The New York Times published an excellent article about mineral powders this week, that somewhat related to my earlier post. I am primarily a cosmetics cheapskate, and I try to abstain from Sephora, simply because I always blow at least $100 when I go there. But Southpaw’s glowing reviews of Bare Escentuals (left in the comments page) combined with the opinions expressed on Makeup Alley, led me to ask for a sample of their stuff when I attended the Carol’s Daughter event on Thursday. In fact, even Lisa Price (the creator of the ethnic beauty product line) told me that she used their Mineral Veil to prevent shine. That could have made all the difference in MJB’s pics, and mine which I will post later. The sample I got was small, but the effects were noticeable. I wore it out last night, and sat outside drinking mojitos in a still Miami summer night. I definitely perspired a fair amount, but my makeup lasted till morning. Also, I want to note that I have enlarged pores and I think the powder minimizes their appearance. Careful application and a good moisturizer base is key. I will eventually have to make a decision. Should I buy Bare Essentials Mineral Veil ($19, not bad) or Philosophy’s The Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas for $35? I absolutely adore Philosophy, so I’m actually leaning towards spending more. I’m looking for a mineral powder with a sunscreen that will let my skin breathe while making it look matte and blemish free. Any reader feedback would be much appreciated!