I have been hearing about Aromaleigh mineral makeup for years. Friends swear by their products, and my reader-fans have been encouraging me to review Aromaleigh for some time.
What’s the fuss about? For starters, Aromaleigh is a small, woman-owned, independent online company that specializes in microformulating loose mineral powder cosmetics and natural fragrances using cosmetic grade pigments, natural ingredients and botanicals. Although mineral makeup is so hot today, Aromaleigh has been doing their own thing, formulating their own, proprietary blends, for over a decade.
But it is also mineral makeup. I know from experience that not all mineral makeup is the same. There is no real regulation (yet) on these products. You can call your product a “mineral” makeup and still add ingredients that aren’t mineral based, and that might actually be irritating to skin. For example, Bismuth Oxychloride is the ingredient used in a lot of mineral makeup , to help you apply it more easily. But it can also irritate skin. Aromaleigh products steer clear of Bismuth Oxychloride, and micronized ingredients or nano-particles. ‘
Aromaleigh mineral makeup products have various finishes with variable coverage. Aromaleigh not only has frosts, mattes and more, they have special collections that let you follow trends. The photos I’m including here are just a teeny, tiny fraction of the dizzying amount of colors and formulas you can choose from. I have to be honest: when I received tiny packets of these loose powder minerals, I held off on trying them. It is just a personal choice, but I am a clutz, and I don’t do very well with loose powder products. I didn’t want to be bothered trying to dip my brushes into these packettes — I knew I would make a mess. Generally, mineral makeup comes in shaker jars. I am guessing that these products do as well, when you get the full sized ones. I generally won’t review a tiny sample that is not in final packaging, because I want you to know exactly what you are getting. But I got so many little packets of colored powder, I felt like I had to try at least some of them. I made a horrible mess, but I did like the products.
And I also like the fact that Aromaleigh offers samples of all their loose powder mineral cosmetics to anyone who wants to try them. You don’t have to be a beauty reviewer to try them out in a tiny dose and see how you feel about it before you order a large size. So sometimes, a tiny packet can make a big impact!
Aromaleigh began as an aromatherapy company, not a mineral makeup company. But Kristen Leigh Bell, the founder, discovered that the name “Aromaleigh” was the best choice when she branched out to include mineral makeup in her offerings. You can draw some parallels to myself and The Advice Sisters. My readers already knew The Advice Sisters, (it is a U.S. Registered Trademark). But after my twin sister and partner, Advice Sister Jessica, passed away, I thought about changing the name of my online publications to something else, But the name stuck, even though “The Advice Sisters” has branched out into more lifestyle content and even though I am just one person, not two sisters. Like the Advice Sisters, Kristen found that “Aromaleigh” was the one name that didn’t have trademark issues, and that was already known to her customer case. So the name stuck, when Aromaleigh branched out to mineral makeup.
Loose powder mineral makeup isn’t to everyone’s liking. It can be messy, and you have to apply it with the right tools and technique to get the desired look. But good mineral makeup is a boon to sensitive skin. It’s even recommended for people who have just had facial peels and cosmetic surgery. Mineral makeup tends to look more natural, and the colors, derived in nature, are often more flattering, too. But if you require more edgy looks, Aromaleigh also has a “Rocks” makeup, with glitter and trendier items, and more traditional, solid makeup products as well.
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