bareMinerals Matte Foundation SPF 15
bareMinerals Matte Foundation SPF 15 is a loose-powder foundation with a very soft texture and smooth application.The formula provides broad spectrum sun protection which is imperative for anti-aging benefit. Just be sure to pair it with another form of SPF to ensure full sun protection (most women won't apply this liberally enough to achieve that). You can expect medium to almost full coverage.
Despite the name, this foundation doesn’t have a truly matte finish; you still get a soft, non-sparkling glow that someone with very oily skin won’t appreciate. The silica base coupled with calcium silicate and the mineral sunscreen agents can make this feel quite dry, which makes it not the best for dry skin.
What Bare Escentuals did well is the closure for this loose-powder makeup. The sifter can be completely sealed so powder doesn’t spill out all over the place, although you’ll still get some residual powder in the cap and on the sifter with each use, but the mess is minor when compared with the mess of many other loose powders.
Where this foundation takes a sharp nosedive is in its shades. Most of the light colors are fine, but all of the darker shades have a strong ashen finish that can make dark skin tones look drab and gray.
Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance
Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.
The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.
We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of, yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn't your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).
Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.
Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.
For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.
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