Bare Minerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation

So I’m sure you makeup junkies have heard the latest — Bare Escentuals are threading new waters and have come out with their very first solid mineral foundation, Ready SPF 20. Big news for the brand who made their name for loose mineral makeup. My friend Anum asked me what I thought, so I went to the nearest Sephora to check it out (and later tested more with some samples I received) and here are some of my initial thoughts:

Bare Minerals Ready Compact Foundation

1) Color: The hardest part was to color match my skin. In their loose powder version, I’m a Medium Beige, but that was coming off WAY too light on my skin. And that’s the first thing to kind of know: the colors run a little light from what you used to with their previous line, and it looks different in the pan than it does on your skin so trying it on is imperative. My roommate separately bought it without trying it on thinking she knew her color, only to come home to find it was not her color at all.

Bare Minerals Medium Beige (left) and Golden tan (right)

If you can see above, I thought the Medium Beige looked closer to my skin but once I tried it on the Golden Tan matched way better.

2) Matte finish: If you’re used to liquid foundation which comes off more dewy, this might be something to get accustomed too. It has a matte finish, and a little goes a long way so use it sparingly. I use it with their Precision Face Brush that gives a great finish since you can buff it in your skin and also tap the makeup in lightly for an even coverage.

3) Wears way longer than the original version. One of my biggest gripes about their loose powder is having to reapply and with some of my long days that’s just not always possible. This has a long 12-hr wear.

4) Make sure to moisturize before hand (and use primer if needed). Interestingly enough, this has a mineral hydration formula to increase skin hydration by 108% after 12 hours — but it can still feel dry if you’re not used to matte formulas. I use a dense cream (like Olay Regenerist or Physicians Formula) because I feel like it helps make the makeup go one smoother and there are no dry patches.

The newest launches from Bare Escentuals

Overall though, it has great coverage that follows their mantra for a “no makeup look.” Their other new launches pairamazingly well with this compact. If you try them too, here’s how I’ve been applying for a flawless finish:

Natural Look makeup

1) I first dab their SPF 20 Correcting Concealer in Medium 2 (great for yellow undertones/olive-tan skin) around my eyes, over my eyebrows, around my nose, and over any other discoloration. This has lemon peel extract to help brighten areas over time, so it’s a great multi-tasker.
2) Before I blend, I also dab their Stroke of Light Eye Brightener around my eye area. This has peptides to help fight against fine lines over time.
3) I blend to brighten those areas around my eyes and over my cheek bones. Then I apply their Ready SPF 20 Foundation all over with their Precision Face Brush.
4) I like to apply Benefit’s POREfessional over any large pores right after to even it all out.
Laura Geller blush in Bora Bora

5) A blush I recently discovered which is all sorts of heavenly is Laura Geller’s Smooth Wearing Baked Blush in Bora Bora. I’m obsessed — it’s like Nars Orgasm without as much sparkle. I swear it compliments all skin tones. I apply to the apples of my cheeks
6) Finally, for a quick touch of Bare Minerals Well Rested Face & Eye Brightener on my brow bone and cheek bones and Benefit’s BadGal Lash perfects the look. If you haven’t tried this mascara…I mean, why?

Have any of you tried the newest from Bare Escentuals? What did you think?

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  1. Anum wrote:

    I LOVE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ME! I’m going to go get this tomorrow

    Posted 10.6.12
  2. ambreen wrote:

    what color do you use in the stroke of light?

    Posted 10.8.12
  3. shyema wrote:

    Luminous 2!

    Posted 10.9.12

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