I LOVE this product! Not cakey not drying! Nice coverage! DOESN'T BRAKE ME OUT! My HG foundation I've bought it 4 times so far and still gonna buy more!
After alot of research and reading different reviews I decided to buy this. At first the results came out pretty good except that it didn't cover my red cheeks, that was fine because concealer could fix that. But nearly after a month of constant useage this made me breakout. My skin is usually very clear but this made my skin breakout like FREAKING crazy!!!
I don't recommend people with dry skin using this, beacause it has a tendency to dry out the skin even more! And mother of lord, thank god that my skin could recover!
I bought this YEARS ago (in beige and medium beige) during high school as part of a Get Started kit on a friend's recommendation. I'm now four years out of college, so I guess that's pretty gross, goes against all the make up shelf-life rules, and has already alienated many of you MUAers, but anyway here goes:
This stuff was my introduction to foundation. I used this in high school and loved the "soft glow" effect it gave my face, but it had no lasting power and then I discovered tinted moisturizer and quickly moved on. Cut to 2013. I find this in my makeup bag when I run out of finishing powder and, because I am disgusting, decide to use it up. It works GREAT as a finishing powder, and that's what I'm rating it as. For some reason, this stuff is awesome at blending out edges on bronzer, blush, contour, and doesn't look too powdery once I've spritzed on setting spray. Oh and, it's super easy on my skin. I don't wear any kind of foundation a lot, but when I do, liquids and creams always seem to break me out a bit after a few days of continuous use (and none of those are even close to ten years old!!!). One lippy off for being messy, although I know they've updated the packaging, I think the whole "pour some product into the lid then swirl, tap, buff" is a terrible philosophy that I can't believe caught on. So much product just ends up in my sink. I just finished my jar and may go back and get one of their pressed powders one of these days if I feel like changing things up, but no more loose powder foundation for me, ever. continued >>
I've used the original foundation in Medium for about 7-8 years. I have always switched between it and some liquids, using Bare Minerals mostly in the cooler months. I originally applied it using the handi-buki brush from Bare Escentuals and applied the product dry, buffing it in. I recently saw a YouTube tutorial called Back2Basics:Mineral Foundation on Enkore's channel, and I tried his application technique. I used the Ecotools mini kabuki brush, spritzed it lightly with water and applied my BM using light circular motions. I'd switch directions during application to make sure to disguise my pores as much as possible. My skin looked amazing, and it looks amazing throughout the day. It's a more even application, less powdery looking and lasts longer. I shake out a tiny bit of product onto a saucer, so I'm not putting the damp brush in the product container. I wish I had known this years ago. It does on creamy and smoothly and dries to a perfect finish.
Me: Light-medium neutral skintone, normal/combo, hazel eyes, medium brown hair. BE Medium Beige, Revlon Colorstay Sand Beige, MAC N4-5.
Gorgeous finish that looks naturally glowy.
Buildable coverage, from sheer to nearly full.
Nice shade range; Medium Beige works perfectly for my truly neutral light-to-medium complexion.
Shades are forgiving; even though Light is a bit yellow on me it is definitely passable. If your shade is just slightly off chances are you are the only one who will notice it.
Bismuth Oxychloride may make some users itchy. (I only have this issue in extreme heat.)
May require other products to make it work for some people (like concealer for significant circles and Mineral Veil to set, for example)
Price: Price is steep, but unbearable. There are other good mineral makeups out there for much nicer prices.
I do find that BE requires a lot of buffing to get it to look 'right'; this can be a bit time-consuming and make my arm tired!
The glowy finish might be too much for some, particularly those whoa are oily.
All in all, I would repurchase because it works for me and I haven't found this finish elsewhere. I am not loyal to BE though in that I love experimenting with mineral makeup in general.
My skin is pretty clear most of the time and I don't break out often, maybe just a pimple or two, but this foundation made me break out so bad I had to stop using it immediately. My sister and some of my friends even noticed how bad my skin had become. My skin also began to itch from time to time. I think the problem is that they use bismuth, which may cause allergic reactions for some people. I guess that is what happened to me.
One other problem was that the foundation left my face quite dry around the nose area, no matter how much moisturizer I used.
The coverage isn't good either. I can't understand why this foundation is so popular.
I have been using this product for about two years. I was previously using tinted moisturizes because I hate the way foundation feels and looks on my skin. This product gives enough coverage while not being heavy. I don't really have any skin complaints, other than a few dark spots here and there from being in the sun too much as a kid; but this covers those spots up. The key for me is not waiting a few minutes after I apply it to determine how it looks. It seems to take those few minutes to "set" and not look powdery to me. Also, I don't find that I get any weird "white face" in photos that I would get using foundations or tinted moisturizers. My only complaint is the loose powder format. It can be a bit messy at times, especially if you forget to turn the internal top when you travel with it.
I've tried so many liquid foundations and each one made my skin cake & flake. I thought this would make it even more pronounced, but to my surprise, I got less caking.
I used toleriane ultra moisturizer, then a physical sunblock (I suggest Elta MD), then quercetin & oak primer by korres (letting each layer sit for 10-15 minutes because these products don't dry quickly -- maybe get a mineral-based primer like Hourglass - Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 -- but this contains silicones if you're trying to avoid them).
I also use Too Faced eye primer. It all looks great together.
slides off my face/separates after about 6 hours. I will try using a less thick and greasy sunblock--this happened with Lavanila Healthy Face sunblock and Rosaliac Intense AR lotion.
I never used makeup before and started to use this because I wanted to start out with something light and the mineral hype attracted me I guess. I didn't like the application of it because it would highlight dry spots and look cakey and flakey. I also hated the packaging, seemed kind of cheap to me. I've seen people claim that they use it and it looks really nice on them. Maybe I am doing something wrong, but it wasn't good for me. I am asian with oily skin.
I wanted to love this but didnt. Im nc20and bought golden light, which was way too light. I mean geisha girl light. I was going to exchange for a new color but realized I didnt even like the way it wore so I returned it. It rubbed off like nobodies business and it didnt control oil at all. Oddly enough the powder got super cakey after only one application. With a skunk brush it caked less but I wasn't able to get the coverage I desired.