This is my every day go to, I love the glow it leaves on my skin. I have been using this as my "9-5" face for the past few years and I have yet to find anything better!
Love this. I tried fancier foundations for a few years and although some of them made me look great for a night with all the silicone and light perfecting ingredients, they left me prone to breakouts. This foundation gives good coverage and doesn't cause acne so I have nothing to hide. It looks very natural. The light shade is perfect for me. Plus it costs about half as much as many of the high end foundations.
I 100% completely agree with quendelyn's review here. This is not the same formula that they originally had for years. I started using BE's orignal foundation in medium beige back in 2006. Once I figured out the correct way to use it, I was in love an never touched anything else. It covered beautifully, it was extremely creamy, it didn't look cakey and it didn't oxidize. I would even wear it to bed sometimes and i would wake up looking pretty. I fooled my boyfriend for a long time and he thought I woke up looking that great lol. I always got compliments on my skin. my skin had a constant glow to it and no one could ever tell I was wearing make up. In love I was with this stuff! Then I bought a batch from the BE boutique sometime in 2011 I wanna say... And I was mortified. I got my normal medium beige shade, brought it home, opened it up and applied it before a night out. I did my foundation routine exactly the same as I always did, and it didn't look right. My face looked orangey/red and my little bit of redness and under eye darkness were still showing through. (I don't suffer from acne, roscea or anything, just dark circles and little pink ness on cheeks). I freaked and washed my face again thinking maybe it was the brush I used or possibly my moisturizer had gone bad. So I tried a different moisturizer and brush, same results. Not much coverage, chalky, orange/red, oxidized within 30 minutes to an even darker orange shade and nothing like what I used for all those years. I started blaming my skin thinking it changed or got immune to the formula and all the sudden it didn't like BE anymore. I came up with every excuse and tried everything I could. I gave up and went on a HUGE search for the next best thing. I'm not kidding you, I tried every mineral foundation brand out there looking for my replacement. Literally at least 25 different brands. Nothing came close to the original BE formula I loved. Everyday minerals was the next in place but it was still not close. A few years later I decided to try BE original foundation in medium beige again in hopes it would work like it used to... And again I was disappointed. That same orangey chalky cakey no coverage crap. I also tried it in shades light, fairly light and fairly medium hoping the maybe the shades had something to do with it, then I shortly realized and came in terms with the fact that BE just changed their wonderful original formula to some crappy cheaper version and I had to forever say goodbye. One thing i did notice was my face didnt itch at all with the newer formula, so maybe they decreased the amount of bismuth (because of the complaints). Honestly, for that beautiful flawless complexion and glow i got from the older version, ill sacrifice having a itchy face any day! So sad too cause before they changed it, I was one of their most loyal returning customers. Bummer man. :(
They did something to this formula. It is not the same! I have been using Bare Minerals since they 1st came out. They had a small shop in Los Gatos, CA and only had 3 colors back then. Then they expanded to health food stores. Long story short, it always had the creamy feel and superb coverage through the years. About a year since I purchased my last "good" foundation. Was running low and picked up my usual color which is Fair. Well, this is not the same! Not creamy at all and the coverage is more like their matte formula. This feels like chalk. Why meds with a good formula? Very disappointed!
Covers my zits incredibly!! Buutttt it makes my face really oily and slides off after an hour or two AND it breaks me out in cysts
Right off the bat - I LOVE this foundation. It's holy grail material, for usre.
I really would not expect complete full coverage from a powder foundation, much less a LOOSE powder. It has a illuminating finish that does not look shimmery or glittery once it has a chance to wear into the skin, and coming from someone who absolutely hates unnatural chunks of glitter in their makeup, I am 100% behind this on the glitter chunk-free claims. This is definitely not matte, but not oily, greasy, or dewy either. It's safely satin (but will probably wear to be dewy throughout the day if you don't do something about the shine.)
