While I agree the final result is very good (maybe a bit on the heavy side, as I'm into more translucent foundations), the whole packaging and applying process is tricky, if not devilish. A working mother of two cannot afford to spend her time brushing her face for a whole five minutes (that's what it takes if you want a perfect finish) AND then scrubbing her bathroom sink and then dusting her dress before leaving for work. Definitely too messy.
I'll keep it for rare occasions of robust coverage and plenty of time
i have a love hate relationship with foundation. It always either looks caked on, feels horrible or dries me out. I wanted a foundation that gave me a natural look without a lot of effort and I do think that Minerals does the trick. I agree with everyone else that the packaging is the downside. I just try and be as gentle as I can shaking and opening it. But the actual product looks flawless and I can't tell it's on all day, even after 12 hours at work. My advise is to make sure you shake off the excess, blend gently, and don't use too much. A little actually does go a long way, but the transition isn't as noticable as when you put on other foundation. I got it at Boots in the UK for £10, and I definitely think it's worth it.
COLOUR - there is a good colour range with this product, and Golden Beige is almost perfect for me. TEXTURE - you don't actually feel this product as it is applied with a brush, but your skin feels soft and smooth after using it. FINISH - freshly applied, this looks even and softly matte. However, can look powdery and a little chalky if too much is applied or not blended well. WEAR - this product claims to be long lasting, but this is where it lets me down - after only a few hours I'm horribly shiny, the colour is patchy and has settled into pores. It's a real shame, because everything else about it is so promising. But since I have oily skin, staying power and shine control are very important in a foundation. PACKAGING - very convenient. It comes in a smallish loose powder-style container, with a mini kabuki brush attached to the lid and another larger clear lid to keep the brush clean. You tip the container upside down to get the powder flowing, then unscrew the brush and swirl it in the powder, tap off excess and buff over skin. I love the idea of mineral foundation, and I'm sure for people with normal skin this is great. But not for me.
Like many other reviewers I bought this as it was on offer and I was keen to try a mineral foundation and see if it was as good as the hype (i'm not convinced)..
It does give good coverage and went on easily enough (with a different brush, the one that comes with it made my face feel itchy), it also stays on well. The thing that puts me off repurchasing it is it felt heavier on my face than using a liquid foundation and powder. It doesn't feel natural like my usual foundations (I normally wear No.7).
I've taken another users advice and use a light dusting of it over foundation - it gives a lovely finish and staying power so good for a night out.
Edited to say: a few months on and I don't use this at all now. Too heavy and powdery with less coverage than a liquid foundation. Plus I hate the mess it makes and having to use the brush so much - even swapping to a natural kabuki type brush makes me feel itchy by the time this stuff has blended in!
Like some of the other reviewers, I saw this product on sale from £13.99 to £9.99 and decided to give it a try! Using this product is pretty easy, you just turn the pot upside down, give it a little shake to allow the powder to sprinkle out, open the lid, dip the brush in and then apply it to your face in a circular motion. What really gets to me though is the packaging! It sucks BIG TIME! Every time I open the lid to this, the foundation falls out and gets EVERYWHERE! I normally do my makeup before I leave the house but now I do it before I get dressed so that my clothes are not covered in this foundation! You really need to moisturise your skin well or this foundation will emphasis your dry areas. When I first brush this on, you just looks flat and dusty on my face but give it a couple of minutes to soak in and....ta da!!! You get the most amazing, natural glow with gorgeous even skin! Lasts all day too!
EDIT: - After 6 weeks of using this, I noticed blackheads all over my nose and I never get blackheads! On closer inspection of my skin, it looked really clogged and quite dehydrated. I suspected it was this foundation as I had not made any other changes to what I was using on my face. I stopped using this 1 week ago and already the blackheads have gone. Wont be using this again which is a little unfortunate as I love the glow it gives.
Ugh! I was psyched to use this, but the packaging is a nightmare! I had to throw this away because every time I tried to use it, my sink and floor were covered with blobs of minerals. Lots of waste and spilling because the brush is built into the lid. RIDICULOUS. ! ;(
I was very excited when I saw this product, I have wanted to try minerals for a while now but could not justify the hefty price tag. This is resaonably priced, the colour selecion was a little off - the lightest shade was a good match on my skin but would be too dark for people with fair skins.
The packaging is pretty bad and the application worse than clumsy - there is a brush buiilt into the packaging which seems to drop more powder than it picks up, the instructions for use were somewhat impractical to say the least, it is very easy to end up with product all over the place. It would be impossible to apply this while on the move.
I fould it a little hard to blend, but once on is not too bad - it does even things out as it claims but I found it very drying with prolonged use, I have ance prone skin and the dryness did not help at all. I would not repurchase this, as with a lot of other foundations I have tried my skin breaks out with it :/
How come this is different to the US version Bare Naturale? Hmm. I got this because I wanted to try mineral make up and it was on offer for £9.99. I really don't like it - packaging is too chunky so it won't fit in my make up bag, and why should we have to buy a new brush every time? Colour is ok, only 6 shades compared to the Bare Naturale line which has 8 so even the palest (Golden Ivory) is a bit too dark for me. It makes my skin feel really dry, I wouldn't have described my skin as dry at all but it looks really flaky when I'm wearing this! You have to exfoliate and moisturise like mad to avoid that. It feels and looks like I put coloured talcum powder on my face. The finish is very flat, my skin looks completely lifeless. I wasted my money! That cost me an hour and a half's pay! :(
I was dissapointed with this product. The packaging for a start is not at all well designed and is so akward to use. The brush picks up far too much product and when you dust it off it goes everwhere and stains everwhere! I got it on a new cardigan and had to wash it to get it out. The prduct itself is nothing special and can look really cakey. Take my advice and try the liquid version of l'oreals true match foundation.
I have been wanting to try a mineral powder foundation for some time but didn't want to shell out £25 on a pot of powder that I might not like so when I saw that L'Oreal had brought out a mineral makeup and I could get it for £10 I was so excited! My excitement was not misplaced. I love this stuff!! It goes on easily. You can add more where you need more coverage (i.e. over spots or blemishes) and it still looks just like perfect skin instead of thick foundation. It stays on all day and doesn't slide off my oily nose area like liquid foundations do. So far it hasn't caused any breakouts.
The packaging, however, is awful! I have transferred the powder into an old clinique powder pot that is more the shape and size of the ID minerals pots - much easier to deal with it this way. The brush it comes with is very scratchy but does actually do the job. You need a stiff bristled brush to be able to buff this into your face effectively.
One thing I did notice when cleansing my face at night. My normal cleanser didn't take this off totally. I usually use a wash-off (Origins Checks and Balances) and then swab my nose area with Clean and Clear Blackhead just to keep those nasties away. Usually the cotton wool is clean afterwards but after using this foundation I could clearly see some of it on the cotton wool so had to go over my whole face again.
Overall I really like this foundation - it makes me look like those film star headshot photos!!