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Bare Minerals have been my go to brand for makeup over the last few years now. I'm the sort of girl who likes a brand I feel I can trust, ethical and natural as possible, and with no fuss makeup that is easy to apply and takes only a couple of minutes. Bare minerals covers all of these things.
While I don't have problem skin, bare minerals still manages to enhance my skin without irritation - I tend to use the foundation in golden fair followed by a little blush and cap it all off with a smooth down-wood sweeping of mineral veil finishing powder. The result tends to be flawless every time, though a tip for this is to make sure your face is clean and moisturised but not too oily or too dry before applying. I usually let the moisturiser dry into my skin naturally before applying or, if I'm in a rush, I tap it with a tissue to remove any excess oil. I find this helps to stop the makeup turn cakey or a more undesired texture.
The finishing powder while very subtle seems to complete the flawless yet natural appearance and adds a healthy luminous glow to the skin and in my opinion definitely helps to hold the makeup in place for longer. I also find it doesn't irritate my skin if I sleep in it (eg. On nights I'm am too tired to remove it)
The only downside for me has to be the packaging. Despite the lock, I still find the powder tends to fly around the air a little and land around the bathroom. While I don't mind quickly clearing it myself, it's not great if I'm putting on makeup at a friends and it goes over their sink for example, as it can be quite water resistant and take a while to wash away! That said, I wouldn't let it put you off!
Bare Minerals Mineral veil is a finishing powder, which promises to minimise lines, absorb oils, lock make up in place and to leave a flawless and airbrushed complexion.
There are four varieties of the "Mineral Veil" loose powder product. It is available in Original (translucent finish), Illuminating (radiant finish), tinted (warm finish), and hydrating (also a translucent finish). Mineral Veil was a QVC Customer Beauty Awards Winner 2011 - 2012 as a "Makeup Must-Have".
In addition to this the "Touch up Veil" (SPF 15) is a solid compact powder, available in both tinted and translucent finishes that can be used "on the go".
To use, I first apply my usual make up - So I use a little Bare Minerals primer, then their foundation in "Fairly Light" as my base. I am extremely fair, with pink undertones (natural red head) so I use a little bronzer in "The skinny dip" to contour my face, then their ready blush in "Faux Pas" (a lovely girlie pink) to highlight my cheeks. I find that I need to apply a little more blusher than usual at this point so as to get my preferred effect once the mineral Veil is applied. I am then ready to "finish" my look with my Mineral Veil.
Bare Minerals recommend using their "Soft Focus face brush" or their "flawless application face brush" to apply the product, but my personal preference is to use their slightly larger "Full flawless application face brush", simply as I find the smaller flawless a little too soft, and better suited to applying blush or bronzer.
To apply the product, I tap a little powder into the lid and then swirl the brush in the lid to pick up the powder, before tapping off the excess, and sweeping the brush across my face.
I personally own two versions of Mineral Veil - the original, and the Illuminating. I have a tendency to use the original as an everyday, and then the illuminating when the weather is nicer, or in the evening, as the latter has a slightly more pearlescent effect.
Original (translucent finish) 9g pot for £20
Illuminating (radiant finish) 9g pot for £20
Tinted (warm finish) 9g pot for £20
Hydrating (also a translucent finish) 6g pot for £20
Touch Up Veil (Both tinted and translucent finishes) 10g compact for £22
In addition to this, the Bare Minerals website gives a 10% discount off your first order.
I absolutely adore this product, and for me, it really is an essential part of my makeup routine each day, and worth every penny. Before finding Bare Minerals make up, I used to covet women who seemed to have immaculate make up on a daily basis and seemingly perfect skin - now I know that I can create the same effect, and by using the Mineral Veil, it will stay in place all day, despite my tendency to touch my face and rub my eyes frequently throughout the day, and still look flawless in the evening.
I've tried quite a few Bare Escentuals products since discovering the brand whilst watching QVC one day. They had a whole beauty day and the TSV was the Bare Escentuals foundation. I bought that and a few other products in their range to complete the look and Mineral Veil was one of them.
Mineral Veil is a see through finishing face powder designed to be used after you've applied your foundation to lock it in place. It claims to minimise pores and fine lines for a youthful complexion. Absorb oils to keep your skin looking fresh and clean. and soften your complexion giving you a flawless finish to your makeup. It's very a very very light powder that doesn't cake on your face at all and is entirely translucent.
It's available in Original to give your skin a translucent soft finish. Illuminating to achieve a subtle brightening dewy finish. And tinted for a translucent soft finish with a warm tint. These are all available in a 9g pot for £20. Hydrating Veil which gives a hydrating, cooling and brightening finish is available in a smaller 6g pot but still costs £20.
