Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF 20 is touted as a “breakthrough tone-correcting mineral foundation and skincare serum in one”, but that’s an overstatement as you can never expect your foundation to replace a well formulated serum in your daytime routine. Makeup can never contain the complex combinations of ingredients found in today’s best serums. There are skincare ingredients in this foundation, but that’s true for most liquid foundations.
Marketing claims aside, this is a very good fragrance-free foundation for those with normal to dry skin, as it does have a fluid, dewy finish that those with oily to combination skin may not appreciate. The coverage is sheer to light, though you can build it to a modest medium coverage if so desired. This won't conceal more prominent discolorations (you'll still need your concealer for that), and is particularly ideal for those seeking a natural look to their makeup, or who have had trouble finding a lightweight foundation that is also moisturizing.
The formula provides broad spectrum sun protection via mineral active titanium dioxide, which is what delivers the primary anti-aging benefit.
Housed in a plastic bottle with a needle-nose tip, Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF 20 is ultra fluid. This means if you aren't used to this type of formula, you may need a bit of practice to get the hang of applying and blending it. Bare Escentuals sells an accompanying brush just for that, but you can use any brush or sponge (i.e. the BeautyBlender) you like.
As is the case for many of bareMinerals foundations, the shade range is extensive and mostly neutral, with options for fair to deep skin tones. There are a few shades that may lean overly cool or warm, so we recommend trying this in store to find the best match.
All in all, this isn’t a product that will change your need for good skincare, but if you want a really lightweight foundation with buildable coverage and a dewy finish, then you may find this a very good option to consider. Had this not made such exaggerated claims about its ability to benefit skin, it would have earned a higher rating.
- Natural finish, ideal for normal or combination skin.
- Expansive shade range of flattering colors for light to deep skin tones.
- Lightweight, fluid texture blends on easily.
- Buildable, sheer-to-medium coverage.
- Titanium dioxide provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Not as revolutionary as claimed (doesn’t replace need for a serum or skin-lightening product).