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Is mineral makeup okay for oily skin?

Sophia’s mineral malady: I am still trying to find a Mineral Makeup shade match. I have ordered many many sample kits from Everyday Minerals. Several shades, or mixes rather, work fine for a couple hours, but they all deepen in color,and by the end of the day I am either green or orange, and I just look dirty.

I have found that blotting seems to help decrease the darkening– it does seem to be a function of excess oil production, and I am working on my skin health and maintenance, but I am wondering is Mineral Makeup just not suitable for those with oily skin?

The Right Brain’s enlightening reply:

Thanks for your question Sophia, it gives me a chance to remind Mid Brain that we’re STILL WAITING FOR OUR MINERAL MAKEUP REPORT! Remember, the one you promised us back in March? Come on, it’s been MONTHS! MONTHS already!! Ok, now that I’ve got that out of my system, here’s a theory on why Mineral Makeup doesn’t look good on your oily skin.

True mineral makeup consists of ingredients like titanium dioxide, kaolin, talc, and mica. It doesn’t contain any kind of oil or binders. So, when you put this powder on your face it will absorb more oil from your skin than other types of makeup that already contain oil. Oil wets the pigments and makes them appear darker. Traditional liquid foundations and blushes the pigments are already “pre-wetted” so they don’t get any darker from your skin oil.

The Beauty Brains bottom line

Compared to makeup that contains oil, Mineral Makeup is more likely to look darker when it comes in contact with your skin oils. If you have oily skin and you don’t like the way pure mineral products look on you, maybe you should consider a conventional liquid or cream makeup base. Has anyone else in the Beauty Brains community had this problem with Mineral Makeup?

Want to know more about Mineral Makeup? SO DO I! And if we don’t see a report SOON we’re going to have an opening for a new intern here at the Beauty Brains. (Yes, Mid Brain, I’m talking about you!)

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