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15 Best Mineral Foundations For 2018

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15 Best Mineral Foundations For 2018 June 1, 2018

Are you super conscious about what you put on your face? If your answer is a big yes, you need to consider trying or switching to mineral makeup. It’s all the rage, and for strong reasons! As opposed to your conventional makeup, mineral makeup is free from chemicals and harmful ingredients. If you’re eager to transform your makeup routine and your skin, the number one step would be to toss out your old foundation. A mineral foundation is best to combat a slew of skin problems. It won’t irritate your skin, it’s non-comedogenic, and is kind to your skin. Want to know more? We have rounded up the top 15 mineral foundations for every skin type to help you pick your new foundation.

Types of Mineral Foundations That You Can Choose From

If you want to look like yourself, only with better skin, mineral foundation is for you. Depending on your skin type and concerns, you can choose between powder or a liquid form of mineral foundation. These are mainly composed of iron oxides, zinc oxides, titanium dioxide, and organic oils – all of which are naturally-derived ingredients and won’t cause harm to your delicate skin.

Top 15 Mineral Foundations For Different Skin Types

Whether you want to control an oily T-zone or even out your skin tone, there’s a mineral foundation that is made for every skin type. Here are our top picks!

Best Mineral Foundations For Oily Skin

  1. BareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
  2. L’Oreal True Match Naturale Powdered Mineral Foundation SPF 19
  3. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup
  4. Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation

Best Mineral Foundations For Dry Skin

  1. Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation
  2. BareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

Best Mineral Foundations For Combination Skin

  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation
  2. NYX Cosmetics Mineral Stick Foundation
  3. Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder Foundation

Best Mineral Foundations For Sensitive & Acne-Prone Skin

  1. Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 15
  2. Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20
  3. MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation

Best Mineral Foundations For Mature Skin

  1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup
  2. Lancome Miracle Cushion And Ageless Minerale
  3. Pur 4 In 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation SPF 15

Best Mineral Foundations For Oily Skin

1. bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Pros

  • Gives your skin a radiant and natural finish
  • Does not clog pores
  • Comes with SPF 15
  • Fragrance-free
  • Helps improve your skin

Cons

  • Its packaging is not travel-friendly

Review

This mineral powder foundation is extremely popular among beauty gurus on YouTube, and it’s also an award-winning product. Its formula is free of parabens, fillers, binders, and synthetic chemicals. It provides light to medium coverage and is one of the best when it comes to beauty meets skincare foundations. Also, it comes in a variety of shades and undertones, so it won’t be hard to find one that matches your skin tone. With a staying power of 5-6 hours, without touch-ups, this one’s a must-try! You’ll also notice your skin feeling and looking healthier when used over a period.

Rating: 5/5

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2. L’Oreal True Match Naturale Powdered Mineral Foundation SPF 19

Pros

  • Provides a natural and radiant finish
  • Comes with SPF 19
  • Buildable coverage
  • Suits all skin types
  • Available in a wide range of shades

Cons

  • The brush that comes with it leaves you with a patchy application

Review

This is one of the more affordable mineral powder foundations, and it indeed is amazing for oily skin. Its formula is lightweight, and when applied using a kabuki brush, this blends into the skin seamlessly. It covers redness, evens out skin tone and leaves your skin with a nice satin finish. With a decent staying power of about 5-6 hours without touch-ups, this powder foundation by L’Oreal is worth giving a shot!

Rating: 4.9/5

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3. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup

Pros

  • Looks very natural
  • Does not oxidize
  • Leaves you with an incredibly smooth finish
  • Offers SPF 15

Cons

  • Limited shade range

Review

If you instantly want to even out your skin and diminish the imperfections, this mineral powder foundation from Bobbi Brown is the way to go. The powders in this formula are triple-treated with vitamins, glycerin, and skin softeners. It glides on the skin like a dream and is so lightweight – you’ll feel like you’re wearing no makeup. Its coverage is buildable, and with just a little product, you can build thin layers with a dense brush for added coverage. It stays on for 6-7 hours or more when used along with a primer.

Rating: 4.9/5

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4. Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Long wearing
  • Buildable coverage
  • Blends well

Cons

  • Requires touch-ups

Review

This mineral foundation from Cover FX gives you buildable, matte coverage – and it’s not the cakey kind. To control and absorb oil, it contains Kaolin Clay, which is a big plus! You can use it either wet or dry, depending on your desired coverage and this works well both ways. If you want a matte hydrated look, pair this with an illuminating primer!

