ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation - null
If you have dry skin, please read
I personally have very, very dry skin around my chin, sides of nose, and cheeks, yet very oily skin on my t-zone. This foundation seemed to really accentuate my dry spots the first time I used it. I applied the mineral veil beneath this foundation (it is supposed to help newbies not have so much itching) and just a bit of mineral veil on top. After some experimenting, I found that the mineral veil was a huge no-no for my dry skin, as it made areas that weren't all that dry look terribly dry. The application of this foundation (the buffing) is allegedly not good for dry skin as it is a form of micro exfoliation (and we dry skinned people know how exfoliation can be an enemy). You can use puffs to press this powder on, but I just really love buffing and have been trying to work around the dry skin issue because truly this foundation is amazing and makes my face look so even and smooth when I fist put it on. I really recommend dry skinned people to be aware that you may have issues with this foundation, and it may help to use a spray setter (a product you spray on after applying your makeup) and it helps set the bare minerals and reduce the appearance of dry patches. You must moisturize and use primer, or you will not have a good experience with this foundation. I will continue to try and make this foundation work for me because I love it so much and know it is not harming my skin like some foundations that are less natural.
Apart from having dry skin, I also have what, apparently, is quite an unusual tone. It varies, over the seasons, from a rather sickly yellow, to a really lovely olive/tan. Needless to say I've had a very difficult time matching foundation at any given time of the year. I've resorted to something akin to 'alchemy' - mixing and matching all sorts of products in an attempt to reach an acceptable result. No longer. I've discovered this product, having used mostly liquids up to now, and am amazed at the results. Used over serum, moisturiser and primer, this (Medium Tan) produces immaculate, virtually flawless results; you'd never guess my skin was dry now. In fact, I've had people commenting on how 'well' I look: which is wondrous for me, since I've been in seriously ill health for several years now. Having solved the quality/finish issue, I'm in the process of finding out which are the lighter and darker shades to this, and plan to continue my alchemy, using mixes of different ratios, in small pots containing plastic sifters, to cover my whole spectrum. I am now a fully fledged BM convert and have recently bought other products, with which I'm equally pleased. Thank you for improving this little getting-older woman's life!
The original that I will never live without
When pushing 40 I started thinking, you know what, I need to try something new for my face. I wasn't liking the way my skin looked dull and settled into my fine lines with other foundation products I'd been using. So after getting a little sample of this Original Bare Minerals Foundation product with a teeny tiny little brush as a free sample at a beauty store I thought, hmm, interesting, I've never tried a mineral make up before. So I went online looking for tutorial videos, learned more about the product and how to apply it and gave it a try. OMG I'm soooo glad I got that free sample because I fell in love with product from day one. I have gotten so many compliments since switching to Bare Minerals. My skin looks , I don't know, just healthier and prettier, and dare I even say. . . Younger! I love this foundation. I like a natural looking sheer-medium type coverage and this mineral foundation goes on so lovely, I love the finish, love the way it looks so natural, not cakey, not drawing attention to my fine lines by settling into them like most powder make ups do. I recommend Bare Minerals to everyone and have convinced others to switch because they saw the difference in how my skin was now looking better without me even mentioning I was trying something new. After receiving compliments and explaining what I was using that was new, other people close to me have started using the BM line too now. An additional bonus, my husband has always been complimentary but I have caught him just staring at my face more lately and saying things like, your skin looks so pretty, are you wearing any make up? It looks that natural and radiant that people can't really tell that it's make up that's making my skin look better and I love that because I am all about a natural look.
What a Pleasant Surprise!
I have dry skin so for as long as I can remember I have regarded powders with suspicion and fear.
I decided to give this foundation a try not really expecting much from it but wow, I am officially a convert. It applies beautifully and at a glance it is impossible to tell I even have makeup on. Better still it has covered several painful, red blemishes to the point where they are almost non-existent. Fair is also the absolute most perfect match for me which is an added bonus (for reference for you paler ladies I'm around an NW10 in MAC foundatons).
I'm really wishing I had given this a try sooner. Best £50 I have spent in a LONG time.
I have very sensitive, dry, and acne prone skin. I have been looking for years for a product that would not only cover my imperfections but not cause more. This is perfect! I have not had any breakouts since using this and it does not dry out my face like I thought it would. I can't even tell I'm wearing makeup it feels so nice. I will be using bareminerals products exclusively from now on.
Great foundation, but more shades are in need
This foundation is perfect for what I am looking for. A medium coverage foundation that looks flawless without that makeup feel on your skin. I didn't give this foundation all the hearts because I am right between two foundation shades (fairly light and medium beige). I really wish Bare Minerals would come out with a shade between these two intensities as I am probably going to have to look for something else come winter when my skin gets paler and medium beige is too dark and fairly light too light for me.
My makeup for Life
I am so in love with Bare Minerals, so easy to use, and blends perfectly with my skin tone. I even use the Mineral Veil and the eye shadows. I'm hooked for life. I am in my fifties and get compliments all the time on my skin. Thank you Bare Minerals!
BEST Foundation Ever!
I have used many different foundations and powders, and this is by far the BEST one I have ever used. Even if you don't exactly match the shade, but you get close enough, it blends into *your* skin tone to match it. And it literally feels as though you are wearing nothing. My friends have told me they can't tell I'm even wearing make-up on my face, that I just look like I'm glowing. It covers what you need, without covering *you*, if that makes sense.
Best part, my complexion has improved so much since I made the switch. I have not had one zit since I started using Bare Minerals, and it's been 6 weeks now. You won't be able to put your finger on exactly why, but your face just looks prettier.
And the Prime Time Foundation Primer is a must-have to go along with this. I have worn this during my 13-hour shifts at work and to the gym, and my make-up STILL looks good :)
Best Foundation I've Ever Used
This is the best foundation I have found. My skin is very sensitive and I don't need a ton of coverage- this is the only foundation that I can use. No other brands compare.
I had recently reviewed the bareMinerals Ready Foundation, which I liked quite a bit. I had received a small tester of the Original, when I made this purchase at an Ulta. The color was Medium Beige. I learned to use a neutral shade because it's the best at covering Rosacea, and luckily this was the shade I was given. I was using a kabuki brush, as I thought I needed full coverage for my redness. The shade was just a little too dark so I purchased Fairly Light, and I mix them 1/2 and 1/2. I read a review that someone wanted a neutral between these 2 shades- this is it. You pay for 2 foundations up front, but it will last FOREVER. I also started using a big fluffy powder brush-with very little product in the cap...and it's amazing how much better it looks. It's a light to medium coverage- but it covers more :)