I bought the Original. As with all bare Escentuals products it comes in a round put with a black screw top lid. Inside is a plastic lid that has small holes in it so you can shake out a small amount of powder at a time into the lid without pouring loads out and wasting it. To apply I simply shake some powder into the lid, swirl a big face brush into it, tap off the brush on the side of the lid to get off any excess powder than swirl it onto my face. It's very lightweight and doesn't cake into my fine lines like some powders can. What i also love about it is the fact it doesn't affect the colour of my foundation. With some powders when you put them on over your foundation they make it look darker and that's not what i want. I have used this with both the Bare Escentuals minerals foundation and my normal liquid foundation and it works just as well with both. I love that I can re-apply it as many times as I like during the day if my T Zone gets oily and it doesn't layer up and look like I've got a load of powder on my face. It looks natural and feels nice and silky soft but absorbs the oils I tend to get throughout the day on my chin, nose and forehead. It also brightens up my makeup and makes it look fresh after a long day.
Bare Escentuals is becoming more and more readily available now and can be found on your high street in Boots or in many places online for example:
Prices siffer depending on where you buy it but the price on the main Bare Escentuals website is £20
I have been a fan of Bare Minerals for a while now ever since I got their foundation and instantly was impressed but I did notice that after a few hours my skin did seem to get quite shiny and the foundation did not last all day. That was when I thought about a finishing powder to try and make it last longer.
I was never really a massive make-up user before and to be quite honest I really didn't know what kind of finishing powder would be best so naturally I googled :)
I found Bare Minerals Mineral Veil being discussed on a discussion board and it seemed to have good things going about it so I went back to the Bare Minerals counter in Debenhams and asked about it. Long story short I got it and with a brief explanation about the best way to apply etc. I was off to try it!
The next morning I applied my Bare Minerals foundation as usual and then applied the Mineral Veil over the top. I used my Bare Minerals foundation brush to do this and basically you just sweep it over your face in circular motions just like putting the foundation on. The powder is translucent so it doesn't change the colour of your foundation although this not expected with any finishing powder as it is just to set the foundation in place. As soon as I applied to to my face it almost seemed to glow, I dont know whether that was the actual powder or just me seeing things haha. It was definitely very easy to apply as it is very lightweight and seemed to gloss over my skin quickly and easily. I wasn't really too sure whether you are only meant to go over your face once with it and just put a light dusting on the top or apply lots of layers. I just dusted it over my face lightly and already I noticed all of these things about it. It's very soft so theis makes it feel good to apply as well, if you rub it between your fingers you will understand what I mean by soft. Also this makes it go onto the brush easily.
Anyway, the description is 'Cornstarch based making it light and giving you shine free results' and so far the first part 'Cornstarch based making it light' is very true and you can tell even straight after applying it. I'm not quite sure what cornstarch does to make it lightweight but it definitely works!
So now for the test, does it live up to the claims? 'giving you shine free results' the answer in short is yes!
I went out shopping and about 2 hours after I'd applied I checked the status of my face.. no shine! If I hadn't have used the mineral veil then my face would have started to look shiny by now and my foundation would have been compromised. I was impressed and carried on my day. After about 6 hours after I'd applied I was back at home and my face and foundation still looked pretty ok. There was a small amount of shine when I looked in the mirror but this was extremely minimal and may have been made more obvious by the bright light above my mirror. So overall it lasted about 6 hours with no additional applications of foundation or mineral veil. Of course if your skin doesn't got oily then shine wont be a problem and the mineral veil will just help keep your foundation in place and keep it looking good :D
If I told you there was a cosmetic so versatile it could single handedly reduce shine, minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines and act as a makeup base and finishing powder you'd probably not believe me. Yet Bare Minerals, Mineral Veil can do all the mentioned with relative ease.
~~~ What Is Mineral Veil ~~~
Mineral Veil is quite different from any other makeup products I've used. It's a stand alone cosmetic that doesn't truly fit in any one particular cosmetic category. The only product I can think of to compare it to would be a traditional finishing powder although strictly speaking it isn't one.
Mineral Veil, like all Bare Minerals products is made using a blend of organic extracts, finely ground to a delicate, ultra fine powder. This makes the product incredibly light weight and very easy to apply. Predominantly it's used over mineral foundation and/or concealer to finish the makeup, just like a finishing powder. What I've found different about Mineral Veil however, is unlike finishing powder it still allows that dewy, natural glow of my foundation to show without creating a powdery, matt finish. It sets my makeup, preventing the minerals from smudging, softening the overall look by providing a natural, sheer finish that minimises the appearance of my open pores.
