Clearing clogged pores: Mineral Fusion Makeup Review

Mineral Fusion Pressed Foundation:  0 stars

I used this foundation daily for about a month. It covered well, but looked grayish and dull after a couple of hours. The texture was a bit chalky, too, and I looked like I had makeup on.

After two days, my face began to sprout all those horrible little bumps I worked so hard to get rid of. It got worse and worse until EVERY PORE was clogged after three weeks. For some reason, I didn't connect the breakout to the makeup. When I stopped using it, my face began to clear up immediately.

From the product description:

Silky, triple-milled minerals offer buildable coverage to even skin tone and smooth the appearance of fines lines and pores for a naturally beautiful complexion and shine-free finish.

A powerful blend of Pomegranate, White Tea, Red Tea and Sea Kelp, plus Vitamins C and E defend skin against free radical damage for a healthy radiance.

Formulated with only the safest, most gentle ingredients, the natural UV protection of minerals, plus skin-soothing Licorice Root, Aloe Vera and Cucumber. Great for use on all skin types.

The Ingredients (In order):

Note: In the Comedogenicity column, a number and "?" means I couldn't find an actual rating, but found anecdotal evidence; "?" without a number means I couldn't find anything at all.

Mica a mineral that provides a light-reflecting quality to mineral makeup 0? Collects increases and wrinkles; may irritate skin; may clog pores
Lauroyl Lysine Improves slip and texture; may provide protective barrier ?
Derived from coconut oil, which is highly comedogenic
Zinc Stearate emollient' lubricant; imparts gloss; antiviral; antibacterial 0 mild fatty acid
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Surfectant, moisture barrier 4-5? Noted in some places as highly comedogenic; Fractionated coconut oil, which is highly comedogenic; medium-chain fatty acid, which is good food for bacteria, so bacteria is very happy to stick around and munch on it. Bad!
Titanium dioxide a white pigment that offers a matte finish and UV protection 0 ? may be carcinogenic
Zinc Oxide white powder; sunscreen 1
Boron nitride helps mask the appearance of fine lines; lubricates ? May be irritating
Ascorbyl Palmitate Vitamin C 0-2 Depends on the grade
Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Fruit Extract Antioxidant

Hydrolyzed Mango Juice Extract Antioxidant, skin conditioner, wrinkle care
Can irritate sensitive skin
Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract Antioxidant ?
Alaria Esculenta (Sea Kelp) Extract Humectant 5 (?)
Any marine plant is said to be highly comedogenic
Red Tea (Rooibos) leaf extract Antioxidant

Licorice root extract (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Anti-acne (eats bacteria), skin lightener, anti-inflammatory, moisturizer ? May increase testosterone levels, should be avoided by pregnant ladies!
Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract Antioxidant
1 (?)

Aloe Barbadensis extract
Cucumber extract Humectant, antioxidant, anti-acne 0 (?)

Tocopherol Antioxidant 2 Vitamin E
Retinyl Palmitate fights wrinkles 2 Vitamin A and Palmitic acid; could be irritating; doesn't work
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) extract Antioxidant, astringent, antiseptic, emollient, regenerative
Stimulates circulation, healing
Phenoxyethanol Preservative, antimicrobial ?
Alcohol derived from coconut oil, which is highly comedogenic; may be irritating, some say it’s toxic, but this has not been borne out in studies
Iron oxides metals used to provide varying colors to makeup 0

The Good!

Titanium dioxide: Titanium reacts to light (photocatalytic reaction!). As you walk around your day with this stuff on your face, the light hits the Titanium, which causes it to produce hydroxyl radicals. The hydroxil radicals "kill" micro-organisms that could cause problems on your face.  There are lots of studies that prove this. Amazing stuff!

Boron Nitride (BN) - 0 (anecdotal)

Boron Nitride is the mineral salt of boron. This is used to improve the texture, spreadability,  coverage, and adherance properties of the makeup. It supposedly has anti-bacterial properties and absorbs oil.
With the exception of the Sea Kelp, the botanical ingredients are beneficial and don't clog pores.

The BAD!

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride!  

This is an oily liquid made from coconut oil, which is highly comedogenic. It's a medium-chain fatty acid, which bacteria, including the bacteria that causes acne, LOVE to feed on. It's used as a moisture barrier, to keep the moisture from evaporating off the face, and to change the texture of the formula. This stuff is really to be avoided, I would have to say, and may be the culprit for my immediate break-out. It's near the top of the ingredient list, so there's a relatively large proportion of it in the formula. 

Alaria esculenta!
Alaria Esculenta (Sea Kelp) Extract!

This is a humectant, and is said to have marvelous benefits to the skin. Unfortunately, it's a marine plant, which are very comedogenic. NO!

The vitamins!

Ascorbyl palmitate, Tocepherol, and Retanyl palmitate are Vitamins C, E, and A, respectively. These have comedogenicity ratings of between 0 and 2, depending on the grade used. I would steer clear of these because you really don't know what you're getting

The Conclusions

In conclusion, this foundation is not suitable for people who are prone to clogged pores. It contains several comedogenic ingredients. My experience was negative.