New! bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

Bare Minerals Barepro Foundation and Brush

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The search for the perfect foundation is never-ending. You need the right shade and a formulation suitable for your skin type. And let’s not forget coverage and longevity. It can be a real challenge finding a foundation that meets all of your requirements. This is precisely why bareMinerals released their new barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation, $30, and Core Coverage Brush, $30.

#Freetheface with Performance Wear Powder Foundation

Bare Minerals Bare Pro Foundation Swatches

From top to bottom: Fair(01), Dawn (02), Champagne (03)

Designed to #Freetheface from foundations that don’t meet your expectations, the Performance Wear Powder Foundation is formulated to deliver:

  • Photo-ready, natural matte finish
  • Ultra-Smooth, silky texture
  • 12-Hour Long-Wear
  • Breathable, micro-mesh formula (non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic)
  • 30 True-To-You shades
  • Skin beneficial vitamins & minerals (90%)

bareMinerals was kind of enough to send me three shade options to test out. I was impressed by how many shades there were to choose from, ranging from fair to cocoa. There really is a shade for everyone and every skin tone. I selected Fair (01), Dawn (02), and Champagne (03). Although I assumed Fair would be my perfect shade, it was actually too light. It made me look like a ghost. Dawn and Champagne worked much better, with Dawn being my perfect match.

Bare Minerals Performance Powder Foundation Face Swatches

The Packaging & Core Coverage Brush

Before I talk about how the foundation performed, I want to acknowledge the packaging. I think bareMinerals did an amazing job with the packaging. It’s modern, sleek, and very user-friendly. Each Performance Wear Powder Foundation comes with a decent sized mirror and sponge, which makes application, or touch-ups, on-the-go much easier.

Bare Minerals Performance Foundation and Core Coverage Brush Packaging

bareMinerals also sent me the Core Coverage Brush. Made from tightly packed synthetic fibers, the brush is designed to deliver a smooth, airbrush finish. The Cover Coverage Brush is extremely soft and does aid with application. I found it helped evenly distribute the foundation on my skin. The retractable packaging design of the brush makes it great for travel or to throw in your bag. While it’s a nice-to-have, I don’t think it is a necessity unless you don’t have any other brushes like it in your collection.

Testing out the Performance

 When you have dry skin wearing powder foundations is a big challenge. They can go on patchy and fail to provide the coverage your skin needs. I found this to be the case with the Performance Wear Powder Foundation.

The foundation was long-lasting, evened out my skin tone, and felt lightweight on my skin, but it failed to deliver the type of coverage I prefer. I noticed it adhered to or sunk into any fine lines I have. It clung to my pores and dry patches and wore off in strange ways.

Performance Wear Powder Foundation Wear Time

Each time I did a check-in it seemed as if the foundation was sitting on my skin, as opposed to melting into it. The longer I wore it, the more it accentuated my pores, fine lines, or the natural curvature of my face.  After taking off my sunglasses, you could see where the foundation had moved around and was no longer providing complete coverage. Perhaps, it isn’t meant to be used on dry skin?

Overall:  I can’t say I recommend the barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation for anyone with dry skin, larger pores, or fine lines. If you have normal, combination, or oily skin, it may be more suited for your skin type.  You can find all 30 shades of the foundation and the Core Coverage brush at your local Sephora or Ulta.

Have you tried the Performance Wear Powder Foundation? Do you have a favorite bareMinerals product?


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  1. HappilyMe23 says

    I’ve heard great things about this makeup. Never tried it myself, but I want to!

  2. I have used bareMinerals in the past and I liked it. My only issue was the color matching. But honestly that’s a problem I have often…
    Thanks for your review. 🙂

  3. I have oily skin but never have luck with BM products for my face. The eye products and lip products work really well for me, though!

  4. I have found that for color mathcing this brand and most other mineral powders for that matter, you come out better blending the color yourself. I like the coverage though!! 🙂

  5. I love that it hour staying power, it seems like anything I put on lasts four hours and then it disappears from my face. I also have uneven skin tone so I can’t go a day without it.

  6. I have had a similar experience with Bare Minerals and although I love how wonderful it is, I don’t need anything accentuating my wrinkles or pores!

  7. I just got this in Dawn as well and I’m so glad now that I didn’t go with Fair, definitely would’ve been too ghostly on me as well!

  8. Rachel Lavern says

    The perfect foundation for me is a liquid or cream–an emulsion type. Most have a clear finish and spread well over my skin.

