Brightening products are popular now because it seems everyone want that perfect, radiant skin. Serums have been wildly popular because of it's ability to have a high number of active ingredients to be able to do certain jobs for the skin. So when Bare Minerals launched it's new Bare Skin Serum Foundation, I was excited to see the product. A brightening serum foundation that is ultra thin with a silky smooth texture that is like anything you have ever felt before.

Reveals a brighter, more even toned skin with a no makeup look and feel.

Free from:

  • Chemical Sunscreen
  • Silicone
  • Oil
  • Parabens
  • Fragrance

Formula is also hypoallergenic and non comedogenic but claim that women saw a reduction of dark spots after 8 weeks of use.

Serums in foundation
Serums in foundation

Serums contain the most potent dose of anti-aging ingredients. Serums can contain antioxidants, peptides, skin brighteners, you name it! Serums are your friend. When a company combines a serum with your foundation, it creates a hybrid of skin care and color cosmetic in one. Brilliant!

While reading all the marketing pieces on the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation, I was very impressed with the ingredient deck! NO CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN! Hot damn! (Are you sick of me with the anti chemical sunscreen yet?) :P

They also claim we can get rid of dark spots and minor hyper pigmentation? Hmmm. I didn't test for 8 weeks so I can't speak to that.

If you find yourself battling some of these problems, Bare Minerals Serum Foundation may be a winner for you!

But before you rush off to purchase your foundation, keep reading. This product may not be right for all of you in terms of texture & performance.

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review

The packaging itself is nice and sleek. I didn't find any problems of leaking which is great for travel.

Because the formula is water thin, the dropper bottle dispenses just the right amount of product. The foundation itself works best in minimal quantities. In other words, less is more.

Packaging gets high marks from a makeup artist and consumer angle. However, I will say that if you have any type of disability with your hands, this foundation packaging is going to give you trouble. I would suggest to try & shake the product out, not squeeze.

The texture of this product feels slippery and somewhat "sand-papery" at first application. It dries down to a chalky finish. Chalky finish is never a good description when describing a foundation.

The company says silky smooth..I tend to disagree. When working with this product, I did discover one important feature. This product does not perform well with a silicone based primer. In my tests, I used the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Oil Free primer on some subjects.

Primed & Poreless Skin Primer
Primed & Poreless Skin Primer

This foundation does NOT work well with a silicone based primer.

My final thought on the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation is that the texture is it's not sophisticated enough for most of skin tones. I didn't care for it at all for a majority of skin tones I tested it on.

For anyone with any type of problematic skin be it fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, this product is not ideal.

This product is suitable if you have nice, smooth, even skin textured skin and don't need a lot of coverage.

The pigment of this product is decent. You don't need a lot with this foundation. When they say 2-4-6 drops, they mean it. Here is the foundation when one drop is used.

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review

Then blended out. As you see, it looks more skin like with VERY LITTLE product. Looks pretty good with minimal product. I don't see as many fine lines or wrinkles in my hands in the bright sun. Once I applied 4 drops, it shows more of the fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. So if fine lines and wrinkles are what you are striving to avoid showing off, less is more with this product.

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review

When I applied 6 drops, it was way too heavy and tacky feeling on the skin.

The claim is that you can "build" your coverage- but in all honesty I didn't find this to be the case.

As you build coverage, noticeable textures change and depending on your skin, it may not be the look you want. Especially if you have any skin texture issues.

When it comes to the brush, I wan't impressed as well. Using the Bare Mineral's Perfecting Face Brush gave me worse results than using my bare fingers. Even when I tried to use on other type of skin tones, I still preferred my fingers or a traditional foundation brush when using this formula.

The brush itself looks clever, but I didn't really get the point. I do understand that the Bare Mineral customer is used to the "Buff, Tap, Swirl" concept and they created the brush for their customer base, however I didn't find the brush to be any better at applying than anything else you may have in your makeup bag.

One of the biggest issues I have as professional makeup artist, is that I couldn't get the product to adhere or "stick" to the face without a lot of manipulation, with our without a brush.

Overall, the product does not have a nice "lay down" quality. Once it finally does lay down on the skin, it's never quite "dry". It will eventually dry down, but it tends to take several minutes.

Insider Tip: So why is the "lay down" of a foundation so important?

When you apply your foundation and it doesnt "lay down" or stick to the skin, when you apply other makeup products on top of your foundation, the foundation underneath moves. I tend to call these "holes" in your complexion and foundation. This is what I mean by "lay down".

This product fails miserably in that department. Even with the very minuscule amounts I was using.

Pro Tip: When applying your setting powder and powder blush on top of the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation, allow the foundation to dry for at least 3-5 minutes before applying any other type of makeup product to keep your foundation from moving.

TROUBLESHOOTING: This foundation did not perform well with cream or liquid blushes, it works best with powder blushes, bronzers etc. (Which makes sense when you are using "mineral" based powders, blushes from the Bare Mineral's line).

In the end, if you aren't into adding additional time to your makeup routine, or those of you who like to wear cream or liquid blushes or highlighters, you may want to choose a different foundation to pair with your cream products.

Overall the "blend-ability: and "build-ability" of this product is poor.

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review

The colors themselves were broken down into Cools, Warms and Neutrals. I did like the neutral color line up slightly more than the warms or cools, so when color matching yourself, start there first.

Fellow makeup artist, Andie Cumber was with me testing the color range to see how it worked for women of color. We both liked the darker warm tones for women of color.

Andie found her color success in #18 Bare Walnut. She said it was one of the first foundations she had seen that matched her almost perfectly right out of the bottle. It did give her complexion a nice smooth finish. However, because the foundation dries down to a powdery, chalky finish, she didn't care for how it made her skin look a ashy. (Ya'll know women of color don't wanna be ashy.)

So for that fact alone, it got failing marks from Andie. From a distance it looked ok, but up close, even the small amounts looked dry and ashy. While her skin looked smooth, ashy always trumps smooth.

Smooth-Good. Ashy-Bad.

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review
Bare Minerals Bare Skin Review

For Oily Skin Tones: Bare Minerals Serum Foundation lasted on my subject's skin for 2.5 hours before she needed a touch up. You can't build on this product before it starts to look cakey. Touch-ups may prove difficult for some gals.

For Dy Skin Tones: This product should last on your skin for at least 4-6 hours.

I didn't care for powder on top of this product for dry skin tones. Your mileage may vary depending on how dry or dehydrated your skin is.


  • Over 40 with dry, dehydrated skin. It dries down to a powdery finish and shows all the fine lines and imperfections.
  • Over 40 with oily skin. This foundation, on oily skin, will just slide all over the face. The texture will have difficult time sticking to an oily skin texture.
  • Skin with minor skin texture imperfections (acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, eczema) will do better choosing a different texture of foundation.


  • Teens? Maybe. But do they really need a brightening serum foundation?
  • 20 somethings with great skin or good skin with minor hyper-pigmentation. And my suggestion is to use as little as possible.
  • When using little product, the value is great because the foundation goes a long way.


  • No chemical sunscreen
  • No parabens
  • No Fragrance
  • Hypoallergenic & Noncomedogenic
  • No Silicone (for those who don't like silicone)
  • A Serum & Foundation in one
  • Jojoba Coated Mineral Pigments-Sounds fancy. I have a call into the company to see what exactly this means and why they put it in there. I will report back once I find out.

Hope this helps break down the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation. Overall we didn't give it high marks, but I do think some folks with great skin will love it.