My First bareMinerals Counter Experience

bareminerals boots speke retail-park liverpool
bareminerals boots speke retail-park liverpool
bareminerals boots speke retail-park liverpool
bareminerals boots speke retail-park liverpool
bareminerals boots speke retail-park liverpool
Just a quick disclaimer to say that I wasn't paid to write this.. I was just VERY impressed with bareMinerals [as you'll find out as you read on]. Also, I don't normally haul my big heavy DSLR on errands, which explains the lower quality photographs than usual because I'd used my phone instead.. 
I think this seems like a funny post today, definitely different to what, and how, I normally write, but I'm hoping to incorporate varied content on my blog from now on, so that it's not the same old review after review in addition to the occasional monthly favourites or events post etc. This would be more of an.. informal post I guess? Different to how I normally blog, including a touch of ramble - let me know after reading if you'd like me to try and keep this up or if you prefer my "normal" tone..

Anyhow, after running a couple of errands this afternoon I'd dropped by Boots to have a quick browse - we all know it's never just a browse - and I'd noticed that the layout of the beauty section was different [interesting story, I know]. After navigating around to see if anything major had changed I'd noticed that a sparkling new bareMinerals counter was introduced into the store! [Just for clarity and in order for relaying my experience to make sense, I'm talking about the Boots in Liverpool Speke Retail Park here]. 
Previously there was a tiny diddy mere two shelves worth of space in this particular Boots store, but now there's a whole new 10 of space for the brand, which had attracted a lot of interest to me as I've been wanting to try bareMinerals for the longest time, only to be hindered by the lack of access to the range. I'm not sure if I've spoken about it before, but I'd like to try and go foundation-free this year, most definitely liquid/cream foundation free, and converting fully to mineral based products on a day to day basis - which is why bareMinerals is a brand I've been trying to get my hands on!

So off I went to browse the entire range before quickly being approached by Charlene, one of the brand assistants. Being very friendly and just.. you know that first impression feeling you get and you can instantly tell whether they're a good or bad egg? I felt completely happy at that moment to allow Charlene to help colour match me to one of the mineral foundations, which is very strange as I've never been fully comfortable to allow a complete stranger I've only just met to remove my existing makeup and see my bare face..
Anyhow, Charlene started by cleansing my face with the Deep Cleansing Foam to remove my existing makeup in addition to lifting away any impurities on my skin; after adding a quick spritz of water and wiping away [I couldn't exactly access a sink and start splashing my face in the middle of Boots!] the cleanser I was left with a clean and refreshed surface for further treatments in order for a perfect base for foundation. 

I was then treated to pumps of the BioLucent Mineral Brightening Serum because I'd mentioned that I use brightening products within my skincare routine so Charlene offered for me to try it to see what I thought of their serum. In my opinion, this reminded me of MAC Stobe Cream, or the recently launched Max Factor Facefinity Primer [both of which are apparently the same] due to the slightly luminescent properties within the formula. 
My face was then followed up with the Advanced Protection Moisturiser for Combination Skinthere are also three other variations of the same moisturiser, coming in a universal sheer tinted form for the same skin type; tinted and non-tinted for normal/dry skin; all of which contain SPF20. 


After my skin has been prepared as much as possible, I was then given the choice between the Original Mineral Foundation and the Matte version. I ended up opting for Original as I'd previously only been looking up reviews of this rather than the Matte. Both formulas contain SPF15. 
Charlene then proceeded to select four shades of the foundation she thought that would suit me best, after sporting four stripes down my face for comparison we mutually agreed on Medium Beige, which is apparently the shade that works for a large proportion of people and is the one for my light/medium skintone. 

The application of mineral foundation is easily broken down into three simple steps - Swirl, Tap and Buff. Using the Full Flawless Face Brush, Charlene proceeded to swirl the foundation in the lid of the packaging in order to load up the brush for application. It is worth noting that although watching her seemingly accumulate a lot of powder; not a crazy amount was dispensed onto my skin immediately, presumably even without tapping off excess for fallout. I'd also learnt that in order for coverage to be built up gradually and effectively, it is not required to go back for more powder.. instead, you simply had to keep buffing at the skin. 
After a short few minutes of Charlene working the powder on my face, I was very impressed with the noticeably natural coverage the mineral foundation provided, the coverage was brilliant - reducing redness dramatically and somehow making my pores seem less prominent. For extra coverage Charlene went in with the Maximum Coverage Face Brush with a little more of the foundation.
To complete the look, Charlene finished me off with the Mineral Blush; All Over Face Colour [I think!] for subtle definition even though it looks scarily too dark in the jar; and finally the Mineral Veil

Writing this post it's around 7/8 hours after Charlene had worked her magic on me, I must admit that I am very impressed with how the foundation and coverage is holding up, none of the redness has been revealed and I just can't keep checking the mirror because I can't believe it's that amazing. [Sidenote: I've also been snapchatting my best friend a LOT, i.e. crazy selfie one after the other.. and that's probably because I am really happy with how it looks on me].
However, at the 3.5/4 hour mark I did begin to notice my cheeks in particular start to develop a bit of oiliness, and this has now fully spread to my entire face [attractive image, I know]. Luckily, Charlene has provided me with a small sample of the foundation with its very own mini brush [!] so I'm looking to try the setting powder under foundation technique to see whether that controls the consequences of having combination/oily skin. [I will probably come back to edit this post if it works]. 

