Blemish Remedy Foundation
Blemish Remedy Foundation is BareMinerals' answer for those with, surprise, blemish-prone skin. Although it doesn't contain heavy, pore-clogging ingredients, this loose powder foundation doesn't feel nearly as good on skin as today's best liquid or pressed powder foundations—and those are easier to apply, too!
The fragrance free powder formula contains anti-acne and exfoliating ingredient salicylic acid, although this ingredient won't function as an exfoliant in a waterless formula like this—salicylic acid needs water to establish the pH range it requires to exfoliate.
As for the tea tree oil also present, based on nearly undetectable scent, it's highly likely the amount is much lower than what research has shown blemish-prone skin needs to improve (Clinical Microbiology Reviews, January 2006, pages 50-62).
Texture-wise, this feels smooth at first but then becomes quite dry and difficult to smooth over skin. Best buffed on with a brush (and BareMinerals sells several good ones), you'll get light to medium coverage and a somewhat thick-looking matte finish—one more reason a buffing brush is critical to this foundation looking decent on skin.
The finish has a bit of glow to it, enough to keep the matte nature of the formula from looking too dull or drab, but again, lots of modern-day liquid foundations look better and can provide more significant coverage if layered.
The shade range is predominantly warm-toned, but does include options for fair (but not very light) to dark skin tones. The darkest shades (Clearly Latte, Clearly Amber, and Clearly Espresso) aren't bad colors per se, but each has a slight ashen cast that can be tricky to soften.
A quick comment on the packaging: BareMinerals attempted to make this loose powder less messy to use by including a sifter with a small, mesh-covered opening, but this offers only minimal mess control, so be prepared for a "dusty" makeup bag.
If you're still intrigued by this mixed bag foundation, it's best for normal to oily skin, even if it's also prone to blemishes. But do check out our list of Best Foundations first!
- Good range of warm-toned shades.
- Minimizes the look of large pores and excess shine.
- Fragrance free.
- Salicylic acid cannot unclog pores or help blemishes in a non-aqueous formula.
- The amount of tea tree oil is likely too low to reduce blemishes and can be sensitizing to skin.
- Powder can feel drying and only looks good when buffed on with a brush.
- Tends to provide spotty coverage of breakouts; does not provide full coverage.
- Packaging improvements don't result in noticeably less mess per use.
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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