This is the very first time in my life that I have repurchased a foundation. I have tried just about every foundation out there, but will search no longer. The key to this foundation is buffing. You absolutely have to buff and buff just a little more once you think you've buffed enough. I have truly combination skin that swings easily from dry to oily with the wrong products. Bare minerals keeps me in check, as long as I don't over do it!
First, I think that this foundation color is not for all medium tone skin. If you're medium with pink undertones, you'll look very yellow and the color would look bad on you. Having said this, I recommend this foundation for people that have olive skin. This foundation will make your skin glow and will enhance your skin tone. However, if you're a little bit lighter for example, in winter time, I would recommend to mix it with a little bit of medium beige foundation to make it more light.
i've been using bare minerals since its inception and i switched to liquid foundation somewhere in the mid 2000's. i can get away with Golden Medium when im around NC40-42. i love that it has a yellow base, perfect for my tan, southeast asian skintone. Unfortunately i always break out from wearing BM and it always gets reallyyyy cakey around the creases (i have SUPER oily skin). its easy enough to use and doesnt look streaky but the container is just so wasteful and gets all over my hands, the floor, the mirrow when i tap the excess off. i see that they invented a compact but i dont love this enough to try that version. i still have a container i need to finish through but wont be repurchasing. yeah, i just took a look at my face and no bueno-my skin looks crepe- y!!
This was my first love 3 The coverage was buildable, it wasn't cakey, and it didn't break me out. Golden Medium matched my asian, yellow-undertones PERFECTLY. I wore this foundation on-and-off for 2 years, until one fateful day in September when Picture Day rolled around.... And I realized I looked like a Twilight vampire. And that was the day I broke up with this little gem :( If BareMinerals made this without SPF (which is what caused the ghastly white cast in photos) I would definitely go back. Until then....
I'm going to be realistic here. We will never find that one special product that will fix all our flaws and impurities 100% right?
Well i'll tell you my story.
I bought the foundation back in July, and now its November - i still have some left. It comes in a little round container, the best feature is the locking of the lid, so that the powder doesn't spill out onto it. The only reason why I gave the packaging a 3 is because, once I tap out the powder onto the lid, and swirl with my brush, it tends to leave residue inside the lid. The powder then sticks to it, colouring my white inner lid in beige. I'm constantly cleaning this with a make up wipe.
I love how the powder goes on my face, I can see the instant change in colour. And the golden medium is a beautiful colour. It hides the few marks I have but only if I use the BM concealer brush (which btw is fantastic).
No foundation is ever going to stay on your face for hours. I don't need to constantly touch up, the foundation is very light so it feels like I have nothing on. However, as I mentioned, no foundation lasts hours. I apply this first thing in the morning, and remove at night, so this would be.... 11/12 hours. By the end of the day i'll notice the foundation has melted off the top of my forehead. This may also be due to the air conditioning in my office but hey - if that's the only issue I have, I'm glad I've given it a 4/5.
I dont like the sticky (silky as they claim) feeling of BE minerals. It is buildable, but it looks really dry on my skin.
I've tried BE in the past and I wasn't a fan of the original and especially packaging was highly messy (in 07-08) but I recently discovered that they made a new formula "MATTE" and with new packaging "click, lock, go" and I am IN LOVE all over again (I know I'm late at discovering this)! I've tried endless foundations, powders, minerals, tinted moisturizers and they are all bad for my skin and BE is the only one that seems to nourish my skin somehow. I am soooo HAPPY that they finally made more color tones as I always ordered 2 different types of medium tones and never worked out for my skin due to my yellow undertones. Golden medium is a PERFECT match and it's vERY hard to match my skin tone. I am ecstatic and my skin looks good when I wash it off so this does tell you something! Everything I've used always has an effect to my skin and that's how I can tell if the ingredients are bad...it depends on the product, some will give me pimples, bigger pores (irritated), redness, blotchy skin tone and overall could just feel how bad it is. I will def repurchase this and hope it looks as good in the summer when I get darker as it does in the winter/spring because I hate looking two toned lol
Great coverage. (It'll stay on longer if you purchase the primer)
Blends well with my skin. I am naturally tan, but not SUPER tan.
Only problem is that is does leave a mess once you apply it.
I have a fair/medium complexion with deep yellow undertones and subtle acne scarring on my cheeks. This foundation is the only foundation I can put on my face without irritating or clogging up my pores, all with full coverage! It is so breathable and definitely a must-have in my 5Ib make-up bag. I recommend using a kabuki or even a blunt cut brush for this application and definitely utilize the swirl, tap, and buff method. I can't use anything else for my skin and if I do I will break out and will have more scars to deal with. I always get compliments about how amazing and smooth my skin looks but...little do they know, its all in this amazing pot! It's worth a try and a great investment. A pot usually lasts me for about 1-2 months. (I wear makeup everyday too!)
I purchased this shade after it was first released. I am of medium complexion and had found a good match with the Medium Beige shade. However, I was tempted to try the Golden Medium shade in the Original version nonetheless. I find that this foundation shade has a very strong yellow underbase. I knew that it was yellow based, but I didn't know that it really contains so much yellow in it, till it can actually make your face look jaundiced side if you're not careful.
I am not a fan of the actual color of the foundation. I don't think that it is a true skintone shade at all. However, because BM foundations are pricey, I have decided to keep the two jars of Golden Medium foundation that I do have. I do plan to use them up eventually (which may take almost a lifetime for me to do). I can still use it - only very sparingly (to avoid having an overly fake yellow look to my face).