Bare Minerals Bareskin Foundation Review

I recently got a sample of Bare Minerals new Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum foundation to try and having seen a lot of excitement over this brand new launch I was eager to bring you a review. Does this product deliver? Read on to find out.



Bare Minerals describes Bareskin as a breakthrough tone-correcting, paraben-free mineral foundation and skincare serum in one. Providing seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish, and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. The formula is hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, dermatologist – and ophthalmologist tested and contains no silicone, fragrance, water, and oil. Oh and did i also mention it contains SPF20? So far so good!

Bare Minerals advise you to shake the bottle (it contains a mixing ball you can hear when you shake it) and apply Bareskin Foundation with a buffing brush, drop by drop, slowly building it up as required. I saw people wondering how the 3ml sample would last 10 days as claimed but I can confirm that two to 3 drops were absolutely sufficient for my face.

The foundation has a very light, fluid texture but is highly pigmented and provides a decent coverage that can be built up as required. It feels very silky as you blend it in and leaves quite a matte finish, yet still looks radiant and natural.


Blended on left of hand

Unfortunately that’s where the positives stopped for me. I noticed that once applied the foundation seemed to accentuate my pores, which are only very small and usually unnoticeable. I also felt that after only a couple of hours my shine started to come through badly and the foundation went quite patchy, wearing off in places – this definitely wouldn’t last a night out or a hot, humid day.

The colour I chose, Bare Ivory 04, was a perfect match and I loved the light fluid texture, but sadly this foundation is not for me. Even pairing it up with my current favourite primer, MAC Prep & Prime, to see if that makes a difference but it wasn’t to be. It’s a shame as I really, really wanted to love this foundation too!

Of course for every negative review there will always be people who love a product and I have seen people who really love this product and after trying their sample have gone straight out to buy the full size. For skincare especially a lot is dependent on skin type and this may be fantastic for someone with a drier skin.

If you’re curious about Bareskin Foundation I’d really suggest you go to the nearest Bare Minerals counter and i’m sure the lovely staff would match you up with the correct shade and let you sample the product. Bareskin Foundation retails for £23 which is a good price, and i’m genuinely disappointed that this didn’t suit me!

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13 thoughts on “Bare Minerals Bareskin Foundation Review

  1. Simone says:

    I got my sample on Wednesday and haven’t used it yet. I was shade 1 which is still too orange I reckon… the assistant tried to get me to use shade 2 saying it would give me a sun kissed look!
    Oddly I was advised this foundation works best on slightly oilier skin which is opposite to what you found so make me think they’ll say anything! I have awfully obvious pores so I’m not holding out much hope here :-/
    Great review, as always!

    • Helen says:

      Thanks! I really liked the light texture and it doesn’t look caked on or chalky, which I hate about some heavier foundations, but today it lasted barely 2 hours and I didn’t even leave the house or get particularly hot! Do report back once you’ve tried it, would love to hear how you get on!

  2. The Sartorial Coquette says:

    I’m sorry to hear that!! The thing with the pores is really frustrating 😦 thanks for alerting me, and great review!! ❤ 🙂

  3. kohlmama says:

    Thanks for the honest review, I was THIS close to buying this on Thursday, glad i didn’t now as I often have problems with oxidising foundations, especially around my chin area. Probably because I touch my face too much without realising it! X

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