Project Natural Glow: Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Review

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Hey guys! Just a quick note to let you know I have added Renew, Refresh, Empower, and Awake Glo Bars to the Glo Bakery Store!

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I finally have another product to review for Project Natural Glow!

I was sort of in a limbo phase where I hadn’t run out of any products, so I didn’t have to buy anything for a while. Don’t worry I have not forgotten about it though! I am still using up my old make-up, so I haven’t had to make any cosmetic purchases yet either!

Next up:

Bare Minerals i.d. Mineral Veil Powder

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I actually purchased this in Summer 2008. I was a bride-to-be on a mission. After a few uses, I decided that I didn’t like it. It seemed a bit chalky to me. It ended up in the back of my make-up organizer and I never paid it much attention since!

That is until my tried and true powder ran out several weeks ago. I was faced with purchasing a new powder for Project Natural Glow or giving this stuff another try! And because I am in the ‘use up what I have’ mode, I dug it up and gave it another whirl.

The result??

The Mineral Veil was better than I remembered.

Once I got over that the texture wasn’t exactly the same as the powder I had been using, I actually liked this powder.

My only dislike about it is that it goes on a bit dry. However, I just read online that they have a new Hydrating Mineral Veil powder out now. I will have to check it out.

Here I am with the regular Mineral Veil powder on:

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Zooming in…

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This picture was taken with my point and shoot so the clarity isn’t great. In natural light, you can see the powder on my skin (unlike in the photo).

I am also dying to try the Bare Mineral Foundation! Amy gives a great demo of it:

 

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Bare mineral products provide a SPF of 15. Because I didn’t know what most of the ingredients were, I looked them up on Skin Deep website. I was a bit surprised to find out that a couple of the ingredients are considered moderate to high risk.

1) Zea Mays Corn Starch

  • Absorbs oil. Low hazard according to Skin Deep.

2) Zinc Stearate

  • I couldn’t find a description for this one. Low to moderate risk according to Skin Deep.

3) Magnesium Stearate 

  • Magnesium Stearate is the magnesium salt of stearic acid. Low hazard according to Skin Deep.

4) Methylparaben

  • Methylparaben is the ester of methyl alcohol and p-hydroxybenzoic acid. High hazard according to Skin Deep.

5) Propylparaben

  • Propylparaben is the ester of n-propyl alcohol and p-hydroxybenzoic acid. Moderate hazard according to Skin Deep.

6) Iron Oxides

  • Iron Oxides are inorganic compounds consisting of any one or combinations of synthetically prepared iron oxides. Low hazard according to Skin Deep.

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Unfortunately, I did not find an overall product review on bare Minerals by Skin Deep (only for individual ingredients). The individual ingredient ratings by Skin deep have made me wonder if some of the other mineral cosmetic companies offer better ingredients? Such as this mineral powder by Jane Iredale Cosmetics. It seems to contain less hazardous ingredients according to Skin Deep. None of the ingredients in the Jane Iredale loose powder have a hazard score over a 4. Now I’m not saying that every product I use has to be 100% natural and ‘safe’, but I figure if I am going to use a mineral powder, why not use the best one out there?

The Bare Mineral products are also on the expensive side, even though I admit they seem to last a very long time. I think there are other mineral companies that offer better prices though..

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So let’s have a little girl talk today! ;)

I’m curious…

Have you tried Bare Mineral products? What do you think of them?

Do you use any other mineral products by other companies? What companies do you think are the best priced?

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

I’m getting my hair chopped this afternoon…can’t wait! Stay tuned for the before and after. :)

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1 Heather October 29, 2009

Hi Angela! I’ve been reading your blog for quite a long time, and I’ve never commented before but I feel like I need to on this entry. I really dislike Bare Minerals. I purchased a set a few years ago and after applying it to my face following the directions, my skin started to burn and itch within ten minutes of putting it on. I thought it was weird because it’s supposed to be good for everyone’s skin. I asked a few friends who wore it and they said they hadn’t had any problems with it. I didn’t use it again after that first time, and a few years later I went to an actual Bare Minerals store and had one of the women that worked there apply it. I thought maybe she would do it differently so that it wouldn’t itch. Within ten minutes the same thing happened again, and I asked her if my reaction was normal. She told me that she’d never heard of it happening before. I decided to do some research on the internet and found out that the ingredient in the foundation that caused the reaction is called Bismuth Oxychloride. It can cause sensitive skin to become irritated, and rashes to develop. Sorry I went on so long, but I really really dislike bare minerals. Good luck with finding a product you’re happy with!

http://ezinearticles.com/?Bismuth-Oxychloride-in-Mineral-Makeup&id=1514493

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bismuth

This is a mineral makeup that contains NO bismuth, is much cheaper than bare minerals, and I use it personally. It’s awesome. http://www.everydayminerals.com/

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2 Marilyn October 29, 2009

I totally agree. I am on an anti-Bare Mineral campaign (although I love the Buxom glosses). The foundation sample I tried made my face itch terribly (probably the bismuth). Their free sample brush was horrendous. The coverage was not buildable at all.

There’s much better stuff out there. Physicians Formula mineral wear talc-free loose powder is just as good as Bare Escentuals in my opinion, and much cheaper. Physicians Formula even has a pressed mineral powder that I like! Clinique has a new shave-off mineral powder with SPF 15 that is also good.

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3 Marilyn October 29, 2009

Oh, and my best friend was just “converted” from Bare Minerals to Sephora’s pressed mineral powder! She was a die-hard fan of Bare Minerals… until we got makeovers and the makeup artist used Sephora’s pressed mineral powder. Much less powdery looking, much more portable, and less expensive. She’s hooked.

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4 Nicole October 29, 2009

I use bare minerals and I love it, although it is a bit drying. I just put on lotion right before I use it and when the lotion dries, I apply the foundation and that helps with my dry skin. I don’t have the best skin and it covers up the spots without feeling heavy and gross, like creams or other foundations I’ve tried.

I have to say, the high risk part worries me a bit, but I really don’t even know what it’s a risk of, haha.

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5 Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) October 29, 2009

I love Bare Minerals – I’ve found it gives me a very natural look, and feels really light.

