“ Brand: Bare Escentuals „
I purchased one of these sets during my New York holiday late last year. I am not usually a make up wearer but was looking for some good make up to wear on special occasions. The lady in the shop took great care finding the right shades for me and showing me how to use it. I was a little nervous taking this home as I thought I wouldn't be able to remember how to use it, but this set is a dream to use. So Simple, so easy. The products last all day and are better for your skin than traditional foundations, another thing I worried about as I do have sensitive skin. The products provide easy coverage and long lasting results. I hardly ever have to touch up my make up when wearing Bare Minerals, no matter what it is I am doing. A great product, well worth the money it costs.
I received a bare minerals starter kit for Christmas this year after never hearing about it before. I was not happy with the foundations that I was using anymore, so was really pleased to try something different that would hopefully make a more even complexion and more natural even skin tone.
I was initially sceptical about how it actually worked and why it was getting such good reviews. So I sat down and watched the dvd that was provided in the box. (Inside thebox it contains - 2 foundations, mineral veil, bisque, bronzer and 3 brushes). The DVD I found to actually be really helpful. With three simple steps of "tap, swirl and brush" anyone is able to be able to use it.
The DVD recommends that you only need a tiny amount of what you are using and this proves to be a correct. Once it is on the brush, the product despite the small amount, provides full coverage and you can instantly see a more even complexion forming.
I have always had a problem with my very light skin that my skin is always darker under my eyes. However, since I have been using this product, my face now has an even complexion and covers up any blemishes that I wish to hide. It provides a real natural look. With some other foundations it is evident that make-up has been used and an orange line around the face can be seen. However, with bare minerals this is not the case.
The starter kit provides three brushes- large, middle and small. The larger and middle sized ones are used to provide an overall coverage. The smaller one to be used for under eye coverage and blemishes. The brushes are really soft and not rough on the skin at all.
When I first received the kit, I thought that it might make my skin really dry as it was not in liquid form. However, I when I used it for the first time I was proven wrong. The minerals are actually really creamy and smooth on the skin. The minerals also contain SPF 15 which therefore protects the skin aswell.
Although it is quite expensive, it is actually a really good investment. The small tubs last a really long time. I received my starter kit in December and not even half way through them. After I have finished them, I will most definitely buy more again!
Overall- best make-up ever used and provides a real natural look
I am a terrible make up junky and love buying anything from the bareMinerals range and for Christmas I was given some Debenham vouchers so went for a look to see what I could spend them on. I saw the get started kit reduced from £50 to £30 and knew it was a good buy as it included brushes as mine were getting a bit tatty I would have spent a fortune replacing them anyway.
In this Get Started kit you actually got 8 products and a bonus item and in my excitement I picked up a shade darker than I would usually use but that's OK as I know I can get away with this colour in the Summer so I shall save the foundations for then.
What do you get?
First of all the boring bits, a DVD which I won't watch as I have seen the demos countless times on QVC. It is a special presentation with tips and techniques with a cheesy photo of women from different ethnic origins on the back (proving the product works with all types of skin) and the run time is 30 minutes. I would have to be very bored indeed to watch this!
Also good for newbies a booklet in five languages (worse than electronics) so really only four pages to absorb if you wish. It talks you through the products and the brushes so you know what you are dealing with. I had a cursory flick through my booklet. It was quicker than the dvd!
You get three brushes in the kit: full flawless (foundation / veil) and flawless (I use just for the bronzer called warmth so I can keep the colour away from the foundation and veil) and a small light stroke brush (working on shadows and small areas). Another brush is mentioned in the booklet but you don't get this one (for concealer) so I am not sure why it is included in the booklet.
Two 2g pots of mineral foundation - mine are in medium tan and tan colours, I usually have medium beige so will save these for the summer. A 2g pot of tinted mineral veil which is used as a finishing touch for makeup used over the foundation or on its own. It is a really fine powder that is silky and you can't feel it on your skin.
A 2g pot of warmth, the best ever bronzer I have used ...yes ever! Deep in colour, you use such a small amount this will last me ages.
Finally a small pot of concealer in honey bisque - this was the bonus item in the kit.
Plus a sample!
I also got a sample of Prime Time foundation primer (the clear one) which was nice although I have the full sized bottle anyway I can take this one away on an overnighter without it taking up room or spilling. It is worth saving as it's a great product.
I am used to using the bareMineral range so didn't really need a starter kit but at the £30 price tag, it really was a bargain. OK so I got the wrong colour really but I will still use it later in the year. The brushes I will use immediately and I will throw away my old brushes rather than trying to wash them as they have had tonnes of use.
