I left a review on the Bare Minerals #2, but feel that I need to leave it here so that others looking for an honest review can find it, no matter what their skin tone is.
After using Bare Minerals products for over 4 years with no complaints, I am sad to say that I will never use it again. My flawless skin has been mysteriously breaking out for the past 5 months. At first, I thought it was an allergy or some kind of detox, but then I noticed that every time I would wear Bare Minerals, I would break out the next day. The breakouts slowly developed into cystic acne on my cheeks and chin.
I stopped using Bare Minerals last month and the acne went away, completely. Then I decided to put it on yesterday to test it again. BIG MISTAKE. I washed my face before bed as usual and I woke up this morning with the worst skin - acne on my cheeks, forehead and chin. I'm using tea tree oil, a special acid cleanser and three topical creams to get my skin back to it's original state.
Bare Minerals will destroy your skin. :(
I really enjoyed this product since it doesn't make me look made up. It can be very sheer when applied with a light hand, but I found that it doesn't cover all my blemishes unless I do a major cake on with it, which is something I don't really like to do. The best part about this is that it doesn't make me feel like I'm wearing the product on my face. I'm so used to using this product which is probably why I'll buy it again. Although, I slept in it one day and woke up to tiny little cystic acne around my mouth. So apparently, it doesn't live up to it's name of "So bare you could sleep in it." I just wish they made something that wouldn't be so messy to travel with. I gave this product 4 lippies since I believe that it is a good product but it doesn't live up to it's slogan.
Bare Minerals in Light is a wonderful foundation. It covers imperfections and stays on all day. I suggest following up with mineral veil for the total flawless look.
I bought this due to the raves & hyped up ad on Sephora. I bought a lot of foundation throughout the years, none disappointed me as much as this product. I don't breakout/acne, my most concern is to even out my medium olive skin tone. I have 2.3 and 3.0, they are all too pink, but the worst part is the shine!! They recommended buffing is the essential part, not more powder for coverage, but more buffing. I was in a rush one day, & tended to be a little heavy handed plus that day was a quite hot. I just put it on without checking under different lights. When I arrived at my destination & looked in the mirror, OMG, my face was like the tin man in Wizard of Oz !!! All their blush are just as shiny as their foundation. I am glad it works for other people, but for me, will never re-purchase.
I had a reaction to BE loose foundation; In the SE it is hot and humid so I was looking for something good for T-Zone skin but the itch and irritation felt like fine needles. Unfortunately the humidity just made it worse and when I started to perspire on my forehead I could not take it anymore. I ran to wash off my BE make-up. My skin was red and irritated for a couple of days later. I ended up going to the doctor b/c Pur Mineral pressed also irritated my skin. The Derm told me it was the Bismuth Oxychloride and he had quite a few patients with the same reaction.
This only works on certain skin types. The foundation drys my skin out .It covers alright but very chalky,even with moisturizer on.I'll stick with my liquid foundation.
This is by far my favorite MMU that I have tried. The medium color matches me perfectly. I have been using this for years and have tried numerous brands od MMU but none give me the look of this. I think the other brands make me look chalky. This leaves me glowing and doesn't feel as though I am wearing MU. I have repurchased this multiple times and will continue to do so.
I got the .2 g sampler from Ebay in No. 3. Since the reviews are pretty mixed, I thought I'd give my 2 cents' worth. The colour went on slightly fairer than my skintone (NC 40 MAC). I also got the bare radiance and thought it would darken the colour. It did and the end result was close to my skin colour. But I cheated a bit and applied the L'oreal Bare Naturale Mineral Foundation in Sun Beige. This colour is normally too dark for me. My pores on the sides of the nose are pretty obvious but this didn't make them any more obvious than other foundations, liquid or powder. The buffing action helped to smooth out the powder. But it required several applications of tapping, swirling and buffing to get a more serious coverage. The coverage at the end of the process was sheer and not cakey. I think it's cos I didn't apply too much, and a good moisturiser is important. Compared to L'oreal, the powder was lighter. L'oreal gave a better coverage in quicker time but there's a chance of looking too powdery if used with a heavy hand. This product probably needs more experimenting and is not really user-friendly. If you don't have much time in the morning to do your make-up, you might not like this.
I bought the whole line of BE and the look is great unless you look at my face close-up. At a distance it's great. It accentuates my fine lines and makes my pores look huge. The coverage is minimal. The more foundation I use to cover my redness, the more you can see my lines and pores. It also makes my skin oily on top, but extremely dry on the bottom. It's messy and trying to clean it up is a big chore if it gets spilled. This is for someone very young, with flawless skin to begin with. Maybe a very young teen who is just starting out trying make-up.
I have wanted to like BE, but I just can't. I like that the ingredients are natural, and my skin tends to break out less with BE, but it makes my skin WAY too oily!!! I even did the mineral veil sandwich (MV, then powder, and MV on top) and I still looked like an oil spill 1 hour after putting on my makeup. I loved the staying power of the makeup, but the oil was the worst I have ever had with any makeup. I could even FEEL the oil on my face. I would say if you are oily you should avoid BE - I think it would work best for dryer skin types.