READY Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 - null
I wanted to love it....
I really loved this product at first. I loved it so much I went out and bought another one; 1 for home and 1 for the gym. The one in my gym bag gets tossed around a little bit and cracked and started falling out when opened, making a huge mess of small foundation pieces, I had to toss it. The one at home I dropped a few inches into the sink and has now suffered the same fate. I think it just breaks too easily and when it does break, it breaks into a million different pieces and cannot be salvaged.
Going back to the original powder
I tried this on in a Bare Minerals store and loved it at first because the color was perfect and had great coverage. However the gal at the counter did tell me the colors are different from the powders. I am a light in the original powder and a med beige in this product. Once I got it home and continued using it I had more breakouts then I have had in the past 10 years. My skin seemed more oily from using this product, I normally have combination skin. I am still young so I don't really have wrinkles but yet the cakeyness of this foundation would create lines on my face. It does have good coverage if you have blemishes, but it was creating more zits and blemishes. I am going back to the original powder. I didn't have any of these issues with that product. I also dropped the compact on the floor within the first week. So it crumbled making it extremely hard to not make a giant mess/waste product, this is one pro to the powder because if I drop it its already in a powder form.
Better than MAC
I tried the Bare Minerals foundation before and liked the coverage but didn't like the mess so much. I was excited to see and hear that they had a Ready Foundation!! I love it!! It cover great and is light weight. I love it better than MAC and I used it for years and this is much better in my opinion!!
Nice coverage without looking Fake!
It's not as blendable as the other 2 foundations Bare Escentuals has but I like the coverage. Also it doesn't tell you what brush to use for it but I use a full body brush to apply this foundation. It can get a bit messy with powder everywhere since it's a solid compact and using a brush with it instead of a sponge. There is no sponge or applicator that comes with this compact foundation. For me the coverage is enough with 1 applications with a brush without tapping the brush. I love the color ranges it has, my skin tone is a perfect match with color W20 (Golden Medium) in the fall to mid spring.
your skin but better
I tried the READY foundation during debut on QVC but sent it back because I thought it wasn't good for my combo skin type. Decided to give it another try when it came w/the QVC TSV and so glad I did! I bought same two shades that I use with original, one for winter/summer, and they both matched. The finish is dewy and full coverage. I took it to Aruba and it did not budge with the heat and sweat, even when swimming. It leaves a subtle glow to my skin and in my opinion, makes it look clear and porcelain-like. Has not clogged my pores and I find that it helps control my oil production which is AMAZING. LOVE BAREMINERALS FOR LIFE
I have very oily skin and I usually cannot gain decent coverage without a liquid foundation and a matte finish to keep my make-up on all day long. This make-up doesn't smudge or melt away like other make-ups. Its coverage is awesome and it always looks flawless on!
100% Improvement over loose minerals
Ok, so Ive been using the bareMinerals loose foundation in Medium Beige for years. Ive used both the Matte and the Origional. As I get older, Ive decided that more coverage is what I need. Well I went to the bareMinerals boutique in my local area to get color matched as per the video in this website, and other reviews. Suprisingly enough, I was the same medium beige!
I cannot express how much better this product is for me. First of all the application is faster and easier. No buffing. Less waste, less mess. It looks dewey and supple. It feels creamy yet light. I feel like Im wearing no makeup, but look great! I also bought the retractble angle brush to apply this product, which I think is key. This has a flawless finish and really does last all day. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!
Best foundation on the market!
My skin was always a challenge for me - acne prone, sensitive, allergy prone, and combination areas. I tried Bare Minerals four years ago and I've been using it since. The READY Foundation is my favorite. I prefer it to the Original loose powder foundations. My suggestions for best results: 1) Get "Color-matched". It applies lighter than the loose powders. 2) Invest in the Precision Face Brush. It saves time and product. I use very little product and light strokes. I get numerous compliments on my skin.
I've used the loose powder for years. I was ready for a little more coverage and welcomed the new compact version. This foundation was not for me. It did not go on smoothly and did not blend well (I also purchased the recommended brush). It accentuated every wrinkle and poor on my face even with a primer. My face looks very flat and matted. I agree with the other reviewer that is was a very unnatural look. I am taking this back right away!
It takes some practice, but it's worth it!
So, I see around online that there are a lot of complaints about the shades, the loss of product, etc. and I totally understand the frustration. Hopefully this review will help with some of that.
First of all, yeah, you'll need to get shade matched for the pressed Ready foundation. Which sucks, I know - if you can't get to a Sephora or a Bare Minerals store, if you have to order online, then what do you do? I think Bare Minerals should have taken some extra time, if that's what was necessary, to do some extra work and make sure the shades matched in the pressed and the loose. It's a problem in their matte formulation too - they didn't shade match that either, and it's way too dark in every shade, even Fair. But I don't like the matte, so it's not a problem for me, but I can see it being problematic for others.
In the loose original BM, I'm straight up Golden Fair. But in the pressed Ready foundation, I'm Fairly Light, which I could never ever wear in the loose.
All that being said, I LOVE the way the pressed Fairly Light matches my skin tone. It's as close to perfect as I've ever gotten. So my advice is, if you can get shade matched, it's well worth it.
As for applying it - yes, there is a trick. The girl at the BM store said it's completely different than the usual "swirl/tap/buff" method. First, if you have a flat-topped brush, it works much better than a kabuki. Second, very very gently tap the top of the brush directly down onto the foundation, don't sweep it across. Sweeping it will give you too much fallout of product, and you'll have nowhere to put it. So a straight down tapping motion with a flat brush, almost like you were blotting the powder with the brush, gets enough on there without a lot of fallout and wasted product, and without getting too much onto your face at once. Then begin applying as normal. You may have to do a couple of lighter layers with this method, and build it more, but it's worth it. Just remember to use a very, very light hand with getting it onto the brush.
Hope all of this helps! I love this enough that I truly think it deserves a full five hearts. The more I wear this, the more I love it even more than the regular loose! Once you get the right application down with the right brush, the coverage and finish are gorgeous!