One thing I really like about this product is it's not skin type, tone or age bias. Mineral Veil glides across the skin, setting on top of my mineral foundation and providing I don't go over the top during application it won't settle into or accentuate fine lines which is how it gives the appearance of smoother skin and why it's suitable for anyone of any age. For anyone with a clearer complexion it can be worn directly on bare skin where it provides a shine free complexion by absorbing oils without giving the appearance of wearing makeup.
Traditional Mineral Veil is translucent so will provide no coverage for blemishes but will gently blanket the skin, creating a veil that shields and protects the skin from the elements. There are tinted versions available although Personally, I prefer the translucent because I have fair skin and any colour I achieve through my mineral makeup is enough without adding more with the veil. Tinted Mineral Veil is a good alternative however, if you want to add a hint of colour to bare skin and don't want to wear foundation.
~~~ Oh So Natural?...Maybe Not ~~~
The Bare Minerals bandwagon has been very busy promoting their minerals as being a natural alternative to liquid makeup that generally contains chemicals such as alcohol, talc, synthetic fragrances, pigmentation's or fillers. All ingredients that can aggravate and dry sensitive skin and block pores which cause breakouts. For a user with sensitive skin, like myself, this type of makeup is a God send.
Like other Bare Minerals products, Mineral Veil is also derived from a blend of organic extracts with an option to purchase the translucent version with SPF 25. Now, I couldn't be certain but I have been told Mineral Veil contains Methylparaben used as a preservative thanks to it's antibacterial and antifungal properties. Many argue this is an unnecessary addition to cosmetics that has the potential to irritate skin. Personally, I've never experienced any irritation using Mineral Veil despite having sensitive skin. In fact I've found Mineral Veil to be very gentle when brushed over dry patches and spots. I've checked at BareMinerals.co.uk and Methylparaben is not a listed ingredient so for anyone looking for a paraben free cosmetic, I would advise you seek advice before committing to buy this product, just incase my source is correct.
~~~ Applying Mineral Veil ~~~
Applying Mineral Veil is simple using the recommended swirl, tap and buff technique. It's essential you use Mineral Veil sparingly as too much will leave the skin with a pale, white appearance and iridescent sheen that's not very flattering and looks unnatural.
By simply emptying a small amount of the minerals into the container lid (enough to cover a five pence piece is enough for full face cover), swirling the brush (I use my Bare Minerals Kabuki) to collect the product and tapping off any excess before applying, the preparation is much quicker than with a standard powder. Because I'm using a brush to apply the product, I have a greater control over how much of the product I'm using and how it's dispersed over my skin than if I was using a face puff.
Mineral Veil is so versatile it can be used under or over foundation and/or concealer. I've found Mineral Veil to be exceptionally good at controlling oil secretion and as such, I usually dust a small amount across my t-zone, the area I'm most prone to an oil breakout before I apply my foundation really as an extra precaution. On warmer days, this is particularly useful as it really helps to prevent my makeup from smudging when I'm hot, prolonging the life of my makeup and the need to continually re-touch throughout the day.
Used in the same way as a finishing powder, Mineral Veil glides gently onto my skin. Dusting over my mineral foundation using circular buffing motions doesn't cause the foundation to shift and it allows the softer tones of the foundation to subtlety show through without muting the colour. The minerals are velvety soft with a very creamy texture that lend beautifully to a gentle, silky application. As Mineral Veil settles on my skin it's not heavy enough to thickly coat my skin like a liquid cream cosmetic nor powdery enough to look cakey. It leaves my skin with a subtle sheen that catches the light rather than creating a dull finish. The finished look is luminous and although Mineral Veil doesn't physically reduce the size of my pores the light reflection the veil creates gives the allusion that they aren't there.
The product is so versatile because if I need to apply a little extra foundation throughout the day I can buff it directly on top of the veil without creating a cloggy, powdery finish. This is in contrast to a traditional powder where I would have to wash off my makeup, re-apply and then again finish with powder. I also use mineral veil to tone down my Bare Minerals warmth and blusher if I've applied too generously. By buffing the Mineral Veil over the area it neutralises and dulls the red colouring without the need to start my makeup again. Likewise I will apply my brow pencil or powder over my foundation but under Mineral Veil which protects it from shifting. The only area I don't find it particularly useful is on my eyelids. When I wear eyeshadow over Mineral Veil it tends to sink into the creases of my eyelids quite quickly and this is the only tiny niggle I have with the product.
