Medium coverage, buildable, stays put okay, but needs a touch up through the day. My skin clearly likes this foundation though, breakouts decrease and my skin seems all-around more luminous.
I guess it really depends on the person whether or not Bare Minerals works for you. It works completely fine for me, and great for every day looks when I don't want to put on too much. It's a little expensive for the quality, so I will be on the lookout for a nicer powder for less money.
I wear fair and fairly light depending on the season, both in the matte formula. I have extremely oily acne prone skin. I live in south texas so you can imagine the heat AND humidity I deal with!! I love this product!! It really does help control my oiliness and I find that I only have to dust with mineral veil one or two times during the day! It's really all about the way you put it on and the brushes you use! The buffing is the most important step!! I buff until the foundation looks like its a part of my skin and not just sitting on top! I'll go back with the concealer brush and pat on some foundation in places where I produce the most oil such as the T-zone. I use the hand buki and the large kabuki brush. Overall I love the product, it's light, airy and natural! It also really good in that it doesn't transfer like some liquid foundations do, I will continue to repurchase!
Throughout my life, I've struggled with severe ance, discoloration, and both dry ans oily skin. Around 6 years go, I was introduced to Bare Minerals and instantly fell in love, even with blotting throughout the day. My skin was calming down and clearing up.
I decided to try the matte the moment it was released and found it flawless, with buildable coverage, but noticed the shades ran a little darker. I decided to branch out a try different brands for a year, and when i returned to using Bare Minerals, I was shocked that it did not have the same effects on my skin. Wondering if the formula has changed?
I have oily acne-prone skin and this was a lifesaver for me. I got it as a gift for christmas(2011) and I am still using it ALL the time. It lasts forever, sets matte, calms my skin, does not make me break out, and has great coverage. I use this by itself on my oily days and I use clinique even better on my dry days under this. I actually think it has cleared up my skin. You dont need much for it to cover good, so it can last up to 6 months maybe longer. I definitely reccomend this to ANYONE. I got "light" and it matched me perfectly. :)
I was compelled by a friend to try this foundation, even though I already had a foundation I had been happy with for years. I've heard a lot of hype over bare minerals. What a mistake! I tried this the first day... no coverage at all.. you could see all these red blotchy spots on my face! On the second day it made my skin so dry it actually flaked off after I applied it. I watched the DVD it came with over and over to make sure I wasn't doing anything wrong. But I was just so baffled by my friend and various other people reccomending this! So dissapointing! I was not impressed at all and would definitely not reccomend to anyone else.
I LOVE this! I used this foundation for years, I get many compliments on how nice my skin looks when I use this.
So my never ending search for a perfect foundation match lead me to try Bare Minerals. A bit about me.
I am bi racial half English half African and have light brown skin with fairly yellow undertones.
I've been using MAC for a few years and was always matched with NC 45 which is far too orange, NC 44 is too pale in the studio fix formulation anyway.
I was given a sample of Golden Tan in bare minerals original formula despite me telling the MUA that I had combination skin. The colour of the original formula was almost perfect but looked a little pink at first then when oxidised it would match me better. Decided to bite the bullet and buy the Matte version in Golden Tan and it's a perfect match. One thing I have noticed though that it does oxides slightly orange but it looks more like I've got a slight tan. My skin has cleared up and although I get the odd pimple most of my previous post inflammation hyper pigmentation (us brown skin girls know all about that) has gone making this an ideal foundation for me.
This foundation makes my skin look airbrushed and luminous especially once my oil comes through. It doesn't stay matte for long nor does it make my skin look like a frying pan. I'm searching for a better primer for oil control which will help.
I wouldn't recommend this foundation if you have a lot of acne as I don't think the coverage is there but I really am impressed with this.
I am not in any way a super oily skinned gal, but there is nothing in this world that I hate more than sparkle ALL OVER MY FACE, which is what turned me off the the bare minerals original formula. This does not have nay of that shimmer. And for that reason I love it.
I was breaking out something fierce a few months back due to an allergic reaction to a makeup product and my mom was concerned my foundation at the time (Rimmel Lasting Finish) was breaking me out further, so she bought me this.
Becasue bare minerals is natural and very light (it claims you can sleep in it!!) it let my skin breathe and let it heal. And it did! My skin started to settle down and now I wear this whenever I notice my skin acting up.
It definitely doesn't compare to a real liquid foundation in coverage, so if you are expecting that kind of coverage you may want to try something else. But it isn't totally sheer, it does cut back the redness on my cheeks and forehead considerably and makes it look very smooth and even, not quite flawless but even :)
I will for sure be continuing to use this (just for reference I am in the color fairly light and I'm about an NC15-NC20). I would suggest going to either a bare minerals store, an Ulta, or a Sephora to get matched for color :)
Was using Mac then went to ultra had a 30 day trial so I picked medium beige in original and matte.liked the original but then after I washed my face had little bumps.so I tried the matte with my sunscreen and it looked horrible. So I went to buy the sunscreen moisturizer for normal to dry skin.OK applied the primer and then added the matte.it was too dark but it did cover my laugh lines. Then used the summer bisque. To cover the deal spots it was OK but still didn't cover it up.At the end of the day I washed and bumps again.So I read that hour skin had to get used to it OK.So after 2 weeks more bumps and it horrible.so I went back to Mac!