BareMinerals is a brand that has been out there for ages, but it’s also a brand that I don’t have a lot of experience with just yet. So when I saw that QVC had a ‘today special value’ deal on a BareMinerals set a while back I decided to invest and get that set. I just felt like it was a good idea for me to buy a couple of their products so I could get a proper view of what the brand is like. One of the products that was included in the set is this BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation. I have had it for a couple of months now and I’ve worn it plenty of times since then, so today it’s finally time for me to review it. So, if you’re interested in finding out what this BareMinerals foundation is like and whether or not it’s worth investing in, make sure you continue reading!
First things first, the packaging. The BareMinerals Pro comes in a very clean and simple packaging. The bottle has a very regular, round shape and it is made out of glass with a black lid. In terms of design it isn’t very special either. It doesn’t have much text on the bottle, it’s overall just very clean and simple. The only special detail to the bottle is the fact that the lid has a bit of a dent in it which feels kind of cool. Overall I don’t think that the bottle looks very special and I’m not a big fan of it, however, I don’t hate it either. I’m just neutral about it.
What I do really like about the packaging is that the bottle feels very well-made. The lid goes on so smoothly, without a click, and that does make it feel like a pretty luxurious bottle. It’s not all that important, but I did think it was worth mentioning.
By the way, along with the foundation I also got this special brush. I believe it’s called the Luxe Performance Brush. I will take about this brush too in this review.
BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation – €33,95
So, let’s start talking about this little guy shall we. The first thing I really appreciate about the BareMinerals BarePro Foundation is that it does come in a very wide variety of shades. The shade I ended up buying is the lightest one I could find at the time and it’s called Fair 01. There are, I believe, a total of 23 shades available ranging from very pale to deep, so I do believe that there is something in this range for a lot of us. I can’t say everyone because well, that’s a bit extreme, but I do think that there are options in this range for most of us.
Anyway, fair. I got shade Fair. I’m a very pale girl and usually I have to get the lightest shade. More often than not this lightest shade is way too dark for me anyway, but in this case it’s pretty much the opposite. It’s not a big difference, but I do think that this shade is a little too pale for my skintone. I can get away with it if I use enough bronzer to compensate, but it’s not the most perfect match I have ever seen.
Of course it’s a little sad that this isn’t the perfect match for me, however I do think it’s a good thing as well. That because I’m already very pale, but I know that there are girls out there who are even paler than me and struggle even more with finding the right shade of foundation. So for all of you super pale girls out there, this might actually be a great match for you!
Moving on to the claims BareMinerals has made regarding this foundation. According to BareMinerals their BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation is developed to deliver full coverage around-the-clock, whilst nourishing ingredients continuously work to improve the skin’s texture over time. The luxury creamy formula creates a breathable, matte finish, with Mineral Lock Long Wear Technology using an advanced blend of mineral pigments and lipids naturally apparent in skin for a true colour match, and perfectly calibrated shades to suit all skin tones.
This foundation is supposed to redefine performance wear, it’s supposed to wear up to 24 hours. They also claim that it’s heat, humidity, water, sweat and transfer resistant and comes with SPF20 sun protection without clogging pores or feeling heavy.
The good-for-skin foundation should leave the skin looking flawless yet natural. It should blur imperfections, minimise the appearance of pores and maximise hydration levels, resulting in a more even and unified complexion with continued use.
I have to admit that I have never read so much about one single foundation in the ‘claim-section’. My lord this foundation is supposed to do more than I ever thought a foundation could. I do think that the claims sound very interesting and promising, however, I also think that they sound a bit too good to be true.
Well as you can tell I look like a crazy person on the picture with the foundation. In my defence: I had been shooting lots of foundation swatches that day so I was kinda done and not really feeling like taking a million more pictures in order to get one where I’d look sane. So well, ignore that please.
