Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review | bareMinerals Mineral Foundation

When I first started wearing makeup, I really had no idea what I doing. My mom was introduced to bareMinerals at the time I started wearing makeup, so she eventually bought me my first starter kit as well. I was overjoyed with the thought of wearing makeup (though foundation was the only thing I wore in middle school,) and my love for makeup shot off from there.

Coverage | Simply put, this foundation provides a light to medium coverage. It looks incredibly natural (and was essentially fool proof for 12 year old me.) It does a decent job at covering redness, but it doesn't help too much with acne and acne scarring. I like to call this my "weekend foundation" for those days when you just want a bit of light coverage. For those of you with great skin, this would be a wonderful foundation as it's not heavy or sticky like a liquid foundation. As for lasting power, bareMinerals claims that this can last up to 8 hours, but I say more like 5 hours if you have oily skin or if it's a hot day.

Shade Selection and Finishes | The shade selection is incredible with 20 shades from all over the spectrum, so no worries here.  They are categorized by undertones: cool, neutral, or warm. What's great about powder foundation over liquid foundation is that it does not oxidize. It blends in effortlessly with your skin, and no one will guess that you're wearing foundation. They have come out with two formulas, original and matte. I prefer matte to original as my skin leans more towards the oily side, but I honestly can't tell too much of a difference between the two.

Ingredients | We can't forget that this is a mineral foundation, and it contains no parabens, binders, fillers, or synthetic chemicals, meaning no weird breakouts. We all hate those.

Conclusion | I would recommend trying out a starter kit first before purchasing the full size. I am glad this was my first foundation, but I would have done fine with a drugstore mineral foundation for a cheaper price. However, the bareMinerals foundation ($28 USD) is cheaper than the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation ($38 USD) if you want to put it into comparison. My final verdict is give a drugstore mineral foundation a try first (Loreal True Match Naturale is a great one,) and come to this if it doesn't work out.

Have you tried anything from bareMinerals that you loved?



  1. I really want to try a mineral foundation since I've only ever used liquid and sometimes they feel a bit heavy on the skin. The shade selection, coverage and finish sound too good to be true!

    Yet Another Makeup Blog.

  2. The only product I've tried from this brand is their 5in1 cream eyeshadow thing. It was pretty nice as an eyeshadow base. I have used a couple of mineral foundations before. I find that the application can get a bit messy with powder floating about and the buffing in to get the coverage takes longer too so I don't reach for that option very much.

    xx Kat @ Katness

  3. Ooh! I've only tried their lipsticks which I quite like since it's a fuss-free toss-in-bag kind of thing... Ironically, my mother actually has the starter kit and she really likes it!

    Cherie x

  4. I love mineral foundation! Some of them give surprisingly good coverage like the Arbonne one. But for some reason, some powders I've tried in the past, I don't know if it's mica or whatever ingredient it is, but I feel like the powders can get into my pores (or maybe that's just cuz I have HUGE ASS PORES) and can clog them up sometimes. Urgh.

    I haven't tried anything from bareMinerals actually!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames


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