I meant to get this posted months ago but the holidays rolled around and then I got a stomach bug and my blog fell to the wayside. I had all of the swatches and photos ready to be uploaded but, you know, life got in the way. So without further ado, here’s my quick review of the (no longer so new) bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer ($20). I purchased mine directly from bareminerals.com.
The bareSkin concealer is available in 6 shades. The one I have is Light, the second lightest shade in the range.
This is a lightweight, fragrance-free, liquid concealer that comes in a plastic tube with a doe-foot applicator.
First off, the positives. I love how easy it is to apply and blend out this concealer. I love how weightless it feels on the skin. It also has great coverage: medium to full.
I think this would be a fantastic concealer for people with normal to oily skin, maybe even for those with slightly dry skin, but if you have really dry skin like me then you’d be better off using something more moisturizing and emollient. The bareSkin concealer has a satin matte finish and, on me, it looks pretty natural freshly applied but as quickly as 30-60 minutes later, after it’s gotten a chance to sink into the skin, it ends up looking really dry, matte and powdery. It you have fine lines in the under eye area, it will crease and if you have any skin texture issues, it will emphasize them.
Here’s how the bareSkin concealer look next to some of the other fuller coverage concealers in my stash. It’s peachier/yellower compared to the Dermablend and IT Cosmetics concealers.
Out of all of the concealers I’ve tried, my favorite is still the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye. Below, I’m wearing the IT Cosmetics concealer on the left side and the bareSkin concealer on the right. Both look relatively natural and skin-like freshly applied here but, unlike the bareSkin, the Bye Bye Under Eye keeps my skin looking hydrated and moisturized throughout the day. An hour later and the side with the bareSkin’s going to look like the powdery mess that I showed above.
The Bye Bye concealer is also more brightening and has slightly fuller coverage. I tend to have better results with pinker concealers than peachy/yellow ones like the bareSkin, so your results may vary depending on your skin tone, undertone and the color of your dark circles.
In addition to its moisturizing benefits, I think the thicker and more emollient consistency of the IT Cosmetics concealer also has a smoothing effect on the under eye area. If you compare the left side of the photo with the right side, the bareSkin definitely emphasizes skin texture issues more whereas the side with the Bye Bye concealer looks a lot smoother.