Makeup for Acne Archives

Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer Review

Description:

Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer is a heavy duty, highly pigmented, transfer- and water-resistant, multitasking concealer.  It is a creamy, blendable concealer that provides excellent, customizable coverage.  It is oil and paraben-free, so it is safe for acne.  This is an extremely long-lasting concealer, especially when you follow the standard steps of applying concealer in which you prep the skin, dab on concealer, blend edges, and set with powder.

Summary of Reviews:

Kat Von D’s concealer gets rave reviews from users as a great concealer for acne, rosacea, scars, and other skin discolorations. Even though it is branded as a tattoo concealer, users said that it works far better as a concealer on the face instead. In fact, those who bought it for tattoos were pleasantly surprised at how well it worked for hiding other skin issues, including undereye circles. This is a very versatile concealer.

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Best Mineral Makeup: Bare Escentuals

Bare Essentials Bare Minerals Makeup

bareMinerals Get Started Kit

Review:

I have tried different brands of mineral makeup, including drugstore brands and those available only online.  There is one brand that stood head and shoulders above the others – Bare Escentuals bareMinerals (often misspelled as bare mineral makeup or bare essentials makeup).  Their price was an excellent value compared to others, especially for those starting out for whom the bareMinerals Get Started Kit is ideal.

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bareMinerals SPF 25 Mineral Veil Review

Description:

This is Bare Escentuals’ new version of Mineral Veil, now with SPF 25.  It has all the qualities of the original mineral veil, but with sun protection.  As with the original version, the SPF 25 Mineral Veil is designed to give a finishing touch to makeup by softening lines, minimizing pores, eliminating shine, and keeping makeup fresh all day.  The SPF version comes in a sheer powder and a tinted version.  The non-SPF version also comes in a hydrating and an illuminating version.

Summary of Reviews:

The new bareMinerals SPF 25 Mineral Veil is by far my favorite product in Bare Escentuals bareMineral line.  I have used it for years and I don’t just reserve it for use with the bareMinerals foundation.  It works well over any foundation or even just over concealer.

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Ingredients to Avoid in Acne Makeup

UPDATE:  Please read this update first before reading the rest of this post.

I recently discovered more information about the list compiled by James Fulton and how that research was done.  My new information comes from Paula Begoun’s book “The Original Beauty Bible“.  She points out that this research was done with much larger concentrations of these ingredients than would ever be used in any makeup product.  What this really means is that we don’t have to be scared off by products that might contain one, or even more,  of the ingredients listed below.  Instead, look at where the ingredient is placed in the list on the product label.  The higher on the list the ingredient is, the higher the concentration in the product.  Therefore, if the second ingredient listed is one of the ‘pore-clogging’ ones below, then it is probably a significant ingredient in that product and is not a great choice.  If it is near the end of the list of ingredients, then you probably do not need to get too concerned.  Alternatively, you can always judge by the way the product feels on your skin.  If it feels too creamy or greasy for you then it probably is.

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Review of bareMinerals Matte Foundation

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation Fair

Description:

This is Bare Escentuals’ new matte formula of its original bareMinerals foundation. It is supposed to absorb excess oil without drying the skin. It is almost meant to improve the appearance of the skin, minimizing pores and promoting cell turnover with their Rare Minerals Active Soil Complex. The container has been redesigned with a ‘click, lock, go’ cap so that there are no spills. This powder foundation also has an SPF 15 with no chemicals or preservatives. You can see a full list of ingredients on the product page, using the link provided below.

Bare Escentuals’ research by an independent research company says that

93% of users saw minimized pores
85% experienced improved skin clarity
89% said they had reduced shine

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