Side-by-Side Comparisons of Bare Mineral Makeup
We compared Purely Cosmetic’s bare mineral foundation powders directly with all of the popular, well known brand names of “mineral makeup” foundations. You’ll be surprised at what some companies consider to be “pure” and good for your skin. Many contain bismuth oxychloride, a by-product of lead and copper processing. Bismuth is used as a filler to bulk up packaging, and is irritating to the skin. Do not use on sensitive or acne prone skin. Others contain parabens, a preservative linked to breast cancer and premature aging. Silicone, dimethicone (anything ending in "cone") is a filler used to allow a smooth, easy application, but coat the skin, trapping anything beneath it, and do not allow the skin to breathe (much like plastic wrap would do.)
NOTE ABOUT MICRONIZED PARTICLES: The use of micronized titanium dioxide is controversial. Some research indicates that micro-size particles do stay on the surface of the skin and do not enter the bloodstream, while others question the long-term safety of using nanoparticles. Studies have shown that it is possible for micronized titanium dioxide particles to penetrate cells and eventually lead to DNA damage following sun exposure. Asthmatics and others with repiratory problems should be cautioned about using loose powders with micronized ingredients as they are easily airborne. Micronized particles are liked by some mineral makeup companies because they provide a smooth coverage and adhere easily. The smaller the particle, the more sheer and natural looking the application. On the flip side, micronized particles cannot provide medium to full coverage for those who need to cover life's imperfections.
All of our mineral makeup foundations, blushes and eye shadows are registered with the FDA in accordance with the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program.
Purely Cosmetic’s foundation was compared in terms of ingredients, size, price, and cost per gram of product. Any ingredient appearing in bold red type is not an earth mineral, and potentially harmful to your skin. We can proudly compare our product against:
- Bare Escentuals
- Jane Iredale
- GLO Minerals
- Sheer Cover
- Laura Mercier
- Pür Minerals
Here’s how they all stack up:
Net weight: 6gm Cost:
$22.00 $18.00 Cost/Gram: $3.67 $3.00
Ingredients: Mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, zinc oxide. May contain ultramarine.
Net weight: 8.5gm Cost: $25.00 Cost/Gram: $2.94
Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, bismuth oxychloride, mica, iron oxide, zinc oxide. Products have expiration dates.
Net weight: 10.5gm Cost: $42.00 Cost/Gram: $4.00
Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica, zinc stearate, dimethicone, hydrated silica, boron nitride, stearic acid, plankton extract, algae extract, pine bark extract, pomegranate extract, may contain iron oxide, carmine, ultramarine. Uses micronized titanium dioxide.
Net weight: 10gm Cost: $37.00 Cost/Gram: $3.70
Ingredients: Phytonadione, green tea extract, tocopherol acetate, retinyl palmitate, ascorbyl palmitate, ethylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, bismuth oxychloride. May contain iron oxides. Uses micronized particles.
Net weight: 1.5gm & 4gm Cost: $13.00-$20.00** Cost/Gram: $8.67-$5.00
Ingredients: Zinc oxide, boron nitride, bisabolol, aspalathus linearis leaf extract, bismuth oxychloride. May contain titanium dioxide, mica iron oxides.
** Only sold in kits; priced based upon going Ebay bids. Products have expiration dates.
Net weight: 9.6gm Cost: $35.00 Cost/Gram: $3.65
Ingredients: Zinc oxide, pearl powder, mica, bismuth oxychloride, titanium dioxide, iron oxides. Uses micronized particles.
Net weight: 10gm Cost: $34.95 Cost/Gram: $3.50
Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, bismuth oxychloride, mica, iron oxides. Uses micronized particles.
Net weight: 8gm Cost: $23.50 Cost/Gram: $2.94
Ingredients: (4-in-1 Loose Mineral): Titanium dioxide, Mica, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides. (4-in-1 Pressed): Mica, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bismuth Oxychloride, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Carbonate, Silica, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides. Uses micronized particles.
L’OREAL BARE NATURALE:
Net weight: 10gm Cost: $14.99 Cost/Gram: $1.50
Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, talc, boron nitrate, dimethicone, carnaba wax, cetyl dimethicone, trimethyloxysilicate, trisocetyl citrate, alde baradensisleaf juice, tocopheryroyl, panthenol. Uses NANOSIZED particles.
NEUTROGENA MINERAL SHEERS:
Net weight: 5gm Cost: $13.00 Cost/Gram: $2.60
Ingredients: Mica, bismuth oxychloride, iron oxides, titanium dioxide, polymethylate, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, soybean flour, silk powder, zinc stearate, sodium dehydrocetate, methylparaben, propylparaben.
ARBONNE ABOUT FACE MINERAL POWDER:
Net weight: 8gm Cost: $34.00 Cost/Gram: $4.25
Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Methyparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride.