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Although I have only given this three stars, this product has been a regular in my make-up bag for years. Let me explain...
I am very particular with my foundation and seek nothing less than perfection: a foundation that is entirely undetectable and makes me look like I have amazing skin. If a product can deliver this, frankly, I don't care what it costs! Knowing my quest for perfection, my mum encouraged me to try this.
My first issue is that I am very pale...so pale that I have only ever bought the palest foundation available in each range from Chanel & Christian Dior. However, I find that the Bare Minerals palest shade is TOO PALE! Maybe because the cover is quite heavy, the colour really needs to be spot-on, assuming you want your face to match your neck! For this reason, I have TWO pots of this in different shades and mix them together to get the perfect shade, altering the amounts of each shade depending on the time of year (i.e. how tanned I am....usually not very!) It does the trick, but is an expensive way to do things!
My second issue is the application method. I have fairly dry skin, which I manage through regular exfoliation & moisturising to keep me flake free. However, the 'buffing' method of applying this (swirling a densely-bristled brush firmly over your face) seemed to aggravate flakey patches, which the powdery product then emphasised. Not pretty OR helpful to my quest for perfect-looking skin!
The final straw was the coverage. On the up side, even a light layer completely covered my flaws (one or two small spots and some light thread veins. However, it had also removed all the natural shading in my skin (e.g. the rosy apples of my cheeks) leaving me looking quite ill & too matt! This meant that I needed to apply more products (e.g. blusher, bronzer & highlighter) to look normal again. Also, although my skin looked flawless from normal standing distance, up close with a mirror, I could see the powder sat on my skin, which I hated.
So, as a foundation, I am not loving this. HOWEVER...
Used with a small, stiff brush, this makes the best concealer I have ever owned. It takes seconds to apply, blends easily, stays all day and covers spots and thread veins easily. The only flaw I don't use it on is under eye circles, as it just looks cake-y.
I have used this product for 5 years and would recommend it to everyone. The coverage and texture of this foundation is fabulous and great for all skin types. I use the light foundation as I find this one is best for my skin tone. I love the fact I don't feel caked in make up and it cleanses off really easily.
After trying a friends Bare Minerals foundation just once, i was absolutely sold on this product. The next day I ran to the Bare Minerals shop to get properly colour matched, was shown how to apply it properly and i've never looked back.
Bare Minerals foundation is a powder that you buff onto your skin in a circular motion. The heat from buffing activates the product, so the more you buff, the greater coverage you achieve. This product will literally give you that "airbrushed" look that all the adverts promise, and every other product fails to give you.
I would strongly recommend going into a Bare Minerals shop to be colour matched, and to be shown how to apply the product, although if you need a reminder afterwards, there are some fantastic videos on youtube. The sales assistants are all just lovely, not remotely imtimidating and really invest the time with you to ensure that you achieve the same effect at home, as you do in the store.
I use the product with their primer as a base - i really do think it helps the product "sit" better on my skin, and last longer. 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 pink) to highlight my cheeks, and then with a little "mineral veil" to finish off my base. This gives me a lovely, natural, fresh look.
I will never ever buy another foundation. It covers anything, sits beautifully on your skin, lasts all day, makes your skin look INCREDIBLE, and is incredibly kind to your skin too. It also cleared up a couple of stubborn spots that had refused to shift in a couple of days, and is so natural, you can sleep wearing it.
Bare minerals foundation, as with all of their products is not cheap, but worth every single penny in my opinion. A full sized foundation should last around 4-6 months however, so in my opinion, really good value. Go onto the Bare Minerals website, and you even get a 10% discount code the first time you place an order.
This foundation is a little bit like the perfect man..... the type of man you spend your entire life searching for, the type Disney promised us, your "Noah" ("The Notebook" - ladies if you havent seen it - watch it). The type who finally comes along after a lifetime of searching and makes you realise why it didnt work out with the others. This is a foundation that actually lives up to what it promises.
bareMinerals is a range of make up and skin care products from Bare Escentuals. The Bare Minerals products are enriched with natural minerals to enhance your skin from the outside.
Today I will be discussing my use of the 'Original SPF15 Foundation'.
This foundation is in powder form and is one of bareMinerals best selling products. It has won a number of awards. bareMinerals state that this foundation should offer you a flawless coverage without caking. It is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and is gentle enough to wear whilst sleeping. This foundation is said to have a silky texture which feels like a cream when applied to your skin. It also contains an SPF 15 sunscreen. It is formulated with crushed minerals.
