L'Oreal • Bare Naturale Soft-Focus Mineral Finish • Loose Powders
|Would buy this product again.||54%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I am very disappointed with this product. It looks so thick on my skin and it does not cover my skin smoothly. The brush which comes with it is totally useless. It is pointless to have a brush on top of the product if it is impossible to use it while it's on the powder. The brush is also very hard, it literally hurts my skin. I won't buy it again.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I have this in both the tRanslucent and translucent matte. Love them both. I used to use the Sonia kashuk brightening matte powder and loved it. It had to junk it becuse he packaging is so crappy. The matte in his line is extremely similar and I love it as well. It does brighten your face without being chalky. It is matte but not severe. It is satiny. The translucent is the same way. It makes your face look satiny. The packaging can be awkward and I like the brushes they one with but it wasn't well thought out. You get so much product for the price. It's just amazing. I was a bare mineral user but found it hard to wear because their colors are too warm and too dark for me. I really had to be careful with it. I love the L'oreal mineral line so much better and will continue to purchase until they get rid of it. But I truly hope they never do. I would be sad. I love to try cosmetics and am a drugstore junkie so I will buy almost anything new but always go back to this stuff. These two products work well with the mineral powder foundations and liquids as well. Great stuff!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Tan, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Black
I have this in translucent 401. It's not translucent enough -- it makes me look pasty.
- fragrance free
- chalky, pasty finish
- don't like the packaging; I just use my own brush vs the one connected to its lid.
I bought this as an alternative to MUF HD Loose powder. You live, you learn; I won't repurchase. It makes me look pasty/chalky.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I always use powder alone on my skin since I don't like foundation. This was a huge disappointment. Didn't blend well, and accentuated lines. It sucks.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Black
EDIT (October 31 2011):
This update is a little bit late, but I did almost finish this product (I have no desire to finish it actually, so I changed some of my ratings). Right now I'm using Revlon Photoready Translucent Finisher... so I can actually compare this to something.
- compared to Revlon's, this doesn't actually mattify or anything
- the packaging is really driving me nuts, I hate it. It's so annoying trying to fit my powder brush into the cap (I swirl my brush in the cap so I can get the powder on it evenly)
- one thing I like more about this than Revlon's is that this powder isn't sparkly, and although I bought both products in translucent, this product doesn't give my face a white cast (or make my face paler) as much as Revlon's finisher does.
But all in all, I will not repurchase this. Below is my original review.
okay so this is the first translucent powder i've used, so i've got nothing to compare it to, but i can still give a brief review of what i think about this and how i make it work for me.
first off, i hate the packaging. ideally, i would shake a bit of powder into the cap, and swirl my brush in the cap to get it evenly on the brush, but it doesn't really sift the powder too well, so i end up dipping my brush in then trying to fit the brush in the cap to swirl. oh! i should mention that i don't use its brush, i use a stippling powder brush, and it's a bigger brush, so yeah, i have a hard time sticking it in the cap to swirl.
the key is to not take too much. always tap it off before putting it on your face (for me, i take very VERY little, cause i've taken too much before, and it made me look cakey. usually i tap it before putting it on my face, but when i tap, powder doesnt fly out - yes that's how little i take). before applying it on face i dab the brush on my tzone, and on each cheek, then i start swirling my stippling powder brush and buffing it in my skin.
it does give my skin a soft velvety look, and i feel like it does control my shine, at least for awhile. after a few hours, of course, it wears off, my velvety face is gone. but it works for me. i'm not really sure if i'll buy it again, but i will compare it to the revlon photoready finishing powder that i've also bought when i got this. hopefully that one will be better or works just as well.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Cool Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown
Mediocre. Packaging sucks. Does alright, I guess. I'm still on the hunt for something better though.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
Tried the translucent white one and it wasn't good.
-dose not blend well
-isn't translucent. leaves skin white and powdery.
-Bad quality brush. Its really rough
Cornstarch works better as a translucent face powder than this crap, and its obv. cheap and your pretty much set for life.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
The brush is horrible; it's very rough. The packaging also sucks -- too much powder comes out at once and it's very messy. The product itself is ok, nothing special. I've gotten similar results with other drugstore brand loose powders that were much cheaper. (The powder also irritates my face on some days, such as when I sweat more.)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
Its good powder and I was under the impression it was in comparison to mufe silica powder because its in the ingredients. I do like to put it in a different container I ended up putting it in a powder jar from maybelline. Its good for controlling oil from what i see so far and I also use a powder puff to buff it on over my makeup. I bought it for oil control so hopefully it holds up. This is not cheap for ds makeup but i guess cheaper than high end stuff. I think it was around 11.00 where I went. Would get again if I wanted to pick up a silica powder or they call them soft focus powders.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I have this in "Translucent 401". I am very pale and this doesn't show up on my skin at all. It works fine as a setting powder but I don't know if it's worth paying full price for. I don't use the brush that came with it because it's too harsh, so it is kind of tricky getting the powder out onto my brush without wasting it. It's just a "meh" product for me, probably won't repurchase.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
I don't know why, but whenever I wear this stuff, my skin breaks out the next day in tiny whiteheads. Yuck!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I bought this product recently and I use it regularly over my foundation and blush.
