Silica Microspheres
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Silica is a mineral found all over the planet -- in sandstone, clay, granite, even in plants and animals! It is the main ingredient in glass.
  • In cosmetics, it has many uses:

    It is an oil absorbent It improves "slip" (how the product feels going on) Because of their spherical shape our silica also scatter light and blur the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 
    Median particle size is 5 microns. It is an amorphous hydrated silica.

  • We would suggest experimenting with Silica at 1% - 15% by weight of the formula for a powdered product.

    If you haven't tried working with silica in your formulary yet, we encourage you to sample some. It really improves the performance and feel of the product and it is a very natural addition to the ingredients list.

  • The following reviews are from our old website, and predate 2015. Items were ranked from 1 - 5.

    I am in LOVE with this product! I used it to create my Flawless Mineral Veil, and people love it! I love it, because it is so silky soft, and it does exactly what it says! IT blurs fine lines and wrinkles, improves the slip, is oil absorbent, and hides imperfections.  Just using this alone is amazing!  I paired this with some rice powder to make a easy mineral veil, or finishing powder for myself, and it is amazing. Use this powder alone as a base before you put on your mineral foundation, and it helps give you a flawless look, and helps the foundation go on smooth and easy!!!! Buy alot of this, because I guarantee you will be amazed! This is one powder you do not want to run out of!

     After I use this (@ 100% concentration) my face has a diffused look to it. Absolutely erases blemishes and lines. I have had no problems with dryness. I did have to add pigment to this for people who had a darker color skin tone. It tended to lighten their face.

      I must say that I cannot formulate without this amazing product. I use it in my oil control veils as well as other products. It is great for oil absorption and it does hide those unwanted wrinkles and acne scars. It is so silky feeling and worth every penny!  

    TKB has one of the best prices on Silica.  It is an amazing eye shadow base and adds unbelievable silk feel to minerals.  I enjoy using a small amount of this in my body powder because it makes the skin soo soft.  Not just for the face.  Would give 7 stars. 

     Silica has greatly improved the feel of my matte eye shadows. The oxides have a lot of drag, and adding the smallest amount of silica greatly improves the feel of the product.

      I use this whenever i can, especially in my eye and foundation primers. It's a must have as far as I am concerned.

    Sephora sells this exact same thing as "HD powder" for $30. It's 10x the mark up. 

     If used as a primer, your mineral foundation will just glide over your face.  If used as a setting powder, it smooths out all the imperfections. This is the perfect powder and the low price is just mind-boggling!

      I love this powder, as a primer, and a finishing powder. It literally erases the fine lines, and pores. But use very little if using it alone (100%) specially on dark skin, because it looks ashy it used too much.  Overall i will give it 10 stars, ( if i can )

      IF you have larger pores or fine lines or anything MORE extreme than that...THIS WILL BE YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT EVER!!!  I'm almost 38 and my mother is a VERY SPRY 70.  We are both IN LOVE with this product.  We both have combination skin (very oily T-Zones), acne issues, large pores and wrinkles...obviously at different degrees due to age difference.  Neither of us can get enough of it! Both of us are obsessed with sunscreen on our faces due to sun-damage from earlier years. With oily skin this can be sort of annoying.  Let me tell you: this is an AMAZING primer between sunscreen/moisturizer and foundation for oily skin.  I use it daily for this and also as a finishing powder/veil.  After I dust it on I take my fingers and lightly smooth over all my face...this stuff seems to like finger smoothing for the final touch...IMO. My mom uses it in the same way.  We both have just discovered it and have given some to a couple of friend who are also now in love with it!!!  Neither of us have had any reactions to it either which is maybe shocking with all of our skin issues. Now my makeup stays on all day and my shine/oil stays manageable. This is my new #3 face product after mascara and concealer. ENJOY!!

      I use this as a finishing powder and its just, too wonderful for words. so lightweight, gives a flawless look, ive actually had compliments on how great my complexion was while I was wearing this!

      Make Up Forever sells a small size of this for $15 & $30, which is a  complete waste of money because this is the same thing. I’m glad I purchased this and I will be buying more in the future.

      This stuff is on a whole other level. I use it in my formulations and I get so many compliments and have been asked if I get airbrushed LOL! I added some in a foundation I made for my mother who is in her 50's and it seems to blur out or smooth her wrinkles poors etc...and shes gotten so many compliments ( she calls me to tell me ) This is also great to use in your body powders. I would go on and on about this product. AWESOME!!!!!

      I use it at 1% formula for my airbrush cosmetics and straight as a finishing powder for the flawless HD finish too! I love this and it is the very same stuff as Sephora's, but, far cheaper!

     I bought these like many others because of the comparison to a very high end finishing powder  on the market and I heard glowing reviews!  I think just because of the hype I was a teensy let down but it does give a very nice finish when used alone .   I intend on making it into a finishing "glow" tinted veil and have high hopes for it!  *one thing I really did like about it is that I added to a very heavy mineral foundation and it gave a better finish and slip*

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Silica Microspheres has a rating of 5.0 stars based on 20 reviews.

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