Sunday, July 27, 2014

bareMinerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation!!

Hey guys! Today I want to talk to you about my latest obsession that I have been using nonstop since I bought it, the new BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation by bareMinerals! I was so excited when I found out that bareMinerals was coming out with a liquid foundation, and even more intrigued that it was going to be a SERUM liquid foundation, as I had never heard of that before. There are several serum foundations now, which I think is great. There really was something missing on the spectrum of liquid foundations that serum foundations have filled, lighter than a regular liquid foundation but more pigmented then a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Read on to hear my thoughts on the serum foundation that started the craze!

Alright so I bought this foundation a couple of months ago. I had become obsessed with liquid foundations after my drugstore foundation breakdown and I was curious about this new serum type. Plus, its bareMinerals, they can really do no wrong in my book! (Minus their boring packaging; that's the only thing I would change). They marketed this foundation with their new patent-pending Perfecting Face Brush that is supposed to be amazing with the serum foundation because it has a "unique fluid reservoir"/random hole in the middle that you are supposed to fill with the foundation and buff onto your skin. I skipped that because it just seemed really gimmicky to me, and I'm so glad I did! I use my Sigma F80 Flat-top Kabuki brush to apply this foundation and it works PERFECTLY. You can really use any brush with densely packed bristles for this foundation, or even your fingers, so do not feel the need to shell out $28 on the Perfecting Face Brush. 

What's so amazing about this serum foundation is how pigmented it is; you seriously only need 3-4 drops for your entire face! The bottle is unique in that it has a small dropper opening, kind of like a serum would, since it is in fact a serum. You just drop one-two drops on your brush and slowly buff it into your face, adding more drops to the brush as needed. I use four drops in total, two for each side of my face. Make sure you shake it before you use it, as the ingredients can tend to separate a little if you don't. 

Excuse me shamelessly showing off my engagement ring, I can't help it, I'm so obsessed!

As you can see from the picture above, that is just one drop and it has covered the entire back of my hand seamlessly. It is so incredibly lightweight; unlike regular liquid foundations it doesn't feel like you're putting a whole new face on. Three-four drops is just all you need to perfect and enhance your natural skin tone without masking it. At the same time, it is extremely pigmented and provides medium to full coverage that is very buildable. 

Since it is a serum, it is packed with beneficial skincare ingredients that really work to brighten and perfect your skintone. It has Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that is amazing at fading dark spots and brightening your skin. It also has Lilac plant stem cells, which are basically another type of antioxidant that will help to heal and protect your skin. Lastly it has SPF 20 in the form of mineral sunscreen titanium dioxide.

The main reason I'm so obsessed with this foundation, beyond the amazing texture and coverage, is that I can tell my skin is just loving it. I had been using drugstore liquid foundations on a daily basis for months, and I was starting to notice small bumps on my face that I hadn't really had since I started exfoliating regularly and using my Clarisonic. All those completely disappeared once I started using this serum foundation, which has led me to conclude that, at least for my skin, regular liquid foundations are just too heavy to wear on a day-to-day basis. I need something lightweight that will let my pores breathe, which this serum foundation is perfect for! Now I use only this serum foundation and my tinted moisturizers for day-to-day coverage, saving my more heavy liquid foundations for nights out. 

If you are interested in trying serum foundations but aren't ready to invest $29 yet, Physicians Formula makes a similar serum foundation that has received really good reviews and is a little more affordable! Trust me, if you are wearing liquid foundation on a regular basis and suffering from minor yet annoying breakouts, the culprit could very well be your foundation! Save the heavy stuff for special occasions, and care for your skin with beneficial ingredients and lightweight coverage on a day-to-day basis. You won't regret it!

xo Patricia


  1. Is that brush good for contouring? I've been debating buying one similar to it!


    1. Hi Lauren! I'm not sure if it's good for countering, Ive honestly only used it for applying foundation! I don't know if it would be, since the bristles are so densely packed, it might apply bronzer too heavily.