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Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Joppa Minerals Soft Coverage and Finishing Silk Powder
Although mineral makeup is supposed to be a healthier alternative to other makeup products, it usually contains bismuth oxychloride which can cause itching, swelling, and redness, especially for rosaceans (people with rosacea). Because of this, I've completely avoided mineral makeup until I recently came across Joppa Minerals. Joppa Minerals makeup is paraben, talc, and bismuth-free and friendly to most skin types. They also offer a wide range of foundation shades and eyeshadow colors and prices are very reasonable.
I ordered the Soft Coverage loose mineral foundation in Lightest and the Finishing Silk powder in Sheer. There have been some complaints that the photos on Joppa's website do not reflect the actual color of the mineral powders and this is true. Joppa's foundation shades are much lighter than those of other makeup companies but this worked in my favor. I've never found a foundation that was light enough for me and Joppa came pretty close. Soft Coverage in Lightest was still a hint darker and yellower than my natural skin tone but the Finishing Silk, which is actually white, brightened it up.
I was so happy to have found something that was at least somewhat close to my natural skin tone but was disappointed with the performance of the products. After appling the loose powder foundation and finishing powder, it looked very obvious that I was wearing mineral makeup. From afar, my face probably looked flawless as the foundation hid my rosacea well. But up close, it was kind of a nightmare. The foundation was kind of cake-y and didn't blend into my skin. I think the rosacea might have prevented the mineral powder from setting into my skin. On the other hand, the mineral makeup felt very light and did not irritate me at all. I think I'm going to have to experiment more with Joppa Minerals, perhaps blending the foundation with my moisturizer to make a liquid foundation instead. I'm still not going to give up on my quest to find the right foundation for me.