Those who have been experimenting with makeup long enough would know about the mineral makeup craze in the early 2000s.
A long way before Tarte, a few OGs dominated the market, and crowning them all was the brand some call the pioneer of mineral makeup: bareMinerals. Since then, the brand has permanently secured their own space on Sephora shelves worldwide and is still a front-runner amongst classic makeup brands.
But who are they, really?
bareMinerals was launched in 1995 by a larger company, Bare Escentuals, with the aim to create sans-chemicals natural makeup that would be beneficial to the skin. Their star product is a loose powder foundation that offers light to medium coverage and a whole lot of goodness.
It was only after Japanese powerhouse Shiseido bought over Bare Escentuals did the brand really start expanding and producing other makeup products such as liquid foundation, pressed powders, blushers, and lipsticks.
They are now an established cruelty-free brand, creating simple and skin-friendly makeup. If these things matter to you, it’s also good to keep in mind that their parent company Shiseido do still test on animals.
I want to get my first bareMinerals products, what should I buy?
Dipping your toes into a brand you’ve never owned before can be overwhelming.
bareMinerals has a few stand-out products that have been tried and tested with almost perfect results. Here are some of their outstanding products for your whole face!
bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF15
Of course, you have to get their award-winning powder Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF15, made with literally just five ingredients.
It has sun protection, claims to last for up to eight hours, and feels so light and comfortable on the skin. In fact, it’s so comfortable and pure that the brand says you can sleep in it – although it’s still not something we’d recommend. Oh, and it’s also paraben-free. What’s not to love?
DV Tip: Use their foundation shade finder to get the perfect match!
bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF15 is available on LookFantastic for SGD40.
bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer
Their bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer has a moisturising formula that smooths over blemishes and discolouration, helping you achieve that flawless, even coverage.
bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer is available on Lazada for SGD35.
bareMinerals Loose Powder Blush
Their Loose Powder Blush is perfect for that pink-cheeked girl-next-door look, or
to cover up the fact that you’re melting under the sweltering heat when you want to look naturally flushed from the sun!
Despite being a loose product and therefore a little messy, they have gained an A rating on Temptalia. The big-time online reviewer says the texture is smooth and silky, which makes it easy to blend, and only fades after eight hours. Sounds like a winner to us!
The shade Glamour is a soft, warm pink that is great for light skin tones, while Golden Gate is perfect for medium to dark skintones!
bareMinerals Loose Powder Blush is available on LookFantastic for SGD31.
bareMinerals Brow Powder
It may not surprise you to find out that the bareMinerals Brow Powder is literally a loose powder. This pot of powder can help you achieve a natural, bushy brow when used dry or a bold, well-defined brow when used wet.
Because it’s so versatile and it comes in loose pigment, it’ll last you ages before you need to go out and get another one!
DV Tip: If it becomes too messy, a reviewer on Makeupalley recommended sticking tape over all the holes leaving one. It’ll dispense less of the product and will be easier to manage.
bareMinerals Brow Powder is available on LookFantastic for SGD22.
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0
True to its name, the READY Eyeshadow 4.0 is a travel-friendly palette that has four shades to create a simple, nude look on-the-go.It is especially perfect for beginners with its smooth, blendable powder shades that “feel like a cream”!
READY Eyeshadow 4.0 is available on LookFantastic for SGD42.50.
bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara
With a tapered wand, this ultra black mascara promises to give you fluttery, separated lashes. Give them a quick curl before heaping on the product to get a natural yet made-up look!
bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara is available on LookFantastic for SGD29.50.
bareMinerals Statement Lux Lipstick
bareMinerals’ star lip product, the Marvelous Moxie lipsticks, are currently not available or have been discontinued. But fret not, their Marvelous Moxie Lipglosses are just as good!
If you’re not the biggest fan of lip gloss, their Statement Lux Lipsticks come in nine shades and have earned a 4.5 rating on Ulta! Reviewers confirm that it is long lasting, true to colour, and doesn’t suck the moisture from your lips.
Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss and Statement Lux Lipsticks are available on LookFantastic for SGD25 and SGD26.50 respectively.