I have several items from the Bella Mari Natural Mineral Makeup line to share with you today. They kindly sent a variety of the facial items they carry. Their motto is Bella Mari All Natural Mineral Cosmetics will Help You Look Beautiful Without Chemicals. There are no synthetic ingredients in the products they have created. They don’t use dyes or preservatives or fillers that are often common in cosmetics that are called Natural.
I tested 3 types of items from them: Moisturizing Foundation, Blemish Concealer and Herbal Choice Mari Tinted Face & Body Lotion.
Moisturizing Foundation (on sale for $24.25) is available in 28 shades. The chart on the Foundation Page is a good indication of the depth and shades available but even then it’s a little hard to choose. I have sample sizes of Light Ivory and Light Honey along with a full size of Light Beige. One thing I really like about Bella Mari is that you can buy sample ($1) or travel sizes ($8.95) which I praise them for. Buying from an online swatch is difficult so this is a major plus for Bella Mari.
Besides being free of everything that you can think of, this is a vegan foundation and it’s gluten free. The foundation is called Moisturizing Foundation and it’s definitely moisturizing. If you have dry skin this is a brand to consider. The foundation is full coverage on me so it’s good to have on those days that my skin just won’t cooperate. I recently purchased Face Atelier’s Ultra Zero Minus ‘foundation’ which is white. This lightens up foundations that are too dark normally so it’s just right for the shades of Bella Mari I received. I apply this using a lightly dampened Beauty Blender sponge and I’ve been careful to use a light layer since I don’t want maximum coverage. I finish with Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish powder to set it perfectly. (Bella Mari has a translucent mineral veil powder in their line.)
For a much lighter finish I’d suggest their sister company, Herbal Choice Mari. They have a Tinted Face & Body Lotion ($17.95) that is lightweight and is SPF-30. It contains 21% zinc oxide which is an excellent sunscreen. This only comes in 3 shades (Light Ivory, Medium Beige and Dark Honey). The packaging is a dark glass container to protect the ingredients. The consistency of Tinted Face & Body Lotion is very thin so it’s easy to spread. Since it’s a tinted moisturizer and a sunscreen it’s one of those items that helps you get out of the house quickly. While Light Ivory is still a little dark for me it does blend easily so I can get it to appear lightly on my face.
The last item I have is their Blemish Concealer ($7.95). This comes in the same 28 shades as the Moisturizing Foundation so you can find a perfect match. Blemish Concealer is a stick concealer so it’s very easy to pop in a makeup bag to take with you. The consistency is firm but it softens up once on skin. I’d recommend this as a spot treatment for pimples, scars, freckles and spots you want to cover up. It’s also SPF-30. It’s not for under eye use (IMO) because of the consistency but it is good for extra coverage. For under eye use they have a cream concealer (Natural Under Eye Makeup Concealer with SPF-30).
Bella Mari and Herbal Choice Mari tick off all the right boxes when it comes to natural makeup. It seems to me that people with a lot of allergies would do well with the brand since they avoid using so many ingredients that you might find elsewhere. With their sample program too it’s easy to take a chance to find what products they carry that would fit your needs.
It’s always great to find a natural makeup company that is willing to share all the necessary information on their website. You’ll easily find everything you want to know about their philosophy and products, making it easier to choose. You’ve got to love a company that is willing to let you test with those $1 sizes too. — Marcia