Despite buying this in December (at the end of) I was a little bit disappointed that the jars are the old style with holes in and a sticker on the top rather than the new closure which you can screw the holes shut as they do tend to sit in the lid once the sticker is opened (and it doesn't stay sticky enough to reuse really). If you try and transport them it is a nightmare too, but I think they sell a transport kit for this purpose. I won't be buying it though. The 'warmth' is a particular problem as you only want a tiny bit at a time and really don't want it threatening to tip out when you open the jar as it's a pain to get out of the carpet ( this is the voice of experience).
I won't go on too much here as it is really well covered on this site that you swirl the product on the brush - just a tiny amount - tap off the excess and buff on to your face in circular motions. Swirl, tap, buff, you've got it! The coverage is fine, you can repeat for a heavier finish and use the concealer on problem areas such as spots or dark circles or in my case skin pigmentation I got when pregnant in 2010.
As I mentioned at the start of the review, these kits are usually around £50 to buy, you can get them cheaper on ebay. I got mine in the sales for £30. The foundation sizes are not enormous but will 'get you started' I prefer to buy the 8g foundation pots as they last a lot longer but will use these 2g pots. I pay around £10 on ebay for a 8g foundation usually.
If you have not yet tried mineral make up then I would say go for it, whatever your skin type it is kind to you and easy and quick to do. I have tried a few but always return to bareMinerals, in my opinion they are the best. Buying the starter kit gets you all the brushes and bits you will need at firs and you can replace what you liked when you finish each product and walk away from those that don't work for you. For what I paid I am happy with the product and the box that it all comes with is cute too. I will be recovering mine and reusing it for either a gift box or to store things in.
I have always been very self concious about my skin and am prone to break out and blocked pores. I had tried many different mineral make ups before Bare Escentuals but never really saw any differences to my skin than with normal make up. One day when I was out shopping I saw the counter for this and booked an appointment to try it. The make up lady tested the foundation to find which would be right for my skin, I am very pale, and I was amazed at the results when she was finished. I do recommend going for one of these appointments as it is a lot of money to spend to find out you have the wrong colour, though the fact that it comes with two different shades is such a bonus especially since you can mix them together to get the perfect shade. My skin was glowing, and it immediately gave me a confidence which make up had never done before, so i snapped it up straight away. When wearing Bare Escentuals I never actually feel like I am wearing make up at all, and it doesn't look like I am either, I just get a lovely, blemish free, healthy glow. The DVD that came with the starter kit made it much easier for me to know how to apply my make up correctly just like at the make up counter. The skin rev-er upper made my skin feel awake and worked lovely as a base before applying my make up. The all over face colour is lovely when gently wiped all over the face giving a beautiful summer kissed glow, though only a very small amount is needed, making the product last much longer. It also works lovely to define cheekbones, or even create cheekbones. People are always giving me compliments about my skin not realising I am actually wearing the Bare Escentuals make up, with one person telling me it looked 'flawless' which I have never had anyone say to me before using Bare Escentuals. I have definitely noticed an improvement in my problem skin since using bare escentuals which I didn't think was possible from using make up, but it is!Having open pores made me worry that mineral make up wouldn't give me enough coverage but with the mineral veil that wasn't a problem, and my pores are now almost invisble. The brushes are brilliant too, I love the fact that instead of applying more make up through out the day you can simply work the brush on your face and the make up looks like it has just been applied. The fact that the foundation has an SPF of 15 is such an added bonus, especially if you're like me and often forget to apply sun cream to your face regularly. I just simply LOVE LOVE LOVE Bare Escentuals and recommened everyone to buy it!
Last January, I fell and broke my foot, leaving me in plaster for the best part of 6 weeks. During this time, I went to stay overnight with my parents to be looked after when I was feeling sorry for myself and I accompanied my mum to her WI meeting (what fun!). The guest speaker that night was a beautician who was showing the women how make up can still be worn tastefully after a 'certain' age and she was using Bare Minerals from Bare Escentuals to demonstrate! I was most impressed by the demo and afterwards went to speak to the lady as I was looking for some good make up to use for my wedding day. A few weeks later I purchased the above starter kit to get myself used to using the make up before my big day.
***What is Bare Minerals?***
Bare Minerals make up is simply made of just that, bare minerals. There is nothing toxic or unnatural in the make up and each item is in a very delicate powder form. According to beauticians who use it it is so pure you can sleep in it and it won't play havoc with your skin. There are no preservatives, oils, talc or fragrances in the powders so even delicate sensitive skins can use it. There are many mineral make ups on the market but in my opinion, Bare Minerals is the first and best of its kind. Foundations, blushes, eye shadows, concealers, eye liners are all available and all in powder form although on your face, it has a silky, cream like texture which is lovely.
