I heard about bareMinerals years ago, and whilst I was originally intrigued I opted to give it a miss as I assumed the powder texture would stick to my blemishes and dry skin and stayed with the safe choice of liquid foundation – for years!
More recently, many of my friends were raving about the products and how they helped their skin. bareMinerals Makeup and bareMinerals Skincare were both created to enhance skin from the outside in, so the recommendations I was hearing about matched their theory.
I was lucky enough to receive a sample pack of products from bareMinerals, in hope they changed my perception, but even as exciting as it was receiving the gifts, I was still apprehensive.
The previous weeks had seen a particularly bad bout of blemishes across my cheeks and jawline, which disappeared in a few days yet left sore red patches for over a week. As the marks began to fade a little, I thought it was time to be brave and give it a go. Usually, I can see if a product irritates my skin within a few days, but so far so good
I did search for user reviews on MakeUp Alley before I tried the primer though, because so many primers break me out – in fact all do, apart from Laura Mercier. A few people said the primer had resulted in blemishes, so for now this is the only product from the gift set I haven’t used.
After the primer had thoroughly dried, I tried the Blemish Remedy product which comes with it’s own handy brush. I applied this in small circular motions over every little blemish I had. It covered a little bit but not to the extent I require. However, the point of this product is to help clear the skin as it contains sulphur to fight spots as well as prevent future ones forming. I will be using this product more of a treatment than a coverage product.
For my face, I started by tapping the contents of the original foundation in shade Golden Tan. I then reached for my Real Techniques stippling brush and started swirling and dabbing the product on my cheeks where my blemishes were at their worst. They seemed to disappear, but I must admit I wondered whether it would last the day. I then applied the foundation to the rest of my face. The product felt very nourishing, which is exactly what I need as my skin gets rather dry and my 30+ yr old lines are fairly obvious! The product did look a little dark for me, so I got an extra large powder brush and swept it over my entire face and neck and blended alot.
Next up I tried the well-rested eye brightener. The shade of this is a dupe of Benefit’s Lemon Aid which I have used daily since I was 17. The highly pigmented yellow tones erase all dark circles and discolouration on the eyelids and under eye area. This product really wow’d me as it instantly brightened my eyes. It did seem rather pale in contrast to the foundation I had applied, so I ensured I blended it down into my cheeks and it looked just fine.
I could apply a blush immediately after my base, which I like as I am used to waiting around 3-5 minutes for liquid foundation to dry before I apply blush or highlighted. The next product I used is my absolute favourite – bareMinerals Blush. There is a huge choice of 30 shades in the blush which is a dream to me as a blush is my ultimate makeup product that I couldn’t live without. I opted for shade ‘Joyous Jennifer’ which is described as a ‘bronzed pink’ and is just the most natural, luscious colour blush I have used. I received comments all day long when wearing this. It gave a glow which meant I didn’t require an extra highlighter above the cheekbones. The only negative I can find on this is the longevity; I had to reapply after lunchtime from applying at 7am – it’s a great product to build upon though without creating any patchy bits. I’m so impressed by this, I shall be rushing to Debenhams to use my beauty clubcard points to purchase a super bright shade for nights out – perhaps ‘fresh’ which is a bright orange
As my face by this point was looking super natural, I didn’t feel the need for full eye makeup like I usually do. I simply applied a sweeping of Barry M Dazzle Dust in ‘tan’ across the eyelids and lashings of mascara – my current favourite being Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde which beats any high end mascara’s and worth investing in today!
The final product sent to me for testing was their Mineral Veil hydrating finishing powder. I actually didn’t feel like I needed any further products on my face, but I wanted to try everything I had been sent to review it all. This product promises to brighten your complexion and minimise lines – exactly what I need. I applied it with a large powder brush and buffed it on. I didn’t see a huge difference I must say, but it did provide my complexion with a finished look. I re-applied this at around 5pm as I headed into the evening with friends, and that is when I saw a difference. It refreshed my entire makeup, making it look like I had just applied a fresh face - so this will be a handbag essential to keep my complexion looking radiant.
Overall, I love the product range and am having to eat my words as I have been saying to friends for a while how it’s not for me – without even trying it! After just 4 days use, my skin looks to have improved with all spots diminished and no new ones forming – a coincidence? Who knows, but I am sticking to this makeup routine for the near future. Love it.
Have you been converted to minerals yet?