Mineral foundation is wonderful, and this is one of the originals/trend setters, but it is NOT the best. I used it off and on for 10 years because I could never find something that really fit me (I'm not really a foundation person); I used it mostly as a spot treatment/concealer (with the Mineral Veil") since it's horrible as an all-over foundation. I found a better loose mineral makeup: Everyday Minerals.
-Goes one smooth/creamy
-Easy to apply with brush
- After a short day, it settles into/highlights pores and wrinkles; slides off face
-Accentuates dry spots
-Oxidizes after a couple hours (even with a primer)
-Does not do well with all face moisturizers
-Difficult to find a routine that works with Bare Minerals due to its high maintenance
-Bismuth Oxychloride can cause cystic acne and irritation over time
I switched to Everyday Minerals foundation and setting powder and I'm totally happy with their mineral makeup (has none of the cons listed above). I do however recommend Bare Minerals "Flawless Definition" mascara and their "Mineral Veil".
I first tried bare minerals about five years ago and I love it. The only foundation that looks natural when having it on. I use it during the day when I don't want that caked on look. Pros: doesn't make me break out, and makes my face glow. Cons: doesn't really cover up acne scars well, and the squirel hair brushes make my face itch like crazy! Other than that a good product.
Sets any foundation! Loved it..And it stays! Pricey but hey it pays to be beautiful
This make up reminds me of movie reviewing on IMDB. If you don't like X,Y,Z movie you just "didn't get it". What I mean is that- often times whenever someone has a complaint about BE, people will chime in and say "you were using it incorrectly; you used too much, you didn't buff enough, you need a setting spray, you have the wrong color" etc. Well let me tell you! I've experimented over the years- probably over seven years to give this a REAL try and uh I'm done. Since I love make up and have problematic, combination, super oily, large pored fair skin of course I tried this. And also- of course I try numerous foundations and have a plethora to satisfy different needs/occasions.
So I've tried different high quality brushes and up to including the Kabuki and the general all over face brush that come with these kits. I've also purchased, separately besides the starter kits, a foundation which for me was the Golden Fair. Since I'm fair skinned, but yellow/warm undertones since I'm half Asian I was super excited they even had this color.
Too bad though. No matter what technique (and this is billed as being super easy and doable w/out paying the slightest attention to where you are swirling in all of the demos right?) I use this stuff just makes the large pores on my nose highlighted with a huge sign saying HORRIBLE PORES LOOK RIGHT HERE MAN!
And that is why I have to give up on this finally. Right now I have the "warmth", my Golden Fair foundation, a huge amount of Mineral Veil and a couple of the other foundation colors that come with the kits. They sit in my foundation basket untouched. Occasionally I will stupidly and naively think "oh - I should add more coverage to my very sheer liquid foundation and use that Bare Minerals!". Only to be disappointed yet again. Idk- it can make you look ultra ashy, worsen the look of large pores and does a horrible job of any actual true good coverage for blemishes or scarring. Another contender for the mineral make up is that Sheer Cover line- I noticed in their kit they include a more traditional cream based CONCEALER. Meanwhile BE insists that their powders can conceal- I was near about to dive in a purchase the Bisque that they market as a superior concealer but have decided to give up on mineral make up as it just doesn't work IMO nor for anyone with truly problematic skin. I have hormonal adult acne- what this means is that my skin breaks out about once a month..a few, but that's bad enough. This leaves a lot of red scarring afterwards since my skin is so fair- mineral make up does nothing to make my skin look better.
I've been using this product for past 3 months after being color matched at Ulta. I really like it. When I want full coverage, I use the concealer brush to cover my Rosacea on my cheeks and the bluish marks on my nose (from breaking it 4 times). Then I use the "full coverage" brush for overall foundation coverage. Lastly, I use the big plush brush for the Mineral Veil. I have severely oily skin and it holds up well (except for on the bottom part of my nose..but I don't think anything will work perfectly there). I have been in 80-90 degree heat lifting heavy stuff and my face does not "look red" at all..normally, my face would look like a strawberry. So for me, it works well. It doesn't feel or look cakey on me versus the regular make-up I would use.
Only con: It's probably just my skin..but I feel like I need to do a scrub treatment to get all the flaky skin off and moisturize my cheeks before using the primer & make-up. continued >>
I remember when Bare Minerals was advertised as the miracle product on every TV show, in every magazine, and on every blog. Infomercials would show demonstrations of women with terrible blemishes or birthmarks looking flawless with a few swipes of Bare Minerals foundation.