~~~ Final Thoughts ~~~
I love my mineral makeup and since using a Bare Minerals starter kit almost three years ago, I've never felt the need to return to traditional liquid cosmetics. Without a doubt the most versatile product I use is Mineral Veil. It's a hard working little product that controls shine, reduces oil secretion, sets my foundation and concealer, prevents smudging and minimises the appearance of enlarged pores and doesn't settle over time into my fine lines.
It's not necessary to apply the Veil after my foundation but it's worth the extra couple of minutes to apply it as it really does soften the look of the makeup. Bare Minerals claim it will provide a flawless finish to mineral makeup and whilst my skin isn't perfect there is a notable difference in the appearance of my skin when I'm wearing the veil.
The product is very light weight to wear, allowing my skin to breathe and is perfect, if I want to wear make up during the warmer weather (which I usually opt to do to some degree).
Using Mineral Veil means I don't need to purchase cosmetic blotting sheets to control shine as I can just dust the veil over my face to achieve the same oil controlling effect without the fear of a cakey mineral build up. Mineral Veil doesn't prevent oil secretion and shine indefinitely but it does work hard to control it. I can usually get four to five hours wear, even on hotter days before I feel the need to re-apply Mineral Veil. I love this product. Five stars!
~~~ Availability And Longevity ~~~
Mineral Veil can be sourced from most department stores and online at BareMinerals.co.uk where a 9g container will cost £20.00, excluding £2.99 postage and packaging. Mine are sourced from a top seller on EBay where I pay £16.95 including postage. Please be careful if you are buying from other online stockists as there are counterfeits, most being sold around £10-£12 including postage. Personally I would avoid any product being sold for less than around £15, obviously, if you have concerns about the authenticity of a product just source from an official Bare Minerals stockist.
Like all the products in the Bare Minerals range, prices, at first seem steep. One 9g container, used on average of three times a day (once immediately after I've applied my makeup and twice to retouch during the day) provides me a good six months service. That is the rough equivalent of 8pence per day which I think is excellent value for money.
I was given a sample of this and I was instantly impressed so I bought the full sized pot!
Mineral Veil is a light finishing powder that is designed to be used AFTER applying foundation. What I love about this powder is that it's so light and easy to use. The powder is to be applied with a brush. I find that a simple Kabuki brush works well and the brush picks up the powder well too. I dust the powder over my mineral foundation (which is currently Fairly Light by Bare Minerals) and the powder helps to finish off my look. The powder is very light and easy to wear. It's almost like you're not even wearing it. I love it.
The powder helps to mattify my facial skin. It minimises pores, especially around the nose area. It minimises pores BETTER than my Benefit pore minimiser lotion, which is saying something! Mineral Veil also helps to add a little shine and shimmer to the skin, leaving it looking glowing and radiant.
Mineral Veil lasts AGES as you only need to dust a small amount over the face each time that you use it. I was told that you can apply Mineral Veil over bare skin, however I haven't tried this yet as I love wearing mineral foundation - which I wear EVERY day without fail. I doubt I would ever use it on bare skin.
A lovely finishing touch.
The (nearly) final piece of kit in the bareMinerals set is the Mineral Veil...it is a good job that these are all natural minerals with the many layers that are recommended you slap on your face!
**Packaging, how much you get for your pennies and how many pennies it will cost**
Once again this is a mineral powder, in the standard Bare Escentuals packagaing of a clear glass jar, with a black lid. On the lid is simply marked "Mineral Veil" - again this distinguishes it from the foundation because the 2 of them look VERY similar in your make up bag!
On opening the tub for the first time you simply peel away the plastic cover which is covering the holes that allow the powder to tip out. There are a lot of holes in a square formation which, when gently shaken, allow the powder to be tipped out. My main gripe with this is that you can not cover these holes and if you go away, or travel with the Mineral Veil in your bag and it is shaken around in your bag you end up with lots of the product "escaping" from the holes **TIP** before opening the lid gently bang the bottom of the jar to get the product back in the container part of the jar, and then you won't have the Mineral Veil fly everywhere when you open the jar!
Each jar comes with 9g of product, the cheapest I have found this product online is £15.90 with free delivery at www.chemistdirect.co.uk, in stores, you can buy from all major department stores (e.g. John Lewis, Debenhams, Selfridges) and here the cheapest I have seen it is on sale at Debenhams for £18 (as of Sept 2011) - though generally it is £20.