I don’t like that it has a High Hazard ingredient though – and I never would have thought to look up the ingredients, I thought it was just ‘minerals’!

I’d be interested if anyone has a review of another mineral makeup… something to look into once I run out of Bare Minerals!

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6 maria October 29, 2009

I’ve never tried any Bare Mineral products, but I have been wanting to for a while. I’m hoping when we make our trip back to the states (maybe in March) I can grab some then to try out.

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7 Amy October 29, 2009

They sell Bare Minerals at some Shoppers Drugmart locations in Canada, as well as Sephora! :)

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8 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

oh wow I didnt know they had them at SHOPPERS!

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9 sara October 29, 2009

some shoppers, the ones with larger beauty boutiques do carry the line

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10 Lauren October 29, 2009

I started using bare minerals a few months ago and I do like it. I’ve only tried using the mineral veil over the loose powder foundation and warmth blush and am not really sure of any difference it makes. After I wash my face I put on coconut oil, so I haven’t had a problem with dryness and this makeup. That’s disappointing about the rating though!

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11 Jolene October 29, 2009

I have never tried Bare Minerals products … but you look beautiful with it on – but then again, you always look beautiful!

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12 Melisa October 29, 2009

I tried Bare Minerals, but it didn’t work for me at all. I have large pores and it made me look a little “textured”. Plus I had to put it on so thick in order to get the coverage I need that it felt like I had cake batter on my face! :) However, I put it on a friend with smaller pores, and it looked great. Probably perfect for girls who need just a bit of light coverage.

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13 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

I’m really not sure if it will be able to hide my redness..I have a lot of red in my skin and need quite a bit of coverage. Maybe I can test it at Sephora..

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14 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

im referring to the foundation that is!

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15 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) October 29, 2009

I’ve never used bare minerals, but I have used a powder by philosophy that seems similar. I love it but have no idea how it scores on Skin Deep. However, I hardly every use it so I don’t know how much it matters compared to beauty products I use every day.

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16 Organic Ashley October 29, 2009

I have oily skin and I LOVE bare minerals. It makes my skin glow and both my sister and I have noticed an improvement in our complexion. (We both suffer from acne) At first I didnt like it because I felt like I was wearing a mask but the trick is to really make sure no excess in on the brush by taping it and only using a very little bit. A little goes a really long way. You should feel like you’re not using enough.

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17 Megan October 29, 2009

I’ve used Bare Minerals SPF foundation for a few months now, and while it was definitely great during the summer months, I do have to be a little more careful of the winter-dry-skin factor (fellow Ontarian!).

I’m also a little disappointed by the high hazard rating, though. Something to think about when I run out of my current stash.

(I also purchased their “Prime-Time” foundation primer and that seems to help quite a bit with preventing the “cakey” look that I always used to get from other foundations. It’s definitely worth the extra $$ to buy the primer, in my opinion)

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18 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

oh I didnt know they had this…are the ingredients similar?

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19 Megan October 29, 2009

Hi Angela,

The ingredients for the Prime Time primer are: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Silicate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract. (from the Sephora website)

I have to say I’m a bit naive when it comes to the Skin Deep rating, but I have found that the primer really helps the foundation go on a lot smoother. Hope that helps!

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20 Megan October 29, 2009

Bare Minerals is all use!!!! It’s the only make up (for my face) I’ve ever actually used, and I love it. It’s so gentle on your skin, especially in comparison to some of that crap people will pay $100s for that just end up breaking you out in a rash!

The only thing you have to get used to is the whole loose powder thing… It can be a slight bit of a mess :)

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21 The Voracious Vegan October 29, 2009

I use bare minerals and I like them. I stocked up years ago and still haven’t ran out….I only wear makeup about once a month or so, so I imagine it will take me many more years till they are all done. I’m really happy with they way work. I put a layer of sunscreen moisturizer on and then apply the powder which eliminates any dryness I might see.

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22 Leah @ Simply fabulous October 29, 2009

I have always been wanting to try Bare Minerals. I’m pretty sure Kath uses it and Jenna too? I might be wrong. Anyway when I did my “whats your one piece of make up you never leave the house with?” post a lot of ladies said Bare Minerals! Interesting that it works for some but not for others. I have been using Maybelline Mineral Powder and while it’s OK sometimes it does get a bit cakey. I find if I let my foundation set for a little bit before applying then it goes on nicer! That’s what the make up lady did for my wedding (let the foundation sit)… I never used to do that. Do you??

Here’s the powder i’m using atm:
http://static.busywithstyle.com/busywithstyle.com/imgname–maybelline_mineral_powder_love_it—50226711–maybelline.jpg

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23 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

ohhh that is a good tip about ketting the foundation set…I never do that but I am going to try it out! Makes sense to let it dry…!

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24 Aoife October 29, 2009

I love Everyday Minerals – it’s run by a mum who’s really into natural products (no nasty parabens, etc) and there is everything from eyeshadows to mineral foundations on the site. http://www.everydayminerals.com
It’s really, really cheap but the best foundation I’ve used as I have sensitive & red skin and it covers all the redness! With the dollar/euro exchange rate it’s so cheap for me to order over to Ireland from the USA. It’s only about $12 for a full sized foundation powder that lasts a few months, and you can also order samples to try the different shades.
I highly, highly recommend it!

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25 Margaret October 29, 2009

I use and love Everyday Minerals as well (they are “rated” 1-3 on Skin Deep). They got me with the free sample kit;) and then i just got regular size products. I know Bare Minerals are getting all the hype but i started my mineral journey with Everyday Minerals (about a year ago) and I stick with it.

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26 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

Ive heard from a TON of readers saying Everyday Minerals are awesome…I tried getting a free sample but I dont think they would send one to Canada?? Anywho this just makes me want to order some and take the plunge. I hate choosing shades though…

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27 LindsayH October 29, 2009

Everyday Minerals is a vegan company too! They have a ton of shades, too. They also have color-correcting mineral concealers, if you wanted to try one for your redness. They always have coupon codes and deals, so be sure to check the blog or the message board for them of you do order. I love everyday minerals, and it’s such a bargain.

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28 LindsayH October 29, 2009

and no bismuth oxychloride in EM!

