Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer A Makeup Staple
This foundation has been around for years, so naturally it has gained equally as many lovers as haters - everyone has to remember that just because a product works for one person, does not mean it will work for everyone! So please bare this in mind.
I don't normally review products for the reason above, but I feel as though if I were ever to recommend a product it would be this one.
I have suffered with cystic acne since I was 12 (I am now nearly 24). I have been to a dermatologist, been treated with Accutane (isotretinoin), and have the most regimented skincare known to man - and ya'll know if I've been lazy and used a makeup wipe one evening.
I am extremely fair, to the point where Kat Von Ds tattoo lock-it foundation is probably the closest match I can find. I don't suffer like I did when I was younger, but I normally have a blemish or two on my face, and the occasional cyst will rear its ugly head. However, those who have suffered with acne will know that even once the breakouts have been cured, your skin is never the same. I have the typical hormonal redness around the T-Zone, with poor texture, surface and keloid scarring.
Now this foundation does not work MIRACLES. I have to use a primer otherwise this will emphasise my pores. And it is not full coverage - however, if you BUFF this into the skin it does cover redness, and improves your skin to make it look more radiant. In other words, 'a more beautiful you'. I've used this since I was 16 and always come back to it - as a secondary school teacher and for day-to-day wear this foundation is perfect. It evens out my skin tone but looks natural. And people need to remember that natural-looking coverage will allow some imperfections through. You will see freckles however I think freckles are beautiful so why cover up your natural beauty - be proud! It improves scarring, and it doesn't irritate my skin - however I don't have sensitive skin (a regular user of retinol and azealic acid does that). I love full coverage on nights out so will usually use this on top of another foundation!
You have to remember it is only powder, therefore can only do so much. Continued use will allow an improvement in your skin normally as it uses natural products so is normally better for your skin - but again, this may not be the same for everyone.
I use the shade golden fair as I'm one of these rare species that has porcelain skin with warm, yellow undertones. It is slightly darker BUT blends well and isn't noticeable so don't let that put you off - pale girls should check whether they'd be fair or golden fair!
A good liquid concealer is ideal under this for those who like to conceal there imperfections and wear light weight foundation. Those who like to wear another layer of skin (I do like that look on a night out or special occasion) may not like this.
Hope this helps. I would recommend this! It makes me feel comfortable and confident with the way I look naturally and not as if I'm wearing a mask!
Rated 1 out of 5 by Stephm Be wary
I originally thought this product was amazing. However, after a few weeks of wearing it regularly my skin started getting very bad - large painful cyst like spots in places that i never had spots before. Which meant I used the product more. It then twigged. The foundation was causing this reaction. As soon as I stopped using it my skin showed an improvement. However, it has taken 6 long and embarrassing months for my skin to get back to normal. Note- I have never had an allergic reaction to any product before. I don't have have sensitive skin. Be very wary of using this product. And stop using it immediately if you notice any changes to your skin.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mell Best foundation ever!
I have sensitive, combination skin with mild rosacea and I've tried all sorts of liquid foundations which never worked. This doesn't irritate my skin, works wonders at hiding the redness and lasts ages (unlike classic liquid make up I had to reapply mid day). I use it with the Multi Tasking Concealer and my skin has never looked so good.
Thank you Bare Minerals!!
Rated 1 out of 5 by Rain Not at all what I had expected!
I wanted to love this, I really did, but I didn't like it at all! Both my daughter and I hated it. It does not cover well at all, and the more you put on the more "cakey" it feels! It did not cover my freckles, and it did not cover the redness on my face, even after several layers. It felt very uncomfortable on my skin.
Overall, I'm very disappointed. I've wanted to try bare minerals for a long time, and when I finally did, I was very let down.
Rated 1 out of 5 by becky1973 Posting for 13 Year Old Heartbroken Girl
I will say that Bare Minerals has always been my first choice since it has come out, I purchased a starter kit for oldest, who is now 24, years ago and she continues to use Bare Minerals. So I could not wait to get this for my teen daughter as a major gift for Christmas. We got this, the mineral veil, serum concealer, kabuki brush, Good Clean Fun and the Countdown to Gorgeous. So you can imagine how excited she was, So after Christmas she started wearing all her Bare Minerals and was happy but she kept itching on her face and her eyes were dry all the time. Come to find out she is allergic to every product that she received as a gift for Christmas and in the Advent calendar. This product is great but be aware of allergic reactions, my daughter was in misery for a few days after using it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Charlielotty Favourite foundation
I use the shade medium beige and it just makes my skin look flawless and natural. The best brush is definitely the beautiful finish brush as it is so soft and you can build the coverage up from sheer to full. I also think the foundation is good value, as it will last a very long time.
Rated 5 out of 5 by HannahLou My new number 1
I love the look of glowing, fresh and natural looking skin - and this foundation gives me just that. It has buildable coverage, so if you want that flawless full coverage look it's definitely achievable but NEVER looks cakey. The glow it gives is gorgeous. Perfect!
Rated 4 out of 5 by Roxysmommy Best Foundation
I love, love, love Bare Minerals... Have used nothing but Bare Minerals for close to 20 years ... My only complaint is the colors... Every product has completely different shades to choose from which means having to get color matched or trial and error to find the right shade. I was using the solid foundation and thrilled with the shade, application, all of it.. Then they come out with a new solid foundation, Bare Pro... BUT with all new shades so once again I had to find the right shade. So now I am using Pecan... Love it.. But wanted to have the original foundation on hand as well. WHY is there not a color called Pecan in the original foundation... OR if not the same shade color... Then... a chart that says if you use Bare Pro in Pecan, use ??? in the original foundation. Still love Bare Minerals..
Rated 5 out of 5 by Musicmelanie3 Wonderful mineral foundation
I use Bare Minerals Original foundation & hydrating Mineral Veil on top of my Complexion Rescue for extra moisture. It leaves my skin looking dewy, not gray nor cakey and doesn't accentuate any facial lines. And it looks great alone too.
Rated 2 out of 5 by WallFlower Meh.
I got this in the getting started kit. This did not look natural on me. It was too shiny and powdery looking. The matte foundation is much better.