Original Foundation is available in 20 different shades and there is a shade suitable for all skin tones. The lightest shade is Fair for those who have light, porcelain skin tones. There is a good selection of medium shades and tan shades. Darker shades are also available so you are likely to be able to find something to match your skin tone. This foundation is free from preservatives, talc and other irritants and is suitable for all skin types.
This foundation is presented in a little round, plastic sifter pot. The packaging is simple yet stylish and very practical. The pot has a special 'click lock' system inside which allows to cover over the sifter holes when not in use. This helps keep the pot free from excess mess and also keeps the powder fresher. I think all make up brands should take note of this as i have lost count of the times where I have opened a pot of powder to have it spill everywhere!
~Price and Availability~
bareMinerals Original Foundation is available from any Bare Escentuals department (in larger department stores) and here you will be able to match a shade to your skin tone. You can also order online and can pick up an 8g pot from stockists including John Lewis and www.bareminerals.co.uk for £25.00. If you have a look around the discounted beauty websites, you could pick it up for a better price. www.escentual.com have this foundation priced from £16.67.
I am a fan of the bareMinerals range as the products suit my skin type well. I bought my pot of Original Foundation just after Christmas as I needed a new powder. I got it at a discounted price due to a promotion but would happily pay the full £25.00 rrp as I believe it is very much worth it. You get a lot for your money too - 8g doesn't seem like much but you need so little per use that it lasts for ages.
I have a light skin tone so the best matched shade for me was 'fairly light'. I love to wear make up but you will never see me wearing heavy foundation and the likes. I like a simple, natural look. Liquid foundation rarely agrees with my skin for some reason so I favour a light powder to give my skin a nice, natural glow. This foundation suits my needs perfectly.
The powder itself doesn't look overly fine inside the pot but once swept up on to my make up brush (I use my own thick brush from a professional set), it breaks down into a fine, light powder. The sifter holes are just the right size and release a small amount of powder each time with very little mess. I tend to tip what I need into the plastic lid and swirl it around on to my brush from here. This works best for me personally but others may have a different method.
Application of this foundation is very simple. I always fully cleanse, tone and moisturise my skin before applying any make up as my skin is naturally dry. This foundation feels beautifully soft if I touch it with my fingertip and the powder glides across my skin effortlessly without any fall out of powder. bareMinerals are spot on when they mention that it feels like a cream when applied. I'm not sure how they managed this but my skin feels like it is being treated to a moist, moisturising powder as I apply this. It is very lightweight, gentle and smooth against my skin which I appreciate. It has a faint cosmetic powder smell - nothing heavy.
I apply this all over my face (except my eyes and mouth of course) and find that it offers excellent coverage. Fairly light definitely suits my skin tone. It is described as being 'for porcelain to light skin with neutral undertones' and I would say that this is a fair description. This foundation sits beautifully on my skin and I can't 'feel' it at all as my skin is left to breath as normal. The powder doesn't settle into the many lines I have and doesn't dry out my skin further. I find it to be the least drying powder I have used over the past few years and it does feel moist and hydrating to my skin somewhat. My skin is left silky smooth.
I like the way my skin looks after applying this foundation. There is no tell-tale orange tide lines (Mum - take note!) and the finish is extremely natural in my opinion. My complexion is left radiant and I am generally left looking fresh faced. The Fairly Light shade gives my skin a boost of natural looking colour but in no way looks fake or heavy. I do love the way my skin looks bright and appreciate that this foundation does an excellent job of evening out my complexion and concealing any small blemishes and other skin problems without feeling heavy on my skin. My skin appears healthy. I can apply my blusher underneath or over the top without any hassle and I am more confident to wear during warmer days thanks to the SPF content.
The longevity of the Fairly Light shade is really good. The actual appearance of this foundation is evident, albeit lightly, on my skin through most of the day. If it is a really hot day, I find that the foundation needs a light top up to keep my complexion glowing but it never goes patchy like a liquid foundation and remains in place well. Any remaining foundation can be removed with a cleansing wipe without any hassle but if I've had a busy day and 'forget' about removing it then it is safe to sleep with it on due to the mineral content and my skin hasn't suffered any ill effects from doing so.
I would say that this foundation is best suited for a natural, everyday look and coverage as opposed to for a night out. It is light and does give my skin a near-on flawless appearance for daytime but some may favour something a little heavier for going out clubbing. There is a matte version of this foundation available and whilst the Original gives my skin a glow, I find it to be a healthy glow rather than a shiny glow so don't feel the need to opt for the matte version - others may feel differently so it is trial and error to get the best product for your skin.
Whilst expensive, I feel that this foundation is worth the high cost. My skin is left looking and feeling great. The finish offered by this foundation is smooth and natural. My skin has never reacted to the ingredients and in general the powder feels very gentle and soothing against my dry, sensitive skin. It is much kinder to my skin than some other premium brands and the quality is definitely high.
I cannot speak for all skin types or all shades but I am happy with my selection and use this foundation a few times per week as I love the way my skin looks whilst wearing it. I wouldn't say that it would provide sufficient coverage to hide most obvious scars or skin issues. My pot is lasting incredibly well with regular use and I find this to be worth the high cost. Highly recommended!
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Have you ever used Bare Escentuals? Its amazing stuff. The Cilit Bang of the make up world if you will. That is, you dont need any of the other products in your arsenal - concealed, liquid foundation, highlighter etc
The Tub: As you can see from the picture, it comes in a standard 9gram tub. And trust me when i say that this lasts for AGES. when you unscrew the top you get a little info leaflet explaining the benefits and the techniques and generally why its so good. But the thing i want to draw your attention to is that small plastic 'lock-tab'. this means that you know, guaranteed, that this is clean, unopened and unhampered with. It also means that the inside of the lid, which will become your paint pallet, is pristine. Its a reassuring little tab that you can trust to have kept the contends totally untouched.
The Brushes and The Applications: Ok, you really should invest in the Bare Escentuals brushes if you want to use this product to its full potential. I have three brushes. One for the heaver cover-up: under the eyes, side of the nose, the odd blemish etc. One brush for the over all face. One brush for the warming bronzer that is chiselled to your cheek bones.. So, three little words - "tap, swirl, buff". That's all you need to know. Tap a VERY small amount of the powder in to the lid, don't be tempted to over tap, you can always add more. the get your clean brush and gentle swirl in the lid until the powder has been 'absorbed' by the brush, this will take literally a couple of seconds. If you see a little cloud of the powder puff in to the air or some left over in the lid after your swirl, then you have used too much powder. Use less! now that you have loaded your brush you start to apply. Start under the eye area and buff out in little circles. repeat till you have covered your checks, forehead, nose and chin. You cannot over buff. the more you buff the smoother your face will appear. next, take the little concealer brush, load with powder using the same technique. apply to the under eye area or anywhere that you have any blemishes you wish to conceal. the coverage is excellent - you do not look caked in make up but your face looks a whole lot more flawless.
Upkeep of the Brushes: as with any make up bushes you need to keep these clean. once every 2-3 weeks seep in warm water, shampoo in your hand, condition and rinse thoroughly. leave to dry naturally throughout the day. It is important that you do not let your brush pick up too much unused powder as it will not glides on so evenly if the bristles are not clear of any debris.
How often should i touch-up my face: this foundation lasts a long time. If i am out and about i do not need to touch up. It wont rush off on someone's shoulder if you give them a hug, it wont make your white scarf orange and it wont melt if you get hot. if i go to the gym on my lunch hour i simply take an already-loaded brush in my bag and gently buff for a few seconds. this re-energises the powder already on my face. It is very reassuring knowing that my face will stay put! .
The Finish: Even, flawless coverage. Its a very natural look so you know you look good. There is nothing worse than over doing the make up if you are not feeling your best in an attempt to cover everything up, and then realising that you look like you have been tangoed half way through the day. Its simply never the case with this powder because you use such a small amount. It makes your face look smoother and is great for covering up dark circles.
The Price: Its around £20 in the shops. If you buy it online you pay the same price plus postage and packing. Its very reasonable as it lasts for a good couple of months.
The Ingredients: there are only 5 ingredients in this mineral foundation. Its basically made up of zinc and natural colour pigment. Absolutely zero chemicals. Hence the name. you don't have to worry about random ingredients making you have a break out, you don't have to worry about it being tested on animals and you certainly don't have to worry about a horrible, unnatural after smell. Because there isn't one!
Summary: You will save so much money as you don't have to buy a bunch of separate products. It covers every part of your face, wither full coverage or just a ligh touch up simply with the use of different brushes. you feel confident that your face looks covered but natural. A real must have for any lady-what-lunches.
After having my wedding makeup done professionally with beautiful mineral makeup and it lasting all day long, I decided to invest in some Mineral foundation of my own for the long-lasting effects and also because it is supposed to be much better for your skin than traditional foundations and powders as there aren't any harsh chemicals in it. I paid around £15 for my bareminerals foundation on a special offer on the plane on my way to my holidays but you can get it for around £24 in Debenhams.
Despite having fairly fair skin I went for the colour medium beige. Although the colour looks quite dark in the pot, because of the nature of the mineral makeup, when you apply it, only a very thin veil of colour is transferred to your face. This means that you can build up layer upon layer of colour until you get it right for you. The medium beige was ideal for me as it adds a healthy glow without looking too orange. Really do try and get a colour test done at one of the makeup bars as it will make a huge difference to how well the foundation matches your skin and therefore how natural it looks. One thing I would advise buying with this is a Kabuki Brush - you don't need an expensive one, I have one from Avon that was only a few quid and it works fine. It is basically a little stubby brush which allows you to buff the powder on. The bare minerals foundation comes in a loose pot but luckily has a very nice plastic top with holes in it so that you can just get a small amount of the powder out at a time and hopefully reduces how much spills out if you knock it off the table. Rather than applying this as you would do with loose powder or a pressed powder, the bareminerals foundation needs to be buffed on so I tend to use the Kabuki brush to pick up some powder, I then swirl it around in the lid of the foundation to knock off some excess, then I tap the brush to really get rid of the excess. I then buff the powder onto my face quite roughly in circles and repeat several times to ensure even coverage and a good colour.
Having tried a few mineral powders this is one of my favourites. I have to say with all powders if you aren't used to wearing heavy-ish powder then it can feel a bit 'caked' - I typically wear a very thin foundation and a bit of bronzer so I am not used to heavy foundation or loose powders but it definitely doesn't feel 'caked' in the same way as the loose powder, it just takes a bit of getting used to. As with all loose powders though I do find that the mineral powder also likes to 'hang out' in crevices on your face and as I'm still quite young (!) I don't have too many but I do find I look a bit older with the mineral powder as does my Mum who I have also tried this out on. This is worth bearing in mind if you are trying to eliminate the look of wrinkles - probably not a great idea to use it. I find the mineral powder a little bit twinkly and sparkly for my liking too although on one hand this gives a nice healthy glow, on the other hand for every day makeup it can look quite fake and a bit 'overdone' - perfect for night time but I was looking for a natural daytime make up. Despite being powder the coverage is actually very good and you can build it up to quite a thick level by applying more and more layers of powder so from that perspective I am impressed. I think £24 is expensive for the makeup but it does last absolutely ages. I wouldn't say this was my go-to every day makeup, it is more like my 'sealant' layer for when I go out at night which isn't really what I bought it for but when teamed with a primer and foundation, the makeup lasts forever at night and I do think the powder helps to seal the rest of the makeup.
Personally I think I should watch some YouTube videos on application of the makeup as the professional makeup artist did a beautiful job with this makeup for my wedding making me look really healthy and glowing rather than twinkly! I wouldn't write the powder off and do use it occasionally but it is expensive to have in your makeup bag only to use occasionally. I would definitely use mineral makeup again but really do think I need some more application tips or need to be a bit braver when using it (or get someone to do it for me!). As far as mineral makeups go this is definitely one of the better brands.
I'm a full face of makeup kinda of girl and like to try out new products all the time. I've heard people talking about this new mineral makeup for some time now so I thought I'd give it a go. I was a bit dubious about this because all my life I've only ever used a liquid foundation but I hd heard so many rave reviews about it I figured I couldn't go wrong.
Available at www.qvcuk.com or on the high street in Boots for £24 it's definitely up there at the pricier end of the market. It comes in an 8g pot which doesn't seem like much but a little goes a long way with mineral makeup. It's available in a full range of shades for all skin tones and therre's a handy colour chart available on QVC to help you choose the right shade for you. I have very pale skin so chose Fairly Light and that was perfect for me.
