I absolutely love this foundation for several reasons.
1.It matches my hard-to-match olive tone FINALLY – thank you for coming out with the new Golden Tan shade. No longer is my face lighter than the rest of my body in pictures. No longer do I have a line that differentiates my foundation from my neck. Props to Bare Escentuals for reaching out to us olive tones.
2.I have literally fallen asleep in this product and not broken out – which is a miracle for me. I was using MAC before and would CONSTANTLY break out from even daytime use of their foundation.
3.Coverage is buildable. Granted, it annoys me that some days I have to give my foundation more time than I’d like to build up to full coverage, but nonetheless, it’s one of those “one size fits all” types of deals.
4.I use this product EVERYDAY and it lasts a long, long time. One container lasts me at least 3 months.
However, here are the cons:
1.If you have dry skin, stay away! It will highlight your dry patches and make the flakes stand out.
2.The buildable coverage is annoying if you like full coverage at all times (like me). It literally takes me a good 3-4 minutes to get the coverage I like.
I bought this with trepidation having read all the varying reviews on MUA. Would it break me out? Would it go shiny? Would it give enough coverage? Would it accentuate my dry areas?
Well, I'm 3 weeks in now, so figure that's ample time for my sensitive face to have rebelled if it wasnt happy - and it hasn't. I use 'Light', over my usual No 7 Protect & perfect day cream, and it has staying power to last from 8am to 6pm without any more shine than you'd expect in that time.
I make sure to gently exfoliate with a scrub twice a week, and use a damp flannel to remove my cleaning balm in the evening - so enough exfoliation to ensure there's no dry bits lurking.....and as a result this foundation is great.
It's easy to apply too much - I literally whisper it over my face (with a No 7 Kabuki brush) and it covers redness and old pimple marks easily. To be honest I only need light coverage and am used to using Mac's face & body foundation, which is more like a tinted moisturiser. This gives me more coverage than that and as a result I look the best I have in erm, ever!
The packaging is fine - it has a lock & twist thing to ensure you only ever pour out what you're going to use, so isn't remotely messy.
The 'light' suits my skin perfectly. I actually just fake-tanned last night and it's still ok colour-wise. I am a bit concerned that when (if) I get a deeper tan this summer it might be too light - but 75% of my head knows this shade will still be Ok. The thought of mixing in the 'warm' powder that the BE girl showed me seems horrifically messy and complicated, so hopefully it wont come to that.....
I have a sample size pot of the mineral veil, which I gather is used to 'set' this in place. To be honest I haven't needed it yet.
All in all, it's quicker, easier and better than my old liquid foundation - and I have Mac Face & Body, Clinique Superfit and Even Better sitting redundantly in my cupboard now. Im not even tempted to go back! continued >>
This stuff isnt supposed to break you out but after 2 days of use it does.
This product finds any fine line in your face and settles in it! I have 2 minute lines under each eye, and-- within 1 hour-- they were pigmented streams. I tried this product about 4 times with different moisturizer or eye cream to plump up the little lines, but it never worked. If you have serious fine lines, or even wrinkles, this foundation will be a disaster!
The coverage was fair-- I applied it with clean fingers. I didn't have any breakouts or skin irritations from it...
This is just a lousy product that no one should fool with. I gave it 1 star.
horrible product! I looked like I was 10 years older. You could see all my wrinkles. sorry I tried it!
Bare minerals was good for the first 6 months because it seemed better than the drug store mineral foundations, but now i notice that it looks ashy on my skin and it sometimes made my face itchy. Also, their brushes weren't that great after a while. Everyday minerals is so much better because it doesn't have so much shine and gives better coverage. Also, everyday minerals is half the price and has many colors to choose from and you can order free samples by just paying a shipping cost of $3.
She put it on me at the store ooing and aahing over how much better my skin looked (which wasn't bad in the first lace) and I thought I'd purchase to test it out and see if the rave reviews were true. I bought the foundation (bare Escentuals).
Well no sooner had I got home a few hours later than my skin started to get greasy again os it definitely doesn't stop shine.
The color is also a bit off, there's a reddish tint to it that seemed to make me look older than my years (my skin has yellow undertones)..
I think in summertime this may be good but othrwise it's a waste of money. WHo cares if you can sleep in it, no one buys it to go to bed in.
I'm sticking iwth my Fashion Fair powder oil control pressed powder and MAC fo rnight wear. Much better coverage and longer lasting.
I also noticed that my pores had gotten bigger.
Although the powder does make me look quite shiny and cakey, that is because I do have oily skin and regardless of the powder or not my skin would appear that way. The product doesn't take too well to oil production throughout the day, which only adds fire to the appearance of shine and cakiness. I still like it however because it looks good when first applied and if re-touched often, however left on its own it can look quite scary, especially in the heat.
Lately i've been using dermalogica oil control lotion before applying and that has reduced the shineness so I think it depends on what you put underneath the product. IT can look extra cakey if you use foundation or heavy concealer underneath, which looks patchy and thick but on bare skin of moisturised skin it can look quite natural as long as too much isn't applied.
I'm just hoping I'll find something that will control shine more but until then I will repurchase.
I bought into the mineral makeup hype since I keep hearing it's good for oily, acne prone skin, etc. I've discovered that mineral makeup is NOT made for me. If anything, it has clogged my pores, accentuated my pores, and I get all these bumps on my skin that was never there before. It's too bad since I want to like it, I liked the coverage and finish. My skin just doesn't like it!
Ugh, where do I start? Okay, I LOVE this foundation on days my skin is happy. I don't really get pimples neither do I have acne but sometimes it does to dry in random patchy spots especially in winter. I need to have happy skin to love this! This foundation makes my skin happier! ... or dare I say... happiest! The coverage is so natural and it gives my face a nice halo of light making my skin look GLORIOUS in any light. I've had friends who are close to me asking me what I did/use on my skin and i'm sorry BE, I told them it was rosehip oil (which I needed to continue using this anyway) and now I have a cult following of rosehip oil users. I went to a skin doctors office with my father and he commented on how beautiful my skin was and that was it... BE, you are on a pedestal.
However, I HATE this foundation when I have dry patchy skin... most of the time on my nose (the center of attention) and sometimes under my cheekbones. It makes it look flakier and drier. It doesnt matter if I've smothered a dozen kinds of moisturizing agents. This still highlights my dry skin so people with dry skin... stay away... far far away....
Shade #3 matches my skin perfectly and it does feel like silk. Though it says it is possible, do not try to use this as a concealer by caking on more of it on problem spots. It will end up... cakey. Crusty cakey. I've had this for a year now and I still have more than half left. I would repurchase... if it ever finishes.