Minerals are huge right now. It's on TV, in the store, ads, everywhere. I do love the fact that it is great for your skin. But honestly I have tried at least 10 kinds of mineral makeup right now and I will share with you my experience with them. Hopefully this will help you to decide which ones to start with. Let me know if you need help deciding.
My Experience: I love the matte yet dewy finish. The coverage is a lot better than just a regular powder. I enjoyed it quite a lot and would purchase it again.
Pro: Great finish, buildable coverage, natural-looking, waterproof, flawless finish
Con: Expensive, cakey if applied too much, slides off on oily skin
Suitable for: those with combination and sensitive skin
Rating: 8 stars
Sheer Cover Minerals
My experience: This to me was similar to Bare minerals. The one thing that was different was that it was a lot lighter than Bare Minerals. The shades also adapted to my skin color easier. The concealing power isn't so great but then they have the best creamy concealer so that makes up for it.
Pro: Light weight, natural, decent coverage, flawless finish
Con: Poor packaging, expensive, messy to use
Suitable for: Those with not much to conceal wanting a light coverage.
Rating: 7 stars
My experience: I personally love this. Some people have a problem with this but I tried it on and it was instant gratification. It was flawless, matte and makes you look like you are about to do a photoshoot.
Pro: flawless, not messy(comes in a pressed powder form), great coverage, natural colors, matte finish, multipurpose (4 in 1)
Con: sometimes drying, not much color selection
Suitable for: Quick, on the go, perfect skin.
Rating: 8.5 stars
My experience: This is my most recent purchase. The first time I put it on, it had a nice texture. Overall, the coverage is good, not great. What I like about it is that there is such a wide selection of shades available, you are bound to get the true shade. Also, it looks oh-so natural on everyone.
Pro: Natural, Affordable, Choose from various finishes (original glow, intensive, matte, semi-matte), long wearing
Con: not flawless coverage, packaging too plastic
Suitable for: everyone depending on which finish you want.
Rating: 8.5-9 stars (not so sure because the coverage is not as great as Pur Minerals)
Physician's Formula Mineral Foundation
My experience: I use them on a regular basis. I only use them on top of liquid foundation as a setting powder. The foundation is rather natural and doesn't cover up but it makes a nice and matte finish.
Pro: cheap, good for sensitive skin, convenient packaging (do not use brush)
Con: comes off easily, doesn't cover much
Suitable for: those with sensitive skin or not much to conceal.
Prestige MultiTasking SkinLoving Minerals
My experience: I bought this on a whim because it was a multitasking powder with concealing properties. This fits my busy lifestyle so I gave it a try. Much to my surprise, it was a lot better than I expected. Cheap and worth your money!
Pros: good coverage, buildable coverage, cheap, easy to use, fast fix
Cons: medium staying powder, little shade selection
Suitable for: those who wants to get out the door in 5 minutes and pay little.
Stars: 8.5 stars
L'oreal Bare Naturalle Mineral Foundation
My experience: I heard some good things about this so I bought it. I was not really impressed. However I do believe that it is because I have much to conceal and it didn't do the job. Overall, it was a decent mineral foundation with normal staying powder.
Pros: cheap, easy to apply applicator, very natural looking, lightweight
Cons: poor brush, not flawless coverage, not super longlasting, powdery looking
Suitable for: oily skin, those wanting natural coverage with not much to conceal
Stars: 6.5 stars