Sunday, June 8, 2014

REVIEW: bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

It's been a couple of months since my last product review, and recently I tried a new foundation that I am fully obsessed with, so I figured it would be perfect to do a full review for anyone who may be curious! This is my first time doing a foundation review, so if I miss anything that you may have questions about, feel free to ask in the comments!

This foundation has been all over the internet, and I think the general consensus is that this foundation is amazing. What foundation am I talking about? The bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, which I also mentioned in my May Favorites post.

The shade I got was "Bare Porcelain," which is the lightest shade. According to the bareMinerals website, the coverage of this foundation is adjustable, with a natural finish, a liquid texture, and is suitable for all skin types. This foundation is also formulated without water, oil, silicones, parabens, or fragrance, which means that this foundation is pure liquid pigment, with 11% titanium dioxide to act as a physical sunscreen, which is something I talked about in my Sunscreen Smackdown.

Clearly, bareMinerals is really pushing the "Shake well" thing, but with good reason. Because this foundation is so pure, the chemicals used to bind ordinary foundations are not included in this formula, so the ingredients will settle and separate. If you don't shake well, you'll get a streaky finish and a bizarre texture to your skin.

You get 1 fl. oz. of product in a sturdy plastic bottle, with a squeeze top bottle that reminds me a little bit of eye drops packaging. The packaging for this isn't luxurious despite the $29 price tag, but it's pretty obvious that the foundation is the focus here, and the bottle does get the job done.

This is probably the thinnest foundation I have ever used. It is set in a coconut-derived base, with lilac plant stem cells and vitamin C to "reveal brighter, more even-toned skin." According to the website, this foundation was clinically proven to improve the appearance of dark spots, skin brightness, and texture. While I'm not sure if that is entirely true, I have definitely found that this foundation makes my skin look really, really good. 

Every time I have worn this foundation, I have gotten tons of compliments, and it's very suitable for my dry-combination skin. You are supposed to be able to only use 1-2 drops for a more natural look, and you can add drops to increase coverage. This product claims to be buildable from sheer to full coverage. 

I have found that this foundation is definitely buildable. On days that I don't want to use a heavy concealer, I can dab and blend this over any spots and it really helps to make them disappear! It is quite a dewy finish, so unless you skin is absolutely parched, I would definitely recommend using a setting powder on top. Also, in combination with a primer and powder, this foundation does last all day! I wore it for the first time for about 12 hours and it still looked great (although not as fresh) at the end of my day, and it was hot that day! 

Some of you may be asking, "What about the brush?" Well, I honestly felt like this brush was a gimmick, so I didn't purchase it. I have found this foundation applies perfectly fine without the brush. Maybe eventually I might go out and purchase, but for now, I'm very happy without it.

Finals Thoughts? For $28, this all-in-one product is definitely worth it, especially if you have dry or aging skin. If you have oily skin, I'm not sure if I could really recommend it (but of course, I don't have oily skin, so it's hard for me to say). For the summer, this foundation is beautiful and light, and with 20 different shades, there is a color for just about anybody! To see this foundation in action, check out my Karlie Kloss MET Gala post! 

Like I said before, this is my first foundation review, so if I missed anything, feel free to leave questions down below!

- D. 


  1. I have dry skin so I will def check out when my Bobbi Brown foundation runs out! Thanks for the review - one of my favourite makeup youutubers goss makeup artist always has positive reviews of bare mineral products.

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  2. Oooh this sounds really nice - I do like bare minerals and feel like they put more thought into their products!

    Layla xx

  3. Ahh, it doesn't look like we can get this in Australia but if it keeps doing as well as I've heard, it won't be long. My skin's normally oily so this might not be for me, but I'm going to read a heap of reviews and see what I can find out!