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Dear Silvergirl,

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?



  1. sarah says

    I was wondering if I should try to buy this product, since I am starting to get tired of looking for different BB creams.. I have dry asian skin, but still break out here and there and still have scarring also. I was wondering, does it have good enough coverage for acne/scarred skin? I’m Korean and I have light skin, but it’s so hard to find American BB creams that suit to the coverage I want, but then when I look into Korean BB creams there are so many and I don’t like having to order something online without being able to test it out. There is a Sephora near my area and I saw they had bare minerals but never thought to look into it..
    would you recommend it to someone who has light, sensitive, light acne, dry skin?

    Thanks !

    • says

      Hi Sarah,

      I definitely don’t recommend this foundation for dry skin as it tends to wear badly. I have dry skin and it just didn’t work for me at all. Whenever I used it, it would become visible on my skin within about two hours and I would have to even it out again. You can build this foundation up, but a concealer underneath to cover scars worked best for me.

      You might want to try Hydroxatone’s BB Cream. It comes in very light colors (too light for me, or I would use it all the time). My friends also say good things about Smashbox, but I’ve never used it. I don’t know if Hydroxatone is available at Sephora, but Smashbox definitely is.

      Hope that helps!