Review: bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 & FOTD

Wednesday 4 July 2012

I have been trying out some samples of bareMinerals Original Foundation over the last few months, and yesterday I decided to splurge and bought a full size pot.  The MUAs at the bareMinerals counter were some of the friendliest I've ever had the pleasure to meet, though it took some serious willpower from me to just buy this foundation and not everything else they were trying to sell me! 

Anyway, I have been umming and ahhing over getting this foundation for some time.  One of the main reasons for this is because it's taken me a while to get used to the 'Swirl, Tap, Buff' method of applying it and also because I'm usually hopeless when it comes to anything 'loose' - I'm clumsy and I will spill powder everywhere!  Luckily, bareMinerals have designed their full size foundations with a clever 'Click & Go Sifter' which means that you can dispense the powder a little at a time and then click it shut when you've finished.  Genius packaging BM!

bareMinerals foundation gives you quite a light coverage which is more akin to a good tinted moisturiser, rather than a foundation.  You can build it up to a more medium coverage, but I find that you still need to use a decent concealer for any blemishes etc.  I find this perfect for oily summer skin and because it's effectively a powder, you obviously don't get any of the greasy heavy feeling that can come from some liquid foundations -this feels so light and soft on the face instead.  So far, I haven't had any issues with caking as long as you properly buff it into your skin, and have found the wear time to last on me all day with a primer underneath.  

So a couple of pros and cons to summarise:-

  • Weightless feeling on the skin
  • Ideal for those with oily skin types
  • Has SPF 15
  • Mineral powder which doesn't clog pores
  • Good range of shades to suit a variety of skintones
  •  Coverage is only light-medium
  • You'll need a separate concealer for blemishes etc

At £24 a pot, it's a standard price for a high end foundation and worth the investment IMO because I expect it to last a good while; I only use a really small amount each time.  If you are looking at buying a mineral foundation, you need a great brush to apply it with and the Real Techniques Buffing Brush does the job effortlessly leaving a flawless finish.  I'd also recommend asking the bareMinerals MUAs for some samples before buying a full size, just so you can get a feel for it before splashing out.

And for those of you who asked for a FOTD recently with the May Coygirl Blush.... you go!  I quickly took this when I got home earlier so do excuse the hair and general tiredness, it's been something of a long, long, day!  You can also get an idea of the coverage that the bareMinerals foundation gives.  I applied it half asleep at 7am this morning so it's held up really well, as has the MAC blush.

FOTD Makeup:-
bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 in Medium Beige
Benefit The POREfessional Primer
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in 03 Medium
The Body Shop Lightening Touch Pen in 01 Light
Korres Eyebrow Pencil in 1 Dark Shade
 Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked
ELF Cream Eyeliner in Black
Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus in Black
MAC Sheertone Blush in Coygirl
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Modesty

Do you use any mineral foundations?

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  1. This looks gorgeous on you! I've always been wary of mineral foundations because I don't like powdery looking skin but it really looks lovely.x

    1. Thanks! The trick with mineral foundations is just to buff it in really well and it ends up looking very natural instead of cakey :) x

  2. When I first got this it came with the Bare Minerals buffing brush which isnt any good at all, sheds like crazy and thats the main reason I havent used the foundation since. I never thought of using it with the RT Buffing Brush. Definitely need to try that.

    You look lovely :)

    1. Yeah bareMinerals brushes are absolutely AWFUL, the ones I have used in the past have shed loads and were so scratchy, not good! Definitely give it a go with the Real Techniques brush, makes it so easy to blend it in. Thanks :) xx

  3. love your FOTD - you are so pretty. I use the light bare minerals and really like it but don't use it every day x

    1. thank you :) it's definitely one I'd use with other foundations. This is great in summer for me :) x

  4. I keep meaning to try this foundation.

    Your very pretty by the way :)

  5. Ssshh don't tell anyone...but minerals are great for guys too and I've used BM for years! I use the Matte formulation though as I have really oily skin.
    I like how you can go really light with, so no-one really knows you're wearing it, it just looks like great skin. I've got 3 of the full size matte's at the moment, light (winter), golden medium (summer), golden tan (self tan or bronzing).
    When It's finished though, I am going to try a British brand like Lily Lolo instead :)

    1. Ah yes I see why guys would wear it too! I think I'll try something from Lily Lolo soon, I keep meaning to have a look at their site :)

  6. Evelyn you look GORGEOUS!! Flawless! And that blush is perfect on you!!
    And your hair! So jealous!

    1. You're far too kind Tracy, but thank you! :)

  7. Gorgeous!!! You should do more FOTD definitely. :)
    I really like this foundation, too... I'm still using the samples I got, but will probably buy once they've finished. Xx

    1. thanks Alex :) It's a fantastic light foundation isn't it? xx

  8. you should do more FOTD you are so beautiful xx

  9. Your skin looks flawless!! Also, what a great review :)

    xx Veronica

    1. Nah it's the foundation doing all the work! Well that and Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish :) xx

  10. thanks! will check it out :) x

  11. It looks lovely on you :) I hate having dry skin, I'm dying to try out this brand :/


    1. thanks Lucy :) it might be OK for dry skin if you wear a primer underneath? I'd certainly get some free samples at a BM counter to try it out :) x


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