A few weeks ago Bare Escentuals was doing free makeovers in Madison Square Park… and of course I instagrammed some photos between product applications. I ended up purchasing bareMinerals READY Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in Fairly Light N10 ($29), one of the products that was used on me.
I also bought the Retractable Precision Face Brush ($22), which is fantastically soft and the best powder foundation brush I’ve ever owned. The brush is totally amazing, but I don’t really love the READY Foundation.
I used Bare Escentuals foundation when I was in high school, but gradually transitioned to using liquid and cream foundations from other brands instead. They gave me better coverage seemed to blend into my skin better. I like medium coverage because I have hyperpigmentation on one side of my face. And anywhere I break out, really.
One of the issues I have with the READY Foundation is that it’s just not the correct color for me. I noted that I looked really pale after the makeup artist brushed the foundation onto my face, but I’m used to using a bit of bronzer across my forehead, etc. when foundation doesn’t exactly match my skintone. However… well, you’ll see.
Fairly Light just isn’t the right color for me. It’s so clearly visible on my skin. Additionally, after 3-4 hours it settled into the lines around my eyes, nose and mouth… not a good look. I think think foundation might be more suited to oily skin than my dry skin. I do like that the coverage is so good, but I really don’t like foundation that’s obvious, so this powder foundation is not for me. I tested it six times and got the same result each time– settling, powder clearly visible, and my skin about four shades lighter wherever the foundation was applied.
If anyone wants to try it, I’m happy to pass my compact on to you. It’s almost completely full.
bareMinerals was also giving out free gifts with purchase, so got an eyeshadow palette: bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Scenic Route, a great product and one I actually would have paid for. It doesn’t replace my Urban Decay Naked Palette, but I love the dark green color– the only color I wish the Naked Palette had.
Do you ever have problems finding foundation? What’s your favorite?