Bare Escentuals Foundation: Review

This review is long overdue, as I was sent this foundation to test back in February. This is for a couple of reasons, one – I find it quite a long process reviewing foundations (in the past few months I have been testing no less than 5 foundations, all of which I still need to report back on) and two- because I found this one made it’s way into my regular rotation of foundations so it was quite easy to forget that I hadn’t given it a full review.

The marketing blurb describes the foundation as:

‘Free of preservatives, talc, oil, waxes, fragrances, and other chemicals that can irritate skin and cause breakouts, its ideal for all skin types and conditions, from sensitive skins to acne and rosacea. Our weightless, silky minerals give you flawless coverage with the amazing look and sensation of radiant bare skin.’

So what are my thoughts on the Bare Minerals Foundation… I like this foundation for when my skin is behaving itself, or for when I am feeling lazy. The powder is super smooth with an almost liquid-like texture when smoothed onto skin. The fluffy brush is OK for applying, but personally I prefer using a kabuki as I find it easier to buff into the skin for a better finish.

Despite being a powder the nicest thing about it is the finish isn’t in any way chalky – the finish is almost luminous, but not shiny. A really healthy, natural looking finish that glows, but isn’t at all glittery. The picture kinda gives an impression of the sort of finish – matte, but not flat.

The packaging is also worth a mention – there is a twist dispenser top that prevents the powder from spilling or making a mess when the lid is removed. A pretty smart addition, loose powder can be a nightmare if you ever want to transport it anywhere.

Another plus is that the foundation contains SPF15, perfect for Summer and one of the main reasons I have been reminded to give this a proper review now. I have been using this foundation this weekend, during the sudden heat wave in the UK. Perfect for keeping skin non-shiny and protected from the sun. It held up well despite the heat, although I did have to reapply after a couple of hours in the park just to de-slick the nose area.

My favorite thing about this is that it is so easy to apply – a quick dusting (when skin is clear) and everything quickly looks even and flawless. I don’t however thing this foundation is good for anyone who is prone to spots as I don’t think that building the foundation for heavier coverage doesn’t look great – a few too many layers and I think it has potential to cake.

So, have you tried this foundation or anything from Bare Escentuals? What did you think – what do you think of mineral make-up in general?

This foundation costs £22

**The Small Print**

This foundation was sent for review. All opinions are honest and my own.



  1. Ninni
    May 24, 2010 / 9:29 am

    I really like it, I just finished my first jar, but it will definitely not be the last.

  2. May 24, 2010 / 8:40 pm

    Thanks for following my blog.I love yours i might have to save up for this foundation lol.i followed yoyu btw.

  3. May 25, 2010 / 7:24 am

    i cant wait to get my bareminerals foundation and try it for myself! thank you for this review, it made my expectations realistic. 😀

  4. Anonymous
    May 27, 2010 / 10:40 am

    the foundation is ok but the concealer or “bisque” is incredible for trouble skin!

  5. lo
    October 6, 2010 / 4:50 pm

    really want to try this, thanks for the review 🙂 xx

  6. June 9, 2011 / 6:33 pm

    ive started using it about a month ago. and so far i’m loving it. A very natural, no-make up look. people just think i’ve finally been sleeping more. Try the all over face colour called warmth. Really makes you glow. and i’m told that works on any skin tone.

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