Hey all! I’ve been eyeing MAC’s Fix+ for a while now and have started to wonder if this is something I need, as a Mineral Makeup Addict? You Tubers Have been using Fix+ to meld powdered foundation into their skin and provide a more natural “glowy” look. Opinions are varied on whether this product works any better than plain old water, but with it’s huge cult following I thought that it would be worth a closer look.
In Canada Fix+ is about $20. Ok, so it’s not a huge amount of money. But I’m a cheapo and am not willing to shell-out that amount of dough without some serious thought. I decided to look at the ingredients. Here they are:
Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, cucumber fruit extract, chamomilla, camellia leaf extract, tocophryl acetate, caffeine, panthenol, hydrogenated castor oil, fragrance.
Ok so lets break this down (please keep in mind that I am not a chemist, I’m simply a hobbiest. Most of my research on ingredients were done with simple searches online, they may not be completely accurate). The first 2 ingredients are:
- Water– well it’s water
- glycerin– a humactant that hold moisture to the skin.
Since butylene glycol is traditionally used in a very small percentage (although I’m not sure how much Fix+ uses) and falls third on the list I might assume the the following ingredients make up a very small percentage of the product. So, If I were to try and “dupe” FIX+ it seems that I may be able to mimic it by using water and glycerin.
Glycerin should be used at no more than 1 part glygerin to 3 parts water (glycerin absorbs moisture so if used 100% it can be harmful, and had been know to cause blisters on the tongue, so I would never put 100% glycerin anywhere near my face especially my eyes and mouth.) Usually this recipe (1 part glycerin to 3 parts water) is used for mixing medium, and the higher percentage of glycerin may make your skin look greasy.
So to mimic Fix+ I started with a full bottle of water and added a little glycerin until I found the perfect ratio (no more than 20% glycerin).
You can try this method too.
Some of you might not know that I Make my own mineral cosmetics, I’ve been on a bit of a buying spree and have been neglecting my creative mixing.
I recently stumbled on a store in my area that sold tobacco grinders (like this one) for in “herbal” smoking, if only they knew what I was going to use it for <LOL>. I immediately started to tweak a few foundations that were too light and add a few ingredients to salvage a few finishing powders that just weren’t doing it for me. A few “tweaks” included, darkening my little jar of Lumiere’s Flawless face foundation with a few samples of too dark samples to better suit my skin tone. I “fixed” my EDM silk powder by tinting it with a few unused samples, adding some silica and bit of mica for some glow and I randomly threw a bunch of samples together and added some red oxides to make a pretty blush.
Here is a quick little review of my experiences with the tobacco grinder:
First Impressions: The packaging looked kinda cheap, but on opening the box the grinder itself was solid-feeling. The little “jar” at the top didn’t really look like the pictures, it was 2 pieces that fit together with a screen in between, once they fit together you screwed it onto the base. The top pieces did not feel as if they fit together very snug, so I held them together while using. I wasn’t sure what the screen was for so I just popped it out.
Using it: It worked OK, I wasn’t too impressed, when you held the grinder upright with the minerals inside the blades would slow down considerably, it seemed to work ok when you held it on an angle.
Clean up: This is where the little mixer failed, it was terrible to clean, you could remove the little cup and wash it, but the blade and the plastic area that holds the blade is permanently attached to the base so you could not submerge it in water. I tried to brush the minerals off with a brush, but it was pretty much a useless task I used a damp cloth, but it just moved the powder around, the little blades are sharp and it was difficult to get underneath them. While cleaning I noticed that where the blades entered the base it was not sealed so the minerals could get into the base where the motor is. I actually took the grinder apart to see it any minerals got into the motor area and there was a bunch around the little opening. I could see no way of fixing this without impeding the turning of the blade. I found this to be a bad design.
I really like the idea of having a little grinder, it seemed ideal for making small batches of MMU. But I’m super disappointed that the design just isn’t practical for cleaning.
Undeterred from my Matte Eyeshadow endeavor I tried out my Magic Bullet using the flat blade and the a “party mug”. I decided on the flat blade because the instruction stated that it was for grinding coffee beans and herbs, so I figured that was closer to my intentions.
