Until a few years ago, I only used powder foundation. At first, in compact form (I’m pretty sure the number of Shiseido Pureness I used up is in the double digits!), then when BareEscentuals made mineral foundation popular, I ventured into the loose powder universe, but was never completely sold on it.
So, when I spotted the new BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation on Sephora, I decided to give it a go to see if my tastes have changed in the meantime and also find out if it really does what it says on the tin.
This new formula is packaged in a pretty bulky container compared to the original one. The inside is completely different, too: as you can see in the picture above, there’s a little net that is supposed to always dispense the right amount of powder when you press your brush onto it. I’ve been using the Blemish Remedy (shade 02 Clearly Pearl for light, neutral complexions) for about three weeks and this trick has worked so far, but I really wonder if it’ll still do when the product starts running low (I’ll update this review later on).
The way I like to use this is:
- I apply a thin layer with a flat-top kabuki brush, using circular buffing motions.
- I conceal any blemishes with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. The layer of powder really helps the concealer stick better to the skin, but you need to use a dry-texture product, as I don’t think a liquid concealer would work just as well.
- I apply another layer of Blemish Remedy by pressing it onto the skin. Avoid circular motions after concealer, otherwise you’ll most likely rub it off!
The powder is very finely-milled and almost undetectable on the skin. It provides very light coverage, so if it is full coverage that you want, this is definitely not for you, don’t be tricked into buying it by what BareEscentuals claim (‘conceals imperfections’ and ‘provides beautifully flawless coverage’ – it doesn’t). The company also states that the Aspen Bark and Tea Tree Oil it contains should have blemish-healing properties, but I haven’t seen any improvements in this regard, so in my experience it does not do what it says on the tin. Finally, if you’re not familiar with powder foundation, be aware that, like any other similar product (that I have used, at least), this one doesn’t last all day.
So who the hell might like this foundation? If you have oily, non-aging (it tends to emphasize fine lines) skin, want a finely-milled powder that doesn’t cake up and like a very natural-looking type of coverage, I think you’d get along with BareMinerals Blemish Remedy really well. I personally like the way it looks on my skin, but am still not fond of the fact that it comes in loose powder form. Apparently, my tastes haven’t changed and I still think compacts are way more convenient.
Have you tried BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation? Did it work wonders on your skin? Do you prefer using powder or liquid base products?