Mineral Makeup Mania

Friday, March 13, 2009

I love alliteration, don’t you?

I’ve been a reasonably faithful fan of Bare Escentuals mineral makeup for at least five years. I was going to post a picture of how much I have, but then decided that would just be too embarrassing - I’m a mineral makeup junkie and my stash proves it.

Over the last two years or so, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Everyday Minerals. They offer a free (just pay shipping) sample kit that contains 3 foundations, a blush and a concealer – because they want you to be sure to have the right colors for YOU before you spend a lot of money on something you can’t use. They don’t even care if you have to order the free sample kit more than once. Or more than twice, even. Or two of them in the same order.

I ordered the sample kit a long time ago and, for whatever reason, didn’t pursue it further. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it; I guess I just didn’t want to believe that anything could be as good as my BE. I mean, it was half the price – how could it be as good?

Two weeks ago I revisited Everyday Minerals, skipping the samples, because I’m impatient like that, and plunging right into one of their custom kits (6 full-sized products of your choice for $34). I ordered two foundations, praying one of them would be the right shade (it was!), a blush, a flat top kabuki brush, an eye shadow and a lip balm. (Don’t ask me why I wasted 2 of my 6 products on an eye shadow and a lip balm; sometimes I’m not too bright.)

When my order arrived, I was tickled to find I had ordered during a special they were running and they had included two free products – a beautiful medium bronzer and a finishing powder, both full-sized. In case you weren’t keeping track, that’s 8 full-sized products for $34. Bare Escentuals? One full-sized foundation is $25.

But lower prices aren’t necessarily a bargain if the product sucks, right? Here’s the thing: It totally doesn’t suck. I love it. LOVE IT. In my opinion, it’s every bit as good as Bare Escentuals - and dare I say it might be better? I am actually LOOKING FORWARD to putting my makeup on every day. And that hasn’t happened since junior high, for pete’s sake.

Everyday Minerals does not contain bismuth oxychloride. That’s the stuff in Bare Escentuals that is supposed to give you that “dewy look” but some people claim it makes them itch, gives a shiny look and accentuates pores. I always use a primer and apply it wet and I’ve rarely had any of those problems, but it’s a major issue for a lot of people.

If you’re already a mineral makeup user, or you’ve been wanting to try it, head over to Everyday Minerals and order yourself a sample kit or two. (But if you’ve never used it before, you’ll need a brush – try a kabuki.) I’d really like to hear if you love it as much as I do.

P.S. Bare Escentuals is running a limited-time free sample offer. Check it out here. It would be worth getting even if you got it just for the brush.

56 comments:

jellybelly*jellybrain said...

That is FREAKY!!
I just bought my first Bisque concealer YESTERDAY! I have a big patch of brown pigmentation on my face and am always trying to buy product to cover it up. Well yesterday, I happened to park outside a posh looking beauty salon that had a sign out the front saying they had make-up that would do just that. So I went in on the offchance and when I came out clutching my little bag, I couldn't help but notice that my wallet felt a whole lot lighter than when I went in!
It does work though - but I think the price of the brush was extortionate!!
(You can tell I get excited by coincidences!)

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

That's really funny - and you aren't kidding about your wallet being a whole lot lighter! I think I paid $28 for my BE kabuki brush.

Seriously, try the Everyday Minerals - they ship to the UK.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Hmmm...my new profile picture looks like I'm either winking or recently had a stroke. Better look for another picture. :)

Camevil said...

Oh wow. I've been using BE for almost 4 years now. It made me break out at first and I can only apply a very small amount or it makes my face turn red. Not perfect, but better than regular foundation.

This month, I switched to Ulta's mineral makeup only because they had an obscene bonus special...I got eyeshadows, lip colors, brushes, pencils, etc. for less than $40. I'm still not sure I like Ulta's brand, but the coverage is good and it's no worse for my skin. The BE mystique has been broken!

I will definitely try Everyday as an alternative. Definitely don't want to go back to cakey foundations. Nope.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Nice score on the Ulta, Cam. I would have tried it, too. I didn't even know they had their own line of mineral makeup.

Monica said...

I've never tried the bare escentuals...I've been using the shear coverage. I like it ok...it covers well...but I have a few fine lines and this makeup seems to make them a little more noticeable. Does anyone else have that problem? Is the bare escentuals better? My skin has been much drier since the hysterectomy. :(

K said...

Thanks for the info.

I'm a fairly new mineral make up convert. I'll definitley have to try the samples and see how they work.

I love the internet.

Brandy said...