Rating: 4.8/5

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Best Mineral Foundations For Dry Skin

5. Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation

Pros

  • Keeps skin well hydrated
  • Helps minimize the appearance of pores
  • Hygienic, attractive, and travel-friendly packaging
  • Feels like second skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Cons

  • No SPF

Review

This foundation is a treat for your skin for so many reasons! It comes packed as liposome beads in a transparent, airless pump bottle. It gives you dewy, light coverage and is great for normal to dry skin. To use, shake it well and then pump out a little product, mix well and apply it all over your face using a sponge or a brush. It will help keep dry skin properly hydrated and healthy.

Rating: 5/5

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6. bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

Pros

  • Packed with gentle ingredients
  • Leaves your skin looking fresh and luminous
  • Lightweight
  • Long wearing

Cons

  • This doesn’t do a lot to cover dark spots or other skin imperfections

Review

This mineral foundation contains brightening ingredients like Vitamin C, so with use over time, your skin will look more even-toned. Its formula is free of silicone, parabens, and fragrance. If your face is sensitive and dry, don’t you worry because this works wonderfully for problematic skin. The best part is that it’s very lightweight and has the consistency of serum, while its jam-packed with pigments – just enough to even out your skin tone and give your face a flawless, fresh finish.

Rating: 5/5

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Best Mineral Foundations For Combination Skin

7. Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

Pros

  • Waterproof formula
  • Full coverage
  • Long wearing
  • Vegan
  • Available in a wide range of shades

Cons

  • Comes without an applicator

Review

If you have an oily T-zone coupled with dry areas, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation is for you. When applied using a mini kabuki brush, this formula blends beautifully into your skin and adapts to your skin type. Its formula is enriched with light-reflecting gemstones that will make your skin look youthful and radiant. This one’s highly recommended for combination to dry skin!

Rating: 5/5

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8. NYX Cosmetics Mineral Stick Foundation

Pros

  • Extremely blendable
  • Travel-friendly
  • Easy to use
  • Can be used for contouring

Cons

  • Coverage is average

Review

This one’s a multi-purpose mineral foundation stick from NYX, and we love it because it can help you achieve pretty mean contouring. Available in a whole range of shades, this stick is very easy to use, and it blends seamlessly with a makeup sponge or brush. It also doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and covers up redness and evens out your skin tone with ease. However, if you have dark spots or under-eye dark circles, you’ll need to go in separately with a concealer. Give this a shot if you’re looking for a user-friendly foundation formula.

Rating: 4.9/5

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9. Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder Foundation

Pros

  • Hydrates and moisturizes skin
  • Looks great in daytime pictures
  • Hygienic and travel-friendly packaging
  • Available in different shades

Cons

  • The SPF causes a white flashback in pictures taken with flash

Review

If you dislike the feeling of having a heavy, full coverage foundation sitting on your face, this mineral foundation from Clarins is made for you. Its formula contains Pink Opal Pigments, which leave your complexion looking fresh and radiant for hours together. It also contains plant extracts that are good for your skin. When it comes to blending, this formula blends like a dream and sets into a natural, satin finish. It provides medium coverage, and one to two pumps is sufficient to cover your face and neck. This is definitely worth trying!

Rating: 4.8/5

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Best Mineral Foundations For Sensitive & Acne-Prone Skin

10. Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Pros

  • No chemical fragrance
  • Contains active sunscreen ingredient that is very effective and non-irritating
  • Non-greasy
  • Great for sensitive skin

Cons

  • Does not provide adequate coverage

Review

If you have acne-prone skin that’s very sensitive to cosmetics, this foundation from Aveda is something you will love. It has a serum-like consistency, and it works like a tinted moisturizer more than a foundation. It blends like a dream and looks like second skin, making your face look fresh and radiant instantly. This one leaves you with a dewy or luminous finish that lasts all day long. It’s perfect for an everyday foundation. It comes in an opaque tube so make sure you store it in a dark place to protect its ingredients from sunlight. If you have very oily skin, it’s best if you set this using pressed powder.