I'm an NC 30-35 with neutral undertones, and I use Medium Beige. They have a great undertone selection, with cool, neutral and warm undertone colors for every shade they bring out. Medium Beige matches my undertone perfectly, but the color is a little light sometimes. However, for some reason, it's not noticeable at all.
I use it with the Bare Minerals full flawless face brush it comes with in the set, and gives me a beautiful, complete full coverage, FAST. And I mean lightning quick. This takes absolutely no time to buff in at all that I won't be able to justify using a liquid foundation for the rest of my days. I can alter the coverage to any level I want with this product. It can go all out, but it can also go barely there. I just tap some out onto the cap, swirl it in my brush, tap off the excess, and buff it into my skin in circular motions. If I want more coverage, I'll take some more product and put more on my face. It doesn't cake easily, and blends amazingly.
When buffed into the skin, it turns to this unexplainable consistency — I honestly have no words to describe it. It's not cream but not exactly powder either. Looks very natural.
It works great in dry areas that flake with every other foundation product on the face of this earth — trust me on this. And it's compatible with oily skin as well, so it's great for combination skins like me. I'm also acne prone and this doesn't break me out more either, and I feel a lot less guilty wearing this than my other foundations because it's a mineral foundation. However, it's built for coverage and not longevity, so it's recommended to use a setting powder or a mattifying powder on top. I use either the mineral veil by Bare Minerals, or the Make Up For Ever HD Loose Powder. This makes the foundation last a lot longer shine-free. I top it all off with Mac Fix Plus, just to get rid of the slightly powder-y look it can give and to make my skin more believable.
The only thing is that it does not wear especially well throughout the day. If I accidentally touch my face, it can fade off onto my finger very easily, and it's not too water/sweat resistant. If you're planning on wearing this for a long day at a theme park, for example, be sure to bring oil blotting sheets and a mattifying powder to set it throughout the day.
All in all just a great product, and worth every cent. I would repurchase this in a heartbeat any day.
I tried this because of all the great reviews, but I tried it, and that's all. Pros: It does give good coverage. You don't have to use a lot. Doesn't make my skin break out. Cons: EXPENSIVE. My skin oils up like crazy, and can't get rid of the shine without taking off the makeup. Doesn't stay on all day. I'd rather spend more money on a product that won't turn my skin into a greasy light bulb. I hear some people either love this stuff or hate it. I hate it.
I love this stuff. I've been using it for about six months and I've nearly run out of my first pot of it, which isn't bad going seeing as I've been wearing it every day and I don't skimp on the product.
The finish is perfect. It's satin and fresh and glowing without being too dewy (which, while fashionable, is not my favourite everyday look). I have also never come across a foundation which is just so forgiving. I adore it. I have mild adult acne, terrible, sensitive, dry/oily combination skin that flakes up all over my t-bar, and truly enormous pores-- they're like sinkholes. If I don't beat most foundations by being too white for them, I beat them by having skin too awkward for them to work with. This foundation, however? No way. It smooths out the texture perfectly. The coverage is super nice.
I like it best over BM Prime Time primer, but if I'm in a hurry then it goes on pretty nicely all by itself. However, I also find it's incredibly nice mixed *with* the primer. As it's essentially just mineral pigment and some SPF it makes a great gel foundation that looks seriously natural, if very sheer and light, and applies like a dream. If my skin is already looking really nice but just needs a bit of smoothing out, I go for that.
My skin is so sensitive that you only need look at it and it'll break out in pimples, but this has never once broken me out. Ever. I've worn it for hours at a time. I've fallen asleep wearing it-- their tagline is true, it really is pure enough to sleep in! And while foundations with SPF are usually my skin's nemesis, this one is perfect.
I think the price is very reasonable for foundation this good. Given how much money I've spent over the years trying to find a product that suits my skin, this is a price I'd be willing to pay. The packaging is also excellent-- it's a little shaker with a twistable lid, so there's no product wastage and no chance of spills or mess.
