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The Ultimate Guide to Mineral Makeup

By January 22, 2018 No Comments
Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup Vancouver Laser and Skincare clinic

If you’ve ever had even the slightest interest in makeup, you’ve probably seen a hundred adverts praising mineral makeup for being superior and countless celebrities touting it as the only thing they dare put on their precious skin. Has all the buildup and hype surrounding mineral makeup got you itching to try it? Well, if you’re after a glowy, luminescent, flawless finish with your makeup, look no further. Mineral makeup is for you.

Ok, but what exactly is mineral makeup? Just as it sounds, mineral makeup is made from micronized minerals, including titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, that has been finely milled until they’re just the right consistency. It’s often considered not only better than traditional makeup but healthier too since it usually lacks the ingredients that cause irritation and congestion and doesn’t contain preservatives, fillers, dyes, oils or fragrances.

Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are also superstar physical sunblocks, which is always a bonus. In addition to protecting you from harmful UVA and UVB rays, mineral makeup contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties on top of being antibacterial and non-comedogenic. Since minerals are inert (meaning they cannot sustain any life — like bacteria), they won’t clog pores. Makeup that helps the skin? Uh, hello, yes please.

“Makeup that helps the skin? Uh, hello, yes please.”

Many commercially available products are comedogenic and allergenic or irritating to the skin on some level. A huge reason why mineral makeup gets so much love from skincare professionals is because it doesn’t do those not so great things. It’s pure and actually quite soothing, especially after a laser or microneedling treatment, which is another reason we love it as much as we do.

Don’t get us wrong, we go just as nuts for all kinds of makeup too… but we strongly believe that your everyday foundation or BB cream shouldn’t be contributing to less than stellar issues going on in your skin. Think about it, you invest all this time and money into skincare and treatments for your face, only to then slather a thick layer of no-good chemicals over it for 8+ hours a day. It’s a bit counterproductive, wouldn’t you agree?

After all of that gushing, here it is, the big but: not all mineral makeups are created equal. Words like “organic,” “natural” and “mineral” are increasingly used to advertise or sell makeup but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the real deal. The problem lies within the mineral makeup industry itself.

Jane Iredale Cruetly Free Mineral Makeup

While companies can choose to seek out the highest quality ingredients and approval from the >USDACompleted to prove their claims, the industry has no set standards. In other words, as long as there is a bare minimum, it can be called “mineral” makeup. Think of the difference like fresh-pressed orange juice vs. from concentrate. One is pure and one will contain many (sometimes harmful) additives.

Since we only allow the best for our NuAGE babes, we’ve chosen to partner with the pioneer of mineral makeup: Jane Iredale. Sound familiar? Well it should, considering it was launched over 20 years ago! One of the many things that sets Jane Iredale apart from other mineral makeup brands is that it is essentially skincare but with pigment.

You can wear your mineral makeup with confidence knowing that all of the essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to feed your skin are included. Jane believes that the most beautiful thing you can wear is healthy skin, and we couldn’t agree more!

Mineral Makeup for All Skintypes

Now, you may be saying to yourself, “No way mineral makeup is for me! Powders dry me out!” The reason for that would be that the ingredients in conventional makeup are not skin friendly, or maybe you were unlucky enough to try a makeup whose mineral claims were less than true. Conventional makeup contains synthetic and petroleum-based ingredients and many, many fillers. One of these fillers is talc. Talc makes up, on average, 75-85% of standard powders. This unfortunate ingredient doesn’t wear well all day and will go patchy, give a grey cast to the skin and dry it out.

Since the Jane Iredale line has no fillers, no moisture is leached from your skin by your powder! Each titanium and zinc crystal is coated, meaning it actually locks in a moisture layer between molecules. To go above and beyond in terms of their standards, Jane Iredale grows their minerals in their own lab to ensure the quality and purity are never in question.If these minerals were mined from the Earth to be used in cosmetics, they could never be cleansed enough. By having complete control over the process from start to finish, we are able to ensure that Jane Iredale truly is the best of the best.

