I don’t know about you, but when I think of mineral makeup I immediately think of Bare Minerals. Their Original foundation contains a physical SPF 15, comes in 30 shades and currently has an RRP of £27. I chose the shade Fair Ivory which turned out to be a lot more orange than I was expecting! I’m by no means the palest of people so I was shocked that this second lightest shade was so orange, so this is something to be aware of if you’re pale/fair skinned and thinking of trying this. In hindsight, maybe shade 01 or 03 would have been a better tone for me.
The pot comes with an in-built lockable sifter which is helpful for reducing the mess a loose powder can make, although, at times I have found it difficult to twist! I tip some in the lid and then use a brush to apply it to my face. I’ve found the Spectrum B01 (£8.99) brush really great at applying this. The great thing with mineral foundations is they’re so quick and easy to apply and offer buildable coverage. I can quickly build this up to a good medium coverage.
The finish is natural looking and has a pretty sheen to it. It gives a healthy glow to your face for sure! This is nice at first, however, I do find I gradually get more and more shiny as time goes on – and I don’t even have oily skin! This also doesn’t do my huge cheek and nose pores any favours… For me, it’s definitely a foundation I’d need to powder on top of throughout the day to reduce the shine, which is not something I like having to do; especially with a powder foundation. Maybe using a setting powder straight after application is the way to go but that just seems like a lot of powder? I know they do a matte version of this foundation so maybe that would be better? I don’t like being completely matte though so I’m not sure I’m personally interested in trying that.
Having said all that, other powder products, like bronzer and blush, blend nicely on top. It also doesn’t feel dry or dehydrating on the skin. I like the bonus of having some extra SPF in my foundation and especially when this comes in physical/mineral form.
When first applied the foundation does look really lovely and gives a healthy glow. It’s easy to apply and offers a good level of coverage. How quickly it gets really shiny is a big negative for me though. This is not a cheap product and I just don’t trust it to stay looking good throughout the day. I wouldn’t completely write off purchasing this again (maybe the matte one) in future though as it is handy for when you want natural makeup days or want to apply something in a hurry.
Love Nicole xxxx