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Cheap Mineral Makeup You'll Love

Drugstore Mineral Makeup Picks


Looking for a cheaper alternative to the blockbuster beauty hit, BareMinerals? Check out these popular, wallet-friendly mineral makeup options, available at retailers nationwide.

L'Oreal Bare Naturale

  • Contains SPF 19, which is a bit higher than most mineral foundations
  • Available in 10 shades
  • Contains talc, a cheap filler that may cause irritation
  • Included brush is prickly
  • No lid to tap a small amount of product into, so it's easy to end up with too much product on the brush

Milani Minerals

  • Also comes in a pressed compact formula
  • Available in 8 shades
  • Finely ground particles make for smooth, natural-looking finish
  • Free of irritating fragrances, preservatives or talc
  • Packaging is very awkward
  • No SPF
  • Brush sheds bristles
  • Can be difficult to find in stores

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear

  • Also available in a pressed compact
  • Available in 9 shades
  • Talc- and bismuth-free
  • Inlcuded dome lid lets you swirl, tap and blend
  • Packaging is unattractive
  • Included brush is stiff

Almay Pure Blends

  • Talc-free
  • Brush and dispenser attached for all-in-one application
  • Contains SPF 15
  • Only available in 6 shades
  • More expensive per ounce than other products
  • Packaging/attached brush more gimmicky than useful

Maybelline Mineral Power

  • 8 color choices
  • No skin irritants (like talc or fragrance)
  • Under $10
  • Prickly, too-small brush
  • No SPF
  • Contains synthetic, as well as natural, ingredients

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