I've been so lazy these past few weeks but I've been meaning to do a post on my rollercoaster love with Bare Minerals! I say rollercoaster because my opinion on it has changed so much since I began using it!
I recently decided I needed a change from liquid foundation as I wanted to go for a more natural look for work. I was looking for something that had decent coverage withou feeling too cakey! Thats when I came across the Bare Minerals range..
It sounded amazing "feels like a light powder but leaves your skin glowing" - exactly what I wanted! After reading some great reviews I decided to give it a go and purchased the starter kit for £49. It came with the foundation pot, the "warmth" pot, the mineral veil pot (acts as a finishing powder), a primer and 3 brushes.
OK, So here's how it went:
Day 1: After having a look at the DVD that came with it and learning the technique I had my first go. My first thoughts were... amazing!! It really did feel so light yet seemed to give such great coverage. Not to mention the "warmth" pot gave my face such a lovely glow - I was sold!!
Day 2: First day using it for work. So I applied everything as I had learnt and everything seemed fine.. but on our way to work I asked the BF what he thought of the new look. His first words? "shiny disco ball"..! Well, at least he was honest! I had a look and even though i'd only applied it a few hours ago my T zone was soooo shiny looking! I tried applying more of the mineral veil (finishing powder) but within an hour I was shiny again! Don't get me wrong, I don't expect miracles as I usually have to re-apply powder mid day when i use liquid foundation... but i at least expected it to last until mid morning!
Day 3: After the previous days issues I realised what the problem might be - I wasn't using the primer! (Doh!). However I'd never had to use primer to control shine before and I heard it was quite drying for the skin which is why I hadn't bothered. But with Bare Minerals foundation it is absolutely essential! (For me anyway). So I applied the primer before my moisturiser and gave it another go. The results were better... but still not amazing. The T zone was still more shiny than usual and i was about ready to give up!
Day 4: I've always used Rimmels Clear Complexion powder on top of my liquid foundation and have always found it does a good job, so this time I used this instead of the bare minerals veil to see if it made a difference...And thank god it did!! Finally I had found the right combination to make Bare Minerals work for me, my shine was under control and I had the light coverage I had been looking for...phew!
So, to round it up, I do think Bare Minerals is worth a try. However I wouldn't buy their version of a powder again (the mineral veil) since it didn't seem to work on my skin. Also I noticed the brushes were loosing a lot of bristles within a day of using them, so I would not purchase these again either. (But maybe i've just been spoilt after using the real techniques range?)
What do you guys think? Have you ever tried it? Was it a love or hate relationship lol? ..
Thanks for reading anyway, hope you've had a great week! Going to be posting again tomorrow with my favourite buys of this week (gone a little shopping crazy with all the new spring pieces everywhere oopsy!)
Until next time, byeee x