This entry will feature my review of BARE MINERALS READY FOUNDATION
- I have been testing it out for the past couple of weeks. Will be sharing production information, application & review in one big entry... so brace yourself!
To be honest, I was even more curious to try out this foundation after watching Gossmakeupartist's video review - he calls it the worst ever foundation - while he loves the original loose mineral foundation by Bare Minerals, the finds the pressed version terrible, the powder flew everywhere, it emphasises his pores and provided uneven coverage. I want to try it out myself to see if it is really that bad. I had attended a Sephora event which the foundation was launched, and during that event I saw the foundation in action, and I truly didn't think it is that bad as he has shared. But as we know, foundation reviews can be subjective, what works for one may not work on another person.
I am glad to note that this foundation works fine enough on me. It gives great coverage, though I wish the overall finish could be more refined and smoothing. During the demonstration at Sephora, they also used the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil to set the foundation - something which I tried to do by using my NARS Reflecting Powder.
Close up of the foundation, shown here with the Precision Face brush - I am using the shade Fairly Light N10 (note that I am a Chanel B10 or Giorgio Armani Shade 04 or MAC NC15-20).
Formula: solid mineral technology with Broad Spectrum SPF 20 product description
"True, this is technically a foundation. But our proprietary solid mineral technology will give you a completely new perspective on what a foundation can do for you. Invisible long-wearing coverage beautifully covers everything yet feels like nothing. No visible trace of makeup—nothing to see except your best skin ever. And a 108% increase in skin hydration* keeps your skin feeling smooth, fresh and younger-looking. The more you use it, the better your skin looks."
Quick swatch on my hand - I am using the shade Fairly Light, which looks dark here, but actually suits my skintone and looks brightening enough.
Suggested Usage Instructions
For full coverage, use our NEW :
TAP brush very lightly on foundation
BUFF gently onto skin with long, graceful strokes
For medium coverage, use our :
TAP brush very lightly on foundation
BUFF gently onto skin in a circular motion
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 11%, Zinc Oxide 18%. Inactive Ingredients: Boron Nitride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Magnesium Silicate, Silica, Nylon-12, Humic Acids, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Jojoba Esters, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Lecithin, Betaine, Algae Extract. May Contain: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
How I apply this foundation:
In these pictures, I have already applied the Bare Minerals Prime Time prior to the foundation. Prime Time is clear and it just provides a smooth surface for the foundation to go on top. I have never applied such a primer under a powder foundation... so it is interesting to try such a combination.
I used the Bare Minerals precision face brush (which is new and launch together with the READY foundation) It is a very smooth and dense brush, which is great for blending and buffing in the foundation. I do notice that the pressed foundation is very powdery. When I dip the brush into the pan, and if I am not too careful, a pile of loose powder forms on the pan. So I do a dip and press movement.. to ensure that all bits of powder is pressed into the brush, and onto my face - to avoid any flying powdery mess.
As you can see in these pictures, the foundation is able to neutralise the pink redness in my skintone, and even out the whole skintone. It is a solid medium coverage foundation, and I have used a smaller brush to build up more coverage to conceal spotty areas (around the forehead). So it is quite buildable. Other than that, the foundation blends easily enough for me.
You can see the solid coverage of the foundation here. There is a slight brightening effect, and looks quite smooth.
Finish & Lasting Power
The finish is quite matte, and it is able to cover most of my imperfections... I hardly have to use any concealer. However, I am not super impressd by the finish - i thought it is a little too powdery and not smooth enough, compared to other powder foundations I have used before. The foundation is very long lasting, and great for our humid weather and did not oxidise on me. If you have oily complexion and like a matte finish foundation, I think you will like this. But I also wish that it covers my pores better too.
Here's a completed look
Not sure if you can tell, the powder did settle into pores around the nose and on the nose itself - despite the use of a face smoothing primer. But the foundation gives great coverage overall. While I can live with this 'pores' issue, this is not a foundation which I would wear for 'special' ocassions. I would wear it as a everyday quick to apply powder foundation that lasts through the day but it is not flawless enough for me if I am going elsewhere.
Everything else in this look is also from Bare Minerals - will give you a quick rundown in the rest of the entry.
The other Bare Minerals products used in this LOTD:
We have the famous Bare Minerals primer (original)
- Combats rough patches, flaky dryness, fine lines, excess oil, uneven texture and enlarged pores so that your foundation goes on flawlessly
- Extends the wear of your foundation, keeping you looking fresh for longer
- Soothes and nourishes with plant extracts, antioxidants and Vitamins C and E
- Free of preservatives and irritants so that your skin feels great
- Silky formula glides on without any stickiness
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Silicate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract
My thoughts - it is a clear silicon primer, nothing very special, I have used such primers before, and I like the lightweight texture and skin surface smoothing effect. But these days I often find myself reaching for something with slight coverage and powder sun protection factor as a makeup base.
Blush - Rose Radiance
- Uses a healthy mix of 100% pure bareMinerals
- Keeps your skin clear of preservatives, fillers, binders, and build-up
- Gives your face a warm, beautiful hue
- Provides a pop of pure, vivid color
- Lets you layer colors for added richness
- Has a creamy texture that buffs on silky smooth
- Offers versatile color for cheeks, lips and eyes
- Works beautifully for all skin tones and types, including sensitive and problem-prone skin
This is a pretty pink blush with a slight sheen. I love that the container comes with this sifter, to prevent spillage. Definitely a great everyday blush for me, and it is quite long lasting too.
Moxie Lipgloss in Party Started.
It has a slightly cooling minty sensation - which gives your lips a slight plumping effect.
and one more overall look:
Hope this overview has been helpful!
Thank you for reading!