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Mineral Makeup: What to Look For When Buying

By Courtney, Indie & Mineral Makeup Expert

Courtney is the amazing talent behind Phyrra.net, which showcases a veritable treasure trove of looks and reviews, often focusing on indie brands and mineral makeup. She’s my go-to for all things in those areas! I reached out to Courtney to help me and readers like me understand more about indie brands–how can we make sure we’re buying from good companies and getting quality products (and not just repackaged ones)?  You can also check out Courtney’s own tried and true list of brands she buys from.

When she isn’t blogging, you can find her with her much loved standard poodle (Phaedra) and pug (Maximus), gaming, or writing (about non-makeup, that is)!  She’s not afraid to experiment with color, whether it’s her hair, lips, or on the eyes.


Mineral Makeup: What to Look For When Buying

I first got into mineral makeup in April of 2008. I didn’t know much about it at the time, so I started to try and find as much information as possible. Surprisingly, I didn’t find too many reviews (though some of the best ones I could find came from The Shades of U). This led me to decide to start a blog and write about my experiences with indie cosmetics. Through my trials and tribulations, I’ve learned a lot! I’ve interviewed company owners and experimented on my own. From my experiences over the past three years, I’ve compiled a list of tips to share on how to discern good products.

When you stumble across an indie company that you’re just dying to order from, before you hit that buy button, there are a few things you should do…

Look at the Type of Products Sold

While some great indie and mineral makeup companies only offer eye shadows, so do a lot of companies that merely repackage product. If you’re unsure of what repackaged products are, it’s where a company will buy products wholesale, mark it up 400% and put it into tiny containers to resell it to unsuspecting consumers as a handmade product.
I’ve got no problems with companies that sell unblended shades that are clearly denoted as such, but I often feel it’s duplicitous when a company sells unblended shades at a crazy markup and claims those are handmade when they don’t even add a base to the product. A lot of the great indie (independent) makeup companies out there sell not only eye shadow, but also blush, mixing mediums (Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, anyone?), foundation, and lip products. Lip products and foundations are usually a very positive sign of a legitimate company, because many people find creating both of those product lines to be labor intensive, so someone looking to make a quick buck isn’t likely to make either.

Do Your Research First!

First, Google the company name with the word review after it and see what people have to say. Sometimes, I’ve found a neutral or negative review on a product or customer service to be a deciding factor for if I will purchase. Positive reviews, as well as product swatches, are very helpful in deciding if the product is something I want to purchase, too. It  is also helpful to see how an indie company handled a problem, like if someone had an item missing from an order, or to see how promptly a company responds to inquiries.

Next, Google the company name with the word repackaged after it. If nothing comes up, that’s usually a good sign. If repackaged links come up, see what people say. Some companies, as mentioned before, do sell some unblended colors. This means that they’re a stock shade, usually with a base added to it to make it a finished product. The most common colors to see that are repackaged are the Pops mica. Many companies have sold these shades.

If you’ve found a company that you’re interested in and they have some colors repackaged but others that are not, chances are they carry the repackaged colors due to customer request. Additionally, if the repackaged shades are a finished product, meaning they have a base added, they should be a good product to purchase and wear. Just be wary if a repackaged color doesn’t have any base ingredients listed!

Check out more tips to help you buy from reputable, quality indie brands and learn what ingredients to look for/avoid! 

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This Week’s Sales for December 5th, 2011


Feel free to share any upcoming deals you’ve spotted!

  • EBATES:  Lancome (14%), The Body Shop (10%), Pur Minerals (10%), drugstore.com (9%), Sephora (8%), SkinStore (8%)
  • GILT: D.L. & Co. (12/5), TRIA (12/6)
  • HAUTELOOK:  philosophy (12/5), theBalm (12/5), Urban Decay (12/6), MOR (12/6), Jemma Kidd (12/7), lifetherapy (12/7)
  • IDEELI:  Cosmesis Skincare (12/5)
  • MRREBATES:  WEN (50%), Murad (18%), Kiehl’s (12%), Lauren Hutton (12%), TimetoSpa (10%), SkinStore (10%), DermStore (10%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), Elizabeth Arden (10%)
  • MYHABIT: Cosmesis Skincare (12/5), Essential Skincare (12/6),
  • Rue La La:

