bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum – Curiosity kills the cat

Now I don’t own a cat, nor do I believe that cats are really killed by their curiosity.

But it makes a far more fetching title then: Why I never stick to my trusted products even though I know I might be disappointed and it isn’t the best for my bank balance.

I told you it isn’t a great blog post title. Sorry if you thought there´d be actual cats involved today.


Bare Minerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum
bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum


What is involved though is a serum that claims to work with the „clock genes“ in our skin to help it repair during nighttime, for maximized results: The bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum.

Which is exactly what my favorite serum, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair II (Review here), claims to do. I have stated there already that I don’t believe in cells regenerating by the clock, but I was curious nonetheless.


What bareMinerals claims:

„Every cell in your body has a „clock gene“ that regulates cellular renewal, which in turn affects the appearance of your skin. And it’s scientifically proven that cells are most efficient at healing during nighttime sleep.

Our intensive night serum helps restore your skin’s ability to reach its ideal renewal state. Powered by our proprietary ActiveSoil Complex–combined with a unique moisture boost technology–this formula maximizes cellular renewal and hydrates skin overnight. The result? Cells that are supercharged to protect you during the day and skin that looks firmer, healthier and younger.“



Prize and size

One dark glass bottle with dropper contains 30 ml and retails for 50 $ here. I had a 15 ml trial size that lasted me around four months of (almost) daily use.

Texture and smell

The serum is a lovely honey color, lightweight without being too runny and sinks into the skin quickly. I don’t notice any particular scent.

Bare Minerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum - the dropper
bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum – the dropper


Application and effects

Two drops are enough to cover my face and neck, maybe three if I want to take it really far down. There is no residue and it sinks in within seconds.

I liked the plumped effect it gave my skin, it worked really well at hydrating and nourishing.


Favorable ingredients:

  • Butylene Glycol: Humectant, helps skin lock in moisture
  • Propanediol: Increases penetration, moisturizing
  • Glycerin: Moisturizing
  • Xylitol: Increases ceramide production
  • Saccharomyces Ferment: Antioxydant
  • Syringa vulgaris leaf extract: Plant stem cells (no scientifically proven benefit!)
  • Zizyphus jujuba seed: Soothing
  • Phytoecdysteroids Extract: Antioxydant


  • Soil Minerals: To be honest, I don’t know where to put that one. There are minerals that are beneficial for the skin, there are minerals that aren’t, and soil is basically dirt. It could be anything from great to harmful to not effective at all. It is the „main player“ in the bareMinerals range, just without any information available, something I really dislike. Of course the company states on their website that they choose the minerals and soil by the benefits and that they work great as antioxidants, but the scientist in me wants to know exactly what is in there.


Unfavorable Ingredients:

  • Fragrance (from natural origin)
  • Essential oils (Lavender and Orange, may be irritant)
  • PEG


Does it live up to its claims?


It gives a hydrating boost and contains some lovely antioxidants. As stated above I don’t believe in „clock genes“ and I didn’t notice my skin cells to be „supercharged“, whatever that is supposed to mean.


Will I rebuy?


Simply due to the fact that I really don’t like products where I can´t get enough information on the ingredients. The „Active Soil Complex“ annoys me more than it is reasonable, but that is my personal problem.


Who do I recommend it to?

If you are less nerdy than I am and don’t need to know everything, that one is a lovely nighttime serum that might replace the above mentioned Estée Lauder ANR II, especially as it is a good deal more affordable.

If dehydration and oily skin are your main concern, this will be hydrating enough while still being lightweight.

Quite frankly, if you are less anancastic than I am, give it a go!


Do you want to know every detail regarding your skincare?

Or do you just want your products to work?


In other news: Have you seen my latest video already? I sneakily uploaded it yesterday.


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  • Yeah, same here, I hate it when brands come up with these fancy names for their ’special‘ complexes and blends. JUST SAY IT LIKE IT IS ALREADY! Just break down the formula, that’s all we ask.

    • I mean, what are they afraid of? We cooking it up in our kitchen ourselves?

  • That sounds interesting, especially because of its resemblance with the Estée Lauder ANR serum! I believe I’m a little less picky than you are when it comes to ingredients and their benefits yet, and even though it is less expensive, I love the ANR so much I don’t really want to try anything else, which happens rarely when it comes to skincare but I can’t help it!!

    • I understand. It has been my favorite for three years now and I still want to have a bottle in my stash all the time.

  • Like you I don’t believe in cell regeneration overnight. I have quite a sensitive skin so I tend to check ingredients when I buy new products.

