When I went to visit my facialist a few weeks ago for my routine quarterly appointment, she was extolling the virtues of mineral makeup, praising its natural look and most importantly, the non-clogging effect that they have on their pores. Although I was already a user of Bare Escentuals, she mentioned a few other mineral based makeup brands that I never heard of and recommended that I explore some others, leading to my discovery of DEX New York.
About the Brand: DEX New York was created and founded by Dexter Phillips, a fashion stylist and image consultant, who decided to go for the dream and found a cruelty free, hypoallergenic, ecologically friendly mineral makeup line that can make anyone look “camera-ready.” Celebrities such as Carrie Underwood and Amy Poehler, count themselves fans of this all-natural brand.
Stand Out Products: The key product to any mineral makeup line is a good foundation, and DEX New York delivers with its Mineral Loose Foundation. Infused with anti-aging technology palmitoyl hexapeptide-14, the consistency of their powder foundation, is finer milled than Bare Escentuals, resulting in more delicate coverage that is no less camouflaging. Its foundation is also extremely forgiving, and diminishes the look of any fine lines around my eyes. I love that when I step out in the sun with this foundation on, my skin doesn’t look cakey or mask-like, but instead the foundation naturally complements my natural skin tone and gives it an extra glow. The foundation comes in 10 varieties of colors, so that you can easily find one that perfectly matches your skin.
In addition to the foundation, I also loved the Mineral Glow, which is a delicate, pearly, iridescent liquid formula, designed to perfectly highlight cheekbones, browbones, and your décolleté (very similar to Benefit’s Moon Beam). The Mineral Glow comes in 2 different shades: East Hampton Sand, a light nude pink and South Hampton Oyster, a gleaming white. While the sparkle quotient in the Mineral Veil is too strong to be mixed in with your foundation and applied all over, it is ideal to be placed anyplace you want to reflect light. I like putting the slightest of these above my cheekbones and also at the inner tips of my eyes to make them look bigger.
Other Great Products: Other products worth trying out are the Mineral Illuminator, which is a pigmented thicker formula of the Mineral Glow, which is dispensed via paint pen, and is available in 4 different shades. DEX New York Lip Gloss also is a high shine, moisturizing, and non-sticky that is available in 10 different colors ranging from a carnation pink nude called Franklin Street to a sparkly ruby red named Broadway.
Recommended For: DEX New York is best for those of you looking for a complete, all natural line of makeup that won’t irritate the skin and provides full coverage. The price points of all the products in this brand are very similar to Bare Escentuals, but of higher, more delicate quality, and is definitely a mineral makeup brand worth exploring.