I have very oily skin, and large pores. I had read in Good Housekeeping that Bare Minerals foundation is water resistant so I thought I would give it a try. It didn't give much coverage, but did feel light. I use it now as a bronzer over foundation. Also, it did become streaky shortly after application. I could have been using a too dark color, but the others just looked chalky on me.
YUK! really did not like this at all, goes on very streaky, and when you try to get more coverage, DISASTER...would not reccomend.
This foundation dramatically improved my skin. The only thing I don't like about it is it made my skin look very oily, so I have to use a compact with it and blot throughout the day, but its worth it considering i can go without putting on any foundation or powder at all and not feel embarassed to step out of my house. Never thought that would happen!
For younger skin this might be a fine alternative to the foundations of a few years back (once you get the trick to applying it). For more mature and drier skin types - don't. It revealed pores I didn't know I had before and I looked 'creased' after a while. The new liquid foundations are so much improved - sheer and moisturizing, not orangey, full of spfs, etc. Try a sample of this product first to see if it will work for you.
with my asian skin it is very hard to find a match, as it was with this meduim color foundation. but after mixing with some very neutral yellow tones i came up with a very nice match. this is the only thing i can use in this humid south Texas heat. i does not clog my pores and allows my skin to sweat without streaks of color sliding off my face. it can be a bit shiny after application, but a little MV takes care of that. it also can amplify large pores and imperfections if too much is applied. it does wear off rather quickly if you have oily skin and looks horrid if you do not exfoliate. overall this foundation is great if you live in a humid or hot environment, or find yourself busting a sweat from here to there. the bad things occur when you apply too much.
I love BE products. I started using it about a year ago and people compliment my complexion all the time. I use the medium and tan colors depending upon the time of year. The trick is to not use too much (tapping the brush is very important before applying to skin) My face also cleared up from periodic breakouts. I will probably never use anything else again!
When I saw all of the infomercials I wanted to buy this thinking it was a miracle product. I ended up hating and never using it again... maybe because my expectations were so high? For some reason it makes me either look like I have a mask on (like a thick layer of unnatural color) or I look like I have nothing on at all. When my boyfriend said I looked like a geisha with an orange face I stopped using it completely. I am going to stick to my MAC studiofix.
I tried this last summer in Tan, YUCK! Thought it was just not the right color so I ordered medium in the Fall. Nope, not for me. My skin looks terrible with this on, it makes every imperfection magnified IMO I really like the shadows, and even the MV is okay, not this, I'm wondering if it is my age, and skin issues? I'm 48 with some lines and have had a whole lot of sun in my day :( My skin isn't horrible especially for my age, [thanks to lot's of TLC ]Just don't get why it looked so bad on me, and my GF has worn it for over four years & her face looks flawless, she has some skin issues just like the rest of us. My skin is oily, could that be part of it? Or is it just getting the application down? I've tried everything I've heard, LOL and still no..... I just read today to try using a blow dryer to your face first, because that is what you need to create, friction & heat??? And also to try applying MV, then foundation, then MV again in fine layers. Any idea's please email me! continued >>
Although I probably should have ordered the light set instead of the medium, this stuff works wonders. I found the #2.3 formula to be a bit too orangy for my fair pink toned skin, but #3 matched very nicely. The brushes are pretty good quality but this is definitley a product to use sparingly. A little goes a long way, you just have to keep buffing even when you don't think anything is on the brush anymore. After I use this my overall skin tone looks airbrushed but I still need a good concealor (I like Almay Amazing Lasting in Fair) to cover blemishes and undereye circles. I tried using the mineral powder with a small eyeshadow brush (because it's fluffier than a concealor brush) as a cover-up but it always ended up adding too much pigment and looking cakey. But I usually need to spot check after any foundation I've tried, and I absolutely adore this powder because it feels much lighter than any liquid, has better coverage and it doesn't make me break out. Unfortunately I just ran out of this color, but I do plan to repurchase it. Actually out of the whole Bare Minerals set (#3, #2.3, the mineral veil and the bronzer powder) this is the only thing I plan to buy again, I may try another BM foundation in a lighter color though because with the medium tones I always have to be extra careful to blend onto my neck, but I think the formulation is amazing and I will never go back to liquid again.
I have combination skin and the BE minerals foundation No. 3 works for me. It is quite easy to use if you only start with a small amount and follow the instructions that come with it (or appear on the infomercials): swirl out of the cap and tap brush before applying. I let the makeup set for a few minutes, then buff one more time. For evening, I mix No.3 with No.5, which gives me a lovely match that isn't too dark. If you want more of a sheen, you can mix BE with other brands of fine bare mineral powders. If find that it is important to use a good quality brush for the most even coverage (I use a kabuki brush.) Also, if your skin is dry, be sure to put a moisturizer on first and let it dry. With practice, this routine is quick and very effective for hours of natural, stay-put makeup.