Why I’m Reviewing This
I’ve always been a fan of Human ❤ Nature for their great ingredients, social contribution, and good prices. Most of my personal care products now are from their brand, so I trust them and I was thrilled to learn that they were finally coming out with a mineral makeup line. I’ve tried mineral makeup before, but never really warmed up to it because I’m too lazy to use loose powder regularly, and too skeptical to pay a high price for compact powder type mineral makeup.
Options, Pricing, Availability
Human Nature has three shades of foundation to choose from, from light to dark: Island Shell, Sand Dollar, Boracay Bronze; and two shades of blush: Petal Bloom and Tropical Rose.
A couple of weeks ago I went to the Human Nature branch in Santana Grove, Sucat Road, and got Love Minerals Pressed Powder Foundation in Island Shell (P395), and Love Minerals Mineral Blush in Petal Bloom (P200). By the way this is a great branch to buy from (if you live in the south) because they usually have everything in stock, or can get it ordered for you quickly. And for the makeup, they’ve got testers. (Resellers usually don’t.)
Good prices for me!
My photo above shows me wearing the foundation and blush, with some eyeliner and lip gloss (not Human Nature). I used the Human Nature toner and day moisturizer before putting on makeup. That’s it.
I don’t really wear much makeup, and I don’t have a lot of skin problems to cover up since I stopped taking most commercial dairy products (especially “fresh milk”). The foundation provides a light coverage, which I like because I don’t like the feeling of thick makeup on my skin. Both the foundation and the blush go on really nice and smooth. And they both have this particular scent, I think from the rice bran oil ingredient, which I personally like very much though I’m not sure if everyone else would like it. It’s just nice to not smell the typical synthetic or perfumed powder smell of most other foundations. Perfume-scented anything is quite suspicious anyway, because many toxic/unsafe ingredients are simply hidden by being listed under “fragrance” or “parfum”.
I’m waiting for Human Nature to update the foundation shades because Island Shell’s still a bit too dark for me; I was using a Light Beige #10 on the Neutrogena compact which was my regular powder before. Light Beige #10 is slightly fairer, and more yellow-toned, than Island Shell. While searching for other reviews of this makeup online I came across this blog entry which says they’ll have a lighter yellow-toned one coming out soon, yay.
As for the blush colour, Petal Bloom, it’s okay as it is, great for a nice subtle look, but I really prefer blush colours that tend towards red-deep-pink rather than red-beige. I’m not sure if I want to try the Tropical Rose because the powder looks a little too orange-red for my taste.
I’ve worn this makeup outside, and all day, several times, and have noticed no skin problems coming up. Also, it’s really easy to clean up afterwards. :)
I have listed the ingredients below (copied from the back of the product packaging) and linked each one to its page on the SKIN DEEP cosmetic ingredient information database. I note that all listed ingredients have a hazard rating of 3 and below (on a scale of 0 to 10). Except for Zinc Oxide which has a hazard rating of 0 to 5, “depending on usage”. Also, many of them have large “data gaps” (meaning, not enough research done), though this may also be owing to the lack of research information on organic ingredients. Still, I consider these ingredients to be much better than parabens, for example.
FOUNDATION: Mica, Silica, Oryza sativa (rice bran) Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate (vegetable-derived), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Lauroyl Lysine (amino acid-derived), Glyceryl Caprylate (coconut oil, palm and glycerine-derived)
BLUSH: Mica, Oryza sativa (rice bran) Oil, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate (vegetable-derived), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Lauroyl Lysine (amino acid-derived), Glyceryl Caprylate (coconut oil, palm and glycerine-derived)
I went to a couple of alternative websites to further check up on ingredients I was curious about: Lauroyl Lysine, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate. Human Nature also has their own webpage listing and describing the ingredients they use, as well as a sheet of ingredients to be avoided.
I have to add that I have no idea whether they use “micronized” mineral powder or not. Updated January 4 2011: Human Nature uses micronized mineral makeup. Please read my updates about this here and here! That is a question of how large the powder particles are. Because if they’re too small, they can pose some serious problems when inhaled. Info links: Mineral Makeup & Health Risks; Questioning Mineral Makeup. I think this inhalation concern applies to all, not just the mineral type, of makeup. I’ll have to contact Human Nature and ask about this specifically. I did notice that they placed “nano particles” in their sheet of ingredients to be avoided, but they did not explicitly state anywhere whether they guarantee their mineral makeup to be free of such. Also, micro and nano are different terms; nano is worse but micro is still bad so I asked them directly anyway and will update this with the response.
All in all, due to the data gaps, I do not consider this to be a 100% safe pure organic and wholesome product, but it is still a tad better than a lot of other stuff out there, and it’s a good step towards the right direction. I guess I’d rate it at around 80% to 90%. I don’t have enough scientific knowledge to get more specific than that.
I support the direction that this brand is taking, and I’m excited to see how they develop their mineral makeup line! I would definitely recommend this makeup to anyone who wants to try something that’s better and healthier for the skin. However, I think I’ll wait for their new shades to come out before I buy again. Anyway it takes me an absurdly long time to use up my makeup :) so it’s unlikely I’ll need to replenish my supplies before they roll out some new stuff.
P.S. Product photo from Human ❤ Nature website.
December 29, 2010
Human Nature Mineral Makeup Review