July 11, 2016

Bare Minerals Pressed Everything!

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bare minerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

Bare Minerals continues to join the pressed makeup world with their new Bare Minerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation ($30) is a step in a new direction for the loose mineral powder brand. Gone are the days where Bare Minerals introduces loose pigment everything! Nowadays, it’s all about the pressed powder formulas.

Their new BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation promises to provide 12 hours of breathable coverage with a formula enriched with 90% vitamins and minerals. Don’t worry the matte finish promises to look and feel natural without a cakey finish! Let’s hope they left out the bismuth for this itchy skinned girl! Apparently the 30 color range has a true-to-you shade selection that was designed to match all skin tones and ethnicities.

As you already know, I don’t get on well with Bare Minerals Mineral Foundation. I find it itchy and I also feel like it looks like rubbish on my drier, duller skin. It’s a formula that seems to suck the luster right out of my skin. BarePro might not be a perfect fit for me either as the matte finish does scare me a little but hey, I’m all about trying new beauty so, who knows this might actually work out a treat for me.

What do you think non-BE fan girls and guys?

Worth a try?

How about the Bare Minerals Foundation fans? Willing to exchange your loose minerals for a pressed powder?

Do share!

It’s available now at Ulta.com.


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  • devon

    i also find it to be itchy!! i have continually tried and tried and still hang on to a little hope that one day it will work for me, but to no avail. the pressed powder is ok, but the foundations not so much. i see this and want to badly for it to work but it will probably end up being a waste of money for me.

    • Isabella Muse

      likewise! can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried and retried it because I feel like I’m missing out on something.

  • MG

    I don’t find it itchy, but it seems like the quality is really going downhill since BE was bought by Lancome. And this new foundation? It includes talc and silicone, both of which should do a lovelyvjob of making me itchy and also clogging my aging pores.

    • Tl_byker

      I love Bare Minerals original foundation and have recently tried and am liking the complexion rescue tinted moisturizer. I have the BarePro Mineral Veil and use that for touch ups on my nose, etc., – keep in my purse, but haven’t use the BarePro foundation yet. It does look at bit “heavy” so I will just stick with the products I love from Bare Minerals. I will say that I have ordered a couple of things from their website and twice they have arrived broken….the same item, and recently purchased the minerlixer facial oil and it was rancid. Has been difficult getting through to them as well. I so hope they step up their customer service and soon. But I guess I will just purchase my products from Sephora or Ulta. Always find what I want there.

      I thought they were bought out by Sheseido, not Lancome….or are those both afifliated somehow?

  • Melissa

    They list the ingredients on Ulta
    Talc, Silica, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methicone, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Pyridoxine Cyclic Phosphate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

  • Dinah

    Years ago they came out with their Ready pressed foundation. But the formula is so hydrating it tended to separate on the skin. It felt a tad bit heavy too. Hoping this is a better formula. I’ve never had a problem with the original. My combo oily (now oily in the summer) loves that one and the blemish remedy foundation. The coverage on the blemish remedy one is not as full, though. I hope the coverage is nice and the feel is light.

    • Agona

      I’ve been wanting to try their Blemish Remedy foundation–good to know the coverage isn’t as full; thanks!

  • Dee

    Another itchy person here. I loved how it looked but couldn’t handle the itch. Would love if this worked!

  • blee

    Another itchy one here too, but I’ll be passing on this also. And I can get a talc pressed foundation at the drug store much cheaper than this! Oh did I say that?! LOL 🙂

  • Bonnie

    Any idea what is supposed to be the difference between this one and the Bare Minerals Ready foundation?

    • Agona

      I’m assuming this is to replace the pressed Ready foundation which got mixed reviews. They already phased out the pressed Ready Mineral Veil for a pressed bareSkin version.

      • Rento

        That’s a total shame cause I loved the medium ready mineral veil. The bareskin version is just chalky and looked cheap on me.
        I really liked the ready foundation too. It gave nice coverage for a pressed powder.

        Seems like their whole line is going down hill for me. The original just doesn’t give the coverage it use to. Now, taking away the Ready foundations….ill be sticking to a different company.

        • Agona

          I use the loose matte foundation and the loose mineral veil; but when I’m in the mood for a pressed powder, I actually use Jane Iredale. I definitely recommend their pressed powder, if you want to check it out.

          I have the bareSkin mineral veil but I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. I was going to try it out after I get through my current jar of loose Mineral Veil.

          • Kathy

            I also use the loose matte foundation and loose mineral veil and actually like the finished look it’s quite gorgeous. I don’t like how the concealer seems to turn dark after a few hours makes under my eyes look worst. I’m definitely going to check out the Jane Iredale pressed powder.

            Thanks for the just suggestion.

          • Agona

            I have not had good luck with their concealer either. I actually haven’t found any that I like, to be honest, and prefer an illuminating eye cream instead (I have dry skin; I’m using the Origins energizing eye cream during the day right now). Glad to help! 🙂

  • Deena

    I love Bare Minerals original loose powder and have used it for over 10 years… It goes on like powder but sort of melts into my skin. But the superstar is Mineral Veil, for sure–there is nothing like it! I might try the new pressed makeup, but why fix it if it “ain’t ” broke? The secret of BM is how you use it; LIGHTLY. If you find it itchy you may be putting it on too thickly. It is meant to be light and feel like you aren’t wearing anything. I urge you to try it again!!

