I had tried a sample of this from Sephora in Medium tan and I loved the feel of it but the color was a bit too pinky or something so I decided to buy the full size in Golden Medium.
When I got it, I was sooo excited. The color matched me PERFECTLY. it looked like I didn't have makeup on, just really nice skin (super good thing), but then a month, maybe two, passed by and I began getting tons of little bumps on my face so I stopped using it. But I didn't want it to go to waste so now I use it only under my eyes (sometimes) and maybe like twice a month on my whole face.
Also I don't like the packaging although it does have a thing to close it mine still spills :(
I was a loyal BE devotee for more than three years and the only things I wished were different were the packaging and that the foundation were matte. This new matte formula foundation is exactly what I wanted! The sifter has been redesigned so that it can be closed before the cap is put on. It makes travel so much easier and cleaner. The foundation itself has the same coverage as the original foundation, where I can apply it as sheer or full as my skin needs, except that it leaves a soft matte finish, not a natural, satiny finish. Since I have oily skin, I prefer matte over all other finishes. This foundation has even better staying power as, in my opinion, it holds up to heat and humidity better than the original. As always, this never clogs my pores or irritates my break-out prone, sensitive, eczema skin.
I am SO happy I decided to buy this. I have been using the original formula for the past five years. About a year ago, my skin went from normal to oily combo acne prone. The original formula made me so oily! I thought it clogged my pores too. I heard good reviews about the matte formula and I decided to buy it. I LOVE it!! It looks so natural and feels great on the skin. I have been using it for a week and I already see a huge difference in my skin. My pores are clearer and my tone seems more even. I'm so excited and I put it on even when I'm not leaving the house. But I do have to say, the brushes are awful! I use my everyday mineral flat brush.
This makes my skin really oily. Even with my skindinavia setting spray, I still get really oily quickly. My skin has gotten more sensitive since starting Ziana and this irritates it more. I also have found myself wishing they would make it into a pressed powder.
FINAL UPDATE: This is really the Only foundation that does not clog my pores. and has never caused me to breakout. SoOo i keep it around. But i feel like as I'm wearing it throughout the day it mixes with my oil and starts looking like a weird oily foundation mask on my face almost clumpy in certain areas where i needed more coverage. so pretty much it doesn't blend into my skin like i want it to. and if i use oil blotting sheets the makeup comes off i can see it on the oil blotting sheet!
I was using the original bare minerals formula and as alot of people would say it made my skin itch! even the bare escentuals handibuki brush added to the itchiness. I'm not a big fan of BE brushes the bristle are OUCH!. I reeeally like the Matte formula its smooth on my skin doesnt irritate my skin or feel itchy I've also bought a different brush that's pretty much the same as the handibuki brush but its by sephora, its way softer. ANYWAYS I was using the original bare minerals in medium beige and it was too pink on my skin and dark not a good match! and no other colors were matching my skin at all, so i stopped using bare minerals all together. When the Matte formula came out i decided to try it buuut the color i am using now is Fairly light. seems like such a big difference but one thing to consider when buying the Matte formula is that the colors ARE darker than the original formula. This color matches perfectly to my skin! I have combination/oily skin and i have to use a makeup primer before using the Matte because it seems to adhere a lot better that way therefore covering every blemish and scar perfectly! If you know how to use the Matte you'll really enjoy it! :) I've tried too many different foundations and without success until this came along, Definitely my HG foundation. It stays on ALL day!! I get excited every time i put it on :)
UPDATE!: i still like this but using it everyday dries out my skin and it doesnt adhere very well.
I like this much better than the original. This is a nice clean finish and stays matte. The original was too shiny and greasy looking that by lunchtime I needed blotting papers. This matte is nice and stays fairly matte throughout the day which is really nice. I think that some who are experiencing the "chalky" appearance are not moisturizing adequately. At least for me, with super dry skin except in the t-zone, moisturizing directly before makeup application is crucial. I had no problems with a chalky look.
my first impression is that this powder is a bit too matte.(cakey and dull) i mix it with a bit of the original or another mineral powder to soften it. the new package is cleaner but not you cant take the top off in order to mix colors or get all the powder out which i hate. overall i am glad they came out with this product because i stopped using the original after years of using it because it was too shiny and not good for oily skin. i still dont think b.e. foundations cover imoerfections as well as i would like. b.e. is a cruelty free company and i like some of their products.
In general I like the Bare Escentuals line of cosmetics, except for the packaging. I bought the Matte foundation as soon as it came out. I am fair, but thought the fair foundation was too chalky, so I went with the fairly light. It was too yellow for my skin. I have some oily spots and some dry spots (combination) and all this make-up seemed to do was excentuate my dry areas. I don't like the how much of a mess the product makes, or the new packaging it comes in. I have several eye shadows, blushes, eye liners, and most of the brushes but since my experience with the matte foundation I've stopped buying into the company's hype. I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone with less than flawless skin based on my experience.
Ok I bought this after reading reviews, and one review got me as she said she "looked in the magnifying mirror (which I always do with new foundations) and could not see her pores" I thought this for sure would be amazing, NOT!
First the color I got Med Tan is not correct, I think I need Med Golden and when I applied it first with the soft focus brush - I saw EVERY Pour on my face and the powder sitting on top, and yes I used the Prime Time First, - I washed my face and reapplied with the bigger brush and this worked better but I still looked powdery. I also used the mineral view with the new brush and there was nothing "air brushed" looking or "natural" - I looked like I had caked on makeup.
I'm not new at this, I know how to apply minerals. I am so disappointed in this product. The packaging was great on the new matte, not easy to make a mess.
I have been using the original BE foundation for a couple of years and I love it, but was intrigued when I saw the matte formula come out as I do have an oily t-zone and the original can accentuate any oily-ness you have. First off, as many others have noted the packaging is way better. Love the twist top, so much less mess than the original. So much easier to travel with. I wear Fairly Light in the original and also in the matte formula. I have noticed what others have said about the matte appearing more yellow. It does kind of look yellow in the container but when I put it on it doesn't look yellow at all and blends in my skin perfectly. It is definitely matte but not cakey matte. It leaves your skin with a great finish. It also does not contain bismuth which I know causes folks a lot of the itchiness when using the original formula.
The major con I have about the matte is that coverage is definitely not as good as the original. If you have any pimples, scars, spots, etc you will need to use more of the product to cover and I find that it doesn't even cover that well. I don't have many breakouts but I do have a lot of pigmentation I like to cover and this does an ok job. I would say this is more for those that want light-medium coverage. I don't think it is all that buildable, so I would not recommend for those that have blemishes or serious spots you want to cover.
Despite this I will still purchase because I like the finish it gives my skin. I do still alternate with the original formula though if I want more of dewy look or fuller coverage. I would recommend getting a sample of this 1st and checking it out before purchasing.
I wish there was a maybe for buying this product again. But I'm too afraid to try again. I still need to return this stuff only because it's sooooo yellow. All of their colors have a yellow tint to it and that's just gross. It looked like pee was sprayed on my face :/ but despite the color, I really liked the finish. My sister said I looked airbrushed, but I still got a little oily on my nose later, and I'm not that oily. This stuff would be more worth it to me if they color was an exact match and wasn't as dry as it is.