I buy BE for my aunt. It's the only thing she has used for years. Literally years. She probably could out do you for how much stuff she has...

Anyway I never gave it try because it is so costly. I'm going to check out this new stuff...and maybe turn her on to it so that she (I) can get more bang for the buck.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Monica - besides moisturizing (and making sure that has all "sunk in" before you apply the minerals) you can do two things to eliminate the problem with the lines being enhanced:

1) Use a primer. A small amount will help to cover the pores and lines before you apply the minerals. Allow it to dry for a minute or two. Right now I'm trying BE's Prime Time and I've used Smashbox. Both work great, but costly. Solution? Are you ready? Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel. No, not the yeast infection stuff, it's a whole different animal. Look for it at any drugstore (or Target) for under $5. Exact same silicone product.

2) Apply the minerals wet. There are different ways to do this, but I load up my kabuki brush, tap off the excess, then give the brush a spritz or two with a hydrating facial mist. I use M.A.C. Fix +, which is under $20 and will probably last at least 6 months. Some people just spritz water, but I haven't tried that. Then you just buff, buff, buff until the brush is dry.

Hope this helps.

Trina said...

I've been debating it. Online I read that after you get your sample they won't stop sending you the products and they're expensive for me. I spend about $5-$6 on concealer for under my eyes and want to cry. What can I say? I live on a little budget.

MizFit said...

I adore alliteration.
the makeup?
I never do.
not because I dont need it (REALLY. FOR SURE :)) but out of laziness.

it's not pretty.

did I mention I love alliteration?

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Trina - I've never heard that about Everyday Minerals. Never. And I've ordered the samples before and they didn't keep sending me things.

I think if you order from the Bare Minerals informercial - or practically any infomercial, really - they do have a tendency to keep sending you the "next 30-day supply" automatically.

But I know for a fact Everyday Minerals does NOT do that. That would suck. :)

MizFit - good to see you!

Michelle said...

Thanks for the tip - I'm one that can't use BE anymore because of the itching. I just ordred my sample kit.

Julie said...

Thanks for the heads up. I was actually about to go to Ulta to replace me BE foundation, but I may try this stuff first!

Monica said...

Cool! Thanks for the tips! PLUS I'm gonna have a little fun with my husband later and ask him to go buy me some Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel...hehe then watch the look on his face. The same one he used to give me when I realized I needed maxi-pads at midnight...hehe

Two Thumbs up!!!

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

LOL Monica! And I hope he's a good label reader. ;)

elesa said...

Hmm. I've seen the commercials and considered trying it, but you have just convinced me. I mean, free trials, why not?

Tiffany said...

I've never tried mineral make up before.
Thanks for your comment the other day on the Global Food Crisis post - we made it to 127 comments!

Firefly@www.firefly-shop.org said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog :) awesome site :) I follow you :)

Nana said...

I can't for the life of me get into mineral make up. I am trying,
but so far Me no like.

Happy belated birthday, hope it was great!!!!!!!!

I love the cake.

Meg said...

Thanks for the link. I will have to get me sample now!

Ritch in Love said...

HI! Thanks for coming to my blog. So glad someone understands what it's like to have tall stepkids. :)
Thanks for the tip on the Bare Essentials, I ordered this product awhile ago and had that issue with the pores. I'm going to try your tip and see if it works for me.

Holly Jones said...

Thanks for the link!

Sapphire said...

Great post! You have the BEST info!!!

pam said...

I am going to look into the free sample. I have been looking at these makeups but just don't have the money to shell out. Plus I don't really go to far, so it is an indulgence to buy makeup. Thanks for the FYI

Laura said...

Hmmmm using BE and sometimes look OVER made up. I want to look like I am not wearing make-up. I might check this out!

Bernadette said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I love this post--I tried Everyday Minerals a few years ago, and I LOVED it, but I so rarely wear make up (I"m a student and a nanny! My 5 year old doesn't care!), I never went ahead and bought a full-size set. But now I think I will!

Jill of All Trades said...

Took me awhile to get used to the stuff. Mary Kay came out with some that I use now (I used to sell it) and now I use the eye shadow stuff but I've developed an irritation with it. Can't figure if that is it or something else. Come on something else. Thanks for the visit.

San said...

I've been toying with the idea of ordering Everyday minerals online... Gosh, your post may have just tipped me over to the 'dark side'! :P

* Hiya from SITS, by the way! And hope you have a excellent saucy day! :) *

Mom in High Heels said...

