A few months ago I purchased Bare Mineral’s liquid foundation, bareSkin. I was SO EXCITED to try a liquid mineral foundation. I had experimented with turning my mineral make up into a liquid with great results but I had to use oil to make is a liquid. This proved to be a bit heavy for skin that wasn’t dry. I waited this long to share this review with you all because I really like to try out products before I jump the gun and tell you all to run out and buy something!
Bare Mineral’s liquid foundation is oil free. It is also paraben free, silicone free and fragrance free. It’s also non-comedogenic which means it won’t clog pores. I could not say that about my liquid foundation, not that mine will clog, but it could clog certain skin types with it’s base of almond oil. This foundation also offers an SPF of 20, due to their non-nano titanium dioxide.
Bare Minerals claims that not only does this product act as a foundation, it also has properties that benefit the skin, therefore calling it a “brightening serum foundation”. The serum portion of the foundation includes vitamin C, stem cells from the lilac plant and jojoba coated mineral pigments. The stem cells of the lilac plant are a super potent antioxidant and are extremely healing. Based on an independent study, women tried bareSkin for 8 weeks and 95% noticed an evening in their dark spots.
Now, for my personal experience:
At first I had mixed feelings. First off, I got a shade that was a bit too light. 2nd, I didn’t prepare my skin properly before I applied. Let me explain, it is very important to have well moisturized or primed skin before you apply this foundation. The fact that it was a shade lighter then I needed, exacerbated the way this foundation was making my skin look a bit parched. Once I made sure my skin was moisturized, and incorporated a bronzer, I quickly became a big fan of this foundation!!
I love the brush. You can get by without the brush, but my opinion is, it’s necessary. It’s very well made with little to no shedding. It has a little indention in the middle where you squirt your foundation, which makes for no mess and the quickest and easiest application EVER. The brush gives a fast and flawless application which gives the makeup a smooth and fresh look.
Before & After
Just like with the powder, you can layer the foundation to get the coverage you need. I find a concealer is unnecessary with this foundation. I use a foundation brush to apply to red spots and blemishes, then I apply a thin layer all over my face. On days that I want flawless skin I use a couple more drops of foundation to achieve an air brushed look.
Bare Minerals suggests using 2 drops for light coverage, 4 drops for medium and 6 drops for heavy coverage. This is so nice to be able to control the amount of coverage you need.
Overall, I love this foundation. It is HARD to find a foundation that is even half way natural. When using a product daily it is so important that it is paraben free and fragrance free. While I don’t recognize every single ingredient, I do know the minerals used are non-nano and anything that is plant based is great for the skin.
Ordering online is very doable-There are 20 shades available with a cool, neutral and warm option in light, medium, tan and dark colors. A good way to tell if you are cool or warm is by how your skin reacts to the sun. If you tan easily, you’re most likely a warm. If you burn, you’re probably a cool. I have the lightest color there is and while it’s a bit light for the summer, it blends so well and my bronzer warms it right up.
Press on the picture below to find your perfect shade @ Sephora. Find Bare Minerals AMAZING primer HERE and bronzer HERE.
How to Use It:
Couldn’t be easier!! My advice is, give this a go. I love applying it and being able to control the coverage. It wears well all day and looks great even after a day of wrangling my girls at the mall-(my after pic was taken after wearing the make up for over 4 hours)!!
Thanks for all the info. I have been curious about this, and it’s great to hear about it from a “real person.” I have used bare minerals for over 10 years…occasionally I try something else but always come back to it. One thing that was scaring me off was the idea of applying a liquid foundation with a brush. How often do you have to wash the brush? Do you touch up at all during the day? One thing I like about the powder is that I can touch up at some point. Would you touch up with powder?
I am new to your blog and love it! Have been making my own skin care for over a year, but getting new ideas from you.
I love applying liquid foundation with a brush-it really gives a nice and even coverage. I wash the brush maybe every month. I don’t touch up at all. The “after” pics are from at least 4 hours after I applied, I only touched up my blush and lipstick. It wears very well. You can use bare minerals, mineral veil if you feel like you need a powder, or you could do a thin layer of the powder you already have. I don’t because I like the “dewy” look. The drier your skin is, the more matte it will be. Plus, I apply a thick moisturizer before I apply the make up which gives more of a wet look.
Hope this helps!!
Yes, it’s a big help! Thanks for answering so thoroughly. I am well stocked with the loose and pressed Bare Minerals foundation now, but when I run low just might have to try this!
This is what I use too! Have always used the original, but as I aged, the powder foundation made my skin look parched.
Out does seem to irritate my skin a little and I wonder if it is the Vit C. Have read of your skin is very sensitive, it could.
Still want to use out though because I don’t think it contains anything harmful.
I purchased this today. I hope all goes well. I read the reviews on the Sephora website and the majority are bad.
Second day using and I really like it. The brush is a must have! The color and airbrush look is amazing. I kinda don’t like how it comes off on my phone when talking but that’s minor I guess. I just wonder how it will be in the summer heat with sweat. It sort of sets in the creases under eye lashes but overall it gives a great look with such little application.
Martha-I’m glad! I’m still using mine! I love the brush too all though mine is shedding like crazy. I’ve noticed everything settles in my creases these days-I think it’s just the nature of creases-insert sad face!
Hi there! I am curious to try this but I am not to crazy about some of the ingredients. I was wondering, do you still use your DIY mineral foundation and blush/bronzer? I use your recipe (minus the clay) and absolutely love it. I have used it for 8 months now and found several ways to apply it with different brushes, wet, dry, etc. I never ever look cakey and it doesn’t settle in creases! Do you still use it too? Curious to know your thoughts. Thanks beautiful!
I was just Reading your article researching if bare Mineral foundation contains nano titanium or Not. Could find nothing but saw you stated the use non nano? Do you know if this is still non nano? I did really like the foundation but am worried…
Ramona-I just looked it up and now I can’t find anything. I’ll continue to see what I can dig up.