Last weekend I was invited to a bloggers event at House of Fraser. While I was there I had a bare minerals makeover to try out a full range of products. Fun fact: Bare Minerals was my first ever proper foundation when I was younger (Pretty sure it was called Bare Escentuals then). Because it felt like a foundation I'd moved on from, I haven't used it since so I was excited to see their product range now.
After being treated with bubbly and a generous goodie bag, the lovely Holly gave me a makeover.
(Note: All of the products I mention are cruelty free & vegan)
Bare Minerals Skincare Review
We started with their skincare range, which I think I found the most impressive. I've never been so impressed with skin care before, honestly. We first used the Pure Plush cleansing foam, which wasn't drying on my skin. My skin has had some dry tendencies so we wanted to keep everything hydrating.
We also used the Externalixer, which is a face oil used to brighten my complexion. I've been loving using face oils recently and this one felt so luxurious on the skin. It wasn't greasy at all.
Something I was definitely keen to try was their eye cream. I've been looking out for eye creams recently but haven't found one that appeals to me. The eye cream is called 'Brilliant Future' and again, felt wonderful on my skin. It wasn't too heavy so appeals to me as a daytime cream too.
Their brightening primer contains carmine (not vegan: comes from insects) but their regular 'Prime Time' primer does not. Again it felt lovely on my skin, although it wasn't one of the best I've tried.
Bare Minerals Makeup Review
For foundation, we used their original mineral powder. This has a luminous finish, which I loved. It has a great buildable coverage but just blends into the skin. We worked it into a full coverage but it didn't even look like I was wearing anything on my skin. I am in love with this.
Holly used the bare skin complete coverage concealer on top of the foundation under my eyes. This was something I was really curious about as I didn't know how you would pair liquid concealer with a mineral foundation. Because the foundation just melts into the skin, the liquid blended in seamlessly. We applied about two layers to build it up to the coverage I was happy with. It looked really natural and not cakey, which is something I struggle to achieve when I build up my concealers.
We then applied their mineral veil on top which added a nice glow to the skin, although I was happy with the finish before this.
To add a bit of colour back to the face, Holly used their bronzer which was subtle but buildable. Being quite fair, sometimes bronzers can look a bit orange on the skin, but this bronzer was the perfect shade for my skin. It was also luminous without being shimmery so it worked well with the foundation base. (It's difficult to find out whether this product is actually vegan as it says 'may contain carmine' for the range so I'm not sure which shades are suitable. To be safe I won't be purchasing it and wouldn't recommend you do either if you only buy vegan products).
We finished the look with their GEN Nude Matte Liquid lip in the shade 'Swag.' This was gorgeous! It has a moussey consistency but doesn't full dry down like a traditional liquid lip. It just feels creamy on the lips (not tacky). It stayed on all day, even in the heat, but wasn't at all drying on the lips. Super impressed.
Overall I absolutely loved these products. The skincare was so luxurious and made my skin feel so good, even after I'd taken off my makeup. The foundation gave me a luminous, full coverage look but didn't look cakey and the lipstick was probably one of my favourite lipstick formulas.
I definitely recommend giving Bare Minerals a try if you're interested, you can try out their products at a House of Fraser counter.