“safe natural makeup”
That’s the tag line for Annie Mayo’s Advanced Mineral Makeup.
Advanced Mineral Makeup piqued our interest but we needed to know more. Why was it advanced? Was it really safe for all skin types? Would it give our skin a natural look or something more?
Here’s What we Found in This Makeup Line:
Makeup artist Annie Mayo has plenty of experience not just working in the field as a makeup artist but also repping makeup and skin care products to Plastic Surgeons, Medical Spas, dermatologist, Resorts and Estheticians. She also hosted a morning T.V. segment on Fox News called “The Makeup Doctor.”
Like many entrepreneurs who create their own cosmetics line, Annie had the desire to make something better than what she saw in the marketplace.
It is clear that the investment and care went into the products. Once a product is on yhour skin, it’s how it looks and how it nourishes your skin that matters.
Loose Powder vs Pressed Powder Minerals:
Advanced Mineral Makeup has all sorts of cosmetics, but we focused on what we think our readers buy most from natural lines: Foundation and lip products. At the heart of most mineral makeup lines is
At the heart of most mineral makeup lines is foundation. Advanced Mineral Makeup offers liquid, loose powder minerals, and pressed powder. We tried the pressed powder foundation but there is also a loose powder
The liquid foundation has 7 color choices, while the loose powder only offers three, and the pressed powder has four. This seems surprising, since most all natural mineral makeup lines focus on loose powder. We tried the pressed powder foundation but there is also a loose powder
We opted to test the pressed powder foundation because it is the easiest to tote in your handbag.We like loose powder for the flawless and natural look it gives skin and the way you can just dust it on easily. But loose powder can be tipped over and it can be messy to apply. And liquid foundation is not as travel-friendly.
Review of the Advanced Mineral Makeup Pressed Powder Foundation ($38.50)
The Advanced Mineral Makeup Pressed Powder Foundation is really impressive. It’s a good all-around foundation that multi-tasks as a foundation, powder, concealer and SPF all in one.
It is also 100% VEGAN, gluten, fragrance, dye, talc and paraben free.
The foundation surprised us with a medium to full coverage formula and that was easily layer-able, silky to the touch, blendable and great for all skin types. Since it is all natural it’s good for all skin types, but particularly kind to those with sensitive skin or who has just undergone a deep laser peel. If there is a (mior) downside it’s that the shiny silver compact with interior mirror has no space for a puff, pad, brush so you have to carry that separately.
Four Colors Flatter Most:
There are only four colors from light to semi-deep and while mineral makeup is very forgiving in tone, these might not flatter everyone equally. What we did like was the display of the color, offering names of popular actresses eg.Halle (Halle Berry) Angelina (Angelina Jolie) so consumers can get some idea of where their skin might “fit.”
Since there are only two light shades, we tried both Taylor (Taylor Swift) and Angelina (Angelina Jolie). Neither was a perfect fir. Angelina was a bit too deep and yellow, Taylor was slightly light. Our best option was to apply the makeup dry with a softer, fluffier brush (not a puff or pad) and layer until we achieved the intensity we required. With this technique, we could finesse both shades successfully.
Lovely Lip Gloss:
Mineral Lip Gloss is always a favorite, especially for fans of pure and natural products who don’t want to “eat” a lot of chemicals.
Five Colors to Flatter Lips:
There are five very natural pinky, peachy colors of Luxury lip gloss ($18.00) in the Advanced Mineral Makeup Collection.
We selected Candice, a pinky-brown gloss that appeared to be the most intense color available.
The silky gloss surprised us with a minty scent that was uplifting and supposedly a bit volumizing. This mineral based lip gloss is packed full of nourishing ingredients such as lavender and sweet almond oil that help nourish and add moisture to the lips.
If you’re seeking a big, bold lip, these are not going to create the look. However, we found ourselves giving the bold berries and red a break more often for a glowing, natural, swipe of color just because it looked pretty!
The Bottom Line:
This is not the most extensive initial review we’ve ever done on a product line, because we only tried two products out of a number of things. But from our testing, we can tell you that the colors are nice, the packaging attractive, and the performance, quite impressive. If you are seeking mineral makeup that won’t bore you and won’t disappoint you, this might be a good line to try.
IMPORTANT: Your Questions Answered about Mineral Makeup (in general):
We love all natural products, but words like “natural” and “organic” and “preservative-free” are terms used very loosely. Advicesisters.com has received many questions from readers about these terms. We asked Advanced Mineral Makeup Creator Annie Mayo about a few of the most often asked questions:
Q: Mineral makeup is often touted as preservative-free and as an SPF product that contains protection from the sun. Is this Correct?
Neither of these statements is 100% accurate.
Q: Mineral makeup is supposedly preservative-free, but is there anything in it to keep it from Spoiling?
Presevatives: About phyneletheoloxinol:
Annie Mayo says her makeup has no parabens, fragrance, talk, fillers of preservatives, but that’s not quite true. She told advicesisters.com that she uses a preservative called “phyneletheoloxinol,” considered one of the least sensitizing for use in formulations. This ingredient does not release formaldehyde and is approved worldwide (including in Japan and in the EU) for use in all types of water-based cosmetics, up to a 1% concentration. We think that’s great, although we don’t think that makes the products 100% “preservative-free.”
Q: What About Product Contamination?
Annie Mayo told advicesisters.com that contamination in mineral makeup isn’t really an issue since minerals are inert and therefore bacteria doesn’t grow. Advicesisters.com still cautions you that dirt, sweat, hair, and other pollutants can still get into a jar or tube if you are not careful. We suggest cleaning your makeup brushes regularly, and not sharing mascaras or lip products .
Q: Does Mineral Makeup Really Protect You From The Sun?
The answer is yes and no.
According to Annie Mayo, mineral makeup does have some sun protective qualities.
For example, Advanced Mineral Makeup has titanium and zinc and these are known natural physical sun blocks. Advicesisters.com thinks this is a bonus, but we still caution you that since the products are not SPF rated you can’t tell how protective the products really are and you can’t use them instead of a rated SPF sunblock. We suggest you always wear sunblocl and additional protection from mineral makeup is an added bonus.