Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Big Unveil!

Having referenced bareMinerals' Mineral Veil in the My Time in the Sun post, I decided that further explanation of the product and its variances might be helpful. Mineral Veil or a similar setting powder is an essential step in ensuring that your makeup lasts throughout the day. Mineral Veils can be used in conjunction with other mineral-consistency products or with liquids, stains, mousse formulas - whatever texture you prefer. As the veil is going to be effective in setting your makeup, it should be used over all other face products; i.e. foundation, blush, bronzer, highlighter, etc. Many brands offer setting powders and advertise them for use with their own line of products, naturally. I am particularly pleased with the bareMinerals veil options for face and would suggest Dermablend's Loose Setting Powder for body, as if applicable.

My personal preference in setting powder, the Illuminating Mineral Veil, creates a subtly luminescent glow. The powder, though appearing a very light shade in its container, applies translucent with a softly shimmering effect. The shimmer is in no way glittery or overpowering, however, it will best suit those seeking a luminous finish, not matte. Added perks are its SPF 15 and its ability to keep your makeup fresh with only a small amount of product. I have had this veil for 4 months and estimate it lasting at least one more!

The bareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil offers a water-based formula and a finishing powder in one. While the product will be effective in setting your makeup, the hydrating promise will not provide a free-pass to forgo moisturizer. Additionally, those with dry skin should continue to use a primer, as this will help create a smoother surface to work with.

The Original Mineral Veil has now been re-formulated to include an SPF 25! Though, I must say that even with the SPF 70 I wore to the beach recently I somehow got a tan. Is the sun getting closer?? I kid and I'll spare you a global warming comment. Continuing, the Original Mineral Veil is simply a translucent powder. Though they appear similar in the pictures above, the Original Mineral Veil and the Illuminating Mineral Veil differ in that the Original Veil will not have the luminous effect that the Illuminating Veil has. The Original Mineral Veil will work nicely for those looking for a matte finish.

Though the Original Mineral Veil is translucent, the Tinted Mineral Veil is intended for use with Tan to Deep skin tones. Darker tones should use this Mineral Veil to avoid the chance of a light cast or lighter tones can use it to create an extremely subtle sun-kissed glow. Do not attempt to utilize this product in lieu of a bronzer or for similar effect, as the product is quite sheer and will not produce your desired results. The Tinted Mineral Veil is great for setting and creating a flawless matte look.

All of the bareMinerals Mineral Veils are going to help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and will create a somewhat airbrushed effect. The powders are very light and effective in maintaining the look and feel of your makeup throughout the day. Apply with a Kabuki brush or your favorite powder brush in small amounts (using the swirl, tap, buff method demonstrated here) - as with all bareMinerals products, a small amount goes a long way!

Sweet dreams, Darling!


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