I’ve been a lover of Bare Minerals Original Foundation FOR YEARS…in fact, I think I even wore it on my wedding day.
I tend to stick to lighter coverage foundations – I have freckles all over my face and neck/chest area, and when I use a high coverage foundation, it covers the freckles and looks really weird. It doesn’t match my neck or the rest of my skin, and it doesn’t look like me. I just don’t like it. This foundation just evens out my skin tone, provides a bit of coverage, and gives the natural skin look that I like.
Like I said, I’ve been using the Bare Minerals Original Foundation for around ten years now, and it’s always been my go-to. Whenever a liquid foundation breaks me out (which they always do), I go back to my trusty BM, and my skin clears up. It’s quick and easy to apply, the color matches me perfect…but there is one major drawback that I’ve overlooked all of this time because it’s such a great foundation. IT’S A LOOSE POWDER. It makes a huge mess every time I use it, my vanity is always covered in it, and it’s just very hard to travel with.
Ugh. Powder everywhere.
So, I’m almost done with my deluxe holiday container of it that I’ve had for around a year now, so I thought it was time to try this.
I picked this up in the shade 04 Aspen. There are 30 shades! The shades are different names from the original foundation, but this looked like the closest match. It comes in a nice magnetic closure compact and is very sleek. Perfect to throw in your bag. It has a big mirror and a little sponge applicator on the bottom of the compact.
I always apply my sunscreen and moisturizer before I put it on. I usually don’t use a primer, but sometimes I will apply some for extra hydration, like the Becca First Light Priming Filter. I use the Precision Face Brush to apply it, and it is so nice that the powder doesn’t fly everywhere. You barely need to swipe your brush in- no swirling or tapping required like the original version. Just swipe it in the powder, and buff into your skin. I do have to dip it into the powder a few times and continue buffing until my skin is covered. It is a quite hard powder, and it doesn’t get crumbly. There hasn’t even been any fallout in the compact. It’s perfect.
The finish is pretty much the same as the original; it leaves a nice satin finish that just looks natural and skin-like. Now, you can build this up. The more you buff in, and the more you get onto your brush, the more coverage you’ll get. It doesn’t ever come out cakey.
Here’s a before and after. As you can see, my freckles and spots are not covered, but my skin is pretty much evened out. Exactly how I like.
Overall, I LOVE this. I don’t think I’m ever going to go back to the Original Foundation when I can get the same look with this. The only drawback I can foresee is this compact not lasting as long as the Original. One container of the original lasts at least six months for me because you need so little of it. I’m willing to overlook that, because it is so messy!
Have you tried this? Do you like Bare Minerals Foundation?
Thanks for reading! xx