Purchased this because I had been interested in mineral makeup for quite a while~
My face and neck are different colors, and I figured that mineral makeup would be a better choice as it is typically more forgiving (in terms of color) than liquid foundation.
I have extremely prominent dark spots (hyperpigmentation) from old acne, so this by itself does almost nothing. However, this paired with my Pefecting Cover concealer looks FANTASTIC after application.
I bought this along with the Bare Escentuals primer (the one formulated for oily skin), yet it tends not to last all day on me =\ However, I can't say I've EVER had a makeup that's lasted all day on me, so that may not be a fair criticism to make.
After a few hours, this oxidizes and starts looking dirty and muddy on my face. This may be because I picked a color that was a bit darker to match my neck to begin with, and the oxidation throughout the day crosses the line of acceptability.
This product is extremely subpar in terms of everyday usage, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Despite this, I find that it looks fantastic in photography. That's about the only positive about this foundation, and I'm fairly certain that there are other foundations that look just as nice in photography AND for daily wear.
This in mind, DON'T BUY IT.
This is the only thing I continue to purchase and use from BE and have used bare minerals for years to set my tinted moisturizer. It works wonders and minimizes pores and shine really well. I think people have such issues with this b/c they try to do the blend buff thing that can make u end up looking powdery and cakey. if you have oily skin like me try this for a setting powder. I have medium skin and use medium beige in matte b/c it is made for neutral undertones. It does not leave you orange or pink. I am all about natural looking light coverage and this is it. Price is kinda steep but it lasts for quite some time since I only set my TM. Check out ebay for great deals on BE from many authentic sellers.
This is a good day foundation as it feels light on the skin, a great colour match and never looks cakey but natural. The only problem is there just isn't enough coverage for my blemishes! You need to have a good concealer underneath to hide them. Although I will keep this as a day foundation until I find a better alternative (which I haven't and been using this for a year). The other good thing about this product is the tub lasts forever!
While I was out yesterday, I came across a Bare Minerals store outlet. I was curious about it, so I went in and asked some questions about the products. The lady asked me if I wanted to try it, so I said yes and she put the works on me (primer, foundation, bronzer, and the mineral veil.) When she handed me the mirror to look, I thought it looked really good. It hardly felt like I was wearing anything, it looked very very natural, and gave my complexion an overall even tone. Against my better judgement at the end of the day, I ended up going back to the store and buying the starter kit (Includes brushes, bronzer, mineral veil, and a few other things) and the foundation which is separate.
Now, when the lady was putting the makeup on, she told me I had really good skin in general so that this would be good for me. She's not exactly lying either. My skin does get oily, but other than that, my complexion is usually very even. I break out occasionally but only in small amounts (nothing too bad anymore like when I was a teenager.) Im happy with my natural skin. The reason however that I like to wear foundation is because I have a bunch of acne scars from when I was younger if you look closely, and also the pores on my cheeks are enlarged. Also, if I do happen to break out or have any blackheads (mostly on my nose), foundation and concealer help take away the appearance. I don't like tinted moisturizers or anything because I feel as if they don't conceal the scars and whatnot as well as foundation. Anyway, this means that usually when I look for foundation, I look for a medium coverage or so.
Back to this Bare Minerals foundation- there's a few things I like and a few I dont like. As far as the pros go, I love how this foundation keeps me pretty matte for a long period of time. I have oily skin so its always surprising when I find a foundation that can do that well. Also, I love how natural it looks. You honestly can't really tell Im wearing anything but it gives my skin this overall sort of glow that I enjoy. Plus, it feels very light. Nothing like a heavy liquid which Im used to.
The cons: The coverage is awful. Upon closer inspection, it barely covers my acne scars and you can still make out some black heads that I have on my nose while wearing it. I've tried taking the advice of others and applying more pressure when buffing it on as to break up the minerals and whatnot, but that didnt make too much of a difference. It is also supposed to act as a dual concealer...I dont really see that is conceals well either. I'll try using the concealer brush to put some under my eyes and I don't see that it makes that much of a difference in the appearance of my under eye. It also works horribly to conceal blemishes.
