As a bareMinerals fan, I was so incredibly excited when I first learned that the rumors of a solid mineral foundation were true. Don’t get me wrong—I love my original bareMinerals foundation as much as the day is long—but I think a solid version is just so much more convenient for me personally. I had wondered if this would be the same foundation as the original, only in pressed form, and as it turns out, it’s not. It’s a brand new formula with new features and benefits, so let’s explore the new READY Foundation SPF 20!
bareMinerals READY Foundation SPF 20 in Medium Beige
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I’ve been wearing this consistently for a little under two weeks now, and I’ve discovered that READY seems to run a little lighter in terms of shade conversion. For instance—I wear either Fair or Fairly Light in the original foundation, depending on the time of the year. When I went in for my ‘foundation fitting’ a few weeks ago, I was matched to Fairly Light, and it looked good on my skin. I tend to wear bronzer, blush, highlighter, and all that jazz on my skin when I do full makeup. (Which made Fairly Light look great.) But there are plenty of times when I just want to even out my skin tone a little bit and go on about my day, without bronzer, etc. The first time I did that, I thought Fairly Light looked a little too light all on its own. I happen to have a press sample of Medium Beige, so I thought—what the heck? I tried it out, and it worked! So I realized, with READY, I’ll need to toggle between Fairly Light and Medium Beige depending on the time of the year.
READY Foundation SPF 20 in Medium Beige
Another thing I noticed was the finish. READY has a nice luminous finish that looks beautiful on the skin. While READY is totally buildable, I tend to like wearing it in the medium coverage range. It blends in with my skin tone, looks naturally luminous, and I can’t believe this—but it does an amazing job at controlling the excess oil in my t-zone. The oil breakthrough during the day for me is pretty minimal. While I don’t really think it’s meant to be an oil-control/mattifying foundation, I think the addition of hydrating ingredients totally helps my skin regulate moisture. Thus keeping excess oil in check, instead of having a ton of mattifying ingredients.
Touching on the moisture benefits, bareMinerals claims that wearing READY can increase hydration levels in the skin up to 108% after 12 hours of wear, due to their SeaNutritive Mineral Complex formula that contains humic acid and mineral-encapsulated glycerin. I honestly have no way of confirming the 108% claim as fact, but I will say that I feel like this prevents my skin from looking dry in the drier areas (I have combination skin), and it actually looks better on my skin the longer that I wear it. It doesn’t crack, separate, or look dry. And like any foundation, I think it looks better with primer, but if I had to, I feel confident that I could skip it and be okay for most of the day.
With the READY launch, there are two new brushes. The technique is a little different with this formula. You may be used to the swirl, tap, buff method—but you’ll want to press, tap, buff with READY. These are the Precision Face Brushes; one has a long handle, and the other is retractable. The bristles are soft and synthetic, and are cut on a bias. When I press it into the solid foundation, the bristles pick up plenty of product, so there’s no need to swirl or go too crazy. One thing I found is that it can get quite powdery if you swirl it, so I definitely recommend pressing the brush into the product. I have tried this with my regular Full Flawless Face Brush, and I thought it made the product a little too powdery since it takes a little more effort to pick it up evenly on the brush. I definitely like the Precision Face Brush for READY best.
bareMinerals Precision Face Brushes
I recommend going into a Bare Escentuals boutique (if you have one nearby) so you can receive a ‘foundation fitting’. They’ll be hosting 1,500 of these events through October to coincide with the launch. They’re also holding these events at other bareMinerals retailers, but I just love the boutique experience since the employees there are such bareMinerals experts. Check out bareescentuals.com/events for more details and locations.
Inactive ingredients (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are the active sunscreen ingredients.)
With beautiful, luminous coverage, skincare benefits, and in convenient solid form, I’m a fan of bareMinerals READY Foundation SPF 20. It’s different than the original formula, so make sure you get color matched!
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