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.
On a positive note, this is MUCH better than the original formula... it does not give that shiny glittery effect, its definitely more of a matte finish, which is good. However... I still don't like it. I can't find a shade to match my NC20 skin tone, that goes for the original and the matte formulas. The shades are all too pink or too dark, and oxidize throughout the day. The container this comes in is a little better than the original formula too, because it has the little lid that covers the sifter, but its still a mess to use and I cant stand that. I really think BE needs to come out with a pressed version of this. If you are looking for a good mineral powder foundation, I don't recommend this, there are better ones out there than BE. I recommend the Aveda Inner Light Dual Powder Foundation (its a pressed mineral foundation with a natural matte finish). I'm just not a fan of BE makeup... however I do love their brushes!!!
I've been using it for two days now and definitely notice a big difference. If I don't blot during the day, I'm usually REALLY oily within six hours of applying my makeup. But the first day I tried this, I didn't touch my face until I got home. I was really surprised by how matte my skin still looked after the whole day. Now it's day two and I've been outside for a few hours but am only a little bit oily as opposed to uncontrollably oily. I'll have to put powder on certain problem areas before I go out again, but I usually need to re-do my makeup altogether. I have no need to today. By the way, the coverage is really good, too. I like medium to heavy coverage foundations for my scars and uneven skin tone. I bought medium beige. I could possibly go a little darker, it's a really neutral shade, so if you're not careful it can wash you out. But I like to look a shade lighter than the rest of my body (weird I know), plus I wear bronzer over my foundation. So medium beige it is...
btw, I use ALOT of mattifying products and ones targeted for oily/acne-prone skin. those are my BIGGEST problems and I don't meet a lot of women who are as oily as me. So I have to try things out on my own and find out for myself (not through word of mouth) whether or not products work. This is one of the best foundations I've used for oily skin. But I will continue to search for something that tops this. If any of you ladies know of some good products for oily skin, please feel free to msg me :) thanks.
This is amazing! I don't have to blot all day! It's cheaper than the other powders I've tried and I can't believe I don't have to blot!
Update: As it's gotten warmer, I've had to blot a little in the afternoon, but overall, this is pretty effective.
For whatever reason, the matte version of this foundation looks completely different on my skin than the original version in the same color. I'm really oily and had hoped this product would help with that. It just looked cakey and sat in every pore and crease on my face. It also seemed to turn darker throughout the day. Went back to the original version.
I received this as a sample from the boutique. When I finally tried it, I was happy that it did help with some of oil from my oily skin, but my face still itched while I was wearing the matte.
I really do like this! When i use liquid foundation, i notice my pores become clogged by the end of the day. This lets your pores breath and allows your skin to heal. It tends to wear off toward the end of the day but i'd rather have my makeup disappear a little than be bad for my skin. The color match is good as long as i stay tan. I have medium biege now but i know if i stay out of the sun for 3 or less days it will be too dark.
I have this product in a medium beige (I'm an nc32) I use this as everyday wear for work, or running errands. I love this product! They should definitely think about making a pressed powder of some sort though, took me awhile to get the hang of applying it.
So I was researching this foundation a lot and when I went to Sephora to buy it, I bought the starter kit instead which included the bareminerals matte version, original version, mineral veil, and warmth. and they're all in like little trial version jars, very small. I was using L'oreal's Bare Naturale foundation for months before this but I noticed that it gets cakey too easily, and it also does nothing to improve my skin. This foundation however, is the opposite!! I like how theres only like 6 ingrediants in this foundation: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Calcium Silicate, Soil Minerals. I think that's why it feels so light on my skin, seriously like air! and it doesn't irritate my skin like the Bare Naturale mineral foundation did throughout the day. Maybe because it has no Bismuth in it. Which I LOVE SO MUCH.
Oil-Control: Great! I get pretty oily throughout the day, but I wear a mattifer on my T-zone, nose, and chin, and then I put this on and it keeps my face matte for almost the whole day! It's amazing!! I don't even really need oil-blotting papers anymore. With the other L'oreal mineral foundation I would do the same thing, and I would start to get oily in 4 hours or so. This is an oily-skin savior!
Coverage: Yes, it will reduce the looks of pores and even out your skin tone but if you want concentrated coverage on an area, you have to get a concealer brush and dab it in the foundation and then dab it on that area. The coverage is okay for some acne blemishes or scars. But it won't cover everything, you can still see it, it will just be reduced. I wish there was a slight bit more coverage in this, but it does it's job decently and I'm fine with it.
Skin-Benefits: This have the Rareminerals Soy complex thing that is supposed to help cell-turnover or something? Well let me tell you ever since I've been wearing this foundation, I've been noticing a difference. When I take off my Bareminerals Matte at night, I noticed a reduction in my blemish(s)' size. AMAZING. It really is good for your skin, and the only way you can get break-out from this is if you keep it on for too long (like more than 14 hours) or if you sleep in it. Because ALL kinds of foundation will eventually clog your pores at some point.
Finish: The finish is a very natural matte finish, it's not cakey and you barely look like you have make-up on! I set my foundation with the mineral veil and oh my goodness it looks great. I wish I could've bought this foundation earlier! Now I will probably wear this for a loooong time.