I first tried out the original formula of bareminerals and i reacted badly to the bismuth oxide. I loved the way it blended into my skin and made it glow, but i couldn't handle the itch. So when i heard that they made a matte formula without the bismuth I was excited. The mineral powder was smooth and it remained matte for hours without touch ups. But my skin reacts to this again. It's not that I broke out with this or had a rash, but it oxidizes into a weird orangey color on me. It also looks powdery upon application, but it'll sink in and blend with your natural oils. Also the packaging is a bit annoying. The locking system is good for traveling, but product gets stuck in the crevices and collects. It wastes product in my opinion. I wouldn't buy this again.
True Rating: 4.5
Love this product! Controls my crazy oily skin, and I work at a Zoo in the Rainforest exhibit where it is like a rainforest so its that fab! Stays put very well and doesn't slip and slide like the original does on me.
Some cons are that this doesn't blend as easily as the original does. So what I do is a 50/50 blend of the two. Other con is that I can't find a true color match so I blend but thats my skin so whatcha gonna do?! lol.
LOVE this product!
My HG foundation for my oily/acne prone skin! i always go back to this. it's amazing. i wear medium beige, and its like its magic; i can wear it in the dead of the winter when i am albino and also in the summer when i am really tan. its odd but GREAT!
so, just for funzies i stoped using this foundation and tried the dream matte mousse. well, to my utter surprise my face cleared up..... and i was SO MUCH LESS OILY it is not even funny. I returned my extra boxes of the bare escentuals and i am never going to use it again. and i used it for two whole years thinking it was the best stuff but in reality it was crap. I used like 5 oil blotters at a time when i was using it and i just thought that my face was THAT oily. now, using the dream matte mousse i use two.. or even one on some days. so all in all, bare escentuals is crap to me now.
Oh my gosh, I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. I have combination skin that irritates me to no end. I swear my nose and forehead are SO oily but my cheecks and chin tend so be SO dry. So having this problem it was always hard for me to find makeup that would go on my skin and not look cakey or anything. On vacation, I visited a Ulta, which was my first time in one since there are none where I live and the Bare Minerals was the closest section to the door. I saw the Matte foundation and instead of buying the Medium kit, I just decided to buy the foundation. I bought the color Medium Beige and I was very nervous spending 25$ on this powder because I'm just used to buying the 8$ powders at the drugstores. Well, I'm glad I did. I LOVE THIS!!! I use a kabuki brush to put it on, which I thought I would never be able to do on my cheeks and chin because I was sure this powder would look flakey but it doesn't! It actually is very creamy like they say on the commercials. I've never tried the Original Formula, which I hear has a lot of complaints but this one is perfect! It really does give you a matte finish and I used my mother's mineral veil for setting it and I didn't have to touch it up ONCE through the day. :) I use this to cover up my acne scars, which are like purple/red marks all over the right side of my cheeks and few on my left cheek as well. I also have pretty noticable black heads I just CANNOT get rid of and this covers them nicely. :) I even used this around my eye to cover some redness. I can't say enough about this. I think I've found my perfect foundation for LIFE. :D
This is my HG foundation! I didn't really like the original because of the look, breakouts and slid right off my face in summer but showed dryness in winter. BUT THIS! They eliminated some ingredients that caused problems for people and what a difference! Stays put, great coverage, no breakouts, no shine and no dryness flakes or cakey look. This rocks!
MUCH better than the origional formula! Does not highlight any flaws and covers extremely well! Lasts all day and night too, without having to re apply! I would reccomend!
I got a free sample of this when I went to Blush Beauty Bar to get a makeover and the MA used this on me. I have to say I really like it. It looks very natural, tones down redness and covers up my pimples nicely. It also controls shine which is a big plus. A huge downside is the price ($28) for foundation??? That's a lot. I don't know if I really want to spend all that money on a really basic product. That being said it might just be worth it, so maybe sometime in the near future I'll buy this.
Better packaging, not itchy, smooth, nice finish.
Get this over the original BE foundation and add your own "dew" if you want with a little shimmery finishing powder. If you have used the original, don't choose the same color automatically for the matte, your shade may be slightly different.
I only gave it 4 because I prefer liquid foundation now, powders make my skin feel dry.
Overall, I like the BareMinerals Matte powder a lot, but I do have a few issues with it. The things I like best are the color selection (Fair matches my skin flawlessly), how lightweight and healthy it feels to wear, how natural it looks, and how handy the new packaging is. The two things that disappointed me were how sheer the coverage is (I have to use a lot more of this than my old L'Oreal Bare Naturale to cover my uneven skintone and faint acne scars), and how short-term the mattification is. I normally use a plethora of mattifying products and tools to keep my oiliness at bay all day (my recent HG find was Skindinavia No More Shine makeup finish), so I'd hoped that this foundation would really help bolster my battle. While I think it does hold shine at bay a tiny bit better, it's not quite as dramatic as I'd like, and despite using my new makeup finish (which worked miracles w/the L'Oreal), this foundation does disappear over the course of my workday. Then again, it's summer, and I'm always much oilier, which affects both those issues. And because of the sheer coverage, I'm worried I'll have to rebuy in a month, while $15 Bare Naturale lasted me almost 6. These complaints aside, however, I'm able to achieve a beautiful, much more natural look w/this foundation than w/any others I've tried (mostly drugstore brands), due to how finely milled and uncakey it is, and how well it matches my skin. And it feels simply amazing to wear; it's almost like I have nothing on. I decided that for now, while I have most of my supply still left, I will seriously bolster my skincare regimen and see if I can actually improve my uneven skintone instead of hiding it. Then, this more sheer coverage will be perfect. Unfortunately, that also means that I won't be able to update this review w/whether or not BE actually improves skin, because I'm going to have a majorly confounding factor!
I love all BE products, however the Matte formula just doesn't provide as good coverage as the original. I uploaded a swatch of the two formulas in Fairly Light shade, the matte formula is clearly orangey and it also shows orange on my face, which I absolutely dislike. The texture and ease of application is just as good as the original formula, but it doesn't cover up my acne scars at all. I will never go back to this again and stick with the original instead.