What You Don’t Want in Your Mineral Makeup

popup-2It’s no surprise mineral makeup is still all the rage. Shop anywhere today, whether it’s the grocery store, pharmacy or even savings club warehouse and you’ll find mineral makeup at your fingertips. That’s a good thing, right?  

Not so fast!  While this popular type of makeup is available at every turn, you must ask yourself; with all the different brands out there, how can you possibly choose the one perfect for you and your skin? To answer this, we have to start at the beginning.

Mineral makeup has been traced back as early as 3100 to 2907 B.C., where Egyptian and Roman women gleaned minerals from the earth and ground them with a pumice stone before applying it to their skin.  Back in those days, the only thing available was raw, natural ingredients, as fillers and preservatives contained in most mineral makeup today were not an available option.  We are all familiar with preservatives, but what are fillers, and why should they be avoided when it comes to mineral makeup?  

So glad you asked! Today we’re going to talk about both. Their disadvantages, and why they’re so commonly used.

Fillers in mineral makeup are just as the name implies; these additives simply fill the jar, and have no benefit to the skin. The presence of fillers, however, can cause serious irritation to sensitive skin in some instances.


Bismuth Oxychloride is a mineral which is a byproduct of refined lead and copper. This ingredients is present in the most popular mineral makeup brands, and its purpose is to create a natural, dewey glow while and smooth application experience. This ingredient is a known irritant, and can cause itching, breakouts and skin sensitivity even to those who are not normally skin sensitive.  Bismuth is by far the one you want to avoid when choosing a mineral makeup.

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Talc is a popular, inexpensive non-natural filler. Talc easily clogs the pores and can be irritating for those with sensitive skin. Talc also leaves you with a powdery looking finish, and who wants that?

Trisodium EDTA

This preservative is non-natural, and includes methyparaben, propylparaben and diasolidinyl urea. Trisodium EDTA binds to metal ions which deactivates them. It’s presence helps prevent the deterioration of mineral makeup, protects fragrance compounds, and prevents rancidity.

This ingredient is a non-natural preservative that can cause skin irritation.

Key Ingredients to Look For

As you research brands, you’ll want to keep this in mind. Know that a pure mineral makeup product will contain only 5 or 6 total ingredients (with the exception of botanical blends) which should include Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.

Avoid The Mineral Makeup Marketing Trap

We’ve all heard the phrase “you get what you pay for,” but when it comes to mineral makeup, it’s not always the case.  The majority of the money spent on the most popular brands of mineral makeup covers the cost of mass marketing, fancy packaging, and false claims that mineral makeup can completely replace your skin care regimen.  The best pure mineral makeup brands are those that are packaged simply, and have a great reputation through word of mouth and online research.  You can rest assured the money spent on these particular makeup brands goes right where you want it; towards the product itself!