Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation Light to Medium Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/14/2014
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Tested On Animals:
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Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation Light to Medium Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a good option for people looking for a foundation that hydrates dry skin without looking greasy.

True to its name, this foundation in a squeeze tube is lightweight—it has a cream-liquid texture that blends easily. Coverage is sheer to medium, which means if you're looking for something that's going to cover imperfections or dark spots, this is not the foundation for you! If sheer coverage is your thing, though, this is a good option that dries to a natural dewy finish. The fragrance-free formula contains a number of emollients, which means it feels moisturizing, and it doesn't highlight pores.

This foundation also offers true broad-spectrum sun protection with an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen, and is light enough that you can apply it liberally to get the SPF number stated on the label.

Show Some Skin comes in several shades, including options for fair and dark skin, although the pink-based In The Buff might not look natural on its intended skin tone, so test that one carefully.

The only drawback is that as the day wears on, this can begin to emphasize fine lines and wrinkles. Other than that, this is one to check out if you're in the market for a moisturizing foundation that doesn't make you look shiny!

Pros:
  • Lightweight, fragrance-free formula blends easily.
  • Dries to a natural-looking dewy finish.
  • Feels moisturizing on dry skin.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
Cons:
  • Can emphasize fine lines and wrinkles after several hours of wear.

Active: Octinoxate 7.4%, Titanium Dioxide 6.1%. Inactive: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Propanediol, Cyclomethicone, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Aluminum Distearate, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Polysilicone-2, Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Algae Extract, Talc, Tocopherol, Sea Salt, BHT, Sodium Metabisulfite, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. The self-proclaimed "healthiest, purest makeup in the world" was founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s, and is now run by Leslie Blodgett, who appears regularly on QVC and the company's own infomercials to support and demonstrate her products. Blodgett is largely credited with turning the line she began into a $150 million business—no small feat. The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skin-care products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

Supporting the company's portrayal as a leader in purity are the corresponding claims that the bareMinerals makeup does not contain fragrance, oil, binders, preservatives, emulsifiers, or any other harmful chemicals. Although this line does have its advantages for someone with sensitive skin, as it turns out, bismuth oxychloride, a major ingredient in the powder formulations, can cause skin irritation, while the other minerals can be drying (Source: www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Bismuth_oxychloride-9923103). Regarding bismuth oxychloride, it is interesting to note that bismuth (a metallic element) seldom occurs in nature. Instead, it is a by-product of copper and lead refining, or is manufactured synthetically. Chemically, it's similar to arsenic, a fact you won't see in any advertising for bareMinerals. However, just as cosmetic-grade mineral oil is not identical to the petroleum from which it originated, neither is bismuth oxychloride identical to bismuth. The bismuth oxychloride used in cosmetics is non-toxic, but this background offers a good example of how skewed a company's definition of "natural" can be.

Aside from the health and purity claims, loose powders are as messy as it gets in terms of your vanity (countertop, not ego) and your makeup bag. The powder just gets all over the place, and the very basic packaging does not do much to minimize the mess. Additionally, while there are softer neutral shades, and some fairly exotic shades as well, most are mildly to extremely shiny and make any amount of crepey skin look more so. The face powder does provide some amount of opaque coverage, but the shine and the thickness can be a bit much. The loose powder eyeshadows and blushes apply in a somewhat lighter way, though they still provide significant coverage. Many women ask me about mineral makeup and whether or not it really is better for skin. The answer to that question is "No."

Although most mineral makeup is innocuous, the texture, appearance, and application have difficulties that make it not comparable to today's best liquid or pressed-powder foundations. We agree with bareMinerals' stance that foundation shouldn't look or feel like a mask, nor should there be a line of demarcation where the application stops. However, their foundations are not the only ones able to achieve this, and there is no inherent benefit to this type of foundation over numerous other options.

There isn't much to say about the skin-care products, but what's worth paying attention to is noted in the At-a-Glance section.

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

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