I wish I had read my review when I was desperately looking for bismuth oxichloride free mineral make-up. If you're looking for a less toxic BE replacement that actually works, Fairy Organics isn't it, so try Meow Cosmetics instead.
Firstly, I have been using BE for 8 years. There I am a medium beige. I know how to apply it. I have shu uemura brushes. Had no problems with it on my skin until recently when my skin freaked out after wearing some crazy good but heavy Korean BB cream for 2 months. Long story short, I switched to organic everything. And not Whole Foods "organic", but crazy-dirty-hippie organic.
First I looked for Mica and Titinium Dioxide free as well. Plus, I'm an eco plastic/waste-free crazy now, so I got Rejuva, which is wonderful in it's own way, but it's basically flower infused with organic essential oils and iron oxide for color. This does not do its job.
Then, I've tried a lot of other brands, no good either.
But, since when you search "organic mineral make up" the third (and most affordable option) is fairyorganics.com well, I gave it a try.
INGREDIENTS: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Boron Nitride, Iron Oxides.
I ordered the Med/Med Tan sample kit, although now I know I should have gotten Light to Medium. Why? Because the difference in shade from medium beige to tan is like day and night. I don't know anyone, "ethnic" like myself or otherwise, that could possibly have skin in that shade range.
Packaging: Worst idea anyone ever had. Basically whenever you open (carefully) one of 8 tiny containers, you get mineral makeup everywhere. EVERYWHERE.
And what matters: coverage/ quality/etc. Caky, chalky, etc. I use a kolinsky brush to spot apply and hide my imperfections, then I apply 1 or 2 layers of BE on my face. Perfect coverage (unless you're tired looking/ have redness, etc, in which case you shouldn't be using mineral make up and expecting full coverage). With fairy minerals the sensitive/dry patches of my face (cheekbones, under eye) looked caky and my forehead, nose and chin where still glistening in a bad way. Both with the airbrush finish and the full coverage.
Moral of the story: their mica/titanium oxide/iron oxide ratio is off. (think maybelline level of off). This does not compete with BE quality at all. And just to add, I ordered the blush, finishing powder and warmth as well. Same as the foundation, the ratio was off so all of them looked like loose powder instead of mineral make up. To top it off, the color of the blush was a cheap reddish shade. The "warmth" could not be used as such (low content of mica, high content of pigment means it does NOT go on sheer- imagine a matte crappy bronzer). And the finishing powder looked like my grandma's chinese no brand talcum powder.
All in all, think drugstore level cosmetics, with a nice "organic" ring to it.
And what I wish I had read on other reviews: if you want cheapo, no toxics added mineral make up that does it's job at least as well as BE, you should look into Meow Cosmetics. Now- they have SO MANY SHADES, it gives you a headache (which I found bad and disturbing and distracting). But, their mica/iron oxide/titanium dioxide ratio is great. And since they have 3 formulations that actually differ in composition (sheer, medium and heavy coverage) I think this would work for you ladies complaining that one brand is either to sheer or too caky. They have their problems too (like packaging, etc) but this is the best BE replacement I've found. PS: I know their website isn't too fancy, but trust me, their mix delivers.
When I first joined MUA, I was accused of representing this product. No! I loved the pictures on their website and have been a dedicated user of this stuff for about eight years! I do put it over Clinique Stay True Ivory foundation -- my derm rec. Since that foundation left me still looking unfinished, I put the mmu foundation (in airbrush), veil, and bronzer over the Clinique liquid foundation. My skin is extremely sensitive, and this stuff works for me. I would trust anything this company makes... have not tried their other products yet. PS I used the "other" minerals for about 4 years, but found it aged me and contained an irritant for me. Switched... found this brand by accident. Happy camper and it's my HG!
UPDATE 5/25/2013: It has been about six years since I quite BE and started using FO. Have tried a few samples of other brands. Still, I'm sticking with FO. I use at least four products: LaRoche-posay nutric; then Anthelios 60 SPF cream; Clinique oil-free liquid, and, because I need a powder-type finish... faerie organics air-brush base in porcelain and veil. Then, FO bronzer. Am still a happy camper... this from a person who can hardly use a thing on my face!
Yes, I am still "lookin' good" at the end of the day! The product feels "airy" on... not suffocating (as others do); there is no smell (I get migraines from the "smellies!" The finish makes me look better... glowing, fresh and this system I use protects my skin and makes me look good... hides flaws. I apply the FO with a shorter, stiffer (medium type buki) not a huge fluffy brush... using Wayne Goss' technique for disguising pores... I kinda "jab" at my skin after applying the minerals. My pores are GONE this way!
Okay, let me start off by saying that I've tried many different types of mineral foundations, including bare minerals, everyday minerals, sheer cover, alima pure, elegant minerals, signature minerals and so many others that I forget the rest, but my favorite mineral foundation would definitely have to be from faerie organic. I had been very loyal to bare minerals for 3 years and hadn't put anything on my face other than that. I didn't have really bad acne, but I still woke up with a few noticeable bumps on my face everyday while using bare minerals, and my face was always itchy but I dealt with it, because I thought I was allergic to the brushes, which I was. After buying synthetic brushes, I noticed that the itching didn't stop. I switched to Faerie Organic after doing a lot of research, and didn't have such high expectations, but I'm glad I did. I no longer wake up with a bunch of zits on my face and there is no itching once I apply it. I was a medium beige in bare minerals and I'm a medium beige in Faerie Organic, which is great, and the makeup stays on a lot longer than Bare Minerals had. It just looks great when applied, not too powdery like sheer cover and elegant minerals did. Those were the worst in my opinion. They had great coverage, but my pores showed wayyy to much. After experimenting with all these mineral foundations, I came to the conclusion that Faerie Organic mineral makeup just looked and felt better on my skin, and it didn't irritate it in any way. I have extremely sensitive skin and I'm allergic to just about everything, but it's good to know that there's a foundation that won't damage my face. You can purchase samples at a reasonable price as well, just in case you're still a little reluctant to try them. But seriously, you won't regret it.
