bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Review

As promised, I’m now ready to share my bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Foundation review with you. I’ve tried this product several ways. First I shared the shade Bare Satin 6 with you and showed you a tutorial on how to lighten a foundation that was too dark. Next I shared my first experience wearing Bare Porcelain 1.

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$29 for 1 fl. oz. of foundation
$28 for the bareskin perfecting brush

Sephora, Ulta, bareMinerals, QVC

My thoughts
The foundation wore best for me when I wore it on its own with no primer and I used the bareMinerals foundation brush. While I thought the foundation brush might be gimmicky at first, after trying to use this foundation with my Cover FX Liquid Foundation brush, I found it didn’t apply as well with it. It was streaky. So I definitely feel like the bareMinerals brush gave me a better application and is necessary for this foundation.

However, wear time on this foundation is too short for me. When I wore the foundation on its own, after 5 hours it was gone and needed to be reapplied to my nose, cheeks and chin. These are the areas that I need foundation the most because of my rosacea. When I wore the foundation on top of primer and setting powder and set it with setting spray, it looked cakey and heavy in 20 minutes. It was awful. When I wore it with just primer, it started to separate after an hour.

I wanted to love this foundation and it is such a cool concept. It looks fantastic when you apply it on its own for a few hours, but it fades too quick on my skin. As a reminder, my skin is on the dry side right now, it’s sensitive and I have rosacea. While this didn’t irritate my sensitive skin, it also didn’t last 8 hours. I really need my foundation to last 8 hours minimum. I was shocked that it couldn’t last with primer + setting powder + setting spray.

The shade Bare Porcelain 1 was slightly too dark for my skintone. The fact that there are 20 shades in this range leaves me hopeful that most people can find a match. I think if you’re extremely pale like I am, or extremely dark, you still may need to color correct the foundation. I recommend Face Atelier Zero Minus or Illamasqua Skin Base 1 to lighten foundations and Face Atelier Zero Plus Plus to go deeper.

I think this foundation might work well for you if you have normal skin that is not too dry or too oily. I think if you’re oily, this foundation might be gone in a few hours. If you’re dry like I am right now, it’ll be gone in  few hours as well.

I personally cannot recommend this foundation if you have skin like mine and I will be returning Bare Porcelain 1. It just does not have any lasting power for me.


  • Cruelty free
  • Doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin
  • 20 shades available


  • Does not last very long
  • Even with 20 shades, may not be perfect matches available for all skintones (i.e. mine is not a perfect match)