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Foundations - Bare Escentuals - bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation

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rated 3.5(98 reviews)

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  • 53% would buy again
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rated 2 of 5 on 8/5/2014 4:16:00 PM More reviews by annaa7

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green

I don't understand what all the hype is about. This is a HORRIBLE product, it does NOT cover whatever kind of acne you have! This is a waste of money. I bought the kit with brushes, concealer and foundation. I did like it in the beginning, but turns out it is not good. However, the brushes are good. And I also liked the concealer. But the foundation? No.

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rated 1 of 5 on 7/29/2014 5:22:00 PM More reviews by cogitoergodebs

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

easily the WORST purchase ive ever made. looked great in the shop but within hours had clogged every pore and was emphasising rather than hiding imperfections and I have clear skin. if you have even remote issues with spots or redness AVOID this product. zero coverage yet clogs pores. waste of money!

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rated 4 of 5 on 7/13/2014 1:45:00 AM More reviews by gsalazar82

Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

This foundation on its own offers little coverage. If you have imperfections on your skin that you want completely covered with JUST this than this is not the product for you. I use this to set my liquid foundation/BB Cream/ TM and it works really well for that. I don't like using a powder foundation to set because its too heavy but a translucent powder is not enough for me. I have dry skin and this powder gives me a nice natural finish; I notice that when I don't use this my skin looks a lot less hydrated.

This powder needs something to stick to in order for it to cover evenly and last throughout the day. It has a tendency to cling to dry patches and emphasize pores if used on its own.

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rated 5 of 5 on 7/11/2014 4:51:00 PM More reviews by zee140

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel

So today I was at a makeup store and since my cousin is a makeup artist and works there.. She put the makeup for me and chose the right colors.. At first it looks fake and cakey BUT.. After 30-45 mins.. It sinks into the skin and looks so natural and it's just amazing..

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rated 2 of 5 on 11/21/2013 7:46:00 AM More reviews by thejazzshak

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Blue

This product is not for me. It doesn't cover my redness/acne, emphases my forehead and "smile" lines, dries my skin out even more even with moisturizer, makes my face look very powdery and lasts about 2 hrs. The only pro is it looks pretty natural (with a light land and zero coverage minus the settling) but I can get that from a $6 drugstore foundation with much better performance!!!

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rated 3 of 5 on 10/1/2013 11:04:00 PM More reviews by Hooverbunny

Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

Loved this product 8 years ago until fine lines showed up. This product emphasizes fine lines. No primer works for this challenge.

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rated 4 of 5 on 9/4/2013 7:48:00 AM More reviews by YXXC

Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Other

If you get bumps, spots, itchiness, it's down to Bismuth Oxychloride. It's in a lot of eye products, eyeshadows and mineral makeup as it gives the skin that sought after glow. Ask the beauty counter girls if products contain it or read the packaging. Personally, I don't suffer with it and therefore rate Bare Minerals as it gives my skin a nice glow. Great for taking on short-haul flights as it's not a liquid so can carry on board. Using the primer that comes with the Get Started Kit means the powder doesn't cake on the skin. It's SPF 15, waterproof and the minerals found in it (other than Bismuth Oxychloride) helps to increase cell turnover.
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rated 1 of 5 on 9/4/2013 5:53:00 AM More reviews by Amelielydia

Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

This is pretty awful.

- It doesn't cover anything
- Doesn't look natural, cakes and collects around lines and pores
- Smells chemically - even others can smell it on my skin
- Accentuates all dry areas
- Difficult to apply and takes ages to buff to even a light coverage - very difficult to build up
- Makes me skin feel dry after just an hour of wearing
- So light that when I try to apply bronzer or blusher it comes right off
- Ridiculously expensive for what it is
- After just two hours it had separated horribly around my nose and chin to leave a very powdery flaky mess or makeup. I had to touch it up every hour or so to prevent it from looking so disgusting.

The only good thing about it is perhaps the colour matching, but I suspect that's because it hardly covers anything and therefore there's no makeup to match to my skin tone.

It's supposed to leave my skin feeling like it can breathe but I can feel the makeup on my face like any other foundation. It's light on the skin but feels just like any other makeup.

Maybe I'm not applying it right or maybe my skin is too bad to cover with something so light as I have quite a lot of acne scarring, but even in the unaffected areas it goes dry and clings to any flakey skin or larger pores like crazy.

I'm really disappointed. Waste of money. Unless you already have a lovely complexion and just want a very light makeup it's really not worth buying in my opinion.

/ I'd like to add that it probably is down to Bismuth Oxychloride as everyone has been saying but I found that at the end of the day my skin was unbearably itchy and I was swollen under the eyes. My skin was bright red and it still isn't quite normal. Clearly some kind of allergic reaction- Be careful if you're thinking of buying this product!!