There is one single thing that I can't get over and that makes me very sad indeed. I have "fair" and while it's light, it just isn't light enough. You can't really see it in one or even two coats because it's so sheer (while also having good medium coverage-- don't ask me how) but if I try to build it up for fuller coverage or apply some extra with a concealer brush for my undereye circles or hyperpigmentation, it looks like a very strange streaky tan. It's also too warm for my cool skin: it's supposed to be a light neutral but when applied in more layers than one or two it looks distinctly yellow.
While I'm used to being too pale for nearly every brand (Illamasqua is the only brand that has ever beaten me and had shades too pale for me to wear!) this particularly upsets me, because if there was only a lighter shade than "fair" then this would be my holy grail of foundations, hands down, no questions. If they made one lighter shade of foundation then my wallet would be theirs forever. As it is I'm seriously contemplating asking if they sell a matte white eyeshadow when I go to buy another pot of this and experimenting with lightening it up.
I definitely will be buying it again when I run out even if the colour isn't quite right, because I've found that it's perfect as a loose powder over BB cream or liquid/cream foundation. It has exactly the same smooth-everything-out properties and sets everything in place for the whole day, and if you already have some coverage underneath and don't need to build it up then the off colour will be much too sheer to see. I think that's what I'll mostly be using it for in future-- I just wish I could use it as my only foundation product.
I have sensitive, oily/combo skin. I live in Miami, FL and I was looking for a product that wouldn't be too harsh on my skin, provide light to medium coverage, kept oil at bay or at least to a minimum, and something that made applying make up simple..like a all-in-one product.
The make up artists at Aventura Mall were excellent in the art of deception as far as selling this product to me. They all looked beautiful and radiant, natural, and just over all angelic. I said, "hey im not a fan of heavy make up so i really think that can be me!!!"
I've had this product (came with the $62 kit - primer/warmth/foundation/3 brushes/mineral veil) for over a year and im still trying use it just to get it out of my stock. This product will trick you and make you feel like it is the holy grail of all products if you initially like it.
The brush it comes with(the brush they prefer you to use) is initially soft and welcoming. SWIRL. TAP. BUFF!!! The make up has no smell to it and is simple to apply. I liked the fact that it did indeed look natural and was somewhat build-able for those days I had a few mishaps occurring on my skin.
After a while i noticed that my combination skin began to get drier in general and flaked off whenever i applied the foundation. The brush turns coarse and the make up is not a liquid, so it has no creamy, or immediately hydrating qualities to combat this. My cheeks would go raw and were seriously irritated, fell like i was applying the foundation with a cactus. The make up does say after wearing it for a period of time it will "change" your skin, as far as pores and blemishes. So i dont know whether to blame the brush for the dry skin or the make up or a combination of the two.
As most mineral make-ups behave, if not all, this make up is TRANSFERABLE. mineral veil, primer, setting spray--> DOESNT MATTER ---> it will transfer so be careful, not as much if u used the aforementioned products though. If you have oily skin i suggest u try the matte formula, if your looking into trying BareMinerals, no matter how much the salesperson tells you not to. I found it sliding off my t-zone sometimes and i just find that reapplying make up to be such a drag. It bothers me to reapply fresh make up or powder on 3+ hrs make up. I find myself washing my face and starting all over, but thats just me ;)
Over all, this was a nice experience with mineral make up and tapping into the trends. This make up was not for me. I needed more oomph as far as wear-ablity, oil control and lasting goes. I found myself using more and more product due to its poor lasting abilities. Maybe its the environment im in maybe its my skin, or combination. Who knows! It just wasnt for me!
FURTHER INFO --> i still use the brush but in conjunction with revlon nearly naked and its buffs like a charm! :)
I only have to say that when I use BM, I have a fresh face, looking good! Definitely my FAV foundation! Although I think its expensive, but at least a jar will last long. When you try it you wil not be dissapointed. Only choosing the colour is hard. I had the medium starter kit. Using medium now, but with a little warmt, because my skin is sunkissed brown (from a bronzer out of a can hahahaha), I think I need a medium tan now. Thinking that I will try the READY foundation. Only because the loose powder is a little messy.