I received a "10-day" sample of this, though it lasted quite a bit longer than ten days for me. I'd tried the original and liked it okay, but once I was finished, I felt like moving on. For me, this matte version is superior to the original. It didn't make my skin itch, as the original did at times, and I felt like it did help keep oil at bay a bit longer. Coverage is about what I would expect from mineral makeup. Part of the reason I wanted to move on from mineral makeup was the time and clean-up factor. I'm not a huge fan of the loose powders, even though I've seen that the full-sized version does have a bit of a cap on the sifter, so there's slightly less mess. But I may purchase in the future if I feel like going back to it.
I got a small jar of this as part of BE/Sephora's Try.Believe.Love kit for $20. I picked up Fairly Light. As with every other part of this kit, I dislike this product. This makeup appeared to match my skin tone for all of 10 minutes, at which time it began to yellow. It did not provide even moderate coverage for me, and although it did mattify my skin, my skin reacted poorly to it. After about an hour the makeup started to look splotchy, and my face started itching around the same time. I'm combo-oily and sensitive, and am very disappointed in this product. The kit is being returned and I will not purchase BE again.
I think that people need to have realistic expectations when it comes to makeup and what it will actually do. I have oily, combination skin that is acne prone and when I bought this I knew that it wasnít going to suck all the oil off my face all day long. This does however keep me matte for 4 to 5 hours which is great for me and I really donít care if I have to reapply a little bit more latter on in the day because you really donít need to use a whole bunch anyway when you do. Also, even though mineral makeup of any kind doesnít have the coverage that a liquid foundation does, it doesnít bother me because anything that gives really heavy coverage will brake me out. As I said before, I have acne prone skin and my dermatologist told me that my skin needs to breathe; so that is way I use mineral makeup. It does do a good job of covering my brake outs, but you can still seem them a bit but I donít want my everyday makeup to be thick and cakey and clog my pores. Since using this makeup and forgoing the perfect photo shoot coverage, my skin has actually gotten better and I donít break out anymore more because my skin can breathe with this makeup on. I love this and nothing else will ever touch my face again.
Well...This foundation looks great when you first put it on...It's beautifully matte at first, but it just doesn't hold up to a humid summer day in the south. Around lunchtime I need to blot and redo. Using foundation primer doesn't really help either. It may work better for less oily skin though.
Also, contrary to what some others have said, I would say coverage is actually pretty good. It covers my mild acne with no problem.
I love the packaging and think it is a vast improvement over past bare minerals packaging.
I'm not crazy about this foundation it doesn't stay on all day it ends up being blotchy and looking gross by midday but that's the same with the original formula. I do however think It has more coverage then the last but I use a mac brush that is for contouring like a kabuki brush with less bristles, but the texture of the foundation on the skin to me looks chalky and lifeless just not a fan. I prb would buy this again just because I use this for my lazy weekends when I don't care that much. My normal routine that I love is studio finish fluid foundation with bare minerals original buffed into the skin! Its a gorgeous finish and stays on forever!
This is an updated review to my last one on this product! I though this would be my HG foundation but, again sadly I was wrong.. I'm not saying this is just horrible...it's okay. It does not control oil. Also I thought it had good coverage but I recently just got a new breakout and it hardly covers it up. I want to try revlon colorstay next, maybe it will be the one:/
I LOVE MATTE(: I have VERY oily skin, and sadly this doesn't control it): BUT, i does help reduce it. And i am hoping with continued use of this foundation, it will reduce it, and reduce it, and so forth...or i could be just day dreaming, but we'll see! Others have said that it has less coverage than the original formula, but i actually think it has MORE! Or..maybe its just that i notice the coverage, since im not blinded by the unnatural shine found in the old formula D: So far i like it (although i just bought it yesterday hehe). If anything changes i WILL update(:
Ok, so I know I've been slamming this product a lot lately, but I must say, most of it was probably user error. This product has definitely redeemed itself it the last couple days.
Originally, I had been using the original BE foundation in Golden Medium when I bought the starter kit from Sephora the first weekend in April. I LOVED everything about it. I love that it felt really light and covered extremely well. It matched my skintone perfectly which was something that was very difficult to do.
Then came the Breakout of 2010. About three weeks later, my face was a mess. I broke out so bad, probably worse than I ever have in my life. I always have at least 1-2 blemishes at a time and they're never really bad. No, this was awful. Huge cluster on my jawline, another one on my other cheek, and a few on my forehead. I freaked out and did a lot of research and found out that bismuth causes this. Then I discovered BE had a matte foundation w/o bismuth! Ok, I love matte, and apparently now I hate bismuth, so I figured I'd give this a go.
Honestly, I really hated it at first. It was blotchy, uneven, and the complete WRONG color. Whenever I'd blot, a whole patch of the stuff would come off because it was so sticky. Oh and coverage? May as well have had orange Cheeto spray on my face. It was awful.
Then, for whatever reason, I figured I'd try it out again. My breakout had begun to clear up so I figured why not. Only this time, I used a smaller concealer brush from Sephora, not the full coverage one from BE. I also used the Sephora powder brush instead of the BE Flawless Face Brush. The difference was insane. I think I was just layering on way too much. With the original I was able to do that with no problem, but this one needs a light hand. Still a little blotchy and coverage still isn't as good as the other, and it's still kinda orange, but it's not that bad. It really does do a good job at staying Matte too. In this South Texas heat, I haven't had to blot or re-apply the mineral veil. I'm not too fond of the packaging. I don't really like the little sifter, for me it takes way to long to get product out onto the lid. Definitely a great idea and I like that there's an option to close it, but I think they should make the opening just a little bigger. All in all, I'd say this really wasn't as bad as I thought. I guess you just have to work with it.
This product is a waste of money! No coverage, bad colors, bad finish. I got Fair (lightest shade) and this color was too pink. Since the product has no coverage I had to put layers and layers on, which made the color turn more and more pink. The finish was matte but did not look natural. I am very fair with yellow undertones. The other lighter shade with yellow undertones is called Golden Fair, I swatched it at the store and this color is YELLOW. It was the color yellow. Not sure how many people can pull that color off. Anyways, Bare Minerals has way to much credit. This product did not perform and help my skin. Way to expensive for the amount you get considering the fact you have to layer a lot to get any coverage. This product did not cover acne marks or pores at all. I tried it as a setting powder which was nice....but again the color was SO PINK!
I love love love this foundation. I'd already been using the Original BE, and really liked that one too, but with the Matte finish, my skin has never looked better. Even after I take the foundation off, it seems as though my skin has improved overall.
It gives me a natural, satin-y finish, not chalky or powdery at all. Up close it makes my skin look almost poreless, which I love. It has not broken me out, doesn't irritate my skin or make me itchy. It wears well all day long, and controls any oilies that start to happen near the end of the day. I also live in a very humid climate during summer, and this doesn't slide off or migrate anywhere when it's hot out.
I really like the packaging on this one as well. It has a sifter top with a rotating cover that you close when you're not using the product so that it doesn't build up and spill everywhere when you go to open it again. Very smart.
This is definetly my HG foundation, and I will continue buying.