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Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 by bareMinerals

Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15

finish: natural coverage: medium coverage
Variation: bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
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good quality

with the right technique, this make-up gives an airbrushed quality that softens all imperfections and gives an even complexion

- Beauty User

it's beautiful and gives my face an air-brushed quality

- Sephora User



i love how buildable this is

- Sephora User

i love how fast, easy and buildable the minerals are and it give you a beautiful look with a little bit of glow

- Sephora User



i love how easily it applies, the texture is fine, silky and light, and provides a good coverage that is easily buildable without looking cakey

- Mecca User

since using i have noticed my skin is clearer, healthier and i finally have skin that looks so smooth

- Lookfantastic User



it feels so lightweight and it provides such a beautiful, even, luminous coverage

- Ulta User

makes my skin look smooth and radiant

- Ulta User

staying power


it is super easy to apply and long lasting

- Sephora User

this is the best foundation - long lasting, covers imperfections (and i mean any and all), and makes skin glow

- Sephora User


blends well

and it's supper quick and easy to apply it blends great and gives you a glowing look to your face

- Sephora User

it blends well, builds for additional coverage, and if you have a concealer brush, it even works well to hide blemishes without looking cakey

- Sephora User



this is an amazing foundation, it does not look cakey and it looks very natural

- Sephora User

the finish looks natural and not 'caked on' which is something that was an immediate selling point for me as i don't like an obvious foundation

- Bareescentuals User


not creasing

i feel like the powder is super fine and does not settle into fine lines, nor does it provide a cakey look as many can

- Ulta User

when the foundation is first applied, i find it really light but by the time i finish the rest of my makeup and am out the door - it settles into my skin to look like i have flawless skin

- Sephora User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

it covers well, is super easy and quick to apply, doesn't clog pores, leaves a nice natural look to your skin but better because of slight reflecting particles that help give you a nice airbrushed finish

- Ulta User

the best part for me is if i forget and fall asleep without washing my face, it doesn't break me out or clog my pores

- Sephora User



it makes my skin absolutely glow, and evens out different tones in my skin and corrects between dry and oily so my face just looks perfect

- Sephora User

i have dry/combo skin and this works beautifully

- Sephora User

color accuracy

doesn't oxidize

it feels like i am not wearing any makeup at all, and it doesn't change color or make me break out

- Ulta User

my skin also changes color periodically (i'm extra tan in the summer and a little pale in the winter), and i can use this product year-round

- Ulta User

water resistance

water resistant

flawless and natural, blends seamlessly, so lightweight i forget that i have it on, amazing coverage and actually improves the quality of my skin over time i don't have to worry about it settling into any fine lines or irritating my skin in any way its easy to use and easy to apply can be a little messy because it is a powder it stays flawless and fresh looking all day and all night sweat and waterproof (i tested that personally) you can even sleep in this makeup and still look amazing with the added benefit of not having breakouts (although you still shouldn't sleep in your makeup its still bad for you)

- Ulta User

it's good coverage, very light-feeling on my skin, doesn't come off for me (my skin is normal so i don't have a lot of oil) and it washes off easily with a good cleanser

- Ulta User



bare minerals is reliable for providing excellent, natural looking, mattifying coverage

- Sephora User

i’ve been a long term lover of this foundation and wear it both summer and winter as it’s magically mattifying and yet non-drying

- Mecca User

color correction

color correcting

i use stila one step color correct as a primer and it works perfectly with this makeup

- Sephora User

worse, i spent hours in the bathroom color correcting my scars, piling on the foundation and endlessly blotting my oily face

- Sephora User



i am 100% a liquid foundation girl, but with summer approaching this is just the most beautiful powder foundation i have encountered it's quick easy and the finish is too natural

- Sephora User

barepro for liquid (another hg) and then this one for a more every day fresh and natural look

- Bareescentuals User


medium coverage

great coverage, i have very acne prone skin with a lot or scars an full a medium coverage foundation and this product, it makes my face look flawless

- Sephora User

it's light weight, medium coverage, and perfect for every occasion

- Sephora User
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mira userJuly 23, 2020

This is by far my favorite go to foundation. I’ve tried hundreds of products over the years and I always go back. I will definitely continue to use the products as long as it’s being made, I also like the matte finish as well.

- mira
mecca.com.au userNovember 11, 2018

Quickest foundation application ever!!!

