RAW Minerals: Mineral Foundation

RAW Minerals Mineral Foundation

While in Los Angeles for the Total Beauty Blog Summit in May, we received a sample of RAW Minerals Mineral Foundation in Light 3.

The shade seemed a little dark for our skin at first, but now that summer is in full swing and our freckles are coming out to play, it’s nearly a perfect match.

We love how simple and easy this foundation is. We can achieve a full-coverage look in less than 10 seconds—and it lasts all day.

RAW Minerals contains no talc or alcohol and won’t clog pores. It has skin-enhancing active botanicals to smooth and firm skin and reduce the appearance of redness. The lighweight, hydrating formula leaves our skin feeling natural and clean.

If you go to their website now, you can try a sample of RAW Minerals for FREE!

***UPDATE: THANKS TO READER THAIS, WE FOUND OUT THERE ARE STRINGS ATTACHED TO THIS FREE SAMPLE. PLEASE READ THE SMALL PRINT IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN SAMPLING THIS–WE DON’T WANT ANYONE TO BE MISINFORMED. THANK YOU THAIS!

*As with all mineral foundation, please do a patch test first to see if your skin is sensitive to this.

Comments

  • Hi Erika,

    Is the sample really free? Or do you have to pay when 30 days are up? I find the “free 30-day trial” a little confusing.

    7.10.08
  • I went to the website and ordered a free trial yesterday after reading about it in your blog. But I was just reading some things about the company on the BBB (better business bureau) and other website and I thought you should know about it.
    The company offers you the “free kit”, and apparently once you receive it, it comes with a letter saying that if you don’t return your “free” product” within 30 days, they automatically charge your credit card US$96 every month or something like that. And I also read that, by the time the product gets to your house, you only have a couple of weeks to send it back. So it is a big SCAM. I think it would be helpful if you mentioned this detail on your blog post, so people don’t fall in the trap. I am going to call them now and see if I can cancel my “free trial” order.

    Thais (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Wow, thank you for letting us know, Thais!! I’ll update the post now… All the best, Erika

  • No problem! :) Hope this helped.

    Thais (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • I looked again and they do not mention this on their website. Once you order the samples, you get a confirmation email, and in the bottom of the email it says:
    “ou have a full 30 days to try your RAWMinerals Discovery Kit. If you enjoy RAWMinerals, do nothing. You’ll be billed one low payment of $90.00 on 8/11/2008. That’s a 50% SAVINGS off the retail price.

    Plus, you’ll enjoy free enrollment in our SmartShip service. You’ll get a 2-month supply of RAWMinerals Foundations and Active Veil every 60 days and lock in the members-only price of just $59.50 per shipment billed to your credit card. You SAVE 30% on every shipment! No risk. No obligation. Cancel anytime!

    If for any reason during the 30-day trial period you are dissatisfied with your Discovery Kit, simply return the products (even if the jars are empty). You will NEVER be billed and you will receive NO future shipments. Your free brushes — a $70.00 value — are yours to keep even if you cancel.”

    Thais (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • This is bad as we need to pay even though they say it is for free. Well people who like it has a good advantage on the shipping, well thats all that the company offers.

    7.10.08
  • Purchase BareMinerals instead of a copycat product. You can now pick it up at Target and it is a superior product. A starter kit with all the brushes and DVD on how to use is about $50. I use mine everyday and it lasts for 6-8 months.

    I received my “Free” sample Saturday and after reading the letter it is going back today. I don’t even want the cheap brushes they sent as a gift.

    Thanks for hearing me out, Gloria

    Gloria Tayman (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • have you been really busy lately? i know you have a life outside of blogging but i’m disappointed in how often you put up new posts….just fill us in if youre really busy

    Cinthia (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Thanks Thais for clearing it up! It was this dodgy “free trial” offer that stopped me from blogging about Raw Minerals at all on my blog. I was rounding up free samples in a post, and thought theirs was fishy.

    Did you manage to cancel your order? Do keep us updated!

    7.10.08
  • Kahani, I couldnt cancel the order. I ordered it on a saturday, called them on sunday and got an automated message. Then, on monday morning, I got to work and there was already an email in my mailbox telling me the order had been shipped!
    They were pretty quick at shipping it so I couldnt cancel it. Once it gets here, I will try it once then send everything back.