**Only one colour?!? What does this do?!**
The mineral veil, as far as I am aware, only comes in one colour. It is billed as being the final finish to your face. The theory behind this is that it serves the same purpose of a pressed powder, it is there to gently absorb oil and so stop that "shiny face" syndrome that you so often see. Once again - as this is a natural mineral powder this doesn't block your pores.
One website I've seen claims that using the mineral veil gives you "the look you see with a soft focus camera lens" (http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P61004), personally I can't tell when I've used this or not!
**Application and Utensils**
To apply the mineral veil I simply follow the instructions I found online:
- Tip a SMALL amount into the lid of the tub
- SWIRL the brush around the lid
- TAP the brush by banging the handle against your wrist (be gently though to save bruising yourself!) to remove excess mineral foundation
- Apply to the T-Zone only, using a sweeping motion
Unlike with the other products I do not have to apply more than one layer, this settles well on my skin, and I actually can't tell if I've used this or not.
**Feeling on my skin**
I do have sensitive skin, but have found no problem with the mineral veil, it doesn't dry out my skin, as one could expect from something which absorbs oil and grease, and it does stop my face from being shiny, though if I hadn't read that it does that, I honestly wouldn't have noticed at all.
**Would I recommend?**
I wouldn't recommend you buy this product as a standalone product, as it is pricey and I can't tell what it does, but it does come as part of all of the starter kits that are available.
I personally do not use it that much as I only ever put on a full face when going out and about, and I can't actually tell a difference when its on my skin or not on my skin, but that may be because I am more prone to dry skin than greasy skin! I only rate it 2 stars as I don't see the point in me owning it!
Full disclosure: I am not a heavy makeup user. I dont have thousands of eye-shadows or lipsticks to suit every mood or occasion; my first priority every morning is breakfast, not 'putting my face on'. That being said, I absolutely adore BareMinerals foundation. I bought the 'Getting Started' kit about a year ago, and am still fully satisfied with it and have no urges to switch back to a liquid foundation (as I had toyed with before). This Mineral Veil was the first product in it to run out (though it lasted a good 6 months) and I immediately bought a new one. I am not one to spend a great amount on make-up, or buy it with any urgency, but for this product it felt justified. The minerals provide a natural even coverage, but are strong enough to cover up - for the most part! - my numerous freckles. I usually end up forgetting ive even applied it as theres no irritation to my skin, and it doesnt feel obvious to the touch that i'm wearing it, as liquid foundations can do. Overall I feel it creates a natural and healthy look, rather than blasting out the blemishes in an obvious monotone as my previous experiments with foundations had.
Once you use bareminerals you will never turn back to powder or liquid foundation. I'm a true believer in this. I first came across mineral makeup two years ago when I was on holiday in New Zealand and saw it being advertised on tv. As any advertisement it looked great and made me really want to try it. I ordered a starter kit off the internet (which at the time feels like an expense just to try something out) but I have to say it was the best purchase I've ever made and I have never looked back.
The powder is so light and easy to apply, it takes minutes to put on in the morning (great if you have that morning rush). Because the powder is so light and silky it glides over the skin to give you a smooth and even finish and you can't tell that your even wearing any makeup! You can use as much or as little as you want, I just put some of the mineral powder into the lid dab my brush in and tap any excess off and with circular motions starting with the outside of my face and working my way towards the center, apply the bareminerals. If there is any left at the end you can just tip it back into the pot so there is no wastage.
The pricing for this is expensive compared to other foundations on the market today but is worth every penny, however saying that a little bit of the mineral powder goes a long way. I use this everyday and would say it lasts me 2-3 months. I apply my powder in the morning and if i'm going out in the evening I may apply a bit more but it does tend to last all day and the best thing about it, is it leaves you shine free (unlike most liquid makeups).
I believe if you try this product you will never turn back. It was an absolute life saver for me and made me look beautiful with no worries on my wedding day.
Thank you bareminerals.
I have slightly sensitive skin in that when I use make up I tend to get spots. This product, however, is brilliant. Not only does it not bring me out in spots, but during the winter it seems to really protect my skin. I have even fallen a sleep without taking it off and my skin was still fine - truly amazing!
The finish of it is really nice too - it goes on very easily and gives a healthy natural finish.
It's also very easy to apply as you can be as inprecise as you like - it's basically just a waft around with the brush all over your face.
I'd really recommend buying the brush with this product as it really helps to distribute it evenly.
You can buy this in a set with the foundation and bronzer and brushes which is great to have. I have had the same set for over a year and it's still going strong.
I'm something of a bare escentuals addict. This mineral veil comes in 3 different types, classic, feather-light and tinted. I own all three of them!