I’ve been a long term lover of this foundation and wear it both summer and winter as it’s magically mattifying and yet non-drying. For a matte finish, use on its own or with an oil-control primer and, for a glowier look, french your skin with a nice rich cream beforehand.The stickier/tackier the primer/moisturiser you use underneath, the longer the wear you’ll get out of the foundation! This is brilliant because it makes it so easy to cover up blemishes that most concealers would slide off halfway through the day. Just pat a tiny dot over the area and it’s like this foundation merges with your skin to deliver hardcore coverage that gives you that “your skin but better” look.This is the quickest foundation I’ve ever used in terms of application. Use a kabuki brush or something packed with soft hairs to apply (or a concealer brush for small areas) and either sweep or pat on. You need the tiniest amount of product, and you can build up wherever you want more coverage. Circular motions, stippling, whatever- this foundation is the most non-caking and non-creasing I’ve tried out of a wealth of liquid, cream, loose and pressed powder foundations and concealers!The other cool thing is that it seems to barely oxidise- it doesn’t really darken over the day, but merges closer with your skin to look super natural but airbrushed AF!And finally... my favourite part about this product:IT. HEALS. ZITS.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I was recommended this foundation years ago by my beautician who started putting it on me after I’d had my eyebrows waxed. I’d noticed that I used to break out in tiny, tiny zits around my brows after they’d been waxed, despite cleansing with benzoyl peroxide’s and salicylic acid and using a tea tree blemish serum after. (I guess waxing is just too traumatic to the skin and exfoliates to the point where you’re more vulnerable to infection.) But when I told my beautician she started using this foundation and I kid you not I stopped breaking out.I have always been nervous about putting makeup over acne in case it worsens etc, but the zinc in this means it actually calms and shrinks your zits by the hour. I actually occasionally apply this over a pimple at night and by morning it’s usually half-healed- as opposed to becoming even bigger and angrier as it usually would be!This is my favourite foundation of all time in terms of finish, value for money, skin benefits and ease of application. Would 10000/10 recommend! Less

- mecca.com.au
bareescentuals.co.uk userMay 5, 2015

Finally found the perfect foundation

I have been looking for the perfect foundation for my shade and skin tone forever. I use to use Prescriptives Custom Blend (bespoke makeup) which is made for you for many years until they went out of business. I tried just about everything and settled on Mac. I have problematic skin, the texture is rough and uneven and I have a great many blemishes and dark pigmentation which is something black people can suffer with. I wear foundation every day and it would take me 20 minutes every morning just applying concealer and foundation to cover up all the discolouration. WELL now it takes me only around 3 minutes to apply foundation and highlighter. I can't believe how this foundation (I use Original SPF in warm dark has totally changed my life. My face looks so smooth and bright and it covers every single blemish with me just using a tiny amount. I have never found a foundation that matches my skin tone so closely not even the prescriptives. I used to dream about having the skin that I now have and cried when I first put it on and my sister told me that my skin looked flawless and how perfect the shade was as she knows how depressed and demoralised I felt because of my skin. It is just so easy to apply I bought the full size kabuki brush and so apply it with that. It goes on like an absolute dream with such little effort and apart from a couple of touch-ups during the day, (necessary as I have long loose hair and it tends to wipe my make up off# pretty much stays intact for the working day. I never go dry or looked caked. I originally bought the matte version and hated it as found it too dry for me and flat and it lacked luminosity which the original version has .I ended up buying it from Selfridges as they were the only ones happy to give samples for you to take away and try. Samples were hard to come by as to me you really need to see how it wears all day/what it looks like at different times of the day/what happens when it oxidizes with your natural face oils etc. I went to Debenhams and John Lewis and was told both times that they don't do samples so I ended up buying the golden dark as it was applied in store and thought it looked good until the next morning when I put it on at home and looked as if I had been tangoed, way too orange for my skin shade. So a costly mistake as I then went back two days later #Selfridges this time) and purchased the correct shade after using samples for 2 days, which they happily supplied. True some people are just looking for a bit of free supply and have no intention of buying but you should be able to work out who is genuine and if not to err on the side of giving samples. If the product is amazing and BM certainly is that, you should give samples and let people go home and try for themselves, away from the store lights and persuasive sale techniques. Apart from the sample issue this makeup is truly amazing and I will never ever go back to liquid foundation. Plus my skin seems to be clearing up and has never looked better. I'm blown away by all the pros of this makeup. I really can't find one downside to the actual product. Everyone should give it a try but as have read on here getting the correct brush is key. I don't use the primetime and it still works amazingly well for me as always find primers too dry for my skin, but that's just me. I also don't use the tinted veil powder and use my Ben Nye powders which are really fine and works well with the BM. « less

