Bare Minerals Matte Foundation Review

Posted by Lipglossiping On July - 8 - 2010

Due to be launched on QVC on the 10th July (that’s just a few days away!), Matte is the latest foundation to be released by mineral foundation pioneers Bare Escentuals.

Available in 15 shades to suit every skintone, I purchased my pot of Bare Escentuals Matte SPF15 (shade: Fair) in a blog sale a little while ago and have been putting it to good use in the warm weather we’ve recently been enjoying.

Just as finely milled as the original version, the foundation feels silky and light to the touch.  I’m starting to realise there’s a bit of a love/hate vibe around mineral foundation.  I will happily swear by the coverage it gives and I rarely get a cakey finish when wearing it.  Infact, I’ve often (ok, twice) been asked what foundation I’m wearing when shopping on beauty counters and both times when I’ve replied with the answer ‘mineral’ – the look of shock from the SA’s has been in “kodak moment” territory.

As with the original Bare Escentuals SPF15 foundation, I’d call this medium coverage.  You *can* build, but that’s when you begin to run the risk of it looking more obvious, especially on dryer skin.  You can purchase fuller and more sheer mineral foundations, it all depends on the ratio of the minerals, but Bare Escentuals in my opinion, offers straight down the line medium coverage.

An irritation with mineral anything, is packaging and portability.  In the past, Bare Escentuals foundations have been fine sitting on your dressing table… but take it anywhere without sellotaping up the holes in the sifter?  BIG MESS!  The new Bare Escentuals Matte foundation offers a very simple solution that quite frankly, should have been implemented years ago…

A little rotating lid like you’d find on your pepper pots covers the holes in the sifter and stops excess product leaking during transportation.  I told you it was simple!

Application is the same for the new Bare Escentuals Matte foundation as it is for the original.  Swirl, Tap, Buff!

Mineral still affords me the quickest and most forgiving of foundation applications.  I have a few great brushes for application: My Body Shop kabuki, my MAC Flat Top 180 or my Bare Escentuals Full Flawless Face Brush.  They all work equally well to provide an even finish, though flat top brushes tend to give a fuller coverage.

I’ve talked about application, packaging and my experiences with mineral foundation in general… let me tell you how I find the new Matte version in comparison to the Bare Escentuals original formula.

On initial application, it is indeed a completely matte finish (thanks to additional oil-absorbing minerals)… it wipes out all traces of shine and oil from my skin, leaving a wonderfully even surface.  The original leaves me with a touch of…. not sparkle, that’s comletely the wrong word.  Natural luminosity?  I would say that if you have more mature skin, you may prefer the more forgiving finish of the original formula.  If your skin is younger and more prone to oil… the Matte formula is something you should definitely try.  Alternatively, something I’ve had success with is wearing my original formula lightly all over before buffing a little Matte into my T-Zone.

I’ll share a little tip that SJ (Bare Escentuals National MUA) told me when I was introduced to the new foundation.  If, in the middle of the day… you think you need a little foundation touch up, grab a brush and simply buff your face with it (no product).  It re-distributes the minerals that are already on your face from the initial application and simply recharges your foundation.  It totally works and is something that I’ve always done with minerals anyway… but it seemed funny to hear a proper MUA confirm something that I do without any thought as to why or how it works.  Silly anecdote, but a tip is a tip!

Here’s a before/after application with the new Matte foundation (no concealer):

Longevity?  Well… that’s my other bugbear with mineral foundations.  It’s a shame that I have to take a brush and buff my face in the middle of the day… but I do.  Bare Escentuals Matte foundation is no different and generally lasts about 5 hours on me before I need a pitstop to the Ladies with my brush in hand to ‘redistribute’ the powder.  Then, I probably get another 3/4 hours out of that before I wanna apply more product.

The nature of the product however, means that it doesn’t matter if I apply a bit more over the top of the rest of my makeup.  It has no ill-effect at all and now that Bare Escentuals has made it portable… well, it’s just not much of an issue for me anymore.  Worth mentioning though.

Overall, it’s not an improvement on the Bare Escentuals Original foundation (bar the new sifter)… but it does sit very nicely alongside, offering an additional choice which may or may not be for you depending on your skin type.

Bare Escentuals Matte SPF15 Foundation will launch on 10th July exclusively on QVC priced at £19.50.

