MAC vs bareMinerals

MAC vs bareMinerals

You may have seen my review a couple of months ago about MAC‘s Studio Fix Fluid foundation (if not you can check it out here). After two and a half months, it has almost ran out and so I decided to invest in another foundation.

Not that I really had any issues with the Studio Fix – in fact I really liked it – I thought I’d just experiment and see if there was anything better out there.

I’ve heard some really great things about the bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum foundation and the reviews were all raving. At just £3.50 more expensive than the Studio Fix, I thought I’d give it a shot.

Now, the whole idea behind bareSkin is that you feel like your skin is bare. I’ll give it its due, I don’t really feel like I’m wearing any foundation, but the coverage really is really quite light.

Although I will add that it is definitely buildable. But I, personally, don’t really want to be using half a bottle every time I put my foundation on. You can’t have everything though right? I guess that weightless and bare feeling just doesn’t go with high coverage.

That is just my personal preference though, if you’re looking for a light foundation then definitely try bareSkin!

I chose the Bare Porcelain shade, as I am very pale. MAC’s NC10 is just the right shade for me, being the lightest shade available for Studio Fix, and Bare Porcelain was the lightest shade available for bareSkin. However, as you can see in the image, the two colours are kind of different. That is the Studio Fix on the right and that is bareSkin on the left. The bareSkin is really a fair bit darker – not very porcelain.

Facetune I admit, when it’s blended out and covered with my usual powder it isn’t horrifically dark but it definitely is a bit too dark for me. It’ll probably be great for when the weather sorts itself out and I have a tan – but for now I’ll be mixing it with a lighter foundation.

However, that isn’t bareMinerals’ fault that I’m as pale as a ghost. The shade isn’t right for me, and that is fine. What is annoying however, is that they call it ‘bare porcelain’ when in my opinion it is far from it. Also, on the website the image of the shade is almost white, yet in real life it is far from it. So I’m pretty disappointed that the name and image is so misleading.

All of that aside though, the foundation itself isn’t at all cakey and gives my skin a nice glowey look – it does what it says on the tin. When used with my Basic Beauty Tools blender (check out my post on their blenders here) it looks flawless and natural. If I could get a lighter shade I’d probably purchase this again as it is a great feeling and looking foundation, but for now it is just a little too dark. If you’re not particularly pale and not looking for a heavy coverage though, this would be a great foundation for you!

Overall I’d give the bareMinerals foundation a good eight out of ten. However, I’m going to give bareMinerals themselves a poor two out of ten for effort with variety of lighter shades and for making the descriptions of the shades so misleading.

Have you got a foundation you could recommend? Especially a super pale one? I’m still on the hunt for good coverage, lightweight and pale foundations (high street or high end), so leave any recommendations in the comments!

Thanks for reading! Look out for a review on the Friction Free Shaving subscription service coming on Friday – it’s an interesting one. Until then, check out my social media links and give my blog a follow if you want to see more from me!




  1. May 18, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I personally think that the MAC foundation you have may be the best one, I’ve heard amazing things about that one in particular. But another one though aside from MAC I hear is great is the Two Faced Born This Way!

    xo, JJ

    • May 20, 2017 / 1:30 pm

      I agree, I’ll probably end up going back to MAC eventually haha. I’ve never tried Born This Way, I might just add it to my list of foundations to try!x

  2. May 18, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    I loved your previous review on the MAC Studio Fix Fluid! I definitely want to try it out. I haven’t tried much of MAC since there are so many brands out there, but my list of to-try products from MAC is growing longer. After reading this post, I am even more convinced that I need the MAC SF foundation in my life!

    • May 20, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      You really should, it is a great foundation and the price isn’t too bad either! x

  3. May 18, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    That really sucks, a lot of brands don’t seem to have a good range of shades. For me the bare minerals worked out well for me, and I do agree that is light to medium coverage (since it’s buildable). I have never tried mac products because I only buy cruelty free, so I can’t really comment on the other one lol.
    I do hope you find an alternative though. I’ve heard lots of thing about tarte and too faced foundations.

    • May 20, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      I know right? I mean it is my own fault for being so pale, but they just never seem to be light enough! I’ve heard some great things about Tarte foundations too, I might try Tarte out next! Thanks x

      • May 20, 2017 / 6:01 pm

        Nooo not your fault. Brands should be aware by now that there’s a huge range in skin tones. It’s up to them to make it happen. I wish I could remember some brands someone mentioned because she’s also pretty pale. But I wish you luck on finding the perfect shade!

  4. May 18, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    I recently got the Dior Forever foundation! It’s light weight with medium coverage and feels nice on the skin!
    It is dewy though not matte! xx

    • May 20, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      I love the dewy look, but I have quite oily skin so they never work well for me sadly. I might look into a matte Dior foundation though!x

      • May 20, 2017 / 1:29 pm

        Aw that’s a shame, my skins quite dry so I’m usually the opposite haha 🙂 xx

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