Tested on animals:No
Blemish Remedy Foundation is BareMinerals' answer for those with, surprise, blemish-prone skin. Although it doesn't contain heavy, pore-clogging ingredients, this loose powder foundation doesn't feel nearly as good on skin as today's best liquid or pressed powder foundations—and those are easier to apply, too!
The fragrance free powder formula contains anti-acne and exfoliating ingredient salicylic acid, although this ingredient won't function as an exfoliant in a waterless formula like this—salicylic acid needs water to establish the pH range it requires to exfoliate.
As for the tea tree oil also present, based on nearly undetectable scent, it's highly likely the amount is much lower than what research has shown blemish-prone skin needs to improve (Clinical Microbiology Reviews, January 2006, pages 50-62).
Texture-wise, this feels smooth at first but then becomes quite dry and difficult to smooth over skin. Best buffed on with a brush (and BareMinerals sells several good ones), you'll get light to medium coverage and a somewhat thick-looking matte finish—one more reason a buffing brush is critical to this foundation looking decent on skin.
The finish has a bit of glow to it, enough to keep the matte nature of the formula from looking too dull or drab, but again, lots of modern-day liquid foundations look better and can provide more significant coverage if layered.
The shade range is predominantly warm-toned, but does include options for fair (but not very light) to dark skin tones. The darkest shades (Clearly Latte, Clearly Amber, and Clearly Espresso) aren't bad colors per se, but each has a slight ashen cast that can be tricky to soften.
A quick comment on the packaging: BareMinerals attempted to make this loose powder less messy to use by including a sifter with a small, mesh-covered opening, but this offers only minimal mess control, so be prepared for a "dusty" makeup bag.
If you're still intrigued by this mixed bag foundation, it's best for normal to oily skin, even if it's also prone to blemishes. But do check out our list of Best Foundations first!
- Good range of warm-toned shades.
- Minimizes the look of large pores and excess shine.
- Fragrance free.
- Salicylic acid cannot unclog pores or help blemishes in a non-aqueous formula.
- The amount of tea tree oil is likely too low to reduce blemishes and can be sensitizing to skin.
- Powder can feel drying and only looks good when buffed on with a brush.
- Tends to provide spotty coverage of breakouts; does not provide full coverage.
- Packaging improvements don't result in noticeably less mess per use.