I should hope you’re using SPF all year round. Rain, shine, snow, fiery balls falling from the sky, whatever the day brings I hope it starts with a solid SPF.
And shame on you if you aren’t wearing SPF!
SPF isn’t the easiest product in the world to wear in my opinion. Some are greasy, some too oily, some break me out, some feel way heavy, some suffocate my skin……It’s tough SPF world out there.
But it’s an absolutely necessary evil that you apply it everyday, diligently, to protect your skin and keep it looking its youthful best.
Products that make SPF easy are on my hit list so thank you Bare Escentuals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen for making SPF easy, simple, and painless!
A weightless, breathable formula that won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. The Micronized Titanium Dioxide mineral physically shields against UVA/UVB rays to help prevent premature skin aging and sun damage.
This is a super convenient way to get your daily dose of SPF without a heavy, greasy lotion formula. It actually contains Bismuth which is one of the ingredients that prevents me from loving BE’s foundation products however I didn’t experience any itchiness or irritation when using this so I was quite delighted and surprised that I can include it in my daily regime.
The product comes in three shade selections but the most part it’s very sheer however it does act wonderfully as a finishing powder as it evens out skin and creates a fresher appearance while setting makeup plus giving you your daily dose of SPF. It’s housed in a twist up brush which allows the mineral SPF powder to flow easily into the brush. The brush twists up and down for easy transportation and has a soft feel without any shedding problems that I noticed. The mineral formula is silky, blends out easily, and leaves behind a weightless, lightweight finish.
I wasn’t clear on how to use this as the box says it can be used under or over your normal BE Foundation of choice however I use BB Creams so I’m curious if I can go ahead and use it over my BB Cream. It’s a difficult call as SPF should be as close to your skin as possible for the best protection so I naturally assumed this would be the start of your face in the morning but since it is a mineral powder what about moisturizer? Foundation? Using powder first and following up with moisturizer, foundation, BB creams, etc…could prove messy.
In the end, I actually decided I preferred using it as a finishing powder that offers me additional SPF. So I started out with my own SPF in the morning, followed up with my skincare, used my BB Cream and other base products, followed up with makeup, and completed my look with this to set makeup and give me additional sun protection. If you’re a more minimal makeup user and forgo foundation products than this is easy enough to use to mattify your face and set the canvas for your makeup while offering solid sun protection in the form of SPF 30, it contains 12% titanium dioxide.
I think it’s very convenient, will travel friendly, and probably the most comfortable way to get sun protection.
Since the product is on the sheer side it’s hard to tell if you have all your bases covered here. I’m a little scared that I don’t have my face properly protected so I have to be sure not to quickly buff this one but to take time and pay attention that I’m getting all the areas on my face covered.
- Those who wear minimal makeup and need a lightweight SPF (this isn’t greasy, oily, or heavy and if you prefer more basic, minimal makeup it’ll prove very easy to use).
- Those wanting an SPF formula that isn’t sticky, greasy, or heavy (this is weightless).
- Those already using SPF but that would like additional protection (I think it’s fine to use your own SPF and follow up with this as a last step to your makeup application as a finishing powder of sorts that offers sun protection).
- Those who have had averse reactions to Bismuth (I didn’t have any problems with this thankfully but bismuth does tend to make skin itchy).
- Those who aren’t keen on a sheer product that they have to take special attention and care with when applying (since this is sheer it’s hard to see if all areas of your face is covered so special care is needed when applied).
Overall, I really liked Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen but I don’t think it’ll replace my current SPF. I like it as an added method of protection so dusting it on after my face is completely in place is the perfect solution plus if I’m outside for hours at a time it proves easy to travel with and quickly buff on when my SPF has possibly faded away due to the humidity, working up a sweat, etc…….The option proves ideal for those who wear minimal makeup as well since you can buff this on and go without having to worry about a heavy, sticky, greasy feel.
When I run out of this I can definately see myself heading in for a repurchase. It has a few quirks but overall it’s a nifty little product to have in my beauty arsenal.
Have you used mineral SPF?
Do you like them?
Not so much?
Why or why not?
This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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