bareMinerals Matte Foundation SPF 15
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

bareMinerals Matte Foundation SPF 15 is a loose-powder foundation with a very soft texture and smooth application.The formula provides broad spectrum sun protection which is imperative for anti-aging benefit. Just be sure to pair it with another form of SPF to ensure full sun protection (most women won't apply this liberally enough to achieve that). You can expect medium to almost full coverage.

Despite the name, this foundation doesn’t have a truly matte finish; you still get a soft, non-sparkling glow that someone with very oily skin won’t appreciate. The silica base coupled with calcium silicate and the mineral sunscreen agents can make this feel quite dry, which makes it not the best for dry skin.

What Bare Escentuals did well is the closure for this loose-powder makeup. The sifter can be completely sealed so powder doesn’t spill out all over the place, although you’ll still get some residual powder in the cap and on the sifter with each use, but the mess is minor when compared with the mess of many other loose powders.

Where this foundation takes a sharp nosedive is in its shades. Most of the light colors are fine, but all of the darker shades have a strong ashen finish that can make dark skin tones look drab and gray.


Active: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide. Other: Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Calcium Silicate, Soil Minerals. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides. Per Bare Escentuals, percentages of the sunscreen actives vary by shade.

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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excellent for oily acne prone skin

Im 39years and have battled with acne since my teenage years. First used bare minerals when i went to London, its the only makeup that didn't break me out. I cleanse with clinique foaming wash, the clarifying lotion and all over clearing treatment, i then use bare minerals foundation matte, my sikin has been glowing ever since

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Awesome for oily skin!

I have extremely oily skin and I have tried everything under the sun. I live in the country where it is summer all year round and I always wondered why I was SO SHINY - Was it the foundation I was using? Is it just how my skin was? I was super embarrassed because I always had to blot away oils. So happy I found this because so far it is the only foundation that mattifies for a longer period of time. Nothing will ever stop my oils 100% but this is awesome.

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Jane DOe
Triggered Terrible Cystic Acne

This product triggered terrible cystic acne for me. It took me a while to figure out what was the cause, but when I did I googled it to see if others had a similar experience. I was shocked to see so many other people with the same story. Bare minerals is supposed to be natural and easy on your skin but I definitely had an allergic reaction to it. I just switched to Tarte and already my skin feels waaaaay better

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Christine C.
Excellent mineral powder foundation

I started using this mineral powder foundation 3 or 4 years ago, and it is perfect for my combination skin. It's powder formula makes it is easy to get the wanted coverage : more where you need and less where you don't and get a very natural look. I have even been asked if I had no make up at all although I would never go out without foundation, as my skin is quite uneven. Would recommended it without any hesitation.

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Francoise F.
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