Quick & Easy Guide to Buying Mineral Cosmetics on Ebay

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Quick & Easy Guide to Buying Mineral Cosmetics on Ebay

Mineral Cosmetics are taking the world by storm and women everywhere are discovering their natural benefits. Ebay is a great place to shop for cosmetics but with so many brands and sellers, how do you know which one to choose?

How do you find a good product? A good place to start is to compare ingredients. Below is a quick reference guide to the good and the not so good ingredients. Not all brands are as natural as you think and while they advertise themselves as such, the label can often tell a different story. Samples are a also a great way to trial a product and see how the product looks and feels on your skin. Brands may appear to be similar on the label but often look and feel very different on your skin.

How do you find a good seller? Ebay has done it for you!  identifies and recognises exceptional sellers as pillars of the Ebay community and rewards them with Power Seller Status. When you see the Power Seller Logo next to a members user ID, you can trust that they are members who have demonstrated their commitment to upholding the core values of Ebay. Power Sellers are exemplary members who are held to the highest standards of professionalism. Power Seller Status cannot be bought, it must be earned.

How do you avoid getting scammed? Below are four tricks to watch out for!

  1. Watch out for listings that advertise the jar size and not the NET weight of the minerals. For Example "30g Sifter Jar" refers to the jar size, you don't get 30 grams of minerals! Jar sizes include 3g, 5g, 10g, 20g & 30g. If unsure, ask the seller for the NET weight of the product.
  2. Watch out for listings that don't include accurate ingredients information or very little ingredients information. You might be surprised by what ingredients they contain. If unsure ask the seller for the ingredients list, as they appear on the label.
  3. Watch out for listings that include huge RRP for seemingly huge discounts. You can find bargains on Ebay but some sellers artificially inflate the RRP so they can get the price they want. This practise is illegal in Australia.
  4. Watch out for listings with jars "filled by volume" or quantity in teaspoons. This practise is illegal in Australia, loose mineral cosmetics are required to be sold by weight, with the NET weight of minerals, in grams, listed on the label.

Ingredients Guide For Mineral Cosmetics

TITANIUM DIOXIDE is the mineral salt of the element Titanium and offers sun protection from both UVA & UVB rays. Titanium Dioxide provides good coverage and long-wearing mineral cosmetics.

ZINC OXIDE is the mineral salt of the element Zinc which also offers sun protection and may calm irritated skin conditions such as rosacea. Zinc Oxide provides good coverage and long-wearing mineral cosmetics.

BORON NITRIDE is the mineral salt of the element Boron. Boron Nitride provides long wear properties and adds an extra creamy feel to mineral cosmetics.

MICA is a large group of minerals with different effects, some are very shiny, some are matte, some pearly, some have light diffusing properties etc... Whether the cosmetics make you look younger or older will depend on the type of mica used or the blend of micas used.

IRON OXIDES are a group of coloured mineral salts of the element Iron. Whether the mineral cosmetics look natural or gaudy will depend on the blend of Iron Oxides used.

CALCIUM CARBONATE is the mineral salt of the element Calcium. Calcium Carbonate is very gentle and increases the oil-absorbing properties in mineral cosmetics.

SILICA is derived from sand and quartz. Remarkable properties including boosting sun protection, creating a flattering soft-focus effect as well as having very pleasant application properties.

BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE is the mineral salt of the element Bismuth. Bismuth Oxychloride has a bad reputation on the Internet that is based on inaccurate information. It is frequently portrayed as a skin irritant which causes breakouts. There is a huge variance in the quality available and some grades are cheap and nasty but there are also super-pure high grade bismuths that are simply beautiful. Cheap minerals may irritate and may cause breakouts, its not the mineral itself that causes the problem but the impurites. 

MICRONISED TITANIUM DIOXIDE is the same as Titanium Dioxide but it has been ground much, much smaller. Designed primarily for use in pressed cosmetics. Loose mineral foundation containing Micronised Titanium Dioxide tend to be dusty to apply and offer less coverage.

KAOLIN CLAY is also known as China Clay and is a powdered clay sometimes used in mineral products for extra oil control. Can dry out skin, especially around the delicate eye area and cheeks.

TALC is a traditional cosmetic ingredient that is currently out of favour because of health concerns due to the small asbestos-like fibres they contain. Some new talcs have been through a special process to remove these fibres. Talc can make you look older by settling into fine lines and can also develop a grey tinge through the day.

ULTRAMARINE BLUE was the most expensive pigment in the 15th Century and it was made using finely ground crystals of the semi-precious stone, Lapis Lazuli. In the 21st Century, it is one of the cheapest pigments and is made synthetically by heating kaolin clay, Sodium Carbonate and Sulphur. It is then processed further to remove some but not all of the Sulphur. Ultramarine Blue's characteristic "rotten egg" smell isn't detectable in the final product because it is used in small quantities but it can cause irritation and breakouts. Ultramarine Blue is NOT approved for use in cosmetic lip products, so it is important if you use a foundation containing Ultramarine Blue that you do not get any on your lips.

FERRIC FERROCYANIDE is a pigment also known as Iron Blue or Prussian Blue and is used in some mineral foundations as a cheaper alternative to Ultramarine Blue. Ferric Ferrocyanide is also NOT approved for use in cosmetic lip products, so it is important if you use a foundation containg Ferric Ferrocyanide that you do not get any on your lips.

CARMINE also known as Cochineal is not a mineral and is a natural dye which is made from the dried bodies of the Cochineal insect (Coccus Cacti). Used in some mineral foundations and lipsticks as an alternative to Iron Oxide.

Last but not least...

Ingredients labels provide information about the type of mineral ingredients used but do not provide information about the quality and the purity of the ingredients, which vary from brand to brand. Cheap minerals are like cheap wine, they may look the same from the outside but the quality is very different.

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