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AT Avatar

I like Medusa’s Makeup. It is this small line based in Chicago and they only sell colour cosmetics, such as glitter, eye dust and eye shadow and lip glosses. I am not a fan of their eye shadow but I love their eye dusts! There are 48 colours and I find them more finely milled than MAC pigments. The eye dusts are just $8.00 CAD, good quality and have great pigmentation and staying power. In general the whole line is inexpensive, items are in between $8 to $21 in Canada. I will definitely try more items if they expand their line. I <3 the lip glosses too! I highly recommend people to try Medusa’s makeup if they come across them.

Jane Avatar

I know that the store, “The Alley”, in Chicago carries Medusa’s makeup.

Outside of Chicago, I don’t know what other cities carry their line. But like AT said, you can always check their website.

Medusa’s makeup is pretty cool, and if I remember right, they don’t test on animals either!

Kitson Avatar

Well, thats MAC, I feel that their face products(foundation, mineral makeup, skin finishes) are poor quality makeup. Its just the name that people like. The brands are specifically mineral makeup are SO much better than MAC’s mineral makeup. I promise!

SarahT Avatar

I agree! MAC’s ‘mineral’ makeup has so much junk in it (ie talc, bismuth oxychloride, etc.) that most other mineral brands do not. Check some of them out!

Jennifer Avatar

Thanks for the recommendation. I just may try some other brands because it seems that brands like Jane Iredale have worked well for people on this page.

Eva Avatar

The now sadly discontinued Valerie Beauty minerals, MAD minerals, Saphoros Spa minerals…all for foundations.
Lumiere and Silk Naturals for e/s, blushes and great lipglosses (SN), Aromaleigh and The She Space for crazy-colourful e/s…
The choices are endless!!

Edea Avatar

Meow, hands down. I’ve tried BM, Everyday Minerals, Lumiere, Silk Naturals, Signature and (many) others, Meow Cosmetics is the best for me (foundation and concealer). Blushes and other stuff, I love Silk Naturals.

Jane D. Avatar

Edea –

I’ve never heard of “Meow Cosmetics”. Sounds like they have great make-up based on your post.

Plus the name is appealing to me since I’m a huge cat lover 🙂

Do you happen to know where can I find Meow make-up?

Also – do you happen to know if they test on animals or have animal by-products in their cosmetics? I ask since I’m a vegan, so I don’t buy anything tested on animals or with animal derived ingredients in them.


Edea Avatar

Hello Jane,

You’ll find it here : http://www.meowcosmetics.com/

They do not test on animals and have the biggest variety of shades I’ve EVER seen. It’s the only place I’ve find my perfect shade out of 81 – it’s called “Chartreux” and actually have been created by customer request. I’m on my third full jar now – which means three years of the same foundation, amazing isn’t it 🙂

Anyway, try it out for yourself. They even are having a sale right now ! http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/email/newsletter/1410137959
Free shipping, how cool is that ? 😉

Liz Avatar

I don’t like bare minerals because it looks metallic on my face. i just started using the mac loose mineral foundation and it is awesome. matte and light in texture. easy to blend.

fanntabulous Avatar

Katie B. Cosmetics by makeup artist Katie B, as seen on her celebrity clients & beautiful brides! I love her liquid mineral foundation with Dual Pressed mineral Powder. Less messy and the shades and finish are flawless & natural. I’ve tried many including BM and they don’t work for my complexion as well as Katie B’s! My face doesn’t look “metallic” like someone menioned! And I don’t break out like I do with others as I have sensitive skin. I have filipina, yellow undertoned med-tan skin. But I have friends of various ethnicities and shades that rave about it too. She has other great mineral products like lip liner, lipstick, lip buffer, eye shadows and blushes. Awesome pigments!! You have to check out her eye pigments!

sosolove Avatar

I am really trying to support katie b cosmetics, but I feel that it’s way to heavy on my face. I am Asian and did not find kbc color that suites me. After using kbc for about a week or so my face looks sooo dirty after washing it. Seems like the mineral foudation really sinks into my face and believe me I used all my makeup remover and facial cleanser.

Connie Avatar

Mine is a drug store brand–Maybelline. Their mineral foundation is so affordable and has yet to break me out. Bare Minerals broke me out a week after using it.

Lauren Avatar

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural & MAC Mineralize blushes. Also Pur Cosmetics Mineral Glow.

B.E. was way too drying for my skin and the bismuth oxychloride made me itchy, even though I love the pearlescent effect it gives.

happyhartshorne Avatar

Tried a bunch, including BE which made me break-out.

I love Adorned With Grace and Lumiere for foundation (AWG is especially good for hard-to-match Asian skintones). Everyday Minerals for blush. Aromaleigh and Silk Naturals for eyeshadows. But Dayna’s Minerals are really the best for glows!

Finally I found products that match my skintone and don’t irritate my skin or eyes! (I’m talkin’ to you, MAC!)

Kerry Avatar

I like Mac Mineralize Skinfinish also. It’s lightweight, blendable and has goodcoverage. I find I rarely need to touch up during the day and it doesn’t look like I’m really wearing any foundation at all. Perfect.

