Mineral makeup isn't as new as you might think. After all, people have been using minerals to paint their faces for hundreds of years. But it wasn't until the 1970s that the concept took off with the granola crowd, and in the past 10 years, Bare Escentuals helped turn this niche segment of the cosmetics industry into a multi-million dollar phenomenon. Now, it seems that almost every beauty brand is in on the trend, from drugstore lines to high-end collections.
Here's the thing, though: mineral makeup seems to be a love-or-hate thing. Personally, I can't get the foundations to look right on me; my complexion seems a little too perfect to look believably skin-like. But other friends, like Jolie Nadine, swear by it. (Nadine, who appears in commercials for Bare Minerals, does look about 10 times better in mineral makeup than I do.) Clearly, mineral makeup has moved beyond being a trend to being a healthy category on its own. Are you a fan, or not so much?