Makeover [or Make Under, as they call it] complete, a very impressed [and tired - it's 2am..] Anita, I'd like to conclude this lengthy post by saying that the bareMinerals Counter in Liverpool Speke Retail Park is still very new and they're currently providing free Make Unders so if you're in the area go and have a look around [and say that I sent you!].. perhaps also book in for a small pamper before a night out?

If you have managed to read all the way through this post then kudos to you!
Have you tried any bareMinerals products in the past? If so, which would you recommend to me?
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46 comments:

  1. I'm a huge fan of bareMinerals! If you find yourself getting a bit oily throughout the day, try touching up with some Mineral Veil, it will help take care of it. The dark blush was probably Warmth All Over Face Color, and it's very very subtle when applied lol. You should check out some of their blushes, I really like the Radiance colors like Rose Radiance. Enjoy bareMinerals!

    Courtney
    ckellyblush.blogspot.com

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  2. I've never really browsed Bare Minerals before. I hope my local Boots have a nice new counter too! I must go and look xx

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  3. I tried bare minerals, had the whole thing done at the counter and I just felt caked in product. My skin felt so clogged plus the colour did nothing for the slight redness I have and made my under eye circles somehow appear more pronounced?! I looked like an oompa lumpa, the colour just did not sit well on my skin. I'm a MAC NW20 and can normally find matches with no problems with MAc, RMK, Chanel, Bourgois etc etc so not used to not finding a match. The assistant agreed with me that I looked orange and suggested that I buy 2 or 3 different colours and mix them?? No chance. Not for me I'm afraid, but glad you had a good experience!!

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  4. I love Bare Minerals, I use the Medium Beige shade too! You should definitely try the matte one if you think your face is too shiny because that's what I did and I found it made a massive difference. My face still looked nice and glowy but without the nasty oiliness! x

    holly la beau

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  5. Ooh Charlene did mention that the Mineral Veil is great for touchups throughout the day to freshen up the makeup again, thanks for the other tips too!

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  6. You should! Hopefully they have a nice new counter and an extensive range for you to play around with x

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  7. Really? Shame that bareMinerals hadn't seem to work for you as much as it did to me.. I think mine did look a touch cakey under certain lighting, but once my "dewiness" had started it didn't look too bad, and was more natural in a way.


    I've heard that a select minority also have the same problem as you, but I guess they don't have any problem in purchasing a couple to mix in every time for the perfect blend..


    It's a shame that you didn't receive a good experience as I had, hopefully this doesn't deter you away from the rest of their range!

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  8. Snap! :) I will be considering trying out the Matte version.. perhaps after I try the powder-under-foundation technique which works with my liquid foundations :) x

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  9. I love having my makeup done at counters, it's so much fun!
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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  10. After this time I think I'll be more relaxed to seek advice at a counter too :)

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  11. I know someone who works at a Benefit counter and apparently they're always told to try and get as many customers trying on make up as they can, definitely a selling tactic but also helpful!

    By the way, I've tagged you in the Inspiring Blogger Award if you'd like to join in :)

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  12. This is a great post do more like these :) I'd like to try Bare Minerals foundations myself but I'll probably wait until I've used most of the foundation I've got at the moment and then buy it (I don't want to waste it lol) How come you want to stop wearing liquid foundations?

    Yazmin xx
    www.yazzyscorner.co.uk

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  13. thank you Yazmin! I just wanted a big break from liquid really, having worn it nearly every day since I was 15! :) x

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  14. I've never really browsed Bare Minerals before....
    I wish my local boots looked like that! lol Ours is tiny! x

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  15. ah :) this is the biggest one in Liverpool I think? Makeup & Beauty sections wise ofcourse! :) x

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  16. I have wanted to try bareminerals for ages as I hate wearing liquid foundation but I also don't like leaving the house without foundation on. I hope they add a counter to the boots near me! Great post, I'd love to read more like this :) xx

    reviewsonbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. ah I'm like this too, Leah, if they don't add a counter in your Boots you could always try Debenhams? x

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  18. Ooh didn't realise they had it in debenhams! I'll have to check that out :) xx

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  19. as far as I am aware I think they do.. at the very least in the big ones! But then again I've yet to come across one that hasn't got a bareMinerals counter x

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  20. I've never tried Bare Minerals products, but I'd love to!)

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  21. do try to find your local counter and have a play around to see what you think! :)

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  22. I never tried bare Minerals products before. Thanks for this review.

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  23. woah ! bare minerals loose powder is the best in the world :)

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  24. ahh you should Cristina! Do try and get yourself to a counter to see whether they compliment your skin as much as they do to mine :)

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  25. Indeed! I've been loving my small sample and I can agree :)

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  26. wow I heard a lot about BM! i want to try their foundation!

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  27. id recimmend the bare minarels liquid foundation..it gives a flawless and shine finish

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  28. me too - that was what had prompted me to go up to the counter :)

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  29. ooh I didn't know they did a liquid foundation.. might look into it :)

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  30. oh nooo I wish Indonesia has one of their counter too T.T

    anw love your posts and the pics you took are all awesome! ><

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  31. aw no, hopefully they'll open a new on there! :)

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  32. I've never tried anything from Bare Minerals but I'd love to, my best friend has used their mineral makeup since we were young teenagers and her skin is literally flawless! I have the Laura Mercier mineral foundation but it just doesn't last on my skin, which I thought was odd for a powder foundation. Will definitely have to give BM a try!


    Meg | meg-says.com

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  33. aw really? I was looking into the LM one too :/ x

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  34. Very cool, thanks for sharing your experience. I've yet to ever get makeup done at a makeup counter, myself. This was a cool read!

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  35. ah you're welcome! I've always been hesitant at getting my makeup done at a counter too :)

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