- Even medium coverage
- Provides skin with glow
- Brand consciousness
- SPF 15
- Solid shade range (30 shades)
- Not long wearing
- Exaggerates skin texture, pores, bumps, and oiliness
- Too luminous (exaggerates shine)
Props to this clean beauty brand, but its original powder foundation didn’t convince me to ditch liquid makeup. The finish was pretty and dewy at first, but over time it got oily and separated around pimples. The ultra-luminous formula was too shiny for me. It’s beautiful for short term wear, not all day.
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BareMinerals Original Powder Foundation: I tested the iconic makeup formula.
If you’ve ever looked into powder foundation, you’ve probably come across BareMinerals Original. Having launched in 1995, it’s considered the OG mineral makeup. The trailblazing brand is clean and vegan, and the product is formulated with just five ingredients.
I love BareMinerals’s commitment to conscious beauty and was dying to know whether the iconic formula earns its stripes in terms of long lasting, even coverage and beautiful finish. Although it gave me a luminous, airbrushed look for the first five hours, things fell apart after that. Read on for a deeper dive into how this cosmetic played on my skin!
Promises vs. Performance: Does this powder foundation do what it says?
The BareMinerals website claims a bevy of benefits in its original powder foundation, from SPF 15 protection to better looking skin over time. It promises easily buildable, sheer to full coverage for all skin types that lasts “all day without clogging pores, causing breakouts or settling into fine lines.” My focus was on how it would perform in a day’s wear test, and the product didn’t quite meet my hopes for ease of application, longevity, and compatibility with my normal to combination skin.
Working with shades Fair 01 and Fair Ivory 02, I tried the recommended “swirl, tap, buff” method of application. I used the BareMinerals Beautiful Finish Brush to work (and I mean work!) the foundation onto my face. I was not a big fan of the brand’s signature makeup brush. The longer outer bristles are a tad soft and flimsy, making the tool tricky. But the return on my effort was even, medium coverage. The finish was surprisingly dewy and shimmery. Forget lit from within, we’re talking hella glow.
However, this flawless look didn’t stick around. After five hours the makeup started to separate and exaggerate the texture, pores, and bumps on my face. All this reminded me what I love about liquid foundation: It’s easier for me to apply, with instant and longer lasting results.
How It Compares: What is the best mineral powder foundation?
The BareMinerals Original Foundation is known as the go-to mineral makeup. Among its many recognitions is 2020 Allure Readers’ Choice Clean Beauty Award. That it contains natural, broad spectrum sun protecting ingredients is great. But this foundation is almost as noteworthy for what’s not in it. It’s free of parabens, synthetic fragrance, talc, and other ingredients that may be harmful to some. For
those whose skin is less oily than mine and who don’t need all day wear, it’s worth checking out. It could provide a fresh, even appearance for short engagements, like quick errands out. It may also be a good date night makeup. Just be aware that the finish is extremely luminous. Look for the matte powder foundation if you don’t want a ton of glow.
Note: I compared BareMinerals Original Powder Foundation to Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in a wear test. I had similar results with both products. But I liked the more matte finish of the Tarte version, which has since been discontinued. I feel that with Tarte’s loose mineral foundation no longer in play, and because of its good reputation, BareMinerals is still the standard in this category.
Milabu Method: Trying the BareMinerals “Swirl, Tap, Buff” application.
Here’s how I apply this loose powder foundation for best results: It’s similar to what BareMinerals suggests and includes lots of swirling!
- Dispense a small amount of mineral foundation into the product’s cap.
- Swirl the BareMinerals Beautiful Finish Foundation Brush ($34) into the makeup, picking up the product.
- Tap the brush to remove excess mineral pigment into the cap.
- Swirl the brush onto your skin, concentrating the product in the areas where you want the most coverage and blending across your face. (This foundation is not best used to spot treat.)
- Repeat Steps 1 to 4 if more coverage is desired.
Tip: Feel free to substitute your own favorite kabuki style brush for the brand’s signature application tool, linked above.
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Edited by Virginia