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Has anyone tried the Bare Escentuals brand? What are your opinions of these products-- worth the price? Oh, and does anyone know if they tell you what shade you need if you go to the store?
Answers to your questions:

1. Yes, I've used bareMinerals for more than 10 years.

2. I think the quality of the products are excellent but no they aren't worth the price. But I'm willing to pay the price on select things in the line because of the quality. And I've used pretty much all the products except for their skin care line. I really like the matte foundation so that's one of the select things I'm willing to pay the 27 bucks for..

3. Yes, They will ATTEMPT to color match you in the store. But I highly advise against going with their opinion over you own. Why ? Because store lighting is not like natural lighting and 9 times out of ten probably not like the lighting in your home. Furthermore the sales consultants aren't usually real makeup artists..they are usually just trained people to work in that store and give you the answer they think or what they have been trained to say about women your skin tone. So I would seriously suggest going to www.sephora.com looking at the SHADE FINDER there in the Bare Escentuals section. Look closely at the women there and choose a woman that is similiar or exactly your complexion. Write that color down and head to a store that sells bareMinerals. Then ask to see ALL the colors in that shade range. So let's say you find the woman wearing Medium Tan is your skin color..go to the store and ask to see the entire Tan family of bareMinerals. So that would be Medium Tan, Tan, Golden Tan, and Warm Tan. I'd also suggest to not wear makeup and actually test those colors on your skin then go out in natural light and see which one best matches you.

Some other things that you should know before purchasing bareMinerals foundation:

A.) It's not full coverage. Yes they claim it covers this and that and it does if you don't have too many skin issues to begin with...notice they always have models that have decent skin and the ones that have blemishes aren't that bad. It is buildable but it can look caky on the skin if you go to far with it. If you have acne scars or hyperpigmentation areas..it may not cover that without a heavy hand or using another concealer particularly if those blemishes are dark. They do have a concealer brush that helps to pack product on areas and it can work depending on what and how much you feel you need or wish to cover. A lot of people prefer to use their favorite concealer and then apply the bareMinerals.

B.) The Original bareMinerals foundation forumlation contains bismuth oxychloride. That ingredient causes many people with acne prone and sensitive skin irritation such as itching and/or cystic acne. If you have acne prone and/or sensitive skin..I'd suggest using their MATTE formulation which does NOT contain bismuth oxychloride.

C.) The Original bareMinerals foundation doesn't have a flat matte finish. It has a sheen to it that is often visible on tan and darker skin tones given lighter skin tones report it as well. The sheen comes from the bismuth oxychloride which is a white pigment that comes in 2 finishes diamond and pearl. And that is what gives the skin that sheen look when the bareMinerals original foundation is applied. It's touted as reflecting light and obscuring fine lines and wrinkles. A lot of people with oily skin report all it does is make them look even more oily and many people with fine lines and wrinkles say it seems to magnify their problem areas. Many people with super dry skin like it because it helps their skin not look so dry. So it comes down to preference.

D.) Many people report that the Matte bareMinerals foundation colors are darker than the Original bareMinerals foundation colors. The matte seems more concentrated or pigmented when applied to the skin. Many people believe it's because since the matte doesn't have the bismuth oxychloride in it..the pigmentation of the foundation itself is not as obscured as much. If you go to www.bareescentuals.com and click on EXPERIENCE, then click on FOUNDATION FINDER you will be able to read the undertone of each foundation color and that might be more helpful to you in picking out a color..but of course you'd have to know your particular undertone.

And finally..don't feel pigeon-holed because you have a certain skin complexion and think you can't wear anything in another color range family in bareMinerals other than you'd normally think you'd be.

