!
Ingredients for their blemish stick concealer:
Natural Mineral Zinc Oxide (77947) 33% (large particle size). Other Ingredients: Organic Olive Oil, Wild Crafted Candelilla Wax (Plant Based), Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Organic Thyme Oil, Organic Tea Tree Oil. May Contain: Iron Oxide (77491, 77492, 77489)
Ingredients for their matte liquid foundation:
Water (Distilled), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), Whole Leaf Juice (Organic), Vegetable Glycerin, Shea Butter (Butyrodspermum Parkii), Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis) Emulsifying Wax, Palm Stearic Acid, Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Rubginosa), Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate), Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Ultramarine Blue, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Silver Citrate, Citric Acid and 100% Pure Essential Oils of Calendula, Carrot Seed, Frankinsense, Lemon, Clary Sage and Tea Tree
I am very pleased they don’t use coconut oil like all the other natural brands seem to.
The oils they do use (olive oil, sweet almond, and shea butter) all have very low comedogenic ratings, but they can still be a little heavy for some people’s acne prone skin. This brand might be better for people skin that’s more on the dry side.
But then again, the very moisturizing properties of these oils might be just the right thing to balance the drying effect of the zinc oxide. Hard to say. I think it’s probably fine to use for a concealer!
I do really like the foundation has aloe, a variety of healing essential oils, and hyaluronic acid which is a super skin hydrator.
I can give an actual review of the blemish stick concealer… it’s thick, covers well, and seems to stay put for a while. Overall, I’m quite happy with it.
Just because this is at the bottom of the list doesn’t mean it’s my lowest recommendation (I just happened to find this one after finishing the rest of the blog post!)
In fact, this brand looks really fantastic. And is reasonably priced.
All of their complexion products… the powder foundation, concealer, BB liquid foundation, etc all seem to share the same basic ingredient format (which includes SPF 20). I imagine the only difference is the amount of oil that’s in each one (which changes the consistency).
Here are the ingredients for the concealer:
active SPF Ingredients: 8-12% Blend of Non-Nano Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxidecertified organic aloe leaf juicecertified organic cold pressed unrefined rosehip seed oilcertified organic cold pressed unrefined mango buttercertified organic cold pressed unrefined hemp seed oilcertified organic cold pressed unrefined tamanu oilcertified organic cold pressed unrefined pumpkin seed oilcertified organic cold pressed partially refined evening primrose oilcertified organic cold pressed unrefined avocado oil
cetyl-stearyl alcohol (coconut and palm derived)proprietary vitamin C herb complex blend: certified organic chrysanthemum, certified organic helichrysum flowers, certified organic orange peel, certified organic rosehips, certified organic eyebright, certified organic acerola cherry, certified organic cleavers, l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) preservative blend: potassium sorbate usp, citric acid mineral oxides for color
No mica, no silica, no talc, no bismuth oxychloride, or any other nasty ingredient. No coconut oil…. all their oils seem to be acne friendly. And their fun Vitamin C blend looks very nourishing.
The concealer and liquid BB foundation do have a little cetearyl alcohol in them for preservative, but again… it’s so low down the list, it’s probably not an issue.
Looks like a winner to me.
DIY Kitchen Makeup
As an aside, there are a ton of recipes on the internet for super easy face powders that you can make from ingredients in your kitchen. Things like common spices and arrowroot powder.
And arrowroot powder apparently works great on it’s own as a setting powder.
So There You Go…
Choose one of these options and your skin is going to be a lot better off!
Tune in next week for more of my thoughts on “to wear makeup or not to wear makeup… that is the question”.
Oh yeah, PS – I’d LOVE to hear from anyone who has used the above makeup products. How did they work? Did you like them? Do they agree with your skin? Tell us in the comments!