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Best Drugstore Mineral Makeup Review: Neutrogena Mineral Sheers and Loreal Bare Naturale

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I am really liking mineral makeup lately. Although I have used some of the more expensive brands, I recently picked up a couple of other brands, Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Best Drugstore Mineral Makeup Review: Neutrogena Mineral Sheers and Loreal Bare Naturale and Loreal Bare Naturale. The Loreal product is new and not yet on the Loreal web site. I will update this post with a link when I have one.

As a whole, a good mineral foundation will provide good coverage, yet will not sink into wrinkles or pores. Something to keep in mind with mineral foundations is that they do not always work well on people who have dry skin. I have seen plenty of reviews of various mineral foundations from people with dry skin who really disliked just about any mineral foundation. However, I have been quite dry this winter and still had success using mineral powder foundation after applying moisturizer as long as I had exfoliated and was not flaky. Because I have areas of hyperpigmentation, I also have used mineral makeup over my regular foundation in the areas where I want extra coverage. I then use liquid foundation or the mineral foundation alone on the rest of my face. That helps keep the makeup fairly sheer where I don’t need it so much.

The Neutrogena product works for me only as a finishing powder. It is called “sheer” for a reason. This stuff is really light in terms of coverage. I hesitate to call it a mineral foundation at all. There just isn’t any real coverage from it. It does, however, work well as a nice overall powder, and I have been quite happy with it in that function. I do have a complaint about the delivery system on it though. The brush is attached to a rectangular tube containing the powder. To dispense it, a plastic piece is slid down and the case must be tapped to get powder onto the brush. I found that I had to tap it hard and often to get a sufficient amount. I would prefer a design that simply allowed me to dip my brush into the powder. 2011  Update: Neutrogena has since revised the product in more standard loose and pressed powder forms that I like much better

I am quite hooked on the new Loreal product. Unlike the Neutrogena powder, Bare Naturale provides good coverage. It also skips the over-creative dispensing system for something more practical – simply unscrew the brush from the cap of the powder and dip it in. Further, the brush that comes with the powder is good enough that I have not felt the need to use my own brush. That is pretty rare for me. I have had no issues with the powder caking up or settling into lines, and when added over a bit of liquid foundation, it covers my ares of discoloration very well. It is cheaper than most of the best rated brands, yet from my experience, it is every bit as good. I highly recommend the product.

Just last night I also saw an ad for Loreal Bare Naturale Mineral Blush. I will have to keep an eye out for that in the store as well.

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  1. I tested the L’Oreal Bare Naturale a while ago and was disappointed in the range of colors – a darker woman of color would never find a match. Also, it left my skin feeling really itchy. I was pretty disappointed. I might try the new blush, though, and see if it’s any better.

  2. Carleenp says:

    That is interesting about the itchy feeling. I haven’t noticed anything, but I have generally been using it over another product, which would provide a barrier. I agree on the colors. Or at least I don’t remember seeing anthing that would work well for the darker skin tones. It seemed like it was all fair, light and medium when I bought mine. I looked today for the blush, but the CVS by me didn’t have it yet.

  3. I wonder of these two product are as gentle as the pricey brands we already know and trust?
    I am hesitant because I wouldn’t put it past L’oreal to stick some bismuth or a paraben in there, something offensive and nasty.
    The reason I love BE, etc so much is because I know it isn’t hurting me, or my skin.

  4. hilarie: Interesting thought! I looked and the Neutrogena product does indeed contain Bismuth Oxychloride, Methylparaben, and Propylparaben.

    The L’oreal product claims that it does not contain preservatives, so no parabens. But from what I could find, it still likely has bismuth as a filler (its mineral bronzer has it). That definitely could explain Toya’s itching.

  5. Carleenp says:

    Just an update that I found the blush at Walgreens. I bought some, but haven’t tried it yet. I will try it out next week.

  6. Rebecca says:

    Bare Escentuals does not contain preservatives, like parabens, but it does contain bismuth oxychloride which causes itchiness in a lot of women (myself included). Bismuth is not harmful (unlike parabens) unless your skin is sensitive to it.

  7. Heather says:

    I love the stuff. It can be put on as lightly or has heavy as you wish. The odd thing that I have noticed is that it does not wash off easily. It stays put! I play hockey and when I come off the ice, and shower, I still have it on my face! Great! It does come off easily with a facial cleanser.


  9. I beleive I am having an allergic reaction to L’oreal Bare Naturale foundation and illuminateur. My face is read and itchy, not sure if it contains the bismuth oxychloride. The print on the bottom of product is so small I cannot read it even with my glasses on. I have tried to research online at L’oreals website and was unsuccessgul. I then called the customer service at L’oreal and they could not tell me and would call me back.

  10. Kim, as far as I know, the product does indeed contain bismuth.

  11. michelle says:

    at walgreens if its not the right color you can exchange for another color even if opened just remember to keep receipt right now its also buy 1 get 1 free ends may 3

  12. I just tried bare naturale today and I love it. its way better than liquid foudation. I have oily skin and I found that the powder actually looks silkier with time.plus the product didnt get on my cellphone. Another thing is I’m African American and was lucky enough to find my shade “Cocoa”. I heard online they only have light,beige and nude colors but I found darker shades at my rite-aid. I guess its where you buy it from. also u can mix powders to try to get your shade.

    Great product will definitley buy again :)

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