Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bare Minerals Review + 1 Year Blog Anniversary!

Hello Everyone!
Today I bring you a review over the Bare Minerals pressed powder, but first I wanted to say a little thank you! Yesterday marked a year that I started blogging. When I first started, I could have never imagined I would have fallen so in love with it. I love being able to share my superficial obsessions with you guys because I know you're all just as crazy as I am. :) Thank you so much for leaving me thoughtful comments, as they all mean so much to me! I honestly never thought I'd keep up this blog for this long, but  now that I have, I have no intentions of stopping. I love it! One thing that I like about having a blog is that I am able to see how much I've grown, not only as a blogger, but as a person. I feel way more confident now than I ever have before. I really believe it's because of you guys, so THANK YOU!!! 

If you'd like to refresh yourself on my first embarrassing post, here it is... try to hold in your laughter. I was actually really nervous about posting it. lol

Now, on to the review... :)

I few weeks ago I received a sample of the Bare Minerals Prime Time foundation primer and the Ready Foundation. First, let me tell you that I have tried mineral makeup similar to this and have always hated it. I tried to keep an open mind when trying this brand but still had my doubts. I just don't feel like it's worth the hype. Ok, let's continue...

The shade they gave me was in Fairly Light

I was told that this could be used as a foundation and a concealer so that's what I used it like. 
Here's what it said on the inside of the sample.
I first applied Prime Time all over my face. This primer was very silky and left my skin feeling smooth. It's not as thick as other primers that are similar to this and you can see it started to slightly run off my finger.
Here, I wanted to show the coverage of the powder on one side of my face. I applied the powder foundation with my F88 Flat Angled Kabuki brush from Sigma and buffed it into my skin using circular motions. Some of the redness and darkness in my face has been concealed. 

Here is what the first layer looked like. The coverage is about a medium here and is uneven in places. The center of my face (eyes, nose and mouth area) seemed to either not want to grab onto the powder at all or grab too much. Under my eyes have been kind of concealed, but not evenly. Above my eyebrows and on the bridge of my nose did not want to hold onto the powder at all. It also looks like I have a bag underneath one eye. 

This is with the second layer. The coverage looks more even but is starting to look cakey.  My under eyes do not look completely concealed and are still uneven. 

Upon further inspection, I noticed that even with the primer I used first, the pores on my cheeks and nose seemed to fill up with the powder and under my eyes looked cakey with the thick powder. 

I applied the rest of my makeup and went about my day like normal. As you can see, even with the rest of my makeup applied, you can still see some unevenness around my eyes and you can see fine lines in my forehead. 

Here's at the end of the day. My face looked and felt pretty oily. Notice the shine on my nose, cheeks, and forehead. 

It was very strange how this makeup wore off. By the end of the day it looked really blotchy. I could swipe my finger across my face and the makeup would have come right off.

As you can see, around my nose looks like cake, my cheeks are a blotched mess where some of the foundation has worn off while the rest has caked and settled on top of the skin, and around my eyes look stained yellow (still with the unevenness).
Overall, I would NOT recommend this. Maybe you've tried it and loved it... great! Keep in mind that I have a normal/combination skin type so maybe this would work if you have dry skin. But I personally think for the money, there are way better products out there than this. This powder foundation retails for $29, while the primer runs $23 (and I guess is sold as a spray? not really sure). I definitely would have been disappointed had I bought the full size.

Another note I'd like to add, I tried this again but with a concealer and without the primer underneath the next day to see how the results varied. The coverage under my eyes were better, obviously from the concealer I used, but the rest of the foundation still looked like crap. Idk.

If you have tried this let me know what you think. I know some people are die hard Bare Mineral lovers and they are the reason I gave this product a try.

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  1. Hi Amber,

    I've been hearing mixed reviews on this foundation for a while, thanks so much for including photos at each of the stages, and at different times of the day, this was really helpful! I will be avoiding this one.

    And congratulations on a year, very exciting!

    Zoe xx

  2. Hi,

    Just stumbled upon your blog. Haha! You clearly hated the product before you'd even put it on your face. You're clearly not applying it properly and using way too much! I PRESS my kabuki brush into the compact and buff that small amount onto my face: 2-3 presses into the compact is enough to cover the entire face. A little goes a really, long way. The secret is in the buffing - you shouldn't need a "second layer".

    I challenge you to visit a Bare Minerals counter and have it applied and be colour matched - then see what you think.

  3. This product didn't work for me with my oily skin however when I first applied ( much less than I thought I needed) it actually looked really nice.. within a couple of hours however I was very shiny. I like mixing Bare minerals original with the matte and find that gives a nice look however I know thats kind of impractical to have to buy two foundations, but since I happen to them both I gave it a whirl :) OH! One ore thing, the primer is in a pump! Not a spray.. though that would be quite interesting!

  4. First of all many many congratulations for the 1 year anniversary and I hope they continue this performance till long

  5. Every chemical product that has benefits also have some sort of drawbacks but our skin is more important and we need to take care it from these sort of drawbacks. Thank you for sharing.


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