Move Over, Bare Minerals!

March 13, 2012By 14 Comments

I’ve been exclusively wearing mineral foundation for over 10 years now (eeks, that makes me sound ancient!). Seriously, the thought of smearing tinty, chemically-preserved goop all over my face in the name of beauty gives me the chills (the bad kind).

I used to rock Bare Minerals back in the day when the brand was new-new. They kind of owned the market at the time and introduced the world to a new, more natural way of looking beautiful. Now it seems there are a bunzillion new mineral makeup lines, and for the most part, they are all pretty much the shit! As a bit of personal advice, I’d steer clear of “mineral makeup” from mainstream brands, like the kind found at Target and Walgreens (they often contain lots of fillers and aren’t entirely “natural”).

These past couple weeks I’ve been using Mineral Hygienics mineral makeup, and my skin’s been lovin’ it!

Reasons to give Mineral Hygienics a whirl:

  • It’s perfect for sensitive skin.
  • You get maximum coverage (blemishes, age spots, blotchy bits go bye-bye)
  • It’s long-wearing.
  • It contains natural SPF (which helps prevent wrinkles)
  • It doesn’t cake into your pores and allows your skin to breathe.
  • The foundation, shadows, blushes, and bronzers are vegan.*
  • They offer a 100% money back guarantee.
  • From now until May 1, 2012 get 10% off your entire Mineral Hygienics order by entering the coupon code veganbeauty at checkout.
  • It’s Dukers approved:

*Although their powdery makeup (foundation, blushes, shadows) is vegan, they do carry non-vegan items as well (lip products, mascara, eye gel, and some of their makeup brushes), so please read the ingredients for each item before ordering. 

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Longtime vegan, hardcore compassionate beauty junkie, serious cake aficionado, and lover of all things floofy and sparkly! If there's something in particular you'd like me to review, drop me a line at You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Google +.

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  1. Hi there, I was wondering if they test on animals. I heard really awesome reviews on their makeup and brushes.
    Awesome blog btw. 🙂

  2. Frauke says:

    I use Bare Minerals, too. But I don’t know which brush to use with it. Do you have a recommendation? What do I have to pay attention to when buying a brush to apply mineral foundation? Thanks!

  3. Koren says:

    Hey there! I’ve just been doing a little research on Bare Minerals and I thought you should know that they are owned by a Japanese company named Shiseido, which tests on animals. Ugh! So sad.

    It sounds like they’re not a great company in other ethical ways, too. There’s more info over here:

  4. Christine says:

    Hi! I’m a new vegan beauty reader, but I actually went back all the way of saved posts and read all of them and also saved all of the products I was interested in trying (my vegan cosmetics folder is now full!) I am also a new vegan (this year) I was a pescetarian for several years but now have cut everything animal based, and am going the cruelty free route all the way! I am also trying to buy organic/natural products without all of the gross parabens and the like, which has left me with not much makeup! So I am trying to rebuild my collection from the ground up.
    I have signed up for the beauty subscription boxes from those you reviewed. I am very excited! So far I have received the true beauty box, and I really love getting special treats in the mail!
    I wanted to ask you if you still like everyday minerals as your go to or do you now prefer this brand? I am in the market to get some new mineral foundation and can’t decide on the two!
    I have fair skin and don’t really like to feel like I am wearing makeup. I like my look to be natural, but I definitely love my cosmetics!
    Thanks so much for all you do! <3

    • Sunny says:

      Aren’t those subscription boxes fun? 🙂
      Yep, I LOVE Everyday Minerals. Their foundation is definitely light and breathable. You can also order free samples to test shades out before you buy. Let me know which brand you wind up going with. 🙂

  5. Moxie says:

    Love the photo! Thank you, I’ve not tried this brand before so I will have to check them out! x

  6. Polly Argenbright says:

    Hi, I’m having acne combined with redness from 5 years, I have consulted with many dermatologists and finally my acne is cured but the redness is still there. I got fed up with this redness on my cheeks,nose and chin. Can you please help me with this condition.

  7. A great range of make up , you might like to consider using Celgenics – Skin For The Future anti ageing range. I developed it for one of my patients who was allergic to conventional skincare. It’s vegan and energised with homeopathy, crystals and flower essences as well as vibrational informtion.
    A bit like Creme de la Mer but affordable!

  8. Dee Ginicola says:

    Oh 🙂 That sounds verrrry nice! <3 I loves me some mineral foundation. I used Mary Kay for 2 years before I just discovered they were lying about Animal testing…. so this is a great replacement! 😀

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