    Thais (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • I read your post on this a few days ago, I was intrigued. Never heard of them before so I did some online research on this company and was really shocked at how A LOT of people hate them. Go on MakeupAlley or just google “Raw Minerals” and you’ll see how much of a scam they really are. Just warning you guys.

    Hannie (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Wow, I’m glad I checked back into this, too. I couldn’t believe they’ve charged my card for this stuff and then when you wind your way through their confusing website you find out they’re going to charge a lot of money for this “free trial.” What a crock & it should be reported somehow, somewhere. What a dishonest company.

    Jackie (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • me again… there’s a lot of entries on ripoffreport.com about this company, so everyone needs to make sure we’re only out the $4.95 on this “free sample.” I’ve contacted Citibank to prevent their attempts to charge anything else, but other people haven’t been so lucky & haven’t been able to cancel what they signed up for by mistake. Had this been presented as a “$90 if you like it” type thing, which it is, I NEVER would have wanted to be involved.” Erika, I’m sure yours was free…but it needs to be posted with your picture of the offer and link to the website that it’s a potential $90 commitment. That or remove it from your front page of this website. I’m furious when a business does something like this, and I’m furious it’s going to cost me even the $4.95. I’m just glad I checked to see where the heck it is, because the 30 days is being eaten up by their lag in shipping that stupid stuff to me, which I plan to refuse the package when it arrives.

    Jackie (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Ouch. I got stunk by this one too. I tried to cancel it within 5 minutes of hitting the submit button. Couldn’t do it because they use some sort of shipping operation and between the two different companies they claim that they can’t cancel the order. Yeah, right.

    Who cares what the product is like? It’s going back today for the smallest shipping charge I can find that lets me prove I sent it back. Good idea about trying to prevent future charges on the charge card.

    That “free” offer is doubly offensive when you get the box and it’s filled with literature about what a great organic, tree hugging company they are.

    olfnut (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • well, i am going to order the free kit but you can mail it back and keep the $70 brushes. shipping is only 4.95 so why not keep the brushes? that’s what i am wondering.

    Reina (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • I can’t believe I fell for this scam. Something should be done.. isn’t this illegal? They say free, then charge you $97.00. I’m also asking my credit card company to not pay them one red cent. Thanks for the info everyone

    savanna (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Well, I am yet another person scammed.
    Not much else to say that the rest of everyone didn’t – but I called after 20 days and they didn’t answer. I called on the 21st day – same deal. I called on the 22nd say – and it told me that the number has been disconnected. And now it is the 31st day, and I was charged the $98. There seems to be no way to get in contact with the company.
    I am not sure where to go; I guess I will dispute it with my bank and try to get a refund.
    I am extremely upset; something needs to be done about this site.

    Miranda Burnett (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Add me to the list of “suckers”. The make up is not very good, the company is impossible to get a hold of and the brushes aren’t worth $.50! The bristles are synthetic and started falling out on the first use. There is also very little make up in the “free” ($90) sample and it doesn’t cover very well. Stick with Bare Minerals and stay away from RAW! I am contacting my bank today and the BBB right after…

    Stella (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Better still, if you want a mineral makeup without parabens or bismuth oxychloride (found in Bare Essentuals, but makes me itch and burn), try Lauress or Everyday Minerals. They both have websites and reasonable prices.

    Pat Johnson (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • I too fell for this scam–but there is nothing when you order about it not really being a free trial.
    In one place it tells you that you can keep the brushes as a free gift, but on the returns, it says you must return the full 7 piece set. 4 makeups plus 3 brushes = 7 pieces. The makeup is also terrible. Less than an hour after putting it on, it had all worn off.

    Claudia (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • I too fell for this scam. I intend to file a complaint with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office for consumer protection division, and the Better Business Bureau.

    Anita (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • I had seen the many advertisements on the internet for Raw Minerals and decided to check it out. I am usually skeptical when something is offered “free” so I decided to research on the internet for the real cost of the Raw Minerals product and found this site. Thanks to all for the info. In the past I used Bare Minerals with the commitment to receive product every 8 weeks or so through their “monthly club”. I found the portions to be smaller through the club than in retail stores. My biggest concern with the product was the setting powder which has talc, and the bismuth oxychloride (not so natural), I have read the bismuth can cause irritation and break outs in some people. Earlier this year found Signature Minerals online. It appears to be all natural and of a larger quanity for a cheaper price (10G of product for $14.99). I believe I was only getting 6 grams of product from Bare Minerals and of course it was more expensive. I like Signature Minerals free sample products, all you have to pay is the ship (5.95). It is REALLY free, you can get up tp 6 samples at a time of their foundations, blush, eye color, etc. any combination. No commitments, order what you want when you want. Hope this helps someone.

