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....
...here 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.
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?