Friday, 22 September 2017

BEAUTY: POWDER FOUNDATION - BARE MINERALS ORIGINAL SPF FOUNDATION



Seeing as though we are talking all things 'natural beauty' today, I thought i'd take advantage of shooting amongst the juicy shades of red and green from my parents' sweet little tomato plant.

When I was 14 I worked in a greasy spoon situated in the heart of the town I grew up in. For anybody local to Wakefield, it was called Neptune Diner. I worked there from being 14-18 and loved every minute of my Saturday job cleaning tables, snaffling left overs and hoovering chips and peas off the carpet. It was during this time that I had very typical spotty teenage skin. One particular Saturday, I was walking around covering my chin thanks to a huge boil that had appeared overnight....not the best for a customer service job. A cook, named Sue told my boss I had 'A skin complaint' and ushered me into the toilets with a little tub of powder and a brush - it was the original Bare Minerals foundation.

I have always thought about how much of a saviour that humble powder foundation was however, I was too sold on liquid foundations to ever entertain it again. Opting for a full coverage foundation by the way of Studio Fix Fluid from MAC. Recently, I properly revisited the Bare Minerals foundation...Here are my thoughts.


Bare Minerals Original SPF foundation...Is it sassy?

For anybody unfamiliar, Bare Minerals create natural skincare that doesn't irritate the skin as it is, amongst other things, free from oils, fragrances, preservatives, talcs and parabens. It is particularly good for those with sensitive skin. I bought the foundation and accompanying flawless face brush from duty free at MCR airport a few weeks ago as I remember it being so effective when I used it some 10 years ago.

Dubbed as "foundation so pure you can sleep in it..."


My hand after applying the foundation - blurred, soft and shine free - I haven't demonstrated on my face as i've just returned from holiday and my nose is burnt and my skin pigment highly uneven, it wouldn't do it justice.

Retailing at £27 for 8g of product, this is a high-end foundation purchase. The finely milled powder contains SPF 15 and since its launch in 1995, has become an award winning formula that promotes clearer, healthier skin. Something we all strive for right?

The coverage is surprisingly build-able and the powder can be buffed to create a medium to full coverage look. What's more there are 30 shades available which makes this foundation much more accessible for all women from those with the fairest skin, to the darkest skin. I have the lightest shade Fair 01 - which I am not entirely sure is the best match for my skin, but alas that is what the MUA paired me with. As this is a powder foundation, you can get away with a little shade discrepancy a it simply disappears into the pores and certainly does not leave the dreaded...chin line.




To activate the product, you simply dab your brush (I have the Bare Minerals Flawless Face brush) in the powder and swirl in the lid until the powder disappears into the bristles. Then buff, buff, buff into the skin until you are happy with the coverage. I really enjoy this foundation for everyday wear, especially for days in the office or a weekend running errands. The powder is not at all cakey and keeps shine at bay thanks to the long-wear formula.

This foundation is particularly good for sensitive skin, but I have read that it works effectively for oily, dehydrated and dry skin also. So what do I think?  It's a solid 10 for me having tried it on adolescent skin and again in my early 20s - It's hard to want to pick up a liquid foundation again.

Have you ever tried Bare Minerals? 

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