    • Isabella Muse

      Oh I’ve tried and retried and tried it again and again and again and still the same. It’s very itchy! and yup, applied lightly!

      • Mandi

        It made me itchy too! Even after trying it over and over. It also caused cystic acne on my chin. I have small scars from it. I’m allergic to the bismuth oxychloride.

    • Kathy

      Deena I agree you definitely have to put it on lightly.

      Mandi I got a cystic acne do you mean a larger bump the grew under the skin, then eventually surfaced and left a scar? I got one by my nose. It was definitely not a regular pimple. I actually got two since starting to use BM.

  • Kathy

    I’ve been using the Original Loose since 2003. I tried the Matte Loose — hated it. I tried BareSkin and Complexion Rescue — they amplified every enlarged pore I own and highlighted wrinkles I didn’t even know I had. I’ll never change from loose again. It makes my 61-year-old skin look ten years younger.

  • Kathy Agel

    James over at MineralMadness.com has confirmed that this will be replacing the Ready foundation line.

  • Missy

    What ever happened to “makeup so pure you can sleep in it”? That ingredient list for this pressed powder is horrifying! It’s cancer in a compact basically and seems like it would be no different from a revlon pressed foundation powder. The entire brand was known for their “pure and natural” products, and I understand every company grows and expands… But I feel like they’ve gone in the wrong direction and clearly only care about the $$$ now. I wish purity was as important

    • Kathy

      All the changes started when they sold out to Shiseido — pressed versions of the original loose, liquid makeup, cheaper packaging. They let all of the national and regional makeup artists go, they stopped the great boutique events, and outreach to customers ceased (remember the ‘girlfriend experience’?) . They have fewer items on the Q, they discontinued the great anniversary kits on the Q, and they’re on a lot less now. Leslie stopped being the face of the brand on the Q, and now she’s gone from the company completely.

      • Missy

        Well… With talc being the first ingredient, followed by other irritating chemicals… Yes., it’s definitely a cause for concern. You might want to wake up and research what’s inside of your makeup

    • phr

      This is so disheartening to hear 🙁

      I have seborrheic dermatitis on my face which I keep under control with Rx meds. But my face is EXTREMELY sensitive and prone to dryness (severe), flaking and redness in the affected areas. Just being too vigorous with a facial wipe will leave my face sore.

      I had to return the Bare Minerals Bareskin liquid (and the pressed Finishing veil stuff that accompanies it) because I just couldn’t make it work. I wanted to try something new, as my Original loose powders are 6+ years old and need to be replaced. I want something more “moist” than powders, but not as unsatisfactory as their liquid.

      I’m torn between the new BarePro and the Original loose powders I’ve always used. I don’t buy nor wear makeup often, but what I wear must be good-quality and able to be used long-term. UGGHHH, I’ll decide on one or the other soon……

      • Kathy

        Don’t worry about using your old minerals — while the jars have an expiration date, it doesn’t mean anything. They never expire. They were required to have the date by the FDA. I’m still using minerals that are over 10 years old without a problem.

        • Agona

          I was going to say something similar. Loose powder works well for those who don’t use makeup very often because if you pour them into the lid, and never touch the brush (which touches your face) to the container since you’re touching the brush to the product in the lid, then they’re fine. At most, wipe the lid with a makeup wipe (or paper towel spritzed with vinegar/water mix or alcohol). That’s why my mom uses it since she only uses makeup for her once a year holiday party at the office. …but she also gets mad when I explain to her that although she only uses the mascara once too, that needs to be replaced each time. LOL

          • Kathy

            I use my minerals a lot more than once a year (I’m retired, but I still wear makeup when we go out, even if it’s just to Walmart for groceries.) My ten-year stash is different versions of mineral veil, radiances, and blushes and eyeshadows. I have two Lowe’s chests full of BE, enough to last me two lifetimes. I’m not worried about any of them expiring because there’s nothing in them to go bad (as per Bare Minerals — the information about the expiration date date being required by the FDA came from Leslie Blodgett herself). The only loose BE minerals that might expire is the Hydrating MV, because it has encapsulated moisture — and I’m not even sure if that’s part of the line any more.
            I use a swirly bowl to load up the brush with MV and foundation — it’s much more efficient and less messy than using the lid, which doesn’t give you much room for swirling. The sides of the bowl contain the minerals so they don’t spread all over the vanity. You can adjust the shade as needed — I add radiances to my foundation, and mix different shades of foundation according to how tan I am at points during the year.

  • connie

    dissapointing that I went out of my way twice for this product because I couldn’t find a match for my skin. now I see the first ingredient as talc? I purchased bare minerals to avoid stuff like that . if only jane iredale were cheaper :/ . going to return !!

  • P

    Since I quit wearing makeup so frequently, I have revisited Bare Minerals after 2 years and can’t keep up with the changes.

    It sounds like I will be sticking with the original loose foundation. The only thing that has been reliable through the years. I love my Ready compact but apparently now that’s gone, and I’m not seeing enough evidence to take a chance on the Pro (will it be gone in a couple years? all the chemicals, pain of searching for a new shade, etc.) Is the loose foundation still considered relatively “pure”? Are people still happy with it overall? And, is it going away ever?

    • Isabella Muse

      They really have evolved a lot in recent years. I’m not sure how “pure” it still is but I think it’ll be around a long time, it’s something that won’t disappear because they have a strong cult following and it’s a favorite formula of many 🙂