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bareMinerals - BareSkin Overview

9 September 2015
I'm currently going through an 'Oh My GOD, I NEED that' phase. It's not working out so well.

On one of my more recent trips to Mecca Maxima at Doncaster I spotted the BareMinerals BareSkin 3-Piece Introductory Collection, for $50AUD you receive the Perfecting Face Brush which retails for $40AUD and a '45 Day Supply' of the Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF20 & Perfecting Veil. Since I'm a sucker for brushes (and this one isn't your run-of-the-mill foundation brush) and I love to try new foundations I figured it was a good way to try out the range.

The average value of the pack works out to be around $76AUD with the foundation being half the size of a full size bottle and the powder just over a third of the full size.

The brush is what really sucked me in to buying this set, it has a fluid reservoir so you simply place a few drops of the liquid foundation in the brush and buff it in. Clever concept, shame it's flawed as fuck.

Since the brush is designed to have foundation applied directly in the reservoir the bristles need to be densely packed and short to prevent the foundation from just seeping in to the bristles, problem is this makes for a really hard brush, throw in a shitty foundation and you can imagine the cursing coming from my mouth every time I try to use them together.

Using the brush with one of my current favourite foundations (Clinique Even Better Foundation) I had nice results, it works well but the brush is hard and stiff on the skin, I feel like no matter how light a hand I use I'm tugging my skin around, at 30 I know how important it is to treat my skin well so I don't appreciate how low this brush is on the scale of softness.

The foundation is supposed to be buildable with a natural finish and offer skin brightening and tone correcting properties with it's built in serum. I first tried it without a primer to put it through it's paces and I was far from impressed. The only way I can describe what I experience with this foundation is by saying it doesn't bond with the skin, it just kind of slides around and never sets and since the brush is so damn stiff the streaking is out of control. When I tried to build the coverage for the sake of seeing how far I could take it I quickly realised what a horrible, horrible mistake I had made, I should have known better, if the first layer was gross you can probably imagine what it looked like after I tried to add more. I have streaking nightmares thanks to this foundation.

Since I used this without a primer initially, I found it pooled in my large pores and eventually migrated in to my lines, trying just one layer the next day I had the same results, just slightly less extreme, I also found it clung to dry patches and was just generally a shit to blend in nicely. I did test this foundation out further with a primer, another brush, my fingers and a Beauty Blender.

With a primer I still had streaking and pooling issues, using a different brush didn't help and when applied with fingers I had product balling up on my face, the only passable method of application was with a beauty blender and even then I wasn't really happy with it.

In conclusion I wouldn't recommend this foundation, it wears alright throughout the day but you can't touch it because it'll wipe straight off, the application is a nightmare and the finish is sub-par making this a foundation that I don't think is worth the price tag.

The powder has one thing going for it, it's cute as a button! Also the little powder puff is a darling little touch but clearly would not be functional, I don't even have to use it to know it would be a dire mistake to cake this powder over this already struggling liquid foundation.

You can see from the swatch below that the powder isn't finely milled enough to look great over a shitty foundation, I hate using the two together but one without the other is borderline manageable.

In the photo below you can see how one extremely thin layer sits in the pores, this is after several minutes of buffing.

The next photo will show you how the foundation sits on the skin where pores aren't an issue, specifically my nose (it does this on my forehead too), it's kind of like a temporary layer of yuck on the skin that doesn't bond or set like a good foundation should, it's definitely not a natural finish as the product claims, you can clearly tell that it's foundation that doesn't apply well.

bareMinerals products can be purchased at Mecca Maxima and Cosmetica stores nation wide and online at

Have you tried any bareMinerals BareSkin products? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

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