My Bare Minerals experience

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of mineral makeup but apart from MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish Natural, I’ve never really given it a try. It’s always talked up as being one of those things that you have to try/see to believe so I thought I’d do just that! I saw the Bare Minerals Try.Believe.Love. Kit on for $30 and they happened to have my colour in stock so I decided to purchase it.

A 6 piece kit for $30 seemed like a bargain and while I figured the sizes would be smaller than usual…

I was not expecting them to be this small! Each little pot was the size of a MAC eyeshadow and the brushes were tiny travel sized brushes. The kit itself comes with 2 foundations ( 1 original formula and 1 matte formula), a mineral veil (a setting powder) , a concealer and 2 brushes.

I swatched the products below with some MAC products as comparison.

From left to right:
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark, MAC Studio Fix powder in C6, Bare Minerals Golden Tan Matte foundation, Bare Minerals Golden Tan Original foundation, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil and Bare Minerals Multi Tasking minerals concealer in Summer Bisque.

I used the shade finder guide from Bare Minerals and even though this is apparently my closest shade match I found that the foundations are too pink and a little bit too dark. When I wear a foundation that’s the right match, my skin looks radiant but with this my skin looked quite ashy and a bit dirty even.

The mineral veil that was provided is apparently meant to be used as a light setting powder over the foundation but it is even pinker and darker than the foundation that it’s just unwearable on my skintone. The concealer on the other hand is way too light and not pink enough so it just doesn’t do well at covering dark circles at all!

Despite the bad colour match, I have to say that I’m really impressed with the coverage. I was expecting this to not cover any of the hyperpigmentation I have on my face but the end result without using a concealer was quite natural but even.

I’ve been playing around with the foundation and the best way I found to apply it was to use a flat top kabuki. Sigma’s F80 has been my flat top of choice for quite a while now. I’ve also tried applying it with a long handled kabuki/bronzer brush and the result is also quite good.

Here’s a before and after so you can get an idea of how it covers:

I tried applying this using the supplied brush but it is so scratchy! When I washed it, so many of the hairs just broke off or shed and the brush had a really off putting smell. To top it all off, as I was trying to press out some of the excess water from the brush, the brush head came right off the handle since it doesn’t seem like the ferrule was very tight or glued in well.

Apart from the coverage, I was obviously not super impressed with my Bare Minerals experience. The colour selection doesn’t seem yellow enough and I think the process of trying to find the right shade is too difficult. It has opened me up to the idea of Mineral foundation though so I decided to try out Everyday Minerals instead. I placed an order and I’ll be doing a review on it once it arrives.

I’m new to the whole mineral makeup world so I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. I’d especially love to know, what’s the best primer to use with mineral powder makeup and what’s your favourite mineral foundation? Let me know below!

Categories: Bare Minerals, foundation, mineral


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9 Comments on “My Bare Minerals experience”

  1. June 13, 2011 at 5:53 PM #

    I really like Lily Lilo mineral foundation. I like the sample pots which are great to mix with your normal shade when you've got more colour in the summer.

  2. June 13, 2011 at 7:41 PM #

    I love Bare Minerals…eyeshadows. I don't love their foundation or concealers so much. For the longest time I couldn't get an exact color match. Then by the time they broadened their shade range, I'd already found my HG foundation! BE's brushes have been okay for me, but admittedly I've never gotten any that had major shedding problems nor fallen off the handle. If I had, I'd probably have a much different story! (There are better brushes out there, though – definitely. I've read about many others having problems with BE brushes, so you're not alone.)For foundation, I use Meow Cosmetics' Pampered Puss in Frisky Chausie. It took me a few tries to get the exact color match, but for me, the value is far far better than BE. (The downside is that they're a US indie company, so if you have a strong need to kick the tires, so to speak, your only recourse is samples.) I also use their matching undereye concealer.If you want to try some BE, their blushes are fairly good, as are their radiances and AOFCs (All Over Face Colors). And I love their eyeshadows and Buxom lip polishes!! Your best bets are to purchase kits, because you'll get a better value that way. Just steer clear of anything that has too many items you neither want nor need, and you'll do good.

