Review by Hubadub contributor Gen Connell
Hello my fellow sensitive-skinned ladies. Mineral foundation makeup is one of the more popular choices for sensitive-skin makeup solutions. The trick is finding one that works and won’t break the bank. I know trying to find a great mineral foundation sounds like an expensive adventure, but that is what I’m here to change! I’ve tested several mineral foundations and hopefully this can help you pick out the perfect, inexpensive mineral makeup for your gorgeous faces!
My skin is ridiculously sensitive. Even thinking of eating a nice hot slice of pizza makes me break out, and the thought of deep exfoliation (which, ugh, I still do anyways) makes my pores cringe. That being said, I risked my skin to find the perfect mineral makeup without spending more than $30. This review of four budget priced mineral makeup foundations will help you easily see what to buy and what to avoid. I have included my tips on getting the specific brands cheaper as well. As with many things now days, Amazon is always an option as well. Just click on the title of each product to purchase quickly at Amazon if you like.
This is my favorite so far and one of the cheapest mineral makeups (under $8) that I tested.
- It comes with a cute little brush that’s good for doing the under eyes and side of your nose.
- It has that really soft and nice “second skin” feel to it, which is really important to me. I despise feeling like my face is caked with product.
- You can use it for medium coverage with a loose bristled brush (I use the EcoTools domed bronzer brush). Fuller coverage can easily be obtained with a sponge.
- It is talc free! No clogging pores with pointless fillers like most drug store brands do!
- It doesn’t start to even slightly look greasy for hours upon hours.
- This may be a little weird… but it smells good.
- Available at Walmart so it is always convenient to find!
- The container it comes in. As you can see, it is domed and doesn’t have a very good flat spot to knock foundation onto. Happily, this is easy to work around with just a disposable plate or the lid to another cosmetic.
- You definitely can’t/shouldn’t use the brush it comes with to do your whole face. However, you do need do blend well around your eyes so the brush has its use.
For over a year this was my go to makeup. However, the only way to get it at a reasonable price locally is to use Groupon. There is almost always a Bella Terra Groupon which is available at $75 worth of makeup for $19, $130 worth for $29, or $200 worth for $49. The foundation is typically $60 locally though, so the Groupon an absolute necessity for this product. However, through Amazon it is often much cheaper ($30 for 8 oz).
- You can mix it up in like seven different ways to get liquid foundation, sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, and more.
- It is pretty soft against the skin
- It lasts for around 5 hours without greasing when you don’t use any primers or setting sprays.
- Shipping is free and it gets to your house quickly.
- Since there’s always extra money on the Groupon, you can try some of their other awesome products.
- There is an easy to read shade match chart right on the website.
- You have to order it online unless you live near one of the rare authorized retailers.
- It is definitely a sunblock. DO NOT try to tan with it on.
- It can and will grease after several hours, but mainly around the nose and forehead.
This product tied for the lowest cost at just over $7 on average. Many of the drug stores that carry this product run sales fairly often and Covergirl even offers online coupons from time to time. Of course, online retailers such as Amazon carry it as well. Now, because of how bad the colors are, I didn’t get to wear it for very long so this review is from a 20 minute wear. It could be the specific shade I tried was just off but be aware before buying if you decide to try this one.
- The price
- It did have nice coverage. My whole face was covered orange for sure!
- The colors are way too dark. That fair is almost a natural beige.
- It has a slightly greasy feel to it on the skin.
- The lid (which is also slightly dome-shaped) slides off too easily so it gets EVERYWHERE.
This is one of the higher priced products (around $25) on the list but as ULTA is super popular we wanted to include this to see for ourselves if it was worth the price or not. To make it worth the price, catch it on sale (like at ULTA) with a free gift. Manufacturer coupons on this item are few and far between, so you may have to watch the sale papers for a while.
- This foundation is matte. It holds up to that promise.
- It stays on for up to 12 hours, which would be nice if it didn’t grease up.
- The coverage is honestly terrible. I tried using a round sponge, a foundation brush, a kabuki, everything. It simply sucks.
- Also, the color is only mediocre. I typically am a fair and that was definitely too dark for fair.
- If you have greasy or combination skin, it shows after only a couple of hours. Which is definitely a bad thing.