The 10 Best Mineral Makeup Brands You've Never Heard Of

BB, CC...we're as excited as anyone about the latest innovations in skin care, but we couldn't help but wonder: What happened to mineral makeup? We fondly remember our favorite silky powders, a.k.a. the original skincare-as-makeup hybrids, made up of pure, natural pigments that actually nourished our skin while covering seamlessly. Determined to bring back these oldies-but-goodies, we rounded up ten indie brands that you — and your skin —will love.
Buildable, hypoallergenic, and water resistant, they're so pure that you can sleep in them, without risking clogged pores or breakouts. Plus, the natural minerals are anti-bacterial and will improve the texture of your skin over time. No offense to BB, but we think these natural wonders are beauty forces to be reckoned with.
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The silky powders from this Australian line are super-soothing, which makes them a great pick for those with sensitive and/or rosacea-prone skin.

Inika Mineral Foundation, $39.72, available at Saffron Rouge.
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This convenient stick (no messy powders!) combines mineral pigments with natural, plant-based oils for a smooth application.

MyChelle Minerals Cream Foundation, $26.10, available at
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Seriously ethical (they're members of not one but two anti-cruelty organizations), this British brand's powders provide seriously silky coverage.

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation SPF 15, $18.64, available at Lily Lolo.
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Talk about multitasking: This mineral foundation moisturizes while it evens, all in one quick perfecting spritz.

Aero Minerale Hydrating Mineral Foundation, $12.98, available at Walmart.
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Liquid primers are well and good, but we love this this smooth powder for the matte, even canvas it creates under foundation.

Alima Pure Balancing Primer Powder, $20, available at Alima Pure.
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If you're concerned that switching to natural makeup will mean that you're giving up your favorite makeup shades, you need to check out eco-friendly line Everyday Minerals. Its eyeshadow shades are so dang pretty that we're dying to collect them all.

Everyday Minerals Eyeshadow in Passion Passport, $7.99, available at Everyday Minerals.
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This poppy blush pick from Lavera contains natural lime blossom, mallow, and rose oils to moisturize skin as it imparts a sweet glow.

Lavera Mineral Powder Rouge, $26, available at Lavera.
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If you're looking for green with a capital G, look no further than Au Naturale, which is talc-free, paraben-free, non-gmo, cruelty-free, and vegan. We love the starter kits organized by complexion shade (light, medium, deep), which include three foundation shades, a finishing veil, and a blush.

Au Naturale Starter Kit, $47, available at
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Infused with antioxidants, this sheer tint can be worn on its own for a natural look, or as a base for your mineral powder for extra coverage.

Mineral Fusion Sheer Tint Foundation, $29.99, available at DermStore.

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