So I’ve been very delayed bringing you my review of Bare Minerals Bare Skin Serum Foundation. I pre-ordered the Bare Skin Serum Foundation as soon as it launched on QVC and I got it soon after my order. I must have been lucky because mine arrived soon after I ordered but I’m hearing people just got their order recently?! I’m not sure why I was lucky but I was so I had nearly a month to use it and play around with it etc…!
Basically the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Serum Foundation is both a mineral foundation and a skincare serum in one. It provides coverage as it treats your skin.
Interesting concept right? When I first heard about it I was thinking of perhaps a Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup style formula but this is actually completely unique to some of the new fad liquid foundations. Most formulas I’ve tried in this area are typically water based but also have a gel-like consistency. THIS is a fluid foundation but it has more of a serum, watery texture versus a gel.
Let’s take a look.
According to Bare Minerals this produces a brighter more youthful appearance with a natural finish. It’s supposed to be formulated for all skin types and I’d call that wrong because I have a feel oily skin users will not love it.
It’s formulated without water, without oil, silicone, parabens, or even fragrance however, it feels like it contains silicone and does have a fairly slippery, oily feel on skin. Be sure to shake the bottle vigorously prior to using it as the pigment does separate from the fluid. The texture is a watery liquid that’s sort of like a serum. It has a odd texture with a sort of matte upon contact finish at first but goes dewy as you apply. It’s a bit slippery on my skin as I apply and feels oily even with a dewy finish. It does have an odd staining effect as you apply it so if the color is right this would translate as seamless however, I ended up looking like Snooki due to the shade being so wrong for me. Coverage is supposed to be customizable so two drops for sheer, four for medium, and six for full coverage. I find the more I apply the worst it looks. It seems to cling to my skin and makes me look like I have a ton of cakey makeup on.
As for the brightening abilities they might just mean that with continued use that this will brighten but actually wearing it, well, it didn’t brighten. I’ve read a good deal of reviews and I’m not the only one that will tell you the shades run very, very dark and this in fact dulls my skin rather than brightens it. I got the fourth shade, Bare Satin, which was called a “cool” shade but as you can see from my swatches below it is a very muddy shade.
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Serum Foundation Swatches (Shade Bare Satin)
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Serum Foundation Swatches from sheer to full coverage
Wear time is around five hours before oxidizing. Color does transfer I noticed so if I’m wearing say a high collared shirt or even my winter jacket I’ll notice makeup transfers onto the material.
This comes with a Perfecting Face Brush which is engineering to hold the foundation as it has longer bristles that surround a well in the middle of the brush. It kinda resembles a crop circle. The brush is meant to be used to buff color on but I feel like it over applied the product. Even applying a sheer layer I notice the foundation sticks to my drier areas and looks patchy. It’s a very noticeable makeup product no matter how you apply.
I think Bare Minerals Bare Skin Serum Foundation has potential. I see where they want to go with this and the idea of combining skincare and foundation isn’t necessarily a new idea but a good one none the less, look how successful BB Creams are. Unfortunately the product isn’t quite what I had hopes for. It feels oily, it looks very much like I’m wearing makeup, and the colors seem very off to me.
Drier more mature skin might like this? But I question even that.
Unfortunately I didn’t love Bare Minerals Bare Skin Serum Foundation. I’d suggest checking it out in a Bare Minerals boutique prior to purchase as you’ll have a chance to swatch and play with it for yourself. This isn’t something you’re going to want to indulge in online.
It’s available now at QVC.com and I believe launched shortly everywhere else from what I am hearing!