I'd definitely suggest investing in the brush to go with this, it's lovely and soft and designed especially for use with their foundation. Applying this foundation is very easy, so easy in fact that you really could put it on without even looking in the mirror!!! You tap a little of foundation into the lid and then "swirl. tap, buff". You swirl your brush into the lid to collect the powder, tap the brush onto the side of the lid to get rid of an excess and just buff onto your face. You can apply as little or as much as you want depending on the coverage you want. I like full coverage so I just applied until I was happy I had the coverage I wanted. It literally takes a few minutes to do. What I love with this is the colour seems to blend with your won skin tone and you're not left with nasty foundation lines all round your jaw that you have to then rub to blend in.
The only downside with this is that I didn't find it had the staying power like my liquid foundation combined with matte powder does. With my liquid foundation I apply in the morning and then just blot my face with a matte powder throughout the day to keep it looking fresh. I found I had to carry the minerals around with me to top up plus it was no good for when you get sweaty or oily. When I'm working I find I get and oily forehead chin and top lip. I need a matte powder to take that away. Bare minerals was no good for this so I used my matte powder as well.
Overall this is a great foundation, fantastic for people just starting out learning how to apply foundation because you can't go wrong with it. I'd definitely recommend it although I have gone back to my liquid foundation simply because of it's staying power.
**Also published on Ciao under the same user name**
After falling in love with sheer cover I was looking for an alternative that gave similar coverage but a cheaper price so I gave this a go. I have pale skin and can never get a liquid foundation that matches and powder compacts just look cakey and false. I love this stuff, I have now been using if for 2 years and not tried anything else since. The only problem I have with it is that it doesn't last as long as i would like it too but maybe that's due to my oily skin. Sometimes if I have a nasty spot or bags under my eyes it doesn't cover too well so I just add a little concealer first.
I have quite sensitive skin so I try to be careful when buying makeup, foundation in particular. I always struggled to find one that worked for my skin and wasn't going to break me out in an allergic reaction. After searching the internet and looking around different stores I found Bare Minerals. I was drawn to it by the claims it made: 'Made with only the purest, highest quality ingredients. It's makeup so pure you can sleep in it.' I presumed it must be ok for my skin it is that 'pure'.
I remembered seeing Bare Minerals in the makeup section of Debenhams alongside others such as Clinique. So on my weekly visit to Merry Hill I approached the lady on the Bare Minerals counter where she proceeded to show me the different products available and colour matched my skin as 'fairly light'. She gave me a small pot of the foundation and a little foundation brush as a free sample in order for me to test it out and see if it worked for my skin.
I tested the foundation on a small section of my face and left it for a few hours to see if I would have a reaction. This is called a 'Patch Test' and I advise anyone with sensitive skin to do this before using any products on your skin. Anyway, after a few hours I looked to see if it had had any adverse effects and no, it hadn't! So far I was impressed.
So after washing and moisturising my face I tripped a bit of the powder foundation into the lid of the sample pot and applied to my face with the brush. I started on my chin and as I applied the foundation it did make my skin look more even. It was hard to get a good coverage with the sample pot so the next day I went back and got the full size pot in fairly light just as the lady on the counter advised me to.
I have used it every day since then and it always gives me a decent coverage. I bought a foundation brush with it but it wasn't too great (see my other review) so I ended up using one of my Avon foundation brushes which did the job perfectly.
It feels soft and smooth on my skin and it is easy to apply. 'The more you buff the better the coverage' was what the lady at the counter said and it does apply. You just need to apply some on the brush and go over your whole face until you get the coverage you desire. Although it doesn't make my skin look 100% perfect as I have quite bumpy skin and moderate acne it does give an even finish and unless you are standing really close you can't really tell my skin is bad.
If you already have good skin then this would be absolutely perfect for you as it would even out skin tone and make your skin look amazing. The only other small disadvantage of this is the price although you can get it off the internet cheaper if you don't want to wait for delivery then it can be quite expensive.
I use the bare minerals foundation in fair. I have very pale skin and most foundations make me look orange or dirty! This is the first foundation that I have found that actually matches my skin tone. It is so soft a light on my skin (and applying it with the bare minerals flawless face make-up brush feels really nice too it is so soft!). I can vary the layers depending on the coverage I need and choose so I don't need to cake myself in the stuff. I love it, but I use it everyday and some days I need to reapply it. I feel it is quite expensive, so when I see it selling for cheap I snap it up straight away, ebay is a great place to look for a bargain. I prefer the 8g size pot - especially with the click lock on it (I have had quite a few handbag accidents with the old style pot. It gets everywhere!).