  • Sounds nice, great review. Gemma x

  • Adele Miner

    Too bad this didn’t work as well as you wanted, it still sounds like a pretty good products though! x

    • It is. It is just not perfect for me, but there are so many people with so many different needs out there, it might be holy grail for some of them.

  • Pam Scalfi

    I agree with you! If you cant find info on the ingredients, that’s not a positive sign. At least it wasnt a complete waste of money huh 🙂
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  • I’m with you on liking the honey colour haha. I’m much less observant of ingredients at this point and so this does sound good to me 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Don’t get me wrong, the ingredients are nice. I just don’t like the „Soil complex“ thing, which could be basically anything.

  • Educating yourself about the ingredients is the best thing you can do. Companies claim ridiculous stuff sometimes.

  • How can you a dog person and a blogger? I feel like it is mandatory to own a cat as beauty blogger while all the You Tubers seem to have dogs now.

  • I’m always hoping for a post on cats, but that’s okay. LOL. 🙂 Your honest reviews are appreciated, and it is a bit scary that the ingredients aren’t clear for this product.

  • I like to have an awareness of the ingredients in the beauty products that I use but I usually won’t dissect every single one unless it’s gives me very good or bad results. Ingredients that are considered odd usually don’t faze me if they work. I mean I love products with snail mucin ;p

  • Toyas Tales

    I agree with you as I have gotten older I am very cognizant of what I put on my skin with regards to chemicals. To be honest I only simple natural products that are easy to source. I used a mix of coconut oil, olive oil and grapeseed oil as a moisturizer mixed with water and my skin has never looked better.

  • I haven’t tried either the ANR or this one. I’ll be investing in some new skincare soon though so we’ll see. There are a few brands I want to try.

  • Having acne prone skin I can’t use any products with oil in it or else I’ll break out!


    • Well, every skin is different, but there are oils specifically designed for acne prone skin.

  • I’m starting to read the ingredient list and I’m also slowly educating myself on what to look out for. I have yet come to the stage where I try to picky about the ingredients unless, something in the product breaks me out then I overanalyze everything. I must be in the minority but I find Estee Lauder ANR to be good but not as amazing as many make it out to be. The same goes for Pixi Glow Tonic, I tried a deluxe sample and while I find it to be good, I don’t get the hype.

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    • Every skin is different, so I don’t think that there is one product that is a hype for everyone. If the Pixi Glow Tonic isn’t your favorite, try Liquid Gold, which is stronger. To me, Pixi Glow Tonic is a work horse, an everyday toner for mornings for maintenance, not a groundbreaking new thing. If you are a regular user of ahas like I am, I don’t think it will ever be a major game changer.

  • You know, I’ve never been one to read ingredient lists…I really should. Skincare just doesn’t bring me joy, you know…I understand it’s a must, especially if you want a good canvas for makeup. I hope one day I can love it as much as I love makeup…I’m trying to educate myself slowly on it. I always enjoy your reviews though!
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    • Everyone has a different focus. I have a passion for skincare, you have a passion for palettes, something I really have nothing to say about. This is why we can learn from each other so well.

  • I would love to know more about my skincare but I just don’t have the knowledge that you do – so I have to trust what the companies say and reviews! That’s why I find your blog so helpful 😉

    • See, and I need your blog to stop using my camera on Auto mode.

  • I too would love to know more about skincare, it would take me very long to understand it as well as you do though 🙂 I really like these posts of yours, they’re so in depth and I feel like I learn something new every time!
    I have a nighttime oil from the Body Shop at the moment. I’ve had it since September and I still have a lot left of it, so I won’t be needing a new one any time soon, but it’s great to know what other options there are out there 🙂
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    • These oils last forever, which is something I love I have three on rotation at the moment. That one is a serum though, not an oil.

  • Dressed With Soul

    Ich finde es einfach nur gut, dass Du so bewusst und kritisch wegen der Inhaltsstoffe bist und von dem her verstehe ich, dass Du auf Grund der fehlenden Angaben das Serum nicht mehr kaufen wirst. Allerdings frage ich mich, ob Du gerne eine Katze hättest?

    • Ja, sogar sehr gerne. Aber seit ich mit dem Studium fertig bin, hat es nicht geklappt, entweder wegen der Wohnung oder weil mein Ex-Mann eine schwere Katzenhaarallergie hatte. Allerdings wird sich mein Traum vermutlich ganz bald erfüllen, jetzt, wo wir umziehen.

  • It sounds like a nice alternative, like you said, to someone on a budget or who isn’t too concerned about knowing every ingredient. I don’t use a night time or any oil and I really should! I used to use rosehip oil and liked the results but I stopped when I got pregnant as my OB couldn’t confirm if it was on her ‚do not use‘ list but suspected it may be, and I figured better safe to stop it. I think I still have the bottle somewhere…

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    • It wouldn’t have been. The form of Vitamin A in rosehip oil is safe to use throughout pregnancy. That one is a serum, not an oil, eve though it contains oils. I seem to have been unclear about it.