***What comes in the starter pack?***
The starter pack is probably the best place to start (hence the name ha!) because it does take a bit of getting used to and you have all you need to create a flawless foundation base. In the pack comes two shades of foundation (the packs are available in different shades, light, medium, tan and dark. I have the light pack), a pot of mineral veil (more on this in a bit), a pot of warmth (don't spill it!!!!), a bonus pot of concealer and three brushes: a full coverage face brush, a medium coverage face brush and a concealer brush. There is also a DVD which shows you how to use the make up effectively and the different effects you can create with it. I bought the pack in Debenhams for £45 but now it retails at £48. Each pot of product costs between £14 and £22 so it's much cheaper to get the starter pack.
***How is it applied?***
Swirl, tap and buff is the Bare Minerals mantra! A tiny amount of powder should be tipped into the lid of the pot (believe me, tiny is the word, you can always build up more as you go along), then using your chosen brush, swirl the brush around the lid so that it gathers up all the powder. Tap off any excess, there shouldn't be any powder visibly sitting on the brush, then buff your face with the brush and it will create a flawless coverage which you might feel you can't see but trust me, it evens out tone and covers blemishes really well, the concealer is especially good at this. All the products are applied in the same way.
***A pot of warmth?!***
The pot of warmth is basically a blusher. It is very dark rusty red and you only need a LITTLE to highlight your cheek bones and any other areas you want warming up. Do not spill this on the carpet as it's hellish to get out! If you do, hoover it up as soon as possible, don't rub it!!! Warmth can be applied before or after the foundation powder.
This is probably the best part of the Bare Minerals starter kit. It is a pot of very fine, pale pink powder which is used as a finishing powder. It 'sets' the rest of your make up, gives a lovely translucent finish and helps refine pores. Again, a little goes a long way so use sparingly and build up coverage. It does give a beautiful finish. Mineral veil comes in different varieties. With the starter pack, you get original mineral veil which has an SPF of 15. In fact, the foundations do too which is a good bonus. I recently bought Illuminating Mineral Veil which has tiny silvery specks in it on a recent trip to New York which doesn't contain an SPF. I paid $19 for a new pot of mineral veil and it is £20 in the UK.
I found that it took me a good week to get used to how much powder I needed to use to get the effect I wanted but I would never use a liquid foundation again. It is easy to use, lasts for ages because of how little of the product needs to be used and it is very quick to use on a daily basis. When I got married, one of my bridesmaids who is also a Bare Minerals user did my make up for me and spent a good while using the products to create a really dewy, natural foundation which made my skin look amazing (if I do say so myself!). I have since bought a blusher and an eye shadow from the range and will continue to use this as my staple foundation.
The starter kits as I've said are available in different shades but there is a huge range of shades to be bought separately for many different purposes.
I like the Bare Minerals get stared kit. I first tried this product a few years ago. My pores would get so clogged up with normal liquid foundation, and powders left my skin looking caked - rubbish!
Although liquid foundations have a better coverage I have to say, Bare Minerals makeup does leave your skin looking like it's on a good day - which, after all, is what make up should do in essence.
The coverage is better and the makeup does stay on better when you use skin primer- something you don't get with this kit unfortunately. But what you get for £35 is well worth the money spent in my opinion. Three good quality brushes to help you apply the makeup, and powders to compliment your skin tone.
The foundation powder does have SPF properties, but as the coverage is so light, I doubt it's real effectiveness in that respect. But I'm no expert...!
The pots are a good size, and last 3-4 months. However the warmth all over face colour does last a lot longer. I do find that I prefer to use warmth on it's own. I feel the foundation is a little too light for me in this kit, and warmth gives me a healthier glow. Anyway, since using Bare Minerls, I rarely, if ever have skin breakouts, and I don't get stuck in that viscious cycle of using liquid foundations to cover the spots caused by its use.
In conclusion, I like this product - it takes time to get used to having such subtle coverage ( which doesn't cover spots, dark circles etc. - you still need something better for that). If your skin is already in a decent condition, and you need a makeup that doesn't irritate, then this is for you. If your skin is a little sad, be brave and try this for a while, your skin could very well improve!
Bare Essentials is my favorite brand of cosmetics. The concealer is the best working one I have tried, and I have tried many. The foundation evens out my skin and doesn't look blotchy and it's the perfect shade. The mineral veil just finishes the look with a translucent powder that just ties in your look perfectly. It's a bit expensive, but if you can afford these products, I recommend it! Bare Essentials is, in my opinion, the best brand I have tried for foundation, concealer, etc.
I had wanted to try Bare Minerals make up for a while. It seemed to be the new and upcoming thing, the problem is that my money situation is quite tight and I can't really justify buying new make up when I don't know that it's going to work incase I waste my money. As if my mind had been read, my Mother in law bought me a set off of QVC, I believe it cost around £30. It was such a lovely treat to receive as a Christmas present.
In the set was the following items:
A blusher brush: Appears to be of lovely good quality. The only downside to it is that it is not retractable, and I prefer retractable ones so that I can protect them for longer, especially when travelling.
