This is a very good foundation for me. It covers really well and has fantastic staying power. I like it just as much as the original BE and love that it has the rare minerals line incorporated into it. It is pricey but it doesn't take much to acheive coverage (the right brush is the trick--flat top buffer brush from Everyday Minerals) and a jar will last several months. Use too much and you'll look cakey. I'd say start with small amounts applying as many layers as you need and just use your brush to really blend.
I used to use the original formula and loved it. After about a year, it changed and made me really oily. That was very odd since I do not have oily skin. So, when the new formula came out, I was excited to come back to BE. However, I was wrong. This stuff is worse.
The colors are totally different. My sister, my mom, and I tried three different shades and none of them compared to the regular BE medium shades. They're all yellowy and look greally gross on.
The positive- the packaging is a huge improvement.
For now, I'm giving it a pretty good review. I saw this in my Sephora catalog awhile back and thought, hey I should try this! BE was great on my skin, it looked beautiful but it gave me horrible acne that took forever to get rid of. So lets break down the points!
PACKAGING: Nice! The sifter easily turns to make it more manageable. All it takes is a simple turn. Although I will say, the product will still pour out if shaken or upside down even when the sifter is closed. You'll notice when you turn it, the powder is all clumped there.
FORMULA: I don't really know what made me breakout from BE but whatever it was, I don't think its breaking me out this time. And let me say that EVERYTHING breaks me out. I love the formula of BE because it helps keep my skin looking nice, and also is thick enough to cover my pores. I noticed that alot of other mineral makeups (ahem... Everyday Minerals Matte) gave me good coverage, but I had huge pores! It was no help. I've used this foundation for exactly 2 days to see if any breakouts had occured and nothing had happened, so hopefully it stays that way. It does feel a bit drying due to its "matte properties" so a good moisturizer would be useful.
MATTENESS: the test is tomorrow when I go to school. Most of my makeup cakes up INSTANTLY. So the test is tomorrow.
LESS COVERAGE?: Alot of people had mentioned the "less coverage" thing, and I didn't seem to notice anything about that at all. I used the flawless face brush and did a nice swirl and tap and buff, and it came out fine (i have to use more than one layer anyway, so maybe you can't compare) .
REACTIONS to PRODUCT: I didn't get any itchyness or dryness at all. I had no red spots (like some people claim to get) and I have very sensetive skin. So I was much surprised because I noticed that the original BE had.
BE < BEM! The matte one doesn't make my skin irritated, or break out!
EDIT SEPT 30TH: I did break out from this. Whatever it is, my sensetive skin hates it. I'm now having to deal with horrible cheek acne... its slowly going away but I've switched.
I have rosacea and struggle with foundations causing my cheeks to burn &/or itch (most likely from the bismuth oxychloride). This foundation is very comfortable, minimizes the appearance of my pores, and is very long-lasting. I was afraid of this being too matte (flat, powdery), but I top it with a little Bobbi Brown shimmer brick and a spritz of Jane Iredale hydration spritz or Evian spray and it's perfect.
I was really surprised to like this one as I didn't like the metallic look of the original BE.
This foundation is wonderful! I have oily skin, and when wearing this my skin tone is even and feels as tho I have nothing on. My secret tip...use a well known department store pore minimizer shine control over moisturizer and under this foundation. Erases pores and keeps makeup fresh all day! No shine or visible pores when combining these two products!
I tried a sample from Ulta that came with a little brush and a coupon for a free baby buki brush with purchase of the regular size matte.
Surprisingly, I liked this product. I say, surprisingly, because I hated the regular BE foundation. It made my pores look huge and when I looked at my skin in a magnifying mirror (the ultimate test of a foundation for me) I could see it was grabbing onto dry spots and gave me uneven coverage.
This product, which I use in fairly light, has a lighter coverage, is invisible on my skin (even when looking at magnification) and fills in my pores. It is nice and light, doesn't feel like I am wearing anything and can be used by itself without a finishing powder. For more coverage, I would use it over a concealer.
It did stay matte on me, but I don't have skin that is particularly oily. I use COTZ sunscreen, which is a titanium-zinc oxide (SPF 58) that the Derm recommended. It is rather shiny and the BE matte did matte it down and provided a nice finish. Since COTZ is tinted and does provide some coverage, I really didn't need anything else. The SPF (15) in the BE foundation was just a nice addition, nothing I would ever count on for sun protection.
I did go back and get the full size and got the little brush. It is pretty small but seems to be the same quality as their regular ones. The little one that came with the sample can easily fit in the plastic case the baby buki came in so it is good for traveling along with the small sample container.
Update: The brush sheds black hairs all over my face so it looks like I am starting a beard. I use a different brush and it works fine. I did have to exchange for the fair color. The matte seems to be darker and more yellow than their regular since I had worn the fairly light in the regular foundation.
I have fair, aging skin with Rosacea and acne. So far, this seems to work.
I use the regular BE foundation spf 15, and I do get shiny on the nose throughout the day. So I was pretty excited to receive this in the mail, but after trying it, I really have to say I didn't find any different in the product at all (compared to the original formula). I'm sticking to the regular. The foundation is fine, but it gets a 1 because it doesn't do what it says it does.
This formula is too matte and the original is too shiny. I mix the two with heavy preference on the original formula. The matte feels heavy, sticks in certain spots and doesn't cover. Colors are different in the two formulas.
I got a sample size of this for free in the mall and was pretty excited to try it based on the rave reviews of the original. I had tried the original before but it make my skin so shiny it was just awful. Well, no shine this time- but after wearing it for two hours or so my skin felt like it was BURNING! Clearly I am allergic to something in this stuff so for now it's back to liquid.
Update 3/2012~I am upping the lippies to 4 and here's why...this is a simple formula, and not as matte as I thought due to learning to go over this with the brush a little more. It gives good coverage and withstands the heat and humidity without the itchy/burning feeling or shine of the original. I probably won't use this other than in warm weather, but then, my skin requires completely different skin care and makeup in the summer vs. winter. The shade Medium Beige is fairly forgiving on my slightly olive NC30 skin. I do feel as though I should mention that due to the tenacity of minerals buffed into the skin, I think they should be removed with an oil precleanse so as to avoid mineral residue remaining in the pores and potentially clogging them. My favorite for this purpose is Silk Naturals Apricot Cleansing Oil, but there are many others!~End Update This...is...matte. If you are oily, you may like this version of the normally shiny BE. I found it to be too matte, dry and one dimensional. I hear that they added some of the rare minerals to this~perhaps that's oil absorbing. The medium beige in the original is far more neutral than this medium beige, which is more peachy on me. Now if they could come up with a formula for normal skin...