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rated 1 of 5 top reviewer on 6/23/2013 11:02:00 PM More reviews by Shauneexo

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Hazel

Where do I even start? I'll start with its only strong points: photographs well, stays put, and and covers well without caking. Now onto everything else. First off, I got matched to Medium Tan, and I don't know what the hell people are talking about when they say how natural this looks. It makes me look gray, dead, and like I rubbed dirt all over my face. It literally makes my already dark under eye area look like I have two blacks eyes. Yuck!!! If the coloring wasnt so grayish, this would have a lovely finish. Also, my skin is very sensitive and this literally gave me 20 active pimples at one time!!!!!!! 20. And not just little bumps, I'm talking cystic, painful bad boys. It took me a month to undo the Damage from this foundation. I don't know how it keeps winning awards. It's worse than probably any foundation i have ever used. Stay away from this stuff!!!

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rated 1 of 5 on 6/4/2013 4:07:00 AM More reviews by foreverbj

Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown

Today is 6/4/13. I am now adding to this because there are still women out there not reading the ingredients before you put them on your face. You go into any MAC Store in the country you ask them for their big black book they will bring it out & you can go to any single product they have and look up every single ingredient.You can also call 1-800-387-6707 they are the specific people to call with questions about ingredients for any MAC Product.
People don't know that but I do that's how I know the products I can buy, as well as the ones I have to stay away from because of the bismuth oxychloride.
Bismuth Oxychloride can be found in ANY MAKEUP. Powders, foundations, lipstick, blush, eye shadow, lip liner, eyeliner, primer, moisturiser, highlighter,concealer, bronzer, mascara. EVERYTHING that has the word "mineral" in it, if you are don't care about what you're putting on your skin then you're going to get a bad reaction & guess what, plenty of women out there, their skin is damaged for life.
Don't believe me, go online & search it bismuth oxychloride plus skin damage. I am not making this up & I am tired of seeing every other post "it made me break out" "I don't know what it is" "I don't know what happened". Please do your homework, look up the ingredients. I'm trying to help you, so you can educate yourself. This is ridiculous no one working at the counter is going to tell you it's bad for your skin. You have to be responsible.
I go into MAC I have a list of the products I want to look at they pull out the black book & I look thru it. I'm not making anyone wait they can still help other customers. When I know what I want that's when I ask them. Take the lipglasses there is only 1 lipglass that does not contain bismuth oxychloride.
Yes I may be there an hour but you know what the manager came over to me asked me what I was doing so I said do you know what bismuth oxychloride is? She said no and she went on her phone right there and looked it up and said we don't carry that that's not in our products. I said look right here this is only one product, it is in a ton of your products. That's why I have to go through this book because I cannot have anything on my skin with that ingredient.
So I educated her & she told the other girls we're going to have a meeting later to discuss something one of our customers told me. So it made a difference right there. Now they are more aware if people are coming back with products saying I broke out all over, I have red bumps, they're going to know they're gonna look at the ingredients & see if bismuth oxychloride is in it & I bet you 99 to one it is.
All I did was answer a question, now the people that work at the MAC I go to are more educated & I am getting products that will not harm my skin.
Even drugstore brands Revlon L'Oreal Cover Girl Maybelline doesn't matter if it says MINERAL look at the ingredients if you can't see them look it up on your phone or call the phone number on the product. I don't understand how women don't even look at the ingredients. This is YOUR skin you can do permanent damage.This is not just makeup, its your skin.
I gave in & tried bare minerals 4yrs ago when QVC had a special on their Perfect 10 package: foundation, blush, mineral veil, eyeshadows, lipgloss & brushes. As soon as I put it on, my skin itched & burned & I started sweating instantly. It was on my skin 5 minutes. When I washed it off I thought it was done but over the next few days my skin broke out bad & I havent had a zit in over 16 years! I went online to see if anyone else had the same reaction & there are hundreds of women who have, due to the bismuth oxychloride which is made of the same components as ARSENIC & 75% of people in the world, are allergic to it.
Bare Minerals, Sheer Cover are the worst. The old commercials for bare minerals she would say you may feel a warming sensation when you put it on you know what that warming sensation is your skin peeling off! She doesn't say that now.I called in to QVC when they were talking about this product, I told them I had a ? & complaint & they refused to put me on the air! Nobody hears the truth unless you find it for yourself & I did.
There are some mineral makeups that do not include this ingredient like Bee-Lucious, Everyday Minerals, and Jane Iredale but I would advise reseaching all mineral makeup before buying. If I had done my research then I wouldn't be out $60 & more importantly would still have clear skin. UPDATE TO TODAY I do have clear skin again. I am still using MAC products their mineralizing foundation does not contain bismuth oxychloride, the finishing powder that goes over it does so I can't get it. So do your research, find out for yourself what other women have experienced, read for yourself that it's made of the same things as arsenic.
Don't take my word for it find out for yourself then you will know what skin products are safe for you. I truly hope somebody reads this and takes this seriously because otherwise you're just gonna keep asking why did I break out, why did I get the red bumps why do I have cystic acne, & the answer will be in your makeup.
Just empower yourself as a woman, This is something you can take control of and educate yourself so you know what you're putting on your skin. I hope you do.

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