Today I wanted to talk to you about the bareMinerals barePRO Powder Foundation. I’ve been testing this foundation out for quite a while now. It claims to be cake-free, full coverage foundation with 12 hour long wear. It comes in 30 different shades!
bareMinerals barePRO Powder Foundation
$30 for .34 oz of product.
Talc, Silica, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Pyridoxine Cyclic Phosphate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
BareMinerals is cruelty free and not sold in China. They’re owned by Shiseido, who is not cruelty free. I choose to support cruelty free companies even if they have a non-cruelty free parent company. Read more about my cruelty free philosophy here.
barePRO Powder Foundations
From left to right we have Fair 01, Dawn 02 and Champagne 03.
Before & After with Fair 01
Fair 01 is for fair skin with pink undertone. I think it’s easy to see how my face looks pink from the foundation while my neck looks more yellow toned. This is why I don’t like to wear pink toned foundation, as I just feel it makes me look like something is off.
Before & After with Dawn 02
Dawn 02 is for fair skin with neutral undertone. This one works pretty well with my skintone. I think it’s my favorite of the three. If only it were a touch lighter!
Before & After with Champagne 03
Champagne 03 is for fair skin with yellow undertone. I think this one works ok as it hides the redness on my face from rosacea and works with the yellow I see on my neck.
barePRO Powder Foundation swatches
I think it’s probably easier to see how the shades are sort of off on my hand than on my face in the studio photos. Above you can see that Fair looks light enough but slightly the wrong color / too cool. Dawn and Champagne are both slightly darker than my hand. I had to really pile on the swatches to make them show up because this powder just wants to blend into your skin.
What I don’t like about it
None of the shades are quite pale enough for me. I can wear Dawn 02 and Champagne 03 but my face looks a little darker than my neck once I’ve applied the color all over. Dawn and Champagne do blend into my face really well. I have a lot of facial redness from my rosacea that can make my face appear darker than my neck and chest, which is why I match my foundation to my neck and chest. So once I’ve applied the foundation all over, it’s noticeable to me that my face looks darker..
It also hasn’t lasted 12 hours on me. I get about 5 to 6 hours of wear and then I need to touch up the center of my face. I don’t know why they claim 12 hours of wear when it just doesn’t seem to make it that long.
What I like about it
I love that this foundation comes in 30 different shades. So happy that it’s not 30 shades of beige, either! It looks like bareMinerals is trying to be inclusive and offering shades for darker skintones too, which is great.
As I mentioned above, I get about 5 to 6 hours of wear and then I need to touch up my nose and chin, which is where I normally need to touch up. I can touch up with this foundation without any issues. The core brush makes it easy to apply a thin layer and when I go back to touch it up it blends in without any caking. So yes, cake free!
For me to cover my redness with rosacea, I need to apply 1 layer all over and then add a second layer on my cheeks and nose. After I do this, I feel like it still looks like it’s my skin, rather than cake face. I really love the core coverage brush that bareMinerals recommends you use with this foundation. It makes it easy to apply a thin, even layer of product. The angled shape makes it easy to get around the eyes, nose and brows. The brush has the perfect amount of give too.
BareMinerals barePRO Powder Foundation the perfect sort of quick and easy throw it on foundation to run errands or if you want a quick, simple look. It literally feels like I’m wearing nothing at all. It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin or cause me to break out. I have dry skin but this doesn’t emphasize any dry patches. I did notice that if I apply too much under the eyes it can emphasize the fine lines there, but as long as I only sweep under there once, I’m fine.
If Dawn were a bit lighter, I’d be in love with this foundation, even though it does require a touch up during the day. Let me know if you’d like to see me do a wear test video with this one. I’ve filmed my Nyx wear test but need to edit it and I’ve promised to do the Hot Makeup foundation stick wear test next.
What do you think of the bareMinerals barePRO Powder Foundation? Have you tried it?
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