Best Mineral Makeup for Sensitive Skin

Updated April 17, 2017

Mineral make-up is a great choice for sensitive skin, but with all the brands and formulations out there, choosing the right type can be confusing. The article below contains information on the benefits, considerations and types of mineral make-up so you can make an informed choice that will leave your skin beautiful and without irritation.

The Facts

Mineral make-up is generally formulated with natural and finely ground minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. But what is more important is what mineral make-up is made without: fillers, preservatives, dyes, fragrances and chemicals. Sensitive skin is often aggravated by these irritants, so mineral formulations may be a great make-up option for those with this skin type.


Many mineral make-up formulations provide comparable coverage to traditional make-up, made with chemicals, fillers and binders. Quality does not have to be compromised for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Mineral make-up is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not exacerbate acne or clog pores. Moreover, mineral make-up blends well, provides natural looking coverage and may actually calm irritated or sensitive skin.

Many mineral make-up formulations have added sun-protection benefits. In fact, zinc oxide and titanium oxide—common mineral make-up ingredients—are also found in traditional sunscreens.


Before purchasing a mineral make-up product, it is important to understand and research the ingredients to ensure quality. There are currently no regulations to distinguish how a mineral make-up product can be marketed. As a result, products with even trace amounts of pure minerals and considerable amounts of synthetic (and irritating) ingredients can be labelled as “natural,” “pure” or “mineral formula.” Be sure to read the ingredient label to make sure unwanted ingredients do not end up in your make-up bag or on your skin.


The best type of mineral make-up depends upon your skin type, coverage needs, desired ingredients and price range. There are multiple formulations (including liquid, loose powder and pressed powder) and brands on the market. Popular brands based on formulation and price range are listed below. Costs are as reflected on Other brands are available at chemists for a reasonable cost, but make sure to check the ingredient list before purchasing.


Liquid mineral make-up is a great option for those that like the texture and consistency of traditional liquid make-up. These formulations are great for drier skin and provide a soft, natural looking finish. Many liquid mineral formulations are water-based and boost the skin with vitamins, antioxidants and mineral pigments. Popular brands include nvey’s Organic Moisturizing Fluid Foundation ($45 for 28.4gr.), Dior’s Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 ($45 for 28.4gr.), Tarte’s ReCreate™ Anti-Aging Foundation With Wrinkle Rewind™ Technology SPF 15 ($37 for 28.4gr.) and Korres’ Ginger & Vitamins Foundation SPF 10 ($28 for 38.3gr.).

Loose Powder

Loose powder mineral make-up is a popular option and there are many brands to choose from. The light consistency and buildable coverage provides a natural finish that can be customised to fit your needs. While messy, the coverage is complete. Popular brands include philosophy’s The Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas SPF 15 ($35 for make-up and sponge applicator), Amazing Cosmetics’ Velvet Mineral Powder Foundation ($35 for 85.1gr.), Laura Mercier’s Mineral Powder SPF 15 ($35 for 9.64gr.) and Bare Escentuals’ bare Minerals SPF 15 Foundation ($25 for 85.1gr.).

Pressed Powder

Pressed powder formulations are often housed in portable compacts making them perfect for tossing in your purse or suitcase for travel. Unlike loose powder foundations, pressed powder foundations have less mess and also provide buildable coverage. Popular brands include Hourglass’ Oxygen Foundation Mineral Powder ($46 for 1304gr.), Amazing Cosmetics’ Velvet Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation ($36 for 992gr.) and Cover FX’s Powder FX Mineral Powder Foundation ($32 for 1191gr.).

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About the Author

Lindsay Bayer is a freelance lifestyle writer from the Midwest. Her articles, ranging from interior design ideas to beauty product reviews, have been featured on various websites. Bayer holds a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication from Augustana College, where she studied the influences of popular culture in the media and society. She is pursuing a graduate degree in child and adolescent literature.