Review: Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation


Several months ago I was looking for a new foundation, and went to Sephora to check out a few options. I ended up trying out the Bare Minerals BareSkin liquid foundation, since I was already using the Bare Minerals loose powder foundation. I liked the way it looked in the store, but they were out of my shade (Bare Shell). I checked out several other stores and later looked online, and everyone seemed to be out of this particular shade. Once it finally was back in stock the holidays were coming up and I had other things I needed to spend my money on. Finally a few weeks ago I was able to order a bottle of it from Nordstrom (free shipping yay!).

The foundation itself is about $29, and they sell a brush that goes with it for $28. The brush has two levels of bristles so that the inner circle makes a little ‘well’ to put the foundation in. It seemed like a nice brush at Sephora, but I just couldn’t justify the price, especially when I had only tried the BareSkin once and wasn’t sure how it would work for me.

Anyway, so I got the foundation and decided to use a Bare Minerals brush I already had. It’s similar enough to the regular foundation brushes, thick with tightly packed bristles and a flat top. (Though its slightly more rounded than most flat top brushes). This brush seems to work fine, but I still intend to experiment with some others and possibly a beauty blender.

The neat thing about BareSkin is that its a serum foundation, so it comes out in drops. You only need a few drops to cover your entire face, meaning less waste and making it a little easier to justify the price compared to a drugstore foundation. There are fewer ingredients in it as well, which is better for your skin but requires you to shake the bottle well to make sure the foundation hasn’t separated. I’m pretty sure they told me at Sephora to shake it between each drop, even. Initially, I ran into some application issues, which delayed my review a bit because I wanted to get the hang of it better before I made up my mind about it. First of all, if you shake it well with the cap on, sometimes that works fine, and sometimes you open the cap and foundation bubbles out of the top. This was causing me to waste a good bit of product, or to end up using too much trying NOT to waste product. Finally I found a solution on a forum, and could’ve kicked myself because it was so obvious. Take the cap off to shake it. DUH. (Be sure to cover the opening, obviously!) Doing it this way solved about 95% of my issues with the bottle bubbling, although once in a while it still bubbles out a little as soon as I open it, even without shaking. I try to handle it carefully when I’m putting the cap back on to make sure I’m not squeezing it. The cap also clicks into place which I like, because you know for sure that it’s closed tightly.

The first time I applied this foundation, I had to go wash it off. I tried putting dots of it directly on my face and blending from there, and it just didn’t work right for me. Now I shake the bottle, put a drop onto the back of my hand, swipe the brush through it and start blending, working on one side of my face at a time. This keeps me from getting too much product in any one spot, which is important because of my only real issue with the product; this stuff really clings to dry patches. My skin tends to be dry especially in winter with a few slightly flaky patches. Even though I use moisturizer before my foundation, I’ve had issues with the foundation really highlighting any dry spots. This was even a problem when they applied it to my face at Sephora, so I don’t think it’s something I’m doing wrong. The only solution I have is to exfoliate, generally using Clarisea products. Also my Josie Maran argan oil seems to be helping to keep my skin smoother.

I really like the coverage of the BareSkin. It looks natural and as long as I don’t put on too much, the finish is really pretty. It lasts all day on me although I’m not sure that someone with oily skin would have the same results. In fact I really don’t even have to touch it up at all from morning til night if I don’t want to. Initially I thought it made me look a bit pale, and then I realized it was just covering the redness on my face better than I had expected. When I apply it I make sure to not blot it directly onto dry areas, and instead blend it towards them. I can usually cover my whole face and blend it down my neck with maybe two drops or so. That’s pretty awesome. Overall I am really happy with the BareSkin foundation. Occasionally, even when I shake it well, it comes out runny, but even then it still works allright I just might need to use a little more. That could also have something to do with the fact that my bedroom where I keep it gets pretty cold at times.