First Impressions: I already owned it and like it for making smoothies. I thought that the mug was too big for small batches.
Using it: It worked well, I didn’t have any iron oxides, just Soft colours from TKB so I can’t really comment on it grinding ability. It seems to “fling” the minerals around a lot but whether it was truly grinding it was hard to tell. It was pretty comparable to the mini grinder. One thing I found was that since the cup was larger, a lot of the minerals would stick to the sides and it was a bit of a pain to brush them out, and there was some wasted minerals. With the smaller grinder it wasn’t a problem at all since the cup was so little.
Cleaning: This was a dream, all of the parts that came in contact with the minerals were fully submersible and easily cleaned. The base could’t get wet, but it never came into contact with the minerals (except for maybe some dust) and it was easily wiped down.
I really liked the Magic Bullet for it’s ease in cleaning, but found it a bit big for my small batches (although it seemed to work well enough) I like that I already owned it and was a bit disappointed that I didn’t think to try it until I wasted my money on the mini tobacco grinder 🙁 I will definitely continue to use my Magic bullet in the future for my matte products, and only pull out the mini-grinder in a MMU emergency <LOL>
Just a little note: I’m not sure that eating minerals, and putting bacteria infested food particles on your face is a good thing, so if your going to experiment with using a blender, or Magic Bullet please make sure you use a blade and a container that you have no intention of using for food. I don’t grind my own beans so i had no use for the flat blade, and the cup was damaged, so they have been relegated to MMU duty, if you use your blender, get a different blade for your MMU, and you can use a wide mouth mason jar for small batches.
So all in all my ideal mixer would be like the mini tobacco grinder but have a submersible blade attachment, like the magic bullet instead of the blade being attached directly to the base.
I have had some requests to post recipes that I use to make my mineral makeup. I don’t actually use any recipes. As a general rule I use 3 parts mica to one part TKB matte texture base. I just put 1/4 tsp of matte texture base in a little ziplock baggie, and add in 3/4 tsp of various colored micas and smoosh it all together until well blended.
In learning how to make mineral makeup I’ve collected some links that may help you in creating your own formulas:
- How to use TKB matte texture base – This link is very informative, it doesn’t just cover how to use their base, but also the qualities of other fillers. If you would like an idea of how much to use, look at the page about the products, there is usually a percentage indicated for concentration.
- The official mmu thread @ makeup talk – This thread contains all sorts of valuable information. And if you have any questions, you can ask away.
- Mix up your makeup eyeshadow kit from TKB trading– Information (with videos) on how to mix micas to get the colors you want
Recipes & Information
- What’s new in the industry – how to make eyeshadow
- Making your own cosmetics @ sweetscents.com
- Lip Balm Recipes @ fromnaturewithlove.com
- The Ponte Vedra Soap Shoppe – recipes and instructions (scroll down to the bottom for mineral makeup.
- Eyeshadow recipes from TKB Trading – Recipes using their matte texture base.
- Coastal Scents – All sorts of ingredient, mica, oxides, fillers, jars.
- Garden of Wisdom – Mostly ingredients for lotions and soaps.
- TKB trading – Almost everything you would ever need to make your own makeup, great resource for information (don’t forget to check out Kaila’s blog). Micas, Fillers, Oxides, additives, jars, etc…. Be sure to look at the pop micas, these are about as close to primaries as you will get with micas, great for mixing custom colours.
You might have difficulty finding actual recipes for mineral makeup.
There are a few reasons for this. Many people who go through the trouble, and time of creating the perfect formulation and colours, are doing so because one day, they would like to sell their mineral makeup and are hesitant to share their “secret” recipe.
Another reason is because creating mineral makeup has a lot to do with personal preference, do you prefer a makeup with lots of colour pay-off, or a more natural look? Are you sensitive to bismuth? Do you have the equipment for matte, or do you want something simple? Most of the fun in making mineral makeup is customising the perfect makeup for you.
You just might have to invent your own recipes (but isn’t that part of the fun? 🙂 ). I would suggest looking through all of the links that I’ve posted, doing a “Google” search for “Mineral Makeup Recipes” and taking a peek at the ingredients in your favourite brands. Try your hand at inventing your own recipes. 🙂