    Lynn (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Wow-thanks a lot for everyone’s info on this RAW bs scam. I almost fell for it until I started reading the fine lines on their bogus site. I use Bare Minerals and am pretty happy, but I’m always looking for something better! Anyway, thanks again…

    Lara (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Scam plus — not free – now I’ve paid for shipping 2x in hopes that I won’t be billed $90 for a “Free” 30-day trial.

    7.10.08
  • They billed me two months as well before I could get it back to them. All I had to do was mention Better Business Bureau and I got my credit. Best way to get around this if you like the product is empty the jars into something else and send the empties back right away.

    Elaine (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • i did the free trial about 6 months ago and i’m really glad i did. i was able to try em out and if i didn’t like it i could return it. i kept all my paperwork just in case because i was a little skeptical but i didn’t need it. the product it great and makes my skin looks so smooth and even and it feels so light. i’m so sorry some people have been scammed but if you are careful i think it’s a great way to try out a product and see if it’s right for you.

    7.10.08
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    We are looking for partipants to submit UNIQUE mineral makeup essays about the benefits of using mineral makeup in general. We also require a backlink to our homepage: http://www.lushbrush.com in order that others can view our site & the essay results.

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    3rd prize: $100 in Erth Minerals merchandise.

    Good luck & happy writing!!

    7.10.08
  • In defense of RAW MINERALS> If you look under terms at the bottom of the ad, it tells you that you will be charged after the 30 days, but not how much. This company is not being dishonest, just sneeky. You just have to look. The info is there. Don’t ever sign your credit card over to someone without doing your homework!! I use a prepaid visa card for any and all internet work. When the money is gone, all charges are declined! Nothing they can do about it. If I need to, I can always close that one get another card and send the new number to the places that I want to keep paying on a monthly basis. A lot if work, but better than getting caught with your credit card down. I use a card by a local grocery chain. (netspend)I pay by use and can put $3000 on it. I use it anywhere a credit card can be used. Those I don’t believe in. Like I said use your brain and investigate. That is how I found this web site. I have deceided not to take advantage of their “FREE’ product. It might be good but I’ll wait until it gets to a local store to find out.

    susie (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • I am still confused, do I keep the brushes or send them back? the paperwork says free but the return info says return 7 items

    7.10.08
  • anyone tried to emptied it and kept the brushes then sent back the empty containers? omg! this is seriously irritating me. i thought it was free! annoying

    ruthie (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • So sad I already fell for this scam. I starting searching online for commenting on raw mineral until I see theses comments but it’s a friday night, their office is close, so I will have to call them back on monday to cancel it.

    Adele (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • thanks everyone for the advise, i just called to my bank to cancel my credit card. that marketing strategies sucks, that i am reading my email now, no where in my email saids that i only got 30 days to try it or they will charge me $90 at the end of the month. i think this is illegal. I am so glad I see your comments, otherwise, i would have thought this is free and kept the products until I receive the bill at the end of the month.

    Adele (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • does anyone cancel the order successfully before they shipout? I made the mistake too…. I ordered it today (Sunday) before I found this website. If they’re not letting me to cancel the order, should I get the refund if I refuse the package when I receive? thanks guys!! you comments help a lot. I will never stuck into this “FREE trial” thing anymore………….

    sophie (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • I saw their ad and I’m tempted to order the free trial and just cancel the order when I get it. Every website I’ve gone to says
    “Start your free 30 day trial of the RAWMinerals Discovery Kit. If you enjoy RAWMinerals, do nothing. You will be billed one low payment of $90.00, a 50% SAVINGS off the retail price, on 6/19/2009 and enrolled in the glow Beauty Lounge. If you are not completely satisfied, simply send the product back within 30 days, even if they are empty, and you will NEVER be billed and you will receive NO future shipments. The FREE BONUS GIFT is yours to keep. ”

    I called the company 866-603-9151 and spoke to a representative. On the main menu they give you the option to cancel your trial subscription by pressing 2 on your phone and that will transfer you to a representative.
    I’ve seen so many mixed reviews that I think I’ll just stay away from this. But just as an FYI I WAS able to reach them (the number isn’t disconnected) by phone so I haven’t been burned by the company. I don’t know for sure if it’s valid or not. I hope everyone is able to get their money back.