Since no foundation will work perfectly with everyones skin, I definitely suggest getting a sample, but I love this stuff. I feel like it covers better and gives a nicer finish than the powder foundation, at least for me. I wouldn’t have expected to need such a light shade, so I’m glad I let the helpful person at Sephora choose that for me. I didn’t realize I was so pale! I like that it’s long lasting, I don’t need alot of product, and I can build up the coverage if necessary. I don’t currently use a primer or concealer with it but I might try those at some point. They recommend two drops for sheer coverage, four drops for medium coverage, and six for full coverage, but I can’t imagine needing six. I’m hoping this means that the bottle will last a long time, since it’s not exactly cheap. Aside from the occasional bubbles I like the packaging as well. I do tend to have trouble actually removing it when I wash my face, but maybe I just haven’t found the right cleanser yet. I’m happy to have found this product and I don’t think I’ll be shopping for a new foundation for quite a while!


Trying New Things – Bare Minerals Liquid Foundation

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.

Bonus Gift

Todays post is about Bare Minerals again. They’re having a scavenger hunt for the next three Mondays across their Pinterest page. Find the code and you get a free gift with your order. Free is good. We love free. Todays clue is for the ‘perfect eye’ and you’re looking for the answer to “Did you just —- at me?” Since you’re all rocket scientists and can figure that out, I’m going to save you the trouble of searching Pinterest and unscrambling letters and tell you that the code is WINK. Are you shocked? I know, right? I hope I didn’t ruin the excitement for anyone. Put this code in at checkout and you can have your choice of

  • Round the clock eyeliner in eggplant ($15 value)
  • PrimeTime eyelid primer ($18 value)
  • Contour define brush ($19.50 value)
  • High shine eyecolor in Gold Medal ($12.00 value)

Clearly the double ended brush is worth the most, although personally I’d go for the eyeliner or primer, but I have alot of brushes as it is. Anyway, you can choose one of these gifts with purchase. If you’re stumped on what to buy and want to go for a cheap option, you could always pick the Well Rested eyeshadow on the Last Chance section. It’s $9.50 and is a nice neutral eyeshadow that most people who own it use as concealer now. It’s described as “cream linen”. So if you’re pale enough, it’s a nice double tasking product and if you aren’t, you can still use it as eyeshadow, it looks like a good browbone color. There are nine other last chance eyeshadows if that color doesn’t suit you. You also receive an Active Cell Renewal Night Serum Beautipod sample with purchase but honestly, I have no clue what that is. It sounds fancy though! My best guess is that you put it on at night and wake up looking like Megan Fox. 😉

Oh and I just realized… I’m not sure if this applies to bigger orders or only if you’re buying the small eyeshadow, but you can get standard shipping for only $3.95. So if you buy a small pot of eyeshadow your total would be $13.45 (before tax) making your whole order less than what most of the free gifts are valued at. Cool! It has not escaped my attention that the only math I’m good at is shopping math… oh well.

Ulta Sale

There’s a sale at Ulta today that includes a try me kit for Bare Minerals. This is the makeup that I use (and quite like) although I have been thinking about switching to a liquid foundation. Anyway if you ever wanted to try BE, the kit that is on sale today is only $10 and has small jars of: matte foundation, original foundation, mineral veil, bisque concealer, and also two mini brushes. I’m sure the jars are tiny but a little definitely goes a long way, so it’s a great way to try out the brand. The kit is called Try. Believe. Love and the sale is only good for today, it’s regularly $20 but honestly, even that is a pretty good deal considering it comes with brushes. Almost every makeup brush I have is from Bare Minerals and I like them alot, they hold up great to regular washing also. For the foundation I use a Bobbi Brown kabuki brush that I’ve had for several years and it gets washed regularly as well and does a great job with mineral makeup. If you’re interested in Bare Minerals you should also sign up for emails from their own site, because they frequently have one or two day beauty rush sales with some big markdowns. Ulta also has Smashbox Photo Finish primer on sale for $18 today (reg. $36). That’s all for now, enjoy your weekend shopping!