Now for just a second close your eyes, and let me say the name Estee Lauder, Nutritious Vita- mineral foundation, what images does that conjure up in your head? For me I think Quality product, ingredients that are good for your skin (Nutritious, Vita- mineral ) great packaging, high end product. Am I wrong to think that? I don't think so.
So I have to say I was seriously disappointed when I took a closer look at the ingredients listing on the back of the box it came in. Just in case anyone wants to bother reading through the listing, I have included a short brief of what most of the ingredients do in brackets after each one.
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 2.1%. Other Ingredients: Talc, Polymethylsilsesquioxane( lubricating, smooth, silky feel to the product) , Hydrogenated Polydecene (anti aging- synthetic), Boron Nitride (slip and adhesion of products), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate (oil control), Methicone( barrier for makeup to stick to, stopping makeup sliding off - synthetic), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Magnesium Myristate(adhesion, free flow, slip, soft feel, rub resistance, lubricity, surface smoothness, and water repellent) , Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) - (antioxidant) Sterols, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate( vitamin C), Zeolite (Moisture absorber so oil control), Retinyl Palmitate ( vitamin A), Caprylyl Glycol, Calcium Silicate (anti caking), Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Sodium Chloride (salt), Tocopheryl Acetate ( form of vitamin E), Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Hexylene Glycol ( couldn't find much on this one, but it's common in anti-freeze, paints, lacquers, varnishes and paint strippers WTF is it doing in mineral makeup???), Zinc Stearate(water repellent- makes cosmetics water resistant, sweat resistant etc), Silica ( reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, absorbs oil makes product feel soft) , Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative). May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride( common cause of allergic reactions commonly itching and tightness of the skin), Titanium Dioxide Iron Oxides, Mica, Yellow 5 Lake, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Blue 1 Lake, Chromium Hydroxide Greens, Carmine.
OK so that looks like a SH**load of ingredients for a mineral foundation, and it is. Taking a much closer look at these ingredients we discover that after the active ingredient of Titanium, the next one on the list is TALC.... now this is the bit I'm seriously disappointed about. Nutritious loose powder I believe retails for around $68 AUD here. Talc is a cheap filler ingredient, not to mention the case studies that have been done that have proven it carcinogenic ( causes cancer ) I get that most on shelf makeup contains Talc, but it is the last thing I expect to see in any mineral product especially topping the list - meaning it has the greatest percentage in the jar than any of the other ingredients. I really have issues with a high end, expensive product containing talc, ESPECIALLY something being advertised as " Nutritious - Vita- mineral powder " with the following selling points-
The only mineral makeup perfected by Estée Lauder skincare. The nutrient-rich formula includes:
- Minerals to help protect and fortify the skin to build up its natural defenses
- Vitamins A, C and E to help improve skin's overall condition and maintain its healthy radiance
- Pomegranate extract-known as a super-potent antioxidant-to help protect against daily free-radical assaults "
Yes it does contain a lot of good ingredients, but I see they neglected to tell consumers it's full of a cheap filler known to cause cancer Hmmmm gotta love the omission, marketing in Estee Lauder must be proud!
Have you ever used something that you thought was great for your skin only to discover that it was loaded with not-so-nice ingredients?
EDIT - This is my personal opinion on the ingredients contained within this product, some may agree with me some people may not.