This is one review in which I can say with confidence that I’ve been using the products for months and can give you my best shot at an accurate assessment. I received several products from a brand I really like: cruelty-free, gluten-free Mineral Fusion.
In the past year, I reviewed a number of mineral-based skincare products from Mineral Fusion: moisturizers and mineral sunscreen. I also reviewed their beautiful nail polish that has a wide brush that I particularly love. So I was excited to get to try some makeup from Mineral Fusion.
In addition to the handy Brush-On Sun Defense mineral sunscreen SPF 30 that I mentioned above, I received liquid foundation, stick blush and mascara. I’ve used them for more than 3 months.
Here’s what I thought.
Glow & Go 3-in-1 Color Sticks
Right off the bat, I knew this mineral-based stick that I planned to use as a blush would be a winner for me. I think cream blush in a stick is the easiest and fastest way to apply blush. Mineral Fusion Glow & Go did not disappoint. I believe the 3-in-1 means you can use this stick on your lips or even on your lids, but I like to use a stick for one use only. I can’t imagine using this as an eyeshadow, lol, though I certainly could use it on my lips in a pinch.
Like the Mineral Fusion products I’ve used previously, the blush contains lots of great ingredients that provide skincare benefits:
- pomegranate and white tea that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that promote skin regeneration, provide some UV protection, have anti-aging benefits and nourish and calm the skin
- licorice root extract and aloe leaf juice that soothe the skin and reduce redness.
I consider those to be nice extras, but because I only wear a small amount of blush on a relatively small area, I don’t really look to blush primarily for skincare benefits. I’m more interested in the color and lastingness.
I was sent Berry Glow, one of 4 shades available: Berry Glow – sheer berry, Rosette – pale pink with a hint of shimmer, Terra Cotta – peach with a hint of shimmer, and Magnetic – light bronze shimmer. Berry Glow is a true berry shade that’s great for anytime, but I think it’s is particularly good for autumn because of its deep, rich color. I consider this stick very pigmented. I apply it directly to my skin, and I blend it out with a beauty blending sponge so that it will be the right shade for me. And I find that the color stays on all day. Fabulous!
Mineral Fusion Glow & Go 3-in-1 Color Sticks are priced at $19.99. They’re free of artificial coloring – that’s amazing for a color product! Also parabens, gluten and cruelty-free.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium PCA, Iron Oxide, Carmine, Titanium Dioxide, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol
I was sent Mineral Fusion Liquid Foundation in the shade, Cool 2, that was a good match for my skin tone especially in summer (swatch of Berry Glow Color Stick on top).
Again like the other products, mineral-based Liquid Foundation is a better-for-you formula without parabens or talc. In addition to things that Mineral Fusion leaves out, the foundation contains some skin-loving ingredients: antioxidant rich rose hip oil, pomegranate, vitamin C, a collagen-boosting peptide, botanicals: aloe, lavender and licorice root. The formula also contains dimethicone, in case you’re sensitive to it. I’m not, and I love the slip that dimethicone gives. It also makes my skin feel like velvet when I’m wearing this foundation. In fact, I don’t even have to wear primer when I use Mineral Fusion Liquid Foundation. For me, that’s pretty amazing. It’s hydrating and doesn’t settle into my lines or wrinkles.
The foundation is labelled medium to full coverage, and I agree with that. It covers all my imperfections except for the three dark spots that I can’t get rid of. They require a dab of concealer, but that’s true with every foundation I wear.
Mineral Fusion calls this a lightweight foundation. I’m not sure I exactly agree with that. I’ve been trying out a lot of water serum foundations and they are as light as a feather, meaning I can’t tell that I’m wearing a foundation. Mineral Fusion Liquid Foundation is definitely heavier than that. In fact, I would consider it to be a medium weight or slightly more foundation. And for me, that’s a plus for certain times of the year: fall, winter or spring. I found it a bit heavy for the really hot, humid days of summer. But it’s perfect for now and beyond which is one of the reasons why I called this post “Fall Makeup from Mineral Fusion”. My face feels protected when I wear it. Speaking of protection, I don’t see a sun protection factor on this so I assume that it doesn’t contain sunscreen.
The one thing that bugs me about this foundation that would be a relatively easy fix for the company is that the bottle with its wide-ish mouth is messy. I pour some out onto my blending sponge and then apply it. It’s difficult to pour onto a makeup brush, and too messy to pour onto my fingers. Even when using my blending sponge, the mouth gets coated with foundation. Please Mineral Fusion put this foundation in a pump bottle or provide a dropper!
Liquid Foundation comes in 8 wide ranging shades. Price $29.99 for 1.0 fl. oz. – a big bottle.
Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Cera alba, Stearic acid, Glycerol caprylate, Glycol palmitate, Glyceryl stearate, Silica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) starch, Mica, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf extract, Roman Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Powder, L-ascorbic-acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium dioxide, Black Iron oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide.
Again, like the other Mineral Fusion products, the waterproof mascara is a better-for-you formula with lashing-nourishing ingredients:
- soothing and nourishing aloe and chamomile
- vitamin E to nourish, lengthen and strengthen lashes
- argan oil to promote lash growth
- mineral pigments for long wearing, natural color
- high wax content to provide the waterproof benefit.
It comes with a big bristled hourglass-shaped wand. So if you like a fluffy wand, you may like this one.
That all sounds great, but in all honesty, I disliked this mascara. First, I like a smaller wand with plastic bristles, but if the formula is right I can usually get past that. However, the hourglass-shape didn’t work for the way my lashes are situated. Mostly, the formula just did not work for me. I couldn’t get it to build up on my lashes at all. It is supposed to “Lengthen-Strengthen+Last” but it didn’t lengthen or volumize my lashes. I regret to say that I tossed this mascara after several tries using it. It could just be me and my lashes or it could be the formula.
Ingredients: Aqua, Carnauba wax, Beeswax, Arabica gum, Alcohol, Sodium dehydroacetate, Dehydroxanthan gum, Emulsifying wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Origanum vulgare (oregano) leaf extract, Argania spinosa (argan) oil, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Rosa canina (rose) flower extract, Panthenol (vitamin b5), Green tea (camellia sinensis) extract, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN (+/-‐): Titanium Dioxide, Black Iron Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide
So that’s it for me: two wins (with one tweak requested) and one fail. By and large, Mineral Fusion works for me. It’s an affordable, better-for-you brand that’s readily available. Leaping Bunny Certified, the brand is sold at Whole Foods and other health food stores as well as on the Mineral Fusion website. Made in the U.S.
Have you tried any Mineral Fusion beauty products yet? P.S. There are several makeup kits on sale for 40% off now that seems to be a great way to try out this natural brand.