Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation Review

Bare Minerals was one of the first foundations I ever bought and their 'swirl, tap, buff'' application system has stuck with me for years. While they might be well known for their mineral powder products, they've just launched their first ever liquid foundation, which is pretty exciting news! 

Bare Skin has been designed to feel super lightweight on the skin, while still offering a good level of coverage. It's an almost serum like texture and promises to help even the skin tone and brighten the skin while you wear it. 

Bare Minerals Bare Skin foundation

The consistency of Bare Skin is very runny - much more so than a usual liquid foundation. It reminds me a little of the Armani Meastro Fluid foundations with their slightly oily/watery texture. You need to be careful how you apply this in order to stop it running off everywhere! The bottle also needs to be shaken thoroughly before you squeeze any product out - if you don't, the serum base and pigment don't mix and you'll end up with just a lightly coloured clear liquid appearing. 

There are 20 shades to choose from in the range - I am Bare Porcelain, the lightest one, but they cover pretty much every end of the colour spectrum. There's also a special brush been developed to aid application which has an indent cut out in the centre of the bristles. This means you can pour a little of the shaken foundation straight into the well in the brush, before buffing gently across the face. 

I'd say the coverage initially is light-medium; if you like more coverage in certain areas, you can build this up as required without ending up with a cakey finish. For more oily skins, you'll need to set the foundation in place with a bit of powder - it's quite a slippy formula and definitely benefits from having some powder in key areas over the top. 

The texture is almost invisible once applied to skin, making it great for a 'my skin but better' look, which is something that always appealed to me about their powder foundations. It's great to have that option in liquid format too. 

The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was the wear time - because of the liquid nature of the product it doesn't seem to last beyond 4 hours on my t-zone without needing a top up, so isn't something I can wear all day to work without bringing it with me to reapply. Because of that, it's a foundation I'm saving up for nights out or at the weekends when I don't need something to last me a minimum of 12 hours with as little intervention as possible. If I'm honest, I still prefer the Original Powder foundation, but I'm pleased to see them experimenting with liquid foundations at long last! 

Bare Skin costs £26 for a 30ml bottle and the Perfecting Face Brush is £24. You can find them both online from Bare Minerals and at Bare Minerals counters now. 

Do you like the look of this new liquid foundation from Bare Minerals? 

*PR samples


  1. I tried a sample of this and quite liked it, but it was done as part of a makeover at an event, so I wonder how messy it would be if I applied it x

  2. I have just posted a review up too of this product today, how crazy! I love this new products although it does feel a little heavier the coverage I get and the way it works for my skin is fab!

    Emily xx

  3. I've got pretty dry skin, especially in A/W, so I wonder if it would be longer lasting on my face? I love the concept, but it sounds like it could be a bit of a faff to use during rushed mornings.



  4. I was shade matched to the second lightest in store but refused to budge on my request to take home the palest shade. Just as well really, since in the cold light of day even that is too dark. It mates me look orange so I had to remove it straight away :-/

  5. This was awful on me - went patchy and cakey after less than two hours wear and it really highlighted my normally invisible pores. Really really disappointing and I've read a number of similar complaints to mine too!



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