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BareMinerals Foundation Reviews

Updated on September 8, 2014

I love BareMineral's foundations, mainly because they're lightweight and don't break my skin out more. They do have their issues though and in this, I review the different foundations that BM offers and note the pros and cons. I definitely recommend getting color matched if you want to try BM for the first time or want to try the newer foundations after using one of the older ones. Many others noted that their shade changed going from the Original to Matte to Ready and so on. My shade stayed the same through those three, but that wasn't the case for everyone. It's worth it to take the time to make sure you get the correct shade.


BareMineral's Original foundation has a dewy finish that I like. Powder foundations have a tendency to look very powdery which I don't like. The original does look powdery when initially put on, but after it's had a chance to set it does take on a dewy look. It feels weightless, which is a big plus.

Application is easy and smooth enough, though it can be messy because it's a loose powder foundation. It lasts forever though. That said, the coverage is sheer to medium. You can build the coverage, but it will take some time and effort honestly. Have a concealer ready if you have darker spots or scars you want covered. I haven't noticed that it transfers, but sometimes after many hours of wear, I'll see some on my fingers if I swipe my forehead. It doesn't look oily though.

One quibble I have about BM foundations is that they can cling to dry spots and the redness on my nose almost always breaks through after a while, but practically every foundation I've ever tried has done this so maybe it's just my skin. For me though, this is small fish compared to the benefits of BM's foundations. Just to have found a foundation that doesn't break my skin out more, matches my skin beautifully, and feels like nothing makes these foundations worth their weight in gold.

I definitely recommend it if you're looking for something that doesn't break your skin out, feels lightweight, and holds up after many hours.


BM's Matte foundation is my least favorite. It is definitely matte early on, but after several hours of wear it felt and looked pretty oily and greasy. Perhaps experimenting with different primers would help with this? Aside from that, it was very similar in most other respects to the original.


Ready is BareMineral's pressed powder foundation. My shade is Golden Medium and it looks pretty scary and yellow in the pan, but matches my skin nicely.

Ready applies very smoothly and evenly. The coverage though is pretty light and sheer, I thought. For those of you who prefer fuller coverage, you’re probably going to have to use quite a bit of this product to achieve that. I have some acne scarring and a little sun damage so I like a fuller coverage and I used two applications to get close to the coverage I wanted; and even then I busted out the Maximum Coverage Face Brush to swipe in the foundation and go over the scars on my forehead. For me, that’s not a big deal because a second application doesn’t make Ready feel any heavier in my opinion, but for others having to spend a lot of time building coverage and switching tools to do so might be irritating.

Now, Ready does cling to dry patches on the skin, which is a complaint I’ve seen about it in many other reviews. Again, personally I can live with this, but it may be a deal breaker for others. It did look a little oily after many hours of wear, but it didn't fade, gather, or separate.

Overall, it's pretty good and I do love it for traveling because it's less messy and bulky than cruising around with the full size jar.

Bare Skin

BareMinerals most recent foundations are BareSkin and Blemish Remedy.

First off, I have to say that I love, love, love BareMinerals’ new liquid serum foundation, BareSkin. I’m super serious when I say that the only thing I *don’t* like about it is that it transfers super easy. It just doesn’t settle into the skin well and rubs off on anything. Other than that, it’s a go, go, go.

It’s super easy to apply. That said, I’ve only tried applying it with the brush that was designed for it, but I’m sure a regular foundation brush would work just as well. It is super lightweight for a liquid foundation and didn't break me out more, which is worth its weight in gold for that alone as far as I’m concerned. The coverage is fantastic and gives a lot more mileage than BM’s powder foundations. It also has a pleasing satin type finish to it. BareSkin wears very well and still looked pretty much the same after at least 8 hours of wear.

I found it gathered a little bit around my nose, but practically every foundation I’ve ever tried does that so maybe it’s just my stupid nose. But compared to all the pros of this foundation, that’s quibbling.

Highly recommended.

Blemish Ready

The Blemish Remedy foundation was released exclusively at Sephora last week of August 2014. As someone who has suffered with acne since I was 11, I really, really wanted to love this foundation and the only thing that stopped me was that it was practically impossible to build to full coverage, which is what I want out of a foundation, especially during bad breakouts.

Aside from the sheer coverage, it wore similar to BM’s Original powder foundation; lightweight, satin type finish. Blemish Remedy is supposed to have ingredients in it that should help with blemishes, but I didn’t hold onto it long enough to test that. The amount of time it would take me to try to build full coverage was more work than I was willing to put into it, so I returned it. That sucked because I love the idea of this foundation and really, really wanted to like it. Perhaps if they can improve the coverage payoff, I would try it again, but until then… Also, it has a rather strong powdery scent that was rather offputting. And I say that as someone who isn’t bothered and sometimes enjoys fragrant cosmetics.

If you dig sheer to medium coverage and are interested in seeing if this foundation does what it’s supposed to, go for it as the rest of it is similar to the original as far as I can tell.

Overall, BareMinerals makes some of the best foundations that I've ever tried. The benefits outweigh the few drawbacks, in my opinion. I definitely recommend giving them a try.

What's your favorite BM foundation?

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