Rating: 5/5

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11. Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20

Pros

  • Contains SPF 20
  • Blends easily
  • Does not look cakey
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Price may be a concern for some

Review

This foundation from Elizabeth Arden makes for the perfect daily wear foundation. Its coverage is very buildable, and it leaves your skin with a smooth, radiant finish. It’s non-drying and makes your skin look naturally brighter and radiant. Its new technology grinder case releases enough product for a single application. Hence, there is no wastage or mess. It’s extremely easy to apply and comfortable to wear for long hours. Although the price is on the higher side, this one’s worth every penny and will last you a long time!

Rating: 5/5

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12. MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation

Pros

  • Instantly hydrates and freshens skin
  • Contains SPF 15
  • Medium to full coverage
  • Velvety, satin finish

Cons

  • Not suitable for sultry or humid days

Review

If you have dry, acne-prone skin, the MAC Mineralize foundation will work well for you. It comes in a wide range of shades for every skin tone and different undertones. It’s also perfect for dehydrated skin and for one that looks dull and lacks any glow. With a buildable coverage, you can wear this in the evenings and even for special occasions. Use a makeup sponge or a brush to blend the product out, and it blends seamlessly. If you’re looking for a full coverage foundation, this one’s something you should absolutely try.

Rating: 4.9/5

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Best Mineral Foundations For Mature Skin

13. Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder Makeup

Pros

  • Fantastic coverage
  • Long lasting
  • Contains SPF 12
  • Does not look cakey

Cons

  • Its packaging makes it a little messy

Review

If you’re looking for a mineral foundation that offers exceptional coverage that’s easy to use – this foundation by Estee Lauder is perfect. It helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It photographs really well and makes your skin look airbrushed and smooth. We love its staying power, which only increases when used with a primer. This one leaves you with a silky matte finish. It’s non-drying, which makes it perfect for mature skin as you require more hydration.

Rating: 5/5

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14. Lancome Miracle Cushion And Ageless Minerale

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Travel-friendly
  • Lightweight
  • Blends seamlessly

Cons

  • Coverage is not buildable

Review

This mineral powder foundation from Lancome is another excellent option for mature, dehydrated skin. It takes you less than three minutes to apply this, and it leaves you with a radiant, dewy finish. This also makes for a great touch-up on the go-to foundation. It works well for dry to combination skin type.

Rating: 4.9/5

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15. Pur 4 In 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation SPF 15

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Does not exaggerate pores
  • Contains ingredients that are beneficial for your skin
  • Cruelty-free and vegan

Cons

  • Limited shades available

Review

This pressed-powder foundation from Pur is great for sensitive and aging skin. Its lightweight yet provides full coverage. You can apply this using a damp makeup sponge, and it will blend like a dream. It does not cause acne, neither does it aggravate your condition. If you want skin that looks like yours, but better – this foundation is the way to go.

Rating: 4.8/5

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Tips: How To Choose And Use Your Mineral Foundation

Now that you have a fair idea of which mineral foundations are worth trying, here are a bunch of handy tips to help you choose and apply your product.

  • Before you buy your foundation, always make sure to test it out on your face or your jawline to make sure you’re getting a shade that’s right for you.
  • Decide what kind of finish you’re looking for before you head to pick out your mineral foundation.
  • Always check the list of ingredients before purchasing your foundation, because a lot of companies claim that their products are “mineral-based,” while in reality, they only add minerals to regular makeup.
  • If you’re looking for some extra sun protection, choose a formula with SPF.
  • Prep your skin well before going in with your mineral foundation for a flawless finish.
  • If you’re using a mineral powder foundation, use a kabuki brush, which is shorter and denser than a regular brush. This will give you more coverage. The trick is to buff, buff, and buff for a seamless, polished look.

Mineral makeup has changed the beauty game and taken it to a whole new level where cosmetics meet skincare. Unlike your regular foundation that may not be a great idea to wear on a daily basis, a mineral foundation is free of preservatives and chemicals, so it won’t hurt your skin or disrupt your attempts to reach your #skingoals, even when worn daily. Also, these can be a lifesaver if you suffer from acne, eczema, or rosacea! We bet you’re excited to revamp your makeup bag and fill it up with mineral makeup. That was our roundup of the 15 best mineral foundations. Have you tried any or are you keen on trying any? Let us know in the comments section below.

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