  3. June 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM #

    I've tried this before and it was great for a while, but then it just stopped working for me. It looks amazing on you though, but sorry to hear you weren't happy with it.

  4. June 14, 2011 at 12:42 AM #

    For minerals with a wide colour range that WON'T break the bank, you need to go indie. Meow Minerals has the widest range of any company I know. I use Fyrinnae's Silica-Gel primer but they're having packaging issues at the moment.I would reccommend getting some EcoTools brushes, they're affordable BUT great quality.

  5. June 16, 2011 at 2:35 AM #

    F: I haven't heard of that brand before so I'm going to check it out. Thanks for the comment!LiAnn: Wow, thanks for the in depth comment!I've found that the BE stuff does seem quite overpriced compared to a lot of other mineral makeup brands. I haven't tried any of the blushes. eyeshadows or lipglosses yet but if I find a kit that has them I'll definitely check them out.As for Meow Minerals, I acutally tried to order from them once but their shade range i crazy big and I have no idea where to start! I also find their site a little bit hard to manouevre but I think I may give them a go and just get a whole bunch of samples. Thanks for the comment and recommendation, really appreciate it :)JC: I've heard people say this before aswell that BE works for them for a while and then they have to move on to something else. Hopefully I have better luck with the Everyday Minerals!Jade: Another vote for Meow Minerals! I really need to give this a shot it seems!I've been wanting the Pixie Epoxy for ages so i think I'll snap up the primer you recommended too when I make an order.I love the eco-tools brushes! I only have the foundation and eyeshadow brushes so far but definitely affordable but good quality.Thanks so much for the comment/info 🙂

  6. June 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM #

    i am so glad i came across ur blog, ur so good with details and very creative too :)Love love love it !!

  7. July 6, 2011 at 5:42 AM #

    Thanks Ruhi! That's so sweet of you 🙂

  8. October 14, 2011 at 7:17 PM #

    If you like Bare Minerals you need to try Smooth Mineral by Avon coast $12.00 vs $26. check it out at

  9. January 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM #

    Bareminerals is my holy grail foundation!! Just wondering if you got a consultation yet at a Bareminerals boutique or Sephora? I found out the hard way (also through the starter kit) that you have to go in person to get color matched – but it is absolutely worth it though, I have never had a better match to my skin after the staff helped me find it (at Sephora with “Color IQ” system)! I got the starter kit in “Fairly Light” online, because I thought it would match me, but when I went to buy the full-size later on, I got color-matched to “Golden Medium”. It was a PERFECT MATCH, I had no idea something could match me so well. I had thought that Bareminerals followed the normal shade spectrum like the ones in the drugstores (usually I’m a “light” or “fair”), but apparently it doesn’t, because I’m a “medium” shade in Bareminerals.

    It also helped when I got taught how to apply it properly too – the best way to apply the compact formula is with a flat-top brush in long, smooth sweeps, and the best way to apply the loose powder foundation is with their Full Flawless Face brush or the Kabuki brush and buffing in circles.

    I agree that the miniature brushes in the starter kit weren’t the best (actually they were kind of scratchy), but the full sized brushes are awesome, I like them a lot (and mine don’t smell… maybe it’s just the miniature ones??).

    I hope this helps you with Bareminerals if you choose to wear it again in the future! I guess it sounds like you didn’t find the right shade for your skin to begin with – I just think that if you give it a chance with the right shade you might be quite surprised with how awesome it is! 🙂 I highly recommend the “Original” foundation, it gives a nice glowy look (but not shiny). The “Matte” foundation is great for those who have oily skin, but I personally don’t use the matte finish often, I just prefer a more dewy look than matte. The compact formula is kind of in between the original and the matte finish.

    After learning what to buy and how to use it in Bareminerals, it has become indispensable. AND it has actually improved my skin!! I get way fewer breakouts and my skin feels smoother and softer.

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