Hooray, another product finished!
I just emptied my first container of Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil. I have been using bareMinerals for a while and really quite like them. I was initially impressed by the claims that it was not bad for your skin and you could sleep in it (I am very lazy at bedtime, although I have gotten better), and then when I finally tried it, impressed by the coverage and breadth of product selection.
bareMinerals can be off-putting because they make it seem like you have to watch a DVD to fully grasp how to use their product. I was not originally particularly interested in a product that was so complicated to apply that I would need to have a tutorial before I could begin. Does this actually appeal to anyone? It just seems like work to me. I know how to apply makeup, I’ve been doing it for years – do I really want to shake things up now?
I finally gave in, though, and honestly, you don’t really need the video. I guess if you need heavy coverage, or if you’ve never used makeup before, the video could be very helpful and informative. Overall, though, I just use their powder and blush like any other powder and blush. The Mineral Veil, though, was a new product to me. So let’s get to it.
Mineral Veil is a “finishing powder” that you dust all over your face after you apply your foundation and blush. I never used a finishing powder before, and as I have previously mentioned, I tend to be of the “less is more” philosophy with regard to makeup (appearance-wise, at least). I have really grown to love Mineral Veil, however – it really does just give your makeup a final, polished look, and help to set everything in place. bareMinerals Mineral Veil is the only one I have tried, and it’s weightless. Originally, they only had standard Mineral Veil – a translucent powder that was unnoticeable on skin (except for its effect, of course). They now have Hydrating (tried it, didn’t notice a difference), Illuminating (tried it, didn’t like it, gives your skin a “sheen” – I prefer a matte look when made up, a dewy, moist look when not), and Tinted (read on), as well as Original.
Original is a great stand-by and I imagine works on everyone. I tried Tinted on a whim and am now sold. I am white as a sheet in the winter (10 months of rain will do that to you) and have actually used a couple different facial bronzers just to try to keep my face looking alive. I liked them (I’ll eventually get around to reviewing them), but I LOVE the Tinted Mineral Veil because it’s two-fer. If I’m already using Mineral Veil, adding a bronzer to it just helps me skip a step.
Anyhow, I feel like I am babbling here, so let me summarize: bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil is a lightweight finishing powder with a very light, pleasant bronzing effect. It finishes your makeup but doesn’t leave you shiny or feeling heavy. You can get it in plain or SPF 25 varieties. I would definitely recommend it, and you can get it at Sephora, of course, at the Bare Escentuals website (linked above), or here at Ulta, just to shake things up.