This was the challenge posed by Elizabeth Bartlett, US-licensed aesthetician and national key accounts manager of Mineral Fusion, during her recent talk at Healthy Options in Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, She asked guests to go for makeup with natural ingredients.
“Oftentimes in commercial makeup, you start a vicious cycle,” she said. “I wear makeup to cover up a skin condition, which isn’t getting better because I’m wearing makeup.”
She said Mineral Fusion contains natural ingredients that boost skin care. “It is a synergy where cosmetics and skincare become one,” she explained.
Bartlett said that triple-milled minerals do not clog the pores and instead sit on top of the skin. Mineral Fusion is also rich in botanicals and vitamins A, B, C; kelp, white tea, and pomegranate.
But it is also important not to just take the word of any salesperson trying to foist a product on you. If you want to make sure that something is what it claims to be, do your own research.
An independent nonprofit organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests products for toxins and harmful ingredients. Those that pass the test receive a certification from the organization.
EWG’s website scores specific products on the basis of their ingredients, transparency, and manufacturing process. The “good” ones are verified and given a green scorecard, while the “bad” ones get a red scorecard. The site covers makeup, fragrances, oral care and baby products.
Bartlett also recommended going for brands that are “cruelty-free.” Animals are often caged, tortured and killed for makeup testing. It is cheaper to test on bunnies than invest in alternative methods of testing. The logo of the Leaping Bunny will make sure that the brand has a conscience.
She also urged Filipinos to get out of their comfort zone.
“I was very shocked to see how many Filipinos want liquid foundation,” she said.
She surmised that Filipino women might think that because of humidity, pressed foundation would not adhere to the skin.
But “it’s going to adhere,” Bartlett said. “The climate is going to work to your advantage to make your makeup stay. It’s going to be longer-lasting than if you use liquid.”
Bartlett said that Mineral Fusion was created to work for the most sensitive of skins, including those with rosacea or eczema.
“We also wanted to make a brand that one could buy in a grocery store,” she said. “We wanted to have a mineral makeup that was right next to a commercial makeup so people could see the difference.”
Mineral Fusion is available at select Healthy Options branches in Metro Manila. and soon in Ayala Cebu.