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Pure Anada Mineral Makeup
Hello, my beautiful readers! Today, I’m here to bring you my updated, full coverage mineral foundation routine with Before & After photos using Pure Anada’s Loose & Pressed Mineral Makeup! Have you ever dreamed of a truly non-toxic foundation that not only covers major skin concerns like acne, dermatitis, & eczema, but is actually healing and noncomedogenic to boot?? I’m so excited to say that your dreams are now a reality! 🙌 AND, to make it even sweeter, Pure Anada’s entire line of products is one of the most affordable high quality green beauty brands to date! I also have a super sweet coupon code at the end of this post! 👍🤗
Full and Maximum coverage can be achieved not only with Pure Anada’s Loose Mineral Makeup, but also with their conveniently Pressed Sheer Matte Mineral Foundation, too! However, I really like to use a bit of both and since both are so affordably priced and last FOREVER, I have zero guilt about having both in my routine! Their loose foundation has a matte with slight satin-skin-like finish whereas their pressed foundation is straight up matte in finish, which is why I really love to use this for spot concealing and under the eyes. Both foundations can be used alone or paired for a beautiful skin-like finish for all skin-types!
When most people think of Mineral Makeup, “full coverage” is not the first thing that comes to mind and rightfully so! I’ve been trying out different brands of mineral makeup since it came on the market about 20 years ago! (I’m 33, for reference, and I’ve been struggling with acne since I was 13, which is when I started using foundation). I’ve tried dozens upon dozens of brands… And, I can honestly agree that the majority of brands do not offer anything beyond medium coverage—most falling under the light coverage category, unless you spend A LOT of time building layer upon layer… In our busy, non-stop world, who has time for that? Most importantly, who WANTS to spend that much time applying their foundation?
As a mom, I’ve mastered getting my makeup done in RECORD time! Time for oneself as a mom is incredibly scarce, so you have to use every minute to its maximum potential! So, finding makeup that’s super high-coverage means that if you don’t have any major skin concerns, you’ll literally be fully covered in under a minute with a quick, even layer. For moderate to severe skin concerns (ie: acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, dermatitis, etc.), Pure Anada’s loose mineral foundation will literally COVER EVERYTHING LIKE MAGIC!
Background on My Skin Issues
I want to briefly go over my own skin issues so you know what I’ve been trying to conceal with makeup. So many people and bloggers state that a foundation is “full coverage”, but their skin is absolutely perfect, which always led to me being super disappointed when I tried the supposedly “full coverage” foundation that they recommended because my skin is far from perfect! 😅 I kid you not, I’ve had a ROUGH year when it comes to skin issues. I’ve been struggling with acne from mild, moderate, to severe at various points in my life since I was in middle school. But, this year, my skin started forming a type of deep, deep blemish that I have never experienced before. I realized my boil-like cystic acne were not cystic acne at all and were actually in fact “boils” from folliculitis, a skin condition where the hair follicle traps dead skin cells, gets infected, and will literally linger on the skin for months and months, no matter what topical you apply (both conventional & natural) resulting in deep, indented scarring and a lot of pain until it finally goes away. I realized this was rooted in the “fungal acne” category and will be doing a very detailed blog post to cover this major topic to hopefully help others! Be sure to sign up for my email list so that you’ll be the first to be notified of new posts! 👍
Suffice it to say, in a desperate attempt to heal my fungal acne & folliculitis, I used a combination of topical treatments that completely and utterly destroyed my skin’s lipid barrier 😥, thus causing the most SEVERE case of atopic dermatitis that I hadn’t dreamed was possible, even in my worst of skincare nightmares after I used a super fancy, “luxury” mask with fermented yeast that I received in a subscription box that was supposed to help with hydration 🤦♀️. Applying fermented yeast to my skin that was already covered in various forms of yeast (ie: folliculitis/fungal acne) caused a proliferation of yeast fueled by a staph infection. My ENTIRE face and neck was covered in bright, tomato-red patches with some purpleish scabbing, tiny bumps filled with hard plugs on every part of the surface of my skin/neck, and all of this ITCHED to high heavens, breaking apart and oozing liquid every time I turned my head during the day or slept at night. This was painful beyond words and I would wake up to a blood-soaked pillowcase every day and I actually tried to persevere and treat this using natural methods for almost 3 weeks…
This was back in December, you know….the month where holiday parties take place, my son’s very first Christmas show at preschool, family gatherings, seeing old friends…. And I literally looked like a monster straight out of a child’s worst nightmares 😭. Life couldn’t just stop because my skin decided to freak out on me, so I had to go about my daily routine, drop my son off at school, see other parents, go to meetings, etc…
The only thing, as vain as it sounds, that got me through this very strange time in my life, was Pure Anada’s mineral makeup that I would literally apply any time I had to leave the house. In fact, I’d apply it first thing in the morning just to drop my son off at school because I was honestly afraid that they would try to quarantine me if they saw my face the way it really was! Then I’d go home, wash it all off, try to apply natural healing solutions to my skin, reapply my foundation for the second time prior to picking up my son from school… And I did my best to avoid leaving the house at all costs, unless I absolutely had to, when all I wanted to do was crawl under the covers and never leave my bed.
