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Reviewed and rejected: New Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation

July 15, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 4 Comments
Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation got such a bad rap from users that one almost had to feel sorry for it. Almost everything about it was bad. The packaging required people to resort to power tools to get at the powder, and then once they managed to apply it, they were left with a "cakey" feel that gave "zero coverage". For the significant numbers who complained about allergic reactions, the best thing about Mineral Sheers was its weak staying power- after a couple of hours, all remnants of the foundation would have disappeared. Undaunted, Neutrogena has come out with a new version.

The new Mineral Sheers ($12.99) has made three sensible changes. The container and brush have been jettisoned in favor of a straightforward compact. It no longer contains bismuth oxychloride, an irritant that can cause cystic acne and, almost certainly, the culprit behind all the complaints about itchy breakouts. And Neutrogena has added a mineral sunscreen. As with the original version, there are vitamins A, C and E.

You have to give Neutrogena credit for trying. However, it still isn't a terribly good product. Perhaps as a result of a heavy hand with the mica, this powder is shimmery to the point of shiny. And if you apply more than a dab or light dusting, the effect is chalky.

Ingredients in new Neutrogena Mineral Sheers

Titanium Dioxide (6.6%) Mica,
Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Dimethicone,
Oryza Sativa Starch (Rice), Magnesium Myristate, Methicone, Ascorbic
Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid,
Panthenol, Glycine Soja Flour (Soybean), Alumina, Silk Powder, Water,
Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben,
Propylparaben, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Nylon 12, Carmine

  • April 26, 2017

    by Christine

    Hi, I was researching foundations to use and came across this web site. I am 52 years old and still have break outs. I have cystic acne. I have been using NEUTROGENA Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation for the past 10 years. I had no idea about the bismuth oxychloride that causes acne. I never though it was my makeup. i'm pissed

  • December 10, 2008

    by Lindsey


    After browsing the site for a review on mineral make-up, I'm a bit surprised that I didn't find too many reviews on mineral make-up such as Bare Minerals (since it's so popular), being that most of the posts on Truth in Aging are mostly about all-natural/organic health & beauty alternatives and products.

    I have suffered from chronic eczema ever since I was three, and am very selective and sensitive about the products I use. Regular foundations and powders usually aren't compatible with my skin and irritate it. I've tried the Bare Minerals, but I hear that it contains bismuth oxide, which can be an irritant and a byproduct of lead refining; it's also closely related to arsenic(which is a poison?). I also heard about other brands such as the Bella Pierre and Micabella mentioned in the comment above; there is also Everyday Minerals, KMS minerals, and I think there is one from Nu Skin. They all claim to be all "natural," but are they really? Since these products are being sold on QVC, Amazon, e-bay, etc. and are hitting the markets like wildfire, it would be great if TIA would do a review on the healthiest or best mineral make-up for indecisive people like myself who are skin-sensitive and health-conscious! Thank you so much!

  • October 18, 2008

    by Michelle


    <p> I've heard about a "mineral powder" (loose like Bare minerals, not pressed) from Neutrogena that works really well. I haven't tried it myself, but a co-worker told me she'd never use anything else again. I'm not sure what it's called, but it might be a better alternative to this one. Also, I've tried Bare Minerals and wasn't very impressed with the cakey look it left me. However, I did try Bellapierre mineral powder, and Micabella make up mineral powder, which both claim to be more "pure and natural" than Bare Minerals. They told me that Bare Minerals has 2% of some unpure chemicals in their product. The Bellapierre and Micabella mineral powders are sold at the little kiosks at the mall, so I don't know what the ingredients are. However, they work REALLY well for me, and I don't think I'll ever go back to anything else that isn't "pure." It isn't cakey, and feels very light on my face--as if I'm not even wearing make-up. Also, it does not get darker or more oily due to oiliness throughout the day like most other pressed powders and foundations do. </p>

  • September 26, 2008

    by nikita

    <p>Strange, I recently purchased this in Tan and I've had no problems with it. I've got very oily skin and it has worked well with my skin. It doesn't feel cakey on my face. I don't use the sponge it came with but apply it with a powder brush with no problems so far.</p>

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