Lipgloss: Deep red lipgloss, has a funny smell that I really cannot make out-a bit like chocolate! A very sticky lipgloss which is not ideal for me as I can't bear it when the wind blows my hair and it gets stuck to my lips!
Blusher: A tiny bit of this goes a really long way. Lovely red colour with real lasting power. Small pot so easy to travel with. Perfectly compliments the foundation and veil powders.
Foundation: Small pot of tiny pale powder. As with the blusher it is best to use a tiny amount and if that is not enough for you add more and layer up. You can end up looking orange if you apply too much, so take it easy and see what suits you, as its more difficult to take off once done, than it is to add a little more. The foundation is excellent at covering blemishes and has super staying powder, will last for hours and hours.
Veil: A pot of powder smaller than the foundation. Also a pale powder which you dab on over the foundation. This doesn't have to be used with the foundation but it does really settle it. Takes away the shimmer and makes it last even longer. Fantastic little product.
I love this set and it was such a lovely gift. My favourite parts are the foundation, veil and the blusher. I could live without the other bits although they do complete the set.
I was introduced to this make up last year by a friend, but was unconvinced that this product was for me. I have very poor, spot-prone skin. This is despite being twenty-eight years young! I was used to wearing very heavy make up to try and even out my skin and also to mask the major red blotches on my face.
On application the make up has a nice almost creamy texture, which blends nicely. This was in contrast to previous powder make-up which I found to be flaky and patchy. As the pack provides two different colours of foundation you are able to blend them very closely with your skin colour. This is especially useful for sun worshippers who find that their skin changes significantly in colour between the summer and winter. I am happy with the results which the bare minerals gives me and I feel like it is working with my skin, instead of against it!
I have to admit that on a few occasions when my skin has been particularly bad I will return to my favoured liquid foundation, but on the whole the bare minerals does the trick!
I brought Bare Minerals as I was fed up with the cloggy and cakey effect I got from liquid foundations. I also found that sometimes (even though I used a prep first) my liquid foundation would be prone to smudging, especially in warm weather and over long periods of time it seem to almost evaporate into my skin leaving it looking blotchy. I first saw Bare Minerals when I was in the States about ten years ago and was intrigued by this product but only actually tried it a year ago.
My initial concern was to the coverage. How could such a light powder provide the same coverage and a liquid foundation and concealers? I have to say I have been impressed by the product.
They have been billed for years as a make up revolution. Natural minerals that are good for your skin. I am not sure if the latter is strictly true but certainly they do not have added chemical ingredients that standard cosmetics do thus minimising the likelyhood of irratation on sensitive skin.
The minerals are 100% pure. Very fine powders that you buff onto your skin to provide an all over natural coverage. They are quite highly concentrated so you only need a small amount of the minerals to get a good coverage. Bare Minerals should not be confused with other high street mineral cosmetics which still contain all the usual talcs and chemicals as their liquid foundations the only difference being they have ground them to a fine powder.
The minerals are pure so it really isnt a case of listing their ingredients but more a case of stating what they dont contain. No added talcs, preservatives, oils, fragrances or other chemicals that can irritate and harm the skin so they are perfect for those with sensative skin and obviously they minimize the risk of causing any damage to the skin.
On my first application I used way too much and so it took a while to get into the swing of this mineral make up and the little starter kit is perfect for first timers. Considering that the minerals in the starter kit are not full size they still lasted me a good three months and the warmth is still going after almost 1 year! A little of this product goes a long way and although at first it feels odd to put such a small amount on the brush you can re-apply afterwards to build up the foundation. I am now a total convert as you can keep applying throughout the day without the same "cakey" build up you can get with standard powders.
You simply use the swirl, tap and buff technique. Put a small amount of minerals into the their lid and swirl your brush to collect the minerals. Tap off thew excess and then buff over your skin coircular motions. Thats it. Takes a while at first but once you get the hang of it the proceedure takes considerably less time to apply than standard make up.
These are great for first timers as you get a great little selection of the basics of your make up. Foundation in two different shades (shades vary depending on the shade kit you pick for your skin tone), all over face colour (I had the lightest set so my colour was warmth) Its basically a soft shade to dust over your face to give a natural glow. A year later and my original pot shows no sign of running out because you just need the most miniscule amount to achieve the look. Mineral veil which complete the look helping to minimize the appearance of pores whilst providing a translucent coverage. Three brushes and and instructional dvd presented by CEO of Bare Escentuals Lesley Blodgett. I purchased my kit in Debenhams and the cost of £40 but prices do vary store depending.
ON A PLUS SIDE:
The minerals are not harmful and great for sensitive skin. They do last quite a long time because you do not need to be heavy handed to achieve a good full coverage. Once practised you will dramatically reduce your make up application time.
