Bare Minerals, or Bare Escentuals, has been and will continue to be one of the top selling Mineral makeup’s on the market. Although they have TONS of products that I will hopefully get to review at some point, I am going to start with their mineral foundation. As some of you know, Bare Minerals has both an original and matte foundation but many have no idea how they differ. Earlier in my career, I got the pleasure of professionally working with this product so I got to know it very well.
Before we differentiate the two, why don’t we talk about the similarities? The Bare Minerals foundation provides a very light weight, flawless coverage that can be used on any age of skin. While being free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, phthalates and petro chemicals, the ingredients are so harmless to the skin that Bare Minerals claims it is “so pure you can sleep in it”. Now, as an Esthetician I would never recommend actually sleeping in any makeup – however, if you are known for forgetting to wash up each night, this may be a better option of foundation to keep in mind.
Now… on to the differences. When producing the Matte version of their foundation, Bare Minerals wanted to create an overall better product than the original. Eventually, I believe they will include the same benefits in both products but for now, the matte is a bit more beneficial. First off, there is one ingredient missing in the matte that remains in the original – Bismuth Oxychloride. Bismuth Oxychloride has been known to cause allergic reactions such as redness, itching, and rash (in few people); this is probably the reason they took it out of the new product. In return, they added their ActiveSoil Complex which helps to increase cell turnover and reduce the appearance of pores. At the same time, the matte foundation absorbs extra oil and gives a smooth finish without drying your skin.
I have been told by many people that have tried this product that they felt there wasn’t enough coverage for their skin. However, what many do not know is that there are different ways of applying this product to provide various levels of coverage. Most of it comes down to how you apply it and with which brush. First of all, if you are using a brush that is not meant for mineral make up OR is not a compacted NATURAL hair brush, you are most likely wasting your product because very little is actually making it to your skin. Tip to keep in mind: natural hair brushes absorb product and apply heavier; synthetic hair brushes hold less and apply lightly.
So when trying to figure out which is best for you, an easy rule-of-thumb is if you have oily skin or do not like a luminous (shiny) finish, choose the Matte; if you are more dry, stick with the original, now also called luminous foundation.
I want to hear your personal experiences with this product and how you like it! Leave your comments below.