FYI! New Zealand Organic brand Antipodes Launches A Performance Plus Mineral Foundation

by Paris B on · 12 comments

in Events,Foundation,Lipstick,Loose Powder,Makeup,Mineral makeup,New on shelves

You know, beauty trends have a cyclical nature that you never really notice till you’re “in the scene” as it were. When I started blogging back in 2007 the IT product was mineral makeup. Then over the years, interest waned but it seems like it’s never really gone away. Now, Antipodes hopes to bring it back with their version of mineral makeup foundation and powder.

antipodes mineral foundation FYI! New Zealand Organic brand Antipodes Launches A Performance Plus Mineral Foundation

Antipodes, if you didn’t already realise, has quickly become my favourite organic/natural skincare brand for the simple reason that almost every product I’ve tried from them has worked for me. I have this love-hate relationship with organic/natural skincare because for the most part, my skin rarely takes well to them. Antipodes was different and I was happy to have been introduced to it.

But mineral makeup? I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not the biggest fan of mineral makeup or mineral foundation. I just find them too fiddly, and the colour match for foundation is usually a problem for me. But Antipodes has recently launched their Performance Plus Mineral Foundation and I’ve got a quick overview on what’s new in their makeup line, plus a quick thought on the mineral foundation that I tested a little at the launch.

The Antipodes mineral foundation (RM149), like most mineral makeup, comes in a loose powder form, in a large tub. The big plus point about the packaging came in the very clever and very simple idea of having a resealable sifter top. A genius design that makes all the difference! No more makeup spilling everywhere. Ideally of course.

antipodes mineral foundation dispenser FYI! New Zealand Organic brand Antipodes Launches A Performance Plus Mineral Foundation

When you want to use it, twist the top to open, tap out some of the powder onto the cover, then use a kabuki brush to swirl, tap and buff. Swirl, tap and buff is what every mineral makeup fan knows to be the best way to apply mineral foundation.

You basically swirl your kabuki brush in the powder that’s in your cover, tap off the excess so not too much is left on the brush, then you buff it into your skin. If done properly, I have to say that mineral foundation gives a very natural finish to skin – almost as if you weren’t wearing any makeup at all. It helps cover redness but it never really conceals anything. Just sort of blurs it.

antipodes mineral foundation2 FYI! New Zealand Organic brand Antipodes Launches A Performance Plus Mineral Foundation

We were shown at the launch that the Antipodes Mineral Foundation suits even medium-tan skintones which is a good thing. The texture of the powder is light and fine and feels comfortable on the skin.

The Antipodes Mineral Foundation comes in 4 shades – 01 Pale Pink, 02 Light Yellow, 03 Medium Beige and 04 Tan. I couldn’t find a colour match. Which brings me to my problem when using mineral foundation. I have a fairly neutral skintone that is neither too pink nor too yellow. Yellow based foundations make me look sallow. Pink based ones are better but can look too bright. If Antipodes had a neutral toned foundation, that might work, but as it stands now, I can’t give any of them a go, because I just can’t find a colour to suit me. Pity.

However, there is another product that might work – the Antipodes Translucent Skin Brightening Mineral Finishing Powder (RM149).

antipodes makeup FYI! New Zealand Organic brand Antipodes Launches A Performance Plus Mineral Foundation

What this powder claims to do is to give your skin an even, matte finish, while helping makeup stay on better and brightening your skin. They say it can even hide flaws! It all sounds terribly interesting and promising, because you should never underestimate the powder of a good finishing powder. It makes the difference between good makeup and great makeup and I’ve always been all about the Guerlain Meteorites before this, so I’m curious to see how this one matches up, or if I’m just barking up the wrong tree and comparing apples to oranges.

The lipstick that you see above is one of 3 new Antipodes lipsticks, in April Sun in Cuba. It looks like a bright warm orange-red that isn’t a colour I’d usually pick for myself but hey, never say no to a challenge, my friends. It’s just makeup icon smile FYI! New Zealand Organic brand Antipodes Launches A Performance Plus Mineral Foundation

antipodes mineral lipstick FYI! New Zealand Organic brand Antipodes Launches A Performance Plus Mineral Foundation

The new Antipodes lipstick colours (RM99) are the 3 on the right – Hit Me With Your Best Shot, April Sun in Cuba and Hungry Like The Wolf. Props to you if you identified their 80′s song title references icon biggrin FYI! New Zealand Organic brand Antipodes Launches A Performance Plus Mineral Foundation Of the new lipsticks, Hungry Like The Wolf caught my eye, naturally being the only red in there. I’d shown you Remarkably Red before this but Hungry Like The Wolf is a deeper red.

If mineral makeup or natural makeup is your thing then I do believe this is a range to check out. It’s small but I’m sure will grow in time to come. I like the brand, but if I’m to be honest, mineral makeup just isn’t my thing. I haven’t found much to love because colours are bit too muted and textures too touch-and-go for my liking.

Prices of the Antipodes makeup are also a little high for my liking. Granted, a tub of mineral foundation can last you forever and a day because you only need very little product unlike conventional makeup, but it’s still a big outlay up front that might not sit well with many pockets.