I used foundations in light and fairly light as I have pale skin that burns easily and I found that they didnt give me quite enough coverage so I now use slightly darker shades. I still find that I do sometimes have to use a standard concealer to cover some blemishes. A lot of department stores dont stock the full range and so you pretty much have to order everything online. Bare Escentuals do have their own website which diverts you to QVC to order products but I order mine from top sellers on Ebay who are usually a few pounds cheaper.
There are several products in mineral range including foundation, concealers, mineral veil and all over face colours, blush and eye shadow as well as the standard mascaras and lipsticks and they also have a complete skin care range. The website advises on shades for your skin and a full list of their products and how to apply them.
It takes a few applications of trial and error to get used to the quantity required for the coverage you want and to get used to the general feeling of not wearing heavy make up. I do not find my minerals cloggy and they dont smudge throughout the day and if I want more coverage I can add a little bit more without re-applying my entire make up. The initial cost seems expensive but the kit easily lasted me three months and the full size versions six so it actually for me works out cheaper. I am now a mineral convert and can highly recommend this product.
If you are looking at buying the full size products it is also worth considering buying the anyway kit just to get the brushes and the Warmth (which has lasted me well over a year and still going!). The three brushes (flawless face, kabuki and maximum coverage concealer brush) alone would set you back around £60 and yet all are included in the kit!
The only gripe I have and its not just with Bare Escentuals but all cosmetics I wish they would demonstrate their products on "average" women and not models who have near perfect skin to begin with.
Towards the end of 2010 I was becoming increasingly disappointed with my make up. I have been using the same products for a few years now, just general brands found along the illuminated shelves in Boots. I decided that as part of my New Years resolutions, I would finally invest in some good make up.
Now my skin, it's not exactly the best but it's not the worst either. I have suffered with acne since my teens, though now it is somewhat under control; I am left with some unfortunate scarring, mostly on my chin. I have an oily t-zone and large pores. Prone to breakouts, generally on the t-zone and chin, and almost permanent shadowing under my eyes. I had been Googling around and checking out a fair few YouTube videos on all kinds of make up brands, trying to figure out what would give me the coverage I need when I came across Bare Escentuals.
All natural, mineral make up that boasts being good for your skin. Several tutorial videos showed me the quick and easy application, the even coverage and the smily faces of the woman who had gone Bare. So on my shopping expedition on Boxing Day, I headed over to the Bare Escentuals counter in Selfridges and handed over £45 for their 'Get Started' kit in Light. The assistant wasn't the most helpful, but I decided not to allow that to put me off my purchase.
Inside the box you will find;
2 X Foundation Shades (Light and Fairly Light in my chosen kit) 2g
Mineral Veil 3g
Bisque Multi-Tasking Concealer
Full Flawless Face Brush
Flawless Application Face Brush
Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
Get Started DVD
The brushes alone are worth £57! Therefore, if you need to replace them I would always suggest re-buying the get started kit for those alone. I have to admit, I have spent a fair amount on different brushes over the years and none have quite lived up to the standards now set by the Bare Escentuals brushes. The bristles are exceptionally soft, perfectly shaped and full. For a light to medium coverage, use the full flawless face brush. For medium to full coverage (think those particularly bad skin days!) then use the Flawless application face brush. The concealer brush is fantastic, with tight, compacted bristles, it provides a full coverage, and its tapered shape allows for easy application under the eyes and around the nose, as well as precision concealing.
When I first used the kit, I used 'Light' foundation on one-half of my face and, 'Fairly Light' on the other to compare the colour and coverage. I settled on Fairly Light as it gave a more natural look and softness to my face. A little goes a long way with the product and as a buildable foundation; very rarely will you waste any powder. The infamous 'swirl,tap, buff' method can be a little messy until you are use to it, I now usually skip on 'tapping' off the excess foundation and just buff a little longer on my face. The Bare Escentuals foundation also doubles up as a concealer, and a great one at that! It's great for covering those imperfections and flaws on the skin, as well as large pores.
I have never been a big fan of bronzer, especially those overly glittery ones. Warmth really surprised me. It looks like a little pot of cocoa, a really deep and rich brown with hints of terracotta, not a glitter in sight! You really do only need a tiny amount of the warmth, a little goes such a long way and too much takes away the natural edge to your look. The tutorial on the dvd shows you a really easy and effective way to apply the warmth so make sure you give it a watch! The warmth really helps to bring the look together, and my skin looks a lot healthier with it applied.
The bisque is the 'surprise' bonus product, and a surprise it was. It's a peachy clay colour, quite different from the foundation, so I was concerned it would look a little two-tone on my skin. I use this to cover the shadows under my eyes and wow does it work! It blends in naturally with the pre-applied foundation and brightens up my under eye, diminishing the shadows and giving me a really bright eyed and bushy tailed look. It is also great for covering up those red alert breakouts!