Another great option:

Also having said that...as much as I love bareMinerals there is another incredible option. A lot of people LOVE Meow Minerals. www.meowminerals.com. They have TONS of colors in foundations from very fair to very dark. And just ridiculous amount of colors in every other makeup product..beautiful rich pigmented color too! Plus their prices are much better than bareMinerals, they have excellent customer service, their products don't contain bismuth oxychloride at a all, and they have more finshes than bare minerals. Their products are very good quality too. Not only that..they are often having great sales and deals on fun colors and you can hardly find a real real good sale on bareMinerals unless you go on eBay or the Bare Escentuals website and then it's only some scraggly select stuff they seem like they are just trying to get rid of (I end up ordering mine on QVC or eBay in some sort of kit just so I can get a decent deal).... I would highly suggest getting on the Meow Cosmetics email list.

I use both lines.
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Answers to your questions:
B.) The Original bareMinerals foundation forumlation contains bismuth oxychloride. That ingredient causes many people with acne prone and sensitive skin irritation such as itching and/or cystic acne. If you have acne prone and/or sensitive skin..I'd suggest using their MATTE formulation which does NOT contain bismuth oxychloride.
Originally Posted by *Marah*
THIS. Bare Escentuals gave me a rash for the above reason. Just keep that in mind if your try it and notice you are breaking out. I get my makeup from Natural Makeup - Vegan, Mineral cosmetics, eye shadows, eye liners, lip sticks, lip balms and Natural bath and body.
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Oh thank you both!! I have really sensitive skin and that would probably bother it... Most regular makeup I tried gave me breakouts. If I go for the bare escentuals I will get matte.
And marah thank you for the detailed post-- I need everything explained really specifically I just know I will be standing there in the store reading your post over and really annoying the salespeople. If I spend that much it better be worth it! Oh and I used the shade finder and I think I got it right, even though I'm not quite sure about my undertones...
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Like Marah I use bare minerals and meow cosmetics. If you go to a bare minerals store or even the bare minerals counter in a department store, ask for samples of a few of the foundation shades (they can make you some sample containers that will hold 1-2 applications) and go home and apply and view them in various lighting situations. That's how I determined my color. When I initally went, they tried to tell me I was the color deepest deep....which was WAY to dark on me....like 2-3 obvious shades too dark. They also suggested colors with the wrong undertone as well. When I matched myself I home, the golden dark was a PERFECT match.

Also, I find in the summer I have to mix two colors to match my skin because I get redder with sun exposure. So my summer color is a 2:1 mix of golden dark and medium deep.

When my bare minerals runs out, I'm switching over to Meow cosmetics exclusivly. They have a powder primer for oily skin that is AMAZING (just ordered a full size of it) and I LOVE thier eyeshadows! The prices are very reasonable and you get a LOT of product for the price. I'd suggest ordering a few samples from them (samples are $1 a bag but you get 3-4 applications per bag) and trying a few and see which brand you like better and then purchase full size products.

Good Luck!
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This stuff, along with some other mineral makeup, is praised to the skies among some circles. Personally I hated it all, and it made my skin look WORSE, no matter what I did. Maybe it works for younger, oilier skin, but for those of us who are older with imperfections, it does nothing and actually accentuates them, like lines and pores. NO thanks.(holds bottle of liquid foundation in her cold little hands LOL).
I do agree though in general about getting a good color match - this applies to any kind of foundation. Even just a little bit off, and it makes one either look pasty, jaundiced, or dirty. Store lighting in general is just awful for getting a good match. I always step outside to see how it really looks, and also wait an hour since makeup does tend to oxidize a bit on the skin, shifting color a bit.
Like Marah I use bare minerals and meow cosmetics. If you go to a bare minerals store or even the bare minerals counter in a department store, ask for samples of a few of the foundation shades (they can make you some sample containers that will hold 1-2 applications) and go home and apply and view them in various lighting situations. That's how I determined my color. When I initally went, they tried to tell me I was the color deepest deep....which was WAY to dark on me....like 2-3 obvious shades too dark. They also suggested colors with the wrong undertone as well. When I matched myself I home, the golden dark was a PERFECT match.

Also, I find in the summer I have to mix two colors to match my skin because I get redder with sun exposure. So my summer color is a 2:1 mix of golden dark and medium deep.

When my bare minerals runs out, I'm switching over to Meow cosmetics exclusivly. They have a powder primer for oily skin that is AMAZING (just ordered a full size of it) and I LOVE thier eyeshadows! The prices are very reasonable and you get a LOT of product for the price. I'd suggest ordering a few samples from them (samples are $1 a bag but you get 3-4 applications per bag) and trying a few and see which brand you like better and then purchase full size products.

Good Luck!
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Oh wow..it's funny you mention this because I have been give a lot of serious thought to switching over exclusively to Meow as well. I like bareMinerals a lot but it still sort of bugs me that even though they have the matte foundation without the bismuth oxychloride pretty much the vast majority of their other stuff does still include the bismuth stuff in it. And I do notice some skin issues if I don't use a good enough primer or don't get the primer absolutely everywhere when I use the bareMinerals blushes and all over face colors. And sometimes my eyes feel a little issue with the shadows. So it would be nice to just have a mineral makeup line where I can use whatever they have and not have any issues or worries.

I never have any sort of skin reactions that I notice when I use Meow. And it's really just stupid for me to keep paying bareMinerals prices. Not to mention like you I have red undertones and super oily skin and Meow has products to remedy those issues for me.. it's just more sensible to go with Meow and start using the powder primer.
This stuff, along with some other mineral makeup, is praised to the skies among some circles. Personally I hated it all, and it made my skin look WORSE, no matter what I did. Maybe it works for younger, oilier skin, but for those of us who are older with imperfections, it does nothing and actually accentuates them, like lines and pores. NO thanks.(holds bottle of liquid foundation in her cold little hands LOL).
I do agree though in general about getting a good color match - this applies to any kind of foundation. Even just a little bit off, and it makes one either look pasty, jaundiced, or dirty. Store lighting in general is just awful for getting a good match. I always step outside to see how it really looks, and also wait an hour since makeup does tend to oxidize a bit on the skin, shifting color a bit.
Originally Posted by caramix3a
Ooh, you bring up a good point! Powder mineral makeup can sit on the surface of the skin and look dusty until your natural oils cling onto it. Here's a tip: keep some non-alcohol toner nearby (I keep mine in a travel-size spray bottle) and, on the lid of the foundation container, mix some with the powder using the makeup brush before applying. It goes on smooth and dewy. <3

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Like Marah I use bare minerals and meow cosmetics. If you go to a bare minerals store or even the bare minerals counter in a department store, ask for samples of a few of the foundation shades (they can make you some sample containers that will hold 1-2 applications) and go home and apply and view them in various lighting situations. That's how I determined my color. When I initally went, they tried to tell me I was the color deepest deep....which was WAY to dark on me....like 2-3 obvious shades too dark. They also suggested colors with the wrong undertone as well. When I matched myself I home, the golden dark was a PERFECT match.

Also, I find in the summer I have to mix two colors to match my skin because I get redder with sun exposure. So my summer color is a 2:1 mix of golden dark and medium deep.

When my bare minerals runs out, I'm switching over to Meow cosmetics exclusivly. They have a powder primer for oily skin that is AMAZING (just ordered a full size of it) and I LOVE thier eyeshadows! The prices are very reasonable and you get a LOT of product for the price. I'd suggest ordering a few samples from them (samples are $1 a bag but you get 3-4 applications per bag) and trying a few and see which brand you like better and then purchase full size products.

Good Luck!
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
Oh wow..it's funny you mention this because I have been give a lot of serious thought to switching over exclusively to Meow as well. I like bareMinerals a lot but it still sort of bugs me that even though they have the matte foundation without the bismuth oxychloride pretty much the vast majority of their other stuff does still include the bismuth stuff in it. And I do notice some skin issues if I don't use a good enough primer or don't get the primer absolutely everywhere when I use the bareMinerals blushes and all over face colors. And sometimes my eyes feel a little issue with the shadows. So it would be nice to just have a mineral makeup line where I can use whatever they have and not have any issues or worries.

