The main differences between conventional & mineral makeup are:
In most mineral makeup products – you will not find such things as parabens, preservatives, chemical dyes and fragrance. (I say “most” because some ranges do seem to contain some or all of these – but still in lesser quantities than in traditional make-up products). The best are simply pure, crushed minerals.
Because mineral makeup doesn’t need these additives, the main benefit to you is that it allows your skin to function normally. Many natural minerals also behave as antioxidants.
To put it another way, these new cosmetics are almost skin care products and not actually traditional make-up as we know it.
The minerals used, such as mica, titanium dioxide, zinc and iron oxides, boron nitride, and even calcium, can be combined to produce foundations, eyeshadows, blushers and bronzers, as well as highlighting shimmer powders for the face and body.
One cheap and non-toxic filler for cosmetics is a mineral called Bismuth Oxychloride and this is occasionally the bad apple in the pile. It may be a natural mineral, used to add shine to formulas, but it’s not often found in nature, which means that it comes from a synthetic source. It’s been linked to a number of sensitivity reactions - so, if you have sensitive skin, you might want to check that the mineral make-up you’re about to purchase doesn’t contain it.
Another significant benefit of mineral make-up is the built-in sun protection factor (SPF). Most formulas contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, both of which are broad spectrum UV blockers. In other words they provide a natural sun-block, so giving your skin added protection against sun damage. And that’s a big anti aging plus!
Four in one productI’ve found that minerals act as good anti aging foundations in that they cover well without looking like make-up. Admittedly they do take a bit of practice - don't try and use them for the first time if you're rushing out somewhere.
However, it’s well worth a bit of extra time and effort to get used to applying them because mineral foundations act as a four-in-one product: concealer, (although you may need an extra, superior mineral concealer for extreme redness for example) foundation, powder and sunscreen.
With a light application you can quickly achieve a flawless look with only a few brushstrokes. It looks natural and feels almost weightless on your skin. It’s long-lasting too, has great staying power and is virtually water and sweat proof.
In other words, I think mineral makeup is great!,I personally wouldn't use anything else now and I've even converted my two daughters!.