The proprietary solid mineral technology in this foundation will give you a completely new perspective on what a foundation can do for you. Invisible long-wearing coverage beautifully covers everything yet feels like nothing. It leaves behind no traces of makeup, and the more you use it, the better your skin looks. Exceptional hydrating coverage lasts up to 12 hours with a no-makeup look and feel.
BareMinerals new Ready Foundation is a pressed mineral foundation available in 20 different shades. The shade that I tested and that is depicted, below, is Light, which BareMinerals describes as being for light skin with yellow-olive undertones.
The Ready Foundation comes in a black compact made of rubberized plastic similar to NARS packaging. The lid flips open and has a full-sized mirrors inside.
The shade Light is actually too light to match my NC20 skin. It pales me out. Light is also very strongly yellow-toned. And this is coming from a girl with yellow undertones to her skin! The mixture of the shade being too light and very yellow made my skin look a bit sickly. This was particularly surprising because the shade looks darker than my natural skin color in the pan, but goes on lighter than my skin. I’d recommend this shade for someone with heavy yellow undertones and NC15 skin.
I have not tried any of the other shades, but I worry that there may not be a shade in this line suitable for NC20 skin. The next shade in the line is Fairly Medium, which is made for people with pink undertones. The next shade after that is Medium, again for pink undertones. So it’s not until three (3) shades up from Light when you get to Medium Beige, which is suited for medium skin with neutral undertones.
Aside from the color, the formula comes as a pressed powder that’s quite stiff in the pan. The powder transfers easily enough onto the skin without being overly dusty or chalky. But the foundation is absolutely not hydrating, as BareMinerals claims. It is on the drying side, so make sure your skin is well moisturized beforehand.
The finish is semi-matte and imparts light-to-medium coverage. For the most part, this foundation leaves a smooth, natural layer on the skin. When I looked up close, I did see that the foundation was cakey around the nose and made my pores in that area stand out.
This foundation wears pretty well throughout the day, becoming only slightly patchy on and around the nose area. I suspect that wherever you tend to have more oil production, this foundation will begin to look patchy or cakey in those areas over time. The foundation helped to keep shininess at bay for the first three (3) to four (4) hours, but don’t expect any miracles when it comes to keeping your skin matte all day.
The best thing about this foundation is that it provides adequate sun protection with an SPF of 20 and active ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
Ease of Use: 9/10
There really isn’t much to applying this foundation, other than buffing it into the skin in circular motions and doing some extra buffing in the areas where the powder looks cakey.
For $29.00 you get 0.49 ounces of product. Too Faced’s Amazing Face SPF 15 Foundation Powder costs $32.00 and contains 0.32 ounces. Josie Maran’s Pressed Powder costs $30.00 and contains 0.30 ounces.
Titanium Dioxide 11%, Zinc Oxide 18%, Boron Nitride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Magnesium Silicate, Silica, Nylon-12, Humic Acids, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Jojoba Esters, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Lecithin, Betaine, Algae Extract, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides