Bare Escentuals Mineral Foundation
It's been months since a reader asked us about mineral makeup, which may not be a bad thing. about a year and a half ago, my mom bought some Bare Escentuals. She liked the coverage and the light feeling, but gave it to me as it made her skin dry.
My skin's thirty years younger, so dryness wasn't an issue. I also like the coverage and light feeling of the makeup, but the system itself is cumbersome. So cumbersome, in fact, that my kit came with a dvd explaining in what order to apply the makeup and how to properly tap excess powder from my brush. First, the "Skin-rever-upper" (a product they may have now discontinued) then "Prime Time;" neither is supposed to replace your daily moisturizer so add that too. If you don't use the Prime Time base, the makeup doesn't cover as well. After all that slab, it's time for the actual makeup. The kit comes with matte foundation, a bronzer, and "mineral veil." Frankly, it's too much for daily application.
Another snag for what could be a lovely product, mineral makeup has a short shelf life. My powder's expired, but I wouldn't notice save for the eye area. The coverage for that delicate skin is now a bit cakey and makes me look older.
Overall, I'm not a fan of this product, but I wouldn't pass on mineral makeup from a different brand.
What's your experience with mineral makeup been? Any simpler products you'd recommend?