BareMinerals BareSkin Serum Foundation

Bare Mineral Bareskin

Affiliate LinkIf you’ve opened a magazine or have been in a Sephora/Ulta lately, you’ve likely noticed that bareMinerals has introduced a new foundation called bareSkin.  They call this a pure brightening serum foundation rather than just a liquid foundation because they buttered their bread for years with the success of their mineral powder foundation, claiming skin-clearing benefits and natural luminosity without parabens, binders, fillers or synthetic chemicals.

I’ve learned that there are 2 different types of people in the world-those who love bareMinerals and those who don’t.  I tried the famous mineral powder years ago and decided it wasn’t for me.  I wanted to love it like others do but using powder as a foundation goes against everything I’ve ever done, so when bareMinerals announced the launch of the liquid, I mean serum foundation, I pounced like a cat.  The marketing alone had me intrigued-here’s how the company describes it:

Clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one. Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance. It’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before.

All of that for just 29 bucks? Who else wants in on that?  Before you grab your KCP, let me share my thoughts on this new product.

I chose the color Bare Buff 10 which says it’s for medium skin with rich golden undertones.  Doesn’t rich golden undertones sound so much more beautiful than yellow undertones?  Ok, so the company launched their perfecting face brush to accompany the new serum foundation but I used a similar brush that I already own.  The foundation is a very thin liquid that comes out of the bottle by the drop.  The suggested usage instructions are to shake, drop and buff.  You really need to shake the bottle well to mix the pigments up before applying 1-2 drops directly on the brush and buffing it into your skin.  Keep dropping and buffing until you reach your desired coverage.  I will just tell you now, 1-2 drops ain’t gonna cut it for your entire face.  You will need at least 4, if not 6 to get an even application.

Once I buffed it all in, I was pleasantly surprised with the natural yet adequate coverage.  It evened out any redness and discoloration but wasn’t enough for under my eyes.  I don’t think my under eye circles are very bad but I still benefit from a little concealer.  With the bareSkin foundation I couldn’t get away without it though.  The finish was definitely radiant and luminous but I could instantly tell that this stuff wouldn’t stand a chance without a setting powder, possibly even a setting spray.  It was entirely too slippery feeling.  It didn’t set like most liquid foundations do.  Even when I applied my under eye concealer, my face felt really slick.  I went along with my routine, without a setting powder or spray just to see how it fared.  The result:  just as I expected.  Within 30 minutes it was showing signs of wear and I felt like I had to keep any clothing, babies and furry animals away from my face to avoid transfer.  Air kisses only or else you will be paying someone’s dry cleaning bill.  I went back to the drawing board, this time using a setting powder.  Better, but still not enough to keep it on longer than 2 hours.  I had to break out the big guns-my Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray.  Then, and only then, did I get some decent wear but that spray will make just about anything stay put.

I’m not sure that this is cut out for anyone with oily skin.  I had to find out what was in this stuff since it’s not made with silicones or oils (because it feels like a silicone and oil smoothie).  It’s basically a bunch of glycerin, fatty acids from coconut oil, eggs yolks and/or soybeans and some jojoba esters (which feels like an oil but is really a wax ester).  Now it makes sense why it feels as slippery as it does.

I can’t say I loved this foundation.  I liked it.  I liked the luminous yet natural finish but the wear time and slippery feel was not good.  It can be fixed with a setting powder and spray but if you’re not down with that much legwork, you may want to pass.  Also, if you have really oily skin, spend a lot of time in hot weather or need more coverage…pass.  If you are willing to take the extra steps to extend the wear time, don’t need concealer (or wear it daily anyway), and like a lightweight foundation, you may love this.

Next time you’re in Sephora, ask for a sample.  They will give you enough for about a week’s wear.  I say, try before you buy when it comes to any foundation!

Have you tried the new bareMinerals bareSkin? Share your thoughts!