uggh. I also do not know why I waited so long to realize this was giving me blackheads and little bumps all over my face. Not to mention the horrible old lady powdery face I was walking around with, terrified of sunlight or anything else that would illuminate the layers upon layers of BE. Anyway, never again, I tried and tried for two years to like this but it is just CRAP and so are the brushes it comes with. There is a reason the starter kits come with so much free stuff, it is like a restaurant that has early bird specials, stay away.
Okay, Lets see, I do like the fact that this isnt a liquid....and really I havent found it to be too messy. At least it doesnt bother me much. I found really good color matches for my neutral medium skin. So sounds good right? Wrong. I have super and I mean OIL SLICK skin and this unfortunatly does NOTHING for it. Within an hour I am trying to sop of the oil with a clean and clear blotting paper. I wanted to like it I truly did and I am not throwing it out because in the winter when I am not so oily (I live in N. Fl.) its a little better but for us oily skin gals it just doesnt work. Also that mineral veil is crap...its just made my face itchy so I never use that at all.
Like the other reviewer's, i tried for WAY too long to like this stuff. spent a small fortune trying to match my olive skin, (with or without a tan) & not one of them did. and the glow? oh my God it was horrible! my face was the 1st thing everyone saw when i walked into a room! it was blinding, & looked chalky to boot. the mineral veil only made that zombie look worse. tried the tinted MV, didnt like that either.
i am 50 now & was blessed with good skin that looks much younger. i began using BM's at 47, but who wants to glow that much in this age bracket? no matter what i did to prep my face, this stuff looked horrible on & didnt cover as well as leslie claims it does. i did like the clear radiance & the glee though. so that's something. brushes are so-so. i actually got better brushes from avon!
i switched to Laura Geller's baked collection some time ago, & i LOVE it! i wear her balance/brighten & bronze/brighten, & both look fantastic on!! they do exactly what laura claims they will, and they dont glow like a beacon, nor settle into fine lines & wrinkles. best of all, no mess!
never again will i fall for a high priced hype like BM's. i now have a small fortune in BM's i dont use. i look at it & wish i had the money i foolishly spent. continued >>
I was a die-hard BE girl, but like others in the post: the mess, the mess, the mess!!! The colors were iffy, but the kit came with 2 different shades for mixing. I could never get the colors accurate or consistant.
During a makeover, for foundation the makeup girl used Jane Iredale, a hard-pressed powder, applying it with a kabuki brush- no mess, good coverage, still mineral makeup-LOVE it!!
Not too impressed with BM. I've used Everyday Minerals and the About Face Mineral powder from Arbonne. I actually like the Arbonne product better but it costs a little more than EveryDay Minerals. The brush isn't too harsh like what I experienced with BM and if you get the wholesale account with Arbonne, it actually costs less BM. Great mineral blushes and shadows from EveryDay minerals and Arbonne too. Very happy with Arbonne. :-)
I really really tried to like Bare Minerals. In fact, I put up with it for a good two years, two whole years of messy counter, spilled powder, etc. Now, why did I do that? Because I bought into the hype that it is all natural and you can even "sleep in it". Oh please.
Color: I've purchased this in three different colors because different BE sales people tell me different things (from 1.2 to 2 to 3). But I guess if you're in the fair to medium range, the colors are fine.
Coverage: It's not bad, for powder. It does get chalky if I pile on more than two applications.
Brushes: They usually come free with the kits (and I've purchased many different BE kits), so can't expect too much from freebies. The brushes for foundation & blush get really stiff and scratchy after a while. I even bought BE's brush shampoo and "quick-change", so can't say it's because I'm not cleaning the brushes or I'm using crappy cleansers. (I do like Quick Change). The eyeshadow brushes remain decently soft however.
The foundation doesn't last, gets streaky, settles in fine lines, and shows up chalky in photos. The eyeshadows usually has too much glitter. In fact, I broke out horribly for a year but since I was living overseas in the Caribbeans, I thought it was the weather. Nope, I was wrong, it was one of the ingredients in the foundation.
I've since stopped using the foundation. I still have more than twenty different jars of eyeshadows/blushes, which I use, once in a while. continued >>
i bought the mineral foundation because i thought it would be perfect for my super sensitive,super dehydrated acne prone skin.....how wrong could i be!!
firstly in my opinion the colour choices are terrible,im a fair skinned red head with some freckles and neither the fairly light,light,or medium looked natural on me!
I found that it accentuated my pores,dry patches,and all my blemishes and flaws.I also thought it made my skin look shiny.
Like most of the other reviewers this product also made my skin feel very irritated,itchy,and broke me out.Definately would not use again.
I bought two foundations and two mineral veils, the reg and the tinted. I also bought the flawless face brush which is horrid. This makeup line is just not for me. Though I just bought a better makeup brush which makes the powder not look as cakey and disgusting on my face, the coverage is poor IMO. And for some reason B.E. foundation makes me face itch....weird. I don't want to waste it, so I will use it from time to time since I found a better application brush which is amazing! (it's from CVS, essence of beauty kabuki brush for about 10 bucks). As for re-buying...No.
I would not buy this product again. I think it's too expensive when compared to other similar products. Also, I have the itchiness problem that other people have commented on. It usually happens when my face feels a little sweaty. Again, it seems unnecessary to spend so much on this product when there are so many etailers selling mineral makeup.
I tried BM a few years ago when I was naive about mineral makeup. I did not like it then but figured it may be attributed to the fact that I had no clue how to apply it. So I tried it again a few months ago when I got on the mineral makeup kick again. Well, I still don't like it. It is not good for oily skin, and no matter what shade I try, I turn orange after a couple hours when it is time to blot. I think it is only a fair quality compared to other mineral makeup. Also, why would they not make a formula without bismuth oxychloride for people who have reactions to it (myself included)? Lastly, I abhor companies that feel the need to paste advertising literally EVERYWHERE! If the product is that good, the quality will speak for itself. I know how much advertising costs, and to me it seems like maybe they should spend their money on a new product formulation rather than commercials, infomercials, and print ads telling me how great and revolutionary their product is.
I much prefer Lily Lolo, Lumiere, and Lauress (old formula). The quality of these products is truly a step above in my opinion.