May 26, 2011

Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Review

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?

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Courtney

    I wish this didn’t contain bismuth. I totally want to get on the mineral makeup and skincare bandwagon but bismuth makes me break out horribly. The product looks awesome though for those who can tolerate it. I love how easy it looks to use.

    • the Muse

      dittos court! It feels like ants running under my skin when I try to get through a day with it :-/

    • the Muse

      kao biore Aqua Rich Watery Mousse SPF 50, Dr. CiLabo UV White Moisture Milk SPF50, kinda digging the Borba moisturizer with SPF 100 I recently reviewed, and Fasio cheaper airy shield SPF 50. I used to use Sunkiller alot but I think it broke me out badly. Hope this helps Kathryn ;-D hope about you?

      • kathryn

        Was using a kohls’ brand, “Good Skin.” It is a HG (tinted spf 25 without chemicals. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be in stores any more, or online… : (

        Thanks for the tips!

        • the Muse

          ooo yeah I remember good skin I tried a moisturizer from them a while ago that was pretty decent kathryn! My pleasure!

  • Fuuka

    I saw this when I went to get new foundation (the matte doesn’t have bismuth). I am actually loving Aveeno’s mineral sunblock at the moment, and Clarin’s new HP sunscreen which is also a mineral sunscreen. I am glad company’s are coming out with more mineral sunscreens, chemicals make me break out and itchy.

    • the Muse

      fuuka I don’t this is the matte and thankfully didn’t irritate me b/c bismuth hates me! haven’t tried Clarins new HP but was tempted to try that…I’m actually looking up aveeno’s now never heard of it until now ;D!

  • Risu

    Bought this too… but the bristles are kinda hard =\ hurts my skin if I buff the powder in.
    But if I don’t buff the powder in it makes me look cakey…

    I feel like it’s a miss but who knows, I might change my mind.

    • the Muse

      aw sorry risu! I was cool with the brush as many times BE’s built in brushes shed awful on me and aren’t soft….granted it’s not super soft but not too bad ;-D! As a last step on my face I thought it was pretty ok :D!

  • Brittany

    How are you Muse ?! 😀

    Sorry I haven’t commented in a while, it’s been a crazy/hectic finals week ( more like 2 weeks) But I have been reading your posts of course 😀 This SPF sounds pretty cool and I like BE for the most part so I want to check it out in store. Maybe it’d be good as coverage over a tinted moisturizer? 🙂 Btw, how do you figure out which exact ingredient in a product irritates your skin? Because only very few products have ever irritated me, but I can never figure out if there is a particular ingredient that does it.

    • the Muse

      hi brit! How are you? I bet you’ve been busy! Hope you did well on youe exams ;-D It’ll be great over a TM! set it and even out skin tone while mattifying an ickle bit ;-D I normally TRY to google…but I didn’t know about bismuth until a reader mentioned in about two years ago? I googled it and indeed that seems to be the culprit for alot of people!

  • Alisa

    I’ve been trying to find another sunscreen that I love. I have the biore Aqua Rich Watery Mousse SPF 50 (thanks to you) and I LOVE it. So thank you for opening my eyes to it. I just wish it was local. Now I just have to find something else for my body lol.

    • the Muse

      alisa aqua rich is my HG…that stuff is super isn’t it? Allie has a new gel foundation, you might wanna try it, it just hit the Japanese market recently I believe! I’m going to review it soon! ;-D but again not local grrrr!

  • Reme

    Well said about the importance of using SPF Muse, thank you for highlighting how essential it is all year round!

  • Kathy

    I prefer Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30. There is no bismuth in it and you get 0.32 ounces for $30, as opposed to the BE product which is 0.14 ounces for $28.

  • isabella

    i found you have to “scrub” too hard on the face to get enough product to come out. but I like the fact that it isnt greasy on the face because most of them are, even in my 50’s my skin is oily and most of the face sunscreen make my face to oily during the day.

    • the Muse

      i was worried about this isabella as my last time with a brush like this from be the product didn’t flow so well, thankfully it worked for me this time sorry to hear it wasn’t doing it for you :-/ Have you tried SPF from Asia? Japanese brands make some of the best without being oily!

  • sara

    Bought this per your review Muse, and I love it! Had a gift card to macy’s to spend! For me it’s great on top of my tinted moisturizer for added protection. Although I don’t think this is enough spf on it’s own..I also find the brush to be soft:) Thanks again for the review!

    • the Muse

      yay sara 😀 brills! def feel the same, not sure on its own but nice for added protection ;D!

  • sara

    Forgot to add that Benefit’s cha cha works well over this product! Who woulda thunk!

  • Kari

    does this mineral brush sunscreen have an expiration date? curious~~

    • kimheartddub

      That’s exactly what I wanted to know! Muse, can you please tell us if this sunscreen expires?