Review | BareMinerals BareSkin Foundation

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Hi, I'm Chelsey


It’s review time! I’ve been a BareMinerals makeup wearer for three years now. Although I switch out my makeup in search of trying out new products, BareMinerals is the brand I always go back to while in between new brands. It’s my safety net. I recently got into liquid foundation, and the lack of a liquid foundation from BareMinerals was always the one drawback I had. They just recently launched their very first liquid foundation–excuse me, serum foundation–so I of course had to pick it up. I’ve had mine for a little over a month, so it’s about time to review it for you all, just in case you’re interested.

For reference, here’s a quick snapshot about my skin:

  • Skin type: Combination/Oily
  • Skin tone: Netural to yellow undertones
  • Foundation shades: NC45 in MAC, Caramel in Revlon Colorstay, Golden Tan in BareMinerals Loose Powder
  • Sensitive? No

bareskin-serum bareminerals-new-brush bareminerals-bareskinBareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

Price: $29 for the foundation, $28 for the specialized brush


Clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one. Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance. It’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before.

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  • Affordable price compared to other makeup brands
  • Great color selection (20 different shades with neutral, golden, and cool undertones)
  • Silicone, oil, paraben, and fragrance-free
  • SPF 20
  • Creates a smooth, natural finish
  • Conceals imperfections without the need for a separate concealer
  • Requires very little product to cover the full face (if used with matching brush)
  • Brightens skin’s appearance
  • Feels very lightweight on the face


  • Requires a setting powder (for oily girls like me)
  • Not ideal for summer (for oily girls like me)
  • Top and spout (see pic above) can get messy
  • Feels greasy upon application (learning curve)

Repurchase? Yes.

Rating: 3.5/5

Overall Thoughts:

This is not an ideal foundation for oily girls like myself, which is why the score isn’t at a 4.5. That being said, I still love it and will continue to repurchase because the pros outweigh the cons and it still works well for me when I set it with the bareminerals loose mineral matte powder. I wear it now because I have it, but otherwise I will only purchase this during the fall and winter months due to my skin being more dry during cooler times. I absolutely think girls with dry to normal skin should give the foundation a shot. It is very a much a serum when applying, so it adds moisture to the face in a way that other liquid foundations do not.

I’ve tried it both with and without the coinciding “Perfecting Face Brush” to see if it made any difference, and it absolutely does. The main difference is a lot less product is used when you apply it with the suggested brush. I use one dot on the left side of my face, one dot on the right side of my face, and what’s left over in my t-zone. With the two pictures of my hand below, you can see how the finish looks. It’s hard to explain in text…it basically looks like your skin, but better. I applied one dot on my hand using the perfecting face brush. I didn’t realize until after I took the before picture that I still had slight remnants of a waterproof eyeliner swatch on my hand, but the foundation covered that up like a charm. Also, both pictures were taken with the flash on and zero editing was done aside from adding the text overtop.

Where to Buy:

You can purchase the foundation at your local Ulta, Sephora, or BareMinerals stores. And as always, the products are available on their respective websites.
bareskin-before bareskin-after

And below is a picture of the foundation on my face. This was taken immediately after it was applied, and I do not have any setting powder, concealer, or blush on my face. The sheen you see is indicative of the serum finish. The color that I’m wearing is Bare Walnut #18, which has the perfect undertone for my skin and matches my complexion much better than the loose mineral powder.

Comments +

  1. I always WANT to love bareMinerals, like I’ve purchased so many of their foundations… but it never works out for me completely. the makeup artists always make me look amazing, but I can never recreate that look at home. this looks amazing on you, giving you a dewey complexion, and from the looks of it, it gives great coverage. I personally am stuck on the NARS tinted moisturizer right now with the light diffusing setting powder. that gives juuuuust enough coverage without looking like makeup.

    • Chelsey says:

      Thanks for the comment, Jennine! BareMinerals was a grower for me, it took a lot of trial and error and various color matching before it became my safety brand. I have heard a lot about both NARS and Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizers. I’ll have to test out the NARS one. A tinted moisturizer would be great for these summer days.

  2. Chelsey says:

    Hi Mandy! I use NC45 sheer pressed powder by MAC in the winter, and NC50 in the summer. It sounds like you’re slightly lighter than me, but I think the the loose powder shade of Golden Tan will work well for you. As for the liquid color, I would try swatching one shade up from Bare Walnut, because liquid foundation has the tendency to warm up a bit and get a little bit darker. I really like this foundation, but being that I have oily skin, I would only recommend it for the winter. If you’re looking for a natural look but want to use liquid foundation, I have oily skin and really love Lancome’s Teinte Idole Ultra 24H foundation. It has buildable coverage but provides a natural look. Hope this helps!


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