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29 Aoife October 29, 2009

I got the samples sent all the way to Dublin so they’ll definitely post ’em to Canada :)
they have so many offers and a lot of times I’ve gotten free samples with my orders – or free full size bronzers etc! Their kabuki brushes are cheap, animal-hair free and fab.
I write for a newspaper and last year I wanted to do a piece on EM, so I contacted them – and the lady who runs it contacted me herself, talk about great service.

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30 Kirsten October 29, 2009

Interesting info, I’ve used Bare Minerals for ages and never checked the ingredients! Good to know.

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31 Meghan October 29, 2009

I LOVE bare minerals!! I do use the foundation powder over the mineral veil, and then dust the mineral veil over the foundation powder to help it “set.” It works like a charm and never looks chalky! I don’t think the mineral veil is made to be used on it’s own?

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32 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

Ive heard that that technique that you mentioned is what the company suggests…
I can’t imagine using the veil on its’ own unless my skin was flawless which it is certainly not! I have to have foundation to even it out

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33 Lacey October 29, 2009

I started using bare minerals last January and dont think I will ever go back to anything else. Other foundations cause me to break out but the bare minerals does not and it does not have a heavy feel on my skin. I love it!

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34 Julie K October 29, 2009

I had the whole line of BM products. I loved how they made me look but after a couple weeks I started breaking out with cystic acne. It took a while for me to figure out what was going on but my cheeks would be sooo itchy and then I’d get super deep and painful pimples. Granted I have super super sensitive skin…I have to use free and clear laundry detergent and I can’t put anything with dimethicone on my face (ya for coconut oil!).

I believe it’s the Bismuth Oxychloride that made me break out…but I don’t think the BO is in the mineral veil…just the foundations.

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35 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

hmm that is interesting…I have heard that the BO (lol) can be very irritating. I wonder if the other companies use it?

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36 Julie K October 29, 2009

Ya it was definitely a bummer…I ended up giving the whole collection to a co-worker (lucky her).

I look at the ingredients of everything I put on my face now…the bismuth oxychloride and any kind of silicone leave me quite limited.

I use Physician’s Formula Organic Wear pressed powder. I don’t love how it looks on my face but it’s better than pimples plus it’s relatively cheap.

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37 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 29, 2009

I have used bare Minerals before – I am obsessed with makeup so I have used just about everything. I didn’t like how everything was in a powder, it caused a huge mess for me. I am much more of a Mac and Urban Decay fan.

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38 Jennifer October 29, 2009

I love Bare Minerals! Also, the dermatologist told me its a very good option if you have any complexion “issues,” so my 16 year old daughter loves it as well. I’d be interested in what the risks of the high risk ingredients are too.

Love your blog!

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39 Amy October 29, 2009

I’m a bare minerals convert… it took a while to get it right.

Its important to use the primer, foundation AND mineral veil together.

The combination of those 3 are perfect. Flawless skin!

I have blotchy/dry yet oily skin (if thats even possible) and since starting to use the Bare Minerals Trio I get compliments on my skin all the time.

I suggest picking up the starter kit. You get 2 types of foundation, the primer, the mineral veil, the warmth shade and 3 brushes. The brushes also aid in the product going on flawlessly.

Give it another try. You will love it!

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40 Kristine October 29, 2009

I agree,
I thought it was important to use the primer, foundation and mineral veil all together! I thought the mineral veil is JUST the finishing touch to the whole process. I could be wrong, though!

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41 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

Great tip!!!

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42 Jess October 29, 2009

The mineral veil should be lightly applied all over your face once all the other products have been applied.

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43 Sara October 29, 2009

Yes!! The starter kit has EVERYTHING you’d need and an instruction video too!! Definetly a good idea!!! It seemed expensive to me (maybe around $75) but it has lasted me over a year and I use it daily!!

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44 Amanda October 29, 2009

I have been using bare minerals for awhile. I don’t use any other make-up. I think it’s healthier for the skin. I don’t have as many breakouts as before when I used liquid foundation. I am not good at make-up stuff, so bare minerals is fast and easy!

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45 Nicole October 29, 2009

I LOVE bare minerals, and I got most of family to start using it! They don’t do much advertising on TV, and I think that it became popular through word of mouth. I have two different types of moisturizers that I use- one for warmer months, one for colder months. I haven’t had a problem with it drying out my face for that reason. It covers up all of my imperfections on my face and feels so light! I hate cakey make-up! The first time I used it though, the make-up artist at the store put WAY too much on. After I got the make-up home and used it myself, it was perfect!! It is a little messy especially when you are used to running late and having to put it on in the car while your husband drives! :)

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46 Anne P October 29, 2009

I’ve never tried that, but I have some friends who like it. I really hate foundation or anything too intense on my face, plus I have MEGA sensitive skin (Rosacea) so while it’s not natural, I LOVE the Aveeno Ultra Calming line of products. It’s done wonders for my skin. I like the face wash, day lotion with SPF, and night cream. In terms of powder, I use Physicians Formula bronzer and Cover Girl powder for my stupid always red nose :)

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47 Melanie October 29, 2009

I love Bare Minerals…been using it since 2006. They are expensive, definitely, but you’re right, they last a long time. I didn’t know about the high hazard ingredients or inorganic compounds, though…that’s really something to think about…

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48 Jamie October 29, 2009

I use Bare Minerals exclusively because my mom is a bit obsessed and buys all the products and sends them to my sister and I (super lucky). She bought me a foundation starter kit and the actual foundation lasted me 11 months! The foundation is usually around $25 USD but if you can make it last almost a year its worth it. I really enjoy the eye shadows as well and they last even longer!

Also, the mineral veil is so super fine its intended to be used with a very fine brush so it won’t be too chalky on your face. It took me awhile to realize this and I finally broke down and bought a specific brush to use with it and it worked wonders!

Thank you for taking the time to look up the ingredients because it is something I’ve been meaning to do but clearly never made it important enough to actually follow through. I am a bit concerned with the ingredients list because I am an avid environmentalist and I hate when companies advertise being “all natural” or “paraben free” when they clearly aren’t. I may check out Everday Minerals per other readers’ comments once I run out of what I have now.

