bareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper
2.3 fl. oz. for $21
Last Updated:05.03.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

bareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper used to rate as a very good 1% BHA (salicylic acid) product with a pH of 3.5 to ensure exfoliation will occur. It seems the company changed the formula somewhat (or finally listed all of the ingredients) and not for the better. This contains several plant extracts that are a distinct problem for skin, with the biggest offender being arnica. This also contains potentially problematic amounts of ivy and witch hazel and the St. John's Wort (listed by its Latin name of Hypericum perforatum can be a problem if you're not protecting your skin from sun exposure every day. What a shame, because this is no longer a BHA product we can recommend, and there are so few options! Paula's Choice offers a BHA lotion you may want to consider instead, as it is formulated without problematic plant extracts.


Get a more radiant looking complexion by creating a smooth surface for bareMinerals foundation. This product was designed to rejuvenate your complexion like a daily multi-vitamin supplement, when the added benefits off glycolic and salicylic acids to prepare the skin for flawless makeup application every time.


Water (Aqua), PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Cetyl Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Salicylic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Arinica Montana Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy Extract), Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Extract, Vitus Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Mel (Honey) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Bisabolol, Allantoin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Glycolic Acid, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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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Too harsh; made my skin red

The formula feels great as it goes on, but turns my skin red and is very irritating. The redness lasted for about a day. I have to agree with Paula's on this one; it's not worth the money. Try a cleanser for exfoliation rather than something meant to be left on the skin all day.

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Amanda C.
Works great for me

I am 45 and have had clogged pores and fairly oily skin forever...even now, but to a bit lesser extent. Still have the "monthly" breakouts, though. Once I started using this in the AM (under a good sunscreen) and in the evening (under a light night cream) I haven't had one if those breakouts (and they were pretty bad...like, don't want to leave my house bad) since! Miracle! So, I would highly recommend this to anyone to try, if you have combination skin like me. Make sure to use sunscreen!

Reviewed by
Mary H.

My skin absolutely loves this product. I was having problems with clogged pores and black heads and some breakouts so I tried a benzoyl peroxide product and my skin freaked out and became extremely red with small red bumps and the texture completely changed and became rough. This product was the only thing that has helped with all of these issues but didn't irritate my skin further. My skin glows now is much softer and the clogged pores and blackheads are all but gone.

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