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Welcome, Matte!: bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation

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When it comes to powder foundations, I really don’t look any further than Bare Escentuals. And now, the mineral cosmetics mavens are really stuntin’ in that No. 1 spot thanks to the release of the new bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation, which provides excellent coverage while also absorbing oil, nourishing skin with rich minerals, and protecting you from UV rays. The foundation was formulated using Rare Minerals’ proprietary RareMinerals Active Soil Complex, which minimizes pore size, promotes skin cell production, and infuses the skin with antioxidants to protect it from free radicals.

Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide a physical barrier from UV rays — and since both are natural minerals, you don’t have to worry about potentially hazardous chemical additives (like the popular sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone, which has become controversial due to recent studies that suggest it may act like estrogen).

The foundation effectively conceals any redness, blemishes and imperfections — without making it look like you’re wearing a mask. Silica microspheres absorb excess oil, so you won’t have to worry about your pores being clogged, resulting in unfortunate breakouts. Lauroyl Lysine, an amino acid made from coconut oil, helps to bind skin conditioners, helping your skin retain moisture and remain supple and smooth.

As you buff it onto your skin using a circular sweeping motion, you’ll notice the powder has a delicious, slightly creamy consistency, without feeling too heavy. It will actually last you through the day — even on particularly warm and muggy days, when you might sweat more that usual, you’ll be surprised by how long-lasting this product proves to be. The Matte SPF 15 Foundation is available in 15 shades, ranging from Fair to Deepest Deep.

bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation, $28. Available at Sephora.com

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