HOW DO YOU USE IT
You apply it after your mineral foundation using the swirl, tap and buff method. Make sure you use a good brush as it makes all the difference. I use the bare escentuals feather light brush and would highly recommend it. Unscrew the jar, tap a light dusting of the mineral veil into the lid (less is more) and swirl your brush into the minerals. The product itself is very fine and can get quite messy, so don't be too heavy-handed with it. Tap off any excess and buff it onto your face in circular motions starting from the outside. If you have particularly oily skin you can put it on before and after your foundation to help keep the shine at bay.
The mineral veil soaks up any excess oil on your face, helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and makes your foundation stay put longer, so it's much more than your basic finishing powder. I have very oily skin and can vouch that it gives you a lovely matt finish that lasts all day. I can always tell when I've forgotten to put it on as my face gets very shiny!
As far as I'm aware there are three available, classic, feather-light and tinted. They are suitable for all skin tones. The classic one is completely translucent, doesn't add any colour and gives a matt finish. The feather-light version doesn't add any colour but gives a subtle dewy sparkly glow to the face. It's ideal if you don't like a matt finish to your make-up or for an evening look. The tinted version gives a very subtle warm glow to the face. I love to wear it in the summer.
VALUE FOR MONEY
I paid around £20 for a large 10g size on the web which will probably last me around a year with daily usage. I think this is great value for money.
This is a fabulous product, one of my absolute favourite make-up items of all time! I have always had quite an oily t-zone and no matter what product I used before, I always seemed to be shiny by the middle of the day... but not with this product!! This is an extremely lightweight natural mineral powder (in fact it is so natural that they advise that you can even go to bed and sleep in it) which can be put on before and/ or on top of your foundation to, as the name suggests, provide a 'veil' to cover large pores, fine lines etc and to mattify. It does not sit on the skin like some powders can. It is an extremely easy product to apply using a bare escentuals flawless face brush, which is the softest brush I have ever used! This product can be used by any skin tone. There is also a tinted version of mineral veil available to give an all over healthy glow, which is good for use on its own in the summer.
The Bare Minerals range is a recent discovery for me but one that I'm really glad I made as I absolutely love their foundation. The mineral veil came in my starter pack with the foundation and is a finishing powder designed to be worn over your foundation.
Bare Minerals launched their first foundation in 1976, so it's not exactly a new product, just one that has only really become popular lately. Their selling point is that all their products are made from 100% pure crushed minerals and is free from preservatives, perfume, oil and any other nasties that could irritate your skin. Whenever you apply foundation, rather than just sitting on your skin, 60% of it is actually absorbed into it, so it makes sense for your foundation to contain things that will be good to your skin and allow it to breathe. The minerals in it soothe and calm your skin and it's marketed as being "so pure that you can sleep in it". As someone who regularly goes to bed with their make-up on (shameful, I know!) this appealed to me a lot.
The application itself is the same as for their foundation and I have to admit that I actually find it quite involved and annoying. The powder itself comes in a small pot with a black screw top lid. It also has a plastic film over the top with a couple of holes in, which is designed so that you can get the product out but to prevent the product spilling. The idea is that after applying your foundation you tap a tiny amount of the powder into the lid and use a brush to swirl around, collecting the product onto the brush, tap the brush to remove any excess, and then swirl onto your face. Sounds easy enough, but the reality for me is the opposite problem I have with the foundation - the powder has spilt into the top part of the pot and there is so much there that tapping the tiny amount required into the lid is pretty difficult! Bare Escensuals do recommend that you use their own Kabuki brush to apply and while this does sound like a con, I have actually found that it makes a big difference as it seems to absorb the powder far better than other brushes I've used this with. It's also important taht you do follow the advice to tap the product into the lid, as the material used in the lid helps to bind the powder together to help it last once applied.
The mineral veil comes in two shades - 1.0 and tinted. Bare Minerals recommend 1.0 for caucasian skin and tinted for darker skins. I have olive ski and use the 1.0 version and find that this is fine for me. The powder itself is sheer and feels very silky when applied to the skin. The biggest danger with this product, and the reason why at first I wasn't a fan of this, is that it's very easy to apply too much and it starts to override the colour of your foundation, making you look very pale. If you apply the right amount, then there shouldn't be any noticeable change in colour once this is applied.
