I was getting tired of always looking shiny in pictures because of my liquid foundation, so I decided I would try this. I heard it was good for acne-prone, sensitive skin, although I was wary about it because of the reviews I had read about people reacting to the bismuth oxychloride in it. However I still bought it, and I even brought it with my on vacation. All of my pictures came out great with this one, and i really didn't look shiny. I t even blended in with my skin when it tanned, and now, even untanned, it still matches my skin tone exactly. The spill-lock lid is really great, I was afraid it would not have it when I bought it because it was still in the process of being switched over, and I didn't know if they had replaced the traditional lids in my Sephora yet. THe coverage of this foundation is great, i get light to medium coverage, and I only use/need one layer, which is great. In terms of covering redness, I have slight acne on my cheeks, and this is THE BEST foundation I have ever used to neutralize redness. It even works well on undereye circles, and I use this foundation as a concealer too, so I don't need a seperate one. My face also stays matte with this on, which never happens, and it seems to actaully help my acne. When I switched back to liquid for a couple of days, I had some breakouts on my cheeks, but when I switched back, those started to go away. However, now we get to the bad: This is the most expensive foundation I have used, although technically it is only a couple dollars more than my usual foundation. Second, There is a learning curve to the application process, as I found out I cannot apply it to my eyelids like normal foundations or it will crease. Third, it can sometimes crease, but usually only in humid weather. I used a different moisturizer with this, and for a while it creased whenever I combined the two, but now it hasn't been doing that. It even held up recently through a night of intense dancing, and still looked awesome, with absolutely no creasing. Overall, I really do like the way this foundation looks and feels, and I probabaly would repurchase it, even with the cons mentioned above.
**EDIT**: Make sure you clean your brushes often when using this--I hadn't cleaned mine in long time (ewww, I know) and my face was starting to look a little orange and my makeup was looking cakey. The powder that builds up on the brush will oxidize over time, and that will transfer onto your skin and give it a fake-bronzer (in a nasty, orangey-shade kind of way) look, which was not flattering. But now that my brushes are clean, all is well.
I stopped using this. My skin was breaking out worse, and I think it was because of this, because once i stopped using it, my skin cleared up. Too bad. :(
I wanted to love this, I really did. It matches my skin color PERFECTLY but that's where my excitement ended. Didn't last past lunchtime on my (non-oily) skin, despite trying primer underneath. I'm 25, and this caked and cracked like crazy and made me look much older (even after I moisturized like crazy). Not attractive.
My skin is horribly sensitive, and while this didn't break me out, it made me itchy sometimes.
I went from using MAC Studio fix in C3, but got tired of it and wanted to try something different. Went to Sephora, talked to a lady about acne scars and such and she told me to use this. It looked good in the store and when I used it at home, it was okay. Don't like the coverage though, felt like it did nothing for me, aside from blending nicely...
At first, I really loved it, but overtime it started to give me huge cystic acne on my chin that took forever to get rid of. I thought it was hormones, so I stayed with it but once summer came this makeup got even worse. It made my skin super shiny and it almost felt like it was a film sitting on top of my face; it was disgusting. Within a week of not using it the cystic acne started to go away. I loved the color selection because it is always hard for me to find a color that matches since my skin is so light, but it definitely is a horrible product. I gave it a 2 because of the color selection but everything else was horrible.
I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION!! I have sensitive, acne prone skin and it does wonders for me. The coverage is great (very build-able) and I like the hint of shimmer in the original formula. I can't wear chemical spf, so this is "physical" spf is perfect for me. I love the fairly light shade, (perfect for my pale asian skin tone). The new packaging is so handy as well, it's like a spin top to close the sifter after you are done using it.
I use the Sephora Professional mineral makeup brush to apply it.
I love this foundation. Received it as a Christmas present and it lasts forever. Totally worth the price!
This is my foundation forever!!! I have been a notorious foundation swticher, always looking for the best one and never really being 100% satisfied. I had a colleague who wore bare minerals and her skin looked great. I gave it a try and I won't be going back. It covers wonderfully as I like a medium coverage. It's nice to not have to buy a separate concealer as you just use the concealer brush with the foundation color.
I have fair skin and this matches perfectly. I have had such a hard time in the past finding an exact match as my skin is fair but not porcelin fair so either the colors were too light or too dark.
I will say there IS a learning curve with this foundation. Applying it is different than applying traditional foundations. however, once you learn how to do it (it took me applying it a few times to figure it out completely), it's easier to apply than the traditional foundations. I reccomend watching youtube videos on how to apply bare minerals as that is what I did to learn how to apply it. Also, use the brushes to their maxiumum. I like a medium coverage, so I use the full coverage brush/concealer brush along with the large foundation application brush.
I have very fair skin with slightly enlarged pores on my nose and chin a freckles that I want to minimise. Following excellent reviews on a major home shopping TV channel, I bought this. The reviews stated that it would give an "air brushed effect" and perfect my skin, covering imperfections. I was very disappointed. Although I buffed repeatedly as instructed and was careful not to oveuse the product as they instruct, I found that my pores were even more noticeable. In fairness, my freckles appeared slightly less obvious. However, my skin looked older and powdery, despite all the buffing. Even my husband commented on my aged appearance. I would not buy again.
Have to say it took me awhile to try this. Wish I never had. The worst product I have ever used and I was allergic. Mica is a main ingredient in which my skin cannot tolerate. It became inflamed and red and burned as if my face was on fire. Never again will I try a powder foundation. Plus I just can't stand the mess a powderd foundation makes. Who wants to clean up all that fall out?
Hands down, my favorite product of all-time. I've been using Bare Minerals foundation for years (and occasionally swap this for the Matte version), but this is my holy grail product and completely changed my life. It won't make skin breakout, gives you a gorgeous finish (as long as your skin isn't TOO dry--some friends with excessively dry skin have complained about it, as have some of my friends' mothers with more "mature" skin), is safe for sensitive skin/rosacea/acne, has SPF, and feels super light. Worth the hype.