Friday, February 29, 2008

Animal, Vegetable, or....

Hey ladies,
I cannot tell you how many SYB Babes have emailed me questions about mineral makeup. This week, alone, I got two:

"How do you feel about Bare Minerals? I always see the commercial and want to try it!" --Anonymous

"Can you comment on all these new mineral powders? I don't quite understand them, why they work, what's so great, its just a powder, right?"
--Lisa Bowles Racek (we were on dance team together!!)

Well, Anonymous and Lisa, here's the story. Bare Escentuals kicked off the mineral makeup trend years ago with their Bare Minerals line, a makeup collection entirely made up of all-natural crushed minerals including zinc oxide, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, and mica. The line is actually more significant for what it DOESN'T contain; yucky ingredients like artificial fragrances, preservatives, talc, oil, and waxes--all skin irritants that makes acne-prone skin break out, and sensitive skin have allergic reactions. The gentle, zit-preventing factor is one of the reasons the line has garnered such a rabid cult following. The other reason? Bare Minerals' collection of powder foundations are, in a word, genius. They make skin look luminous, buffed, and impossibly glowy. And in the most natural, no-makeup kind of way! Think "afterglow." It's that remarkable. Which is why mass-market favorites like Revlon, Neutrogena, La Bella Donna, and Physicians Formula have jumped on Bare Minerals' bandwagon, launching their own mineral lines.

I've been a fan for years. So much so, that Bare Minerals asked me to give my own testimonial in an upcoming commercial (I'm flying out to San Fran in a couple weeks...squeal!). Now, I am not a foundation girl. Never have been. But whenever I'm going on TV, or to a fancy party, or anything special, I whip out Bare Minerals SPF 15 Foundation in Tan ($25), which looks like a powder, has the coverage of a foundation, and blends like a DREAM. It's so easy to apply--just dip in a fluffy brush, tap off excess powder, and swirl all over your face. I barely even need concealer with this stuff!! Gorgeous. The foundation comes in twelve pitch-perfect shades (and to give you an idea of how exhaustive the color range is, I wear Tan, which is smack in the middle!).

Lately, I've added the Bare Minerals "A Little Sun" All-Over Face Color ($28) to my regimen, because I'm so damned pasty. The subtle, twinkly bronzer comes with it's own fan brush, which helps you hit all the right spots...forehead, bridge of nose, cheekbones, and chin. I wore my Bare Minerals Foundation/A Little Sun combo on Fox News' "Red Eye" last night, and the in-house makeup artist was crushing on my complexion something scandalous.

In short, Bare Minerals makeup is totally worth it. They have eyeshadow, blush, gloss and all kinds of other beauty yummies, but honestly, it's all about the skin makeup. Truly divine. If you have problem skin, or are just looking for a natural everyday look, this is the answer. Thank me later, pumpkins.



Blogger Divine Blackness said...

Yaaay! Big fan here, Tia. Can't wait to see your commercial. I'm not a big foundation wearer either but I swear by mineral make-up, especially by Bare Minerals. I wear "warmth" and it is diviiiine on my skin. I seriously am shocked that it doesn't even feel like anything. Great product!

1:40 PM  
Blogger 2sday said...

I too am a Bare Minerals junkie. I love it because (1) it doesn't clog my acne prone skin (2) you really can sleep in it without worry (for those nights when I come home just too exhausted to take it off!) and (3) it is so amazingly sheer! I've got these little freckles across my cheekbones that I adore and while Bare Minerals does an excellent job of evening out my complexion, it doesn't cover up my freckles - yea!
I'm also a fan of Glee the all over face color. It leaves the most fun and natural blush on my face...much like a blushing bride.

1:45 PM  
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1:54 PM  
Blogger 1969 said...

I have been wearing Bare Minerals for the last two years and I will never go back. My skin is always luminous and healthy looking yet pulled together and polished.

My skin texture has improved and I have fewer breakouts. I also wear the foundation and the all over face color in warmth which gives me a great glow. I's the one product I can recommend over and over again.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Product Junkie Diva said...

Thanks for the information. I dont wear foundation but I have always seen these products and I wondered if they really work.
Product Junkie Diva

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best. Product. Ever. I started wearing Bare Minerals on my wedding day almost two years ago and I haven't used another product since. The tinted mineral veil is great for brown girls like me :).

6:59 PM  
Blogger Alixee said...

I would love to love this product but it does not come dark enough for me Unforch. Ashes me out to nooooo end.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous eva-k said...

LUV Bare Minerals. I too am a fan and have been using it for the last 3-4 years. I wear the Dark foundation with some clear radiance mixed in....and VOILA.....I'm glowing!....

10:20 PM  
Blogger Elle* said...

How excited am I about you being on an BE commercial!!!!! YAY! BE rocks. I love it. I swear, when I wear it consistently, my skin improves! it's the best, but I have to say its better applied with a Kabuki brush.

12:26 AM  
Blogger Live Fabulously said...

i so wanted to love bare minerals but the minute i put it on my face it burned like crazy and i then developed a nasty rash (tiny, itchy, red bumps all over my face - so not pretty). and it's not just bm...i've tried almost all mineral make-up out there hoping to find one that would work but i got the same reaction from every one. i'm so jealous of people who can wear it cuz their make-up always looks flawless and their skin is glowy.

