I was perfectly fine with my previously reviewed foundation until I realized that 1) The more I use it, the more clogged my pores seem to be and 2) That even though is is “healthy makeup” that it did contain toxic ingredients. That started me on a search for a new foundation. I knew that I wanted to stick with a loose powder because they have fewer ingredients which is better for my skin. So I started researching what ingredients could be clogging my pores and I found out that for some Mica can be comedogenic because it can cause micro-tears in the skin and clog the pores. I decided that I must eliminate Mica from my makeup.
I also discovered that Titanium Dioxide when it is airborne is carcinogenic and that it has no real benefit for the skin except for use as a sunscreen. I decided Titanium dioxide must go too. Another problem with many other even pure mineral foundations is that they contain nano particles that can enter your body and have been shown to have detrimental effects. So I looked around and discovered a few different brands that fit my bill. I did however want to find something that contains Zinc Oxide because it can be good for acneic skin and I do want some level of sun protection. In discovered a relatively new brand called Epic Mineral Beauty (http://epicmineralbeauty.com/). I was attracted to their product because they had an attractive website and great customer service although their product is a bit expensive.
So initially you should order a bunch of samples… trust me. As you can see I ordered quite a few and spent almost $20 with the shipping. I wasn’t too happy about that but the color that ended up being my watch was not my first, second or even third choice so it ended up being a smart move. Their full size product which I ended up purchasing comes in a 6g plastic jar with turntable sifter. This costs about $32 with shipping which is a bit on the higher end.
Below is a picture of the samples before I used any of them, so they come with very little powder, just enough for one application. Only two of the shades I ended up using because the other ones wore a lot darker than they appeared online. The colors are as follows from left to right: Driven, Persuasive, Feisty, Comical, Loyal, Glam and Fun. I was only able to use the first two with my light pink/neutral skin tone and ended up ordering Persuasive in full size.
As for the actual product review I will continue to mention the packaging. The top of the lid has a plastic/paper thing glued onto the inside which I had to rip off and scrape the glue off of because it was very difficult for me to swirl the minerals in the lid with my brush with that in there. I really wish they would just not put that in the lid. As for the actual product itself, it can be quite tricky. I discovered that I need to have my skin well moisturized as the product is very dry. Depending on the size, kind and quality of your brushes it can be buildable but is in general quite lite coverage.
It does take a good deal of product to get heavy coverage but it can be done! I use kabuki brush to buff the product on and a second small brush to really get a good covering effect on blemishes using a stippling effect. Sometimes I put some of my face oil on my brushes or in the lid with the product and do a more “wet” application. The product is not very smooth but rather a bit rough. This is too be expected though because it is Titanium Dioxide-free , nano-free and Mica-free.
The ingredients are: Non-GMO (not genetically modified) oryza sativa (rice) powder; non-nano particle zinc oxide; kaolin (clay); iron oxides. May contain ultramarine blue. The Zinc Oxide and Rice Powder are both healing for the skin which helps blemished heal quickly. The Kaolin Clay helps to mattify and draw out toxins.The color I chose is Persuasive and it does not contain ultramarine blue however some of the other ones do and that info is available upon request.
Overall if you suspect that your skin may be sensitive to either Mica and/or Titanium Oxide, or you just want to further detox your makeup I would give this brand a look. Even though I am not 100% in love I cannot deny that I have less clogged pores and that pimples do tend to heal more quickly. Let me know if you have tried it as well and what your thoughts are. Overall I have to said that I am a proud customer because it feels good to not use harmful products but still have cosmetics that are not cheesy and do what they are supposed to. Another plus is that it is a small company that values its customer and is run by women!