Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals)bareMinerals Foundation SPF 15
0 fl. oz. for $27
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bareMinerals Foundation SPF 15 is the loose-powder foundation that put Bare Escentuals on the map and it is the backbone of this makeup line. This talc-free, mica-based powder has a soft, almost creamy texture and an undeniably shiny finish (not a good look for someone with oily skin).

The titanium dioxide and bismuth oxychloride lend this powder its opacity, medium to full coverage, and slightly thick finish. The formula includes broad-spectrum sun protection, but because most women won't apply this liberally enough, it is best paired with another form of SPF .

This foundation can be tricky to blend, and is best applied with a powder brush. The best options shade-wise are for fair to light skin, though there are a few exceptions. In fact, there are plenty of shades for women of color, but the high amount of titanium dioxide causes them to look or turn ashy on darker skin.

Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Active: Titanium Dioxide 12.6%, Zinc Oxide 21%. Other: Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide

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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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