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bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Foundation Review

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)
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