BareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation & Face Perfecting Brush

bareminerals-bareskinI will start by saying this: I have never been too crazy about BareMinerals products. I also dislike about 99% of foundations on the market. They feel too heavy and cakey on my skin, so I tend to avoid them altogether and opt for a tinted moisturizer instead.

That being said, I’m kind of in love with the new liquid foundation from BareMinerals.

BareMinerals introduced BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation ($29) and the Perfecting Face Brush ($28), which was designed specifically for this product. It’s the first and only liquid foundation from BareMinerals, and it comes in 20 shades (I’m Bare Shell, the second lightest in the range). No parabens, oils, silicones, or fragrances are contained in this foundation.

bareskin3The brush is really unique, as it has a reservoir built into the bristles to hold the product. The “walls” of the reservoir (the longer bristles) blend the foundation into your skin.

Here’s how it works. Shake the bottle really well. Shaking is really important because the contents tend to settle & separate in the bottle; in order to get even coverage and equal parts foundation and serum, you’ve gotta shake it up. Then apply two drops of foundation to the brush’s reservoir.  Buff it into your skin in circles until it’s really blended. Add more foundation to the brush as needed to cover your face.

The end result is a natural, slightly dewy look. I prefer a very dewy look, so this is a change for me. I’ve been adding a bit of liquid highlighter to give it even more glow. If you like a foundation that looks radiant and polished, you will probably fall for this. It’s best for those with dry, normal, and combination complexions; oily skin may not take well to this, as it’s truly a fluid and does not dry matte.

bareskin2It’s really all in the application, so the following tips might be helpful to you.

1. The insert that came with the foundation says that you can achieve sheer coverage with two drops of foundation, and full coverage with six. For me, two drops covered about half of my face with sheer coverage. I use two drops at a time, but refill two to three times to cover my entire face. It’s really ease to dispense just a drop of product, because the bottle has a dropper top on it.

2. The foundation is designed to give an airbrushed-looking finish. As a result, the product sits right where you apply it and doesn’t move much. I find it’s best to dot the product on five points of my face (each cheek, forehead, chin, and nose), and then blend. You’ll get even coverage that way, and you won’t have to push the product around on your skin too much.

3. If you need more coverage, you can layer this. It’s easy to do and doesn’t look heavy, even after a few “coats.”

4. If you choose not to purchase the Perfecting Face Brush separately, I would apply this with your fingers. Other brushes don’t hold the product as well as this one. This truly is a liquid, and the special bristles in this brush help keep the foundation on the surface of the brush, rather than sinking into the bristles. You’ll lose a lot less product with this brush and get much better application. I recommend investing in the brush, but if that’s not an option, just use your fingertips.

Have you tried this new foundation, or are you planning to? I would love to hear what you think!

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