So yesterday I headed over to the mothership, a.k.a. Sephora on a shopping trip to spend some of my birthday cash. I haven’t been there in ages because the mall is pretty far from where I live, so I normally buy alot of my makeup online. I’ve been wearing Bare Minerals loose powder foundation for years now and I have been thinking about trying liquid foundation again recently. I feel like my powder foundation is too dark for me these days and I was looking for a little more coverage. Granted, I could probably layer on the Bare Minerals a bit thicker than I do to cover more, but since I’m worried about the shade anyway I try not to use it too heavily. Generally I look at foundation swatches and think, “what color am I?!” You would think, as an artist, I would have a better grasp of this. NOPE. Perhaps in the back of my mind I’m trying to choose the shade I aspire to me, rather than reality. “It’s summer, I’m going to get tanner and that will be too light..” (Is tanner a word used outside of Full House? I dont know. More tan). Or maybe it’s just that I don’t want to look like either Casper or a Jersey Shore applicant. I’m currently quite pale because it’s been so hot and humid, but I do tan easily when I spend alot of time outside.
While browsing around Sephora I saw a neat little kit from Benefit that had a small tube of Hello Flawless foundation along with powder and concealer and such. I was trying to decide between light and medium but I noticed they also had the new Bare Minerals Bare Skin liquid serum foundation. I’ve been really curious about it so I started looking at the shades as well. There were only about 4 shades on that particular display, so we asked and found that they did have more and offered to put some on me. I’ve never had my makeup done at Sephora or anywhere else before, so that was a bit embarrassing – having my makeup taken off in those bright lights. Why hello there, redness and acne. Anyway, so the very nice person did my makeup and I was pretty happy with the look of it, the shade, and the coverage. I decided to buy it but it turned out that they were out of my color. We went to the Bare Minerals store and found that they were also out of it. After some more shopping we left the mall and tried Ulta, but once again they were out. There are alot of pale people in this area, apparently. When i got home I looked it up online, and most of the websites are out of that shade as well. Sheesh! The only place I could actually find it was QVC, and you have to buy it as a kit with the brush as well. I was planning to use a Bobbi Brown kabuki brush I already own for now, I don’t want to buy the special brush until I’m sure this is something I’d keep using. I really, really wish this foundation came in a small sample kit like the benefit one, maybe with a primer included.
As for my impressions of the foundation itself… bear in mind that I only wore this for one day and did not apply it myself. The nice Sephora employee/makeup artist? was able to apply this very quickly and boy did it cover well. As I mentioned, I have alot of redness and acne and my skin can be very dry. The bare skin foundation made my skin look much more even and the pores around my cheeks were almost invisible. I was very happy with both the color and the coverage. It seemed that she did not need to use alot of product, either, just a few drops. I really like the idea that this comes out in drops so that you have a less is more approach and aren’t wasting any product. The foundation lasted all day (and it was hot, humid, and rainy) and well into the night before I washed it off. For someone not used to wearing foundation, and *gasp* having to walk around all day with no blush, it was pretty comfortable.
It wasn’t all puppies and rainbows, however. I did have two small issues with this foundation. For one thing, it really highlighted the dry areas of my face, making areas of my cheeks and chin look “makeuppy”. However in other areas in looked very smooth and almost dewy. I feel like the overall look was worth it, especially if I get back to using my Clarisonic regularly and start using my new Clarisea exfoliant. The only other drawback I had was that although I could rub a tissue on my face and see the foundation come off, it was difficult to actually remove it all. Again, this could probably be resolved with my Clarisonic, it needs to be charged and get a fresh brush head. But using my hands and my regular Kiehls cleanser, I had to wash my face twice and still ended up going over my face with a cloth to feel like it was removed. I think that was also due to the dry patches because the makeup kind of clung to those areas. Overall I still think it’s a nice foundation and I will probably order it when my shade is available online. I don’t think it would be ideal for those with oily skin but perhaps with the right primer it could work. Just for reference I had used First Aid Beauty as my moisturizer, then had my makeup removed with a wipe hours later and the foundation applied on it’s own, so I can’t say how it would work with primers or even with moisturizer applied immediately before. Has anyone else used this foundation? What did you think?
Can I just say that I really wish more companies would follow Benefits example and do these mini foundation kits? And can the beauty boxes start sending more foundation samples? It’s the most basic part of our makeup and yet really, the most important. I think alot more of us would be willing to spend a little more on foundation if we knew ahead of time it was going to work. I don’t just mean in store makeovers, I mean applying it yourself and incorporating it into your routine with the products you use. Anyway, tell me what you think in the comments. Have a lovely weekend.