Amy Avatar

I used to be a Bare Minerals girl until I started working at Ulta and was introduced to Pur Minerals. It covers better for me personally, and I love that it’s not loose powder, since I tend to make a mess with BM. I have the MAC mineral powder foundation that came out last summer or fall, and it’s not too bad either. I haven’t used mineral foundation for a while, though. I’m loving my Paula Dorf cream foundation at the moment! As for mineral eye shadows, I guess I’ll have to go with MAC’s since overall I’m a MAC girl, and they’re pressed, not loose!

Anna Avatar

Bare Minerals. I love their new matte foundation even more than the original. Another one I love is Laura Mercier’s mineral foundation.

Catherine Avatar

Hm. I’ve only tried BE and EDM and honestly I dislike many things about both. I hate that BE made me break out slightly for 2+ years without me even realizing it was the culprit with all their “so-good-you-can-sleep-in-it” nonsense. Three days after I stopped using BE, my cheek blemishes went away forever.

I do like the color selection and the prices of EDM, but every single time I’ve had to go to their CS I’ve been left incredibly irritated, not to mention they keep discontinuing products I really like without offering suggestions for alternatives or being able to give me any idea when they’ll have the products back.

I’m seriously considering jumping ship to Alima (which has cheap samples and a foundation color scheme that makes sense) or Jane Iredale (since I found out my local Pharmaca has JI).

mars Avatar

That has to be my biggest pet peeve about Bare Escentuals. Telling people it’s ok to sleep in their makeup is just gross. You should wash your face every night even if you don’t wear makeup because of dirt, sweat & pollution. Second many people don’t just use BE products so probably not everything on your face is “pure enough to sleep in”

Natalie Avatar

I’m going to give a shout out to MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Foundations – both pressed and loose. I love, love love the skinfinih naturals. These foundations have done wonders for my oily skin. I wear the loose in the summer since I cannot wear liquid in the summer and the pressed over my liquid foundation in the winter.
I also love the skinfinishes as well. I have 6 of them plus 3 of the blushes.
I’ve tried other brands but I always go back to MAC.

Mistli Avatar

I had bad luck with BE also, it dried my skin out like crazy & was itchy, also I don’t think I really fit well into any of their shades.

I love Lauress, they have so many colors to choose from that it’s easy to find a match, I also like Pure Luxe & Everyday Minerals.

Miss_M Avatar

I tried about a million brands in the last few years and I like EDM and Fyrinnae best. Pure Luxe has some really nice things as well, I really like their April Mix !

Ju Avatar

The best :
Fyrinnae (make really unique mineral makeup)
TKB trading (many brands are exactly dupes on their pure micas but like the pop collections)
Cory Cosmetics (make really unique mineral makeup too)
DreamWorld Minerals (also make really unique mineral makeup)
EDM for brushes

The worst : archetype cosmetics, they don’t send me my order from 4th january 2009 (!), and they don’t refound me, and they don’t answer my mails, the company make the same with many outside US girls, shame on archetype !

Patrice Avatar

GLO MINERALS!!!! I’ve been a BE loyal for 5 yrs, cos it covered my acne well and fast, but the whole complexion can looks cakey and makes pores larger. I’ve tried Everyday Minerals, I would say more for non acne people, should be ok. Lumiere too sticky like liquid foundation and coloring best for western ppl with pink/beige tone. If you have problem skin or non, try Glo Minerals, and U’ll be surprised. I’m so hooked, plus the jar is full to the top and it has many antioxidants. No wonder they only avail at spas or derm offices. You can buff and buff layer by layer, no caking at all. No need to tap. NC30-35 Honey Light, so beautiful.

Lynn Avatar

Bare Minerals- hands down! I love their face products. They are so good for your skin. My skin has improve quite well since using their mineral makeup.

muffingrl Avatar

i love the look of mineral makeup but it seems to have really poor lasting power on my skin. on the other hand, i would much rather touch up my minerals during the course of the day than deal with the discomfort of liquid foundation.

i’ve tried EDM, BE, and MAC mineral products.

EDM: love the color range/descriptions, minerals don’t completely meld into my skin though. (better lasting power than BE)

BE: many ppl have problems with the ingredients in this product, i did not develop any allergic reaction to this product, completely melds with my skin, creates a beautiful finish, but doesnt have very strong lasting power on me

MAC: i have the msf natural and i really like it as a sheer foundation, evens out my skintone and brightens my complexion, gives me a natural flawlessness, feels like im wearing nothing on my skin, lasting power sucks, but not messy and very portable.

Kimmy V Avatar

Bare Minerals is my every day foundation. I hate liquid foundations and how they feel! This one works great for me and my skin.

Also, I do like MAC MSF natural in light/med. Its not as cakey as studio tech but it still covers decently. I like how it feels and looks.

vanessa Avatar

DEFINITELY Everyday Minerals. they have awesome customer service and the prices are so low, i can’t even justify buying another brand anymore. they give you 45% off if you buy 12 or more of their full size items, and brushes count as a full sized item! so you can get a kabuki brush for $5

Naomi Avatar

Silk Naturals!!!
I prefer Silk Naturals to Lumiere, Everyday Minerals, Signature Minerals, and some other ones that I don’t quite recall

I hear Lucy Minerals is not bad at all, but haven’t personally tried

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