* Comfortable, lightweight powder makeup
* Natural sun protection and buildable coverage
* Lightweight feel and long wearing formulas
Mineral Foundations are a great foundation option as they offer up a clean, all mineral-based base that feels light and weightless, lasts all day and won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. There are no added chemicals, waxes or preservatives and naturally offer chemical-free protection from damaging UVA/UVB sun rays.
While Bare Minerals was one of the original brands to put the use of minerals on the beauty map and remains the gold standard, there are a slew of great options out there that offer the same benefits for a lot less cash. All our picks below are great alternatives, as they all have pure ingredients so they are safe for sensitive skin, provide a sheer to full coverage finish depending on your preferences and will leave your skin looking naturally radiant.
1. Neutrogena Loose Powder Foundation
Neutrogena’s Mineral Sheers line of foundations are formulated especially for sensitive skin types. Made from naturally-derived minerals, this lightweight loose powder foundation provides flawless coverage for a natural looking finish. In addition to providing this ultimate and breathable coverage, the minerals in the foundation will reduce redness while improving the skin’s clarity, tone and texture.
2. Revlon Mineral Makeup
Revlon’s ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup provides instant hydration with the addition of coconut water while the powder formula provides a shine-free look that lasts all day. The minerals in this formula will improve your skin with just one application, improving texture and leaving your skin looking hydrated but not oily.
3. Ulta Mineral Powder Foundation
The Mineral Powder Foundation by Ulta Beauty is made with pure, crushed minerals and soothing extracts such as chamomile and ginseng for comfortable, all-day wear. Perfect for all skin types, this long-lasting, buildable yet lightweight in coverage foundation gives you a smooth and natural finish while effortlessly covering blemishes and evening out skin tone.
4. Mineral Fusion Powder Foundation
Unlike the other options listed here, the Mineral Fusion Powder Foundation is in a pressed powder format, making taking it on-the-go easy and convenient. It features triple-milled minerals that provide buildable coverage for smoothing the skin tone and concealing fine lines and pores. Also included are a powerful blend of antioxidants and Vitamins C and E to protect the skin against free radical damage while keeping it healthy and radiant.
5. Youngblood Mineral Foundation
Youngblood’s Mineral Foundation offers sheer to full coverage control with a naturally luminous finish. Interestingly enough, this foundation was originally formulated to cover severe dermatological conditions and post-surgical scarring so it will not irritate or inhibit the skin’s healing process. With a lightweight feel and ease of application, this foundation won’t appear cakey or heavy, leaving your complexion looking flawless but natural.