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This fluid, silky foundation primer has a thin texture that blends well and leaves a soft glowing finish that brightens your complexion. The problem? No matter how long you wait, this primer never really sets, so your skin is left feeling slick and almost greasy.

Because this primer never sets, it’s tricky to apply foundation evenly over it without the makeup looking streaky or uneven. One other drawback is that the pump applicator can clog, which causes this primer to spurt if you don’t clean the pump’s opening after each use. When all is said and done this primer isn’t ready for prime time! For best results, prep your skin with one of the well-formulated serums from our Best Serums list. You’ll get all the benefits of a foundation primer along with other beneficial ingredients that all skin types need to look and feel their best.

  • Fluid, silky texture slips easily over skin.
  • Subtly brightens the complexion without looking sparkly.
  • Formula never sets, leaving skin feeling slick to greasy.
  • Difficult to blend makeup over this primer without causing a streaky, uneven appearance.
  • Pump applicator clogs easily, causing product to spurt unless the pump’s opening is cleaned after each use.
Last Updated:12.12.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Silica, Magnesium Silicate, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Carmine. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Brand Overview

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

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