Today I am reviewing the bareMinerals SPF 15 foundation. I discovered this when I got given a sample while walking through Debenhams, I read the leaflet that came with it and thought that the claims it made must be false, when I got home I tried it and since then it has been a staple product in my makeup bag.
-- Background on the Company --
The company is focused on the customers and how they feel. It's the belief that products can actually be good, makeup can be fun, business can be personal and companies can behave more like communities.
They wanted to create a makeup that was both makeup and skincare and that was good for you ! bareEscentuals was born and fron there it has grown from a small, unknown company is the USA to a worldwide scale brand.
-- The Foundation --
On the website it says that -
'Our MATTE SPF 15 Foundation gives you all the flawless coverage you want with a natural matte finish that won't clump or cake. It minimizes the appearance of pores and increases cell turnover for younger-looking skin. The creamy minerals diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles without drying out your skin. Its silky, soft texture looks like a powder, but feels like a cream and buffs on beautifully. Made with only the purest, highest quality ingredients.'
There are 20 shades of this foundation so there has got to be a shade that suits you. My shade is fairly light and that is prefect for my skintone, if you can't find one that is quite right you can always get two different shades and mix them together to get your perfect shade. It is a really odd but amazing texture as it is very creamy and blendable but yet it is a powder ! It is a very light foundation but it stills gives the best coverage imaginable, it covers all my blemishes and freckles etc leaving my face so flawless looking, the best part is that it is not as cakey as my liquid foundation and it lets my skin breathe nicely.
I find it is really easy to apply, I just tap some into the lid of the pot and then swirl it around with my bareMinerals flawless face brush, then I buff it onto my face. You can repeat this process a few times until you ge the coverage that is right for you.
Until you get into a routine of doing this, it can take a few tries to get the technique of how to get it 'the way you want it' but when you do and you know how you like it then it is really quick to do. I love this mineral makeup because it helps my skin as well, it never clogs my pores and my makeup never looks cakey which is a big thing that annoys me if it does.
This costs quite a bit at £25 a pot but when you have tried it you will see how little you actually need to use. A pot that size can last me 3-4 months which if you think about it. A L'Oreal one might cost a tenner and last a month, then one costs £25 but lasts 3 months, obviously it is a better deal.
I really like this foundation and really recommend it, one last thing is that if you are ordering online, then please note that the colour swatches on the website are darker than they are in real life!
I went into Boots and requested a free sample of this. They told me that the "fairly light" shade would be the best shade for my pale skin.
I was very impressed with my 2g sample so I went ahead and bought the full sized pot off the website. The foundation itself is a light beige shade and it is made with 100% pure minerals, so it would be suitable for people who suffer from sensitive skin. The foundation comes in a small round "shaker pot" with a screw on lid. The bottom of the pot is transparent so you can clearly see how much of the foundation you have left.
The foundation is a powder foundation and it needs to be applied with a brush. I have found that natural bristle brushes work best for this foundation. The foundation is easy to shake from the pot and it's easy to swirl around and "pick up" on your brush. The foundation is easy to apply to the skin. It has a creamy formula and because of this it is very easy to blend. It completely hides spots and imperfections leaving you with 100% flawless skin. This is the ONLY foundation I have bought that totally hides my spots without leaving me with a crusty residue on my skin. It is excellent quality and so easy to use. It's a great foundation for beginners.
I don't mind paying extra for quality and this IS quality. It's 100% fragrance free, 100% cruelty free and 100% natural. It helps to reduce shine and it minimises the appearance of pores. It's long lasting and ideal for a whole range of skin types. It's perfect for my pale/ sensitive skin as it doesn't irritate my skin in any way.
There's a shade for everyone, from very light shades to very dark shades.
Worth the money.
I recieved my foundation in a gift set from QVC, which had the foundation, brush, bisque, application brush and mineral veil enclosed.
The foundation can come in various sized pots, the standard size to buy seperately is 8g, which retails at £24. The pots are circular and have a flap over the minerals which has whole to allow you to decant the powder into the lip to apply. Don't be fooled into dabbing the brush into the main pot of minerals! You must tap out a small amount in to the lid of the pot and swirl your brush into this.
To properly apply the foundation you should use a medium sized brush. The method bare minerals promote is 'swirl, tap, buff' in that you swirl the brush into your minerals in the lid, tap off any excess from your brush then just buff it onto your face.
