If you’ve been reading this blog for some time now, you know that I am completely obsessed with complexion makeup, like foundation and primers. I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about the Bare Minerals Powder Foundation, but after my good friend Lauren recommended it to me a few days ago and I found a great starter kit at Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, I couldn’t resist buying it. How is it possible to save any money for travel when there is so much makeup around me?
I got the Bare Minerals Up Close & Beautiful Complexion Starter Kit in shade Fairly Light for only $20 at Ulta, and am extremely happy with the purchase. Up until now I wasn’t a huge fan of powder foundations because they tend to highlight dry patches on my face. Well, it turns out I’ve been doing a lot of things wrong while applying the Bare Minerals Foundation. For starters, I didn’t apply and let dry a primer. The Prime Time Primer that comes in this kit is similar to Smashbox Photo Finish, it’s very gel-like and goes on smoothly. Then I didn’t use the right brush – I think it’s very important that I use the Bare Escentuals Flawless Application Brush (or any powder brush, I guess) and not the buffing brush I used last time. Third, the technique. In order to avoid cakiness later in the day, I need to buff in the powder like there’s no tomorrow. The foundation doesn’t block pores, so there’s no way you could buff too much.
Anyhow, this time I had a really good experience with application. The kit comes with the original Bare Minerals Powder Foundation, concealer, mineral veil, primer and two brushes. Of course, all of them are teeny-tiny things and are great for beginners or travelers. I have a feeling I’ll be coming back for this kit before my summer trip to Europe. No foundation has ever given me a smoother and brighter look than this one, so I am completely sold.
What do you think of the Bare Minerals Powder Foundation? Have you used any other Bare Minerals products? Any tips for application?