I am not in any way a super oily skinned gal, but there is nothing in this world that I hate more than sparkle ALL OVER MY FACE, which is what turned me off the the bare minerals original formula. This does not have nay of that shimmer. And for that reason I love it.
I was breaking out something fierce a few months back due to an allergic reaction to a makeup product and my mom was concerned my foundation at the time (Rimmel Lasting Finish) was breaking me out further, so she bought me this.
Becasue bare minerals is natural and very light (it claims you can sleep in it!!) it let my skin breathe and let it heal. And it did! My skin started to settle down and now I wear this whenever I notice my skin acting up.
It definitely doesn't compare to a real liquid foundation in coverage, so if you are expecting that kind of coverage you may want to try something else. But it isn't totally sheer, it does cut back the redness on my cheeks and forehead considerably and makes it look very smooth and even, not quite flawless but even :)
I will for sure be continuing to use this (just for reference I am in the color fairly light and I'm about an NC15-NC20). I would suggest going to either a bare minerals store, an Ulta, or a Sephora to get matched for color :)
Was using Mac then went to ultra had a 30 day trial so I picked medium beige in original and matte.liked the original but then after I washed my face had little bumps.so I tried the matte with my sunscreen and it looked horrible. So I went to buy the sunscreen moisturizer for normal to dry skin.OK applied the primer and then added the matte.it was too dark but it did cover my laugh lines. Then used the summer bisque. To cover the deal spots it was OK but still didn't cover it up.At the end of the day I washed and bumps again.So I read that hour skin had to get used to it OK.So after 2 weeks more bumps and it horrible.so I went back to Mac!
I was matched to fairly light which was WAY too dark for me. I am an NC20. Oh my goodness. It highlighted every last dry flake on my face. I tried to apply it differently on many occasions, but it just caked on everywhere. It made me look like I had a severe case of peach fuzz. I really wanted to love this foundation since I heard so many great things about it, but I will not be re-purchasing.
I have this in my color and in a much lighter shade to highlight, conceal, and brighten. I'm very dry and VERY sensitive, and I've only used tinted moisturizer in my whole life. This is a really light weight powder that is very concentrated in pigment, so you only need the tiniest amount to cover things up! I got this in the matte formula because I heard the original has shimmer particles in it which is not ideal for day time ( for me at least) This is a little drying for me but I use a TON of moisturizer any way so it works fine but when I don't it does cling to my dryness :( I also found that I can cheat a little and use a darker shade to make myself look a bit more tan and it looks SUPER natural!!! ^_^
Yeah, I think this gave me cystic acne.... Dang it! 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
I picked up a sample of this at Bare Escentuals. I have tried the original version and was NOT a fan. It felt tight on my skin, and made me look old and had way to much shimmer. I then looked at the reviews for the original version, and saw how bad they were, which is ironic, giving the fact that this product is so insanely hyped about. Anyway, I decided to try the MATTE version. The woman at the counter gave me the sample in "Medium Beige", which is a tad dark, but it will do. I have acne prone, oily skin. I am NW20-25ish.
-For me, and my oily skin, it really does keep me mostly matte for quite a long time. I do have to blot a bit here and there, but not excessively (which I HATE doing).
-Although the foundation is matte, I find the finish to be more satin/natural. It is definitely LIGHT-MEDIUM coverage, and I have to go over some stubborn acne scars I have.
-Application is quick and easy. I use the ELF flat top powder brush, which I LOVE for loose powder. I love powder foundations because it takes about half the time to do my makeup with them than with liquids.
-Coverage is moderately buildable, but I wouldn't try to reach full, or you will look cakey
-No transferring, which is a HUGE plus. I hate having to worry about my makeup transferring to people, clothes, or my cell phone. It is very bothersome.
-It is pretty expensive. Especially given the fact that you really don't get a whole lot of product (6 grams). If a foundation is going to be that expensive, I feel it should last me a long time.
Overall, the pros definitely out weigh the cons. I am still not quite sure I will repurchase, because I do have to use quite a bit of product to get my desired coverage. However, I heard that this makeup clears up acne, so maybe I won't have to use as much make up in the future! Will update if I find anymore problems.
- Great pigmentation (a little goes a long way!)
- Matte finish
- Easy to use
My first foundation was the original BareMinerals foundation, but with my oily skin, I wasn't a huge fan of ending up with an oil slick on my face at the end of the day, so I rarely, if ever, wore it. Naturally, I was quite happy when BareMinerals came out with a matte line as well. Like the original formulation, the matte formula is also lightweight. It is a light to medium coverage foundation, so if you're looking for heavier coverage, then BareMinerals is definitely not for you (try MUFE or MAC instead). But for those looking for a lighter coverage foundation, I suggest that you give BareMinerals a try.
