With their typically non-clogging formulas and shine-free finishes, mineral makeup is worthy of love—and our skin loves us for it too! Discover some of our top picks, whether you’re looking to try mineral makeup and cosmetics for the first time or just fancy expanding your collection.
"This mineral powder was recommended to me by my beautician as I’ve got combination and acne prone skin! I used to use liquid foundation for the last 10 years and apparently that’s what used to cause my break outs! Since I’ve used this my face is a lot more smooth and not as acne prone as it used to be! This is just amazing and not cakey at all! Very natural and light weight! Love love love it" - Asiye ★★★★★
Inika Loose Mineral Foundation is the perfect way to even out your complexion and add SPF protection without clogging skin and pores. A 3-in-1 concealer, foundation, and powder, perfect for enhancing natural skin tone and suitable for all skin types. including sensitive skin, dry skin, and oilier complexions. Enriched with powerful antioxidants, which work to reduce inflammation and protect skin against environmental aggressors, Inika Loose Mineral Foundation is as much skincare as it is makeup. Like all Inika products, this foundation is perfect for those who suffer from skin sensitivities and flare-ups. It’s also an ideal pick for those who want to use fewer harsh chemicals on their skin.
"I have tried a few BB creams and this one is amazing. I have medium skin colour and shade 7 is perfect. You only need the smallest amount and with fingertips it works beautifully into the skin. It gives a natural look with a subtle glow. It is worth the money. I have since purchased the smooth affair primer and together with the BB my skin looks dewy and smooth. I have also used the BB cream without the primer and I still love it." - Anne ★★★★★
Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream provides flawless coverage to enhance your complexion but is also full of skin-loving ingredients to protect and nourish your skin from morning to night. Enjoy the coverage of foundation along with the benefits of a moisturiser. Antioxidant-rich Grapefruit Extract helps protect skin from environmental aggressors and also brightens dull skin. Apple Fruit Extract lightly tones the skin for a fresher and more hydrated look and feel. Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream also contains Tamarind Extract, a natural alpha-hydroxy acid, which removes dead skin cells for a smoother complexion. This makeup-and-skincare hybrid is infused with broad-spectrum SPF. The water-resistant formula makes it the perfect product for days in the sun.
"My skin clinician put me onto this as I suffer from breakouts, and she believed wearing the “department store” cosmetics are the cause as they block the pores. I use this foundation (along with a YB blush and bronzer) as my everyday makeup, and do notice that I have less breakouts & my overall skin health is better. I like that it’s formulated with SPF sunscreen too! It’s also safe to use post procedure (lasers ect) as there are no nasty ingredients. If you’re looking for makeup that is actually good for your skin, this is it! Ps use a kabuki brush for application!" - Chloe ★★★★☆
Youngblood Loose Mineral Foundation is best for combination and oily skin, but the finely milled formulation won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles on mature skin. This foundation is also perfect for sensitive skin and for covering everything from birthmarks and tattoos to acne and scars. Ideal for building coverage from sheer to full, while remaining undetectable and skin-like. Youngblood Loose Mineral Foundation was originally invented to help camouflage post-surgical scarring, defeating the myth that mineral foundations can’t offer a high-coverage finish.
"I used to always use powder but the finish on this is so light and doesn’t feel sticky that now I use it all the time. If I want something heavier I finish off with some powder on top. Great for my sensitive skin!!" - Peta ★★★★★
Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation is more than a foundation designed to perfect the appearance of skin. This foundation is bursting with hydrators to nourish normal and dry complexions, offering smoother makeup application and a radiant look and feel. The perfect mineral foundation for providing intense hydration to dry skin. Containing Youngblood’s unique Deep Sea Hydrating Complex, the Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation is also rich in ocean minerals. Iron, potassium, magnesium, and copper deliver an instant hydration surge and then lock in moisture all day long.
"I definitely recommend this product. It has such good coverage for a lightweight mineral makeup. My skin looks flawless when I apply this without having the cakey feeling or look." - Karina ★★★★☆
The best product to prepare your skin for makeup and minimise shine throughout the day. A light-diffusing loose powder with translucent colour, designed to prime your skin before mineral makeup application for a smooth and shine-free finish. This unique powder has an ultra-fine, non-greasy texture that minimises shine and reduces excess oils without dulling skin. Instead, you see a gorgeous, natural glow. Asap pure base mineral makeup uses natural clay Kaolin to absorb excess oils. Titanium Dioxide provides UV protection and diffuses light for a soft-focus finish. This powder is non-comedogenic, making it perfect for all skin types, including congested and oily complexions.
"I love this foundation so much. I have pale skin with a neutral undertone and ivory is a perfect match. I use a brush all over and a powder puff in areas I want more coverage. My cheeks get quite red and I have a bit of hyperpigmentation from acne but this foundation covers my imperfections beautifully and makes my skin appear so smooth and flawless but it still looks so natural which I don't get from any other foundation. Also, this offers excellent protection from the sun which is so important to me." - Isabella ★★★★★
Topping up your sunscreen can be difficult, especially if you’re already wearing makeup. Jane Iredale PurePressed Pressed Minerals Refill is an easy solution that includes broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a sheer, semi-matte finish. Feeling completely weightless on the skin, this compact pressed powder can be reapplied throughout the day to ensure maximum protection against environmental aggressors. This oil-free formula is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin that may react to non-mineral sunscreens. But SPF isn’t the only skincare benefit of this anti-ageing face powder. It also contains antioxidants such as Pine Bark Extract and Pomegranate Seed to protect and repair skin.
