BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation Review

BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation: Does It Do What It Says on the Tin?

Until a few years ago, I only used powder foundation. At first, in compact form (I’m pretty sure the number of Shiseido Pureness I used up is in the double digits!), then when BareEscentuals made mineral foundation popular, I ventured into the loose powder universe, but was never completely sold on it.

So, when I spotted the new BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation on Sephora, I decided to give it a go to see if my tastes have changed in the meantime and also find out if it really does what it says on the tin.

This new formula is packaged in a pretty bulky container compared to the original one. The inside is completely different, too: as you can see in the picture above, there’s a little net that is supposed to always dispense the right amount of powder when you press your brush onto it. I’ve been using the Blemish Remedy (shade 02 Clearly Pearl for light, neutral complexions) for about three weeks and this trick has worked so far, but I really wonder if it’ll still do when the product starts running low (I’ll update this review later on).

The way I like to use this is:

  1. I apply a thin layer with a flat-top kabuki brush, using circular buffing motions.
  2. I conceal any blemishes with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. The layer of powder really helps the concealer stick better to the skin, but you need to use a dry-texture product, as I don’t think a liquid concealer would work just as well.
  3. I apply another layer of Blemish Remedy by pressing it onto the skin. Avoid circular motions after concealer, otherwise you’ll most likely rub it off!

The powder is very finely-milled and almost undetectable on the skin. It provides very light coverage, so if it is full coverage that you want, this is definitely not for you, don’t be tricked into buying it by what BareEscentuals claim (‘conceals imperfections’ and ‘provides beautifully flawless coverage’ – it doesn’t). The company also states that the Aspen Bark and Tea Tree Oil it contains should have blemish-healing properties, but I haven’t seen any improvements in this regard, so in my experience it does not do what it says on the tin. Finally, if you’re not familiar with powder foundation, be aware that, like any other similar product (that I have used, at least), this one doesn’t last all day.

So who the hell might like this foundation? If you have oily, non-aging (it tends to emphasize fine lines) skin, want a finely-milled powder that doesn’t cake up and like a very natural-looking type of coverage, I think you’d get along with BareMinerals Blemish Remedy really well. I personally like the way it looks on my skin, but am still not fond of the fact that it comes in loose powder form. Apparently, my tastes haven’t changed and I still think compacts are way more convenient.

Have you tried BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Foundation? Did it work wonders on your skin? Do you prefer using powder or liquid base products?

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  • Reply
    October 15, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I like MAC studio fix powder plus foundation. It is not a mineral foundation but it works nicely.

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      Carol in a
      October 17, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you for the recommendation!

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    October 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Great review hun. I’m in love with their Complexion Rescue now and I’m looking to try more products. I have very dry skin so this one isn’t something I would need but I’m intrigued by their brushes.

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      Carol in a
      October 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      I’ve heard great things about their Complexion Rescue, but I guess it wouldn’t suit my skin type!

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    October 15, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the review, Carol. I have never been really impressed with powders from bare Minerals. Although I was using their Complexion Rescue Foundation all summer and I absolutely loved it! I prefer liquid bases in general though.

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    Tiffany May
    October 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Great review! I love Bare Minerals so much. I have dry skin and usually don’t use powders at all but I just may give this a try.

    xo Tiffany |

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    October 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Eh, it doesn’t sound too good… I don’t like loose powders when they’re messy, but I had a Clinique mineral loose powder foundation that came with a kind of grinder on the top (I think it’s been discontinued but it’s similar to Smashbox Halo powder) and that was easy to use and not messy at all.
    Otherwise I’m a fan of compact powder foundations, except in the winter when my skin gets dryer (well, it’s not the case anymore where I live now though). I really like Dior Forever, and for light Coverage Clinique Almost Makeup.


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      Carol in a
      October 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      I used Almost Makeup in the past and really liked it too!

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    October 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks for the review ♥♥

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    Heather Lisa Noire
    October 16, 2015 at 3:05 am

    Your photo is gorgeous and I loved your article on this so much heard so much about this brand but some prefer others amazing 🙂

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    Chaste & Beautiful
    October 16, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I love the look of compact powders and powder foundations but using one makes me look like a bit of a paperwork, lol. I look so dry and unhealthy so, I leave my skin like that without any powder. This is a really nice post and that brush in the picture looks gorgeous.

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    Kiss & Make-up
    October 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I’ve never been able to make a powder foundation work for me. It always ends up looking cakey and making my skin look worse than it actually is… So yeah, I doubt this is the foundation for me.

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    October 16, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I don’t have any powder foundation as the ones I swatched just didn’t turn out good. I’ve heard a lot about Bare Minerals (I really like the look of it) yet I haven’t tried any products.

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    October 17, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I also prefer compacts to powders. Thanks for the review! Have a great weekend, Carol!


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    October 17, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for this great product review! I’ve only tried the BareMinerals Concealer. I prefer compact powders, it tends to be easier for me to apply.


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    October 18, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I switched to liquid foundation years ago, after a heavy powder compact phase, and usually use that for medium to high coverage. If I use powder foundation, it is to set or for touch ups throughout the day.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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