Finally, Mineral veil, a product that deserves an entire review dedicated to itself! This translucent finishing powder, applied with the full flawless face brush, brings your entire look together. It gives you a soft, almost airbrushed, yet natural finish. I have only once forgotten to apply the mineral veil and the look was not the same. As all Bare Escentuals make up is smudge resistant, all I ever need to leave home with now is the mineral veil and brush, simply to refresh my face and control any shine throughout the day.
For a starter kit, they really do go the extra mile in giving you everything you need for a basic, everyday face. I am very impressed with the coverage and have had several compliments on how fresh and glowing my face now looks. All products are SPF 15, the bisque is SPF 20, which is very important to me! The products are made of natural minerals that work with your skin. I have heard about them improving skin condition, and helping with acne etc but have yet to see such things on my own skin!
I would defiantly recommend this kit to anyone who wishes to try out Bare Escentuals. If you go to one of their counters, you can have the assistants do a colour match for the foundation and have them show you how to apply it. You can also find these kits for around £35+ if you shop around online.
Note - Originally this review was for my blog - Katy's Beauty Blog
Now it is time to review some of my favourite brand's products. I am loving bareMinerals at the moment. Their products are light, they are natural and they are fabulous!
Today I'm going to review the complexion kit by bareMinerals, it retails at £45 but when priced separately goes way over a £100. It includes ...
2 bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundations
bareMinerals Mineral Veil
bareMinerals Warmth All-Over-Face Colour
Bisque SPF20 Multi - Tasking Concealer
Full Flawless Face Brush
Flawless Application Face Brush
Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
Ok, so first I'm going to talk about the brushes included in the kit.
The first brush is the full face brush. This is designed for medium to full coverage and is super soft! It is really plush and gives a really nice even tone.
Now it is the flawless face brush. This is a lot smaller both with the handle and the bristles but it is still just as soft and gives a light to medium coverage very evenly.
The last brush is the concealer brush. It is silky smooth and provides an accurate application which is very buildable.
Now we're going to talk about the powders. I won't talk about the foundations because in September I did a review on them which I'd love you to check out.
So first we'll talk about mineral veil finishing powder. You apply this using the signature, Swirl, Tap, Buff technique and it is silky smooth when you put it on. I use the untinted version and it is really great for fair skins over your foundation. One thing is you do need to apply the right amount of it otherwise it can make you look kind of pale.
Mineral Veil is great for reducing shine and any oily patches as well as sealing in your makeup.
Warmth comes in the form of a powder but it's not actually a powder. It feels like a cream and buffs on you face like silk, providing your skin with a natural luminosity that lasts all day.
As it is a powder, it seems like it would be quite messy, as you only use a small amount and if you use it as directed then it won't be messy at all. I really like this powder and use it generally as my bronzer.
Ok, thats my review for today. I hope you enjoyed it. This Kit is very useful and I hope you like it as much as I do
I had heard about Bare Essensuals but never thought twice about it until I was at a house party one evening. I met my friend's housemate, and I remember thinking what shockingly clear, flawless skin she had. Not fair. I've suffered from acne since the age of 14 and today, at 24, I still get spots. Even when they clear up, you're left with uneven colouring and uneven textures. Anyway, I stayed overnight, and the next morning I saw the same girl- stunned to see that underneath the foundation, she was extremely freckly. I could not believe the coverage the foundation had given her without looking pasted on. So I got my sister to get me starter kit.
I was not disappointed. This stuff is amazing. I don't even regard anything else as foundation anymore. The only problem with the starter kit is that you're given 2 shades of foundation. You'll figure out which one works for you, and then the other one is just left sitting around.
The Bare Vitamins is amazing too. For some reason I find that it really helps prevent breakouts.
Despite being a very fortunate teenager and never really having spots or bad skin at all, I did often wear foundation when I wanted to look particularly nice and now that I'm twenty I find myself wearing it quite a lot. I could, however, never find one that was 'just right - most of the ones that I tried either highlighted dry patches of skin, looked streaky or disappeared altogether after only a couple of hours. That was until a few of my friends recommended that I try Bare Escentuals makeup, and after umming and ahhing for a while I finally decided to buy their Get Started Kit and I haven't looked back since.
The Bare Minerals Get Started Kit from Bare Escentuals contains all that you need to get started with their range of mineral makeup. I had never used mineral cosmetics before and so was glad to get a set that would give me everything that I would need as well as explaining how to use this type of makeup. I bought the 'Light' set as I have pale skin, and so my kit included two 2g pots of pale foundation: one in 'fairly light' and one in 'light', with the latter rather confusingly being a darker shade than the former. I like the fact that they give you two different shades so that you can find out which one suits you more before committing to buying a full sized pot of one in particular. As well as the foundation, there was also a small pot of 'Warmth' bronzer, a powder called 'Mineral Veil', three different brushes, a bottle of 'Skin Rev-er Upper' and an instruction CD.
