I make such a mess when I'm using this, all that swirling and tapping of the brush seems to get the powder everywhere!
I like the idea of using natural and light foundations on my skin, but the coverage on this is rubbish. I almost gave up on it altogether...but then I found its a good partner in crime when teamed up with a BB cream. This still makes me feel I'm not putting too much rubbish on my face but still hides my blemishes and pores. I will use it until it runs out but I doubt I will repurchase.
I first encountered BE's original foundation in 2007 when the first Canadian Sephora opened in Toronto. When I tried it in the store it seemed amazing, despite the fact I knew nothing about how to apply what back then was a totally new-to-me kind of makeup. In the store it looked amazing enough for me to actually buy some, and over the course of 5 months I loved it enough to recommend it to several coworkers who commented on how good my skin looked. (I was also using BE's mineral veil at the time.)
Back then, BE's foundation made my skin look like porcelain. It applied smoothly, didn't highlight pores or dry patches, and hid all the imperfections I was looking to disguise. It never dried out my otherwise dry skin, and it never made my skin oily in response to being dried out. The ease of application really cut down on the time it used to take me to put on my makeup when I was still using liquid foundation and concealer. It was a great product, even if I didn't know how to apply it properly or was a little heavy-handed with application. It seemed very forgiving and flexible and I was pretty happy with the product and its results. My skin never glowed, but it did look pretty damn good.
In the spring of 2008, I reordered the foundation (and mineral veil) online via Sephora since Vancouver didn't yet have a Sephora in town and BE wasn't as widely available as it is now. Now, I don't know if BE changed their formula during those few months it took me to use up my foundation or if it's because Vancouver is way less humid than Toronto. But whatever the reason, my second purchase was a bit of a nightmare. Suddenly, my skin was seriously dried out by the powders. It looked chalky and cakey no matter how I applied it or how little foundation I used. It no longer hid my flaws or covered up undereye circles; there was very little coverage to speak of. It did nothing for my skin like it did the first time I tried it. And, surprisingly, the first few times I applied the new batch of foundation it made my skin super itchy. I had to return it to Sephora for a refund because it was that awful.
After that I used Everyday Minerals for three years until 2011 when I got tired of EM's expensive shipping costs. For me, BE was the only easily accessible mineral makeup available since Vancouver then had a Sephora. So, despite my reservations about using BE again, I bought a third set of the foundation and mineral veil. Just like the second time, revisiting BE was a bad idea. I encountered the same issues - it was chalky; it made me looked washed-out (I was colour-matched in the store); it highlighted everything I didn't want highlighted; it made my skin look old, dehydrated, and lined; it made my pores look bigger; it offered very little actual coverage; it made my skin itchy (and I almost never react to any products). In other words, it was a complete waste of money and did nothing for my skin. I looked better without makeup on than with BE on my face.
I've had sales assistants, makeup artists, and even BE (and EM) customer service staff insist that people with dry skin such as mine can wear mineral makeup. They're adamant that it's not the product drying out my skin and that the powders don't draw moisture from the skin but instead lock moisture in and help hydrate the skin. I don't believe this for a second. Mineral makeup actually dried out my skin more than anything else I've ever put on it, even to the point of making the skin on my face crack and bleed one winter.
BE might be one of the most well-known mineral makeup lines out there. But it's way over-hyped, over-priced, contains questionable ingredients, and in my experience is not something anyone with dry skin should be wearing.
This has got to be one of the worst products that I have ever tried. On top of making my face itchy, it gave me a chalky look despite moisturizing well. I tried to make it work, but it just didn't. What a waste of money.
I definitely don't recommend this if you have oily skin at all! The 'luminous' finish it might give those with drier skin translated to "plasticky" on my oily skin. I look like a bad mannequin when I wear this! Also...its got poor coverage so if you've got broken capillaries, dark undereye circles etc. you'll need to pair this with a good concealer. Also, horrible staying power...comes off all over my sunglasses and phone...yuck!
No thank you, I've moved on to liquid foundation (Estee Lauder Double Wear to be exact).
I initially bought this to use it as a foundation - but for me the coverage is too light, so I need something underneath. Now I use it as a powder on top of my Exuviance Skin Caring Foundation, and this combo is PERFECT. The bareMinerals Orginal SPF15 Foundation provides, as a powder on top of foundation, a flawless (yet natural) finish. It doesn't look cakey, and it feels very light on the skin. I love it.
