I used to think that bareMinerals was all about the powder foundation and nothing else, until recently – their range actually encompasses a variety of skincare, colour products and kits which come in a variety of textures!
Now – I am addicted to base products like foundation and concealer – I love concealer! So was excited to try three of their products. bareMinerals offers powder concealers (quite interesting if you like mineral formulas) but I do prefer the liquid and cream sort.
So here I have the SPF20 Correcting Concealer, Stroke of Light Eye Brightener and Well Rested Face and Eye Brightener.
bareMinerals comes in sleek black outer packaging (I don’t know why, but I like the look of it, it’s sort of efficient looking!) and the products come in a pen form, a sponge tip applicator and a pot.
First up let look at the SPF 20 Correcting Concealer!
There are 8 shades – I like how the colours as spilt up into Light 1, Light 2, Medium 1 etc. As well as being split up into colour depth, they are also split into warm and cool.
For me, it makes matching up a lot easier rather than giving them ambiguous names. I know I have a medium skin tone and I like concealer to be a bit lighter if used for the under the eye so I would confidently go for Medium 1 (cool tones) or Medium 2 (neutral and warm tones) rather than the next shade up (Tan).
This concealer is creamy and relatively thick, offering medium to full coverage.
This creamy formula combines SPF protection with superior, lightweight coverage that blends seamlessly to conceal blemishes, dark under-eye circles and other skin imperfections all day long. More than a concealer, it also works to decrease the appearance of dark spots and discolourations for a radiant, even-toned complexion.
I like this concealer – it’s not actually as thick and cakey as I thought it would be – it has a sort of slightly tacky feel to it but not in a bad way. It does conceal well though, although it’s not as opaque as RMK’s concealer or Laure Mercier, people may find this easier to work with then those.
This shade is Medium 1 which matches me well even though it’s for cool skin tones.
Stroke of Light Eye Brightener in Luminous 2
Stroke of light is an under eye brightener – it’s somewhere between a concealer and a touché éclat type product. It is a creamy liquid texture, one of my absolutely favourite textures for a concealer because I find them opaque enough to cover but not cake.
This eye brightener has a sheer to medium coverage (so says the website, I think it’s more medium) and there are 4 shades. I have number 2.
Immediately brighten the eye area and diffuse dark shadows while reducing the appearance of fine lines and dark circles over time. The illuminating tint blends seamlessly to conceal imperfections for a refreshed, radiant, even-toned look.
I like this under eye brightener a lot! It is far better at concealing then the usual pen lighteners which can also look a bit racoon like – this also seems to hydrate the eye area without looking cakey. I have even used this at the corner of my mouth and on my smile lines and it works really well. It’s laminating without being too obvious which is why I can use it on my face too.
I really like the applicator brush, which is like a flattish paddle:
There is more than enough product with one dip for both eyes.
I like this product the most of the 3 concealers and have been using it regularly.
bareMinerals Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener
Another new product is the Well-Rested face and eye brightener!
This product is used to brighten a dull complexion but unlike the previous product, it isn’t concealing at all. It reminds me of the Trish McEvoy luminizer but is more noticeable. There is only 1 shade for this product.
Instantly brighten and revive a lack-luster complexion. Contains light- reflecting minerals to even skin tone while improving skin radiance and visibly minimizing dark spots and discolourations over time.
Some ways to use it:
Inner corner of the eyes
Highlghting the bridge of the nose, or the cheekbones etc.
Can be used before or after foundation
This is a nice enough product – it blends well and doesn’t look streaky or odd like some luminizers are, and it’s very easy to use. I don’t tend to use things like this – they feel like an extra chore on top of regular base make up, but I’d definitely say some of this WITH concealer around the eyes perks everything up, and I also like it around the top of the cheeks at this time of year (winter!) as it shows up with the night lights that are around…it looks glowy!
The SPF 20 Correcting Concealer is £21, Stroke of Light and Well Rested are £22 each. See the range of bareEscentuals concealers here – they’re good quality and I will definitely incorporate them into my base routine.