July 2011

The Mineral Hype


I keep hearing fuss about mineral makeup--how it's natural, the right kind of stuff to put on your face, as opposed to all those synthetic makeups out there in the world. I'm understandably skeptical of the cosmetics industry, especially considering even the minerals in brands like Bare Escentuals are synthetic, not mined from the earth and put in a package. "Mineral" formulas tend to contain many of the same ingredients as regular makeup products; they just contain fewer irritants. So they're good for sensitive skin, sure, but don't go expecting the salt of the earth to show up in your compact. The hype is just that--hype.