There are lots of shades to suit all skin tones - I would recommend getting a consulation from a department store to determine your actual shade because they vary depending on the undertone of your skin.
Unlike some 'mineral' foundations that only have a small component of mineral but can still claim to be 'mineral based', This foundation really is all natural, made from just minerals - this is kind to the skin, so is suitable for sensitive skins and those who suffer with breakouts from products. Bare minerals claim this foundation is so pure you could sleep in it! The foundation also offer SPF 15 protection.
I have been using this foundation for around 2 years now, it creates a flawless look, and you can increase the coverage by buffing the skin more when applying it. Standard coverage is light/medium, depending on how much you buff it into your skin.
I do have blemishes from acne scars, the foundation doesnt completely cover these, so I still have to use concealer. Therefore if you have a lot of blemishes and need a thick coverage, this is not the foundation for you.
I also don't think this foundation would be that good on very dry skins as it is mineral based and not moisturing
Overall, I would recommend this to someone who wants a natural light/medium coverage and is perhaps concerned about chemicals and nasties in make up - this is the product for them. If you are not sure, Boots and Debenhams have counters where you can sample make up from the Bare Minerals range.
I give this 4 stars - simply for the price being a little high
I have been using Bare Escentuals also known as Bare Minerals for quite a while and to be honest I can't remember where I first bought it from.
I think it was a shopping channel pne of those ads that is on a loop, but I recall being amazed at the before and after demonstrations which showed how easy it was to apply and cover up imperfections ,so as it had a money back guarantee I decided to give it a go.
It was a new concept to me, a mineral powder foundation that is so kind to the skin you can sleep in it and that also provides amazing coverage.
Since then it has increased in popularity and I noticed recently that Debenhams now sell this and it is a regular brand featured in shows on QVC.
When I bought my first set it came boxed and included two foundations, foundation brush, concealer brush and a kabuki brush, plus a video that demonstrated the application technique.
All of which can be bought individually - sadly VHS has died a death, but they do include a DVD if you buy the starter kit. The video was a bit naff but it did show how to apply and some tips. I think it is the same woman on their website video, she uses nearly half a pot on one woman, which is far too much, but they also have big hair, so they are not aiming for the girl nest door look.
The foundation comes in a clear plastic pot with a black screw on lid. The lid simply has id bare minerals written on the top.
The bottom of the jar has the product description and the shade of the foundation.
When you unscrew the lid, there is a deep indentation and a fixed piece of plastic with small holes in, rather like a salt pot.
To be honest the way this is packaged is my main gripe with this product.
The foundation is fabulous but I don't like the pot for two reasons , one of which they have now sorted, so make sure you buy new stock.
If you have a few products, several of them come in a similar pot and there is no way of distinguishing one from the other, without turning the pot upside down and reading the label underneath. So a big improvement would be to put the name on the lid or the side of the pot.
Having tipped all your pots upside down as Sods law is it will be the last one you try, you will find that quite a lot of product has found its way through the holes and is resting on the top of the plastic and it is therefore tricky to just dispense a small amount as most of it has escaped. However they now do this with a click lock which means this should be a thing of the past, but do check if you buy that you get this new pot.
This does not stop me using this, but it isn't one I choose if I am pushed for time. To be fair if you only use the foundation there would be no gripes.
It is a very light loose mineral powder that comes in shades to suit all skin tones. The shades range from Fair to Golden Dark, so there is a colour to suit everyone.
They do two finishes original and matte for oily skins.
I would recommend buying a starter kit as this comes with two shades of the foundation, the brushes and a DVD that explains how to apply this. Quite pricy at £48 but you do get 2 small foundations , 3 brushes, a primer a finishing powder called mineral veil and a powder that adds all over face colour.
It can be bought on its own, but you will need a soft brush to apply this, like a small blusher brush.
It is very simple to apply, simply put a small amount in the lid and swirl the brush around the lid until you have picked up all the powder, then tap off any excess into the lid and start to apply to your face.
Brush over the whole face gently and lightly buff as you do this. If you want more coverage, simply apply another layer. That is what is amazing about this product the fact that you can build up coverage, something that I would find impossible with other foundations as overworking my skin , will make certain parts go flaky or the product clogs. That makes me sound like I have skin flaking off everywhere, which isn't the case, just tiny patches that appear every now and then.
