Bare Minerals (Bare Escentuals)

BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 28.00
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BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer lives up to its promises, providing a sheer tan that really does look skin-like. More to love, the liquid-thin formula goes on impressively smooth whether applied directly to skin or over foundation. The flattering bronze color suits a wide range of skin tones, too. In short, if you're looking for a versatile alternative to powder bronzer, this might be it!

Due to the nature of this fluid formula, BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer is a "shake before use" type of product. Once that's done, you simply tip the bottle over to dispense a droplet or two—which is plenty since a little goes a long way. Application is effortlessly easy whether using your fingertips or brush, and the thin texture sheers out for softly blurred edges.

Bonus: You can also add BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer to your foundation to give it a sun- kissed tint. The hue is not orangey in the least, so it has a natural look. And, props to Bare Minerals props for keeping the formula fragrance free—that's good news for any skin type, especially sensitive.

FYI: This formula relates to a "serum" only by its texture—what we mean by that is don't expect a concentrated mix of anti-aging ingredients to replace your usual serum product. BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer does contain some standard skin-beneficial ingredients, but nothing close to brag-worthy status.

Among BareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer's most notable attributes is the way in which it allows skin to show through, rather than looking like it's sitting on top of it for realistic-looking tan. We also appreciate how well the satin-matte finish endures through a standard workday. All that, and it's workable for any skin type (doesn't cling to flaky skin or melt away on an oily complexion). Bravo, Bare Minerals!

  • Sheer, natural satin-matte finish allows skin to show through for believable sun-kissed color.
  • Easy to apply and wears well over bare skin or foundation.
  • Flattering bronze color (no orangey hue).
  • Workable for any skin type (doesn't cling to flaky skin or melt away on an oily complexion).
  • Fragrance free.
  • Great option as an alternative to powder bronzer.
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
With a unique, innovative bronzing formula, bareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzers silky, sheer tint of liquid spotlights your skin with a warm glow. The ultra-thin, lightweight formula blends beautifully, adding a sunkissed veil to a universal range of skintones. Contour and define to flatter your best features, or layer it on top of your favorite foundation to give your skin natural-looking, bronzed radiance all year long.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coconut Alkanes, Silica, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Lecithin, Glycerin, Maltodextrin, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Soil Minerals/Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Jojoba Esters, Water, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of, yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn't your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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