Review: Everyday Minerals Foundation Beige N3

January 19, 2016

Here it is, honies. My first make up review, like a real beauty blogger.
Don’t get too attached to it, though, I doubt I will review much make up on this log in the future, beyond my goal 72 Still, look how cool this looks! Yay!

Now, for the review.

About the brand & Pricing

Everyday Minerals is an US-american brand owned by Everyday Minerals, Inc. The company has a 3.3 score (out of 10) on GoodGuide, which puts it in the worst 15% of companies rated by GoodGuide. This is mainly due to the lack of transparency by Everyday Minerals, although they score 4.0 (out of 10) on average .

The product comes in a plactic packaging. This packaging can be returned to the company within the U.S. (potentially also from outside the U.S., but at a higher shipping cost). The company rewards the return of eight returned packages with a free blush of choice.

I tried to contact the company about their sources of mica (as different countries have different security laws for mica mines) but have yet to hear back from them. Edit: They did respond.

We source our micas from the US and the EU.

Edit: I now also contacted them to inquire if they product contain micro plastics.

I got the foundation (4.8 gr) on Double Beauty (NL) for 21,95€ plus 4,95€ shipping.


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Main Ingredient: Mica

May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

The only ingredients in this that can be of slight concern are the Mica  and the Titanium Dioxide.

Mica is a naturally occurring mineral dust used in many powder foundation for colouration. For cosmetics consumers, Mica is not dangerous, as the concentration is too low to be of concern. The mineral dust can, however, cause lung scarring for workers in mines where this dust appears. GoodGuide rates Mica as “low health concern”, SafeCosmetics does not note a danger for cosmetics users, and Skin Deep rates it as a “low overall hazard”.

Titanium Dioxide is an inorganic compound used for colouring in cosmetics, drugs and food. In Europe, Titanium Dioxide may only be used when purity requirements are fulfilled, which have to be labelled as CI 77891. The major concern is with inhalation. GoodGuide is not really a big help in this case, it only states that this is a “controversial ingredient”. SafeCosmetics  rated this as a danger for “everyone”.Skin Deep rates this ingredient as “low overall hazard”, but also as “moderate cancer hazard”.

This blogger asked Everyday Minerals if their Titanium Dioxide is nano-sized – they said it’s not.

What do we learn? Never use mineral foundation as a replacement for cocaine.

Shades and colors


The great thing about Everday Minerals is their wonderful way of categorizing their shades: Not only are they sorted by skin tone (“light”, “light to medium”, “medium to dark”; it should be noted, however, that their “dark” is not really very dark) but also by undertone.

Every skin tone (ranging from 0 to 7) comes in either warm (W), neutral (N) or cool (C).

To find your perfect shades, you can even order up to 7 different shades in small packages for free (only pay for shipping) to find your perfect match.

Application & Coverage

I use beige 3N which is a absolute perfect match. The colour looks really nice on my skin and the finish is very natural and matte.

Application with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush is really easy. Usually, just one layer of foundation is enough to cover most of my redness and blemishes. I do not use any BB cream or moisturising crème underneath and my skin does not feel dry. The foundation does not cover my under eye circles, however. To counter this, I usually use a little bit of CC cream underneath and add another layer of concealer.fairly_light_1_2_1

I stress tested the foundation over several days. The biggest test was last Saturday, in which I went to a gaming convention. During the day, I walked for about 10 minutes through rain with an umbrella (and heavy wind) in the cold, 10 to 15 minutes through sunshine, spend several hours inside the convention venue and went out to dinner that evening. I wore the foundation for almost 12 hours straight and when I came home, it was still there and looked nice. No streaks, no disappearance, no discolourations (see below).

The foundation does not cause my skin to produce more oil (even though it’s winter), does not look dry on my cheeks and is absolutely lightweight (I don’t feel it at all). The powder does, however, settle into the folds under my eyes, but those are generally very prominent in my face. CC cream underneath does help prevent this.

The finish is matte and natural and makes my pores almost disappear. You can also build up to a higher coverage if desired.

Before and After

Before (click to enlarge)

After (click to enlarge)

Yes, my nose is a bit dry at the moment, as I was a bit sick the last couple of days. That’s also why my lips are so dry. I need to drink more. ); These pictures where taken in natural sunlight without moisturiser shortly after a shower. The foundation looks even a tad better when my skin is better hydrated. I just chucked down 500 ml of water after writing that.

As you can see, the skin looks smoother, matter and more even than before. I really like the the feeling of my skin after the foundation is applied (it’s soft af). I am generally very happy with how it feels and looks.

Bonus: Please name my eye colour. Thanks.

Will I buy again?

Very much probably yes.
I really like the foundation for everyday life. It’s light, it fits perfectly, it looks very natural and it’s affordable.

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  • Reply Nath January 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Hi there, beige 3N!
    I’m the light 2N quoted above 😉

    It’s nice to be quoted but what actually kicked me back into research mode right now is the fact that though many reviews of EM foundations (online shop listings included) feature some variation of “company said they don’t use nano”, EM haven’t in fact included this info on their own website. Shouldn’t they be waving this free-from flag with way more enthusiasm? Maybe I should drop them a line, so thanks for nudging me.

    P.S. It’s non-drying due to the jojoba treated pigments I suppose. It’s indeed one of the best dry formulas available.
    P.P.S. Your eyes look grey with a honey-coloured crown in the centre. Perk unlocked? 😉
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    • Reply Sarah January 21, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Yeah, I was wondering that too. I included this question in my email to them, too, but I have not heard back from them. Maybe you’ll have more luck. (:
      And thanks for stopping! (:

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