Purchased this because I had been interested in mineral makeup for quite a while~
My face and neck are different colors, and I figured that mineral makeup would be a better choice as it is typically more forgiving (in terms of color) than liquid foundation.
I have extremely prominent dark spots (hyperpigmentation) from old acne, so this by itself does almost nothing. However, this paired with my Pefecting Cover concealer looks FANTASTIC after application.
I bought this along with the Bare Escentuals primer (the one formulated for oily skin), yet it tends not to last all day on me =\ However, I can't say I've EVER had a makeup that's lasted all day on me, so that may not be a fair criticism to make.
After a few hours, this oxidizes and starts looking dirty and muddy on my face. This may be because I picked a color that was a bit darker to match my neck to begin with, and the oxidation throughout the day crosses the line of acceptability.
This product is extremely subpar in terms of everyday usage, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Despite this, I find that it looks fantastic in photography. That's about the only positive about this foundation, and I'm fairly certain that there are other foundations that look just as nice in photography AND for daily wear.
This in mind, DON'T BUY IT.
This is the only thing I continue to purchase and use from BE and have used bare minerals for years to set my tinted moisturizer. It works wonders and minimizes pores and shine really well. I think people have such issues with this b/c they try to do the blend buff thing that can make u end up looking powdery and cakey. if you have oily skin like me try this for a setting powder. I have medium skin and use medium beige in matte b/c it is made for neutral undertones. It does not leave you orange or pink. I am all about natural looking light coverage and this is it. Price is kinda steep but it lasts for quite some time since I only set my TM. Check out ebay for great deals on BE from many authentic sellers.
This is a good day foundation as it feels light on the skin, a great colour match and never looks cakey but natural. The only problem is there just isn't enough coverage for my blemishes! You need to have a good concealer underneath to hide them. Although I will keep this as a day foundation until I find a better alternative (which I haven't and been using this for a year). The other good thing about this product is the tub lasts forever!
While I was out yesterday, I came across a Bare Minerals store outlet. I was curious about it, so I went in and asked some questions about the products. The lady asked me if I wanted to try it, so I said yes and she put the works on me (primer, foundation, bronzer, and the mineral veil.) When she handed me the mirror to look, I thought it looked really good. It hardly felt like I was wearing anything, it looked very very natural, and gave my complexion an overall even tone. Against my better judgement at the end of the day, I ended up going back to the store and buying the starter kit (Includes brushes, bronzer, mineral veil, and a few other things) and the foundation which is separate.
Now, when the lady was putting the makeup on, she told me I had really good skin in general so that this would be good for me. She's not exactly lying either. My skin does get oily, but other than that, my complexion is usually very even. I break out occasionally but only in small amounts (nothing too bad anymore like when I was a teenager.) Im happy with my natural skin. The reason however that I like to wear foundation is because I have a bunch of acne scars from when I was younger if you look closely, and also the pores on my cheeks are enlarged. Also, if I do happen to break out or have any blackheads (mostly on my nose), foundation and concealer help take away the appearance. I don't like tinted moisturizers or anything because I feel as if they don't conceal the scars and whatnot as well as foundation. Anyway, this means that usually when I look for foundation, I look for a medium coverage or so.
Back to this Bare Minerals foundation- there's a few things I like and a few I dont like. As far as the pros go, I love how this foundation keeps me pretty matte for a long period of time. I have oily skin so its always surprising when I find a foundation that can do that well. Also, I love how natural it looks. You honestly can't really tell Im wearing anything but it gives my skin this overall sort of glow that I enjoy. Plus, it feels very light. Nothing like a heavy liquid which Im used to.
The cons: The coverage is awful. Upon closer inspection, it barely covers my acne scars and you can still make out some black heads that I have on my nose while wearing it. I've tried taking the advice of others and applying more pressure when buffing it on as to break up the minerals and whatnot, but that didnt make too much of a difference. It is also supposed to act as a dual concealer...I dont really see that is conceals well either. I'll try using the concealer brush to put some under my eyes and I don't see that it makes that much of a difference in the appearance of my under eye. It also works horribly to conceal blemishes.
I do, however, enjoy the bronzer and the mineral veil that I purchased. The mineral veil does blur the appearance of pores as it claims and the bronzer is also very light and natural feeling. So, all in all, I dont hate the Bare Minerals line. But as far as the foundation alone goes, I'm not too much of a fan. I think itd be good for people who dont have too much to conceal and dont have really dry skin. But other than that, I would not recommend this if you're looking for medium to heavy coverage or have dry skin.
I may or may not buy this again. For a foundation, it's a bit cheaper compared to the fifty five dollars Im used to spending. The only reason I might buy it again though is because of how natural it looks. If I do buy it again however, I will have to deal with the fact that my scars are not well covered and any blemishes or anything won't be concealed that well. I might just use the mineral veil and bronzer with another foundation. Im not sure yet. But for now, I think Ill continue looking for other foundations to do the job.