I never have any sort of skin reactions that I notice when I use Meow. And it's really just stupid for me to keep paying bareMinerals prices. Not to mention like you I have red undertones and super oily skin and Meow has products to remedy those issues for me.. it's just more sensible to go with Meow and start using the powder primer.
Originally Posted by *Marah*
Yes girl I'm going to make the switch! I like Meow and I really like that everything's bismuth free. While I don't have any skin issues or irratation from BE, my skin just feels better when I'm wearing Meow. It could all be in my head but I'm not sure. Also I LOVE the fact that she has a sale just about every month/holiday for at least 15% and most times 20%. BE prices are high...even if the jar lasts like forever and a day (seriously I purchased my foundation last summer and there is STILL about a 6 month suppy of the stuff left! Like you I order from QVC to get the super sized jars and cheaper prices and free promotional items.
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This stuff, along with some other mineral makeup, is praised to the skies among some circles. Personally I hated it all, and it made my skin look WORSE, no matter what I did. Maybe it works for younger, oilier skin, but for those of us who are older with imperfections, it does nothing and actually accentuates them, like lines and pores. NO thanks.(holds bottle of liquid foundation in her cold little hands LOL).
I do agree though in general about getting a good color match - this applies to any kind of foundation. Even just a little bit off, and it makes one either look pasty, jaundiced, or dirty. Store lighting in general is just awful for getting a good match. I always step outside to see how it really looks, and also wait an hour since makeup does tend to oxidize a bit on the skin, shifting color a bit.
Originally Posted by caramix3a
I've heard a few people mention this. I'm oily but I have very enlarged pores on my cheeks and this doesn't make them appear any larger than any other foundation. As a matter of fact, i think it makes them look better because liqquid foundation just sinks in and causes me blackheads and white heads which ain't cute.

Now I will say in the winter time when my skin is drier, I have to use a mist of setting spray to prevent the "powdery" effect or I apply with a damp stippling brush (spray the stippling brush with a spritz of setting spray or rose water toner). I've also had great results mixing a bit of powder into my moisturizer to make a tinted moisturizer when my skin is dryer.

Color matching is most important...and most makeup artists are horrible at it. I can't tell you how many times I've left with make up too dark, wrong undertone, or too light for my complexion. I think its even harder for people to match AA women because they expect us all to have red undertones (when a good chunk don't or only have them seasonally) and I think its harder for other people to tell the varying "depths" to darker skin also. The assumption is the darker you are, the more red undertones you have (so all the makeup ends up having that red cakey look to it). I HATE that...
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I can't even when it comes to most of the people that work at makeup counters..especially when it comes to them picking out colors for WOC that aren't super light skinned. What really drives me nuts is when they try to tell you what undertone you REALLY are.. I'm like lady stop.. you can't tell me anything.. you aren't even wearing the right color as clear as that line of demarcation is between your jaw and neck! Stop it!

I don't trust them to pick out any colors for me.. I have to pick my own stuff.
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I really like BE Mineral Veil. The original one. I've used it for years. Decided to give the SPF MV a try. I don't like it. It breaks up on my skin and makes me look too pale. I will prob use it up through summer and not repurchase. I will go back to original MV.

But with the mentions of Meow, do they make the equivalent of BE Original MV? Or are there a ton of choices, as with the foundation shades/finishes?
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I like the SPF Mineral Veil because it's bismuth free...the original and the hydrating both have bismuth (but i use the tinted hydrating MV in the winter). I use the SPF MV in the summer and make a MV "sandwich" where I apply MV, foundation,MV (in the winter I use the hydrating MV as the last one and the SPF as the first one). The inital application of MV helps keep my oily skin matte a bit longer that just doing the traditional foundation + MV. I haven't noticed the pale thing you mentioned...but then again I use the tinted MV.