At first, when i used it, I found that the brush was scratchy and that it made my face look lighter. After swapping the brush for a better powder brush from Quo and switching my application method, it started coming out very well. it hold my makeup on all day, and keeps my face looking matte. The only problem with it is that it's difficult to apply (but I find that most powders are- that's why i stick to liquid & cream products) and that the packaging isn't wonderful.
There is a trick to applying it for best results- what I do is I grab a small bit on the top of my brush, remove the clear plastic cap, and swirl my brush around in it to spread the powder evenly across the blush. That way i don't have to worry about caking it on and wasting it too much!
I'd definitely buy this product again. I think it's extremely useful, and it has a reasonable price. It's especially good on my acne-prone combination skin!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
The one I have just says "Soft Focus Mineral Finish-Translucent", but I see there is a translucent medium version..hmmm. However, I'm about an NC37-40 and it does not make my skin lighter or chalky looking. I actually like this finishing powder a lot better than Maybelline's version, I just hate the built in brush packaging and wish L'Oreal would just sell all their bare naturale products in less bulky containers without the crappy brushes. Anyhow, I use a fluffy powder brush and this powder really does make my Bare Naturale loose foundation look beautiful and airbrushed. Doesn't have the greatest oil control, but it is a great finishing powder. I would repurchase, although I'm going to see how the translucent medium looks.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I got this in the mattifying translucent and it sucks! even though it claims to be 'translucent' it goes on my skin white and doesn't blend in, which it also claims to do! it looks cakey on my nose too.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
When I first tried the translucent light, I have to say, I was pretty let down. It just made my skin look chalky and wasn't really anything special when compared to any other loose powders I had tried.
But then I tried translucent medium!
At first I was pretty reluctant to buy the medium color because I am pale (usually #2 color with most foundations), and the medium powder looked so dark! But it was 75% off at CVS, so I figured I might as well give it a try, since the reason I disliked its light counterpart was because it made me look like a dehydrated ghost.
I've been using it for a couple weeks now, and translucent medium is awesome! Gives me a 'soft focus' glow like it says it will, and the medium color is totally translucent, and gives just a touch of natural looking color to my face. Lasts for several hours, but needs to be touched up with an oil absorbing sheet or powder once during the day. It looks and feels great, I will definitely guy the medium shade again!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I'll give it that the packaging is average, nothing special, not unconventional or anything, just plain.
but what frustrates me is that i suppose have these little flakes under my eyes, or at least it seems this way after i put it on top of my concealer! i've tried it over the line smoothing concealer, and the maybelline age rewind too. i don't know, it's just very obvious i have makeup on with this thing... extremely disappointing, i even had people ask me what was wrong under my eyes.
worst of all: i dont think it even set my makeup.
save your cash and buy something else..
i use a good moisturizer, i've tried it with an eye cream, no dice... it's weird, because my skin is dry to normal, and this is supposedly for dry skin?? Okayy...
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
This product is nothing special. I'm just using it up so I don't waste it, but really it is average at best. I use this over liquid foundation to take some of the shine away. It does remove shine at least for the first couple of hours. But by the end of the day my skin is back to being shiny in places. This doesn't last at all, I have had better luck with a far cheaper drugstore powder. The packaging is awkward and bulky, and makes a huge mess whenever I use it. The brush is only ok, not the softest but a lot softer than the brush in the regular L'Oreal mineral foundation. Overall, it's instantly forgettable. Will not buy again.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
There was little to be desired when it came to this product. I found that even when applied with a light hand and a small amount of powder, my face simply looked dull and ashy while still have a fleck of glitter here and there. This definitely accentuated my dry patches, but got oily in about 3 hours, much like the foundation. This also has an unattractive orange undertone that seems to become more apparent after a couple of hours of wear.
The brush it comes with is pretty much pointless, very coarse and harsh on the face. I purchased the slightly smaller version of this product that came in a pack with the foundation, and I found that it was very difficult to get the powder onto a brush without making a mess.
The full-size version of the product is pretty expensive as far as drugstore brands go, and even with the special pack that I purchased this was on the pricey side.
From dry/dull to oily/orange in a matter of 4 hours, this isn't exactly what I expected from this product, and I will not be repurchasing.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This powder was terrible. I got it in Translucent in the matte formula. It made my skin look ashy. It never really blended in with my skin despite being translucent. The container was awkard-hard to get product without making a mess. It also didn't keep my skin matte.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Dark Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I think this did work to mattify my skin...I got it in the medium color, but unfortunately, I think it made my NC 42-43 skin look dull/ashy.