"This product is 10000% worth the money. If you’re tossing it up because of the price, just buy it. I wear it all through the week when I don’t want to look like a zombie with no makeup on, and it also is a great consistency so a little bit goes a long way." - Issy ★★★★★
Colorescience Even Up is a high-performance face primer and sunscreen that has as many skincare benefits as it does makeup benefits. Containing a cocktail of Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to protect skin from sun damage, this primer also helps brighten skin and minimise hyperpigmentation over time with Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Even Up primer also contains Cotton Seed Oil and Linseed Oil, which work in unison to keep skin hydrated and healthy. Perfect for providing SPF protection, and smoothing and unifying skin ahead of makeup application. Using light-diffusing pigments, Colorescience Even Up instantly boosts skin radiance for a youthful and healthy glow.
"A good solid powder, it really reduces the shine factor on my face especially towards the end of the day. Price point is excellent and the pot lasts a long time." - Liz ★★★★★
Enclosed in an innovative grinder, Designer Brands Natural Ground Minerals – Finishing Illuminator transforms from a pressed powder to a loose powder, guaranteeing less mess and even product application. Ideal for finishing off your makeup look and imparting a natural radiance to your complexion. This is the perfect final step in any beauty routine, designed to brighten your complexion with a natural glow. However, as with all mineral makeup, this product isn’t just gorgeous; it’s also packed full of nourishing mineral ingredients to care for your skin over time.
This illuminator contains an expertly crafted cocktail of:
Poly-Peptides, which plump and firm your skin
Vitamin C and Vitamin E to provide antioxidant protection and reduce pigmentation
Green Tea Extract for its antibacterial properties
Sericite Mica to deliver a soft to touch feel to your skin
The mineral powder also contains natural SPF to protect against UVA and UVB rays.
"This product is great for a definite matte look. While it does smudge easily and isn't perhaps the longest wearing, it's super easy to apply and has a lovely sheen. Great for those nights out under the lights!" - Kaylah ★★★★☆
Nude by Nature Pressed Matte Mineral Bronzer is the perfect pick for enhancing your skin with a natural-looking tan. This powder bronzer boasts a highly pigmented formula, with pigments that adapt naturally to your skin tone for subtle sculpting and warmth. Not only does this mineral bronzer look gorgeous on skin; it’s also infused with skin-loving ingredients. Australian Kakadu Plum is rich in Vitamin C to protect and brighten your complexion. Cehami Extract provides extra hydration. Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Shea Butter nourish and soften the skin for a healthy look and feel. Offering complete versatility, this buildable bronzer can be applied lightly for a subtle glow or layered up for a darker contour.
Boost makeup longevity with Priori Minerals fx350 Uber Finishing Powder 12g, a mineral-based loose powder designed to set makeup in place and reduce shine. Simply dust the lightly milled Cornstarch formula over your finished makeup, and it’ll stay put from day to night. Beyond setting your makeup look, Priori Minerals fx350 Uber Finishing Powder also provides powerful antioxidant protection. The product is infused with 30 antioxidants, including Acai, Grape Seed, and Green Tea. These ingredients work together to protect skin against environmental aggressors, making this mineral powder a perfect choice for sensitive and reactive skin. Bonus: this powder can also be applied lightly to hair roots to absorb excess oil.
"After becoming vegan I went on a little shopping spree for cruelty free, vegan make up and skin products. At first I was skeptical given the price but I thought I would give it a shot given the reviews and I'm so glad I did. Although it's a loose powder, it is still very easy to apply and the colours are gorgeous, I'm not one for anything with a shimmer to it but this eyeshadow has subtle shimmer and looks wonderful, I've been getting compliments ever since I started wearing it. Thumbs up all the way!" - Emmeline ★★★★★
Extend your mineral makeup collection to eye makeup with long-lasting Inika Mineral Eyeshadow. Versatile, loose eyeshadows can be applied wet or dry and are perfect for even the most sensitive eyes. Available in a selection of rich and vibrant shades, these highly pigmented powders can be applied wet or dry as both eyeshadow and eyeliner. Containing only the purest of ingredients, these eyeshadows are a great addition to any beauty arsenal, especially if you suffer from sensitivity around the eye area.
"Such a beautiful highlighter which can be used all over the face for an all-over glow and can also be built up on the high points for an intense highlight. I also use this on my body and it gives such a subtle yet beautiful glow. Highly Recommend" - Tanya ★★★★★
M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish compact powders, known for their versatility and natural finishes, have gained cult status in the beauty industry. Whether you want to impart a sheer, luminous glow to your skin with all-over application, or highlight the highest points of your face for a sculpted look, these mineral powders are perfect for the job in hand.Perfect for providing instant radiance, whether it’s an all-over glow or a stunning highlight. A finely milled, baked-powder formula, M.A.C Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish blends seamlessly into the skin for a liquid-highlighter finish and satin texture.
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This article has been updated on 22/01 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Ash from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.