Do you wear mineral foundation? Is mineral makeup or natural makeup something you consciously look out for?

I must admit that I like how mineral foundation looks on me when I get it right. It’s natural and light and behaves well especially in warm humid weather, without melting off or looking cakey. But for me, it’s always been so hard to get right. Would be interested to know what you think!

Paris B

Antipodes Performance Plus Mineral Foundation Price: RM149 and all Antipodes Makeup are available at TNS Skinlabs stores or at their online store.

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LeGeeque December 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

Do you find mineral makeup drying? I do and that’s why I’ve never looked at them much. The few times I’ve dabbled into mineral makeup, it’s broken me out. So, buhbye.

But, I’m keen to try the Grape seed cleanser you and Tine have been raving about. I’m going to steal a tiny pot from her to try before I splurge on the big pot. You know, finicky, temperamental skin and all. :)


Paris B December 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Yup. Mineral makeup is definitely drying, the way a lot of powder foundations are too. I think it works better for oily skinned types vs dry skinned types like us. I never really had a lot of luck with mineral makeup most of the time and yes, what’s with the breakouts huh? It’s meant to be safe for sensitive skin for goodness sake >.< Oh and do pick up some of the cleanser from Tine. That is so good, I tell you! I don’t think it’ll give your skin any trouble at all!


liyeun December 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

That orange red lippie!!! Why no swatches, and it is more pricey than Dior Addict…LOL….
anyway how do you compare this mineral powder with Dior Nude’s loose powder which I think is also a mineral powder? I actually like Dior, but none of the shades work for me. However, I cannot use the Dior’s everyday cos like LeGeeque said, it will dry up my skin after regular use. Sad!


Paris B December 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Haha not yet, Liyeun. I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep it hence not swatching it first but I’m with you on the price. Unless I was really into natural makeup (which I’m not) it’s hard to make me pay that much for a lipstick that doesn’t come with a luxury name behind it. It’s just expected eh? As for the Dior mineral foundation, gosh, I haven’t used that in yonks :P I remember when I used it that it was nice and wasn’t as drying as normal mineral makeup (because it’s not pure mineral makeup) and I also got a colour match, but since it’s not “pure” it’s hard to compare.


Mieza Everdeen December 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Wow, I really love the resealable sifter! I had a few mineral powder foundations and oh my goodness they just love to spill here and there!


Paris B December 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

You said it! The closable sifter idea is genius!


Beauty Box December 13, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I went crazy during the period mineral makeup became popular – bought everything from foundation to concealer to bronzer. It helped my ultra sensitive skin at the time but my skin tone changed and i gradually grew out of the whole mineral powder thing because it was so fiddly. If you just used the foundation, I think it is fine time wise but everything mineral makeup is such a drag in the long term. I switched to liquid foundation n dumped all my mineral makeup after two years of not even using it.


Paris B December 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Haha I think most of us did :D It was “THE THING” wasn’t it? Everyone was going on about how wonderful it was for their skin and how natural it looked and I broke out and dried out and had horrible colour match, the best thing I did for myself was to dump them all out! The best thing to come out of mineral makeup was the synthetic brushes. Those, I appreciate :)


melanie December 17, 2013 at 9:56 am

Mineral makeup doesn’t feel too dry for me since my sunscreen is pretty moisturizing. The main problem I have with it is that it usually has a high zinc content and I’m allergic to zinc. I’ve had to be really careful with all my makeup and skincare since finding out. I used to use Bare Minerals and a Japanese kind called Only Minerals they both offered good coverage and finish and I liked them but they were doing my skin no favors since they were loaded with zinc. Now I’m using MAC mineralize loose powder foundation. It has a much more sheer coverage than the others I’ve tried and is less dry feeling. It has some zinc but it’s at the bottom of the ingredient list and hasn’t bothered me yet. I layer Laura Mercier oil-free primer over my sunscreen as an extra barrier between my skin and the makeup.
One thing I’ve noticed with mineral makeup is the tendency to oxidize especially if your face gets oily. It happened mostly with Bare Minerals. I never noticed it with Only Minerals or MAC.


Paris B December 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

That’s interesting Melanie. I’m allergic to Zinc Oxide too :) Perhaps that’s why I broke out when I was using it eh? Back then I wasn’t too familiar with ingredients but these days I’m a little more wary. I do tend to be a little more careful when I see it in sunscreen but I didn’t think to look for it in mineral makeup.


Yu Ming December 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

I’m still using a lot of mineral foundation and love them. I get a couple of different shades and sometimes mix and match to make it right. I also sometimes use a light BB cream under it for better coverage when needed. It doesn’t break me out and gives a natural finish, which I really like. It’s also easy to blend in and it lasts all day! So I’m gonna stick to mineral makeup until I find something else that wows me :)


Paris B December 17, 2013 at 11:25 am

Hey, it’s great to know mineral foundation/makeup suits you! I have been wondering if there is anyone out there who’s still using it because it was such a hype a while ago! There were so many little indie brands but I think they ultimately spoilt things because not all of it was truly mineral you know.


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