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Learning to love mineral foundation


I've been scared of mineral makeup for a long time. Largely because I associate it with people who have perfect skin or older ladies who don't want much coverage. However, I've been pleasantly surprised with some mineral products that I have been trying recently that go against my perceptions. All three have good coverage, are easy to apply and have a lovely finish. 

Jane Iredale Glow Time*, £39.50
I had heard about this via loads of makeup artists and had heard my the lovely Deborah rave about it as she stocks Jane Iredale in her salon. The only way to describe this mineral BB is as a baby version of Estee Lauder Double Wear. It has the best coverage of any mineral product I've ever tried. It applies easily, has a lovely texture, a lovely fruity scent and also has the added bonus of SPF 25 in it. This is perfect for anyone with dry skin- I found I got longer out of it if I powdered it. Without powdering, I got a little oily around the T Zone area. It's a great alternative to heavy foundations and has much more skin benefits than a regular foundation.

Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Powder*
I have been using this for a long time. Physician's Formula is available in America and in some places across the South of Ireland. I love this mineral powder for two reasons. Firstly, it's in a super easy to carry compact. Some mineral powders that are in loose format annoy me as they get everywhere. This has a small brush and mirror which are very handy. Secondly, the formula of this product is fab. It's very finely milled making it perfect to set foundations or concealers. I love using this to set my T Zone when using the Jane Iredale Glow Time. I carry this with me in my bag- it's a great powder because of its light texture. Depending on what I am up to, I can wear quite a lot of makeup. This doesn't add any heaviness to the skin but instead is as light as air. 

Young Blood Liquid Mineral Foundation*, £32
I was recently gifted this foundation from Destination Skin in House of Fraser Belfast. I have visited this clinic before for microdermabrasion (you can read the full review here). It's a great, very professional clinic. They found that many of their clients wanted to have a wee something to cover up any redness from treatments but after peels and dermabrasion, the skin should be left without heavy makeup. In arrives the brand Young Blood. The light, liquid mineral makeup is perfect to cover up any red patches post treatment so you can go about your day shopping without feeling naked. I have been testing this foundation for a few weeks. I really like the texture of this and unlike Jane Iredale, I feel like this is much better for more oily skin types. The colour range is great- mine is very yellow toned to suit my natural complexion. I definitely recommend this as an everyday foundation. I apply mine with my Beauty Blender and it looks so natural. I would also recommend this for younger girl sor people who struggle with acne or heavy makeup breaking them out. Young Blood can be purchased in Destination Skin Belfast.

Let me know your mineral foundation recommendations in the comments below or by tweeting me @GemmaLEBond.