Sunday, 4 October 2015

bareMinerals SPF15 Original Foundation Review

I've been going on a bit of a foundation buying and testing spree to find my perfect one and while browsing Feel Unique a few months ago, I had a look at the bareMineral foundations. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on mineral make up generally and I wanted to see what side I fell into. Before buying did my usual google of '(insert foundation name here) foundation shade swatches" before getting the bareMinerals SPF15 Original foundation in the shade in "Fair (C1)".

I was quite hesitant to try out this foundation at first because of three reasons: 1. I have dry skin 2. I'm clumsy and 3. The whole 'Swirl, Tap and Buff' method of applying. bareMinerals did give me some relief though when I discovered that it had a nifty 'Click & Go Sifter'. Which just helps keeping things tidy and make sure you only dispense as much as you want/need.

The coverage is very light - when I first applied I almost didn't thing it was doing anything - but once you get buffing it really evens out your skin nicely. If you aren't a fan of light coverage then you can definitely build this up to a medium coverage, it won't make your face look cakey in the slightest. I find that regardless of the what coverage I want, I still need to use a concealer on blemishes etc. It feels very lightweight like you aren't wearing anything and it glided over my dry patches like a dream. It looks very natural on the skin and gives a lovely glow to the skin - perfect for us drier skin girls/boys.

However, I do a have a few cons about this foundation. My first being that I still find it very messy to use even with the 'Click & Go Sifter'. When using the 'Swirl, Tap and Buff' method, I find that when I tap it the powder goes everywhere and whatever surface it lands on it's pretty hard to remove - especially clothes! Another con for some would be the more you apply the more glow you get and sometimes I find that it can be a bit much/you get glow in places where you don't want it.


  • Good for drier skin types
  • Has an SPF of 15
  • Amazing shade range
  • Weightless feel
  • Natural/non cakey look
  • Doesn't clog pores
  • Blends effortlessly


  • Messy
  • Light - medium coverage
  • Not good for travel

The foundation costs £26, but I usually find it on offer on Feel Unique. I've had this foundation for about two months now and I've just got over half way left. You only need a small amount - about a 5p/20p size amount. I like to use the bareMineral Handy Buki brush (£18) which is dense enough to pick up and buff it in effortlessly. I also love using the RT Buffing brush (£20.99 - part of collection) for a more airbrushed look and it's a great budget option. If you have oilier skin I'd recommend trying the matte version of this foundation or getting a tester size before buying a full size.
Overall, I like this foundation and I love it for a natural look or to put on top of BB creams but I'm still on the fence. So I'm not sure if I'd purchase again. Definitely one to try out!

Have you tried this foundation out? What do you think of mineral make up? Let me know!



  1. Great review Lucy! I've also tried one mineral foundation - the e.l.f one and I too am on the fence. I don't LOVE the finish of it and I find it to be quite time consuming too...however I know when done right it can look beautiful...ahh it's a tricky one!
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

    1. Thank you Iqra! I totally agree, I can't pin point what I don't like about mineral make up. But you are the right because when I spend the time, the finish looks amazing! x


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