Bare Minerals from Bare Escentuals is the original mineral-based powder foundation that came out about five years ago. Being an Early Adopter in makeup as well as electronics, I bought the kit–again from Sephora–back then. I looked at it, looked at the CD that came with it and got totally intimidated. Then I saw Leslie, the woman who first marketed the stuff, demonstrate the Swirl,Tap, Buff technique on TV and I gathered up my courage to try it myself:
There is something about that buffing process that appeals to me. It seems so much more thorough than just slathering on some foundation. I can get quite meditative about my Swirl,Tap, Buff.
The only caveat: I have to make sure my face is “properly hydrated” before using this, which means using a good moisturizer. It’s best, I’ve found, in the heat of summer, and I always use a primer underneath.
That said, the trick to more complete coverage is to build it up with multiple Swirl, Tap & Buff applications; this is not the time to load up your brush with product. Have patience and you’ll be rewarded with an incredibly natural look, probably more than a traditional foundation base will give you.
Have you tried the mineral-based makeup? What’s your opinion? Is one brand better than another?