- bareescentuals.co.uk
bareescentuals.co.uk userJanuary 22, 2017

A Makeup Staple

This foundation has been around for years, so naturally it has gained equally as many lovers as haters - everyone has to remember that just because a product works for one person, does not mean it will work for everyone! So please bare this in mind.I don't normally review products for the reason above, but I feel as though if I were ever to recommend a product it would be this one.I have suffered with cystic acne since I was 12 (I am now nearly 24). I have been to a dermatologist, been treated with Accutane (isotretinoin), and have the most regimented skincare known to man - and ya'll know if I've been lazy and used a makeup wipe one evening.I am extremely fair, to the point where Kat Von Ds tattoo lock-it foundation is probably the closest match I can find. I don't suffer like I did when I was younger, but I normally have a blemish or two on my face, and the occasional cyst will rear its ugly head. However, those who have suffered with acne will know that even once the breakouts have been cured, your skin is never the same. I have the typical hormonal redness around the T-Zone, with poor texture, surface and keloid scarring.Now this foundation does not work MIRACLES. I have to use a primer otherwise this will emphasise my pores. And it is not full coverage - however, if you BUFF this into the skin it does cover redness, and improves your skin to make it look more radiant. In other words, 'a more beautiful you'. I've used this since I was 16 and always come back to it - as a secondary school teacher and for day-to-day wear this foundation is perfect. It evens out my skin tone but looks natural. And people need to remember that natural-looking coverage will allow some imperfections through. You will see freckles however I think freckles are beautiful so why cover up your natural beauty - be proud! It improves scarring, and it doesn't irritate my skin - however I don't have sensitive skin (a regular user of retinol and azealic acid does that). I love full coverage on nights out so will usually use this on top of another foundation!You have to remember it is only powder, therefore can only do so much. Continued use will allow an improvement in your skin normally as it uses natural products so is normally better for your skin - but again, this may not be the same for everyone.I use the shade golden fair as I'm one of these rare species that has porcelain skin with warm, yellow undertones. It is slightly darker BUT blends well and isn't noticeable so don't let that put you off - pale girls should check whether they'd be fair or golden fair!A good liquid concealer is ideal under this for those who like to conceal there imperfections and wear light weight foundation. Those who like to wear another layer of skin (I do like that look on a night out or special occasion) may not like this.Hope this helps. I would recommend this! It makes me feel comfortable and confident with the way I look naturally and not as if I'm wearing a mask! « less

- bareescentuals.co.uk
Sephora userJanuary 24, 2011


Product: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Foundation in Light (25.00 for 0.28 ounces) Shade: Sheer light golden cream >> This product speaks for itself. It's made from pure, crushed minerals straight from our planet. It feels like a cream because it's so finely milled, applied like a powder - but never looks caky, and makes the skin like you've layered silk on it. It's the makeup that feels and looks like no makeup - but your face will be perfected. It's made without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances/Dyes, Petro-Chemicals, Phthalates. Parabens are said to lead to cancer in woman, while synthetic items are not healthy for the skin. It won't irritate the skin or cause breakouts, which is a relief to all ladies~! According to the statistics on Sephora 98% of woman said their skin looked softer, smoother, and younger. 90% saw IMPROVEMENT in their SKIN with continuous use - a foundation that makes you not need to use foundation. 93% noticed that their skin looked more radiant! >> So, what's my true opinion? I have 2 containers of this foundation, both mini sized. (10 Day Full Face Samples from Sephora.) They have lasted me for a year of light usage from day to day. (Not everyday of course, maybe 2-3 weeks of full face usage if you add it up.) What I'm trying to get at is this stuff lasts. The samples - that were free - lasted a good time for being a sample. I don't have the full size product, I want to get it, but I can bet you that it will last just as long. Obviously longer because it's bigger! Another nice thing is that it comes in so many different shades. I always feel annoyed when I look at a foundation and think, wow. There's 5 shades, and they're all for pale skinned girls. Really, leaving people out in makeup! Not cool! Being light skinned, I don't have a lot of problems, but some of my best friends have olive and darker skin. It's not fair that they can't use my favorite foundation, especially if we have the same skin type. This foundation comes in 20 shades, so any girl can find their perfect fit. >> Besides that this foundation is certified organic it feels just plain good on the skin. I like to buff this on with a Kabuki Brush (small, dense, face brush.) for perfect application. The key to awesome looking skin is to begin by getting a chunk of product on the brush. Now swirl the brush in the cap to get a thin layer of powder on each bristle. Then, tap on the side of the cap so the excess falls in, and voila! You have a brush with the perfect amount of powder evened out. It has light to medium coverage, depending how much you layer it. It works good on girls who have redness, light blemishes, light acne scars, un-even skin tone, etc. If you have bad acne, and dark acne scars this might not be the best for you. But don't feel down! Apply your favorite foundation on first, and then apply this on top. It leaves anything powdery and fake with a soft natural glow. Of course, no sparkle. >> The packaging on this is simple and sleek. The bottom is clear so you can see how much foundation you have, the and the top is matte black. To finish, this foundation has sunscreen, something every girl needs. Obviously you want to apply a sunscreen prior to foundation (apply a separate one for more protection of course!) but this adds a little more strength. Effectiveness: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Packaging: 8/10 Ease Of Use: 10/10 Overall: 10/10 Grade: A+ Love this product all around - it's a great buy! <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="-8674483314418737739-full" data-show="-8674483314418737739-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>

- Sephora


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Zinc Oxide 21.8%acne

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