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49 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

That is a great tip about using a fine brush…my brush is clearly not that, so perhaps this is my problemo!

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50 Yasmin October 29, 2009

I love my Bare minerals products. They feel so lightweight and natural. Although now i’m worried about the ingredients.

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51 Erica October 29, 2009

I have been using Bare Minerals for over two years now, and I love it! It’s much easier to control the coverage than with a liquid foundation. And since I have oily skin, this doesn’t contribute anymore oil. My skin has definitely cleared up since I started using it.

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52 kim October 29, 2009

I adore bare minerals! I never really switched for a health reason, so I don’t really know much about any of their ingredients. A friend gave me the color in her 2 set that she didn’t need b/c she thought it would be a good fit for me and after she did my makeup that night, I fell in love with the products, they way they look and got so many compliments, way more than with my old foundation. I have converted my entire makeup collection to their products over the past years. I use the Prime Time foundation primer, which I’d highly advise – it really helps make the powders go on better.

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53 natalie October 29, 2009

I use bare minerals too. I really like it. At first I did not like it. I was ready to take it back, but I talked myself into giving it another try. I love how it covers lightly but does the trick. I don’t know too much about natural products and what high risk really even means…but I like it so far!!

PS…. I GOT the glow bars on Tuesday! I am LOVE LOVE LOVING THEM! I just finished eating one! I wish I lived next store to you so I didn’t have to pay for shipping! SO great!! thanks!!

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54 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

Glad you enjoyed!!! =)

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55 Kristine October 29, 2009

maybe this is a really dumb question, but moderate to high risk for what? Eeeek!

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56 Mellissa October 29, 2009

I was using Bare Minerals and just decided that I liked my old makeup better. I am trying to use more natural products but I like my makeup and have not found a natural one that gives me the right coverage.

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57 Nicole (the other one) October 29, 2009

Ange – I would assume you have already confirmed the magnesium stearate in Bare Minerals is from a vegetable source? Most mag stear comes from cute lil moo cows!

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58 elliebelle October 29, 2009

I have never tried Bare Minerals, but my sister has used it in the past and liked it. I found this company: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5879562 and I really want to try her products. It looks like her products are completely free of all the yucky stuff and man does she have a fantastic selection of colors! Plus, her prices seem pretty fair. One of these days I’ll finally buckle down and order something as I am quickly running out of one of my old standby products. Thanks for the great post!

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59 Julie K October 29, 2009

I’m definitely going to order some of her products…they are fairly inexpensive so what’s to lose!

Has anyone tried her makeup?

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60 meghan October 29, 2009

bare minerals used to be the only product i used (for foundation, anyway), but their colors no longer match my face for some reason. i’ve started using MAC’s mineral makeup and i LOVE IT. i never used the mineral veil over my foundation bc i didn’t really think it made a difference. but now i use MAC’s prep and prime translucent finishing powder and it’s amazing. it just brings your whole look together and makes your skin look more finished.

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61 Leah @ L4L October 29, 2009

I use Mineral Wear Talc-Free loose powder. I really like it. And I think I got it at Target and it lasts quite a while. Maybe it was ~$10? I go through maybe 2 a year?

Looks like it got a 6 out of 10 on Skin Deep though. :-(

http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/face/loose-powders/02450.html

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62 Lindsay October 29, 2009

I love love love bare excentuals! I’ve been using it for about 4 years. I have sensitive skin but also experience breakouts from time to time. I’ve found it to be the only makeup that doesn’t aggravate my skin!! I’ve found that it stays on better if I use the bare escentuals primer along with the makeup. I also had the same problem of the powder being visible on my skin, so I tried doing lighter layers of the makeup instead of one layer and it helped a lot.

They do have a new foundation out called bare minerals matte, I know it’s available at sephora and at the bare excentuals stores. It has less ingredients/more natural ingredients then the original! (at least that’s what I heard at the store). I haven’t bought the matte yet, but a few of my friends have and are loving it!

PS: I just wanted to say that I love your blog! I started reading about 3 months ago, right before I took my boards to be an RD. It was something I looked forward to during intense days of studying! Your A Year Can Change A Lot posts really inspired me. I’ve been having a difficult time finding a job and I was starting to get really upset about it. Those posts inspired me to do little things every day to help along the way until I get there! Thank you so much! Keep up the good work :)

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63 Katie October 29, 2009

I LOVE Bare Minerals. I use it instead of Glo which has more high risk components. I use the bronzer, concealer and eye brightner. I think it is the best option for my oily skin. My only complaint is that it transfers onto clothes easily! Which is a big pain who wants a bronzer ring on their white shirt? But all in all I like and haven’t found a better alternative.

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64 Amanda October 29, 2009

I use Bare Minerals as well – buy the starter kit as it comes with everything you need to get started AND all of the brushes (which last forever!!).

The result you get from the system does not look like the result of any other foundation I’ve ever tried – so at first it might look “funny”. Also, give it at least 5 minutes to “melt” into your skin/pores before you make a decision whether you like it or not. If it has a funny texture on your skin or looks like clay, you put way too much on – watch an instructional video online or something if you’re not sure how much to put on. I don’t know a single person who has tried Bare Minerals and NOT liked it – it is a miracle makeup for someone like me with sensitive skin!

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65 Meg October 29, 2009

I fall in and out of love with Bare Minerals, mostly because I am someone who gets bored with what I am using and enticed by new and different products…LOL. I like the foundation for light coverage, and it definitely doesn’t make me break out like regular foundation. In the winter, I find it can make my skin feel dry, also, so I tend to use it more in the summer. Also, for a more polished look, I prefer liquid foundation. The products from that line that I adore, though, are the warmth (which I use as a bronzer…a tiny bit goes a LONG way, so very economical),and the eye shadows. I always have a problem with creasing, but these eye shadows last all day, with no creasing. They are awesome and come in tons of colors! These also last forever because they are highly pigmented. I like Bare Minerals on the whole, but they may not be worth all the hype. There are lots of products out there that do just as good of a job.

