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!
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!
Bare Minerals i.d. Mineral Veil Powder
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 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:
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:
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.
- Methylparaben is the ester of methyl alcohol and p-hydroxybenzoic acid. High hazard according to Skin Deep.
- 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.
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..
So let’s have a little girl talk today! ;)
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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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.
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!
Will have to check it out!
I checked out the website but didn’t find prices. Is Jane Iredale makeup pretty pricey?
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
For my part, I’m all about MAC… You should give a try to their mineralize skinfinish! Very good – just like everything from MAC ;).
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!
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)
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.
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?
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!
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.
Are you sureeee its not going to be a fake before and after? You won’t get away with it this timee!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
I love Bare Minerals! They’ve not only helped cover up my bad skin – they’ve actually made it better.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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/
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hm, I just read some of the comments – maybe it is the bismuth oxychloride that caused my allergic reaction! Good to know :)
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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