First let me tell you that i.d. Bare Minerals and Bare Escentuals are one and the same product. I have been using Bare Minerals foundation for several years now, after having used everything from drugstore brands to high end department store brands. Out of all of these, Bare Minerals does the best job at the lowest price.
Bare Minerals foundation comes in a jar with a screw off top. Inside the jar is a plastic sifter type screen that covers the powder. The jar is easy to open and the sifter screen is very easy to pry out when you get to the end of the product and want to use every last bit.
Bare Minerals foundation is easy to use. Before unscrewing the lid, turn the jar over and tap or shake it gently a few times. Turn right side up again and unscrew the lid. Use the foundation on top of the screen. Simply swirl a large makeup brush through the loose foundation, tap the brush gently on the side of the jar once or twice to get rid of the excess and apply to your face in a light sweeping motion.
Bare Minerals foundation goes on lightly, but its coverage is excellent! You can easily cover brown spots, acne, redness and small scars. Best of all, it doesn't look heavy. In fact, it looks like you are not wearing any makeup.
Bare Minerals Foundation comes in many shades, making it easy to match just about any skin tone. There is even a tan shade that can be used as a bronzer during the summer. You can also custom blend your own shades by mixing different shades.
Bare Minerals is sold just about everywhere makeup is sold, except for drugstores. I usually get it at Ulta. You can even buy it online, however, if you haven't used their foundation before, you should buy it the first time in a brick and mortar store. That way, you can match the color exactly.
A lot of people are put off by the price of Bare Minerals, but believe me, it's probably less expensive than even drugstore brands in the long run because it lasts a long time. One jar of Bare Minerals foundation easily lasts me three months and that is with daily use. Additionally, you save because you don't need to buy concealer.
If you are interested in trying Bare Minerals, but still hesitate because of the price, you can get very generous samples of just about everything in their product line on eBay for a couple of bucks. I did that in the beginning and was able to find what shades worked for me and what didn't without spending a lot of money.