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66 Morgan October 29, 2009

I love Bare Minerals. I don’t normally wear foundation, only for special occasions, and times when I want to look my best, like interviews. However, BM is the only stuff I’ll use. It never comes off, and I don’t feel it on my face. The colors blend really well, and I never get the line near my chin and neck. I have a full line of their stuff from blush to eye shadows, mascaras and lip gloss and lipstick and love it all. Their brushes are also fantastic!
I don’t use Mineral Veil as foundation, but I use it when I am done with my face, right before putting mascara on, to set the makeup. It really works!

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67 Gillian October 29, 2009

I have been using the BARE NATURALE from L’Oreal for about a year and a half – just the foundation, I don’t both with powder, as the foundation is in powder form. My skin has been pretty darn flawless since I have started using it! I use a tiny bit of concealer under my eyes or if I have the odd blemish, but other then that, the Bare Naturale is all I use! It has SPF 19 in it also so I know my face always has sun protection! I get compliments all the time from random strangers on how nice my skin looks when I wear it!

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68 Lizzie October 29, 2009

I am not very good at make up, but one thing I use everyday is a bronzer. I was using a brand recommended to me at Sephora (I think it was Cargo cosmetics), but then I found the Skin Deep website and decided to take a look at some alternatives. Found a brand called Mineral Fusion at Whole Foods and have been pretty happy with their products (though at $35 for a small bronzer compact it is a little pricey) and they don’t have any of the ingredients you mentioned in your blog. Having said that, they are not featured in the Skin Deep database.

http://www.mineralfusioncosmetics.com/ingredients.aspx

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69 Jess October 29, 2009

Angela, the mineral veil is supposed to be the final touch once all the other bare minerals products have been applied (foundation, warmth (bronzer), etc.) per the Starter Kit instructional video. Maybe this is why you haven’t liked it as much. I have an odd story about my experience with Bare Minerals. I used the Starter Kit for almost a year and then one day I put on the make-up and had a horrible allergic reaction. Within seconds, my face became unbearably itchy, red and blotchy, and swollen. I immediately rushed to the bathroom and washed the make-up off and my face calmed down within an hour. I did not use any new soap, moisturizer, etc. that could have reacted with the product. I have tried to use the make-up again and the same reaction occurred. Has anyone else had an allergic reaction after first using the product with no problems?

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70 Katie October 29, 2009

I also had an allergic reaction although mine was not quite as severe. I just got these weird bumps on my face. I’d accumulate one or two each time I wore the makeup. I stopped using it after a week and all the bumps went away a few days later. I was disappointed because I loved the way the makeup looked. I’m using a Clinque powder makeup now with the Bare Minerals Warmth and it works together for me. No more bumps…but it doesn’t have quite the same glow.

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71 Rebecca October 29, 2009

Bare Minerals is one of the best make up out there – especially for the price. Mineral Veil is almost like the concealer, not the ‘foundation’ you’re supposed to put on first.

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72 Angela October 29, 2009

I have tried bare minerals a few years back and I just found that it was too drying for my skin. But lately i’ve been using a lot of blotting papers-so maybe ill give mineral powder another try!

Also, the hazard risk is a concern for me, I’ve been searching for a good base that is healthy as well. So if you come across one let me know =)

Have a great day!

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73 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) October 29, 2009

I’ve been using the Bare Minerals foundation & mineral veil for just over 6 months and I love them! I do have to pre-conceal the giant circles under my eyes, but they are seriously dark. :P

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74 Ashley October 29, 2009

loveee bare minerals! have been using it for about 3 years now :) ange! I found a skin care line from Canada that is organic and amazinggggggg! check it out on my blog post today, i think you will love it!!

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75 deisegirl October 29, 2009

Mineral make up was not such a huge thing a few years ago so I had to wait until my first trip to the States to pick up some Bare Minerals stuff – I got the lightest starter kit, and I think it was worth it alone for the brushes! Since then I’ve tried lots of different mineral make up and there’s none that is my particular Holy Grail. Like you I have a lot of make up to use up so I’m not really buying a lot of products at the moemnt. the last mineral make up I bought on the net was from Pure Luxe Cosmetics. She has such an amazing selection of shades for both foundation and eye colour. On my most recent trip to the States (yeah, SUCH a jetsetter) I picked up some Physicians Formula and NYC mineral mineral foundation, I’m a total fiend for cheap drugstore brands, especially ones I can’t get in Ireland. Not sure how natural their credentials are though (would imagine not very!)

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76 Jackie October 29, 2009

I love bare minerals as well! It’s soooo easy and quick to put on and you never have to worry about that “line” of different colors some foundations leave you between your chin and neck. I guess my oiler skin comes in handy sometime because it doesn’t dry out my skin, so I would say just put on lotion beforehand and see if that helps. The mineral veil is supposed to be put on after the foundation so that may help too.

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77 jen October 29, 2009

i used bare minerals for awhile and my face would get red, itchy and irritated in the summer, if i sweat at all, the combination of the moisture and my skin and the bismuth oxychloride would give me a terrible rash. i’ve read it happening to other people too online.

i’ve been using everyday minerals, which ranks 1-3 on the skin deep website and its CHEAPER than bare minerals, which is another bonus, they’re baby kabuki brush is waaay better than the bare minerals one.

i’ve also been really liking Perfekt skin foundation (which rates a 2 on the skin deep site), its like a primer and powder in one, it doesn’t provide much coverage which i like, and very natural looking. the only downside is that its a bit pricey at sephora, but they have a to-go size that is much more affordable, and a little goes a long way

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78 jen October 29, 2009

also, everyday minerals has a free sample promo, so you can try out a few shades for free, all you pay is shipping, so you can find your perfect shade.

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79 Ashley October 29, 2009

Jane Iredale is 150% better then Bare Minerals. I adore all their products.

Bare Minerals sucks in comparison. I’ve been wearing Jane for the past 5 years and wouldn’t change a thing. Every product on their line is fantastic.

I use Pure Pressed Base in Warm Sienna. It’s 20 SPF and it stays on. I’ll apply at 7am and reapply at 6 or so if I’m going out. It evens out my skin tone and hides any blemishes. I rarely break out now that I’ve been using this product steadily.

Give it a try!

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80 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2009

Will have to check it out!