*insert eyeroll here*
I fell for the hype and I spent the $25 on this stuff. First of all, I didn't see any of my flaws disappear with the first layer...the second layer...the third layer...and by the third layer, I looked like I caked on a pound of make-up. This foundation accentuated my pored, my fine lines, and my dry skin regions. Nevertheless, I convinced myself that that's what good makeup is suppose to look like.
About an hour of wearing this foundation, I noticed that it started to streak. About two hours later, it looked like I wasn't wearing any foundation whatsoever. A week of wearing this foundation led to the development of some really nice giant zits that I didn't have before. Moral of the story...this product sucks!
For those of you who are still not convinced that Bare Minerals isn't a miracle product, think about why Bare Escentuals has so many products out there. If the foundation was all you really needed, why do you need the primer, the concealers, the mineral veil, the finishing spray...and so on and so forth? And even though this product claims it doesn't clog pores...I think otherwise. Even really strong makeup removers leave some of the powder-particles on the face. Don't believe me? Take a cotton dipped in any chemical-peel solution and swipe on your face. You'll see the nice beige particles right there and then.
Anyway, I was upset with this product and I still can't believe it's the #1 seller in our local makeup stores.
Doesn't give great coverage, doesn't have good lasting power, and doesn't look as airbrushed as you're led to believe. The mineral veil is basically cornstarch and doesn't help set my makeup. I'm sure if you're a beginner at makeup you'll like it due to its "convenience" but there are better makeup products out there so please don't settle for this. Not to mention, there are products that are actually catered to specific skin types.
After reading so many reviews on sephora (before discovering MUA) I gave into the hype thinking it would be the foundation for me since it has been the best selling in the foundation category for a while. Well big mistake! It doesn't cover anything but just makes pores and dry patches more visible. It also makes my face itch like crazy. Looks very powdery and doesn't look natural at all. If you have nearly perfect skin that's not dry it might be for you.
Oh, Bare Minerals, I.D, Bare Escentuals... where to start?
The first time I tried this I was oh... 13 years old? I had just started suffering from acne and wanted to cover it up without ending up with more clogged pores and zits. The mineral foundation hype had just started, and my mom used this foundation and thought it was ok, so I decided to give it a try. My mom bought the starter set for me for my birthday along with a brush from the same brand. I was so excited and thought that my skin would finally look and feel good. And my reaction? Well, I didn't have anything to compare with, but even at that age and with my minimal experience with makeup, my first thought was: "what's the hype?" Because the foundation made my face oily and itchy, and the brush was harsh and didn't feel as luxurious as I hoped.
So I tossed this out after having it sitting on my sink for a year without being used, feeling cheated and displeased. I was put off mineral makeup for a while, and since it was so expensive in my country (still is), I didn't feel like trying other brands. But after a while I discovered mineral hygienics, and it was love at first application! I also use it with a sigma brush that I love, and my skin looks so glowy and healthy, without the itch and the clogging of pores. So bare escentuals with its bismuth oxychloride can just suck it. I will never: NEVER buy this again, and I can't imagine anyone being pleased with this unless they can handle the bismuth and have very dry skin. This may work for some people, but from what I have seen and heard this is either LOVE and HG! <3 or HATE! :@
The only good thing about this is the sturdy packaging, but that's pretty much the same as with any other loose mineral powder.
So this is, in my opinion, a cheap brand with an expensive price tag that has only survived because it was the first on the market etc. I don't care about the hype: I loathe this product. Try it on before you buy it at least. I sure wish I had... continued >>
Ugh, Bare Minerals! I wish things would have worked out differently between us, but sadly things went wrong..so very wrong! I bought into all of the hype after watching the infomercial several times, and I went to Ulta to buy the kit that comes with 2 foundations, the kabuki brush, and the mineral veil.
I asked the sales associate's opinion on which color(s) would suit me best, and he proceeded to try a few on me. In the store's lighting, the color seemed to match me well, but when I got home I saw that the color was completely off! One shade was too red on my skin, and one shade was too grey that it made my skin look very ashy. I was disappointed and told myself that I wouldn't buy anymore BE products. A few years later, I discovered that they offered a lot more shades, so I went to a store and purchased a color that matched my skin tone better. While the match is much closer, it's still not perfect.
The coverage is very light, doesn't cover my pigmentation, and feels like it's just sitting on my face. I also really hated the brush that came with it. The bristles come off even if you just look at the brush, and I feel like it really irritated my skin.
I think it's just a case of really good marketing, because this product is horrible.