  9. Jessica Hughes says

    My mom uses Bare Minerals but I’ve never tried them…I tend to do better with a liquid foundation. Thanks for the honest review!

  10. I’ve never used Bare Minerals, I’ve always found that MAC suits my needs better. That being said, finding the perfect powder foundation has always been tough! I have super dry skin so liquid always seems to work better for me!

  11. I haven’t used this particular foundation but I have other powders and find I can wear them except in very cold weather. I’ll usually save them for the times I put my foundation on late and am just going out for a few hours.

  12. I’ve heard a lot of good things to this products before, but I’ve never tried this. Looking forward to have this and try it. It looks a really a good one.

  13. I love the brush and had good results with the foundation. Sorry it didn’t work for you!

  14. Debra Hawkins says

    I’ve always wanted to try bare minerals. I’ve heard such wonderful things about this make up.

  15. Kelly Reci says

    I’m a huge fan of putting foundation into my face and I’m so comfy using a powered form foundation.

  16. FabZilla_Kath says

    I like the original powder version. I doubt if this will work for me

  17. Kimberly Stroh says

    I heard that powder is something that can make you look older, but you wear Bare Minerals so well. I haven’t tried their brand yet. I need to!

  18. Jena Proctor says

    I used Bare Minerals years ago. I need to try it again, it looks like it’s gotten even better!

  19. oooh, Fair looks like the perfect color for me!

  20. Dana Vento says

    Wow, I love this. I can’t wait to try this brand, I am looking for one which is suitable for my skin.

  21. I’m sorry that this product didn’t work for you. I also find it hard to find makeup products that suit my skin.

  22. Make-up is such a tricky thing because what works on one skin type doesn’t work on another so I think it’s so important to just keep trying things out until you find what works for you!

  23. I like the shade in the middle picture. I want to try it, hope it works on me.

  24. Rose Sahetapy says

    Finding a powder foundation that suit our skin face is not easy. One may fit to one brand and another to other brand. I’ve never tried the bare mineral, but sound like this product suit for combination skin face.

  25. I usually love powder foundation, but the original Bare Minerals foundie used to cake on me, so I ended up using it as a light touch-up powder. Sorry to hear this one didn’t work for you.

  26. This looks really nice. Amazing review . Thanks for sharing.

  27. Di Hickman says

    Thanks for the review, I’ve considered trying the Bare Minerals, but as I age my skin is pretty dry now.

  28. Honestly I must admit that I am hearing about bareMinerals for the first time, but it sounds like a great brand with some wonderful beauty products. I would love trying out one such powder foundation that could go well with my skin and I am hopeful the results are going to be great.

  29. Brittany Muddamalle says

    I love bare minerals! I just started using it last year and it works so well! I have sensitive skin and it’s been perfect!

  30. Reesa Lewandowski says

    I have been using bare minerals for years. I love the difference it creates!

  31. Rachel Catherine says

    I like bare minerals and I’ve always liked the coverage that it provides. I’ve used it on and off.

  32. Tabitha Shakespeare says

    I love how natural bare minerals looks while still giving you a really flawless finish! All of the colors look great on you but I think champagne is my fave!

  33. Chrissy Hme says

    I really want to try this. I still haven’t found the perfect foundation for me.

  34. Loved your very honest and fair review! I’ve been looking into a Bare Minerals foundation as I’ve heard many good things, but I’m not sure what kind to get. I like that this is long lasting and lightweight feeling and I have combination skin so maybe it’ll work out a bit better for me although I would like a bit heavier coverage so maybe not >.< I guess I'll have to check it out for myself in store!

  35. mail4rosey says

    I have fine lines now (the blesssing of older age, lol) so it wouldn’t suit me. My mom (yes my mom) has no lines though, and would likely love it!

  36. Amanda Love says

    I think these are great! I love the coverage and I like that they make your skin look even more flawless. Definitely perfect for pictures and all that! I also like that it lasts for 12 hours.

  37. Taylor Smith says

    I have never tried these, but I am more of a liquid foundation girl myself. I have one that I use all the time and just love!!!

  38. Lovely coverage! It’s definitely something that you’d like to keep in your make-up bag at all times!

  39. CourtneyLynne Storms says

    Omg I just love bare minerals products!!! I will have to give these foundations a try!!!

  40. amotherworld says

    I too like this brand. Love the Champagne; looks great on your skin!