I don't write a lot of reviews, but I'm taking the time to write this one because I'm very disappointed with Faerie Organic's customer service. I do, however, LOVE the product. It has wonderful coverage in both the airbrush and max coverage. The product doesn't settle into fine lines, and just gives a great, dewy finish. The problems arose when I realized that the powder in one of the samples that I *purchased* (they are not offered for free) was much lighter than the actual product I received. I believe the wrong powder was in the sample container. I emailed them repeatedly (4 times in total), and never received a single reply. I'm not able to phone during business hours due to my job, so I rely on email when I have a problem. Originally I was just going to keep the darker foundation and order a lighter one, but then I realized that they sell a white product that can be added to colors to lighten them. I asked if they would throw it in. Although I really like this product, and it's the best powder foundation I've ever used (I've tried at least 6 brands that I can think of), I won't be ordering from them again because of their lack of attention to detail and concern for customers. Since I can't give them a 0, I'll give them the lowest possible score.
This is better than bare minerals. I was looking for a good mineral makeup that didn't have the harsh ingredients on bare minerals and this was a great alternative. Has good coverage but you definetly need to put on a good moisturizer before any mineral/ powder makeup especially this one. If you don't it will crease into every line and you will like a cracked skin person. So this is the best mineral make up I have tried.
Ive used this for @ 4 years now.It the best mineral makeup out there for me,I have older dry skin and this covers great and does not stick in or on any dry patches.Or in my fine and not so fine lines,lol.I wear this everyday except acasionally I use Revlon color stay to change things up,but really I get the most positive feed back on my skin when I wear this..Love it.a large container last me close to a year too.
I bought this because I wanted a makeup that was better for my skin. I used this for about three months and it became extremely expensive for me since the coverage is so bad with this makeup, even in the fuller coverage formula, that I went through a whole jar almost every week. I bought the concealer thinking it would help so I wouldn't need to so much makeup and that didn't really help at all. I liked the mascara and the blush was ok but really, really pigmented. I wouldn't buy this makeup again though since the coverage is so bad. My skin was breaking out pretty badly when I was using this too which is why I wanted to switch to a makeup that was good for my skin, but this makeup didn't seem to help calm my skin at all I should have prob just used a liquid makeup with better coverage to cover my breakouts. I wouldn't recommend this makeup, I feel as though there's definitely better mineral makeups out there.
Didn't like it. Caked in an hour and does not control oil AT ALL. I tried using the finishing powder on top of my BB cream and it made my BB cream staying power worse. Don't like it won't buy it. I'll use it up cause I don't want to waste but probably only on days that I'm only going to go to the grocery store and need a quick cover up.
I did a lot of research on the different MMUs available, and finally decided to order samples from Everyday Minerals AND Faerie Organics. Both have great reviews and both offer a great deal on samples so that you can decide before making a major purchase. I tried Everyday Minerals(EDMs) first only because their samples arrived first in the mail. I really liked Everyday Minerals, but I have decided to go with Faerie Organics for the following reasons:
1. Although both go on the skin beautifully, only Faerie Organics(FOs) prevents my skin from becoming super shiny be the end of the day...although, to be fair, the Jojoba makeup from EDMs did a pretty good job too!
2. Cost per gram, FOs is really the best price. EDMs comes with only 4.8 g of product, while FOs comes with 9 g of product.
3. FOs caused absolutely no skin problems for me! To be fair, the EDMs semi-matte did not cause any problems either, but I found the EDMs jojoba base to be a little drying for my skin.
Overall, I HIGHLY recommend FOs! I liked the concealer, airbrush foundation and the blush samples they sent! I was not fond of the full coverage samples, but that is really just a preference issue. I like very light and sheer coverage, so the airbrush formula just suits my needs better.
UPDATE: I decided to go back to EDM Jojoba base in Alabaster. My decision was based on some skin changes after I stopped using my prescription face wash and cream. I noticed my skin becoming very oily with the FO products, so I switched back to the Jojoba (which had been a bit too drying before)...It totally helped! I still like the FO, and if you do not have the oil control problem I have then I still highly recommend the FO products.
I have tried at least 10 brands of mineral make-up and Faerie Organics is, by far, the best. When I started using that other "big name" mineral make-up that you can buy from the informercials, I started getting cystic acne along my jaw line. I went is search of a more natural alternative and found Faerie Organic. It's the best thing that I ever did for my face. The acne went away within a few days and hasn't come back and my uber sensitive skin looks great. I don't have any problems with the powder fading during the day and the color stays true. I use many of their products (primer, foundation, blush, eye shadow, veil, lip gloss and lip balm) and I highly recommend all of them.