Test Report: NEW bareMinerals READY Foundation

It’s no secret that I’m a bareMinerals junkie. Can’t get enough of it. I would snap a pic of my collection for you, but then I might find myself on an episode of Intervention. Actually, I did snap a pic, but I’m too embarrassed to post it because that drawer is such a mess. Maybe another day.

Instead, here’s a tidy little photo of my new favorite for you…

As you may recall, I recently ordered a brand new bareMinerals product from QVC (it was the TSV, how could I resist?) and promised to share my opinion. Until now, their foundation has always been in loose mineral form. While I’ve loved the former product, it can be messy. Enter their new READY Foundation in solid mineral form. At first glance, you might mistake it for a powder compact. I assure you, it is anything but.

What I love most about it is – a) the coverage – and b) the way it blends. To me, this version out-performs the original loose version. Not just because it has better coverage and blends like a dream, but also because my skin stays looking great all day (no touch-ups needed) and it’s not messy! Here’s the thing, though… a little goes a long way. You can definitely over-do it and then your skin starts to look cakey and powdery. If you resist the urge to pile it on, you’ll have a beautiful, natural finish.

The other key is the brush. Their new Precision Face Brush is a MUST (in my humble opinion). It’s half the reason this foundation has such great coverage and blends so well. Gotta have it.

If I have one itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny little complaint, it’s the difference in shades between loose and solid. The shade I use (Medium Beige) is lighter (in color) in the solid form than in the loose form. I don’t know if this is true for the other shades, but it may be worth a visit to a local boutique or retailer to get matched. There are a whopping 20 shades to choose from!

Oh! And one more thing. This product claims to offer a 108% increase in skin hydration throughout the day. I have combination skin that leans toward the oily¬†side most of the time, then the dry side in winter months. I’m hoping this little miracle worker will even it all out a bit. Okay I lied – two more things. It has built-in SPF 20. And we all know how important that is, right?!

Leslie Blodgett, CEO of Bare Escentuals, just turned 50. I hope I look half as good when I turn 50…

Photo from Leslie’s Facebook page.

Note her Stella & Dot necklace. Leslie is on the Stella & Dot board of directors, so you’ll often seeing her in S&D accessories. Sometimes she even does S&D and bM giveaways on her Facebook page ;)

So I think I’ve raved about bareMinerals enough for one day. What about you – have you discovered any new beauty product gems lately?! Do tell.

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7 thoughts on “Test Report: NEW bareMinerals READY Foundation”

  1. Sounds like something I should try. I’m fair skinned but not porcelain white either. So many shades to choose from. Probably the medium-beige. What do you think?
    Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Bill Clinton is a Vegan now! Have you seen the new “Slim Willie?” He addressed President Obama for the Democratic Party Nomination. Guess if it’s good enough for Bill and your “Hubs”, it’s good enough for us!

    How do you manage to keep all the right ingredients in the house?

    • Yep, he’s been vegan for over a year now! I usually find 4-5 new recipes each week that I want to try, then make my grocery list based on those ingredients.

  3. Hi…. I’m a long time bareMinerals user as well…. Don’t feel bad…I find little application brushes in every nook and cranny!
    Anyway… I’m noticing lately (OK, I turned 50 in March), that my loose mineral foundation doesn’t look as good as it used to…. My skin is just getting too dry I guess :(
    So… my question is…. Is this new formulation better for our more “mature” skin?

    • Hi Andrea! The new READY formula boasts 108% increase in skin hydration, so I think you might see a difference from the loose minerals. It seems to me that the new formula is a little creamier, too.


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