    Meghan (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • I found Raw Minerals at the fashion show in Las Vegas and bought their foundation and brushes, what sold me on the products is the fact that it’s a great fit for prone acne skin which I’m suffering from and the lady told me it is going to cause my skin to repair and look and feel healthier.
    I spent over $100 on this makeup and was really excited to use when I get home.
    After using it for over two weeks I was breaking out badly and decided to stop using it and continue using micabella cosmetics, their products never caused any breakout before and I was overall happy with their line, another thins is they have mineral eye shadows which I could mix with other ingredients and could create matching lip gloss, nail polish or hair highlights.

    They also have a new skin care line http://www.micabella.com that I’m thinking of trying soon.
    As far as the price I guess you get what you pay for but I got my foundations and additional eye shadows on
    http://www.neobuys.com which offers the products at a more affordable price. I also found http://www.cartnkiosk.com that offers their products but they don’t have all the micabella line available.

    I’m going to try to post more about their skin care as soon as I get my hands on it.

    Jessie W.

    JessieW (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • IT IS A SCAM! It says free trial but in reality, they charge you almost $100 if you don’t send it back in 30 days even if you haven’t open the product. Don’t fall for it like I did. I will never trust it again or buy any product from them ever. Plus, to charge $100 for the freaking kit is super expensive.

    Frances Lee (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Thank you all for your comments. I have decided not to try their 30 day money back guarantee. If I descide to try it I will go to Target and buy it. I really need to find some foundation that will not make my face break out. I am 50 and have not been able to it for many years. I work in EMS and frankly some times I fall asleep or am up all night and do not have time or desire to remove that day’s makeup. If anyone has any suggestions please blog back.

  • there are 2 different companies using the raw minerals name. one is the original raw minerals they are at rawmineralscosmetics.com and then there is the company above which is rawnaturalbeauty.com. the 2nd company is the one getting all the bad reviews about the “free” trial and the fact that the products DO contain some non-natural ingredients. in their ads they are calling themselves raw minerals and playing of the success of another company of that name. i don’t use raw minerals, but have read a bunch of reviews on mineral make up including a couple that noticed that the scam company isn’t the original raw minerals co. just fyi

    sue g (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • add me to the list of suckers. Just saw a charge for $90 to my checking account and freaked. No one to blame but myself for not doing more research, but I will agree that the $90 “free trial completion” charge was not well advertised. And no, the makeup is not worth $90 at all…will stick to Bare Minerals from now on. Lesson learned.

    Sarah (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • MY Order number or subscription# 8196209. This was for my daughter and she had a real bad reaction to the makeup and i tried getting my money back and they told me no I spoke to one of their reps “VANESSA” oct 1,2009 and she said they had charged me the 90.00 dollars and could only get a store credit. I would not recommend if they can just cancel…I was not able to return because they won’t give your money back. MY daughter broke out so bad I had to take her to the dermatologist.

    7.10.08
  • YES,… IT IS A SCAM…..I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT THEY TOOK MY 90.00 QUICKLY AND THEY SAID JUST TO PAY FOR THE FREE TRIAL….POSTAGE THAT IS…. THE GIRL VANESSA TOLD ME THAT IT WAS A FREE TRIAL AND THEN AFTER 30 DAYS THEY WOULD CHARGE YOU FOR THE WHOLE FREE TRIAL…NOW DOES IT MAKE ANY SENSE????
    POINT IS THEY WON’T GIVE YOU YOUR MONEY BACK AND THEY CHARGE YOU FOR THOSE TEENIE TINY TRIAL SIZE BEAUTY PRODUCTS.

    90.00
    DON’T DO IT!!!! IT’S A SCAM.

    7.10.08
  • I am really surprised that so many people fall for this scammers, all they want to do is get a hold of you credit card number and start charging on it, after that, try and call them to cancel, you won’t be able to get them on the phone, there should be a law with stiff penalties against this gangsters but, of course, i’ll bet you that they are all church going christians, what a bunch of hipocrites

    flavio (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Boy, do I feel like an idiot! I got it confused with BAREminerals. I went right along with their B*S*, but wasn’t real happy about the product, I seemed to break out…alot, it did not cover well, and just did not work for me in general. So I tried to cancel. First they said that I had to have THEIR shipping label. But, Instead of cancelling they gave me 2 more weeks. I tried to log in and cancel and I kept coming up with an error. They even sent me my password again…..still can’t log in. I never suspected that it was intentional! It is now Saturday, my trial is up monday. NO logging into my account, No one to answer their phone (ALL WEEK) No responce. No banks open. No money. No, No, No, No,No!!!!!
    Never Again! I am such a sucker. I just don’t understand how people like this can be so evil, and uncaring…let alone that they can get away with this CRAP in America in 2009!