      • Oh awesome, thank you! I’ll need to find that bottle at start using it again, my skin needs all the help it can get in winter!

  • Hmmm… I usually look at ingredients, because I find the actual effects pretty hard to gauge.

    • Me too. If you already have a pretty good regime, nothing will really give that much of a difference in six weeks. And prevention is hard to judge anyway.

  • I always check the ingredients before I slap anything on my face, but I don’t really need to know every little detail. For me if it works that’s good enough. Probably not the right attitude to have lol.

    • If it works for you, it is the right attitude. Not everyone needs to be a crazy as I am.

  • I am less analytical than you are (less knowledgeable too!) so I tend to judge products on their results more than anything! xx


    • Once I had established a good skin care routine I found it pretty hard to judge the results. It is all about prevention for me, and that is hard to measure for a blog post.

  • If it works, I like it. For example, I don’t think parabens are the devil. But some do. I do check the ingredients and look up what I don’t know.

    • I don´t think they are the devil either, I don’t mind them in my products. But some people think anything man made is the devil. Each to their own, I guess.

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  • I don’t know enough about certain ingredients to pay that much attention, I rely on you for that- I have learnt so much about skincare ingredients from your blog.

    On a side note, I have never tried any Bare Minerals skincare products.


    • It was the first thing I tried as well. Have you tried their makeup?

    • It was the first thing I tried as well. Have you tried their makeup?

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    • I guess that is the healthier approach, but I just can´t help it.

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  • I didn’t know bareMinerals did skincare! But it’s not something I’d go out of my way to buy.
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  • I didn’t know bareMinerals did skincare! But it’s not something I’d go out of my way to buy.
    I read up ingredients most of the time and reviews but I don’t have a chemistry background. Although I can tell which ones and good or problematic a lot more depends on the actual formulation, qualities of the chemicals and how they react with each other. Unfortunately I have no knowledge about that so I rely a lot on blogs and beautypedia!

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  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Love that it sinks right in as loads of these types of products just seem to sit on the skin rather than absorbing, thanks for the detailed review!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
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  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    I had no idea that Bare Minerals did their own serum! I always assumed they only did makeup, haha. I have to say, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the whole ‚clock genes‘ thing… I mean seriously… This is what puts me off certain products so much, they might me effective but their pitch is so much bs that it makes the brand look a little untrustworthy, and like you said, it simply doesn’t feel like you get enough actual information! x


    • Have you tried their makeup? I have some stuff in my vanity, but haven’t opened it yet.

  • Kate

    I’m another one who had no idea Bare Minerals did skincare! I like the sound of the plumping effect. As for the lack of info, I’m not sure it would bother me that much, but now that you’ve mentioned it, I wonder if maybe it should! X

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    • They have to share everything when they ask for permission to sell a product, so I am sure no harmful ingredients are in it, but I don’t like being kept in the dark.

  • Ellese Launer

    I also like to know what goes into my products. It is a same there isn’t more info. Thanks for sharing! XO, ellese


  • Denise

    I know we should know more about ingredients, but I confess that I neglect it… while a dear friend of mine always reads all and if she is not convinced, she won’t but the product. Nevertheless, BareMinerals is a good brand and I think that this serum may be good – and 15 ml lasted months and also, has a plumping effect… may be good, I think!

    • I really think it is a nice product, just not perfect for me.

  • I’ve been wanting to try ANR for years, but there’s always something newer that I want to try first! This one sounded good until the „soil complex“… What the hell is that supposed to mean? It could be anything from probiotics to clay! Talk about trying to make things sound mysterious and impressive…


    • Exactly. They shouldn’t feel the need to make a product impressive that way, it should impress on it´s own.

  • I usually love bareMinerals poducts, although I’ve heard this isn’t all that good, shame really!

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    • It is the first thing bareMinerals skin care I have tried. What would you recommend?

      • Well I use their skin care products such as the cleanser and moisturiser however they now have a completely new range which I haven’t tried yet because I have loads more product left before I run out. I also use their liquid and powder foundation because they’re the only ones that don’t bring me out in spots 🙂

  • Active Soil Complex would put me off too. Plus why put in essential oils!? It definitely could be an irritant!
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  • I never really knew bare minerals did skincare, I thought it was just makeup. Obviously I don’t pay enough attention lols. As for whether I care about ingredients ect, I do to an extent. But more so I want to see a difference. I’m not ultra concerned with inci lists, but I do check them out for anything standout.