bareMinerals BareSkin is Different than You Think




I've been really excited about this foundation for months. For those of you that know me, you won't be surprised to know that I took off of work to see the foundation on the day it launched. Yeah, I'm that excited. After all, this isn't just a standard liquid formula like everyone else. It's different.

Here is what you need to know:



BareSkin is a new concept in foundation. It is a liquid, but it's so much more. It isn't made with water, oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance. Instead of being a regular liquid formula like so many others, BareSkin is an ultra-thin mineral formula. Each mineral is coated in jojoba and suspended in a coconut-derived base. That would be amazing on its own. However, BareSkin goes farther. It includes vitamin C and lilac plant stem cells to act as a brightening serum. Plus, it gives skin an SPF of 20, so you won't undue any the brightening action this foundation gives. And it's available in 20 different shades, so even the very fair or the fairly dark have an option.



Similar to their Buff, Tap, Swirl application method, you Shake, Drop and Buff this foundation on to the skin using their Perfecting Face Brush. It does help to use the brush, so pick it up (it's only $28. The foundation is $29).



You start by shaking the bottle. It has little beads inside to help mix the foundation properly. Without the emulsifiers and water, it settles. You must mix it up after each time you use.



Next, you apply one little drop to the well on the brush.

Then you buff the foundation on to your skin. Don't be lazy and use more than one drop. The magic doesn't happen if you do that. I don't know why, but that is how it works, so just trust me.

What you are left with is really long lasting coverage (I fell asleep accidentally in mine and I looked amazing when I woke up. OOPS!). You'll still want to use your normal concealer and setting powder. I left mine without a setting powder and I looked dewy in person and a touch shiny in photos. It looks like your skin, but better. If you tried the Armani Maestro and found it too drying or hard to work with, you will love this. It gives a similar look--without the oils, water, silicones, fragrance, high price tag, etc.--but with actual skincare that brightens and hydrates.



You know I'm a serious beauty-holic. I got the name Gouldylox because I'm never happy and always looking for the next best thing, across all categories in beauty. This is the next best thing. And it will be hard to top.

Pick it up anywhere bareMinerals is sold for $29. I should mention that I'm normally a Fairly Light in standard bM colors and an NC20 in mac. I use the lightest shade they make, porcelain, in this formula.


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15 comments:

  1. I picked this up the other day and have used it once. I was shocked at how well a drop covered. It's unlike anything I've used before! I am going to play around with it a little more, but I felt like it made my skin a little more dewy throughout the day. More than normal. My skin is normal/dry. Definitely worth trying! Love that it has added skincare benefits!

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  2. I forgot to mention your skin looks fan-freaking-tastic!! <3

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    1. Thank you! I'm really excited about it! I thought I was excited about my previous foundation combo, but this is amazing and all-in-one!

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  3. I've almost bought this three times but without knowing the shades it's hard to do online. I might stop at Ulta to see if they have testers but if you use Porcelain I probably can too. I love that it's easier to use than the Armani.

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    1. The porcelain is the lightest. It's a touch too dark for Phyrra. If you have a little more yellow than me in your skin, buff linen is probably a good choice!

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  4. Very tempting....looks awesome!

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  5. You look luminous in these pics! Thanks so much for sharing. I need to try this stuff for sure! :)

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  6. I've had problems with bM brushes shedding on me, have you had that problem with this brush? Do you think this would work with other brushes or does it need that well/hole area? Thanks for the great review!

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    1. I haven't had the brush shed on me, but I've only had it for about a week. While I would love to say it will work just as well with any flat topped, dense brush, I think the well somehow distributes it evenly? Worse case, get the foundation and if you don't think it's working with another dense flat top (not a stippling brush!), then go back and grab it. The brush isn't that expensive, as foundation brushes go! I'm wearing it again and my skin is amazing (even though I don't actually feel so hot today!)

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  7. You just convinced me that I need this.

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  8. YES YES YES!!! Need this!! Definitely going to pick this up on my birthday :)

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  9. Hi Kelly. I was reading your review of Brightenex and found this. I had an Obagi Blue Peel to try and get rid of sun damage + was not particularly impressed by the results.I have used the Brightenex for about 2 weeks (which, unlike you, has not made my face peel at all!) The problem is after years of having a tan, which I liked because it made my dark undereye circles less noticeable, I look pale and almost sickly. I haven't had much luck with a bronzer. Do you think I could use this in a few shades darker than my skin tone and look like I still had some color? I'm unhappy that I started this whole process but this foundation seems promising.

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    1. Lucky you with the Brightenex! I wish I could have tolerated it! So it sounds like you don't like your new, paler skin. Maybe you need to balance out your under eye areas with a really good concealer (It Cosmetics and Laura Mercier make my favorites for serious cover ups). Then use the foundation in your color. Finally, maybe you can contour your face lightly with a tanner-than-you-need powder? The LOREAL True Match powders are great for that and look more realistic than a bronzer, IMHO. I think you have to embrace your new skintone, which may take some time. I've not seen many people have success at wearing a foundation shade too dark or too light for them. Maybe this foundation will make you love the skin your in? It's pretty amazing!

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    2. Just to follow up, I went to a store to try the Bare Minerals and ended up buying IT CC cream in tan. We did one side with a color that matched my skin tone and then applied a bronzer, and the other side only with the tan CC cream. We all agreed that it looked more natural with just the CC cream in tan. It actually has an SPF of 50. I am falling in love with IT products. I bought the Feel the Moment Hydrating Primer and it makes the CC cream look great!

      On another note, I am NOT loving the Brightenex and would not do a Blue Peel again. After completely peeling from the Blue Peel, it took almost 3 weeks to start flaking from the Brightenex, and honestly I feel like my skin looks older than before I started and the brown spots are returning (even though I'm living like a vampire and obsessed with sunscreen.) I am going to stick with it for a few more months so hopefully I see some results. I think maybe I'm asking too much at my age (60.)

      So happy I found your blog!

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