Foundation: this mineral foundation comes as a dry powder stored in a small, clear two-compartmented pot with a black lid. All of the makeup is stored in the bottom of the pot under a layer of plastic with several holes in it. Rather like with a salt shaker, you lightly shake the pot to allow some of the foundation to pass through into the top section. You then apply the foundation by tapping a small amount of it into the lid of the pot, then swirling the Flawless Application Brush around in it, tapping the brush on the side of the lid to shake off any excess, and then finally 'buff' it onto your face. I personally don't really know what 'buff' means, but from demonstrations and by using it myself have taken it to mean sweeping the brush over your face in order to transfer the foundation from the brush to your face. You then repeat the process until you've applied the foundation to your whole face, while remembering that 'less is more' and trying to use as little as possible to start off with, as you can always add on more later if necessary.
My experience with this foundation has been almost exclusively great. I find that the coverage that this foundation gives me is unrivalled by any other that I have ever tried, as it doesn't look streaky, blotchy or have any of the other problems I have experienced with makeup in the past. Perhaps my favourite thing about it is the fact that it can be used as concealer as well as a foundation: if you use the concealer brush contained in this kit instead of either of the other two brushes you can apply the powder to any blemishes, dark circles or anything else that you want to cover and it works really well. I have pretty pale skin and so use the 'fairly light' shade, but would say that the 'light' shade would be suitable for most people who are white without being particularly tanned. The main problem with the foundations in the Get Started Kit is the fact that if you keep them in your handbag or makeup bag they can get knocked around a lot, and then when you open them you find that most of the foundation has transferred itself to the top of the pot. This isn't a massive problem if you're careful, but can make it easier to spill some of the contents and more difficult to control the amount that you're tipping into the lid. Luckily the larger 8g pots that are available for sale now have a lockable sifter on the plastic between the levels, which means that you can keep the sections closed to each other when you're not using it and reduces the risk of this happening.
Warmth: A lot of my friends have described this as the best bronzer that they've ever used, and I have to say that I'm quite a fan of it too. I've written a full length review of Warmth itself so I'll describe it in lesser detail here, but will still cover everything that I feel is important. You apply Warmth in the same way as you would the foundation, except of course you would generally use quite a lot less bronzer than you would foundation unless you want to look particularly dark. This bronzer is included in the Get Started Kits for darker skin as well, and so it is unsurprisingly quite a dark shade, and since I have such pale skin I find that I only need to use a tiny amount to give myself a bronzed glow. I find the best way for me to apply it is to mix equal parts Warmth and foundation in the lid of Warmth, and then apply it first to my cheekbones to give more definition and then lightly to my whole face to make me look slightly brighter.
I really like using Warmth and feel that it makes my face look more attractive than using foundation alone. Since it's quite dark, however, I have to be very careful not to use too much or it can look quite odd on my pale skin. If I get the balance just right, though, I love the effect that it has on my face and find that it helps to smoothen out my whole complexion. I bought this kit over a year ago now but am still on my first pot of Warmth as I use so little, despite the fact that I go through an 8g pot of foundation every two months or so if I wear it every day.
Mineral Veil: It's hard to describe what Mineral Veil is, as it is sort of a powder, but so much better than that. You're meant to apply a light layer of this after foundation, bronzer and anything else you happen to be using, as it sort of 'sets' your makeup and makes your face look just that little bit better. I can't quite put my finger on what it does, but I do know that I can tell the difference between wearing it and not wearing it, and that I always look better if I do this final stage. Having said that, although I have bought a couple of extra pots after my first one ran out, I don't buy it as religiously as I do the foundation and often go without it for months. I always regret not having used it when I finally do buy it again and am astounded by how much better I look with it than without.
The Brushes: Out of the three brushes contained in this kit, I actually only ever tend to use two of them: the Flawless Application Brush and the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush, with the Kabuki brush being left to the side before finally being given to my flatmate when she lost hers. The flawless application brush and the kabuki are both used to apply the powder makeup to the whole face or body while the concealer brush is unsurprisingly used to apply concealer, though you could also use it to apply powder eye shadows and the like if you so wished. I prefer the Flawless Application brush to the Kabuki mainly because the former has a proper handle whereas the latter doesn't, and so I found that it was easier to apply makeup using the one which gave me more control. My friends, however, love the Kabuki brush so I was quite happy to give it away when one of them wanted it. I would have been happy to use it if anything had happened to my brush of choice, but wouldn't have chosen to use it otherwise. The concealer brush is also a good brush and does its job well, with its long handle making it easy to make precise movements when applying makeup to small areas.
