On paper, mineral-based makeup is a huge plus. Because it’s formulated with less synthetic chemical ingredients, it should make skin theoretically feel so much healthier, lighter. But as the bareSkin® Pure Brightening Serum Foundation from bareMinerals demonstrates, makeup that seems healthier might not necessarily get you the mileage you need, especially if you’re paying a pretty penny for it.
To be honest, more than a true liquid foundation, this product feels more like a tinted sunscreen-moisturizer hybrid. The product is indeed quite lightweight, while still giving the skin a little bit of luminosity. This foundation serum also provides a great amount of hydration (something many typical foundation formulas lack) and is infused with skincare properties, such as UV protection. So where does it go wrong?
For starters, the formula is much, much too watery. Even when the product is shaken before use, something just seems to be unstable about the formula of the product. During application, it also tendy to go on a little streaky, whether you’re using a brush or buffing it into the skin with a blender-sponge applicator. Coverage-wise, this foundation is severely lacking. Besides the aforementioned luminous finish, it just doesn’t do much else, not even slightly smooth out any harsh-looking regions. Finally, anytime the product is on the skin, it feels greasy. Whether you just applied it or you’ve been wearing it for a few hours, it doesn’t quite set, even under powder, thus it also tends to exacerbate oiliness.
In our opinion, if you’re a person with dry skin whose skin texture doesn’t really need any assistance looking smooth, go right ahead and try this product. But otherwise, you might be better off searching for a foundation that’s more appropriate for your needs.
SUITABLE FOR: Dry skin that doesn’t need a lot of coverage.
- The bareMinerals bareSkin® Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is available in 20 shades (and it’s sorely lacking on the darker end of the spectrum).