News Flash: I was wearing the wrong shade of Bare Minerals foundation

I know this isn’t really breaking news, but I’m just going to put it out there into the Universe, I was wearing the wrong shade of Bare Minerals foundation and grew very unhappy.  While I am a Bare Escentuals devotee, a.k.a– Bare Escentuals groupie, I had convinced myself that the foundation itself was just not for me.  As a result, I would only wear another brand which to be honest is a great mineral makeup.  But I want Bare Minerals!

The reasons why I am so embarrassed by this are several.  Let’s focus on the most obvious.  One– I’m a beauty blogger.  I should just know better!  Two– in my many years of working in cosmetics in the past, I have matched countless women with the appropriate shade of Bare Minerals and sent them home extremely happy, some of them even misty-eyed with tears of happiness– seriously!  The least I can do is correctly match myself, right?

Several of my co-workers told me time after time, “You’re Fairly Light.  Don’t get Fair, it’s going to look too light!”

I’ve even been matched by Bare Escentuals Artists in their lovely boutiques.  Again, Fairly Light.  So, for several years I was convinced that Bare Minerals foundation wasn’t for me.  While Fairly Light looked great for an hour, after that, it turned so golden on me that I wasn’t getting the full Bare Minerals experience.  A few weeks ago when I was sitting at a table with all of the Bare Escentuals rockstars, one of them said something about her skin tone that completely pertained to mine.  I was looking at her across the table and her complexion was so similar to mine that if she wasn’t a beautiful blonde, she could have very well been my fair-skinned sister.  She said she used Fair.  At that moment, a light bulb clicked on in my head.  I NEED FAIR.  THAT’S WHAT I’VE NEEDED ALL ALONG!  WHY DIDN’T I LISTEN TO MYSELF ALL THESE YEARS?  It was really all very simple.

So, that’s that.  Now that I’ve been wearing Fair, I’ve been wearing Bare Minerals foundation with pleasure.  If you’re wondering what the lesson is in this:  I’m a dork, and use your best judgement.  Even if someone disagrees with you, you’re most likely right.

  • http://BareEscentuals petal108

    BareEscentuals is absolutely the BEST mineral makeup. The have a range of colors for everyone from the fairest of fair to the darkest of dark. And no matter what your skin color please get the Mineral Veil to finish it off. If your skin is a darker tone, don’t be afraid of the light color. Mineral Veil is perfest for every skin tone. Do It!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don’t try the imitations………………

  • valerie

    Hmm. Now I am scared that I am using the wrong shade! That said, I LOVE BareEscentuals. :)

  • jasmine underwood

    Well no one should ever try bare minerals, no one warned me it was falmmable, and i now have 3rd degree burns. My Life is ruined do to this mineral foundation, don’t ever trust this.

  • Amber

    Hi Jasmine,

    I’m really sorry to hear you experienced something like that– I’ve never heard of such a thing happening before with this product. Please know that I am not discrediting your claims but please keep in mind that this site is clear that my reviews on these products are based solely on my own personal experiences. Thank you for sharing your feedback. It remains up to the individual reader to make whatever decisions they feel necessary regarding them after reading my assessment. I don’t mind if people disagree with my feelings and views, but I want to reiterate what my disclaimer has always stated–

    The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by “” and whilst we endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

    All the best,

  • Lauren

    Hi all..I just ordered Bare Essentials for the first time and am so excited to use it, however, I am afraid that I might have chosen the wrong shade. The representative was not very elaborate and was hoping someone has any suggestions on how to make sure you picked the right one? Thanks, Lauren

  • Amber

    Hi Lauren,

    The best way is to use their new tool that’s available on their website, the foundation finder will help you determine the best shade :)


  • mary

    Unfortunately, I cannot find the right color for my skin. I adore bare minerals because it is light and covers up my blemishes/scars so well. But, it leaves me a bit unhappy as it doesnt match my skin. It is far too gold. Ive tried Fairly Light, which was way too pink for my skin tone. And Light is far too golden. I have pale skin with an olive tone and there is not a shade that matches. Unfortunate. I hope they decide to expand their shades.