bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

I have been in desperate need of a new foundation, so a few weekends ago I went to Sephora and got colour matched by Sephora + Pantone's Colour IQ  - if you've never been properly matched before, I highly recommend that you head to your local Sephora and give it a try! Anyways, the girl in Sephora that was helping me was super sweet and recommend that I tried bareMinerals' bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. I was a little sceptical, as I have combo skin (super oily cheeks and chin, crazy dry forehead thanks to Canadian winters), and I remember reading some pretty mixed reviews on this foundation back when it was launched. I normally stay away from foundations that say things like "brightening" or "serum" as I am already pretty oily, and don't need any extra help in the shine department. The girl reassured me that it would work well for me since it does have a natural finish, and because I had never tried any bareMinerals products before I decided to give this a shot.

I was matched to the lightest shade - 01 Bare Porcelain, but there is a wide range of shades to choose from. This product is a tone-correcting mineral foundation and skincare serum in one. This foundation is ultra thin, and provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish, and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful complexion. The formula is hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, dermatologist tested, and ophthalmologist tested. It is formulated without parabens, silicone, fragrance, water, and oil. While this all sounds promising, I am not a fan.

While worn with a primer (I have been wearing it on top of Smashbox's Photo Finnish Primer), it looks super natural and my skin (temporarily) still looks like skin. However, when I apply it without a primer it instantly sinks into my pores, and I feel like a total greaseball after a few hours of wear time. I also find that this foundation transfers VERY easily, even on top of a primer and after powdering! I decided not to purchase the brush they sell specifically for the foundation, as it was an additional $35.00 and I wasn't completely sold on the foundation. Since the foundation has a very thin and liquidy formula, my foundation brush absorbs the product and I need 7-9 drops to cover my entire face evenly. Overall, I think this foundation would work better for those of you who have dry skin. I end up way too oily, and having it transfer/smear off every time I answer my phone or touch my face really bothers me.

Unfortunately, I am going to take this foundation back to Sephora, as it retails for $36.00 Canadian, and I do not think that it is worth the money. Although it works decently with a primer, it transfers way too easily, and is a little too fussy and high maintenance for me. I also think that there are much better options out there for those of us with oily and combination skin!


  1. Try Tarte's Amazonian 12 hour full coverage foundation! It's oil free and light When blended. It has changed my oily skins life!

    1. i LOVE estee lauder's double wear foundation, it's my holy grail! i just like to try out other foundations for the sake of a review, but i haven't tried any from tarte yet, so thanks for the recommendation!