Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mineral Make Up Tried & Tested - bareMinerals

Bare Escentuals really started the revolution in mineral makeup with the introduction of their award-winning 100% pure bareMinerals. It is free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance and other harmful chemicals. bareMinerals aims to provide impeccable coverage for every skin type, skin tone, and concern without feeling like you're wearing any makeup at all.

bareMinerals Collection

I tried the below products and these are my thoughts.

Prime Time
A preservative-free foundation primer developed to combat flaky dryness, fine lines, excess oil, and enlarged pores. This bareMinerals-infused formula glides on with no tacky feel to provide a skin-smoothing complexion prior to applying bareMinerals SPF 15 foundation. Prime Time glides on to the skin wonderfully and is a great base for any form of foundaion. My skin wasn’t left greasy or feeling too dry.

bareMinerals Prime Time

bareMinerals SPF15 Foundation – Light
Made with pure, crushed minerals from the earth, bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation looks like a powder, feels like a cream and buffs on like silk, giving my skin a natural luminosity. It is weightless and gives good coverage, however I didn’t like how much I had to use to achieve my desired look. In addition, I used the bareMinerals Max Coverage Face brush which to me would be better suited for applying a liquid foundation. The bristles aren’t like usual mineral foundation brushes and I found that this meant that it was much harder to blend and apply.

bareMinerals SPF15 Foundation - Light

bareMinerals also offer a great colour chart to help you choose the right shade for you.

How To Apply bareMinerals

Step 1: Swirl a small amount of Bare Escentuals SPF 15 Foundation into the lid. For light coverage, use the Flawless Application Face Brush, or the Kabuki Brush for greater coverage.

Step 2: Tap off any excess powder so that it's not visible on the brush.

Step 3: Buff the foundation onto the skin in a swirling, circular motion, starting on the outside of your face near your cheek bones. Then buff around your face, working your way to the cheeks, forehead and nose until you are satisfied. Remember, less is more when applying Bare Escentuals SPF 15 Foundation.

Application Tips

Multi-Tasking for Face
Besides working as a fantastic eyeshadow base, Multi-Tasking Bisques also performs as a concealer for your face, covering dark circles and skin imperfections. Apply directly onto brown and red spots, blemishes, broken capillaries, scars, and other areas of skin imperfections. I really thought this product was brilliant. It did hide my dark circles and bags, without looking heavy, which many liquid concealers do.

Multi-Tasking For Face

Blush - Giddy Pink
Creamy, 100% pure bareMinerals blushes give you a beautiful, healthy tone that looks natural, because it is. Add a soft, radiant glow to your complexion with our silky cheek colours. This colour is universal, it works brilliantly on fair skins, while adding a flushed look to darker skin tones.

Giddy Pink - Blush

bareMinerals is good, however the foundation wasn’t not to my preference. I don’t want to have to keep layering and layering to get coverage. I simply don’t have time. I tried using a different brush but still felt I had to add more and more. The blusher is fantastic and a real keeper, along with the primer.


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