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New makeup review: Bare Minerals

I’m a creature of habit, especially when it comes to beauty.

It might come down to my status as a Low Maintenance Woman, my desire to be budget-friendly, or my comfort-driven routine, but I have a knack for buying the same products, over and over.

Usually, I go for drug-store buys, especially with my makeup and skin care. The only time I’ve really diverted from this was for my wedding. I followed my friend’s advice and bought some products from Urban Decay and Benefit for my big day, and was blown away by the results.

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Makeup and hair done on my wedding day by @ashley.m.stylist

I vowed to never go back to the cheap knock-offs.

Sadly, that vow didn’t last very long. As soon as my All Nighter foundation ran out, I was back on my Target-makeup-aisle BS, just like before. However, my mom gifted me with some high-end Sephora makeup for Christmas, and I was inspired to do a little more exploration on my own.

Mixing it Up with Bare Minerals

Further inspired by My Face Story on Instagram, I went ahead and bought some acne-friendly makeup from the well-known brand Bare Minerals. Growing up, my mom always used their foundations and powders, so I knew that I would be getting high-quality products.

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My Bare Minerals haul

I got:

First Impressions

  • I like the packaging (sleek, modern, cool tones) and product design.
  • Even though I have oily skin, I usually prefer the coverage and application of liquid foundations. I’m trying something new with the powder, which makes me a little nervous.
  • I’m glad I also have a brush that I know is meant for this powder, even if I’m not entirely sure where the activated charcoal comes into play.
  • I am slightly concerned that I chose a color that is a little too dark for my skin.
  • The good-for-my-skin factor is a huge bonus, and I like the fact that I don’t have to feel guilty about wearing this makeup.
  • The shape of the concealer is interesting; it really is made specifically for small spot application, and not all-over concealer. I think I would prefer a stick rather than a crayon-style point, for more coverage.

After Applying

Pros:

  • The primer is really silky and smooth, and seemed to mattify my skin really well.
  • The powder is really easy to apply.
  • I like that I can put the concealer right on any zits and not feel guilty about it.
  • The brush makes for an easy application.

Cons:

  • It’s a little difficult to apply the concealer in many places; it feels like more of a touch-up product than what I need.
  • My skin feels a little orangey. I think this has to do with a bit of a color mix-match. To fix, I decided to also use some of my Urban Decay liquid foundation, which blended the colors together nicely.
  • The coverage is a little lighter than I would prefer. There is a difference, but it seems slight. The post-wash redness of my face seems more enhanced than hidden, even with the concealer.

 

Would I Buy Again?

Primer: Yes.

Concealer: No.

Foundation: Yes, in a lighter shade.

 

Final Results

When mixed with some of my usual product, my skin tone is more even and true. Overall, I enjoy the feel of the products on my skin, and enjoy feeling nearly bare-faced. These won’t be used for a night out, but will be added into my everyday routine.

 

 

Makeup blended with other foundation

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18 thoughts on “New makeup review: Bare Minerals

    1. That’s so kind of you to say. I haven’t gone without makeup since acne tore up my face as a teenager, but I’m feeling more and more comfortable to go with less. Freckles used to seem like the enemy, but now they seem like a nice touch. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  1. I have never tried this brand before but that’s only because it’s a light coverage brand! Can I just say you are so beauts without make up on and you looked stunning in you’re picture done up too!!

    Love Nat xxx

    1. I’m with ya! I typically prefer for my foundation to pack a punch. And ohhhhmygoodness that is so kind of you to say!! I wasn’t especially sure if I wanted to include those photos since it was such a light coverage. Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words! xx

  2. Great review. I’m not sure I’ve tried any Bare Mineral stuff before… I’m definitely a what’s cheap kind of girl haha!

  3. I really like Medium concealer! I’ve had good results with them:) I love skin-friendly products! Will definietly consider trying their products the next time I shop for makeup. Thank you for sharing<3

  4. I really like Medium concealer!! I’ve had good results with them. 🙂 I love skin-friendly products! Will definitely consider trying their products the next time I shop for makeup. Thank you for sharing <3

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