To learn more about the extensive third-party testing that Jane conducts, click here. Some other things we love about Jane include:

  • The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends seven of Jane Iredale’s most popular products as effective broad-spectrum sunscreens AND Jane’s sunscreen formulas provide physical, not chemical, sun protection and are water resistant up to 40 minutes in moving water.
  • Every product is thoughtfully formulated for high performance and contains botanicals, fruit extracts and the highest quality minerals. All Jane Iredale products are hypoallergenic and do not contain parabens, petroleum, talc, preservatives, dyes, synthetic fragrances or bismuth oxychloride.
  • Jane Iredale loves animals! The brand is a certified cruelty-free cosmetic company recognized by both Leaping Bunny and PETA for its voluntary commitment to zero animal testing at every stage of its product development and manufacturing.

While Jane has many options available for foundations, we’re going to talk about our top three today: Amazing Base Loose Powder, PurePressed Mineral Base and the Glow Time BB Cream. Depending on the type of wear and finish you’re after, Jane has you covered.

Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup Amazing Base Mineral PowderAMAZING BASE LOOSE MINERAL POWDER – Amaze your skin

This airy mineral foundation offers luminous sheer to medium coverage and makes skin feel seriously silky.

  • The loose mineral foundation gives sheer to medium coverage and is available in cool (pink undertone), warm (yellow undertone) and neutral shades.
  • It’s made from micronized minerals so it’s oil free and weightless.
  • Amazing Base is an all-in-one SPF 20 foundation, powder and concealer with broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun protection.
  • The foundation is water resistant for up to 40 minutes.
  • It conceals redness and diffuses the appearance of fine lines and pores with its soft focus effect.


  • Titanium Dioxide: It’s listed by the FDA as one of only two physical sunscreen actives. It provides coverage and colour.
  • Zinc Oxide: This is the second of the two physical sunscreen actives listed by the FDA.
  • Extracts of Sea Minerals – Plankton Extract & Algae Extract: These babies soothe, nourish and aid in hydration.

Glide this weightless sheer matte foundation on for a look that’s just like your own skin, only better.

  • The pressed mineral foundation is slightly more sheer and matte than the loose powders.
  • It’s made from micronized minerals so it’s oil free and weightless.
  • It’s an SPF foundation, powder and concealer with broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun protection all in one. It’s either SPF 20 or SPF 15 depending on the shade.*
  • PurePressed is water resistant for up to 40 minutes.
  • The formula contains antioxidants such as pine bark extract and pomegranate extract (a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radical production caused by sun exposure).
  • It goes well with our refillable compact.


  • Titanium Dioxide: It’s listed by the FDA as one of only two physical sunscreen actives. As we noted, it provides coverage and colour.
  • Zinc Oxide: This is also listed by the FDA as one of only two physical sunscreen actives.
  • Pomegranate Extract: The antioxidant protects and helps fight free radical production.

*SPF 20 shades: Amber; Autumn; Bisque; Caramel; Fawn; Golden Glow; Honey Bronze; Ivory; Latte; Light Beige; Natural; Radiant; Riviera; Satin; Suntan; Teakwood; Warm Sienna; Warm Silk
SPF 15 shades: Cognac; Velvet; Mahogany

Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes the appearance of pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin.

  • Glow Time contains SPF 25 or SPF 17* broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun protection.*
  • It’s water resistant for up to 40 minutes.
  • The BB cream minimizes the appearance of pores and helps disguise fine lines and wrinkles.
  • It smoothes and brightens skin.
  • Glow Time is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, sensitivity tested, clinically tested and dermatologist tested (phew..that’s a lot of testing but well worth it!).


  • Grapefruit Extract & Bitter Orange Extract: This duo minimizes the appearance of pores and wrinkles and promotes luminosity and radiance in skin.
  • Apple Extract: Not only does an apple a day keep the doctor away, the fruit also acts as a skin-smoothing antioxidant and helps maintain a youthful appearance.
  • Tamarind Extract: You’ll get intense skin hydration thanks to tamarind extract.
  • Coconut Alkanes: Derived from coconut oil, coconut alkanes help the product spread evenly and they smooth the skin.
  • Titanium Dioxide: The FDA lists this ingredient as one of only two physical sunscreen actives and it has the added perk of providing coverage and colour.
  • Zinc Oxide: This one is also listed by the FDA as one of only two physical sunscreen actives.

*SPF 25 shades: BB1, BB3, BB5, BB6, BB7 and BB8

SPF 17 shades: BB9, BB11 and BB12

Have we lured you over to the mineral side? Lucky for you, we carry Jane Iredale at our Vancouver laser and skin care clinic. Get a complimentary colour match and touch up after your treatment at NuAGE and fall in love with Jane!











Ellie Yousefian

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