    Donna (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Geez. Lots of problems out there. I did order, received shipment, got charged $90 and then charged another $60 for refills a month a half later. Hadn’t even used a quarter of the foundation, blush or (sun protection) veil. I called 866-603-9151 as Meghan (#34 on the comments list) suggested and I had no problem canceling the renewal $60 refill which hadn’t arrived in the mail yet. “Patty” gave me a REFUSAL number to write on the package and mail back to them and cancel my membership. I’ll let you know if it turns out that easy. And in case you want to know about the product itself, for me, it works. For the first time my make up looks natural. I’m 54 w/pigmented, tight and slightly wrinkled skin and even in natural light, the powder is not obvious, covers those sun spots if you use the small brush. Someone says the brushes are cheap? I wouldn’t know, never used them except w/blush compacts. Works for me. Did I get “scammed”? No. I read the letter explaining the process once the package arrived but was pleased with results so I didn’t cancel. Thanks to all of you who complained, perhaps they are now behaving responsibly?

    Merelyme (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • If I paid with a Mastercard GIFT CARD and there was nothing else on it, can these people still bill me for the $90?

    Cassie (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • I fell for it too and found that in order to send them back you have to have the RMA number from them. They will only give it to you if you call them. They had incredibly long wait times when I called and they have limited call times. My 30 days expired while I was still trying to reach them. They charged my account the $90, but when I called and complained they agreed to remove half of it. For calling in they wanted to connect me to someone woman who wanted all my details so that they could send me on an all-expense paid cruise for two in the Bahamas. I told the woman they connected me to that I found that highly suspicious behavior and she claimed they were just trying to fill up the cruise ships and would only ask that you tell all your friends and family. I told her I wasn’t interested and hung up on her. I should have never ordered this “free” stuff. One of my brushes was even broken when I got it. Of course, now that I’ve been billed $45 I’m keeping all of it.

    Me Too (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Guess I should add…..I did finally reach them today. But yesterday I was told I was number 21 in line and there was an estimated 17 minutes to wait. They never answered my email to them….until today….AFTER my phone call when I mentioned that I had already been trying everything to reach them.

    Me Too (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • ordered this yesterday and canceled today, but they said it was already shipped.The operator gave me a refusal number to put as soon as I get them. If i follow this, will they not charge a single penny?? I’m scared because I used my moms credit card.. This is a total scam, I will contact BBB

    7.10.08
  • Glad to have googled this, I use bare minerals and wanted to see if raw was better than bare but after reading all this I opt to change my mind and stick with Bare. Who in their right mind would want a $90 charge and then $60/month following…ugh not meeh!

    Mrs. Mathis (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Thats why when your trying free samples. Put a small amount on a pre-paid card,(the price offered on site) and not your personal debit/credit card. So when they try to charge the card the next time for the outrageous amount it doesnt go through and there’s no connection. fight the scam!

    denise (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Wow!People sure got worked up over this! I thought it was pretty clear that it was a “trial” not a “sample” and that the brushes are the real freebie. Since you really only have to send back the jars just empty them into another container & use the makeup. It looks great – VERY natural, and lasts for ages. READ BEFORE YOU CLICK EVERYONE! It’s not a scam…MANY companies offer similar trials & auto-ship plans.

    Christina (Reply)
    7.10.08
  • Well, somehow I got on this “free trial” but I never agreed to the free trial. I didn’t click through. I closed the window, but apparently, not before they stored my debit card information. It arrived last week, and today I have a charge. Literallay, arrived less than 5 days ago, and they’ve already charged me $90.

    Definately a scam. Will be fighting this, and will contact them. If it requires that I sit on the phone for more than an hour, then they will be paying me my hourly rate….which is more than 90. Not cool. Free trial? 30 days? Seriously????

    Definately disputing this

    Debbie Heinz (Reply)
    7.10.08

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