I’m sure you’ve heard of the new foundation by bareMinerals. I was eager to get my hands on a bottle as soon as it came out, but I was unsure I was really ready to replace my current foundation. I’ve now had the chance to experiment with the bareSkin foundation a little and so I’m excited to share my thoughts with you!
Before I dig into my thoughts, I want to give you a little of my history. First of all, I have pretty decent skin. At this point in my life, it is combination dry/oily. I do get breakouts occasionally, but they’re usually pretty minor.
When bareMinerals first came out a number of years ago, I got right into the craze. I really liked the original mineral foundation and used it for several years. Then, after I had my second child, something happened with my skin. I wasn’t happy with the bareMinerals foundation anymore. I don’t know how to explain it—I don’t even really know what happened. But when I put the foundation on, it was like the minerals just sat on top of my skin and it looked very powdery and not natural at all. So I switched foundations. I went through several liquid foundations and was okay with them until I finally started using this:
This is the Naked Skin foundation by Urban Decay. It was love from the first moment I brushed it on to my skin and I’ve used it ever since.
So that brings us back to the bareSkin foundation. I knew I wanted to try it, but did I want to buy it?
Here are some of the claims about the bareSkin foundation: it is very lightweight and natural-looking, it improves the appearance of dark spots as well as improves skin texture and it also has an illuminating effect.
Here has been my experience with it thus far: I went to Ulta and was matched (I am a Bare Linen 03). The bareMinerals makeup artist applied it to my face and when I first looked in the mirror, I hated it. I thought it looked weirdly cakey and not natural at all. I walked out of the store without buying it. But after I got to my car, I looked in the mirror and decided maybe I liked it after all! It was very weird. And the longer I wore it that day, the more I liked it. I decided to try it again.
As it so happened, a few days after my first sample, my sister came to visit and she had the bareSkin Bare Linen foundation, so I decided I’d experiment with hers a little. I applied it and wore it for a day and again, I didn’t like it immediately after the application but once it absorbed, I liked it a lot. Finally, I decided to do a side-by-side comparison with my Naked Skin foundation.
Before I show you my comparison, I have to warn you: be prepared for some odd-looking pictures of me. I am NOT a model and I definitely do not know how to look serious in front of the camera without looking scary or weird. So you’ve been warned.
This is me without any makeup at all.
This was taken immediately after applying the bareSkin to the right side of my face (the side on the left side of the picture).
One of the complaints I’ve been reading is that the bareSkin doesn’t handle dry areas well and yeah, this is a problem. Here you can see a blemish that was healing and the surrounding skin was peeling a little and it didn’t look great. But the area was pretty small and it didn’t bother me too much. If I was experiencing more dry skin at the time, it would definitely have been a bigger issue.
Here I am with the bareSkin on one side and the Naked Skin on the other. I felt that they were very comparable. HOWEVER, I really liked how well the bareSkin covered the dark circles under my eyes. It did seem to do a better job with that than the Naked Skin. Big points in my book.
And here I am after about six hours. I didn’t do anything that might cause issues with either foundation. (I wasn’t sweating or changing clothes or anything like that.) After six hours, I still felt they looked pretty similar, BUT I thought that the bareSkin had a slight edge. Those dark circles still looked slightly better with the bareSkin and, believe it or not, I felt like that side looked a little more luminous!
So, my initial thoughts? I like it and I am going to buy my own bottle. It retails for $29 which is cheaper than the Naked Skin. I really liked how it looked under my eyes and I liked the look of it overall. I still think it looks a little strange when very first applied, but that seems to go away fairly quickly and then it looks very pretty. I like that it is very lightweight and buildable. (It is not quite as lightweight as the Naked Skin, in my opinion, but it is still great.)
I should also mention that bareMinerals has also introduced a new brush that is specifically for this foundation. I have not tried the brush. You can use a regular brush (which is what I did), but I’d like to try the bareSkin brush. My sister has it and loves it. She says it makes applying the foundation very easy.
If you haven’t purchased a bottle but are considering it, I would recommend going to a retailer and testing it out first. I can definitely see opinions going either way and different skin types definitely might feel differently about it. But I do like it and am excited to start using it regularly. I plan on updating you with my thoughts after I’ve had a few weeks to experiment with it, so stay tuned!