Friday, May 9, 2014

bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation with Brush Swatches, Look, Review

Press sample




bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation with the Perfecting Face Brush
bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation with the Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude
bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude


bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude, Bare Latte

bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude, Bare Latte

bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude, Bare Latte


I'm back to review and swatch the newest foundation in town: the bareMinerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation.  I was able to receive the bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation with the Perfecting Face Brush from bareMinerals, but I was sent the Bare Latte shade which is too dark for my skintone.  I was able to quickly snag the Bare Nude one as soon as it got launched on the Sephora website, so as you can see in the swatches, I have two shades.

Let me first start with the packaging.  It comes in a nice see-through plastic packaging with a dropper tip to dispense the very watery, liquidy product.  Yes, the product is on the watery side, but as you will see in the swatches and makeup look below, liquidy does not equal sheer coverage at all.

(Swatches, makeup look and review after the jump)



bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude, Bare Latte
Swatches:  bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude, Bare Latte








bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude, Bare Latte blended into skin



bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude, Bare Latte, compared with tarte Amazonian colored clay foundation in Light



Wearing bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude using flash 

As I'd mentioned, the consistency of the bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is on the liquidy side.   However, being liquidy does not mean it's sheer.  It actually has buildable medium to full coverage.  Above is a photo of me wearing the foundation taken with flash.  It looked a little light on my face, but it looks just like my skintone without flash photography.

I included a swatch of the tarte Amazonian colored clay foundation in the photo above, just because I think they look very similar in consistency and coverage, although I think bareMinerals BareSkin has a bit more coverage.  They do have similar texture and consistency, similar look and feel on the skin.

bareMinerals describes that this foundation can be as sheer or as full coverage as you want it to be. Below is the "recipe" for the desired coverage:

Two drops = sheer coverage.
Four drops = medium coverage.
Six drops = full coverage.

In the look above, I used two moderate layers (6 drops) of BareSkin foundation, applied using the brush included in the kit.  I must say it looks VERY even and flawless, and it does hide my blemishes and discolorations perfectly, although I do have to add concealer to my undereye circles and breakouts.

bareMinerals  Perfecting Face Brush
bareMinerals  Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals  Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush











I was actually thinking of using my Beauty Blender sponge to apply this foundation, but I chose to apply it using the bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush, and boy am I glad I did!  This is the perfect brush for this very watery foundation.  It has a little pit or reservoir in the middle of the head that holds the foundation, and the bristles around it really make the product apply evenly and flawlessly on the skin.  It has a small, compact, dense head so it does apply the product in a more concentrated way as opposed to a bigger, fluffier brush.

All in all, I am liking this tandem.  The foundation wears well (6-7 hours), has a flawless finish and feels lightweight on the skin.  I like the foundation because it can be as sheer or as full coverage, depending on your preference.  The only thing I don't like about this is that the makeup tends to transfer to clothes and my cell phone.  It is also a bit expensive for $30, but I really do like the look and finish on my skin.

Many bareMinerals mineral foundation purists find it off-putting that bareMinerals released a liquid foundation that kind of goes against the very philosophy of the brand.  However, I think the brand is just evolving and wants to cater to different kinds of people, and there are many who prefer liquid over mineral foundation.  I actually use both, so I am not really part of this equation, but I think it's good that as a bareMinerals customer, you have a choice if you want to use liquid or mineral foundation.

(Media sample was provided by PR for consideration.  All opinions are mine.) 



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