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!

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  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!

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    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!

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