I discovered BE a few years ago and about a year an a half ago I switched over to Everyday Minerals. I love it and it is so much cheaper.
BTW, popped over from SITS.

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

I've ordered these samples before and LOVED them. Thanks for the reminder - must go back and order more goodies!

Enjoy your day in the SITS spotlight!

Amanda in GA said...

I'v been using BE for 4-5 years now I really like it but if I can find something that does the same thing for cheaper I am all over that! Thanks

Christina Lee said...

WOW-I am also a BE user and lover....happy SITS day!

Sadiebug and her Mom said...

I love Bare Escentual brushes! I just went through my bathroom this weekend to unclutter... and realized I had stockpiled enough Clinque moisturizer to soften every SITS girl's skin from now until November.

Cindy said...

Coming over from SITS. I have BE, too and I love the mineral makeup. But, I will certainly give the other product a try! BE does make me appear oily, which is really not the case...odd.

RamblingMother said...

Must mention this to my mom who wears the bares. happy SITS day.

Sturgmom said...

WOW- this is such great info. I'm definitely adding you to my google reader so I can keep up!

Robin said...

I have been using BE for about 3 years now and love it........but hate the price. I am in need of some replacements (base and blush), I shall try Everyday. Thanks!

Hope your day is a beautiful one.

Juliet Grossman said...

Add me to the list of mineral makeup fans. I can't believe I ever used anything else. I currently use BE and just stocked up on everything. When they run low I just might have to give Everyday a try.

isk8jewel said...

Visiting from SITS today... I've been wanting to try mineral makeup but didn't know where to start. Thanks for the tip; I'm definitely going to have to check this one out! :)

Anti-Supermom said...

Happy saucy day!

Thanks for the links, I'm totally getting myself some free products :)

Karen Brown Letarte said...

Hey there! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, DomesticMuse! I am all about the products--- LOL, I can't travel without my big suitcase because of all my lotions and potions! I just switched to mineral makeup in August because my aesthetician told me the best protection against sun is moisturizer with sunscreen followed by mineral makeup. I use Glo Minerals.

:) K

shortmama said...

Congrats on being SITS featured blogger today. I have got to check out this makeup, I am a minerals fanatic too!

Carrie said...

Oh, how I wish I had found you two weeks ago. I JUST bought Bare Escentuals and I am still getting in the groove of it. I paid $60 for the starter kit. I got foundation, bronzer, and mineral veil plus brushes and the primer. I guess brushes can get pricey, so $60 may not have been that bad of a price. However, Everyday Minerals is quite a bargain! When I am ready to replenish, I am definitely going to try Everyday Minerals.
Thanks!
I love your blog!

Superjaxster said...

I used the pure mineral line for a short while, decided it was too expensive and went to the sephora brand one. I'm super cheap when it comes to buying beauty stuff for myself. This EM stuff sounds great. Going to check it out right now!

Jen said...

I LOVE mineral make-up! BTW, congrats on your SITS day.

Joelle said...

I love this stuff! Congrats on being featured! Of course i'm here from SITS :) Have a wonderful comment-filled day.

Michelle said...

Still lurking around from SITS. I've tried Avon's mineral line...I have mild rosacea. I'm not completely sold on it....and I'm not sure that I want to spend a small fortune on BE!!

SpaGirl Jenn said...

Oh WOW....I have not heard of this company and now I am definitely going to check the website out!!! I LOVE Bare Minerals and sometimes just can't afford to get more....

Thank you SOOOO much for your info!!!

Oz Girl said...

First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog and welcoming me to SITS! Second, I've been a BE fan for years also, and find this post very interesting... I'll have to forward this info to my mom and sis, who are also BE fans. :) Oh yeah, BE eye shadows have always been itchy on me, so I find it rather comforting that this has happened to others. I thought something was wrong with me...

Pretty Perch said...

I am a Bare Essentials gal myself. Thanks for the Everyday Minerals review, I might just try it :)

Sera said...

Congrats on being featured by SITS - woo hoo! I'm headed over to check out the site now. I've been using BE for about 3 years now, but shoot - if you love this other stuff and it's cheaper I'm ALL OVER THAT! Thanks for the tip!

Mo Diva said...

Great Tip! Thanks! I might just have to try this out!

melissa said...

i've never used mineral makeup and i've been wanting to try. and bare essentuals was just too expensive. i was going to try e.l.f because i like them but i'm going to have to check out this one too!!
here from sits!!

Michelle said...

My freebies came today! Can't wait to play tonight! Thanks for the tip.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Wow, Michelle - that was pretty fast. Let me know if you like it (or not!).