GWENBEAUTY || Bare Minerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Review [tried and tested]

By Gwendolyn Me - November 10, 2014

Bare Minerals has recently launched a new foundation; it is the Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20.

I have the award winning Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 as well as the Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15. So I will be doing a slight comparison between them as well.

Bare Minerals' new serum foundation was launched in April 2014, but it wasn't until about a month ago or two it was brought into Malaysia. So it still is fairly new here. I first knew about this product through itsjudytime when she did her first impression review comparison here in June and this is why I am really happy when Sephora Malaysia brought them in. :D

So what is it?
It is a breakthrough tone-correcting mineral foundation and skincare serum in one.

What does it do? 
It creates exceptional purity in mind with this ultra thin, skin perfecting fluid that provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeable brighter, more youthful appearance.

Research results (according to bare minerals): 
- 100% of women experienced more even-toned skin immediately after application
- 95% of women experienced a measurable improvement in the appearance of dark spots.

What It Is Formulated to Do

Vitamin C 
This skin-brightening superpower is known to fade existing dark spots and discolorations for more even-toned skin. 
Lilac Plant Stem Cells 
Lilac plant stem cells are recognized for their exceptional healing abilities and are known to provide powerful antioxidant protection. We extract these cells, fortify them with our unique mineral complex and infuse them into our formula to improve the appearance of skin and help it defend against environmental stressors. 
Titanium Dioxide 
This non-chemical, mineral sunscreen provides broad spectrum SPF 20 protection against the sun's damaging rays.

Full ingredient
Titanium dioxide 11.0%, caprylic/capric triglyceride, coconut alkanes, silica, stearalkonium, hectorite, lecithin, glycerin, maltodextrin, coco-caprylate/caprate, jojoba esters, propylene carbonate, tocopheryl acetate, soil minerals/syringa vulgaris (lilac) leaf cell culture extract, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, mica, iron oxides

The Bareminerals serum foundation, known as BARESKIN comes in 20 shades. Thumbs up for that as it gives you a better selection on your skin tone from cool, warm and neutral. Rather than most foundation that comes in light, medium and dark.

The color that I use is Bare Porcelain 01. I had to hunt this color down and went to three sephora outlet to search for it because they did not carry many stock in this shade. But luckily I manage to grab myself the last one in Paradigm Mall.

My thoughts on this. 
So, a serum foundation huh. We've had liquid foundation, cream foundation, power foundation, pressed foundation, stick foundation and now we have serum foundation. I know many people have the concern that it would make your face oily or greasy because it's a serum. But let me tell you. It is NOT. I was pretty skeptical about at first, but after testing it on my hands a few times, I decided to purchase it to give it a shot since they were many positive reviews on it and I have their mineral foundation so it can't go that bad right?

If you read the instructions, it says to

Oh yea! This foundation comes with a brush that you have the option to purchase separately which I didn't.

Why didn't I buy it?
 It looks like this
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As you can see, the it's a flat dense brush but it has a hole in the middle. Not really a hole, but like lower brush level. LOL well, you know what I mean. First reason of not buying the brush is because I already have three flat dense brush and I can't see myself using this brush for any other product, so I decided to try my own brushes to see if it works and it isn't a necessary to use this brush. I've seen people using the beauty blender or sponge to apply this as well. 

I have bought this for about two weeks and have tried applying different ways, one thing I CAN say is that, there is not fix way of application. As long as you SHAKE WELL and apply it evenly it works well. You got to shake it because the foundation and the serum is in the bottle and you have to shake it to mix it well. I think that's cause it's a serum. 

Just because this is a serum foundation don't think you can skip your skin care. That's a BAD HABIT! This just means you get extra benefits. 

Another plus point is that it has SPF20. If you know me well, you would know how picky I am with sunscreen and SPF20 is a good number. It gives you a coverage of three and a half hour of sun exposure. So when I apply it in the morning before I go to work, I am covered during lunch. :D (I damn puteri lilin - means a princess who cannot go under the sun, literally) LOL

The consistency of the product is quite runny, not as bad as Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, it's slightly thicker than that and similar to 3CE Waterful Foundation. 

I would say the coverage is light to medium, build-able of course. But what I do is that I conceal my dark circles first with either my MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NW15 or Bobbi Brown Corrector Bisque. Then I apply BARESKIN evenly and if there are any blemishes or extra that I need to cover I will apply my concealer again. 

I have Rosecea which is not new so I have sensitive red skin. I usually have to apply primer or a corrector to reduce the redness. Certain foundation or BB cream can cover it that is why it is VERY IMPORTANT to me to be able to correct my skin tone. I can tell you. THIS DOES THE JOB WELL. :D Without making me look like a white canvas. 

I've got oily combination skin and after wearing this for the whole day from 8.30am till 11pm at night, there isn't any problem at all. And my oily areas doesn't get EXTRA oily neither does my dry spots reveal. 

Another problem with liquid foundation that i sometimes get is that it gets streaky during the application. but this foundation did not have the issue regardless what brush or how i applied it. I really like this foundation because it has a dewy look and I have received many compliments on my skin. I know I am blessed to have good skin and I did not have any acne problem when I was a teenager. So applying this just made me skin look perfectly flawless. 


The original advertisement for BARESKIN. 

Would I recommend it?
If you are looking for a dewy finish, flawless finish then yes. If you are more towards the matte look then I would advise you to stay away. If you decide to get this, try out a few shades and wear them not he whole day before purchasing them.

This product is available at SEPHORA MALAYSIA and retails at RM139. The brush is sold separately.

So here is a picture ive taken for four differenxe wearing the BARESKIN under different time and different lighting on the day. 

What do you think of this product or serum foundation?  Do you think it would be a hit or miss? 

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