The bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation appears to be a love it or hate it type of product. I’ve been using it as my only foundation for a few months now and there are some definite pros and cons. But are the cons enough to make me ditch it? I’m undecided until I see how it functions when my skin changes due to the elements of winter.
In total transparency, I have never used a foundation from bareMinerals before, so I can’t really compare this to the coverage their other foundations provide. However, since it is a liquid foundation, I’ve used plenty of those like LORAC’s POREfection Foundation and Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation, so I know what I’m looking for in comparison.
bareSkin is a serum foundation, and needs to be shaken well before expelling a droplet into its corresponding brush. If you don’t shake it up, a watery substance will come out onto your brush instead. There is no silicone, oil, parabens or fragrance in this serum foundation. The ingredients are natural, cruelty free and there’s also no bismuth, which most people associate with bareEscentuals makeup. With the main ingredient being titanium dioxide, it provides SPF coverage.
Depending on what type of coverage you are looking for, you can get light coverage with one drop and full coverage with 2-3. For my face, I found that 1-2 drops was the most my skin could handle without looking weird close up. (I’ll explain that in a minute.) The bareSkin brush has a cup-like appearance that they review to as a reservior. As you can see from the picture, the foundation simply sits atop the brush without sliding down between the bristles. Even as you buff the foundation on your skin, it applies all of it to your skin, so there is no loss of product to the brush. I loved that. When I first saw that the brush was recommended for proper application, I was skeptical (especially since the two purchased together makes it a high price point for a foundation), but now I believe it is worth it.
I found that bareSkin provided outstanding coverage, glided smoothly over my skin and looked natural. I have combination skin, though, and on warmer days it was shiny on my skin and slick. That’s one of the cons about liquid foundation in general when you have an oily t-zone, so I don’t really feel that it is an issue just with bareSkin. The other thing I noticed is that I did have to use my Beauty Blender for application around my nose and eyes, as the brush just didn’t blend in those areas as well as it should have.
There were days where I didn’t need to wear a setting powder at all and my skin looked perfect, and there were days when it was necessary because I couldn’t handle the shine. Dewy is OK, but greasy-looking makes me feel skeeved out and gross. Lastly, bareSkin does have a tendency to show more in some areas of my face close up than others. For example, I had a patch of dry skin on my cheek and the foundation basically put a magnifying glass on it. However, in pictures and from a distance, you didn’t notice it, but close up it was apparent. I know some other of my beauty blogging friends said they had noticed the same for themselves.
That said, I really do love how it makes my skin look flawless (if you are not all up in my grill) and I liked how light and weightless the foundation was and how very little you needed to use to achieve full coverage. Come winter we’ll see how well it works, as my skin tends to become drier and change with the season. Below is a picture of me wearing bareSkin foundation for a video I shot for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! bath and body line. I admit, I love this picture of myself (and I don’t say that too often.)
I’d love to hear from you! Have you tried bareSkin yet? How did it work for you?
Disclosure: Press sample
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Shannon began A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. In 2013 she launched a bath and body line as an extention of the beauty blog. One thing she always has on her at all times? Lip balm.