I find that the Mineral Veil is great for reducing shine and any oily patches, works to minimise pores and provides a seal to your makeup. The incredible thing is that even though it works so well to reduce oil, it doesn't highlight any dry patches (oh, the joys of having combination skin!) which I find amazing! It really does leave your skin looking flawless and I've also noticed that my foundation does last longer with this. I would particularly recommend this for oily skin as it really does work wonders on oily patches in a way that no other product I've tried has even come close to. However, because this is just a finishing powder you do need to be using foundation before it, and it does work a lot better with other Bare Minerals products than other powders. Like the other Bare Minerals products, this feels so light on your skin you can't even feel it's there, which is certainly not the case with other powders I've used which tend to feel cakey and heavy on the skin.
The Mineral Veil costs £21 for a 3oz pot, and can be bought online from www.hqhair.com or www.lookfantastic.com. However, if you hunt around you should be able to find a much better price - one way is to buy it in a starter set, which gives you a number of Bare Minerals products at a cheaper price, or there are a number of ebay stores which sell discounted Bare Minerals products. In terms of lasting, the small amount which you need to apply means that this one will last almost forever! I've had mine 6 months with barely any gone (and I use it every day). I would guess that this will last me a good 2 years.
An absolutely amazing powder finish. So light but still amazing coverage. If you want to invest in a good powder this is it. Not only is it probably a better foundation then the one you use at the moment, but it also is pure minerals so it will not harm your skin. This is great for someone like me who has acne problems. It actually heals your skin while you wear it, this is like wearing solving the problem while covering your problem. Also if you go down to the counter in Selfridges, London the staff on the make up counter are really helpful and happy to help you match your skin tone to one of the mineral tones available. The lady there actually gave me a full makeover and I got compliments all day. This is well worth the money, but it is an investment buy at 21 pounds.
About Bare Escentuals
Bare Escentuals first of all introuduced their BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation in 1976, since then Bare Escentuals has created creamy, feather-light color for all over your face, cheeks and eyes. They have a complete line of loose, powder-like products which are 100% pure BareMinerals.
All BareMinerals products are made from 100% pure bareMinerals and free of preservatives, oil, fragrance, talc and other skin irritants. Bare Escentuals uses only the finest ingredients in their products. Made with crushed minerals from the earth, 100% pure bareMinerals is free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance and other potential skin irritants; is free of fillers and binders; is weightless; provides adjustable coverage - from light to full and will improve the condition of the skin over time. All ages and skin types can benefit from BareMinerals products and especially those concerned with skin sensitivities, allergies, scars, blemishes, rosacea, wrinkles and pigmentation. BareMinerals acts as a physical, safe, non chemical block against the sun's harmful rays. They are actually good for your skin as they contain calming and soothing ingredients making them perfect to use when your skin is really sensitive.
Although BareMinerals make up has been around since 1976 it is only in the last few years it has become more well known, and it still isn't as widely known about as it should be. It is America's number 1 selling foundation and also the number 1 mineral make up brand in the world, proving that it must be good. It is slowly coming into more salons and getting more of the deserved publicity it should in the UK. Quite a few salons, I have found mainly in the Midlands stock BareMinerals, and the salon I work in does also, and has done for several years - the customers love it! Since using Bare Escentuals make up on my face, I would never use anything else and I know alot of customers feel the same. I think it is the best make up out there by far.
About Mineral Veil #1.0
This is the original Mineral Veil which is a sheer finishing powder make up that blends perfectly into your skin, minimising your pores and setting your make up for perfect looking bare skin. Mineral Veil is cornstarch based and has an amazingly light texture providing you with shine-free skin. It is perfect to use throughout the day, it contains no talc, fragrance or binders and you can wear it on bare skin, over foundation, bronzer or blusher to give you a flawless finish.
About Tinted Mineral Veil
You get the same soft translucence as the original Mineral Veil but with a small hint of a warm tone to it. Tinted Mineral Veil is sheer and versatile enough for all skin tones and gives you the a perfect flawless finish with a hint of colour. The Tinted Mineral Veil blends into your skin perfectly and like original Mineral Veil, it minimises pores and sets your make up whilst reducing shine.
Which one do I choose?
I am BareMinerals trained, and whilst at the training this product was one of their favourites and most popular. They recommend that you use Mineral Veil #1.0 if you have caucasian skin and they recommend you use Tinted Mineral Veil if you have skin darker than this. As the powder is sheer it doesn't colour your skin, it just reduces shine. This doesn't mean you can't use the other one, if you do like to wear quite alot of tinted colours, foundations and bronzers then I would recommend you use the tinted one then. . If you are going to wear one without any other coverage I would recommend Tinted Mineral Veil. If you have very dark skin, you will think that neither of these will be any good - that they will be too light for your skin but customers with very dark skin are some of my best customers for this product. Darker skin tends to suffer from oily skin the most and also from large open pores and the Tinted Mineral Veil is sheer and won't lighten your skin, yet will provide a flawless, shine free skin whilst minimising pores.
