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A Favorite Brand Keeps Getting Better and Better
Every time I think bareMinerals has the best foundation one could ever use, something better comes along. I don’t ever hope for it – it just happens. It happened when they introduced their MATTE Foundation, it happened (in a big way) when they introduced their READY pressed foundation with sea minerals, and it’s happening again with bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum liquid foundation.
I’ve always loved bareMinerals foundations for their buildable, natural coverage and for the unsurpassed way it covers redness. The MATTE foundation got even better at diffusing all the icky oil that would surface on my face. The READY foundation was truly transforming—a skin calming (great for my mild rosacea) sea mineral foundation pressed in a compact for easy travel and less mess. That last one was surely un-toppable. Now welcome bareSkin to the fold.
First, I should mention that liquid foundations never seem to work for me. They either gather in fine lines and pores, or break up or change color with the oils on my face. bareSkin ($29) does neither. The secret must lie in its formulation.
The liquid is quite thin. There are no oils, parabens or fragrances. Instead the base is derived from coconut with jojoba coated mineral pigments and a non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20 (Titanium Dioxide).
There is also Vitamin C in there to brighten skin and lighten dark spots for a more even tone to your own naturally bare skin. Add antioxidant-rich lilac plant stem cells for skin healing and environmental skin stressors, and this becomes so much more than a foundation.
If the highly popular B&B creams out there were a weightless liquid with phenomenal coverage potential, they would be bareSkin. This one product could change the face of makeup. I tried a very expensive product similar to (but richer than) bareSkin. I have lusted for that product ever since, but bareSkin is absolutely on par with its skin transforming benefits, and above par with its coverage – at a quarter of the price.
Application doesn’t take much practice, particularly if you are familiar with the bareMinerals buffing technique, but it does take a little trial and error. Shake well and build gradually. There is a ball that rattles like a spray paint can when you shake it right. Unscrewing the lid reveals a dropper-like squeeze bottle top.
Squeeze a couple drops into the well of the specially designed bareSkin Perfecting Face Brush ($28) and blend in circular motions on your face, starting where you need the most coverage and blending out.
Hold on a second, did I say ‘specially designed brush’? I did! Beauty lovers will know that’s it not just the bareSkin Foundation that has bloggers buzzing. This unique brush was created with the bareSkin formula and bottle to let you “adjust your foundation coverage to the drop for a perfectly seamless application”.
All right back to the bareSkin. Add more foundation to your brush, a drop or two at a time for the coverage you desire. For me, with my rosacea and general splotchiness, this was achieved with a mere four drops.
The finish is dewy and natural. At first, I used a little mineral veil in my most oily spots. Strangely, my oily skin did not seem to overproduce with bareSkin, keeping the same slightly dewy look all day long. It’s nice to know if I don’t want a matte look I can go veil-less without succumbing to the dreaded oil traps.
The natural finish of bareSkin is everything that I could ask for in a sheer summer foundation. At the same time, I can’t wait to use this in the winter when the formulation will be much needed in smoothing and softening the skin. All in all, this stuff is one for the books.
I love the trend towards good-for-you foundations! Ladies, what does your foundation do for you?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone
Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
skin tone: NC 25
skin type: oily/sensitive
favorite beauty product: anti-aging anything
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