This stuff is pretty good. I've used the regular for about 3 years, and while it was also nice, it made my face oily a little too quickly. This gives me maybe an hour or two more until I have to blot, but that's ok. The regular gives more coverage, but I can deal with the matte's sheerer coverage. The original "light" color was too pink for me. The matte on the other hand has a bit more yellow to it, but if too much is applied it can look orange. Overall, it's a good product, except the fact that it costs more and there's less of it.
I used regular Bare Minerals foundation for several years, both liked and disliked it, and eventually the negatives outdid the positives, and I gave it up. I was glad to get a sample of the new Matte formula to try. And I really don't like it.
I find the coverage to be poor and it accentuates every poor on my face. Even with a primer underneath, it did not look good. The first time I tried it, I left it on all day, and realized that one of the problems I had with the original is the same with the matte: by noon, I look washed out and like I never put any makeup on. It also made my combo skin look dry and flaky. The second time I tried it, I washed it off immediately because it just looked so bad. Then I threw it away.
I agree that this seemed to run more yellow than the same color in the original, but for me that was ok, since I have yellow undertones. One thing that was strange for me was that the matte made me itch. I never had that problem with the original, while I know many did.
Would not buy.
I'm a huge fan of Bare Escentuals so when they came out with a matte version I had to try it. I love it! It has the same coverage as the original but with better staying power on my oily skin and it helps keep the shine away longer than the original.
I got myself a free sample at Sephora instead of buying it. Happy I didn't. With someone who has acne scars, this didn't really do much to cover those scars -or- level out my face color. Ugh!
It went on pretty well though, no doubt about that. Just that the coverage really sucked so that it looked like I wasn't wearing anything in the first plae.
I really like this version of BE. The original version made me look like the Tin Man and it also made me ITCH like crazy. It wasn't until reading here that I learned about the bismuth.
I used to use the "fairly light" in the original formula but I like "light" in the matte better. I'm not noticing it turning orange on me; however I don't look in the mirror much during the day. I don't need a lot of coverage, but do have some sun damage and uneven skin tone. This works great. Oh yeah, and the new packaging is fabulous! Four lippies.
I never tried the original formula for fear that it might irritate my super sensitive skin. So when this came out, I thought I may as well give it a shot.
More about my skin: combination, mac nc25-27, lots of hyperpigmentation + scarring (some pitted scarring), and uneven skin tone.
Pros: It REALLY did seem good for my skin. I LOVED how healthy it made my skin look and feel for the two weeks I wore it. Did not irritate or break me out in any way and it actually improved my skin for the time I wore it. Big plus in my book.
CONS: Seemed a bit chalky going on and the coverage really sucked. It did cover up redness but didn't do anything for my scars. I wore "light" and it was a good match but it seemed to turn orange/darker as the day wore on. Strange as that has never happened to me with any other face makeup ever. It also didn't last very long and I had to retouch 4-5 hours later and I'm not even that oily around this time of the year.
Overall, I liked that it was great for my skin, but I absolutely hated the finish and the coverage. I sooo wanted to love this..unfortunately...I had to break up with BE Matte.
I really wanted to love this product, but found the color (Fair) to be enough unlike the Fair in the original foundation that I am no longer a color match, and that's the lightest one they make, so I'm out of luck.
The other problem, and this may be related to the color-matching issue, is that instead of hiding/covering my acne and acne scars, the Matte foundation actually clumps around them and highlights them--draws them out in detail for everyone to see much better than if I weren't even wearing makeup. Yikes! The original Bare Escentuals foundation is my HG anyway--I'll stick to that, thanks.
I use the color medium beige, and I actually bought this in a kit from Ulta for $30 (then went back recently and bought the same kit with a coupon). The kit comes with the matte foundation, flawless face brush, mineral veil and face moisturizer, all trial sizes, and was a pretty decent deal. I don't use heavy foundation...I like using the matte foundation to set my concealer, which I absolutely need, and even out the skin a bit, but I don't use a lot at all. My trial size will last me a while. I do like this matte foundation...I tested out the regular one and found I didn't like the bit of shine it had. I have only ever used one other mineral foundation, by Avon, but the formula changed with the new ones, and I have to use two colors to match my skin. The medium beige in BE works really well for me.
Edit: Ever since buying the proper brushes, I have noticed an improvement in application and lasting power. This is working much better now.
I hated the BE original formula...The original one made my face shiny and break out. I really wanted to like it since it gave such good coverage and it's apparently "better for skin." I got a sample of the matte in fairly light a couple days ago and have been trying it out. I have combination skin and it kept my skin matte for hours! I would definitely purchase the full size. One lippie off b/c even though the coverage is good, it still doesn't give me the airbrush look that liquid foundations give.
I got a generous sample of this in a swap, and was excited to try it. I had bad luck with the original formula (too shiny), but this seemed like a great product to cover up redness and small imperfections. Well... As others have noted, the fairer colors are rater yellow/orange, and on my fair skin, it looked a bit too yellowish (lightest color available). I found that coverage had to be built up, and I don`t have a lot to cover. It didn`t stay matte for more than an hour or so, but the worst part was the way my skin looked after 4-6 hours of wear. It accentuated every pore on my face, and looked downright awful. Not cool!