Double Take: Anne and Kristin Review Bareskin Pre Brightening Serum Foundation

There’s a buzz in the beauty world that I’m sure many of you have heard about by now – bareMinerals’ first/new liquid foundation Bareskin. As beauty addicts and part time detectives, yours truly had to get to the bottom of this case and find out what all the hype is about. And as if there needed to be proof that we are basically soul sisters, we both started to review Bareskin before realizing the other was as well.

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Bareskin

Anne’s Reaction: 

I’m super picky about my foundation, so when bareMinerals announced its new liquid Bareskin foundation, I was a tad skeptical it would meet my high expectations right off the bat.  I’ve found that a lot of foundations just look too heavy and cakey on my skin, so I’ve pretty much banished all foundations in favor of a good BB cream paired with concealer for trouble spots. But after trying out bareMinerals Bareskin Pre Brightening Serum Foundation, I am reconsidering my position altogether.

bareskin

bareskin

As you might imagine, the point of Bareskin is that it’s supposed to look very natural and blend with your skin to perfect the tones. The delivery system is the new gimmick here. Instead of the typical “swirl, tap, buff” application for bareminerals mineral powder foundations, you instead “shake, drop and buff,” using the Perfecting Face Brush to swirl it on to your face. And I have to admit, gimmick or not, this brush is amazing. It really blends in the product well so your skin looks super smooth.
bareMinerals Bareskin is really BB cream for all intents and purposes. After all, it is a brightening serum with SPF 20 mixed with color correcting coverage. You can build your coverage from very light with just a couple of drops to full coverage using about four to six drops. In my “after” picture here, I have full coverage so you can see how well it hides skin discolorations and sun spots while still showcasing a natural finish.
I’m surprised to admit how much I love this new foundation, and I’m going to be adding it to my regular routine.
Kristin’s Reaction:

Like Anne, I tend to reach for BB creams (or tinted moisturizers) rather than full-on foundations. Something about foundations seems so dated and unnecessary to me. I’ve been #blessed with fairly normal, healthy skin and I don’t feel the need to perfect it with full-coverage products. And while I know foundations come in all sorts of formulation and coverage ranges, I’m just a creature of habit and don’t often venture out past my tried-and-true face products. But I’m also a creature of jumping on the bandwagon and impulse purchases … which is how I ended up the proud owner of Bareskin. The lovely Gouldylox posted about Bareskin a bit ago and I was #feelingspendy when I read her post, so I zipped over to my local Sephora and snagged my own bottle.

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bareskin

In the spirit of total transparency, it took me a couple of wears to get as onboard with this product as I am now. With all the hype I’d heard about the product, I was expecting to look like a whole new, supermodel woman after buffing on this foundation. I know that expectation is insane, but I sometimes fall in to the trap when trying out new, hyped products. I expect them to turn me in to Heidi Klum and then get all sad panda when they don’t. You’d think I’d lear my lesson one of these times … but I digress.
I love that this product (as Anne says) feels and wears more like a BB cream than a traditional foundation. The product goes on light and has a buildable coverage. I use three drops on a good skin day and four-five on a bad skin day. I even got a little wild and crazy once and did just one drop, but I think this is better suited for a beach vacation than an average day at work. Plus, I’m really impressed (also like Anne, #greatminds) with the buffing abilities of the brush. I’m not trendy and pro enough to use brushes or sponges when applying my face makeup like most beauty bloggers, so I was a bit weary of what I would think of the brush. I actually think it’s my favorite part of the product. It helps the foundation go on smoother and creates a seamless, more natural finish. No streaks of fingertip lines here; I’m so grown up!
The only thing I don’t love about Bareskin is the finish. I prefer a slightly dewier finish than Bareskin provides, as it’s a more matte/natural finish. With that in mind, Bareskin has taken the go-to foundation/BB cream spot in my day-to-day makeup routine for the moment, and I don’t see myself changing any time soon. I really do love it!
What is your favorite foundation?
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  • http://beautyxpose.com Kristin Bassett

    Can we discuss the fact that my skin is the same shade as my white walls?