Bionic Review: Minerals Mate

by Bionic Beauty on 28.Jan.2011 · 6 comments

Whenever I hear the sound of a FedEx truck, I always get excited.

Do you think that’s a learned behavior from my dog? 😉

Bionic Beauty blog review - Minerals Mate

I’ll be honest though, when I popped open the box and pulled out the Minerals Mate mixing palette, my invisible tail didn’t wag.

I’m just not a huge mineral makeup fan and it’s only because of the time and trouble it takes to blend everything together. I like simplicity in my life. And I really like waking up just 45 minutes before running out to the door each morning.

Nonetheless, I pulled out my stashed minerals to give the tray a whirl.

The result? The washable tray had me contemplating my original opinion!

There was no mess at all and with three large and four small wells, the various foundations, blushes, and eye colors mixed easily with the included spatula.

If you have any leftovers on your tray, you can just toss it in the palette’s handy satin pouch for quick cleanup.

Still not sure I’ve become a mineral makeup advocate, but if you’re a junkie the Minerals Mate is definitely worth the small investment.

Minerals Mate is $8.99 on their website.

Stay Bionic,

Joycey Couture - contributing author of the Bionic Beauty blog

FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.


1 Robyn @ Hawaii January 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hi Joycey

Well first of this looks messy as ____ to me. This is scary ! My sister
want’s me to try Bare Essentials, we are very similiar with skin tones
and she is claiming the minerals really are great.
Oh gosh………now what do I do?

2 Bionic Beauty February 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Heya Robyn,

I posted a comment above to HH about BE. I really would advise against their products. They are full of cheap ingredients and WAY too expensive. Also, since you live in a warm environment, you very well could experience the horrendous itching like me. When warm weather opens up your pores, it allows your makeup and its particles to flow into your skin’s pores. Bismuth is OUCHY when it goes into most people’s pores. It’s a sharp and prickly shaped element. Anyhow, I could go on and on… but let’s just say that BE is not worth your hard-earned money, in my opinion. It’s over-hyped and is basically popular because the BE brand has loads of money to spend on marketing.

Then again, I’m always a fan of more “indie-based” brands. I love supporting the little guys… especially when they have superior products. 😉

3 Tashi February 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I Googled “bismuth oxychloride”. Eventually, I got to a site that listed 282 pages of products that have this ingredient. I didn’t take time peruse the whole list. I’m currently using up a supply of a Bare Minerals foundation, but am trying to find another brand, for financial reasons. I’ve never had ad adverse reaction to the BM mineral foundation (as a result of the b.o. — the bismuth, not a foul odor, 😉 ), but I completely respect and appreciate others’ experiences and suggestions. 🙂 Thanks, Jami, for the info!

4 Holistically Haute January 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Mineral makeup is the best. I have been using it for years personally and professionally and the coverage is more natural looking and easier to layer than a liquid could ever be. I really don’t find it messy at all, and you have so much freedom to mix your colors to really get a custom look. BE is good, MAC makes a nice product, although their mineral line is small…and if you can find them, Shade by Osmosis Pur and GloMinerals are great.

5 Bionic Beauty February 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Hi Holistically Haute! Thanks so much for your opinion on minerals. I, too, love the powdered minerals, but I did have a hard time using the lids of jars. They are just too small to swirl my big brushes or Beauty Blender sponges. So I decided to come up with my own solutions-

I have tried those brands you mentioned and most are okay-ish. However I have to warn people against BE. They have the big bucks to market their product, but their minerals are not actually minerals or fully natural like they claim. Their products contain WAY too many additives and cheap fillers to justify what they charge for their makeup. Plus it makes my skin burn like crazy (it’s the bismuth since it’s a prickly shaped particle). My favorites are Purely Cosmetics mineral makeup and PRIIA Cosmetics- they are affordable, have amazing ingredients, lots of color choices (plus custom mixing) and have the most outstanding customer service. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by Bionic Beauty. I really hope to see you around here in the future!

6 Joan March 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I bought one of these on yoru recommendation and want to say THANKS! It really is a great tool for mineral makeup.

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