I was recently fortunate enough to try out an amazing haul of goodies from bareMinerals, a makeup and skincare brand I have been very curious about. Although I did not test the tried and true mineral powder foundation, I was able to try out the new BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation, BarePro Contour Palette, and the Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion and Eye Gel Cream. Today I’m happy to share my quick review of these products and some photos to show you the results!
I’ve had a bit of an up and down with this one, and I think I’ve finally settled on the fact that I do really like this foundation. I loved it initially, but I experienced a breakout of lovely cystic zits about four days after starting to use it. At first, I thought the foundation may have been the culprit, but in retrospect, I actually think it’s been the seasonal changes, my skin being a bit dehydrated, and hormones. I started using it again about a week after the breakout and have no issues since (the breakout happened about three weeks ago). I love the consistency of the formula – this foundation offers medium to full coverage, but with a very light feel. It blends easily and does not oxidize on my skin, which is a major plus. The lasting power is great – I apply this around 6:30 in the morning on workdays, and while I have to touch up with some powder to keep the greasies at bay (thanks combo skin), the coverage really lasts and looks nearly as good at the end of the day as it did in the morning. Another plus is that while it has a matte finish, it’s not a dull matte – I feel like my skin still has a bit of glow to it, which is something you can’t always find in a matte, higher coverage foundation. All in all, I do recommend this foundation if you’re looking for something that offers a bit more coverage without feeling heavy that you can use on a daily basis. The wide range of colours is also a major plus in my books. I also adore the foundation brush that I got to try as well – it made applying the foundation so much easier (and less messy) than my typical tool – my fingers.
I am useless at contouring (I mean really, I’m pretty useless at a lot of aspects to makeup application, but especially contouring), so I appreciate a palette that clearly defines the order in which I need to apply the product. I’m also a much bigger fan of powder contouring products, again, because I’m pretty useless at applying it and I find the stick versions much hard to blend. This one is great because you start with the darkest shade first, blend with the second, and then apply the third just above the contour to make your “new” cheekbones pop. The shades are light enough that even if you have a slightly heavy hand, you’ll be able to blend them and not look garish. My pro tip is to apply a slight wash of blush just at the top of the contour and blend for a lightly flushed and more natural look (you can keep a slightly lighter hand with blush when you’re contouring as well – you don’t want too much emphasis on your cheeks, just enough to be natural).
I’m not the best at remembering to use primers, and I have tried some horrible ones in my day (e.l.f. I am looking at you), but this one is really quite nice! It’s very light, goes on smoothly, and doesn’t leave a funny finish on the skin. It doesn’t fell pores, but it does help the foundation glide onto your skin and I love the way they look together. I definitely recommend it – now I just need a way to remember to apply it when I’m rushing through my morning routine!
This serum is nice and light and leaves the skin feeling the same way. I love a good serum, but I dislike when they leave my skin feeling a bit sticky or tacky. There is none of that with this serum. It absorbs nearly immediately and can be worn on its own or under your favourite moisturizer (my preference right now, with my skin being as dehydrated as it is). The eye gel cream is also nice and light and not irritating at all. I generally have pretty good luck with dark circles, etc. so it’s hard for me to say whether this has made a huge difference to the appearance of my eyes, but I do like how my skin feels with it on and definitely appreciate that it is not irritating at all (this time of year, my eyes are all kinds of crazy with the cold – they run nearly non-stop).
I’ve been wanting to try bareMinerals products for a very long time and after trying these, I have to say that I am definitely looking forward to trying more. The foundation has become my go-to for everyday wear and I am working on improving my contouring skills with the contour palette. If you’re looking for makeup and skincare that will keep your skin looking fresh and vibrant during the cold winter months, I definitely recommend the products above.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,