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Reader Q & A- Silicones



So we had another Reader Q & A this time on our post about Silicones. You can read it here.

I gave a small bit of advice on hiding pores, and silica and silicones, (derived from silica) are just one excellent ingredient that can help in this process.

Our Reader asked: “Can you specifically name which silicones are barrier ones and which ones are the absorbing ones.”

The answer to that unfortunately, is no- not really, because each type can be created to different particle sizes and densities etc. based on the manufacturer. Here is my answer to her, with a bit more information. I do offer some advice on how to tell by FEEL, which do what. This is a VERY weighty, and lengthy topic, and a small blog post isn’t going to do this full scientific justice, plus you’d most likely be bored silly, so I will keep it very short and to the point.

I had also edited that post to further clarify, that by absorbing, I do not mean absorbed through pores, but rather as in binding to skin or hair shaft, and barrier means sits over or coats the surface of the skin or hair shaft.

I did provide a link here explaining how silicones kind of work- here’s the pdf.

but here is my reply on that post:

This is a great question! In a nutshell particle size is going to be a contributing factor, as well as it’s density. Here’s a great article on this ( see above link)
But basically they can all be manipulated chemically to be either, and they all start from silica. To a large extent you will see more absorbing in face products ( and I don’t mean absorbed through pores- but rather to bind to skin) and more barrier in hair products but not always. Usually you will FEEL the difference. If it is lightweight, less greasy or slippery feeling- that is more absorbing, and if it feels heavy, greasy, coating, slippery- that is more barrier. I find personally I notice cyclomethicone listed when it is a heavier based product for coating. More often than not, however you’re going to see a blend of silicones so you may be getting both absorbing and barrier. Again, the only true way to tell is by feel, finish, and results.


Face Atelier Ultra Foundation, which contains a lightweight blend of silicones

SO, This is why I love testers and samples. One of my all time favorite, silicone based foundations, that is lightweight, non greasy or heavy, and just, all around does a fabulous job, is Face Atelier. It has been a staple in my pro kit for years. AND can try before you buy! I use the ultra foundation– and you can get a sample for $1.

You can see Face Atelier here on set (small black pump jars) along with Fortunate Face Minerals.

You can see Face Atelier here on set (small black pump jars) along with Fortunate Face Minerals.

I will leave you with this- silicone is a really great product- it’s classified as inert, and it serves so many purposes in everyday life- you’d be surprised. We CHOOSE to use silica at Fortunate Face Minerals, rather than silicone; NOT because we feel silicone is bad or in any way dangerous or unhealthy, but rather we chose to use only natural products, in their most basic state, and silica is just that.

I do encourage to you try before you buy in foundations whenever possible- because in cosmetics skin feel is such a HUGE part of the overall satisfaction with a product, that you can’t ignore. I have avoided hair products that leave a gross feeling residue all over my hands that I can’t seem to wash off.  *shudder. I am also more oily with lots of hair- but it’s thinner, and do not love how heavier silicones act on my skin or my hair. So I absolutely feel it’s worth your time, and money, to do a little sleuthing of your own.

As always leave any questions or comments for us here, at our Facebook page or in our email

The free sample with ever full sized order is: One foundation sample of your choice! Just leave us your color choice in the comments portion of your order form!


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