My skin is pretty clear most of the time and I don't break out often, maybe just a pimple or two, but this foundation made me break out so bad I had to stop using it immediately. My sister and some of my friends even noticed how bad my skin had become. My skin also began to itch from time to time. I think the problem is that they use bismuth, which may cause allergic reactions for some people. I guess that is what happened to me.
One other problem was that the foundation left my face quite dry around the nose area, no matter how much moisturizer I used.
The coverage isn't good either. I can't understand why this foundation is so popular.
I have been using this product for about two years. I was previously using tinted moisturizes because I hate the way foundation feels and looks on my skin. This product gives enough coverage while not being heavy. I don't really have any skin complaints, other than a few dark spots here and there from being in the sun too much as a kid; but this covers those spots up. The key for me is not waiting a few minutes after I apply it to determine how it looks. It seems to take those few minutes to "set" and not look powdery to me. Also, I don't find that I get any weird "white face" in photos that I would get using foundations or tinted moisturizers. My only complaint is the loose powder format. It can be a bit messy at times, especially if you forget to turn the internal top when you travel with it.
I've tried so many liquid foundations and each one made my skin cake & flake. I thought this would make it even more pronounced, but to my surprise, I got less caking.
I used toleriane ultra moisturizer, then a physical sunblock (I suggest Elta MD), then quercetin & oak primer by korres (letting each layer sit for 10-15 minutes because these products don't dry quickly -- maybe get a mineral-based primer like Hourglass - Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 -- but this contains silicones if you're trying to avoid them).
I also use Too Faced eye primer. It all looks great together.
slides off my face/separates after about 6 hours. I will try using a less thick and greasy sunblock--this happened with Lavanila Healthy Face sunblock and Rosaliac Intense AR lotion. continued >>
I never used makeup before and started to use this because I wanted to start out with something light and the mineral hype attracted me I guess. I didn't like the application of it because it would highlight dry spots and look cakey and flakey. I also hated the packaging, seemed kind of cheap to me. I've seen people claim that they use it and it looks really nice on them. Maybe I am doing something wrong, but it wasn't good for me. I am asian with oily skin.
I wanted to love this but didnt. Im nc20and bought golden light, which was way too light. I mean geisha girl light. I was going to exchange for a new color but realized I didnt even like the way it wore so I returned it. It rubbed off like nobodies business and it didnt control oil at all. Oddly enough the powder got super cakey after only one application. With a skunk brush it caked less but I wasn't able to get the coverage I desired.
When I first used this foundation, I absolutely hated it. I wanted it to live up to its hype very badly, so I tried it for about 2 weeks - it'd go on beautifully and then within 5 minutes it'd turn into a cakey and disgusting mess.
I have extreme combination acne prone skin so a natural looking foundation is really important to me. I had bought this in Fairly Light and it just didn't do the trick, so I stopped using it for a few months.
I decided to try it again just in case I was just putting it on wrong, and it turned out I was right. The thing with this foundation is that it's NOT I repeat NOT buildable. I had been building up the foundation because after about two applications my blemishes were completely covered and my face looked "flawless", but the result after a short amount of time was an extreme amount of caking. I employed some self control and did the smallest amount possible, 1 application, and used a concealer on whatever was still showing, and it looked 100% natural AND lasted all day (set with Rimmel's Stay Matte powder in Transparent).
So the moral of the story (at least for me): Use this SPARINGLY. It's not meant to be caked onto your face. It might look nice at first to go for full coverage, but like most foundations, it will end up looking awful. Use concealer on anything that still shows through after applying.
Also, a tip for some people with skin like mine:
My skin is "peaches and cream" skin spotted with acne and acne scars. 75% of my skin just does not need foundation. Lately, I've been using a small brush to use the bareminerals foundation as a spot concealer and it's the best "concealer" that I've ever used - looks so natural and covers very well.
Oh, one last thing! Fairly Light was a little too light for my skin tone and because of that it actually made my skin look a little sparkly and greasy upon application despite it not having glitter or anything in it. I bought another in Fairly Medium which matches my skin perfectly and I didn't get that effect. So if it seems sparkly on you you probably went too light!
This has been my go to foundation for a number of years now. It looks natural, gives good coverage, but most importantly it's healthy for my skin. Mineral makeup doesn't migrate into the pores throughout the day like liquid foundations do. So I know I won't come home at the end of the day with a big red surprise on my face! Haha also, many times when I wash my face at the end of the day my skin appears clearer and brighter than when I applied the foundation in the morning. I really have no complaints about this product. I do wish they would change the material they make the lid out of. It gets dirty very easily.
I love BE original foundation! I have worn it for years and last year decided i wanted to try something new. For a solid year I've tried Estée Lauder DW, Dermablend, Revlon Colorstay, Revlon Almost Naked, Mac, and more. I just couldn't find anything I just loved. The one problem I have with it is that I have melasma that really gets worse in the summer and the BE doesn't cover it enough. I started wearing it again and realize that I just love the way my skin glows with it on and I always get compliments when I wear it. I am just going to have to buy a heavier concealer in the summer months to cover the melasma. I rarely have breakouts with BE. While trying all these other foundations, I have had some terriible breakouts and am finally getting my clear skin back.
I just started using Bare Minerals last fall when a friend convinced me to buy a starter kit. I've always worn sheer bb creams so loose powder was definitely a new concept to me. Before, I was always into the 'pale' faced look since it is big in Korea right now but I finally decided to get matched to my actual skin tone ('Light') and love the luminous, airbrushed finish! It really give my face a healthy glow! I had to restock recently and got the Jonathan Adler edition that has 2.5x more product and a buki brush :)
Sometimes i find this powder blends really well into my skin and other times i don't like the look it gives. But i always repurchase this because i am prone to acne and Bare Minerals is the best powder i have found that works with my skins well and causes less blemishes. I have to use a liquid before applying to give myself better coverage.
Also people have complained about the packaging. I am a fan of it, because I don't like have powder all loose in a pot.