28 October 2013

Mineral Hygienics Cosmetics

Mineral Hygienics is a brand that I hadn't heard of until recently when I was approached to give some of the products a go. The American based company specialise in natural, gentle mineral products that have been designed to give beautiful results that are long lasting as well as being kind to the skin. Quite a big ask I thought so I was excited to give some of their most popular products a try.
I was sent the Sheer Mineral Foundation* in tones Light and Fairly Light, the Sheer Perfection setting powder* in Silk Translucent, the Mineral Enhancer* bronzer in Cool Kiss and the Full Coverage Kabuki Brush* to apply the products with.
After a little colour swatching I matched myself with the Light foundation and began to play with the products. I've always been a bit of a liquid foundation person because I like to make sure my foundation has a nice high coverage, not because I have bad skin, but because I like to have a nice even, clear base to work from (everyone likes to look flawless right?!) and I've found before that mineral makeup doesn't tend to have the high level of coverage that I like. However I have to admit to being pleasantly impressed. I found that, despite not being quite as high coverage as I would usually wear, the mineral products did give me a lovely even base without looking caked and powdery. Bronzer is a product that I have to be very light handed with because of my English rose colouring but the Cool Kiss enhancer was just right and gave my skin warmth and definition that I really like. I think this may actually be my favourite of the products.
I always use a kabuki brush to apply my base makeup and have had many over the years of varying quality and scratchiness and have to say that this one has been one of the softer textured despite still being firm enough to give  nice effect. I have noticed a little shedding but I found that to mainly be before washing the first time and as I've used the brush more it has become less of an issue.
Now, my one main criticism of the Mineral Hygienics range has got to be the mess these lovely products leave on my desk. As with all loose powder products there is a certain amount of product dropped as you apply, however I have had some trouble with the stubbornness of the product when it comes to wiping away. When on my face this is a brilliant trait but when using a white makeup desk it is a little less desirable so you definitely need to take a little care to minimise the mess you make!
In general I have been pretty happy with the whole product range that I've had the chance to try and whilst I think I will always mainly be a liquid foundation girl, I have built up a lot of love for the bronzer and translucent setting powders and I use the kabuki brush almost daily now to apply my products (I'm also looking at trying out some more of the Mineral Hygienics brushes). Do be careful not to make too much mess on your desk because it will be hard to remove but I do like knowing that it also takes a lot to remove it from my face, what with working a very active job!
If you would like to give Mineral Hygienics a look then you can find the website *here*
Annie xx

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