BareMinerals have launched BarePro Performance wear Powder Foundation (C$36 for 0.34 oz) this September. This is a 12 hour-long wear foundation which is formulated with 90% vitamins & minerals. As all of us know our skin needs to breath to a healthier complexion and this foundation is totally weightless and is formulated with Micro-Mesh where it doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts. It carries a natural matte finish texture with a very silky and smooth finish. The coverage is customizable from sheer to full coverage and comes in 30 beautiful shades to complement all skin tones. I was sent the shade Aspen 04 for review which was a perfect match for my yellow under tone skin.
The BareMinerals powder foundation comes in a round mirrored compact, where it has a compartment at the bottom for a round shape sponge. The sponge is the regular classic sponge that can be used for application and the texture is very smooth and spongy. I personally love to apply the powder foundation with a powder brush all over the face but I love to touch up with the compact sponge. Even though I am extremely picky when it comes to powder foundation – most of the times I prefer using a liquid foundation since I have a very dry skin and powder foundations does dry my skin over time and looks cakey but I was very impressed with the BarePro’s performance on my skin.
Although powder foundations are designed to be worn alone instead of liquid or cream foundation, but I almost always used it as my powder over my liquid or tinted moisturizer as a setting powder. I highly suggest to try set your foundation with your favorite powder foundations lightly using a large powder brush, it instantly creates a flawless finish – plus it seals the foundation and you will not need to touch-up at all. As I mentioned this was my first time using the powder foundation and I did test it several ways, alone, as a setting powder as well as using it with a brush and with a sponge. It performed beautifully alone with a primer or a nice hydrating moisturizer, and right now my current skin prep routine includes the Capture Total XP Crème as moisturizer followed with Photo Finish primer from Smash Box. I must include giving your moisturizer and primer time to absorb before the powder application will be a game changer – it covered my skin nicely and evenly without looking cakey or dry, where I also found using sponge gives more coverage where with a brush you can get a nice light coverage and feels weightless on the skin. Since I don’t have a perfect skin I covered the spots and some of the areas like around the nose and mouth with the sponge first and then I applied lightly over all the face with the brush, this way you can really cover the parts you want to cover and give the skin a natural finish that looks like your skin. The lasting power is pretty amazing it stayed on my skin from 9:00 am through 8:00 pm without any touch ups.
Over foundation it looked equally nice and totally weightless. I applied with a fluffy powder brush all over the face lightly just right after the liquid foundation’s application – it gives a seamless finish to your skin , I wouldn’t recommend to use the sponge over the foundations since I found it looks a little too heavy. Right now Aspen 04 is a perfect match to me skin, with a little yellow under tone, I loved how they carry lots of shades with yellow and pink yet all warm under tones to complement all skin tones. At last I have been really impressed with the performance of the foundation, it lasted on my skin all day long with nice and smooth finish. BarePro Powder Foundation is now available in Sephora and Sephora.com.
Many thanks to BareMinerals Team for sending BarePro Foundation for reviewing purpose.