Are you a mineral foundation lover?

27 Responses to “Bare Minerals Matte Foundation Review”

  1. I don’t understand why people don’t love mineral foundation. I swear by it. I’ve tried the Laura Mercier one, which is amazing, and am just getting to the end of the Collection 2000 one, which is equally as good. The Maybelline and L’Oreal ones were not so good. I haven’t tried Bare Escentuals yet but this one looks right up my oily alley (that sounds wrong). x

    • Thanks for the heads up on the Collection 2000 one, is the shade range good? I’ll have to go and have a look.

      I totally agree, I get amazing results from mineral foundation but it’s just not raved about much!

      LOL@your oily alley!!

  2. Parisa says:

    By any chance are you a journalist, or have a background in English or Writing? You have one the best writing styles I have ever come across! xx

    • That’s ridiculously kind of you. The answer is no, I battle daily trying to write in a style that’s legible let alone interesting – you’ve probably just made my week. xx

  3. Louise says:

    OOoo can’t wait to see the TSV I have rediscovered mineral foundation in a big way over the last month or so and I heart it – my skin goes between combination and auper oily so I am interested to try this x

  4. andrea says:

    Thanks for this review. Any idea when it will be released on counters so I don’t have to pay the QVC postage? x

  5. Meeta says:

    Even though there are now quite a few mineral foundations on the market in the UK, I don’t understand the stigma with minerals.
    I love mineral foundations, especially for my acne-prone skin, with Everyday Minerals being my fave. I have tested BE but find that I have to mix two colours together to get the right shade although I do love the natural finish it gives.

  6. Lillian says:

    I’ve only used one mineral foundation, from BFTE and i was amazed as it was so much better than i was expecting. In fact it’s probably the best foundation i’ve used and so easy to apply!
    I love the new packaging on this, i hate when the powder comes out of the holes and you get a big load of product wasted.

  7. i lovelovelove mineral foundation! it’s part of my everyday routine. i had great luck with the BM foundation before but, like you mentioned in another post, it was one of those products that i loved but “stopped working” for me. so i switched to laura mercier and i must say, it’s divine! it feels creamier and silkier than BM and has better coverage (for me). it comes with a sifter as well!

    i can’t say anything about longevity though as i’ve never really needed to re-apply with either product.

  8. Stephanie says:

    This sounds like the perfect foundation on my super oily skin tone! Great review!

  9. Hendrix says:

    Love this stuff! I use the original formula in Fairly Light and it’s so nice and smooth. I like a light-medium coverage too so it’ll last me an age.

  10. Dani says:

    I know this comment isn’t specifically about Bare Minerals but I just want to say a big big thank you to Product Pixie for mentioning the Collection 2000 mineral foundation… I’d been considering buying the Bare Minerals one for a while but as a student it’s a bit out of my budget, so when I saw the Collection 2000 one was only 4.99 I decided to give it a try and I LOVE IT. One of the best foundations I’ve tried (and I have tried many…many I tell you…)
    So for anyone who might not want to pay the Bare Minerals prices give Collection 2000 a whirl :)

  11. I also LOVE mineral foundation, and mineral make-up in general. Right now I’m using Meow’s Pampered Puss formula, and it’s awesome! My skin is pretty sensitive, but this one works like wonders for me. Plus they have like more than 80 colours, it’s crazy!

  12. Karen says:

    Would the coverage of this be good for covering freckles ?

    p.s Good review :)

  13. Kim says:

    Tried the Bare Minerals Matte in Light at counter yesterday on my forehead to get an idea of how it actually stays on the skin! I was so skeptical about a powder actually adhering to my skin without the grip that liquid foundations have.. I was pleasantly surprised. It stayed for about 5 hours before my natural oils broke through slightly and even then, stayed put. I am fair, but like a slightly more golden finish as I wear gradual tan on my body.. I am still unsure wether to go and buy Fairly Golden or Light.. Anybody know if there is a massive difference ?? Want to get the match right because 25 quid is not something pay for just ‘any’ foundation… Counting on these minerals to improve my skin as well as cover daily ! X

  14. Suzanne says:

    I love Bare Minerals. Been using it for over 8 years! Only thing is I keep spilling it because too much power gets caught in the top part- other than the container design, I love it!

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