3 months ago
I actually love this foundation. Or, to be more exact – I WOULD love it if I could find a shade that matched. This foundation is great in so many ways. The finish is beautiful, the lasting power is excellent, the fact that it doesn't look like makeup on your skin while covering everything at the same time is amazing. However, the shade range for pale skin is a disaster. There are actually only 2 shades for pale skin: Fair and Golden Fair. Bareminerals themselves add Fair Ivory and Fairly Light in the pale category, but those two shades are waaaaay too dark for somebody who is truly pale. What's more, the Fair and Golden Fair are different in texture from all the other shades. While the darker shades, Fair Ivory and upwards, are smooth and with a slight sheen, the Fair and Golden Fair are grainy and very matte. Fair is pinkish with a gray tone (not very flattering for most people) and Golden Fair, targeted towards pale olive skin, is very chalky and has a weird blue tone to it, despite looking pale golden yellow in the jar. What's up with this??? My best foundation shade match is actually Jane Iredale Amazing Base in Bisque, but AB doesn't cover anything and oxidizes badly, so for me it's basically useless. Bareminerals should look to Alima Pure for an excellent shade range with actual real skin tones. Most of the Original Foundation shades from Bareminerals are overloaded with pink and peach, which feels very 70's, and in the cool category they've added gray to the pink and that makes most people look ill. I wish Bareminerals would update their shades for pale skin. If – when – they do, they'll have a loyal customer in me.
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