I’m most likely late to the party on this review of the Bareskin foundation as I purchased this product in the fall. However – the foundation made it onto my Top 10 list so I think it’s still worth mentioning on my blog.
The Bareskin foundation is a brightening serum foundation with sunscreen (SPF20) built right in. It’s claim’s to fame are: brighter complexion, more even-toned skin, adjustable coverage with a no make-up feel.
Let’s give it at go. Next stop – Sephora. There I was, standing in front of the BareMinerals display, feeling a little anxious. There were lots of shades to choose from and….a brush. What?! Do I need the brush, if I get the brush how do I use the brush, the brush has a funny hole carved in the bristles, what the…. Yes, I was all consumed with this brush. I had come for the foundation – not foundation and a brush – just the foundation. So now what?
I needed to stop the insanity and get a little help. Turns out with the help of a foundation ‘specialist’ at Sephora, the brush is indeed part of the package – if you want the full effect of the foundation. I reluctantly have to admit, that after she showed me how to use the foundation with the brush I definitely agree. I can now see that it would be difficult to effectively use the foundation without a giant mess and proper coverage if you didn’t use their brush. Now I am a little annoyed that BareMinerals is making me buy this ‘special’ brush to apply their foundation to get the results that I want. However, after the application lesson, I couldn’t deny that the foundation was great and despite my crankiness over the brush purchase the foundation is worth the money.
So for all of you lovelies out there who are also curious about the foundation and brush application I am here to enlighten you.
Foundation – drop a single drop (a drop is a good starting point – a little goes a long way) of the foundation into the middle of the brush. I start the application on my cheek as it is a larger surface so I am able to control and manipulate the coverage better. As you apply move the brush in a circular motion as if you are buffing the foundation onto your skin. I then move onto my chin and nose using any excess foundation left from my cheeks and lastly I apply to my forehead. I usually have to add a tiny bit more foundation onto the brush for my forehead and then any foundation remaining on the brush I use for touching up any areas that need a little smoothing.
Coverage – fabulous is the word. The foundation is very workable and the variety of coverage options are endless. I do find that if I use a primer the results are much better especially if you have dry skin or larger pores. The foundation can look a little more visible if your skin is not prepped first. One drop of the foundation will definitely cover my entire face if I am looking for a natural sheer look. If I want fuller coverage (for workday/evening) I usually end up using two drops of foundation (in separate applications – let the first application ‘set’ for a minute or two before applying the second layer). The first drop is the base and the second is the little extra you need to have more coverage all over.
I had wanted to try this foundation based on the even skin tone and adjustable coverage claims and I was not disappointed. I tend to have red cheeks and the foundation definitely evened me out – even with a light application. Score! I did find that the more layers of foundation that I applied the less the ‘no make-up feel’ felt. However my face looks flawless when I’m done and the coverage lasts the entire work day. Top 10 foundation for me…every day of the week.