Anyway, as you can tell the foundation is a tad bit light for my skin tone, but putting that aside I do think it looks pretty okay on my skin. The thing with this foundation is that it’s hard to apply it right. It’s very, very important that you don’t use too much product. If you do use too much product the foundation will look incredibly cakey and weird on your complexion, while if you keep it light with a thin layer, building it up with another thin layer if you please, it will look good and it won’t look cakey. So it’s a foundation with a manual. However, if you do get the hang of it I do think that the foundation can look really pretty on your skin.
In terms of coverage I’m definitely positive. I would definitely say this a medium to high coverage foundation and if you build it up with two layers it’s going to be a really full, full coverage product. So if you do have blemished skin that you want to hide, this is definitely something you should try.
The finish of this foundation is rather matte, if you powder it. I always powder my foundations because I hate the way they feel on my skin when I don’t, but that is a very important factor.
In terms of staying power I have nothing special to tell you guys in all honesty. It just didn’t really catch my attention which usually means that it isn’t crazy impressive but also not crazy terrible. It’s just a nice and long wearing foundation like most full-coverage foundations are nowadays. I do think it’s a bit transferable, so if you’re a little sweaty just don’t cuddle people because you will leave behind some traces, but aside from that it does stay in place fairly well.
Overall I do like the BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation. I think this foundation has some very good aspects, but I do think that it’s not the most easy foundation to use. You really need to know what you’re doing and you do need some kind of focus while applying it. This is definitely not a early-morning-foundation for me and I do think it’s a little too heavy to wear when it’s this hot outside, but during the colder months I do really like to wear this foundation.
Moving on to the BareMinerals Luxe Performance Brush. This is a brush especially designed to apply the BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation, the foundation I just reviewed. The brush itself looks very luxurious and high-quality. It also feels like it is made with very high-quality materials. The hairs are synthetic and I think that’s already a very positive thing. Having said that, let’s just start talking about the claims.
According to BareMinerals their Luxe Performance Brush is fitted with synthetic bristles to form a dense, tapered and rounded brush head. The hypoallergenic foundation brush is supposed to mimic the shape of fingertips for effortless application, seamless blending and flawless coverage. Its unique shape should allow you to apply and blend even around hard-to-reach contours such as around the nose and eyes. It should deliver smooth, streak-free coverage of your liquid foundation and the synthetic bristles will not absorb product, resulting in less waste.
Overall this brush does sound very good to me. Especially the part where they claim the brush won’t soak up any product sounds interesting to me. And I actually think it is true. I don’t really know how it works, but you can really tell that the bristles won’t suck up product like other foundation brushes or Beautyblenders would. I really, really like that about this brush. That’s already a reason why I would recommend buying it.
BareMinerals Luxe Performance Brush – €28,45
But well, the not soaking up thing might be important, but the quality of the brush and the way it works is actually a little more important. So let’s talk about that. Like BareMinerals told us in their claims, the shape of this brush is supposed to mimic your fingertip. I don’t really know if that’s something I always wished for in life or not, but I do think it’s a pretty innovative idea and I can appreciate that. In terms of the way it works I do think the shape is really nice. Like BareMinerals claims, the shape allows you to reach hard-to-reach areas like around your nose and eyes. When using a big buffer brush that tends to be quite difficult, so I’m really glad that this brush does a better job at that.
Overall I do think that the brush works really well. I think it’s an easy brush to use and I love how new it is. It’s not like any foundation brush I have tried so far. It’s as dense as a buffer brush so it will make sure you get a lot of coverage out of your foundation, but it also reminds me a bit of a regular foundation brush, which adds the benefit that it will apply your foundation flawlessly. So all together I think this brush is the best of both worlds and definitely something I’d recommend checking out if you’re a big fan of applying foundation with either your fingertips or a brush.
Overall I think both of the products I reviewed today are really nice. I have gotten to know the brand BareMinerals a little better through this and I’m happy about that. I think that both products are very high-quality products and definitely worth the price. I especially think that the brush is a really special product that is worth checking out!
That will be it for today. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s review and be sure to let me know what you think of this foundation and also let me know if you have any experience with BareMinerals!