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The best mineral foundation

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If you’re avoiding silicones, Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation offers sheer coverage in the form of pressed powder.  

Filled with aloe vera, cucumber, licorice root, white tea, pomegranate, and vitamins E and C, Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation is 100% vegan, hypoallergenic, and suitable for many skin types. It’s also made without any potential skin irritants or silicone.

I first turned to mineral foundation years ago, as it became increasingly difficult to find any without silicone — a common ingredient in foundation and moisturizers. Silicone is fine for most skin but causes mine to break out like I’m back in my teen years.

The Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation goes on quite sheer, so my skin doesn’t look chalky, cake-y, or clown-like. And while the coverage is buildable, it still looks very natural, which can be hard to find in pressed powder foundations. I’ve had no problems with oxidation or creased foundation, both of which were daily annoyances with the bareMinerals powders I used to use. 

Best of all, my maturing-and-yet-still-very-oily complexion has settled down since making the switch. I’ve had far fewer breakouts, my skin looks super-healthy, and though I do still have to blot a few times per day, the Mineral Fusion foundation sticks around until I wash it off at night.

You’ll find Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation at Whole Foods, but it costs a lot less on Amazon, where it has more than 500 reviews and an average of 4.5 stars. Shoppers love the sheer-yet-buildable finish and the natural ingredients.

There are only 15 shades to choose from, which is a lot less than others on this list, but because it’s sheer, one shade might work for several skin tones. The powder is good for many skin types, but it’s especially great for combination, oily, or sensitive skin. The finish is natural and just slightly matte, but never mask-like. — Michelle Ullman

Pros: Formulated with fruit and botanical ingredients, suitable for sensitive skin, buildable coverage

Cons: Coverage might be too sheer, only 15 shades

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