Just want to add that I used BE products for 3 years before I found out that the products contain bismuth oxychloride, which is a known carcinogen. I'm very disappointed that BE would knowingly put this ingredient into their makeup.
I don't like BE. I bought the starter kit on December, used for about a month and gave up.
It is just not mine!!!
I've been using Bare Escentuals for almost two years now and I'm crazy about it! BE gives me a (near) flawless complexion and looks very natural. It has never caused me to breakout, is inexpensive, and quick to apply. I love that I'm always just a few quick minutes away from flawless looking skin. My only complaint (and the reason I gave it 4 out of 5) is that it needs a good deal of touching up midday; I almost feel like I need to redo the whole thing sometimes.
As others have said, technique is key. I would highly recommend watching the video that comes with the starter kit. I've also found some very helpful tutorials posted by real users of BE on the internet. Just remember a little goes a *long* way.
Bottom line: No breakouts, inexpensive, natural coverage, needs to be touched up during the day.
*Edit* I bought the BE Prime Time primer and it has changed my BE experience. Now my makeup lasts all day long! If you're using BE I would definitely recommend using the Prime Time as well.
*Edit* I gave up on BE due to the bismuth oxide found in the foundation. Made my skin terribly itchy and irritated. I had to stop using the BE primer as it caused my skin to break out. I switched to Everyday Minerals and couldn't be happier. No more itchy skin and midday touchups.
I love the look of this on my skin, and I also love my skin since I have been using bare minerals. I suspect that many of the negative experiences result from people who aren't using the product correctly. Application is much different than with a normal powder. When applied correctly, this product seems weightless yet somehow provides a luminous, evenness to my complexion that lasts all day 12-15 hours or whenever I take my make-up off. I do find that I need blotters during the day. Only negative is the packaging. I wish BE would develop a packaging where the minerals are dispensed up through a brush; this is messy to use on the go. UPDATE: I have switched to Everyday Minerals intensive formula, which has better coverage, many more shades to choose from, and is much cheaper.
I bought the starter kit at Sephora, and 2 weeks after trying the product, Im ready to give my 2 cents worth. First of all, i have tanned asian skin and im unable to find a match for my skin even after trying to mix the 2 medium colors together in varying proportions. I've given up, and now just apply a sheer layer to get away with the color-mismatch.
My bad experience with this product started on the first day i wore it. Was taking a leisurely walk in 80F weather and my chin was stinging like crazy. I knew i was not getting a sunburn (wore an SPF 50 sunblock under it and i was barely 15 mins in the sun), but that incident really freaked me out. Subsequently, my face itches everytime i have this on, though it gets less itchy by the day.
The brushes are scratchy and im sure the buffing action irritates the skin (it's amusing how the models can squeal 'oh this makeup brush is so soft' in the demo DVD). Btw, the kabuki brush that came with the set is still shedding badly after 2 weeks of use.
All that said, there are still things i like about mineral makeup. The coverage is more natural that what i can achieve from using liquid foundation. The texture of the foundation accentuates dry skin, so i always make sure that the face is well moisturised before application. I will ditch BE as soon as i can find a better mineral foundation.
*Edit* Hey ladies, chanced upon 2 articles - on buying mineral makeup and bismuth oxychloride. Interesting to know that bismuth oxychloride is a by-product of metal processing and is used as a filler to bulk up the packaging. Ugghh!
I originally bought into the BE hype for the same reason as many, " all natural, you can sleep in it" stuff . It won't miraculously cure your skin problems, but I have been using BE for over a year now with no problems. It was the first makeup I've found that actually matches my skin without a "makeup line" and I love the built in SPF. The Mineral Veil is a must for oily skin and the new primer helps tons for a smooth finish. It is a bit messy (my countertop proves it) but overall a decent product. I've tried the Loreal version and it didn't compare. Arbonne's product works well, however the shipping costs lack a lot to be desired.
I felt like I had just stuck my face in the flour canister. Too heavy feeling for a powder and not as good of coverage as flour.
Well, I'll jump on the Bash BM Bandwagon! :) I'm giving this 2 lippies b/c of Sephora's generous return policy. I bought the starter kit in "fair," and neither color worked for me. I have mild rosacea & had hoped the yellow tones would help mute the redness w/o having to pile on the product, but I was wrong. I looked yellow, shiney, and neither the baby kabuki or the "flawless" applicator brush could put this stuff on my face in a manner that didn't highlight every pore. (thanks to Pville, I discovered CVS's Essence of Beauty brushes & am shocked at how soft a brush can be).
I also have oily skin, so the minerals around my nose would turn into a grease pit within an hour. I was able to blot this up with absorbing sheets, and I found that the mineral veil did help to "freshen" everything, but numerous apps of the veil throughout the day resulted in a cakey mess by the day's end.
I've also tried EM (too drying or too shiney, depending on formula), JI (too shiney), Jane (too messy, poor coverage), and Cory Cosmetics (too crazy, but Cory's is the only decent match & it does look "ok" on my whacky skin, at least better than anything else I've tried).
So perhaps minerals just are not for me. Nothing works for everyone, so I get tired of the promises of "natural perfection" made by the MMU companies. :P
I love BE!! There are some times, when it doesnt compliment my skin, such as after a skin peel, but overall, it helps tremendously!! The trick for me is to use a liquid cover up first and use BE to blend in for a beautiful finish!!!
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.