Several years ago when I was working some night shifts, I spent a lot of time watching late night TV to wind down at the end of my day. It was during this time that I first heard about mineral makeup by way of a bareMinerals infomercial. In my groggy, late-night fog I was captivated by the flawless faces that flashed on the screen and the promises of easy application and a beautiful, natural look. Being ever-cautious about as-seen-on-TV products though, I bided my time. However, I never completely got those un-blemished images out of my head.
Then one day I noticed L’Oreal advertising that they had a mineral foundation on the market. I was energized! Soon I would have the look of natural, effortless perfection I’d been dreaming about since I’d seen that first infomercial. I rushed out to pick up my very own container. The next morning I eagerly popped it open. I swirled… I buffed… I was thoroughly disappointed. My face felt dry, looked tired and was nowhere near flawless. To be fair, this was my first foray into the mineral makeup world and I may not have had the best technique. I also used the rather scratchy brush that came on the top of the container – in retrospect, probably not the best idea. All in all, I wasn’t impressed and, after a few more failed attempts to use the product, I decided that mineral makeup wasn’t for me and went back to my usual liquid foundations.
Fast forward several years. Earlier this year I came across an infomercial for Sheer Cover and I was surprised to find myself tempted again by the idea of using mineral makeup. Lately I’ve been looking for ways to shave time off my morning routine, so the claims of the product being quick and easy to apply drew me in, as did those damn perfect complexions. Despite feeling the allure once again, I resisted. That is until I came across a Sheer Cover starter set when I was out shopping one day. Even though the best option for me was a light/medium kit for my incredibly fair skin, I threw caution to the wind and bought it. The next day I anxiously cracked into the shade that looked like my best match. I carefully read through all of the instructions… I buffed… I swirled and I was still less than impressed. The colors didn’t match my skin at all and, after an hour or two, the product seemed to crease and emphasize my imperfections. I gave up.
Then one day recently I came across some reviews for Everyday Minerals. It seemed like practically everyone who had tried this product loved it. I did some digging and found more of the same, so I checked out the website. I probably would have passed this one over too though, if it wasn’t for the fact that they offer a free sample pack so that you can test out different shades and finishes before buying. When my samples arrived I wasn’t expecting much. I swirled and I buffed… and was actually pleasantly surprised. No, it wasn’t infomercial perfection, but my skin looked healthy and even and I was able to find a shade that matched my complexion really well. I have ordered the full size product in my shade and am excited to start using it on mornings when I’m in a hurry or just want a less made-up look.
The funny thing is I still haven’t tried bareMinerals – the brand that kicked off my mineral makeup quest, but I’m happy with my current selection. Maybe one day I’ll check them out, but for now I think I’ll take a break from the mineral experimentation and enjoy my new find.