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- First of all, I am looking for transparency. I have gotten spoiled by the awesome transparency at Neal’s Yard Remedies and so that’s what I expect of my makeup. I want to see the ingredients listed clearly on the box and on the website.
- Next, I want to avoid the ingredients that the skin experts at NYR are avoiding. If they are not good enough for my skincare, why would I want them in my makeup? So this includes parabens, synthetic fragrances, GMO ingredients, animal testing, silicones, phthalates, nano particles, mineral oils, EDTA, propylene glycol, carbomer, DEA, acrylates, and BHT.
- Also I want to avoid talc. It is a very common ingredient in powder but with all the recent bad news about talc in baby powder, I wanted to avoid it.
Some foundations still have no ingredients listed:
Most powders Contain an ingredient I am trying to avoid.
(I am putting the ingredients I found in parentheses, but please note I could have missed one. If you are trying to avoid something yourself please double check the product for yourself. These are linked so you can read the full list of ingredients listed on the website.)
- Kate Von D Lock It Powder Foundation (talc and silicones)
- Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation (talc, silicones, parabens, and fragrance)
- Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation (talc, EDTA, and silicones)
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation (BHT)
- Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder (Silicones and EDTA)
- Sephora Collection Matte Perfection Powder Foundation (talc and silicones)
- Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder (EDTA, Talc, silicones)
- Lancome Dual Finish Multi-tasking Longwear Powder Foundation (talc, mineral oil, fragrance)
- bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation (talc, silicones)
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation (talc, silicones)
- Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (silicones)
- Clinique Blended Face Powder (talc)
- Dermablend Loose Setting Powder (talc, parabens)
Some nontoxic foundations have passed the test:
- Laura Mercier Mineral Powder. Ingredients look ok. I might have to try this one next time!
- bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 also looks good.
- bareMinerals Matte Foundation Borad Spectrum SPF 15 is ok
- COVER FX Presssed Mineral Foundation looks ok.
- Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder looks ok
- Looks like mineral foundations for the win!
- So what did I actually buy? I ended up purchasing the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation (and brush!). I walked around the store and asked two employees what would be the cleanest, most organic, most nontoxic foundation and they led me there. But I didn’t get the idea they were experts. And after doing some more research on BHT, it isn’t the worst thing in the world. So I will use it and try something else next time.
- The more we want makeup that glides on, doesn’t create creases in the skin, hides any imperfection, the more we will get new ingredients that may or may not come with side effects. When looking at the name of the product, the more terms about doing this or that the product has, the more likely it is to have the ingredients I am trying to avoid.
- Of course the word “natural” doesn’t really mean natural, or nontoxic.