I’ve been wearing bareMinerals Original Foundation for years. As someone with rosacea and dry skin, finding the right foundation has not been easy. Since last year, I’ve added bareMineral’s bareSkin and Complexion Rescue to my makeup bag. I like them all and use them for different things so I thought it might be helpful to do a little comparison and review and show how I wear them all.
I’m fortunate to have mostly clear skin, but the redness on my cheeks can be difficult to cover, especially when it’s flared up from being exposed to heat or cold or working out. The left side of my face (shown above) is where it’s the worst. In the photos to come, you’ll see how each foundation covers it differently.
The Complexion Rescue is a tinted hydrating gel cream that’s marketed to be the best of a BB cream, CC cream, and tinted moisturizer. I don’t use BB cream or CC cream and rarely use tinted moisturizer since I prefer heavier coverage so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this. However, because it’s supposed to help with skin hyrdation, has SPF in it, and is supposed to have some coverage, I figured it could be worth trying.
You can tell that in comparison to my bare face, the Complexion Rescue definitely provides some coverage, evens out skin tone, and gives a dewy look. You definitely notice the hydration. I actually prefer to tone the shine down a bit with a translucent powder (not done in these photos). I wouldn’t wear this for an event or night out or anything where I felt I needed to look my best because I would want more coverage, but it’s perfect when I want just a little something. For example, I wore it on a hike recently. Because we were hiking, I didn’t want a full face of makeup, but I also didn’t want my cheeks to be fiery red so it provided the perfect solution and also protected my face from the sun as it’s SPF 30. It’s also great for days when I’m running errands and don’t need to look good, but don’t want to scare the public. ;)
bareSkin is a liquid foundation, or serum as they call it, that’s supposed to brighten and tone-correct. It’s light with buildable coverage and is SPF 20. You can see a previous review and how to best apply it here.
I’ve been using bareSkin since last summer and I really like it. It gives more coverage than Complexion Rescue, is definitely more liquid (read thinner) than gel, and also give a really great dewy look. The only thing I don’t like about bareSkin is that it doesn’t last as long. If you accidentally wipe against your face, the makeup comes off pretty easily. I love that it isn’t drying and gives you moisture, but, like the Complexion Rescue, it can sometimes be a little shiny for me. If that happens, I’ll dust over translucent powder or Original foundation.
The Original Foundation is the one I’ve been using the longest. When I first got it, I was skeptical that it would dry my face out because it’s a powder, but it actually didn’t. Somehow, despite being a powder, this foundation gives the perfect amount of dewiness. It gives me full coverage, doesn’t dry out my face, and makes me look glowy. It continues to be a favorite.
In the above photos, I have the Original Foundation on over bareSkin. As you can tell, it covers my rosacea almost completely. This is the combination I wear the most – almost every day, actually. The bareSkin gives me a nice, dewy base, which means I don’t need to use as much powder. The powder sets it all in place, provides a little extra coverage, tones down the shine a bit, and makes my makeup last all day. You can also do this and replace the bareSkin with Complexion Rescue. I haven’t tried it yet, but I would imagine it would have similar results.
Here’s a little photo comparison for ya!
I finish my makeup with a dusting of the bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil in translucent, some bronzer, bareMinerals READY blush in The Aphrodisiac (been using this for years as well), eyeliner (not wearing eyeliner in these photos), and Benefit They’re Real mascara topped with Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal mascara.
So there you have it! Hopefully if you’ve been considering bareMinerals foundations or just looking for a new one (I feel your pain!), this has been helpful.
A note on this post: The bareSkin Brightening Serum, bareSkin Perfecting Face Brush, Complexion Rescue, & Smoothing Face Brush were all provided by bareMinerals for my use, but this post is not sponsored or required. I sincerely love the brand, use their products daily, and wanted to provide a helpful review based on my real experience. I actually love and respect the fact that bareMinerals gives so generously to bloggers with no commitment to post about the product. I think it speaks highly of their confidence in their product and the fact that they simply hope people will share their experience and recommend their products if they love them. Cheers to them for having quality products and being a great company.
The photos in this post are unedited (except for minor lighting adjustments on a few of them) to show you the most accurate representation of what both me and the products actually look like.