And the best part; it's mineral based, so it won't clog your pores.
Shade; I got it in "Light", and I actually think it's a tad too dark for me - but because of the light coverage I can still get away with it. I'm an NC20 right now, and "Light" would be a perfect match if you're an NC25.
I absolutely love this foundation. It's amazing! It covers like a dream and is undetectable if you wear the right shade with the correct undertone. Less is always more ect. Buff it in well evenly on your face and it will just make your skin look amazing. If you have oily skin I would blot every now and then but it still works well. The matte formula doesn't have the same coverage and is awful when layered at least fairly light looked orange I don't know about the other shades... Works well for large pores though. I would use a soft synthetic kabuki to buff the original in. I feel like the BE brushes are itchy and can irritate sensitive skin therefor cause acne. I've never broken out from bare mineral foundations but I think the brush makes a huge difference. The soft precision face brush should be fine
Let me start by saying that I like a medium-full coverage. Initially, this is not a full coverage. It's actually fairly light at first. The coverage of this foundation depends on the brush you use. I love this foundation with brushes such as the Precious Face Brush or Heavenly Face Brush by Bare Escentuals. I find that these two brushes, especially the Precision Face, give the best, fastest coverage. But I've always said that this foundation really let's your natural skin show through and bring a natural glow to the face. However, I believe that BE has made it to where this foundation works best with their primer. I've tried other primers with it, and it doesn't stay on as long. But when I use the BE primers, it tends to stay on longer. Overall, I really like it.
As much as i would like to give a positive feedback, I can't. This product contains bismuth oxychloride which has caused my skin to break out and become red- my skin is pretty sensitive! :(
HOWEVER, if you're not allergic to it...the powder is great and does give good coverage BUT it took me a while to get the coverage I wanted as I had to keep on building it on!!
HG PRODUCT!!! I'm in love with this product :) I've ventured out, testing out different foundations, BB creams, Tinted Moisturizers, etc, but I always come back to this. First, the coverage is AMAZINGI cant understand why people are saying this doesn't give much coverage!? I have some acne scarring and occasional spotts and this covers everything! However, if you use too much, it can get ugly. Less is more, because if you over do it you will end up with a cake face within a few hours. At first it, it might not look like it's covering everything, but within a few minutes your face will look flawless. It literally looks like a second skin,like magic! When I first used this, though, I put on waaay to much. It looked fine right after application, but a couple hours later, my face looked like it dipped it had damp flour or something caked on!! It was awful. Properly applied though, it's gorgeous! I always get compliments on my skin :) It doesn't feel like you're even wearing makeup either (no mask feeling/look here)! Furthermore, I am extremely fair skinned, and the the lightest shade FAIR is the only shade of any foundation, BB, etc out there that I've tried that actually matches me. I have pink undertones, and this one matches me perfectly!! Would highly recommend this to anyone, just remember to not overdue it :)
I cant understand why people are saying this doesn't give much coverage!? I have some freckles, acne scarring and occasional spotts and this covers everything! and less is more, if you over do it you will end up with a cake face within a few hours. You only need a little bit. Always use a Primer. I apply a thin layer or liquid foundation as a base, let it dry then buff the bare minerals in really really well and at first it doesn't look like its covering anything but then within a few minutes your face will look flawless. Its quite magic really! I was very impressed with the flawless coverage it gives. I have never achieved that with any other mineral powder or liquid on its own.
When I first tried it however I went way over board and applied far too much, at first it looked great and off I went out for dinner a few hours later with ten friends, came home another few hours later and looked in the bathroom mirror and was horrirfied not to mention embarrassed that I'd sat around the table looking like that! - My face looked like I'd dipped it in a bucket of yellow damp flour or something it looked TERRIBLE so I quickly learnt with this stuff that you really don't need to apply too much! that's when it goes horribly wrong... :)
But over all this is a fantastic full coverage foundation for dry skin, (it will just make oily skin look even more oilier because it has a luminous finish). It lasts all day and night, don't need a lot or it will look horrible, it makes your skin look air brushed & perfect. It feels very light weight and natural, you cant feel it on your skin! It honestly feels like you're wearing nothing at all. :) The price didn't bother me. I got it for around $45 on Trademe.co.nz (I live in NZ) I am very fair skinned, I use the lightest shade FAIR but I think its a teeny bit too pale so I am going to buy another one in Fairly Light and mix the two together :). Highly recommend to all dry skin girls out there who love a luminous dewy full coverage look. Xx