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81 Angela October 29, 2009

I checked out the website but didn’t find prices. Is Jane Iredale makeup pretty pricey?

Thanks!

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82 Ashley October 29, 2009

Somewhat, but it lasts.

I also don’t wear makeup every day unlike some. There is a link on the main website where you can buy direct. All the prices are listed on it.

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83 Bree (beeskneeslife) October 29, 2009

I have been using Bare Minerals for about 3 years now. I like it because I have oily skin. But I am not partial to it and would be willing to try a different powder make-up foundation. One thing I do know is that I will never go back to liquid makeup after using the powders.

I might have to check out Jane Iredale when I run out of my current stock of Bare Minerals!

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84 Kyle Janet October 29, 2009

I’ve never tried Bare Minerals, but I use http://www.alimapure.com/ cosmetics :) I LOVE IT. Not sure what the rating is….

(Looked it up: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/brand/Alima_Pure/ )

They range from ratings 1 – 3.

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85 Jil October 29, 2009

I haven’t tried Bare Minerals (though I can say I’ve been tempted!) but I don’t think it would be a good match for me…my skin dries out VERY easily…so powders of any kind are sort of out of the question for me. I always use a LIGHT foundation and I moisturize my skin like crazy…especially in the winter, and whenever seasons change. If the air changes…my skin freaks. Joy. haha

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86 Debbi October 29, 2009

I’ve tried it and found it okay but, was concerned by the rating like you. Then I tried 24/7 found at CVS and like it as much. It’s less expensive too. Plus got a better rating and recommendation.

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87 Sana October 29, 2009

Hey Angela! I tried Bare Minerals once at the BE store. The lady there did my make up to see how I would like it and it turned out that I am allergic to it. Once she finished, my skin got soooo itchy and red, it was awful!

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88 Miriam October 29, 2009

For my part, I’m all about MAC… You should give a try to their mineralize skinfinish! Very good – just like everything from MAC ;).

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89 Mo October 29, 2009

I have been using Bare Minerals for years and I really like it. I have the foundation, the mineral veil and an all-over face color called Glee that is really a great, natural looking pink. Now that winter is coming, I want to try their hydrating mineral veil.

One thing that I have noticed is that the makeup looks better after a few hours on your face. Right after you put it on, your skin looks flawless – it really does cover redness – but it can look a bit mask-like. But then after a little bit of time, it seems to settle into the skin and look more natural. That has been my experience anyway!

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90 Sammi October 29, 2009

I rarely ever wear makeup but my two older sisters and my mom (and I believe my aunt as well) all wear bare minerals and love it. I’d rather go out in my own skin rather than wear makeup daily and risk wearing things that will mess it up in the long run. (plus, it scares me away from make up when I see girls that wear makeup daily and do a HORRIBLE job putting it on)

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91 Katie October 29, 2009

I use Bare Minerals Foundation (use it as concealer as well) and All Over Face Powder. I had the mineral veil, but it came without the inner top and lasted less than a month because it all spilled out! I like that it doesn’t seem to clog my pores, and you can adjust how much or how little coverage you want.

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92 Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness October 29, 2009

Great post Angela.

I just switched BC (went from the pill to Mirena) and my skin is freaking out due to the change in hormones. I have used Bare Minerals for about a year, and while I like the stuff okay – I really prefer to have a natural face and touch up with concealer, a little blush and mascara.
I notice that the skin around my jaw / chin has been especially touchy with the Bare Minerals foundation… I have to do a lot more preemptive work there with zit cream, pore strips, etc. to keep the pores clear. When I don’t wear the Bare Minerals foundation, I simply do not break out as much.
It’s tough because like Ange, I have very fair skin, and it can be hard to get that luminous look in the darkest days of winter – I get sooo pale!
Ange, thanks again for the review – I am curious about Jane Iredale Cosmetics. Anyone – any idea on where you can find that line in the States?

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93 Amy October 29, 2009

I use Bare Escentuals for everything! I LOVE IT ALL! :) My favorite product is Clear Radiance….that’s like GLO in a JAR! lol The luminosity and dewiness is amazing!

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94 cyndie October 29, 2009

LOVE Bare Minerals! You MUST try out the All-Over Face Color in WARMTH. I swear by this; it’s a mix between a bronzer and a blush…I can wear it when I’m pale in the winter or tan in the summer and it’s ALWAYS the right color.

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95 Sana October 29, 2009

Are you sureeee its not going to be a fake before and after? You won’t get away with it this timee!

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96 jessi October 29, 2009

i didnt like bare minerals at all!! I started using an organic tinted moisturizer by physicians formula and i use a little mineral powder to cover up redness and such with the organic physicians formula mineral powder and then i use the redness relief powder from clinique… my skin is clearer, glowier (but not oily!!) and so much smoother.

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97 Christine October 29, 2009

Hi Angela! I love your site and I can’t wait to try some of your glo treats. Anywho, I use Bare Minerals and thanks for reminding me…I’m all out and need to hit a Sephora today. BM gives a pretty flawless & natural look. I have a bunch of friends who use it and since they’ve switched I’ve noticed a radiance in their skin that wasn’t there before. I used to use Sheer Cover,which is another mineral based make up. http://www.sheercover.com/
I actually liked this product more because it had better coverage, hid scars and even acted as a wrinkle filler! It got a little too pricey and it is mail order only. The company was charging me and sending me products before I had finished my old products. I had a stockpile, which wasn’t a bad thing but I was also getting ton of lotion (that I had to pay for to get the foundation). And this lotion was not all that great.
I’ve loved reading all the comments and after such a rave response over Jane Iredale products I am extremely interested!

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98 Low October 29, 2009

I tried bare minerals but I was highly allergic to it. My face turned red and burned and itched. It was terrible. I had to exchange it and go back to my liquid foundation.

I think the product looks great on so many people, but I don’t agree with their marketing strategy in aiming it toward people with sensitive skin. When you are putting crushed up minerals and metalloids on your skin that aren’t necessarily FDA approved, there is a chance for all sorts of allergies. Once I noticed that I was allergic I googled “Bare Minerals” allergy and TONS of testimonials came up similar to mine.

