I was really disappointed with this foundation. First of all, to get the correct coverage on blemishes I needed a lot of product which ended up looking cakey. Also, I had to use my own brushes because the ones that came with the set were very rough and irritated my face. This also made me break-out. Didn't work for me unfortunately.
I told my friend the other day that if they EVER discontinued Bare Minerals, that I would STOP wearing makeup. This is the absolute key to my entire beauty regimen.
I have people ask me constantly how I get my skin so flawless, and my answer is always bare minerals.
I am not, and have never been a fan of oil-based foundations or, the typical compact powder ones. Bare minerals is perfect. The secret, I have found, in the application is to find a very soft brush to apply it with. I literally apply it over my eye circles which it ALWAYS covers.
This foundation can cover anything, even when I am breaking out super badly, you would never know.
My only complaint about bare minerals is that they have changed the packaging of the product to where you have to use a knife just to basically get it open, and that you run out before you should, because they have made it now to where you can't pop off the top to get the rest out of the bottom. Now, you have to shake out as much as you can and theres typically a lot left when I have to repurchase because I cant get it out of the bottom anymore.
BARE MINERALS: if you're reading this, please don't EVER discontinue it!!! We <3 IT!!
I used this brand for a few years on and off in the shade medium beige. Recently, bare escentuals improved its packaging so that the sifter part closes and you don't have powder leaking everywhere. I love the new packaging but the product doesn't work for me. It has light-medium coverage and applies very natural looking. It did not break me out in my experience and has ingredients in it that are supposed to be good for your skin. The downside is it highlights enlarged pores, clings to dryness, and leaves oily skin shiny after only an hour of wear. I like this stuff for when my skin is behaving and I have no breakouts, but the reality is, it rarely behaves! So I use Loreal bare naturale because it provides much better coverage for less cash. I would not buy again because there are less pricey options that provide better coverage.
Very light coverage but build able. Great consistency. However I have very sensitive skin and I did break out with cystic acne for the first time in my life. These cysts were huge and all over my face. Plus I feel like the flawless face brush is a little harsh over time. Possibly too exfoliating for my sensitive skin.
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.
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.