Ingredients It would be helpful to have the exact ingredients listed. Some of us are allergic to bismuth oxychloride. Is any of that present? What about the size of the minerals? I've been reading that nano-sized (less than 100nm) mineral particles may be harmful to the skin. Do any of the Bare Escentual products contain nano-sized particles?
I too am concerned about ingredients, particularly the use of paraben preservatives after the '04 Japanese study showing increased aging of the skin when exposed to sunlight after a tiny amount of paraben (a preservative in most cosmetics) was included. Bare Escentuals says they are preservative free, but a list of the ingredients in Mineral Veil says that they use both Methylparaben and Propylparaben in that. Any insights?
"Nano damage" is very real. Particulate size is very important in measuring air quality. Particles 2.5 microns and smaller are considered fine particles. Nanoparticles are smaller than this and can enter the lungs. It's not "pseudo" at all and more important than complex interactions with traces of other things.
About a year ago when I started using mineral makeup, I did not buy Bare Minerals because of the bismuth oxychloride. I had a mild reaction to it, and I did not like the shiny, unnatural glow it gave my face. Now I use Afterglow Cosmetics (www.afterglowcosmetics.com) and silk powder makeup from Aubrey Organics (www.aubrey-organics.com, search: silk powder). They are amazing. Try them for yourself, and I think you'll feel better about what you are putting on your skin.
Nano particles are a real concern. I attended a nanotechnology symposium a few years back, and the researchers there said the shape of the particles allowed them to enter the body by creating extremely tiny incisions. They were working on identifying how to control absorption so that non-desirable particles could not enter the body through the openings nano particles made. The plus of using nanoparticles in medicine was that you don't have to use as much to treat a person, and it can be more targeted. The concerns they voiced (some admitted this to be a problem grudgingly), was enough for me to choose not to buy any make-up that uses them. I have enough to worry about. I don't need to worry about nano particles, too.
The Bare Minerals broke my face out so I had to return it. I've used Everyday Minerals (everydayminerals.com) for a month, and just love it! It's also about half the cost of the BE. The Everyday does NOT have the bismuth chloride in it. They have a free sample kit ($3.97 postage) that's fantastic. Do try the Everyday. The lighter shades run really light, BTW.
Bare Escentuals foundation does contain Bismuth- it's listed in the BE website under the product.
The mineral veil does not contain parabens- not sure where Heather found her ingredient list but this is copied from the BE site under mineral Veil spf 25: Titanium Dixoide, Zea Mays (Corn Starch), Corn Starch Modified, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Magnesium Stearate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides