Bare Escentuals • Matte Foundation spf 15 • Powder

rated 3.4(717 reviews)

Average Rating.3.4
Would buy this product again.60%

rated 3 of 5 naturallyfab on 7/26/2011 2:39:00 PM more reviews by naturallyfab

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Other    

I'm a huge fan of Bare Minerals, but on my skin, I honestly cannot tell a difference between this formula and the original. I like it, but I don't think it's worth the extra money or the extra hype. I won't be repurchasing this formula again, but I will get the original

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rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Peaches1027 on 7/22/2011 4:00:00 PM more reviews by Peaches1027

Age: 44-55   Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Black, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

I used Bare Minerals for a couple years in the mid 2000s, but eventually I got sick of the mess and the shine it gave my face. On a whim I decided to try the new matte formula. I love the locking sifter. I hate everything else. This stuff looked like mud on my face. I had to press the buki brush into my face really hard to get it to blend in, and while the color match was good, after an hour or so my pores looked bigger than moon craters. It didn't seem to control oil, and it didn't even my skin out any better than anything else in my stash. I returned this, and I will not repurchase.

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rated 3 of 5 justcallmed on 7/20/2011 8:44:00 PM more reviews by justcallmed

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

Matte is your standard, matte foundation that has a slightly thick and creamy texture thanks to the high amount of titanium and zinc oxides in it. It still has a slight amount of glow to it but does offer a high amount of coverage. I would leave this one behind only because I don't feel like the staying power is there, the shade range is up to par with those from other brands (and even DS brands like L'oreal or Revlon), and that it'll cover very acne prone problematic skin types.

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rated 2 of 5 amyang on 7/19/2011 2:51:00 PM more reviews by amyang

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Tan   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

Pros: Keeps me mat and by the end of the day, i have a semi-glow look. Great coverage with the full coverage kabuki brush. I love it covered my flaws/acne scars, redness, but it still looked like skin/natural.
COns: if i wear this alone, it made me itch when i was outside. After 2 weeks, i noticed it clogged my checks/pores, so i had to return it. I was not going to keep using it.

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rated 5 of 5 Weezie24 on 7/17/2011 10:41:00 PM more reviews by Weezie24

Age: 30-35   Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

Ok some of these reviews are driving me crazyyyy.....Im a makeup artist and some things are controlled...
-Do NOT use a silicone primer with this...Although the BE Matte is amazy, their primer stinks..
(Korres anti-aging primer is wonderful) Even for the oiliest...
There product is buildable...One layer is equal to a tinted moisturizer and 3 layers is regular foundation...You build what you want...
If your having oil control problems even while using this, the problem could very easy be your skincare routine...If you are using the wrong product...Well then your throwing your money away...
And yes pressure is key and use the right brush...You want the product to get into the natural bristles and really do its job...
Hope this helps...Sorry had to vent...

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* ParisTroika on 7/16/2011 1:35:00 PM more reviews by ParisTroika

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

This is the formula I am currently using. I left Bare Minerals for awhile because of the shine I would get with the original formula (mica-induced). I'm not one for "illuminizing" since my skin does that all on its own. I really like this and have been wearing it for 8 months now. I just recently purchased the spf to wear over it and I'm finally getting that flawless finish I've always wanted in a foundation. The only issue I have with BM is that touch-ups are somewhat difficult. It isn't as easy as pulling out a pressed powder compact. But considering I feel this is far improved than the original formula and how much I enjoy mineral makeups, I feel it is worth it.
Not sure it is an HG yet (I have been searching for that for years), but I would consider repurchasing once my current supply runs out. I used to wear expensive liquids when I had access to higher end department stores, but I really like the light texture and coverage of a MMU than I do the super pricey fancy foundations.

UPDATE August 2012. I'm still using this as my daily foundation. I cover it with the spf 25 mineral veil. Still happy. It doesn't do full coverage, but that isn't what I need at this point. I mainly need shine control. I love it that BM is leaning towards pressed products. They are a lot easier to handle.

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rated 5 of 5 Habibi9898 on 7/16/2011 12:54:00 PM more reviews by Habibi9898

Age: 19-24   Skin: Other   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

I LOVE this! It makes my face feel smooth and matte, and it hides imperfections and large pores beautifully. I must admit, during my first uses i hated it. My face looked blotchy, and my pores were enlarged. But when I applied it correctly (with a kabuki brush) it was wonderful. It evens my skin tone and over time diminishes pores!
Many bad reviews are probably caused by wrong colour choice!

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rated 2 of 5 dx9618 on 7/15/2011 4:20:00 PM more reviews by dx9618

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Tan   Hair: Black   Eyes: Black    

At first I was SUPER excited to try this product because everyone said it was amazing. I went with the matte variety because my skin can get oily on the T zone. I have to say, I gave this product about 4 months of time and I hate it. First, I find that the product oxidizes up after about 3-4 hours of wear. Orange nasty mess. Next, it does not keep my slightly oily skin matte at all even with a primer and constant blotting. Its so expensive and even though you go crazy buffing it into your pores, it settles out later throughout the day and the oil came back. It gives ok coverage, but I do not get that much more than an occasional pimple and this does not do the trick at all. If it doesn't last for oily skin, I have no clue how it sticks to people with dry skin. Definitely not worth the hype, I'm sticking with my Make Up Forever HD foundation :D

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rated 5 of 5 Philipmom02 on 7/14/2011 5:09:00 PM more reviews by Philipmom02

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

After stepping away from BE a couple years ago after itching with their original formula, I decided to give it another try with the new 'bismuth' free matte formula. So far I'm extremely happy with it. I loved the coverage and wear of the original and this is the same if not better for me. It is more matte and you can always put on a 'radiance' powder or luminous mineral veil to give that more luminous finish. It wears all day with the prime time primer underneath and I find I hardly ever have to touch up. It feels smooth and clean and washes off well at the end of the day.

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rated 5 of 5 edivine on 7/10/2011 11:19:00 PM more reviews by edivine

Age: 19-24   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Other   Eyes: Other    

i love that i feel comfortable applying this everyday and knowing that it won't do any harm to my face in any way. it doesn't break me out or clog pores.

bare minerals comes out with a variety of shades that look natural, not cakey. it is build-able, so you can apply it to suit the coverage you desire. i use the matte light in the winter and the matte medium beige in the summer.

the best powder foundation i've ever used. hands down.

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