1:05 AM  
Blogger Shayne said...

I'm a recent convert... but the other day I had completely broken out. I just used Bare Minerals - nothing else - and my friend told me I had perfect skin. She couldn't tell I even had anything covering up that mess!

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Couldn't agree more. I love Bare Minerals. I have acne, and some dark spots from previous breakouts, and was worried at first that it wouldn't give enough coverage. But I find it to be better than my old liquid concealer and foundation. There's a "concealer" mineral powder -- called "multi-tasking minerals" -- and also a small concealer brush, both of which I'd recommend if you need to conceal spots. The best makeup ever, in my opinion, and though it's pricey in the beginning, with brushes and all, the little pots of makeup last forever.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BUT...does their makeup work for us brown beauties?? I am seeing folks mention "medium" and "dark".. do their products cover a range of skin tones? That's what has held me back from trying the line.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Di said...

After watching the infomercial and hearing many blogs rave about it, I went to a BE store and had them try it on me. I was in between two shades, and the sales lady's suggestion was to buy both (too pricey) so I ended up with the darker shade.

I have had BE for over 6 months and just gave up after a while. Yes it feels like nothing is on my skin which is great, but it makes me look pasty. And very NATURAL- but natural in the same way I look when I have no make up on. Not a good thing. Attempts to use more of the product haven't helped either, in terms of coverage. I have found though that using some primer, helps the product give more coverage.

Yes Tia I've watched all the informercials on how to apply it, but can you help me out? A step by step tutorial on how you use it would really be helpful!!!

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Tameir said...

I can't wait to see your infomercial, Tia!

I love BE and have been using it since 1999. I wear Tan as well.

To the person asking if it works for brown beauties, it does. Depending on the skin tone, us brown and brownish gals can wear anything from Medium Beige(the Tan and Dark are in the middle) to Deepest Deep. There is a more varied selection of foundation colors in the store than is offered on TV. You can look online as well. Word on the street is they are about to expand the range of the darker shades not just in the number of colors being offered, but the undertones as well. Hopefully, anyone who looked ashy before will not with the new foundation colors.

I like to wear Warmth with Warm Radiance over it. I look sun-kissed year round.

T :-)

12:37 AM  
Blogger reclusivebeauty said...

I don't agree with you on this one!As a women of color and a employee of Sephora.I'm a Nc40 in Studio Fix and A medium tan in bare minerals.Bare Minerals turns completly Ashy and Grey on Darker Skin even the Bronzer Warmth is Digusting!Ladies I'm sure if you walk in any Sephora a honest Color Cast Member will agree with me.Just because a company makes something in a darker shade doesnt mean it's for you!

2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alixee and Di - I totally agree with you. On darker skin, Bare Minerals looks completely ashy. I've been to the Bare Minerals store at my local mall so I've tried every shade they have. I gave away "Warmth" because it left me cold.
My skin is generally dry, so I think the minerals don't do anything to wake up my face. I think does more to balance oily or acne prone skin.


12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bare minerals was an ashy mess on me, and I'm an NC45 in MAC. Looked like someone had hit me in the face with some flour.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Dolen said...

Umm...I have to chime in and say that while I love the look of a well-matched mineral foundation (as opposed to liquid or cream), I have to say that BE didn't work for me. I have tried all the colors (I have yellow undertones) with great Sephora makeup artists and it looked terrible! My makeup artist also agreed that BE wasn't great for black women. But maybe it worked for you, yeah?

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Shay said...

I have no idea about makeup so i went to a sephora counter to have them put on bare minerals for me and my face turned green. and i am a darker girl.. i know very dark ppl who say it works wonders for them, but me personally, it did not work!

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The issue is the titanium dioxide in bare minerals . Titanium Dioxide on people of color always turns grey even in sunscreen always look for chemical sunscreen like a parsol 1789. (Clarins is the exception)

9:45 PM  
Anonymous tabitha said...

My main problem with BE is that it IS NOT TRANSFER RESISTANT. I don't care what they say. IT WILL RUB OFF ON EVERYTHING. Oh, well. We gotta stick to what works for us (I'm all about the Bobbi Brown)

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just visited the Bare counter and wow -- I looked great.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there. I've heard that on those with darker complexions bare minerals can make one appear ashy. Has anyone that has used it experienced this? Thanks.


3:27 PM  
Blogger Ms. Smiley said...

I'm curious to know if anyone has tried alternative mineral powders or tried Mary Kay's new mineral powder foundation they just premiered after several years of research and study? Its comparable to BareMinerals and costs less.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Clara said...

A lot of people react to the bismuth oxychloride in BM though--it's a byproduct of lead mining and it makes my skin of steel start to itch. I returned mine and tried other avenues. There are tons of other mineral companies out there that don't use that stuff--mostly because they're women who are also sensitive to it and have made a formula that works with their own skin--that go for a fraction of the price. You can go to makeup forums, Makeup Alley, google, etc to look it up--I like Silk Naturals but it's not great for darker skin, though you might luck out and become a tester for the new dark formulas she's creating. Also, Everyday Minerals goes by undertones--six or seven categories--and have free samples so you can find your shade. You don't have to bust the bank in order to get mineral makeup.

12:25 AM  
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