I have a confession to make; I can be a bit of a sceptic.
When it comes to products, makeup and skin, I’ve been through the mill and have been disappointed more than once to say the least.
For women I feel the concept of beauty is a delicate and emotional one; how we look matters, and how we get there has turned into the multi-billion dollar business that is the cosmetics world today.
So as a Beauty Writer, I luckily get to sample all kinds of new concoctions; but sometimes I get to rediscover products that may have lost the shiny newness of when they were first launched, but are still fantastic years later.
And so I find myself reviewing Bare Escentuals’ bareMinerals Foundation.
I’m all for natural, preservative free, fragrance free etc, however did I believe it really worked when it came to makeup? I wasn’t entirely convinced; so I was not expecting much from this powder foundation.
Firstly…powder…all over the face? Heavy, cakey, chalky I thought; what about blemishes and what about needing more or less coverage without looking overdone?
This was my thought process as I faced the mirror, brush and powder in hand ready to buff away.
Inexpensive to buy and unassuming to look like, I was hesitant, but I diligently swirled and tapped my brush as instructed and began working the powder in circular motions from the outside of my face, towards the centre so as not to overload more delicate areas with product.
After a grand total of about 5 minutes buffing I stopped to take a look…and I couldn’t quite figure out what I saw.
Somehow, this powder had evened out my complexion, improved my skintone and most baffling of all…the powder allowed my skin to show through so it looked very natural.
For the first time in a while, I found myself bewildered by a great product; how could this be?
Without preservatives, talc, fillers, fragrance, waxes, oil or binders, this average looking powder is anything but! I found myself extremely impressed and comforted in the knowledge that what was on my face was better for my skin than many other foundations out there.
Naturally protected with SPF15 I felt confident in my glow and relieved at the effortless application.
Admittedly, if I had something I needed more coverage for, I personally might still opt for a touch of liquid concealer (as I’m not ready to let go of that just yet) and then use the bareMinerals over the top…but there is also a bareMinerals concealer available.
Available in a wide range of cool and warm shades, the original formula for normal skin, and bareMinerals Matte SPF15 Foundation has you covered whatever the weather.
I am happy to admit that I wronged judged this foundation before trying it, as I have been thoroughly impressed and find that I’ve turned to this every morning as part of my routine.
It’s all too easy to be dazzled by exotic ingredients from far flung corners of the world; by fancy packaging and astonishing prices; but it’s not always the mark of a truly good product as we all know, but sometimes forget.
Makeup should be easy, accessible and it should work…and bareMinerals does all of that.
Bare Escentuals have proven to be a brand to believe in and I’m looking forward to working my way through the range without breaking the bank!
So…my workout this Winter? Buff, buff, buff.
By Kavita Kaul
bareMinerals Original SPF15 Foundation – £23
bareMinerals Matte SPF15 Foundation – £25
Bare Escentuals is available at:
Bare Escentuals Boutique
40 Neal St, Covent Garden