Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Mineral Veil is a talc-free loose powder with a softer and much lighter consistency than the bareMinerals Foundation SPF 15, and it applies matte. The shades are sheer and have a dry finish that’s best for someone with normal to oily skin.


Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Corn Starch Modified, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Stearate.

May Contain: Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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Love, love, love!

To me, BE mineral veil is the best product of its type. It's so velvety smooth and does a great job setting make up and diminishing the look of pores. Doesn't clog my pores, either. Tried a similar product by It Cosmetics but it feels too grainy, as with other brands of this type product. Sticking with BE mineral veil.

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Patricia R.

It leaves my face feeling dry, i have mix to dry skin, it does not last through the day

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I received the mineral veil in my very first bare minerals starter set and honestly I had no idea what the point of it was. When I asked the woman at the bare minerals counter, she said it's supposed to give a smoother look to my face. Assuming that she was just trying to sell product, I decided to open up my mineral veil compact and give it another try. I apply a small amount over my entire face (minus the eye shadow) after I'm completely finished applying my makeup. I make sure to apply enough for it to do its job, but not too much that it alters the color of my foundation. A small dusting per area of application is what I use. Anyways I believe it does give a more "photo finish" look to my face. It appears to smooth out my 25 year old "wrinkles" and look of my pores. Mind you, I do use a medium-full coverage concealer and medium to full coverage bare minerals loose powder foundation. Mineral veil seems to provide the finishing touch. It lasted all throughout the night and even the next morning (yes I know, wash your face before bed!) my foundation looked flawless! Mineral veil claims to "set" your foundation which I think it does, especially over a liquid concealer. It just gives my face a more airbrushed look, which I really enjoy. I will be continuing to use mineral veil. The downfall is that it is expensive, but it lasts a very long time since you use only a fraction of the amount compared to the amount you would use of the powder foundation. I would recommend this product, but I'm not so convinced to suggest everyone I know to go buy it.

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