I use Clinique Even Better foundation and like it quite a bit. I’m a cheapo though, so most of my other cosmetics come from the drug store :)

Glad you like it! Such a pretty glow!

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99 Jess of Veg Out! October 29, 2009

Weird! I never knew that Bare Minerals contained “high risk” ingredients… I just know that all the products are vegan, with the exception of the brushes (which are made of goat & horse hair). I’ll have to look into these icky chemicals…

Anyway, I LOVE Bare Minerals, but I have never tried the mineral veil. I use their loose powder, blush, and eye shadows. I have also tried their mascara & eyeliners, but I found those chalky.

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100 Amanda (modernation) October 29, 2009

I have been using Bare Minerals for almost two years and I love it. It lasts FOREVER and it is so easy when traveling – especially with the new liquids laws. And it always looks great. Two of my best friends have both used it for their weddings and they looked flawless!

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101 Sarah October 29, 2009

I have sensitive skin and Bare Minerals has worked really well for me (I’ve been using it for 2 years) but I don’t like how shiny it is – maybe the new matte formulation will fix this? And I don’t like seeing powder residue, which you do. Also, not thrilled with its skin deep ratings, although it seems to vary by product. Has anyone tried airbrush makeup?

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102 Rose October 29, 2009

I love Bare Minerals! They’ve not only helped cover up my bad skin – they’ve actually made it better.

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103 Leah October 29, 2009

I’ve never tried Bare Minerals, but I’ve been using FreshMinerals for a few years now. Im totally in love with it. I have super sensitive, super pale skin, so finding makeup has always been really hard for me. The only problem is that you can’t get it in Canada, and I’ve only ever been able to find it at Fred Meyer. But I live practically on top of the border, so I just stock up whenever Im in the states. Its completely worth the extra bit of effort.

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104 anne October 29, 2009

I love Bare Minerals!! It’s the only makeup that truly provides great coverage that looks natural. I do think their makeup brushes make a huge difference though. The best part is how long the product lasts. I barely have to buy more than one foundation/year.

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105 Wiggs (The Beholder) October 29, 2009

Hey girl,
You probably remember that I am a bareMinerals FREAK. I’ve tried just about every single mineral makeup that’s out there, though, and while I’m staying true to bareMinerals for when I have a lot of redness that needs covering up, I’ve moved on. I find that bareMinerals can be too heavy for all-over use, especially the foundation. And I’m not a huge fan of the Mineral Veil because I don’t think it does anything extra when coupled with another mineral pigment.

My new love is Jane Iredale: this stuff is GOOD. Dermatologists recommend it for burn victims because it’s so gentle. I get the pressed powder foundation and I think you might like it because it doesn’t give too much coverage (you have lovely skin without makeup) and it melts into your face quickly. I also love that it’s pressed powder, because it’s much cleaner to use than bareMinerals. The down-side is the price (about 40 bucks), but it comes with a refillable compact. When you use all of the powder, you toss the pan and keep the compact, so at least it’s sustainable.

My mineral makeup regimen is now: Jane Iredale tinted moisturizer all over, then the pressed mineral foundation on my t-zone and areas that need a little more evening out, followed by Laura Mercier cover-up on my (ahem) beauty marks, and finally Jane Iredale mineral blush. Sometimes I get extra redness around my nose, and I still use bareMinerals for that…but I’m phasing it out because Jane Iredale just looks so much more natural.

Anyhoo. Sorry for the long-winded comment. :) I’m just so OBSESSED with makeup, I can’t help myself!

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106 Wiggs (The Beholder) October 29, 2009

Oh, and DEFINITELY try Everyday Minerals if you’re looking for powder – they’re just as good as bareMinerals. Another tip: get a small spray bottle and fill it with water. When you’re done applying your mineral makeup, spritz your face from about a foot away. It makes the make up look soooo much more natural (but be careful if you’ve got mascara on – I always save my lashes for last so I can do this).

One OTHER thing while I’m being verbose: my dermatologist and wedding makeup artist both agree that powder foundation is extremely drying for the skin, so if you get dry in the winter you might want to stick with creams and liquids until the summer rolls around. Otherwise you might break out because dry skin clogs your pores.

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107 Shannon October 29, 2009

I apologize, I don’t have time to read the 102 other comments so this may have already been said. I have a bad reaction to the bismuth in Bare Minerals but I found another brand that does not have it and have been using it for 4 yrs now, Pure Skin Minerals. Here is a link: http://www.littlestuff4u.com/

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108 J. October 29, 2009

I had a horrible reaction to Bare Minerals. Under my eyes got all red, rashy, itchy, dry, etc. It was so so painful and lasted about 2 weeks. I will NEVER touch that stuff again, which is sad because I really wanted to like it!!

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109 Ali October 29, 2009

I really like Bare Minerals when I first apply it – using the specialized brushes and whatnot it goes on easily and looks great BUT it never stays on…I feel it wears off way too soon for the price!

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110 Elizabeth October 29, 2009

I wasn’t a huge fan of Bare Minerals when I first tried it because it made me break out so bad, but I am in love with the Bare Minerals Matte and the Mineral Veil. Neither one of them contain Bismuth Oxide. I also really like afterglow cosmetics which is a totally vegan company and I don’t believe they have any high risk elements.

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111 Kristin October 29, 2009

I did not like Bare Minerals at all. It made my skin itch and burn. For a veil powder I like aromaleigh. They have a hd powder. For foundation I like Classy Minerals or Meow Cosmetics.

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112 Courtney October 29, 2009

I used to love Bare Minerals and used it without a reaction on my face for years. Then I started working in the natural health industry and realized that it is not as clean as I thought it was supposed to be. If you want a clean make-up line that is truly amazing try Gabriel cosmetics or it’s other brand Zuzu Luxe. They are based out of Bellevue Washington and their concealer and blush have been mentioned in InSyle magazine and various other publications. I have met Gabriel himself and he is committed to making women beautiful with out chemicals! It’s the only thing I wear besides Aubrey Organics make-up!

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113 Brynne October 29, 2009

I LOVE my BareMinerals! But I would never have thought it would contain anything but pure, healthy rock minerals in it .. that’s so odd. I feel like it’s almost false advertising.

