BareMinerals was the first foundation I ever wore. (Thanks, Mom!) It was perfect for when my teenage self wanted just a little bit of coverage to even out my reddish complexion and cover up any pimples. As I got older and wanted my skin to look a little more airbrushed, I continued to reach for the BareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 because it can be so easily layered without becoming cakey looking.
The loose mineral powder feels like it lets my skin breathe while evening out my complexion and making me look more awake. It doesn’t clog my pores or make me break out. (That is, if I remember to wash the brush often, which I’m trying to get better at!) When it launched in 1995 — a time when foundation was thick and chock-full of silicones — it started the mineral-makeup revolution. Though there are now dozens of brands on the market, BareMinerals was the first and continues to be the most iconic. It’s the formula people trust (myself included) when they have sensitive or acne-prone skin since it won’t cause irritation or make their acne worse. And the proof is in the awards it’s racked up: It’s won one Best of Beauty Award and 11 Readers’ Choice Awards since 2007, and it made the Best of Beauty Hall of Fame in 2016.
My favorite foundation isn’t perfect, though. I’ve found that you really need to use the BareMinerals brushes to make sure your foundation is smooth and even. Because of this, it’s not as convenient to travel with as traditional liquid or cream foundations. I’ve also learned the hard way that you need to make sure to screw the cap on tight, otherwise you’ll end up with a powder explosion at the bottom of your purse.
The shade range of BareMinerals Original Foundation is as impressive as the formula. There are 30 hues so there’s something for everyone. And while I may have worn the same foundation for over a decade, I haven’t worn the same shade. It took a while to figure out I was not Fair but Fairly Light, proving that you can, in fact, make a good thing even better.
The BareMinerals Original Foundation is a 2020 Allure Readers’ Choice Award winner. See the complete list of this year’s winners here.