Mineral Fusion Minerals on a Mission Review and Swatches!
I typically visit a nail salon for a manicure and pedicure (or, at minimum, a pedicure) at least once every other week. I started going in my mid-20s with my mom as a mother-daughter bonding activity but kept the habit up after realizing salon personnel are amazingly more skilled than me when it comes to maintaining cuticles and scrubbing unpleasantness from my feet. Concerns with going so often, though, of course are with exposure to chemicals varying salons can employ—so any chance to lessen the chance of that is one I look forward to taking.
Most salons I frequent also tend to favor very popular polish brands (I’m not naming names, but you know who!) that unfortunately do test on animals. Thankfully, however, I was recently introduced to the Mineral Fusion “Minerals on a Mission” Nail Lacquer that checks the boxes of being cruelty-free, 5-free, and rich in color! Mineral Fusion is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free.
Mineral Fusion offers mineral makeup, skin, body, hair, and nail products—including 59 shades of polish, 3 top coats, a base coat, and a cuticle treatment. There also is a remover that I’d really love to try (as most of those in my experience have clearly been full of unpleasantries given the way in which the striking chemical smells assailed my nose and eyes).
I recently tried out the 11 Mineral Fusion polish options from their 2016 collection:
– Golden Sand
– Gel Top Coat (paired with Golden Sand in photo)
– Glitter Top Coat (paired with Cashmere in photo)
– Pink Fire Opal
– Juicy Peach
As a default I most often go for pinks and reds, or sometimes mixed glitter, so I loved the warmth of Cashmere and the shine the Gel and Glitter Top Coats applied. I painted two coats of each color and one coat of each top coat which was sufficient for most—but I would recommend an extra coat for some of the more sheer shades such as Moonstone and Pink Fire Opal (depending on the richness of color you’re going for). Plus, the Glitter Top Coat could also be applied with a few coats just on its own for a slightly tamer but still festive look. With the exception of bolder, party-perfect Confetti, any of the shades I tried are totally conference-room-meeting-with-your-superiors-level workday appropriate as well.
I was also happy with the decent-sized application brush for easy at-home, non-professional application and with the fact that the polish didn’t seem to chip any easier than all the others I try that hold up as best as they can against various challenges including: sandals offering exposure to weather and accidental kicking of car doors when entering and exiting, wearing slip-on Vans without socks, 8-10 hours a day of frequent typing at my desk at work (with occasional text breaks) and/or hand-washing dishes after dinner at home.
Another great aspect of the packaging is the lift-off outer cap and ridged inner cap which make the polish SO easy to open—as too many of mine with the basic smooth caps have teeth marks on the outside from my struggles (apologies to my dentist and orthodontist!).
Mineral Fusion polishes are available at the company’s website and other retailers such as Whole Foods, Target, and Amazon.
Written by Morgan McCann McGuire. Morgan is a lifelong girly-girl who was introduced to beauty products at an early age by her mother. Her hair was always done up right, whether it was crimped all over or just her bangs froofed with a curling iron and gobs of hair spray. Over the years Morgan has grown more concerned with and interested in knowing from where her consumer products come, whether these things are food or beauty-related, and she loves discovering new cruelty-free products (particularly those with fun packaging). She also loves bright colors, music, and dogs, and is employed in post-production.