bareMinerals BarePro Foundation Review

It’s so surprising to me now how much I’ve been wearing foundation lately. I used to wear it all the time when I was younger and first allowed to wear makeup, but then I stopped wearing foundation after high school and switched to spot concealing or a lightweight BB cream. That’s what I’ve continued to do for the past six years until recently. I tried the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation and fell in love with how perfect it made my skin, which triggered me to start wearing foundation more often. I just recently got the brand new bareMinerals BarePro foundation and since this was the first high-end foundation that I’ve ever used, I had high expectations for how it would perform.
This foundation retails for $34 for 1 fl oz of product, which isn’t too incredibly bad considering its high-end competitors. It does include SPF 20 and they’re claiming that what sets this apart from other foundations is that it will leave a natural matte finish that lasts an entire 24 hours while also improving your skin. This is supposed to be a self-setting foundation that blurs your pores and imperfections and improves your skin’s texture with its papaya enzymes.

The bareMinerals brand is known for making products that are supposed to be good for your skin. Keeping to that motto, this foundation is made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. It is also dermatologist tested, oil-free, non-comedogenic, and non-acnegenic. It’s said to be full coverage and suitable for all skin types.
The packaging of this does feel very nice, as most high-end foundation bottles would. They do offer 30 different shades in this product, which I think is great considering most companies don’t create such a wide variety. This did get sent to me through Influenster and the shade I have the shade Warm Light 07. Unfortunately it’s much too light for my skintone. However, I would rather a foundation be too light than too dark because I can always add warmth later with some bronzer. I like that it has a pump, but would almost rather it be a little bigger because it doesn’t provide much room to pump the product out and I’ve made many huge messes with it.

Because of the color difference, it is a little difficult for me to see this providing full coverage on my skin. It covers the redness around my nose pretty well, but I can still see blemishes showing through. It can easily be built up and concealer layers over it nicely. I’d say it’s more of a medium coverage for me. Would I have gotten the right shade, that might be a different story. I have layered this over a few different primers with no problems and although I always set it with a powder, I’ve never used a setting spray with it. I typically get through a full-day without this wearing down, but there was no way I’d test it for 24 hours. Please, please don’t wear your foundation for 24 hours y’all.
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Overall, I do think this is a nice foundation and I would say that I recommend it. As far as the difference in my skin’s texture that they claimed, I don’t really see a difference so I think it’s kinda silly that they included that in the description. However, it is comforting to know that this is better for my skin in some way compared to other foundations especially when I have such acne-prone skin. I look forward to testing this more in the winter and seeing how it matches with my skin when I don’t have a tan.

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