I feel really bad that my Mom got me this set for Christmas, because I can't possibly tell her how annoyed I am with it! In the set my Mom got me, the packaging is absolutely the worst -the powder is packaged separately from the compact, so when you put it in, it spills everywhere. Ugh. Then, in terms of coverage, well, the Mineral Veil is just so-so for a loose powder. I just don't get what all the fuss is about. I'm all for the natural products (I use lots of them), but I find myself really confused by this stuff. The eye shadows are nice enough, so I gave it two lippies.
Wtf??!!!! This stuff has always screwed me over w/ a love/hate relationship. What I mean is... you're convinced this stuff is da bomb for about 15 minutes after your mu is fresh and pretty and all and then.. it's like your face goes to Hell. First of all, the color range is absolutely bogus. The Darker colors don't strike me as being pink or yellow based at all...just a weird, ashy, dirty tan color which ain't right by any means. That reminds me sort of that cheap crap you were crazy about in CVS at about 14 only to see pix of your face later showing you like a kid who's been playing in mud puddles and shit. Very expensive for the product. Oh yeah, but what I totally think sucks about this stuff is at the end of the day, it's sliding off your face like some kind of dingy looking self tanner and carries a heavy pink undertone that looks chalky and makes your pores ultra visible. Which makes me wonder...why would anyone buy a foundation formulated by a lady who looks like a drag queen to begin w/?
I bought this in summer '02, when i was attempting to go more "natural" with my makeup. I liked the natural look and feel of the makeup, but after many tries and experiments with application, i could not tone down the "shiny" look, and it really made my pores more noticeable as well. In addition, I noticed that (in certain light) it sometimes made my face look a funny, unnatural color - and i even had people ask me if i was sick!
it was expensive - and the packaging could have been thought out much better!! The "sifter" that is meant to separate the loose powder from the lid ends up collecting the loose powder, and then you can't get it back down into the container. very, very messy, and had to be careful not to spill it everywhere.
If you have very dry skin, and don't mind shiny skin, it is a good product. It does stay put for most of the day, and doesn't look unnatural when applied moderately.
One week ago, I bought I.D. bareMinerals from QVC in Foundation Fair 1 and Clear Radiance, along with two very nice application brushes. I got the hang of applicating fairly quickly, have been wearing it every day, and have been pleased, overall, with the results. There are 2 things I don't like about this product--the inefficient packaging and a tendancy to itch if I sweat.
I find it easy to apply and very effective. I have pale, roseacea-prone, translucent skin which flushes horribly whenever I'm embarassed, angry, or cold, and this is the only cover makeup (liquid or powder) I've ever tried that covers ALL redness, especially around the nose and out into the cheek area. It lasts a long time and doesn't change color or run.
I have found that this makeup can make normal-sized pores look unsightly; I cope with this by adding a quick, light dusting of ordinary cornstartch applied with a big, loose brush as a final touch. I'm planning to buy a sample of Mineral Veil to compare with ordinary grocery store cornstartch, but I doubt there'll be any noticeable difference.
This product has not caused any break-outs in my skin, but since it does occasionally itch, I would advise a cautious approach for those with truely sensitive skin.
Any dampness on the skin traps this makeup into ugly little piles, so let your moisturizer "set" before applying, and try buffing lightly with a dry sponge wedge after application.
it is ok it iant supposed to make your face look all caked up and made up but unless you use a bunch of it it doesnt cover;buy it at ULTA it is a lot cheaper!!!
This is the best powder I've found for my medium complexion and combination skin type. I recommended it to my mom who found that it does crease in her fine lines and wrinkles but I would highly recommend it to younger, more smooth skin to give an even more perfect look. My skin looks so healthy and smooth, yet not like I've caked on foundation. Because of its translucence, the same color also works well even as my skin tone changes from season to season.
I like the product as it is very natural and covers redness on my face. It is very easy and quick to use.
I love this stuff, I bought these on QVC along with alot more of theyre products and it covers up soo much, it take a time or 2 to get a hang of it but i love it
I have developed somewhat of a love-hate relationship with this stuff. I definitely HATE liquid foundation and when wearing BE it does not feel like I have anything on. It has taken practice for me to get the right application of this and I'm still working on that. Somedays it look great and I get compliments but other days it makes my pores look HUGE and is shiny. And some days it looks great outside in natural light but awful under flurescent light.
It is much better to start with a little bit of the powder and start with forehead, chin and then apply to cheeks and then lastly areas with more noticeable pores and keep buffing. The mineral veil is a necessity. I apply a tiny bit before applying the foundation to areas that have larger pores and then again apply all over after the foundation has "set". Although the color selection is somewhat limited I bought samples from ebay, about $3-4 each and have experimented. When I used to buy liquid I was a light ivory shade but since I have some redness on my cheeks and chin I have found that a combo of the fairly light 1.2 and fair 1 works best to cover the redness. Overall the coverage is good for minor imperfections and redness but it does not cover scars and freckles perfectly as the infomercial claims.
I am curious to see how this will do as my skin gets drier this winter. It is essential for me to moisturize before applying this or else it accentuates any dry spots that I have.
As many people have pointed out this is very messy but worth it to me to not have to wear liquid or another powder that just sits on top of my face. I can't say this is my HG but I'm not giving up on BE yet. If you're thinking about trying it I recommend either QVC, they have a good try-me kit and you can always return it if it doesn't work for you or also try e-bay.
I can't say enough about this product. Love it!!!