I’ve had a soft spot for mineral make-up for years, ever since it was suddenly everywhere when I was a teenager. (In 2009? I have a feeling it was 2009 when using it became a trend. I was just moving on from the dreaded Dream Matte Mousse phase.)
The trend may have waned, but I love the way good mineral make-up mattifies the skin without making it look dull. I love that it has a natural finish. And I love that the ingredients are normally natural and minimal — they’re much kinder when I have breakouts.
Not surprisingly, I was excited when Moo Goo got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to try some products from Dusty Girls, their mineral make-up line.
- Natural Mineral Foundation SPF15 in Fair Minerals*
- Natural Mineral Blush in Pink Ladies*
- Natural Lipstick in Chia Seeds*
Moo Goo are an Australian company, so named because their first ever product was designed for cows, rather than humans. They expanded into making products for humans with sensitive and/or problem skin, and then branched out into make-up, which led to the creation of Dusty Girls. Everything from the Dusty Girls is made from natural clays and minerals, designed to make your skin look healthy, and is suitable for vegans.
Fair Minerals is a tad too dark for me, although I can just about get away with it on a night out. I’m tempted to try Fair Minerals with Sunset Tones, which looks much lighter (there’s a chart on the website so you can pick your perfect shade.)
The foundation is made from micas and zinc oxide, and is free from any fillers or chemicals. I like to shake a little foundation into the lid, swirl a kabuki brush through it, tap the excess of, then buff the powder into my skin in thin layers. I normally notice a little cakiness over the oily patches on my forehead as the day goes on, but otherwise the coverage looks very natural and can be built up to a medium level.
Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Blush in Pink Ladies (v), £15
Pink Ladies is the most beautiful, healthy pink, and gives you the kind of glow you get after exercising, or spending time in the fresh air. The colour is created with natural micas and the blush also contains jojoba and macadamia oils, and vitamin E.
Its staying power is not the best, but because the mineral powder is pressed, rather than loose, it’s very portable, and easy to top up in the middle of the day. This is my favourite Dusty Girls product — I can never resist a pretty blush.
Dusty Girls Natural Lipstick in Chia Seeds (v), £11.90
I thought this was going to be darker, like a plum colour, and the website says it’s burgundy, but it’s a deep, rosy pink on me, very similar to the colour in the pictures. (There are hints of red and brown, but they’re very subtle.)
Chia Seeds is softer and more moisturising than other natural lipsticks I’ve tried, which does mean it needs to be reapplied after eating, but it also feels very comfortable on the lips, so it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. I really love that the packaging is recyclable cardboard, too.
Are you a fan of mineral make-up? Have you tried anything from Dusty Girls before? Let me know in the comments.
*Products were sent to me by Moo Goo for consideration of review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
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