BareMinerals Discover BarePro Foundation Starter Kit Review- Is it Worth the Splurge?

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I’m always searching for my holy grail foundation so I decided to try the BareMinerals Discover BarePro Foundation Starter Kit. This kit is $34.00. It contains a full size Luxe Foundation Brush (regular price is $30.00), a sample size of the 24hr Performance Wear Liquid Foundation (full size is $34.00) and a sample size of the Prime Time Foundation Primer (full size is $25.00). So, basically, if you wanted just the brush you might as well try this kit out. The kit is available in ten shades while the full size foundation is available in thirty shades. I bought the second to lightest shade, Dawn, which is for fair skin with neutral/warm undertones. In this kit you get 0.47 ounces of the foundation, full size is 1 ounce, and you get 0.5 an ounce of the primer, full size is 1 ounce. I’m going to give you all the pros and cons of everything included and then show you how this looked on me.

*My skin type is combination that tends to be more dry, acne prone, large pores and sensitive skin.

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On the left is a fresh swatch and on the right is a swatch about five minutes old. There is already oxidation and it gets worse throughout the day.

Pros:

Brush-

  • This is the perfect shape to fit into all areas of the face. It has very densely packed bristles that help to blend the foundation. I’ve washed this multiple times and had no shedding.

Primer-

  • Oil free, scent free, non-acnegenic and non-comedogenic.
  • I found that the primer really helped to fill in forehead lines and the lines between my brows. I also tried the primer with my e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation and it worked well with it. I didn’t have any issues with this primer balling up or getting flakey. It is a slippery, silicone based primer.
  • I had no additional breakouts or irritation while using this primer.

Foundation-

  • Oil free, scent free, non-acnegenic and non-comedogenic. Also has an SPF of 20 and is humidity, water and sweat resistant.
  • This is long wearing, although, I didn’t test it for 24 hours. It basically looks the same as when first applied for around six hours.
  • The foundation wears best with a primer. I used the one included in the kit and my e.l.f. Mineral Primer.
  • This looked very nice over my acne and didn’t cling to dry patches even without a primer.
  • One layer of foundation is low/medium coverage and two layers was a high medium coverage. I got the best coverage when I used a brush and then went over it lightly with a sponge. This could be a pro or con depending on what you want.
  • Easily blendable and doesn’t dry too quickly.
  • This foundation neutralizes redness very well.
  • I had no additional breakouts or irritation while using this foundation.

Cons:

Brush-

Primer-

  • While I did really enjoy the primer, I just don’t think it’s worth the price. It did absolutely nothing for my pores, smile lines or around my nose. My e.l.f. Mineral Primer performs exactly the same and it’s only $6.00.

Foundation-

  • The foundation does oxidize even though the website says it won’t. I was amazed how orange my face was at the end of the day. When I first applied it the shade match was pretty spot on so I was very disappointed that it oxidized.
  • This sinks terribly into my smile lines, especially if I don’t use a primer.
  • This cakes up around my nose and didn’t want to stay on my nose.
  • This is a very runny foundation and definitely takes more than one pump, at least for me, to get decent coverage. I could not get full coverage just using this.
  • This foundation does not blur or cover pores at all.
  • This mixed terribly with my NYX HD Concealer. The two would not blend together and I’ve never had that issue before.

The first two pictures from the left is no foundation and the next two is with one layer of foundation. It has very low coverage but it does conceal redness nicely.

The first two pictures from the left is when I applied the foundation with just a sponge. The next two pictures is when I used a brush and then went over it with a sponge. I did use concealer both times but it’s very obvious that the second set of pictures has better coverage.

These pictures are just my makeup with this foundation on different days. It really did look beautiful as long as I applied it correctly, used a primer and used the right concealer. Well, that is, it looked beautiful until it oxidized.

Overall, I don’t really recommend anything from this kit. The brush and primer are nice but overpriced. The foundation will work best for people who don’t need a lot of coverage and don’t have many fine lines, that person is not me. If you’ve tried any of these products I’d love to know your opinion or just your thoughts in general! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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