I've been using BE products for 2 years now. I use the BM in Medium Beige, concealer (multi-tasking minerals) in Summer Bisque, blusher in Beauty, and sometimes the Mineral Veil (my skin is dry so I don't really need it). It takes me all of 4-5 minutes to do my face, once you learn how to apply it, it's fast and easy, so take time to practice. The concealer does a terrific job of covering undereye circles and minimizing shadows around the nose. The blush lasts all day without fading.
Here are a few tips I have learned by experience:
- Let your day cream sink in for a few minutes before applying BM, your skin should feel fresh but not slippery. If you don't the minerals will take on a shiny/metallic appearance on your skin.
- The Flawless Face brush gives a lighter finish than the Kabuki brush.
- The eyeliner powders work better with the BE Weather Everything sealer liquid. I find that if you use them with water they flake off/fade away by the end of the day. That being said, my bottle of sealer sealed itself shut after a year and won't work again, even when I poke a needle in the hole. So right now I am using pencil liners.
Edit: I quit using BM when they changed the formulation and added talc, and also because the powders are just too messy to deal with when you're traveling. I now use Pur Minerals.
I have been using BE products for a while now. Although I do like BE foundation, it sometimes make my skin itches (especially during the summer). Besides the itchiness, I really love the coverage and texture of it. It's great for all skin types! Most of all, I love their MINERAL VIEL! It sets my makeup flawlessly. In addition, their eyeshadows are excellent!!!!!!
However, for those who can't afford BE but love mineral makeup, I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Everday Minerals Makeup!! Hope this information is helpful =)
I love Bare Escentuals. I use all the products. I do not find it excessively messy. If you swirl, tap, and buff as directed the minerals will fall into the cap of the makeup. The coverage is great. The brushes are soft and help in providing excellent coverage. The eye shadow is fun and easy once you get used to it. I find eye lining easier with bare escentuals than tradition lining. I will never go back to the liquid.
This foundation is better than anything I have used in the past in that my skin takes to it better, but it's far from perfect.
It's messy, for one. Gets everywhere. I use warm deep so I swirl the brush and tap and dark particles settle on my mirror, dresser, it's awful!
Also, warm deep has this really ashy base. You really have to be careful to apply it sparingly. And it makes my under-eye circles darker. I should go one shade lighter, but that would be medium tan and that just feels wrong! Lol--my complexion is dark not "medium tan." For now, I'll just keep layering it with clear radiance and mineral veil...
And how often are you supposed to clean the brushes? I clean mine once a week, but I suspect they're the reason I get occasional breakouts. It just doesn't seem hygenic to keep using the same brushes. I'd douse them with alcohol, but then they'll dry out (sigh!)
I should just go and see a dermatologist about my skin and give up on makeup altogether. It's such a drag! And, one last point, I'm sick of the endless pots of pastel colored minerals that are meant to alter the appearance of your skin if you apply them, just so. It's really time-consuming to achieve flawlessness with bare minerals, and it just keeps proliferating--clear radiance, pure radiance, warmth, true radianceógive me a break. I just want one pot of something that doesn't look grey until I set it with clear radiance and mineral veil.
I'll stop whining now, but if anyone comes across a liquid foundation that truly is non-comedogenic and actually improves the texture of your skin and doesn't have to be set with a slew of other products, drop me a line, please.
Update: I still haven't found a replacement but I'm no longer looking. I think I may have turned into an BE expert along the way because I no longer have any problems with my mu shade. I also rediscovered Philosophy's The Present as an excellent primer for the BE foundation. Just let the primer sit on your skin for no less than 3 minutes before you apply--I'm not kidding, wait 3 minutes! You'll thank me. The Present really helps it stay put all day with no touch ups.
As for the mess, I just focus on tapping the excess back into the jar. And I've reconciled myself to washing the brushes every week!
Okay this was the first makeup line that I bought. I don't wear makeup very often even though I love it. I only wear it when I'm trying to look nicer than usual. I have break out prone skin so this was my first choice and I loved it. However, after 3 years it seemed to change. It seemed redder on my skin and I noticed it started to make my face itchy. So I decided to try something new, MAC studio tech. (really like it so far). I still use the warmth and mineral veil (great translucent powder), but as far as foundation goes this is no longer my first choice.
I used BE in medium and medium beige for about a year, but I just can't do it anymore. For a while, I loved the coverage and finish. I guess I must be right on the edge of aging skin now, though, because it has started to collect in the fine lines on my face, regardless of whether I use primer or not, if I seal it with powder or not. I also just can't take the mess on my vanity anymore. Finally, it BURNS if I perspire even a little. My sister has the same problem. I'm back to liquid. In all fairness, I do still use Mineral Veil on occasion.
Admitted - it has taken me some time, but now I have finally given up.
I am too old for Bare Minerals. I have tried many times over the last year, and am the 'happy' owner of the Fairly Light, the Medium Beige and the Medium. To show my good intentions, I have them all with both american and french labels. lol.
But - they are not for me. I have dark, fine lined undereye area and the minerals will draw attention to this problem by making the area look even dryer and wrinklier. The nice male SA at Sephora in Cannes recommeded that I mix the Bare Minerals foundation with BareVitamins for the undereyes, but that gives an unwanted 'silvery look'.
As for the rest of my face the minerals seem to disappear around noon at which time a very unwanted greasy shine lights up my forehead (I have dry skin!)
Have tried the 'sandwich application' - mineral veil under and on top of the mineral foundation.
Have tried the Summer Bisque for undereyes. That added a good 20 years to my face.
.....love the brushes, though.
I've only had my "get started" kit for a couple of days, so this is my initial reaction - I will update after a longer period. So far, I'm extremely excited and very pleased with Bare Minerals. Firstly, my makeup really does last pretty much the whole workday - much better than my usual, traditional makeup. It definitely looks natural, and I don't have the usual shine that I would normally get. I'm 41, so my skin is a bit dry but I still get shine - I don't find that my skin feels tight or dry at all. It truly does feel like (and look like) I have no makeup on at all. I am actually rather "freaked out" that this makeup could really be this good all around.. so time will tell. But so far, it just amazes me.
By the way, the "get started" kit would be enough stuff for someone to truly have everything they need - "warmth", which comes with the kit, is a nice cheek colour. But I also ordered the "get cheeky" kit at the same time, and I am enjoying having a more pinkish blush as well. I'm going to order "bisque", which is supposed to be more of a concealer, but I do find that I can conceal fairly well with just the foundations that come with "get started".
I absolutely LOVE this foundation. This is perfect for me and I doubt I will ever buy anything else! It is pricey, but it makes me look so much better than any other liquid foundation could do. I had so many breakouts, and I'm not sure if it's from this foundation or something else, but I have considerably less since I started using this. On the downside, it takes awhile to apply to look perfect.
I being a makeup fanatic....I have tried it all - the last foundation I tried was from a local spa that they mixed for you, it was a mineral makeup and it cost $60.00 a small jar... So I decided to give BE a try, to save on the cost. I love it. I would recommend to go into a store that sells it and try on the different colors of the foundation, I would have definatly bought the wrong color if I had not gone in and tried it on. It looks great on and I am always getting complemented on how nice my skin is, and the truth is I have very oily acne prone skin.. I would recommend this foundation to anyone that has not tried it yet... PS their concealer works great at hiding blemished too.