Skin Rev-er Upper: This is not makeup at all, but is a runny almost moisturiser that you apply to your bare face before putting on any cosmetics at all. It's meant to smoothen the skin and make putting on the mineral makeup easier, but I often find that using a moisturiser does the job just as well. I found that this had a strange, almost yoghurt-like smell and so didn't use it for very long, but did find it a good base for makeup while I did use it.
Bonus - Bisque: The kit currently also contains a Multi-Tasking Bisque, which can be used as a concealer. Although my kit didn't include one when I bought it, I have actually bought and tried the bisque separately and was disappointed by it. I don't think that it is as good a concealer as the foundation is, and therefore find it a little redundant. At least it's free, though!
*Design and Appearance*
Although how a product works is arguably the most important thing, I have to say that I also am a fan of this brand due to how attractive the packaging is. Each of the pots (foundation, warmth and mineral veil) is as I described in the section on foundation: clear with a black lid. The lid has the company name written on it in white, and then on the clear underside of the pot you can see the name of the product and its shade, as well as the ingredients and other important information. I particularly like the fact that they pots are clear as you can easily see how much makeup is left in each pot without having to open it, and can see clearly which pot is which by its contents without having to read the small writing on the base. The brushes are also nicely designed, with a black handle with the Bare Escentuals name also branded onto it, and in general look beautiful and expensive looking. This range is quite expensive in general and so I appreciate that their appearance lives up to the price tag, as I don't want to be spending a lot on something that looks tacky.
*The Kit in General*
I am very glad that I bought this kit and am still using this company's makeup over a year later. If you're interested in trying Bare Minerals makeup, I would strongly recommend buying this kit rather than buying the components individually, as you can save a lot of money by getting them together in this set. This set (no matter the shade) costs £37.10 on Feelunique.com, whereas individually the Skin Rev-er Upper costs £14.45 alone, the foundation £18.80 (albeit for 8g instead of 2x2g), the Mineral Veil £16.15 (for 9g instead of 2g), £16.15 for the Flawless Application brush, £20.40 for the Kabuki brush, £14.50 for Warmth (still 2g) and £11.90 for the concealer brush. Although if you bought all of these things separately you would have more foundation and mineral veil, you would be paying a hell of a lot more. I would suggest buying this set in the shade that you think would suit you the most (light, medium, tan or dark) and then you can buy the larger versions of the foundation once you know your shade and have ran out of your original pot.
I have had my brushes for over a year and they're still in excellent condition, and although I've had to replace the foundation and mineral veil several times, this kit was a great investment for me. I would in fact not hesitate to buy this kit again if my brushes were damaged or lost as it is actually cheaper than buying all three individually, and I'd get all this makeup free too! The one thing that I would suggest buying with your Get Started Kit would be the Bare Escentuals i.d Well-Cared for Brush Conditioning Shampoo so that you can keep your brushes clean. Dirty brushes can be bad for your skin and transfer dirt around your face so it's important to clean them often to avoid this from happening. This shampoo is £6.80 on Feelunique.com (the cheapest place to buy this brand, I've found) which may sound a bit pricey, but I have had it for over a year and there is loads of it left, so would say that it is a good investment.
In short, I would strongly recommend this Get Started Kit to anyone who wants beautiful and natural looking skin while wearing makeup. The fact that mineral makeup is meant to be significantly better for your skin than any other type means that hopefully your skin will look better even when you're not wearing it, which has to be a good thing. The only problem I must point out is that the foundation only lasts around six hours or so, and less if you sweat a lot, but since application is fairly easy and the pots so small it's not too convenient to carry them around with you and reapply when you are out. I will be wearing this brand for a long time to come and am very happy to recommend this kit to you all.
I'd heard loads about mineral make up and how good it was for your skin so when my sister offered to buy me this starter kit as a gift I jumped at the chance. I wasn't disappointed.
The whole concept of mineral make up is designed to be better for the skin. It's supposed to look better and more natural and to improve the condition of your skin. I can say without hesitation that it fulfills both of this objectives and some. I'm prone to acne and although the Clinique foundation I used before was good at coverage, it never really helped improve my skin. Having started to use this however I can already see the difference and have had way fewer breakouts. Another thing that gives it an advantage over other foundation and concealers is the way that it blends so naturally with your skin colour. I'm very pale and have found it difficult to find a shade of foundation that suits my skin tone; many looked orange on me and blending in the tidemarks was horrrendous. This make up truly looks natural and makes my skin look dewy and fresh.
The application is very easy and you only need a small amount of power. You swirl the brush round a tiny bit of powder then "buff" it onto your skin - pretty easy. All in all this is a fabulous product and I would recommend it to anyone.
Kit includes: two shades of BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation, bareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper, Mineral Veil, Warmth All Over Face Color, Flawless Application Brush, Full Coverage Kabuki Brush, Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush