Bare Escentuals

bareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation


Hanah F.
Mattifying + Oil-Absorbing + Good Coverage

I have oily/combination skin so my main goal is to choose a foundation that will help me absorb the oil while giving me that "mattified" look.

1. Good coverage: light scarring due to acne; uneven skin tone; blemishes; pimples

2. Doesn't leave you naked: BM is not just your ordinary make-up, it serves as your skin's umbrella too. Good, eh?

3. Naturally Nature Friendly: This product doesn't contain yucky chemicals. Well, you might protest a little bit about Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide. I did too. But, after doing some research I learned that Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide are compounds that are also used in anti-dandruff shampoos, calamine lotion (relieves itchy skin), UV sunscreens, and it also has antibacterial properties. Also, it stays on the surface of the skin. Thus, making the product hypo-allergenic and non-irritating.

Dirt on your face: It contains Kaolin Clay which is amazing for oil absorption.

Will not rob your wallet: Unlike other expensive foundations (hint,hint MAC), BareMInerals is actually affordable. It's only $28 dollars per jar and it lasts me about 2-3 months. Swirl. Tap. Buff. Dance. Somersault.

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Sandra J.

I purchased this foundation because I would see beauty gurus always raving about it and I would see the results too! So on a trip to Sephora I decided to purchase it. I do not regret it a bit! It gives such a amazing coverage, it leaves my skin looking flawless and it is such a light weight in the skin! The only one thing that I wish is that it would last for a longer time, but I later purchased the primer for the foundation and it makes it more long wearing and it leaves a smooth face to prep for the foundation. I definitely recommend it!

Maria L.
Lightweight, buildable coverage

I've been using BE for almost 7 years and have dealt with the "itchies" that the original formula gave me when I went out into the sun. I was elated when the matte formula came out. For me, there was no change in shade color...I wore Golden Medium in the original formula and can wear the same shade in the matte formula. It does not keep my shiny t-zone matte all day, in fact, if I don't use a oil control primer first (my favorite product to use on my t-zone is simple Milk of Magnesia) I'm forced to continue to touch up with BE mineral veil throughout the day. However; I love how lightweight this foundation is and I'm able to build the amount of coverage I need without feeling like I'm wearing a mask of foundation. I'll continue to purchase and use this formula, not for the "matte" quality but because without the bismuth in this formula I never have any issue with itchy skin.

Kirbie S.

First off, I love this matte finish and the coverage this has, but....*sigh* It broke me out. At first I thought I was crazy, but I would skip wearing makeup and then I would go and apply my foundation and throughout the day I realized my face was breaking out. I thought it was just me not washing it well, but it was this all along. I'm sorry BE but this was terrible for me. ~Kirbie