Yeah, I didn't either. And actually, I didn't even know vegan and gluten free makeup was even a thing...Not until recently.
Since learning about this type of makeup, I've had people laugh it off while asking, "Why would they make makeup gluten and vegan free?"
When I learned of it, I didn't laugh it off, but was confused as well. But then my friend told me why it was important to gals like herself.
My new friend has celiac disease. Her conditions prevents her from eating anything gluten related, or even being touched by it. Her whole body reacts, from her digestive system to her skin. She was telling me about a time when her sister, who doesn't have celiac disease, was spraying her hair with a new hairspray. Shortly after, my friend and her mom (who also has celiac) were both having reactions on their skin.
Turns out, the hairspray had wheat in it - and it travelled through their house's vents, sharing the fumes with everyone within it.
Speaking at an event at Whole Foods, I had the privilege of testing out some of their makeup before the event. Now, while I taught about topics like beauty on my blog - I am far from being a makeup guru or blogger. My review will come from the mindset of a gal with limited makeup knowledge, who still wears the same makeup her best friend told her to buy when she was standing in an aisle at Target at 17, buying makeup for the very first time...totally clueless.
|All the products of my choice. I tried to stick to the same brand for everything,|
for consistance purposes.
2. Mineral Fusion powder: This stuff was great, however, it didn't have it's own applicator included. The first time I tried the makeup, I was in a hotel, far from a local Target or CVS. Luckily, I had my regular compact with me, which had the applicator in it. So, the downer is, while I think the coloring looked good - I don't know how much of it was from my usual makeup choice, or how much was from the Mineral Fusion. I also wasn't sure if they mixed together too much. That being said, while it looked and felt great - I'm not sure how much of it was because of the Mineral Fusion alone. Also, knowing the price of this makeup and how it compares to the price of my makeup from Target, I'm confused why a basic applicator isn't included. I've tried about four or five makeup brands in my life, and this was a first for me. (I'm not doing a star rating for the products, but if I were and it was based off a five star concept...This would take the review down to about 3.5 stars. But I like simplicity, and as someone who travels a lot, I like having things like this together.)
3. Mineral Fusion blush: Oh, what a great color! I loved the way this looked, and was pleased with this product.
4. Mineral Fusion eyeliner: LOVED this. This was the first time I've ever tried a liquid eyeliner, but I was in-love with it by the first stroke. Granted, I still need a lot of practice using liquid versus what I'm accustomed to, but if I can get the hang of it - I will totally be buying a liquid form again.
5. Mascara: I liked the mascara. Pro? It looks a lot cleaner than the kind I've used from Target. Less clumps, less mess. Con? I couldn't get it to pop as much I would prefer. It came off onto my lashes on the light side.
|Here I am, wearing the new makeup.|
Since this is a review, I will disclose full honesty. I'm a 25-year-old adult and only work part-time. While there is great power in the look of the makeup, the feel, and knowing it's natural...I won't be back to purchase it any time soon. I simply cannot afford makeup that averages $17-$35 per product. However, it's not completely off my list of future possible products to consider purchasing. I'll definitely be keeping Whole Foods and their variety of makeup products in mind for the future, when it is within my price range, or on-sale. (Which, if you live in the Central Valley in California - the Fresno store has a sale taking place THIS month!)
I know many of you have skin conditions, like I have my port wine stain birthmark, so I did inquire about the products for those of you looking to coverup. I very seldom choose to cover my birthmark, and meant to at least try before putting this up. However, the lady who helped me pick out my products told me that the intent of this makeup is not to completely hide skin conditions such as my vascular birthmark. She predicted that it would not achieve that goal, if that was what I wanted to do. She still recommended using Merle Norman, Derma Blend, or other like products if that it the purpose of its use.