I tried Bare Minerals foundation for the first time a few weeks ago. As someone who loves light coverage, I was a bit dubious that I would be able to achieve this using a powder foundation.
I have to say, it was a revelation. For the first 10-15 minutes or so after application, my face did look like it had a slightly more powdery finish than normal. However, once that wore off and the product settled in, I was left with excellent skin, and no massively obvious 'made-up' look.
I was so pleased, and I wanted to buy one of their starter kits, however, to my disappointment the 'light' starter kit, didn't contain my shade (Fair - which is the lightest one they do).
I emailed Bare Minerals customer service and they told me it was possible to get a customisable kit if I went to one of their stand alone stores, or visited the concession in Selfridges London.
I was in central London on Saturday, so coerced my friend to Covent Garden (dodging all the tourists) to check out the Neal Street boutique.
The ladies in store were lovely and pointed me in the direction of their customisable kits.
These contain the same things as the usual starter kits (3 brushes, primer, mineral veil and all over warmth), but instead of having two small pots of two foundation shades, you get to choose a full size pot of the exact shade for your skin.
It's great to know that this option is available, as not every shade is covered by the standard starter kits, however if you don't live near a Bare Minerals boutique, then it is tricky to get hold of one. Hopefully they'll start introducing these across their concessions in the future to make it easier for everyone to get the right shade for them.