12.19.2014
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Last Updated:12.19.2014
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Tested on animals:No

READY SPF 20 Foundation is the fragrance-free pressed-powder foundation alternative to bareMinerals' original loose-powder foundation. Right off the bat, this pressed format is much easier to use than the company's original mineral makeup.

Housed in a sleek black mirrored compact, and advertised as providing a "108% increase in skin hydration," it's no wonder that this foundation is getting so much attention—but is this foundation all that it's chalked up to be? Not quite, but it's still worthwhile for some.

Despite the claims, this is not a suitable option for those with dry skin because absorbent (read "drying") ingredients comprise the majority of the formula, and simply overpower the few emollient (read "hydrating") ingredients that are included. A dry-finish powder foundation like this is about as hydrating as sand in the desert!

On the plus side, those with oily to very oily skin will do best with this powder foundation. It keeps excess oil at bay while providing broad-spectrum, mineral-based sun protection and sheer to medium coverage. The generous shade selection has workable options for very light to very dark skin in both neutral and warm tones—and the darker shades don't look ashy.

Note:Although this foundation provides broad-spectrum sun protection on its own, you must apply it liberally and evenly to get the stated level of protection. A sheer or spot application will not provide the amount of sun protection the label indicates. If you’re not likely to apply this foundation liberally, we recommend applying it over a moisturizer with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and setting your foundation with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater.

Pros:
  • Broad-spectrum sun protection from gentle mineral actives.
  • Absorbent finish helps keep oily shine in check.
  • Shade range complements most skin tones.
  • Fragrance-free
Cons:
  • Not hydrating as claimed; too drying except for those with oily to very oily skin.
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Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 11%; Zinc Oxide 18%. Inactive Ingredients: Boron Nitride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Magnesium Silicate, Silica, Nylon-12, Humic Acids, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Jojoba Esters, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Lecithin, Betaine, Algae Extract.

May Contain: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Brand Overview

Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.