Bare Minerals (Bare Escentuals)

Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 30

for $ 34.00
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Buxom's Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a very good option for those looking for a foundation that hydrates, yet looks natural on skin (and doesn't highlight pores). True to its name, this foundation in a squeeze tube is lightweight—it has a cream-liquid texture that blends easily and provides light to medium-ish coverage. This won't conceal dark spots or deeper post-breakout red marks, but it does provide a "your skin but better" effect that sets to a slightly dewy finish. It is fragrance free, which is great news for all skin types, including those who are sensitive.

Due to its somewhat moisturizing finish, this may not be an ideal choice for those who prefer the matte look (i.e. those with oily to combination skin). Those with normal to dry skin who are in search of a formula that is somewhere between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation will likely find this a perfect fit.

This foundation also offers true broad-spectrum sun protection with an in-part titanium dioxide formula, which is a nice bonus as an SPF 30 is greater than what most foundations with sunscreen provide. Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation SPF 30 comes in several shades, including options for fair and dark skin, although the pink-based In The Buff might not look natural on its intended skin tone, so test that one carefully.

Earning its high rating for its skin-real shade range, impressive sunscreen protection and for its ability to hydrate without feeling heavy or greasy, Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation SPF 30 is a very good option for those in the market for a light coverage formula (a little more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, yet slightly less than the average foundation).

  • Lightweight, fragrance-free formula blends easily.
  • Dries to a natural-looking dewy finish.
  • Feels moisturizing on dry skin.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Active: Octinoxate 7.4%, Titanium Dioxide 6.1%. Inactive: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Propanediol, Cyclomethicone, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Aluminum Distearate, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Polysilicone-2, Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Algae Extract, Talc, Tocopherol, Sea Salt, BHT, Sodium Metabisulfite, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

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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