Now, no matter how full coverage a makeup can be, it cannot disguise texture issues… Dermatitis with rashes and tiny hard bumps all over my face meant that I could completely cover the redness (as shown in the image above) but the actual texture was still present, so I was still very self conscious. Nevertheless, my Before & After photos show you just how much of a tremendous difference makeup can make in “disguising” skin imperfections. It also made me feel really good knowing that the makeup I use has zero fillers or any added ingredients that would potentially aggravate my skin. If anything, the zinc oxide in Pure Anada’s mineral foundation actually helped calm my skin a bit and definitely helped my skin continue to heal along the way!
After finally seeing a dermatologist, I succumbed to using toxins on my skin to finally combat the dermatitis that was literally taking over not just my face and neck, but my entire image of self-worth and motivation to carry on each day. After weeks of topical steroid ointment followed by a topical anti-biotic cream to stop the infection, my skin is SO MUCH BETTER! You’ve seen a photo of my skin at its very worst and now I’ll show you a photo of my skin as it is today, 6 weeks after seeing the dermatologist.
My skin is clear now with residual hyperpigmentation/scarring leftover from the scabbing and deep boil-like sores that have left indented scarring. Nevertheless, my skin may not be perfect now, but I’ve actually been comfortable enough to go foundation-free most days, using only Pure Anada’s oil-control, tinted setting powder and a touch of cream blush or Sweet Pea pressed blush (the lightest pink blush in their line that looks absolutely beautiful and natural on the skin—like my real flush!).
When I want to put in some extra effort, I bring out their foundation and only have to use a light layer to even out my skin tone. Sometimes, I’ll also only use their setting powder, which does even out the skin a bit because it’s lightly tinted, and then i’ll spot conceal any blemishes with their pressed foundation & a concealer brush.
My Foundation Routine
In this post, I’ll give you my step-by-step routine and I’ll emphasize the type of brush that I use because after sampling this foundation line for 1.5 years, I’ve realized that the right STYLE of makeup brush makes ALL the difference! We don’t just want to cover our skin imperfections; we also want it to look as natural as possible and this is where the right brushes come into play here!
At first when I initially ordered samples of both the loose & pressed foundations, I thought I couldn’t find the right shade for me. I have fair skin with yellow undertones that goes to the fair-light category in the summer. Nothern Lights was too pale whereas Atlantic Bisque seemed a tad too orangey and dark for my skin. BUT, that’s when I was applying it with my usual foundation brushes with super densely packed bristles (which is what I’ve always used to get maximum coverage), however, since Pure Anada’s foundation is super, super pigmented, this style of brush proved to be too much and didn’t blend the product out evenly and created a mask-like look that I definitely wasn’t aiming for.
THEN, out of sheer laziness because I didn’t want to clean my other foundation brushes, I used the one clean brush I had left: a finishing powder brush with bristles further spread out. So far, I’ve used three different finishing powder brushes from completely diferrent brands and they all produce the effect that I’m aiming for, so you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy a specific makeup brush to use this method if you already have a finishing powder brush in your brush lineup. The key is using smaller amounts of product at a time and patting it onto the skin in light, stippling motions, one area at a time, and blend out as you go, using light, circular motions. (I finally ordered a tripod so i can do quick video tutorials for you all—-and finally face my incredible fear of making videos at the same time!). But, this process really isn’t difficult or very different if you’re used to using mineral makeup or even if you’re new to it.
Remember these three things: Finishing Powder style brush, apply in stippling motions to a targeted area (right side of jaw, chin, left jaw, right cheek, left cheek, use leftover pigment on nose, and lastly forehead), and blend as you finish each area in soft, circular motions. If the first layer doesn’t cover enough, do a second & maybe even a third if you need maximum coverage. Don’t worry about covering absolutely everything at this point, though.
