bareMinerals recently launched a new liquid serum foundation called bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation (as we discussed here), and it’s been getting quite the buzz. I’ve had two months to play with it and test it out, giving it the full Jolie scrutiny, and I’m finally ready to go public with my verdict on bareSkin vs. bareMinerals original:
I prefer the original powder version.
Sorry, bareSkin: you’re good, but for my oily, ruddy, finicky skin, I want great.
Let’s start with the positives: bareSkin is available in 20 shades, meaning your chances of finding the right color fit for you are high. It’s silicone-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, water-free, and oil-free. It’s non-comedogenic, so it won’t break you out. It has SPF 20, so it provides even more protection than the original powder formula. And it features Vitamin C and a Lilac plant stem-cell extract that help to brighten and even your skin tone while providing antioxidant protection. It’s light, it’s very thin and natural-looking, and it’s buildable–so the more you apply, the better coverage you have.
That’s the positive. Now, the negative:
For me, the coverage is simply too thin.
When you apply it (or, more to the point, when I apply it), I’m faced with two alternatives, neither pleasing for a girl who holds her foundation to a high standard. Either the coverage is way too thin, and my red nose, various discoloration marks, and uneven skin tone peek through, rendering the entire foundation exercise pointless; or I have to apply extra coverage to get the smooth appearance I crave, and the results are cakey and entirely unnatural–looking.
I don’t know what’s up with my nose, but it’s the great foundation equalizer. If a foundation, whether liquid or powder, is able to make my red, pore-strewn nose look flawless, we have a winner. 99% of the foundations, tinted moisturizers and BB creams I try settle on and around my miniscule nose craters, however, leaving it looking like a piece of reddish-tinged Swiss cheese. Hardly the desired effect.
Let me be clear: bareSkin is good. It’s better than almost any other liquid foundation I’ve ever tried, in that it does provide a little bit of light coverage without feeling heavy or cakey. I love that it contains good-for-you ingredients that help treat your skin. And it didn’t break me out, which goes a long-way toward goodwill in my book. You can see the before and after above: there’s a noticeable difference after using bareSkin. So much less redness!
But it also rubs off really easily, feels just the tiniest bit greasy and oily, and simply doesn’t provide enough coverage…or looks too cakey upon further application. The cakeyness is not necessarily visible from far away, but up close it starts to get a little scary.
Somehow, the original bareMinerals managed the impossible feat of great coverage without any heaviness, and as a result I hold all foundations up to that lofty standard. It’s possible that other skins (drier skins?) might try bareSkin and fall in love with it the way I’m still in love with the original bareMinerals.
Alas, for me, bareSkin has been placed back into my beauty cabinet, and the original bareMinerals has regained its position of pride on my counter.