If I want a truly natural, flawless finish, mineral bases are the way to go. There's something about mineral makeup which just works better than any other formula, leaving my skin looking clear, smooth, healthy and glowing. As someone with oily skin, mineral bases are also an absolute beauty at keeping my oily skin at bay, more than any other liquid, cream or stick base in my stash. I have a lot of love for mineral bases, but there's two which definitely stand out from the crowd.
One of my favourite brands for mineral products, the Inika Mineral Foundation Powder (8g, £27.50) has been my favourite mineral base for a good couple of years now. I'm on to my second pot, and I always stick with the same shade, Patience, a warm beige for medium skin tones. There's 9 shades available in the range, and Inika have made choosing the right shade easy-peasy with their handy complexion guide. Not just any mineral base, the Mineral Foundation Powder has won awards for it's ability to act as a concealer, foundation and powder all in one, with pure ingredients and SPF15. What I adore about this base, is that you can apply in two ways for two different types of coverage.
For a light-medium coverage, using my Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki (£15.95), I apply in light, downward strokes, but for a heavier coverage, buffing in with circular motions works perfectly. I usually opt for the heavier coverage, but both leave my skin looking fabulous (if I do say so myself!), the finish is just perfect making my skin look radiant and healthy, whilst still working well with any products I put on top. I can easily get through almost a full day before needing to powder, and even then just a light dusting is enough as the mineral base works well to keep any unwanted shine and oil at bay.
A new base to join my beauty stash is the Antipodes Mineral Foundation* (6.5g, £27.99, currently on sale for £23.79), a new product from one of my favourite brands, which has far surpassed my expectations. I'll be honest, I never thought another mineral base would beat my long-time Inika favourite, but Antipodes have seriously outdone themselves with this one. Working to provide great coverage with a flawless finish that gives the appearance of soft and dewy second skin, I think I might be obsessed.
A hydrating, skin-perfect base, the Antipodes Mineral Foundation has a natural SPF15 and features revolutionary antioxidant Vinanza Performance Plus®; helping to reduce facial flushing, with earth minerals that work to balance oil production, whilst rescuing blemished skin. It's lightweight, it has an amazingly natural, second-skin finish and it can easily be built up like the Inika offering, for a light-medium, or slightly heavier coverage. The best thing about this mineral base? I never have to powder. Honestly, not once. I don't finish my makeup off with a powder once everything's applied, I don't sneak some powder on to my t-zone at lunchtime, I don't even reach for powder when it's been on for 12 hours straight. It's amazing! No shine, no oil, no need to add more products to my face, I've never tried anything like it. There's one word to describe the Antipodes Mineral Foundation - extraordinary.
If adding a range of four mineral bases wasn't enough, Antipodes have also created the Antipodes Kabuki Brush* (£16.99, currently on sale for £14.44), created specifically for use with the mineral foundation. Using soft, natural hairs, it's lovely teamed with the mineral base and works effortlessly to create a flawless finish.
My two mineral base loves, I couldn't recommend either enough. Do you use mineral bases? Do you have any favourite brands you think I should check out? Let me know!
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