Natural Matte Makeup
What We Leave Out
Sadly, most matte makeup products will use somewhat unsavory ingredients to achieve an opaque, oil-free finish. Talc is used to achieve a powdery matte finish, but has also been linked to potential asbestos contamination and can dry out the skin, robbing it of necessary natural oils. Talc is both an anti-caking and mattifying ingredient, meaning you’ll find it in almost every kind of conventional cosmetic, not just matte makeup products. It’s the prime ingredient in most conventional eye shadows, liquid foundations, foundation powders, and powder blushes.
Also be on the lookout for aluminum starch, which is an anti-caking agent that offers both thickening and mattifying effects for matte foundation formulas, but is unfortunately a synthetic byproduct of aluminum. Speaking of aluminum, the powder byproduct of this metal is quite a popular cosmetic colorant in the majority of foundations available on the market today — it’s especially prevalent in the most recognized cosmetic brands. Ever wonder what aluminum can do after sitting on your skin for hours? Try neurotoxicity, organ system toxicity, and enhanced absorption. Not quite what we were hoping to apply to our delicate dermis for hours on end each day!
What We Use Instead
100% PURE plays it safe by formulating with only natural ingredients, meaning these ingredients only undergo chemical changes from biological processes like fermentation, distillation, and cold processing. Instead of talc, we use finely pressed rice starch. Instead of aluminum starch or other anti-caking, mattifying components, we use bamboo silica: the protective layer in the epidermal cell walls of bamboo. Bamboo silica also provides impressive light-refracting abilities, which we’ll get into later!
Matte Makeup for Dry Skin
While most know to shop matte makeup for oily skin, one of the biggest searches is to find healthy matte makeup for dry skin. It’s no secret that using matte face powder will absorb oil and minimize shine, which is why oily skin types love our Fruit Pigmented® Foundation Powder made with rice starch. Oily skin types also love our Fruit Pigmented® Healthy Foundation, which is made with both rice starch and anti-aging superfruits.
If you’re looking for matte makeup for dry skin, you’ll need to both prime your skin (we’ll give you deets below) and use matte products that are free of skin-stripping alcohols and chemicals. Bamboo Blur Tinted Moisturizer (aka Bamboo Blur Matte Makeup) is the ideal matte makeup for dry skin thanks to its featherweight feel and ultra hydrating base. We use aloe leaf juice, rose hydrosol, and both pomegranate and avocado seed oils to create a skin nourishing foundation base that leaves dry skin totally hydrated and supple (don’t forget to moisturize and prime first, especially if your skin is really dry). To round out its mattifying properties, we added both rice starch and bamboo silica to this matte foundation formula to create a poreless porcelain finish for skin. Bamboo silica has the natural ability to refract light, making Bamboo Blur Matte Makeup your BFF when it comes to both flawless everyday wear and pore-free photo ops. As any light hits the bamboo silica in this matte foundation formula, the microscopic particles will bounce light away from the face, resulting in a red-carpet-worthy filter for skin.