I do, however, enjoy the bronzer and the mineral veil that I purchased. The mineral veil does blur the appearance of pores as it claims and the bronzer is also very light and natural feeling. So, all in all, I dont hate the Bare Minerals line. But as far as the foundation alone goes, I'm not too much of a fan. I think itd be good for people who dont have too much to conceal and dont have really dry skin. But other than that, I would not recommend this if you're looking for medium to heavy coverage or have dry skin.
I may or may not buy this again. For a foundation, it's a bit cheaper compared to the fifty five dollars Im used to spending. The only reason I might buy it again though is because of how natural it looks. If I do buy it again however, I will have to deal with the fact that my scars are not well covered and any blemishes or anything won't be concealed that well. I might just use the mineral veil and bronzer with another foundation. Im not sure yet. But for now, I think Ill continue looking for other foundations to do the job.
Let me start off by saying that if one has dry skin, this is probably not a good foundation for you since it gives a very matte effect. I used to wear the Original, but my face always came out with shine spots in pictures.
I switched over to the Matte version and ohhh my goodness. I have very oily, greasy, skin with very frequent breakouts that I am trying very hard to control. However, I ALWAYS have a red nose and red bumps on my cheeks. My ex bf would make fun of me all the time, to the point that I didnt want to leave my house because I was so self conscious of my red, bumpy cheeks and nose.
About three months ago I started using BM matte and it COVERED EVERYTHING UP. Given, I used the concealer brush to apply it all over my face. Yet, it still looked completely natural.
Yes, it is expensive, however the price is do able, I think around $26... but it does last a long time.
Changed my life <3
For me, this is an *okay* product. I use it when I'm breaking out and need some coverage. I actually wish it was lighter coverage - a little bit and you definitely look made up. I try my best to just not wear face make up at all. My skin is always happier that way. I'm not really sure if this *causes* me to break out, but if I wear some of this one day, I end up needing to wear more the next day. And the day after. It's a vicious cycle it seems like.
I like the new packaging alot. It keeps you from wasting product. And I haven't noticed too much of a difference between the 'matte' and regular. And the color isn't ever orange - that's a plus. And the SPF definitely works - I have to make sure I'm not wearing any of this when I go tanning or I don't get any color. I'll keep using this until I find something better.
I have used the regular Medium BE foundation for YEARS. Thought I would try this since it's summer and I tend to get shiny some days. I thought this was just the thing for that and bought the Medium color in Matte. I was wrong. No coverage compared to the regular, I might as well have applied Mineral Veil. I don't need a huge amount of coverage but some would have been nice. Crappy product. Very disappointed.
This was my first foray into the world of mineral foundations. It works reasonably well and I wouldn't go back to using a liquid version. However, with the advent of better competing products out on the market (at better prices), I wouldn't buy this product again.
The foundation: the powder is smooth and easy to apply. However, it's not very pigmented. It may be buildable, but at most provides moderate coverage. I have oily skin and I didn't feel an noticeable differences in using this product, but it didn't hurt, either. If you only need light coverage, this brand will work just fine.
I will say this: they have good costumer service. I contacted the company via email with questions concerning some of the ingredients. I got a courteous and informative response within 24 hours, even though it was the weekend.
It is a littl epricey and t was not as awesome as advertised. My skin was smooother. But it doesnt keep my face matte and that is what it claims -_-
We just had some bare mineral counters opening up in my city, so I bought the starters kit.
The foundation is nice, but too little coverage for me. I have acne scars and dark circles and bare minerals foundation does not cover them or even them out enough for me. I tried using their concealer as well. but it's still not enough coverage for me. Also this foundation can make you look a bit flat, you need to use a bronzer powder as well. I really do like their bronzing powder, it makes your face to fresh and real again.
Altogehter it's a nice product, especially if you already have fairly even skin. Unfortunately for me I still need some liquid foundation underneath to really even out my skintone. The finish this powder foundation gives is very nice and natural.