I’ve had half of these photos uploaded here for almost two months, shocking isn’t it. I was first introduced to Mineral Veil around 5 years ago and back then I didn’t use it that often. Now I use it pretty much every day as it gives such a flawless finish to my face. I think when I used this before I was using far too much and it kinda made my skin look a strange texture and clung to every imperfection. Since then I have perfected the art of application and fallen in love with this. I team this with either BareMinerals Foundation or Laura Geller Foundation (which I am determined to use and actually quite enjoying using), and sometimes if I am having a no make-up day I shove on a little bit of Nivea Young Tinted moisturiser with this lightly dusted on top. No make-up days have become a rarity now I am in my twenties, but with this and the BareMinerals foundation you can barely tell I am wearing any. I will point out that my camera has problems with turquoise-green colours and bright pink, making the pot look pretty fluorescent.
What BareMinerals Say
‘For the ultimate, translucent “finishing touch” to your makeup, our bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder infuses skin with softness and light, giving you the look of airbrushed perfection.
Make the most of your makeup with Mineral Veil® finishing powder, a see-through but spectacular finale for any kind of complexion. Minimising lines, absorbing oils, and softening your complexion, it gives you a flawless finish that’s too good to miss. And best of all, it’s utterly weightless. Just a bare veil of minerals that lock makeup in place and give your skin airbrushed perfection.’ – BareMinerals
I have a special edition pot here with a pink lid, which is shiny and easy to keep clean. The ordinary pots have a matte black lid and combining this with loose powder means they get quite grubby. I tend to swap this pink lid over to my new pot as I can’t stand having a dirty pot. The pot in itself is made from clear plastic allowing you to see at a glance how much product you have left. Built into the pot is a sifting mechanism allowing you to dispense the amount of product you need. I have one gripe with this twist sifter and that is when you buy the pot they tab is impossible to remove. You will require either pliers, man power or hands of steel. Personally i din’t want to break a nail on this so I got the bf to open it for me. I have taken these pots travelling and they have been thrown in a bag and knocked around and I am yet to break one so I can deduce they are pretty sturdy. One thing to be wary of is that you need to put the lid on really tightly to avoid any spillages in your bag as sometimes the twisty sifter untwists itself. How thoughtful.
This is a translucent powder and as such is supposed to be a one shade suits all kind of thing. I imagine that on very dark skins this might make you look a bit ashy, but I am just guessing. Has anyone with dark skin tried this? I would be interested to know if it worked for you too. This does actually come in 3 other shades: illuminating, tinted and hydrating. I have tried a small pot of the tinted version and if I am perfectly honest I didn’t notice that much of a difference? It was maybe a little bit pinker, but as I said when on my face I couldn’t tell. You can also buy this in an SPF25 version or as a pressed powder compact version. I have the pressed compact powder version and it has lasted me well over a year and I literally just hit pan last week. The pressed powder is great for travel, but for everyday at home use I still prefer the original version.
A big selling point of BM make-up for me is that it is mineral make-up and it is claimed that it won’t damage your skin and that you can sleep in it. I don’t recommend sleeping in make-up, but I have done it after a long session at uni and woken up the next morning with clear skin. Other foundations etc can cause pores to clog leading to breakouts, but I have had no issues with this. This contains four ingredients: corn starch, modified corn starch, zinc stearate and magnesium stearate. The first two are from a plant and I imagine are the powdery base. The second two are pigments and pigment emulsifier, giving the veil its colour. Nothing nasty here.
Swirl. Tap. Buff. All you do is tap a little into the lid, swirl it around gently, tap off the excess from the brush and gently buff it onto your face. I think it does take a little getting used to the technique and the amount of product required, but persevere and you will end up loving this.
Texture and Wear Time
This is the most finely milled powder I have ever encountered. It is so finely milled and that probably is why it smooths things over so well. The texture is really smooth and silky, but I don’t find that it settles in my lines. I can probably wear this for around 5-6 hours before my nose starts to shine again and I need a touch up. I really like how this product makes my skin look smooth and flawless. One thing to be aware of is that it can cling to dry patches if you are overly zealous with the brush.
As you can see the powder virtually disappears once blended.
Price and Where to Buy
Talking of limited edition sets, how chic is this bareMinerals kit available from QVC for £20.91. It contains a 2g mini original veil, 3 0.7g coloured mineral veils (some of which aren’t even on the BM website) and a mini brush. This will be mine come payday.
I think I have said it all on how much I love this product and would urge you to try it. If you pop to your local BM store, they will let you try it on, which is always good. I need to replenish my stash of this as I am down to my last pot 😦 It does a great job of setting my make-up and I will never be without it
Have you tried this before or is it something you would like to try? What finishing powder do you use?