Bare Minerals – Original SPF 15 Foundation Review

Something about Bare Minerals makes me nostalgic. Taking me back to a teenage me breaking into the makeup and beauty world. It’s definitely OG status and recently, slowly making a comeback.

Many will say it’s messy and difficult to make work. I’m here to convince you otherwise.

I really was pleasantly surprised with this foundation. If you’ve been following my posts, I’ve been makeup free for a long while now in an effort to help clear my skin. But as my birthday slowly crept up in the first week of October, I decided what the heck. I was going to put a full face of makeup on. Man it felt nice!

Why I Chose This?

I wanted a light weight foundation that packed a punch when it came to coverage. No, I don’t think powders are any different than liquids when contributing to breakouts and acne and the overall clogging of pores. But it just felt better on my skin, didn’t take ages to come off at the end of the night.

Note: I’m finding makeup may not be the culprit as my skin has not dramatically changed since I stopped applying all my cosmetics.

Retailing for AUD$42.00, 8 g/0.28 oz at Mecca with 18 available shades.


Titanium Dioxide 12.6%, Zinc Oxide 21%, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide.

Click, lock and go


The sifter part is amazing because, unlike older versions of the classic foundation, the sifter mechanism locks when you twist it to prevent excess powder floating around. Particularly handy when travelling. This means you’re not wasting product you’re not using and the powder stays fresh.

Swirl, tap, buff

I like to use only 1 of the 4 sifter holes to dispense the product into the lid. You really don’t need a whole heap of powder foundation. So using 4 holes really isn’t necessary in my opinion. Less is best.

This is more than enough. Work with this much for each part of your face until you achieve the coverage you like
Using a brush like this provides the best coverage

Swirl your brush for a solid minute or more until the product is gone. All the product should be up in the bristles of your brush now.

Use gentle circular motions and gentle tapping to buff the powder into the skin. Work on each part of your face a bit of a time with a bit of product as shown above. Note:Β You shouldn’t have powder flying everywhere.Β If this is the case, you need to buff more before you apply to your face.

You may think nothing is happening but it will slowly transform your face into a blank, even canvas.

Wear Test

I wore this for a few hours, approx 6 hours for my birthday dinner and it held up really nicely. I didn’t look too oily or shiny at the end of the night.

To prep I simply moisturised my face with Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser Sensitive 30 minutes before application of foundation.

SPF 15 is not enough sun protection. SPF will degrade during the day so please apply a base layer of no less than an SPF 30 sunscreen to your face before applying this powder. Reapplication is always necessary πŸ˜‰

What I Love?

  • This turns my skin into a literally flawless complexion. Something I never thought a powder foundation would provide
  • My skin but better look
  • No streaky face like liquids tend to do
  • No cakiness, feels lightweight
  • Healthy glow
  • This actually matches me better than any liquid foundation I have ever tried. Not too pink or yellow for my fair skin
  • Came off easily with Micellar Cleansing Water and my Microfiber Facial Cloth

I think if you’re a beginner at makeup, this is truly a nice option to begin with. You can’t mess it up really, just don’t apply a whole heap and you should be good to go.

So I wonder, have you tried the Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation? Or perhaps any other powder foundations? Share your thoughts below.

Remember to love your health!