I'm gun-shy when it comes to makeup because i have sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin. I spoke to my dermatologist about BE and she told me to try the matte version. i went to Ulta and had them color match me with a slightly darker shade than my skin tone (medium tan). I loved how it looked and how well it covered existing acne scars. Yes after 5+ hours, i noticed my cheeks (where i applied the bronzer) got slightly oily but it gave me more of a rosy hue. I use stila one step correct as my primer and have absolutely no complaints about it. My only complaint is that it's pricy but it's worth it and lasts a long time. completely satisfied and will definitely buy again.
When I first got this product (NW25 in Medium Beige), I hated it. I thought it made me look over tan/too orange. I realized that a lot of it is in product application, you barely need any for a barely there coverage. Yes, if you have bad acne, redness, or dry skin, this product is not for you. I have normal skin and it is great for my barely makeup looks. I use a primer, concealer under, and finishing powder afterwards. I like it.
Edit: The orange tint got to me, I no longer use this product. I prefer other powders compared to this.
I tried using this as a foundation and it just would not work for me. It is thick and made me look cakey or would emphasize my pores. I just didn't like it and it was nothing like the tons of videos I had seen. I tried applying it with primer, without primer several different brushes... I now use it as a setting powder, which is OK.
This is my HG foundation! I love it so much! It gives a great coverage without me feeling or looking like a cake-face. My skin feels so breathable in it. It covers up any blemishes or redness and buffs into my skin very quickly and easily. I use a kabuki brush to apply it and it goes on in seconds. It leaves my skin matte for almost the whole day but I still have to touch it up throughout the day with my MAC blot powder to keep my skin fresh. But that's bound to happen due to multiple dance classes. I heard the original formula broke people out but that hasn't happened for me or anyone else I know with this formula. The price is pretty expensive considering it doesn't last me long but I will still repurchase it. I guess my main complaint is the packaging. The packaging can be annoying because of the dispenser and how it leaves a TON of product behind. Especially considering a little of this stuff goes a long way. I've tried to depot it but still haven't been able to so that's very dissapointing. Still a HG product!
I switched over from the regaular Bare Minerals to the Matte kind for two reasons. First, I have very oily skin and i always have to use blotting papers just a few hours after applying my makeup. Second, I read that bismuth oxychloride in the regular BM can break you out. I did notice that when i was using the regular kind I would get a few stubborn pimples that were enormous. I have been using the BM Matte now for about 8 months. My breakouts have become less. I still breakout around my monthly cycle and maybe some other times, but the pimples are a lot smaller than what I used to get and easier to cover. The matte is a few dollars more than the regular kind, but one container lasts me about 3-4 months, and I use it every single day, so it's really not that bad. However, I still have oily skin throughout the day when using this product, so it didn't really help with that, but it helped with my skin so I'm a happy camper. Just lately, I have started using Milk of Magnesia, a small layer, as a makeup primer, and I must say that is the only thing that I have found to help me combat my oily skin. It works great. If you have the same problem I do, try it out.
Also, the colors might differ. In the regular formula, medium beige matched my skin great, but in the matte formula I am a light, but it looks exactly the same, so have one of the workers help match your color.
I have been using this brand for years and absolutely love it. Covers well without looking heavy. Extremely natural and fresh. The only problem occurs when you want more coverage. When you layer it, it starts to look too powdery and settles on dry skin and fine lines. Great for a luminous, non greasy, natural look....as long as you have perfect skin. I use this mainly for days I don't have to look polished for.
I love, love BE Matte. Medium Beige matches my skin perfectly - most other foundations that claim to match my skin tone are way too yellow. I switched to Matte because I the regular BE made me break out (the bismuth, I guess). I use this with the Sephora mineral makeup brush and it's fantastic because it picks up more powder and provides much better coverage than the BE brush or a regular kabuki or powder brush, so I get better coverage (however I do still have to use concealer to cover dark spots and blemishes - I like Smashbox). The one downside to BE Matte and the reason that I gave it four stars is because it has NO staying power. The mineral veils helps it to stay on a bit longer than it would without, but it definitely does not provide enough coverage by the end of the day.
Don't really understand all the negative reviews. Have used the matte version after switching from the original because I have oily combination skin and I have had no complaints with either. I don't need too much coverage and this feels like I'm wearing nothing. The color range is fantastic and back when I started bare minerals in high school this was the only foundation I dared try with my horrible break outs at the time. The staying power is very good for me with or without mineral vail. I really do believe that this has helped keep my skin in a healthier condition than before attempting traditional foundations way back when
I was really excited to try this foundation but it completely dried my skin out and gave me break-outs. I was so disappointed with this product, I didn't even get to finish using the container. i really wouldn't recommend even trying it if your skin is not super oily, i mean, do not try it if you have dry skin. it is a powder so i guess it is only meant for people with really oily skin. also, i've read that ingredients in it have left people breaking out (surprise?), especially those with "younger skin." i'll probably never purchase it again. the only pro about this product is that it is very natural looking... i'm not sure how people work up a coverage with it, though...unless they apply tons and tons of layers...and how beneficial can that be? :/
I've used one large jar of this product over a couple years, never disappointed me! It improved my skin tone over the years, blends without a primer, and doesn't look fake or cakey. I think it's a great alternative to cream or liquid foundation if you have oily skin. As of certain comments about it being a hassle to apply, i mean, it takes me the same time to apply mineral foundation as liquid foundation. For me, not having to powder over my foundation is great.