There's no delicate way to put this: Blemish Ready Concealer is completely the wrong concealer for blemish-prone skin. It's far better as a creamy, twist-up stick concealer for dry skin because the core ingredients it contains are thick and waxy—exactly what you don't want to put on breakout- or clog-prone skin!
If that wasn't bad enough, this concealer doesn't provide full coverage as claimed. At best, you'll get medium coverage; however, since the creamy finish doesn't dry in place, the coverage tends to shift and fade within an hour of application—especially over oily areas (you know, where blemishes tend to pop up most often).
Rounding out the problems are the shades: All of them are too pinkish-peach or noticeably orange to look the least bit convincing over pink, red, or brown breakouts or the marks they leave behind.
BareMinerals calls out two ingredients said to help promote clearer-looking skin. The first is tea tree oil, but based on this concealer's 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).
Next up is aspen bark. This plant extract contains salicylic acid as one of its constituents, but there's no published research indicating it has any impact on blemishes. Paper is made from trees, but good luck writing your shopping list on tree bark! You're far better off applying a skincare product that contains 1-2% salicylic acid than hoping the tiny amounts in aspen bark will help (Bioenergy Research, September 2015, pages 1,235-1,251).
As for the peptide complex called out on the claims, these are not present on the ingredient list. This concealer is below average and not worth considering over the options on our list of Best Concealers & Correctors.
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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