Friday, November 25, 2011

Review: Bare Minerals Matte Foundation Powder

After using this for almost 1 month now, I think it's time to lay out my verdict...

Firstly, I have had good expercience with mineral foundations in powder form so I was sure that I wanted to give this a try. My skin is not fond of liquid foundation. The pores becomes visible, I get dry patches and skin flaking!! Absolutely a bad combination although I don't know why liquid foundation looks fab on my mom! It looks so natual on her skin, but on me, I look heavy maked-up-.-) 

Bare Mineals Matte Foundation is basically best suited for people with oily skin, but I think it works well for me although I have combination skin. It doesn't dry out my skin and it feels light on the skin. I don't feel like I have anything at all on my face^^ And I prefer it that way! 
They also have alot of shades to choose from. When the SA found a shade that matched my skin I was sold, I had to get this to try it out! I got Light for my match and it suits my skin perfectly. A big plus for not containing alot of ingredients and for the SPF 15! And the smart Click-lock-go system which prevents the powder leaking out if you bring it with you.

The only downside of this foundation is that sometimes I think it looks too matte on my skin..but it's not that big deal. 
Onto the rest of the review...

You can build up the coverage by adding more or less powder. Or you can just go over a few more times with your brush on your skin. In my opinion the coverage depends on how much of the product you use when applying the first time. If I use very much, I notice that the coverage is good. When the SA poured so much that 1/2 of the lid was covered with the powder and used that amount on my face =O, all my acne scars where covered and my skin looked so smooth and evenxD Even my sister said that:P But I don't want to use that much on a everyday basis (it seems kind of heavy), so I usually get out as much product that it covers 1/4 of the lid and I'm usually satisfied with the coverage it provides me^^ My acne scars becomes lighter and the red areas on my face is toned down. But I recommend you to use a concealer if you wish to hide acne scars, dark eye circles etc., because it does lighten your scars but not hiding them fully!

Apply with your preferred brush. Kabuki, stippled brush, flat brush etc.,
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My fave brush that I use with this foundation is Kabuki Bronzing Brush from The Body Shop. The brush is so soft and it's really nice for blending. 

Looks natural on the skin=D. Makes your skin flawless and matte. Doesn't make you look oily or dull. Haven't noticed any dry flakes occuring on my face for the time being, and I hope it stays like that!  May look a little bit powdery if using too much (going overboard) or if the skin is not moisturised well, so be sure to use a good moisturiser beforehand^^. I think also you get a better result if used with a skin smoothing primer, although I prefer to use it without primer because they tend to clog my pores=(

Lasting power: It usually last more than 8 hours on my skin, and I don't think that I have ever felt the need for a touch-up. But that may be because I'm not that picky xD

Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Calcium Silicate, Soil Minerals. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

As seen above, it contains less ingredients compared to other foundations or Bb-creams. It doesn't contain parabens, sulfates, fragrances or dyes. I don't have to worry about pore-clogging ingredients because it contains less ingredients to suspect if it ever breaks me out!

I'm satisfied with this foundation. It feels light and natural on the skin. A big plus for the small amount of ingredients it contains, SPF 15 and that the shade matches my skin perfect^^ 

Finish: 4/5
Lasting power: 4/5
Coverage: 4/5
Price: 295 NOK <--More expensive here than in the US-.-
Overall: 4/5

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