A while back one of my lovely readers recommended I check out M*A*D Minerals Makeup.
Navigating the site is mostly straightforward, though the links feel a tiny bit crowded. You can click on any of the links on the left side to go to different sections of the website. So you can look at new colors, mattes, popular colors, LE collections, etc.
I ordered the Liquid foundation in 01-W Fair to Light with warm to yellow tones. I also ordered samples of several of the eye shadows: UR Fine, Temptress, Illegal, Wild Mango, Sorbet and Fusion. I received free samples of Modest Pink and Aloe Veil.
I ordered 1/4 tsp sample jars. They came clearly labeled. My free samples came in baggies, and they were also clearly labeled. My .5 fl. oz. of foundation came in a nice, easy to use jar. You don’t have to stick your fingers into it, which makes me happy.
Shipping varies. Small orders, which ship via First Class mail, go for $3.25. Regular shipping is $6 via USPS. My order was able to ship as a small order.
$8.50 for 1/2 oz of liquid mineral foundation. $2.95 for a sample & $14.50 for 1 oz.
$2.25 for 1/4 tsp sample jar, $2.00 for 1/4 tsp sample bag, $5 for 5g jar, $7.50 for 10g jar, $10.50 for 20g jar
Because M*A*D Minerals offers a large variety of products, I’m only going to list pricing for the items I purchased. I will mention that they do carry indelible gel eyeliners and cream eye shadows as well as other products.
Liquid Mineral Foundation
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe) juice, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Emulsifying Wax, Iron Oxide, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Zinc Oxide, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Stearic Acid, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Oil, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Konjac Glucomannan (Mannan), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary Extract), Azadirachta indica (Neem), Tetrasodium Edta, Citric Acid
The product claims:
89% organic content, anti-aging, healing properties, high in antioxidants, renews collagen, hydrates, nourishes skin, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, protects against environmental damage, for all skin types. Provides perfect sheer to medium coverage with a natural finish.
I wanted to love this foundation. The color match is a bit off. I think it’s actually a bit too peach and a bit too dark for my coloring. And it would make sense that it would appear peach if it wasn’t able to fully counteract my pink overtone with its yellow tones, which would turn peach. However the bigger issue I had with the foundation was that no matter how I applied it, it seemed to be too sheer and accentuate my flaws instead of covering them up. That said, I really like, in general, the way M*A*D does their foundation colors. I really appreciate that they have cool/pink and warm/yellow, even if they don’t have a pale neutral.
For me, the foundation doesn’t live up to its claims. I haven’t given up on it yet, but I’m stumped on how else to apply it to give me more coverage. I’ve applied it thinly with finger tips and then blended with a stipple brush. I’ve applied it much thicker with fingers and then blended with a stipple brush. I’ve tried it with and without primer. I’ve tried applying it with a sponge. I just can’t get it to even me out.
Ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, tin dioxide, iron oxides (these are listed individually in each eye shadow.)
Sorbet on lid & Fusion on inner v
I was surprised by how gorgeous the eye shadows turned out to be! I’d seen some lovely colors on Viola of Killer Colours, so she inspired me to pick out a few shades, including Temptress. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should, she’s beautiful and talented! I loved all the colors I picked out for myself.
Illegal on lid, UR Fine on lower lash line, Fusion dabbed on center of upper lid
My favorite, by far is Illegal, followed by Fusion. Illegal is such a smooth and saturated shade. It’s so pretty. The eye shadows have great pigmentation and they’re easy to blend. I was really impressed by them.
The customer service with M*A*D Minerals was fantastic. I emailed with questions about shipping and received a response to my question in 13 minutes. 13 Minutes!!! The response was very nice, personable and helpful. Ultimately, it was the cordial response to my email that tipped me over into purchasing from M*A*D Minerals.
Would I purchase from M*A*D Minerals again?
Probably. Since some of the colors appear to be repackaged, but others are not, I would probably purchase from the company again, depending on what I was interested in trying. The AMAZING customer service that I received really stood out to me. Additionally, the eye shadows stood out and were nice. While the liquid foundation hasn’t worked for me (yet), I think the ingredients and product are nice, even if it isn’t for me. I felt like the shipping charges were ok, and the item pricing was good. They also have good pricing on indelible gel eyeliner and cream shadows, so this is a good place to purchase those items from. They’ve also got a sale going on right now, 15% off on all orders. It’s automatically applied to the cart, when you check out.
Edit: It looks like some of the shades may be repackaged (and are not annotated as such), but it also appears that the majority of colors are not. While I was fortunate enough to not purchase any shades that were repackaged, if you’re concerned about a color being repackaged, email the company owner to inquire about the color. With a company that has great customer service such as this one, you should receive a timely response to your question.
So tell me, what have you tried from M*A*D Minerals? What did you like?
Products purchased by me. All opinions are my own.