If you have sensitive skin or prefer to use mineral foundation, the latest product from bareMinerals – the Ready Foundation – would be of your interest because it is a pressed version of the brand’s signature mineral foundation product.

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(from left) bareMinerals Ready Foundation (in Fairly Light shade), PrimeTime Foundation Primer, Precision Foundation Brush

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Unlike the usual two-way cake which is quite dense, little specks of powder would be released when you swipe the brush on the Ready Foundation. This product is also formulated with skincare benefits – providing 108% increase in skin hydration after 12 hours of wear and does not have preservatives, talc, waxes, binders, filler and fragrances.

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I was the model of their makeup demonstration at Sephora ION Orchard. The above is a makeup look done by Bare Escentuals’ international makeup artist Sarah-Jane Froom at the event.

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Separately, I have also been testing out the foundation with the brand’s primer on my own.

What I like:

  • Very good coverage. With just one buff on the face and the redness and imperfections are covered up. The above look is created without any use of concealer – and I did had some tiny zits on my skin that day. 
  • Quite long-lasting, especially when paired with the Prime Time Foundation Primer.
  • There are a total of 12 shades available in Singapore. This foundation is catered to a wide variety of skin tones.

What I dislike:

  • The foundation does look slightly powdery and chalky on the skin, especially if you spend a lot of time in a dry environment such as the air-conditioned room.
  • The Precision Brush gives the best application effect. I tried using other kabuki brush or flat top foundation brush, the consistency is not ideal and I looked like I had thick makeup on.

Verdict:

I like the concept and the packaging, as well as the coverage it provides. However, I am ambivalent about the finishing. I have received a few foundation products from different brands recently and will try to do a comparison post soon.

The bareMinerals Ready Foundation retails at Sephora for S$55, Precision Foundation Brush is priced at S$45 while the Prime Time Foundation Primer cost S$40.

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