Bare Minerals is a make-up range created entirely from mineral ingredients. The foundations are a loose powder that you buff onto the skin. You can build up coverage for a flawless natural finish without looking like you are caked in make-up. Despite being a powder it doesn't dry out your skin and it helps to nourish and look after your skin, so you're actually doing your skin good while wearing it without clogging any pores.
The Get Started kits are the best way to get acquainted with the Bare Minerals foundation range. They normally cost £49 but I found a brand new one on Amazon for just £37 and I had a £25 gift voucher so I ended up paying just £12 for the kit! Bargain! The Get Started kits come in four different shades (Light, Medium, Tan and Dark) and contain:
- Two bareMinerals Original Spf 15 Foundations (2g)
- Original Mineral Veil finishing powder (2g)
- Prime Time Foundation Primer (15ml)
- Warmth All-Over Face Color (1.5g)
- Full Flawless Face Brush
- Flawless Application Face Brush
- Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
- How-To DVD guide
Everything comes in this sleek black box, The kit is a great way of trying everything out as all the products are mini versions so if you enjoy what you use you can go on to purchase the full size foundation or if it doesn't work out for you you're not stuck with it! You get the perfect amount.
The foundation primer is a see-through mattifying primer. It works really well to smooth out skin but I find during the hot weather it can sometimes make my skin quite oily so I prefer to leave it out or use Benefit Porefessional instead.
I bought the light kit so the two foundations I received were Fairly Light and Light. The twist locks on the pots mean no product is wasted and it doesn't go everywhere when you open it! You can get just the right amount. It is so easy to apply, just tap a small amount into the foundation lid, swirl it around with the brush, tap off any excess and buff it onto the skin. The coverage is really sheer and natural - perfect for daytime where. It doesn't give as full a coverage as some other liquid foundations I have used but I hate my pores getting clogged up by foundation so this is perfect for everyday wear and I can save other foundations for special events. You can easily build up coverage and if I need to cover up any blemishes or dark circles the concealer brush disguises imperfections instantly! After applying the foundation I apply Warmth face powder to my cheeks, forehead and chin. This is just like a bronzer but very natural and matte. To finish off the look I sweep Mineral Veil powder all over my face. This is a soft focus translucent powder that creates an airbrush finish and makes the makeup look a lot softer.
Overall I am thrilled with the bareMinerals makeup. When my kit runs out I will be repurchasing the original foundation as it helped to clear up my spots and hasn't caused any breakouts either! The foundation lasts all day and I never have to re-apply or touch up throughout the day when I wear it. I can't recommend it enough to anyone!