Mineral cosmetics is no longer a new thing and has become a staple range in most cosmetic brands. But, as you probably know by now, I’m a sucker for classics or originals and I would have to say bareMinerals is one of the originals and the brand that made mineral cosmetics as big as it is today.
I first tried bareMinerals foundation just before my wedding when I was getting a facial and afterwards, the lady asked if I wanted to apply some make-up. She then put some loose powder on my face using a brush. When I looked in the mirror afterwards, I was shocked to see the kind of coverage the powder had given my face! It was awesome – great coverage and dead easy to apply. That was about 8 years ago and I haven’t looked back since.
Back in those days, it was expensive. Myer had only just started stocking it for I think about $69. Otherwise you had either buy overseas or buy from beauty salons. Nowadays, prices have come down and there’s many stockists so you can definitely be smart and buy for cheaper than RRP.
So let’s take the bareMinerals Matte Foundation (this is the newer one) which is the one I use these days and see where we can find some good prices. As a point of reference, it’s USD$27 from the bare escentuals store.
$36.95 + $10 shipping (free shipping if you spend over $75)
Australian cosmetics store which stocks overseas brands such as Nars, Kiehls, Stila, Smashbox and of course bareMinerals. They have stores around Australia as well as the online store. Price is pretty good for Australia and given the current state of the Aussie dollar against the USD (below 90c as I write this! eeeek!), you’re better off buying locally. I don’t like the shipping charge but if you have other stuff to buy, might as well buy over $75 and get free shipping.
$35.10 + $6.95 shipping (free shipping if you spend over $99)
The all round online hair and beauty store. Great place to buy all your beauty stuff. Their range of breaMinerals is limited, especially the matte foundation so if you are after a specific shade, ask customer service if they are getting more stock in. They seem to have a decent range of the original foundation.
$36.95 + $10 shipping
Kit Cosmetics stock some other brands including bareMinerals, Peter Thomas Roth and Smashbox. I don’t think their concession stands in Myer stock other brands but their online store does. They have good range of bareMinerals makeup and prices are fairly competitive so definitely worth checking out. Their shipping is a bit funny in that the more you buy, the more you pay in shipping…
£22.05 + free shipping
A UK online cosmetics store but offers free shipping to Australia. The downside is you are charged in pounds so exchange rate will play a factor in how much you finally pay. Currently, it’s pretty crap so converted, you’re look at about $37 – $40 depending on what your credit card company will charge you in fees. Having said that, it’s free shipping so it’s competitive against some of the Australian stores. BUT, be warned, shipping will take a while so be prepared to wait about a week or more to get your delivery. Might be worth it if you’re not in a hurry.
£20 or 2 for £35 + free shipping
Another UK online cosmetics store which also offers free shipping. It’s the same deal as Beauty Bay above but they have a pretty good deal where they’re offering 2 for £35. If you’re not in a hurry to get the goods, then I would definitely get 2 from here given I go through these quite quickly and always good to know I won’t run out for a while.
Another good place to go looking is eBay. There are plenty of good reputable sellers who will sell brand new, boxed goods for a lot cheaper than RRP. I’ve bought bareMinerals from eBay a few times and with the good sellers, it’s just as good as buying from an online store. Some of them offer free shipping as well. Just make sure you look at the feedback of the sellers and make sure it’s boxed and brand new.
Just remember to never pay full price! Happy shopping!