Conceal any marks or blemishes using bare minerals foundation as the concealer, but apply with the concealer brush. Then I usually finish with the kabuki brush which is a large brush quite tightly packed and I just buff my skin gently as the more you buff the better this looks.
Bare minerals can be applied all over the face and as a base on the eyes, but use the concealer brush for the eyes. This is a brilliant brush, it's quite large for a concealer brush, but it is pointed so you can cover eyelids as well as applying the powder to small blemishes.
Personally I would buy the bare minerals brushes as they last for ages and most importantly hardly shed hairs. They only start to shed when they have been used quite a lot.
I have very dry skin, but this is the foundation I turn to when it is at its worse as although this is a powder, it is actually quite creamy and if my skin is flaky this doesn't make it even flakier like a liquid foundation would. It feels good on your skin and is so light it doesn't feel like you have make up on and it looks very natural.
I can also use this if my skin is feeling sensitive or irritated as there are no chemicals preservatives, fragrance or oils, it is simply finely crushed minerals.
This has the approval of the Skin Cancer Foundation.
I have very fair skin and I would not use a foundation on a daily basis if it weren't for the pesky red thread veins. For those who are not fair skinned finding a foundation that suits a fair skin tone and achieves coverage is a bit of a nightmare, unless you like having completely different coloured skin on your face to the rest of your body.
This is perfect as there is no tell-tale tidemark from face to neck, it blends easily doesn't sit in pores or lines if you build up gradually and buff. It looks completely natural but it will cover almost anything.
The only reason I tend not to use this every day is the time factor as for me this takes more time than the other 2 foundations I use. So I tend to use this when I have more time ,so weekends or evenings out. I also use some of the other products in the range that add colour or warmth to the whole face and cheeks and lips plus radiance powders which are complexion boosters and look great day or evening. In fact my brother once asked me when we were out for lunch if I had been to a beauty salon for a facial as my skin looked so radiant. As he never comments on my appearance I thought I had overdone it , but he actually meant it.
I find it suitable for my dry sensitive mature skin and I have watched a couple of makeovers on QVC where they have used this on all ages and one of the presenters has rosacea and uses this and demonstrated how she covers her angry flushed skin live on the show. Brave woman,
Would I Recommend
Yes. This is an amazing foundation as I can use this even if my skin is flaky sensitive or irritated. It provides great coverage and feels weightless on your skin as well as looking really natural.
It lasts for ages, I have 2 of the 2g containers that came in a kit and I would say there is a good 3 or 4 months' supply.
A single full size 8g is £23 on the Bare Escentuals website, which would last me a year. Shop around as this is advertised from £17 to £20 at other online retailers.
I usually buy smaller sizes in kits as they contain eye shadows, brushes and lip-glosses to try.
This is a really great brand and I have loved everything I have bought in this range.
If you are unsure about this, buy from QVC and use it for a few weeks, then if you don't like it send it back and get a full refund.
A well-deserved 5 stars
I'd heard so much about mineral make up ever since I was a little girl. I'd always wanted to try it but adverts seem too misleading these days. But after getting a free makeover at a Bare Escentuals counter in Debenhams, I was sold.
The foundation is extremely light but covers well. The swirl-tap-buff regime is fabulous.
Firstly you have to take a tiny amount of foundation onto the lid. Swirl with a brush to warm up the minerals, and then simply buff onto your face. I was told by the consultant that the more you buff, the better it works. This is again down to warming up the minerals.
The overall look is very natural and it feels very light on your face. It's probably tricky to purchase the correct shade so I recommend you get yourself a free makeover too in order to save some money in your quest for the perfect shade.
I wouldn't go as far as saying that this is going to make you look flawless. But it does hide a lot and it looks natural. I don't have problem skin so I am unsure as to how well it will hide those flaws but I do believe that you'd be better off using the concealer as well as the foundation. A Bare Escentuals consultant will be able to help you cover up anything that you want covered.
My main issue with this is the price. At £23 a pot, it's not cheap. As a student, spending that much money on 8g of powder seems a little crazy. So I always try and find cheaper deals on various websites. I don't think it's worth £23, but at the same time I do think it's worth more than most other brands.
Their newer pots also have a click-lock design so that you can carry it around without worrying about the powder pouring out.
Made of only pure, crushed minerals from the earth, i / d / BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation looks like a powder, feels like a cream and buffs on like silk, giving skin a natural luminosity, and feels as if you are not wearing any makeup at all /