BareMinerals BareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Medium and Medium Golden - review and swatches

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I must have been using this concealer for around a year now, so it's definitely time to give you my thoughts. 

Long story short: it's my favourite concealer and it's the best one I've found so far for dry skin, which is why I have it in two shades. 


One thing panning has taught me is that I don't need heaps of options for concealers. While I do like to have a few different tinted moisturisers and foundations to choose from, with concealer I just want something that works and I'm happy to use the same one each day.

For this reason these are now the only two concealers I own, and when I've finished them I'll probably just replace them - although I would like to try the new concealer from Kevyn Aucoin (The Etherealist), so I may buy one of those down the track.


I have the shades Medium and Medium Golden. I bought Medium Golden first last summer, and I went for that shade because it matched my skintone exactly during the warmer months.

Once winter hit and I panned another few concealers, I went back to buy Medium because I loved the formula so much that I didn't feel the need to try anything else.

So Medium is my best match in winter and Medium Golden works for summer, and for the rest of the year I either mix them for use on the face or I use both on the under-eyes: since I have raised eye bags, I run the darker colour over the whole under-eye area to retract it a little, then I use the lighter one in the deepest/darkest part of my under-eye, to bring that region forward and make my bags look less pronounced. If you have raised bags like I do, that's a good trick to try.


BareMinerals claims/product details:
  • An innovative serum and concealer in-one to instantly hide the look of dark circles, discolouration and flaws while hydrating skin
  • Providing sheer to full coverage, this lightweight concealer evens out skintone for a silky smooth finish
  • Formulated with lilac plant stem cells, which stimulate cell turnover, heal and prevent future damage to skin 
  • Also containing high-definition mineral optics to blur the appearance of imperfections
  • The complexion is left bright, luminous and naturally perfected
  • RRP $30 AUD for 6ml


There's the applicator above. It's a standard doe-foot and I like that it's a little wider and flatter than some.

Now for swatches.

Below I've swatched Medium on the left (heavy and blended) and Medium Golden on the right (heavy and blended).

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Indirect sunlight:


Natural light:


Verdict

This is an excellent concealer and it's the best formula I've found to date for my dry, 37yo skin so I've given it an HG tag.

It's a lightweight, fluid product with a thin consistency and it doesn't have a fragrance. The formula is rich and nourishing without being heavy, and I definitely recommend it for dry, dehydrated and/or mature skin.

I use my fingers to apply this but you could use a brush or beauty blender if you wanted to - it's just that I use my fingers for everything because I feel that gives me the most natural finish (I think the warmth of my hands helps thin out my base products so I use less and they melt into the skin better).

What I love about this is that it doesn't emphasise texture so I can apply it everywhere. With some concealers - even the ones I like for my under-eye - they pool into pores so I can't for example use them around my nose and I need to be careful of how far down I blend them because I do have open pores on my cheeks.

The product does dry down a little but not completely so you will need to set it if you don't want it to crease. I find that even a small amount of setting powder stops this from creasing or settling into my fine lines throughout the day, so that's a plus.

The best thing about this concealer (for me) is that it's hydrating so it doesn't dry out my eye area. There's nothing worse than a concealer that dries out your eyes and therefore ages you and looks cakey. I've never had that problem with this one.

The coverage is also very good. You can apply a little for a sheer coverage or build it up to a solid medium. The claims say this can be built to full coverage and I've heard some people say it's full coverage on them, but I don't feel it's full coverage on me. I can get a solid medium but I wouldn't use more than that because it starts looking obvious and that's when it will crease (even when set). So if I want a full coverage then I'll use a corrector underneath it: I find this gives me the most natural finish.

The only thing I can fault with this concealer is the packaging. I like the applicator and I have no problem with the packaging in theory, but it does leak so I always have concealer that's sitting in the twisty part between the neck of the bottle and the lid. You can avoid this by storing the product upright, but I keep my makeup in a bag so I just live with the leaking problem and often use the stuff around the neck, just so the leaked part doesn't go to waste.

Overall this is a fantastic concealer and I love it for both the face and the eyes. It's perfect for my dry skin and I'm yet to find a better, more hydrating formula.

Love.


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