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114 Louise October 29, 2009

I know I’m a bit late commenting on this, but I just had to put my vote in for Jane Iredale. It is the most amazing mineral foundation I have ever tried! I have to admit I was spectacle about it at first, but on my last trip home my mum marched me down to her beauty therapist and bought me a Jane Iredale foundation – and I have never looked back. I can honestly say I have not had a SINGLE breakout since I started using it (apart from the occasional tiny blackhead), my skin is brighter, visibly healthier, and I am more confidant and feel positively radiant. My mother and sister also use her foundations – my mother went through a phase of having terrible, ugly breakouts (and she is in her late 40’s!) which no amount of treatments and consultations with leading dermatologists could fix – she started using Jane Iredale, and to this day her skin is clear and beautiful – breakout free!

Ok I know I am going on a bit here, but I just love this product so much I want to recommend it to everyone I know!

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115 Lindsay October 29, 2009

I love my bare minerals! I have used many other products but they all caused a reaction. It makes my face look great, hides all the discolouration caused by “mask of pregnancy” that never went away, and I don’t even feel like I am wearing anything.

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116 Sara October 29, 2009

I have been using Bare Minerals for about a year and a half now. I LOVE it. I feel like I’m not wearing any makeup and it doesn’t look like it either. I have a friend who has roseasia (spelling?) and she loves bare minerals too – it makes her skin look almost flawless. If you have dry skin (which I do) just load up on the moisturizer and wait for it to dry – if you apply the makeup once your moisturizer is dry you should be good to go!!! This is the first and only foundation I have been able to use that doesn’t dry up my forehead lol

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117 Fattie Fatterton October 30, 2009

I used Bare Minerals for awhile, but I just switched over to MAC’s mineral line and I love it!! It makes my skin look and feel like silk. It blows Bare Minerals out of the water. MAC is a bit on the expensive side, but it’s totally worth it.

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118 Mona October 30, 2009

Just like you I found Bare Minerals to be chalky looking. I bought the whole starter kit and found it was a pain to deal with, so many different layers of powders to put on and it’s really messy. I got very little coverage, I even emailed Lisa a host on QVC who sells it and she replied that she can’t use it by itself either, she uses a different foundation under it. I returned it within 2 weeks and use MAC now.

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119 Jen October 30, 2009

For mineral foundation without many ingredients try the Body Shop it only contains four ingredients (one which is SPF and another two are natural clays.) Great light to medium coverage with only a few ingredients.

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120 Kath October 30, 2009

LOOOOVE BareMinerals. I also read about them on Skin Deep and was quite surprised, but I didn’t think it sounded horrible.

I think their Warmth and brushes are one of a kind, but the foundation is comparable to other mineral foundations. I don’t use the Mineral Veil anymore. Just foundation, warmth and the sparkley one that comes in the starter pack.

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121 Menden (Skinny Menny) October 30, 2009

Eeeek, I’m soooo allergic to Bare Minerals! Isn’t that weird, being that there supposed to be so “natural?” It’s such a shame, because I always hear good things about the products.

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122 Menden (Skinny Menny) October 30, 2009

Hm, I just read some of the comments – maybe it is the bismuth oxychloride that caused my allergic reaction! Good to know :)

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123 Brittany October 30, 2009

I use bare minerals and I so far I’ve liked it but I know that Whole Foods has a mineral foundation that doesn’t have the high risks. My boyfriend’s sister uses and likes it. Perhaps that one would be a good one to try.

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124 Kylie Jean November 2, 2009

Hi Angela!

I just discovered your website, and I’m loving it! I hope I’m not too late to the discussion, but one mineral makeup company that (in my humble opinion) is head and shoulders above the rest is Aromaleigh. It’s a small, woman-owned company that makes incredible and creative products, at very reasonable prices. I have a few of their products, and am really impressed. My favourite is “Nocturne,” which is actually a mineral powder that you’re supposed to wear at night…but I love it so much that I also wear it during the day. I have a lot of redness in my skin, as well as some teenager-flashback acne, but their products do a bang-up job in covering it all. Plus, the owner has a fantastic blog. Aromaleigh’s website is: aromaleigh.com

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125 Beverly November 4, 2009

I use Everyday Minerals and am completely obsessed with it. A large jar of foundation (i don’t use much and it can last me 4-6 months) is $12 (US) and they have tons of colors and formulas for different skin types. I love all of their products, and they are all so inexpensive, and they have a sample kit to try out colors without having to commit to purchasing a full size. I also like the fact that they do not use bismuth oxychloride, which can clog your pores.

http://www.everydayminerals.com

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126 Ashley December 4, 2009

I am so glad I found this site!! I had been breaking out in a horrible rash around my mouth and between my eyes for the past month or so. I never thought it could be the new BE Matte foundation I had been using. But after stopping certain things that I usually use on my face (make-up wipes, lotions, etc), and still getting the rash, I googled “Rash from BE Matte” and sure enough, tons of people have had this same issue. I used to have flawless skin until using this stuff….thank GOODNESS I’ve found the cause and I can now move on to something new and better. Darn, I loved BE products, and never had issues with the non-matte version…but now I’m scared to even try that again. Been using that for years, perhaps I’ll give it one more try to see what happens…. But then again, I love make-up so this gives me the perfect excuse to buy more new make-up!! Thanks for letting me vent, good luck ladies!

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127 priscilla March 17, 2010

Hi my name is priscilla i loved what i seen in tv. I just wish i had the money to afford it but i don’t one day i’ll try because my acne is really bad. But anyway i really love yall foundation and i will try it one day. Thank you for reading.

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128 Amy December 4, 2015

Hi Angela, I’ve finally caught up with the rest of the world and discovered your fabulous blog! I LOVE it. I’ve always wanted to start up a blog of my own but have never had the courage but yours has inspired me to finally do it! Apologies if you’ve already covered this in a later post (I’m working my way through right from the start) but do you mind me asking what foundation you use? You’ve obviously trialled a few but I wondered what you settled on? Like so many other people have said, your skin looks amazing! Do you mind me also asking whether you still use the St Ives scrub morning and night? I read somewhere that it’s bad for you to over exfoliate but clearly it works so well for you! x

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