So, I WANTED to like this. I really did. I was about to buy TWO to make my color. Well, I'm happy I got the sample and tried it for a few days.
First off, the colors run darker, like a shade darker. I was medium tan in the orginal version but it had too much of a sheen on my tan skin. I was thinking to get a shade lighter in the matte version since it's a shade up. I didn't think that was a really good idea because in the original version its WAY lighter. Anywho
Second, it has less coverage, way less coverage than the orginal version.
Third, this version sounds cool it's infused with the RareMinerals ActiveSoil complex which is suppose to absorb excess oil and eliminate shine. HOWEVER, I'm an oily person, I use about 3-4 oil blotting sheets a day and this felt so friggin dry on my face. Even when I got some of my oil off with the blotting sheets I felt dry again. So it was either being shiny as hell or dry as hell, now THAT irritated my skin. It's crazy I would think that the original version would irritate me because of the bismuth oxychloride, but it didn't and now THIS version did.
I like that they finally fixed the jar, but they should do that for ALL OF THEM NOW, not just the matte ones.
Color variation: 3/5
I wouldn't purchase.
Finally, BE has come out with a matte version for us oily skin gals who don't like the sparkly look and have pores that need covering!
Matte formuala COVERS my pores flawless and doesn't leave that awful sparkly look like the original
New sifter container - keeps product from spilling, LONG over-due B.E.!!!
Nice finish - not too matte or dry looking - just right for my combo skin
I may have to go out and get the mineral veil to go with it - I think BE has converted me :)
I was excited to get my sample of this from Sephora. I have worn Fairly Light in the original BE foundation, but suspected it was giving me cystic acne. I also hated the shiny look. When I received the Matte sample of Fairly Light, it looked slightly darker and more orange than my original one. I have noticed also that the coverage is a little less than the original. The finish was nice, however. I won't be purchasing the full size. I'll be sticking to Meow Cosmetics.
The new Matte is awesome. I've always been a fan of BE products, and fortunately I don't have any reaction to the bismuth. The new Matte doesn't contain bismuth, and makes me look poreless. I agree with everyone else, you do need to use more, but it's worth it.
I love this! The original was way to shimmery and made me look sweaty. This one is just right. It lasts all day and absorbs my oil. I have combination skin, so after the makeup "settles" and works with my skin, it is gorgeous. It looks better as the day goes on. I do need to us more than I thought for good coverage. It's buildable, so I keep on applying it until I get the coverage I want. I like that I can go light coverage or full coverage with the same product. The artists at Sephora were great at helping me with this product.
I used to use the original foundation but once fall hit, it started making me break out horribly. Because of that, I was a hesitant to try the new one. I've been using it for two days now and love it. I have oily skin and the matte foundations keeps me pretty matte but not completely shine free. This new foundation doesn't cover as well as the original. I haven't totally figured out what I'm going to do about that, since I like the coverage of the old one. I love the new lock top. The original was always making a mess everywhere. This one is so much cleaner. So far I'm loving it. If anything changes, I'll update
Ever since watching a bare minerals infomercial, I bought this product in fairly light. I really like the coverage it gives. I have oily skin and it does wonders for it! I am also a nursing student which gives me little time to do much with my makeup routine. I find that applying it in the morning is quick and easy. I will buy this foundation again!
did i get a bad sample or what?! it looks dull on me..and dry? it shows my pores more than the original...i'll give it a second try...maybe i had a bad skin day? =/ I will update
Update: bleh..no thank you! i like the original formula way better than the matte and i have very oily t-zones!
For my oily skin, this does the job. Note that unlike what a review says below lauroyl lysine is not coconut oil but a derivative of the amino acid, lysine. Amino acids are proteins and oils are fats so the chemical structure should be different. It is however, often used as a hair conditioning agent - so from the sound of it it could possibly be pore-clogging. I haven't seen problems yet, however.
Pros: It's non-drying, has buildable coverage giving you a natural finish. I love this foundation for the summer, doesn't feel heavy and gives you a really matte finish.
Cons: Sometimes, it gives me a ashy finish.