As far as Meow, they make a finishing powder called "top cat" that is the equivalent of the MV, but it is translucent (it looks like white powder but goes on clear). I've tried a sample of it but I prefer the tinted SPF MV so I'll most likely keep using that. Meow has something like 86 different foundation shades in about 10 different undertones so they have WAY more shades than bare minerals but only 1 top cat b/c its supposed to be universal since it goes on clear. They also have 3 finishes to the makeup (I think the main difference is the opacity/coverage) and all the makeup is bismuth free. The sizes are 2x bare minerals AND they are cheaper. You should try a few samples and see what you like.
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I really like BE Mineral Veil. The original one. I've used it for years. Decided to give the SPF MV a try. I don't like it. It breaks up on my skin and makes me look too pale. I will prob use it up through summer and not repurchase. I will go back to original MV.

But with the mentions of Meow, do they make the equivalent of BE Original MV? Or are there a ton of choices, as with the foundation shades/finishes?
Originally Posted by Spiralli
Yeah.. I like the BE Original Mineral Veil too. BTW NCC, the Original Mineral Veil doesn't have bismuth oxychloride in it anymore..it removed that and the parabens it initally contained. I wasn't nuts about the one with the bismuth and parabens that they initally had..but now they make the Original BE MV with Zea Mays (cornstarch) and no parabens. It works better for me but I feel like it's not worth the $20.

I like Meow's Primp and Preen Top Cat better. I think the silk in it helps absorb the oil longer for me. And I have disgustingly oily skin. Now it does make my makeup a little paler even though I know it's supposed to be clear..or whatever. Doesn't annoy me though and it doesn't make my makeup look strange..just a teeny bit lighter. Sure helps keep my "face" on longer though and well the price is much better than BE. Top Cat is $16.25.

Another one I really really like is actually by Everyday Minerals called Sunlight Finishing Dust. It has Zea Mays (cornstarch), Ribes Nigrum (black currant) in it. It really works well to control my shine for many hours. I'd say this is better than the bareMinerals Mineral Veil and comparable to the lasting performance of the Meow Top Cat. It wins on price over BE and Meow because it's
$12.99.

If you have dry or normal skin.. Meow makes this stuff called Equilibrium Balancing Powder. It's supposed to help balance the moisture properties in the skin. So that might be something you'd like to sample. The price for the full jar is $13.95.
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Thanks for introducing me to meow! I'm about to order a horde of samples. How good a job do their concealers/ foundation do on oily skin? I hate when things get pasty or look orangish, but I need something to hide mild acne. I guess that's the whole point of samples. I love that they have that option... and all the creative names.
Well I won't be making the switch after all. I'll be stuck paying the 27 bucks (unless I go to eBay) for my foundation. Found out with my current acne regimen that the mica content in Meow Cosmetics is just to much for my skin. And it's just not worth changing my acne regimen just to wear a foundation.

Doctor says the lauroyl lysine in the bareMinerals matte seems to work better for my skin issues. Oh well.. at least I can still use the Meow Minerals primer. Can't win them all I guess. Thankfully.. bareMinerals matte has always worked for me and they have my colors for winter and summer (perfect matches too)..I just wish the heck they would make more of their stuff bismuth oxychloride free!

Sort of weird because I never had any problem with Meow but then again I've never been using so many strong acne products so often either..oh well.
Dang Marah that sucks.
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Dang Marah that sucks.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I know right! Ugh! But it's okay. It would have been nice to save some cash and at least I do really like bareMinerals matte and it does work very well for me.
I bought the s p f 15 powder by bare minerals and it broke out my face and it really clogs wherever I put it so I never use it. So I would never buy this again and really have a hard time believing that face makeup wont break me out. Although I've read almay wont clog, and some nuetrogena ones that are meant for problem skin. Wonder if that's true...

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Bare Minerals is a fantastic product but the new container stinks. I did just find out you can remove the bottom though to get the product out but that does not satisfy me so I found a substitute at Mineral Hygienics and placed an order. Pricing is good and a better container.

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