Saturday, September 29, 2007

Bare Escentuals

I have always hated liquid foundation as they tended to either dry my skin out too much or made it oily with breakouts and slipped off. I didn't really use liquid regularly because of those reasons and I didn't like the feeling that I had makeup caked on my face. Two and a half years ago I decided to try BE Minerals because I really needed to wear a foundation to even out my skintone. I was happy to find BE at Sephora where I could try it on. Well I ended up buying the Light Starter Kit I ended up loving this product because I never felt like I had any makeup on my face and looked so natural. I use #1.2 Fairly Light in the Winter and early Spring. I also use the #1.2 as a concealer to reduce redness and dark circles before I put on the #2. I like the #2 Light as an all over color. In the months when I am tan I add a little Warmth Minerals to adjust the color to make it a little darker. I am terrible at removing my makeup and fall asleep in this stuff constantly, and NO BREAKOUTS, even my hormornal breakouts have been reduced!!! Looks great and natural on my skin as it does not dry it out, and reduces the oiliness and lasts a long time. The kit comes with a Kabuki brush that is great for heavy coverage, a Concealer Brush, and a Flawless face brush that I use with the All Over Face colors Bare Radiance, Warmth, and Faux Tan. I personally like the Soft Focus Face brush that came in the Beyond the Basics Kit for everyday application.

For a couple of months now I have been using the Bare Escentuals Prime Time Foundation Primer because I needed something for the Summertime when it is really humid out. From the Sephora Website "Developed to combat flaky dryness, rough patches, fine lines, excess oil, enlarged pores, and uneven texture, this mineral-infused, satin-finish formula glides on seamlessly with no tacky feel to provide a skin-smoothing complexion prior to bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation application." I have to say that it did smooth out my skin before putting on the Mineral Foundation, and it did help the minerals from creasing in my skin. I also like that it helps the Minerals last longer on my face so that I can put it on in the morning and not have to reapply if I have to go out at night. I like the airbrushed effect this gave my face better than the Mineral Veil the BE also sells. The key to using this product is to put it on after moisturizing your skin and to let is "set" on your skin for a couple of minutes before applying your foundation.


Zest-for-Life said...

Glad to see you're having good results with bare escentuals. Even though we've not long been stocking the range, we've already had some good feedback from people who were having problems, like yourself, with other makeup ranges (allergies etc.)

The range has just gone live on our site this week, so it might be of some interest to any readers you have from the UK.

Kelly aka Lil Badness said...

I have to say, I LOVED Bare Minerals this time last year, my skin looked great, etc...but, after using it every day for a few months I noticed my skin was getting itchier and I would occassionally break out in hives.

I did some research and found that the product (and most mineral makeups) have an ingredient called Bismuth Oxychloride which is a well-known allergin!

I don't undertsand how a product that claims to be good for sensitive skin contains this. There are tons of people online who experienced similar reactions.

So, a warning, it happened to me and many of my family members who used and loved bare MInerals. We all had to stop because it made our skin and eyes itchy.