Use & Effects
BareMinerals Mineral Veil can be used on its own or after applying foundation and after applying any colour to your skin. So to apply - using your preferred powder brush (I would definately recommend using Bare Escentuals Flawless Coverage Application Brush to maximise the benefits) swirl the brush inside the lid, absorbing a small amount of bareMinerals onto your brush. I cannot state enough how little you really need. You need the tiniest tinest amount, you will think the amount you need to use is nothing but it is all you need. Tap to remove the excess powder and then buff onto the skin, concentrating on the T-Zone, as this is where you are most oily. You can apply before foundation to create a matt, even skin ready to apply your foundation and after your foundation or colour to set your make up. I usually apply it before I apply my foundation and after my foundation but then I apply my bronzer ontop. It is really quick to apply, it only takes a few minutes an is easy to do, once you get used to the amount you should use.
The biggest problem with this product is that most people use too much, meaning Mineral Veil will make your skin seem like it looks pale, this is why I emphasise that you only use the tiniest amount to reduce shine and set your make up.
This is great to dust on if you're in a hurry and just want a light barely there colour which will help the shine and give your skin a matt, even finish. Personally for my skin, alone this wouldn't give me enough coverage, but if you do suffer from quite oily skin and you have fairly good skin and don't like to wear much make up then this is perfect for you and will reduce the shine. When applying over make up, it sets your make up, preventing it from rubbing off and fading throughout the day so you don't have to reapply, you can just dust this over your skin throughout the day if you find necessary. As Mineral Veil is sheer, you don't see it over your make up, all you see if a more flawless and photo finish to your make up, especially as it also keeps the oil at bay. It also minimises pores, making large open ones less obvious - this is typical on oily skin types. Although it minimises pores, it doesn't tighten then and make your skin then feel tight. It is light as a feather, so you don't even know its there.
All BareMinerals products are suitable for all skin types - oily, dry, combination and sensitive as it has factors to suit all those skin types. As it is in a powder form it is great for oily skin, as it absorbs the excess oil without it showing, sticking and looking cakey on your skin. If your skin gets oily whilst on, you can just buff over and it absorbs the oil. Mineral Veil is a light weight feathery powder, which doesn't cling to your skin and doesn't highlight any dry patches, it glides over these areas and makes your skin look even and fresh. As it contains all natural mineral ingredients only it is suitable for sensitive skin, it doesn't contain any preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance and other potential skin irritants and is free of fillers and binders, which makes the perfect foundation for sensitive skin. I suffer from ecezma on my face and this is the only make up I can wear on it without it sticking to it and causing irritation and swelling. If you suffer from oily skin, or during high humidity, lightly sweep Mineral Veil over your complexion prior to bareMinerals Foundation to help keep oil at bay, and reapply throughout the day if you find your skin getting oily again, you only need to do this once or twice through out the day, so it's not too time consuming.
A little tip - to make lipstick last longer and have a lovely matt perfect finish, then after applying your listick, place a tissue over the lips and lightly sweep Mineral Veil over the tissue.
BareMinerals cannot be compared to other mineral make ups that have recently come onto the market such as loreal, other products do not contain pure minerals, they still contain nasty ingredients so it's not good for your skin and they don't even look good on your skin either.
It is easy to remove, you can use cleanser, make up remover or facial wipes. As it is pure minerals, this is actually okay to sleep in - it won't bring you out in spots as it allows your skin to breathe whilst on and does not clog your pores. Obviously it is best to sleep with no make up on whatsover, but if you forget or don't have anything to remove it with then it doesn't matter.
Price & Availability
Mineral Veil costs £21 for a 3oz pot. It can be purchased from any salon stocking BareMinerals products, from www.bareminerals.co.uk or from other websites. Even though this seems a lot to pay, it really isn't as it lasts so long. My pot lasted about 8 months with nearly every day use. On the website you can purchase a starter kit, containing a foundation, warmth, concealer, four brushes for these products and a how to guide for £44.95 with a retail value of £119.50, so if you are interested in this make up, I think that kit is really worth it.
This product is fantastic for setting your make up, ensuring it looks even more flawless, for that photo-finish and it is definately a must have for anyone who has oily skin, as applying before you apply your make up, it will keep the oil at bay and reduce shine. Although it is quite expensive, it lasts for months, as you only use the tiniest amount. I would definately recommend it.
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