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:   Buy 3, get 2 free Signature Collection, expires 12/13. 20% off entire purchase with code GIFT20, expires 2/15/2012.  20% off entire purchase with code 20WINTER11, expires 12/24.
  • BEAUTY.COM: New Customers – get $5 off $35 or $10 off $70 on your first Beauty.com order, expires 1/1/12.  Get a free Issa London Designer Bag + deluxe samples ($175 value!) with your $100 order, while supplies last — link.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115. Free Total Moisture mini with Hervana purchase with code HERVANA, 12/5 only!
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BLISS:  20% off Bliss, Remede, Elemis with code THANKS20, 12/5 only. Free gift with $135+ purchase with code HOLIDAY11, expires 12/31.  Free golden Cayman bag filled with six deluxe Sisley samples with Sisley purchase of $300+ plus with code CAYMAN, expires 12/31.  Free Clarisonic carrier bag + extra brush head with Clarisonic purchase with code CLARBAG, expires 12/31.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Free long-wear cream shadow in Suede + free shipping with $65+ purchase with code SUEDE9, expires 12/21 (one time use).  Free shimmer lip gloss in Glacier + free shipping on $65+ orders with code GLACIER9, expires 12/21 (one time use).  Three deluxe samples with any purchase now through 12/8, no code necessary.
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. Free All About Eyes mini with $30+ orders with code LIDS, available while supplies last.
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off when you shop for your My Favorites List, expires 12/31.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with code GAHOLIDAY10, now through 12/31.
  • KERASTASE:  Free deluxe sample of best selling Elixir Ultime with $68+ purchase, expires 1/1/12.
  • KIEHLS:  Get $20 off $65+ orders with code HOLIDAY, valid 11/21 through 12/31. Free complimentary gift wrap with any order now through 12/26. Receive 7 sample packets with any order, no code necessary, now through 12/26.
  • LANCOME: Free 4-piece sample set + free shipping on $45+ orders with code DECLAN, expires 12/31.  Free shipping on any order now through 12/25. For Lancome Canada: free 6-piece collection with $50+ purchase with code FESTIVE, while supplies last or 12/31.
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday.
  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary, expires 12/31.  Free Brightening Stick ($15 value) with any purchase with code TREAT, expires 12/25.
  • PHILOSOPHY:   10% off with code FRIENDS, expires 12/31. 3 for $33 showergels with code JOYFUL, now through 12/7.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Spend $150 and get a free subscription to Harper’s Bazaar with code BAZAAR.  Free shipping on any order now through 12/31.
  • SEPHORA:   Black Friday Exclusives: 10 specials. $10 each! Free assortment of best samples with $25+ order with code MYSTERY, expires 11/29. Free shipping with $25+ purchase with code SHIPNOW, expires 11/29.   Free makeup bag + 12 free sapmles with any $25+ purchase with code FROMSEPHORA (valid 11/15 thru 12/2). Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel for $10.  Clean mini trio for $15.  Free Bare Escentuals Lip Color with any $25+ purchase with code CONFIDENCE.  Free YSL Toning & Cleansing Water with $25+ purchase with code YSLCLEANSE.  Free Bare Escentuals mascara with $25+ purchase with code FLAWLESS.  Free YSL Faux Cils Mascara sample with $25+ purchase with code FAUXCILS.  Free Shiseido Mascara sample with $25+ purchase with code PERFECT. Free Bobbi Brown Eye Cream with any $25+ purchase with code BOBBIEYE.  Free Clinique Acne Treatment sample with $25+ purchase (BI) with code ACNE.  Free Murad cleanser sample with $25+ order with code CLEANSE.  Free Super by Perricone Hydrator sample with code SUPER.
  • SKINSTORE.COM:  20% off select gift ideas under $200 with code JOY20, expires 12/22.
  • TARTE: 10% off for new customers with code GGA, expires 12/31.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Free shipping on $50+ orders. 35% off your entire order with code EXTRAJOY, expires 12/5.
  • ULTA:  Free shipping on $25+ orders, no code necessary, expires 12/24.
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary. 5 YSL fragrance samples and free shipping on $75+ order with code FRAGRANCE10, expires 12/31.

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