***Note***the best way to get the most coverage out of mineral makeup is to have a moisturizing base for it to cling to. If your skin is too dry, it’s harder to build coverage because the minerals have nothing to adhere to. A good facial oil and/or balm with a bit of a dewy finish is ideal in creating a canvas for your mineral makeup to stick to, easily build coverage, & blend easily. Balance is key here. You don’t want TOO much of an oily/dewy residue.
In the following photos, I started with covering each side of my jaw and chin.
If I have active, angry blemishes or blemishes that are scabbed over and healing, all I have to do is quickly go back with a concealer brush, like the one pictured below, tap into the loose mineral makeup (or the pressed foundation is really ideal for this because it’s super quick and covers like a dream on top of the loose foundation in one quick layer 👌). I dab the foundation with the concealer brush over any major areas peaking through, as well as under my eyes (I don’t even need a separate under-eye concealer!), and if I’m not wearing eyeshadow that day, I apply it to my lids using the concealer brush to even out any veining I have on my lids and to make sure my skin is all evened out, so it looks like skin, rather than foundation on top of skin. There’s a big difference!
As you can see, all redness, scarring, & hyperpigmentation is evened out and my skin looks like skin, rather than a mask! 👍👌
Don’t worry, I have more Pure Anada blog posts in the works to show swatches of their makeup line of pressed eyeshadow & blush that I have in my makeup collection so far! I wanted to just focus on how to use their loose and/or pressed mineral makeup in this post so that I don’t overwhelm you! 😊
The indented scarring leftover I can’t do much about, except use healing skincare to help it heal and become less visible over time. Black Locust Firming Concentrate has been a god-send during this time and you can read my detailed before/after review here!
Loose vs Pressed Foundation:
You can just use Pure Anada’s loose foundation with both a bigger brush and a concealer brush. I like applying their loose foundation first and then using their pressed for more coverage in certain areas. However, you can just use their pressed on its own, as well, in the same way. The main difference here is that their loose foundation has more of a skin-like demi-matte finish, whereas their pressed foundation is purely matte through & through. Also, their loose foundation comes in a lot more color options, including a range of cool tones, neutral tones, & warm tones!
✨Coupon Code 👇✨ & Pricing!
Pure Anada is a Canadian company, so when you first go on their site and if you live in the USA, you may see all of their prices listed in CAD, which is higher than USD. Once you add the item to your cart, the price will convert to USD (or whatever form of currency you use where you are in the world).
Loose Foundation in Full Size Retail Price: $19.10 in USD or $25 in CAD. They also offer trial sizes, sample size, and a refill option! 👍
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Zinc Oxide, Silica, Boron Nitride, Iron Oxides (CI77491,CI77492), Ultramarines (CI77007)
Pressed Foundation: either with compact $19.10 USD or $16.04 USD for the refill pan (you can place into a z-palette, pure anada larger palette, or purchase a refill pan to place into your old compact). The pressed foundation is also $25 in CAD. All Pure Anada foundatiom compacts are Eco-Friendly cardboard packaging that’s recyclable! They feature beautiful, 19th century style floral designs that I absolutely love 😍!
Pressed Foundation Ingredients: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide, Silica, Boron Nitride, Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (Cl 77007), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba seed oil), Caprylic/capric Triglyceride * Certified Organic Ingredient
All of these products are truly drugstore pricing with the same high-end quality you would expect from a luxury brand! And believe me, after 20 years of using different makeup brands from low end to high end and everything in between, I’m confident in saying that you won’t be disappointed, but your wallet will be very happy! 🤗
And because you’ve stuck with me this far into the post, you can save an extra 25% off one order!
Coupon Code CLARITY25 SAVES you 25% off ONE order! Note that you can order samples of everything on their site and get $2.00 shipping with code “sample” if you’re only ordering samples for your first order 💞🙌💞. So, I’d suggest using this coupon code for a regular order with full sized items so you can really save! 🙌 It’s totally up to you! Either way, you can save 25% using code CLARITY25 and when you shop through my referral link or any of the links in this post, you’ll be helping me bring you more content at no additional cost to you! 🙏
I hope you’ve found this post helpful! It’s never easy showing my bare face to the world, particularly when it was in the horrid state that it was in, and it’s definitely far from perfect now, but my goal is to help others. We’re all struggling in some way and I want you to know that you’re not alone! Skin issues can really do a number on our self esteem, so while I know deep down, I shouldn’t “need” makeup to be confident in the skin I’m in, it certainly does help! 😅
Please comment below with any questions you have and I’d be happy to help in any way I can!
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Have a wonder-ful day!
Love & Light,