What is BarePRO BareMinerals?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff Published on: Aug 22, 2017

BarePRO is a makeup line from BareMinerals that is advertised as breathable and good for your skin while still providing 24 hours of makeup coverage to keep you looking your best.

When it started in 1976, BareMinerals was one of the first makeup companies to provide mineral-based options. We reported in another article that women have appreciated BareMineral’s more natural alternative to conventional foundations for decades, but some found the loose powders to be too difficult to apply.

The BarePRO line offers an alternative to these powders with two products: a pressed powder foundation and a liquid foundation with SPF 20. Will these provide your face with the long-lasting beauty you’re looking for? Let’s dig deeper into the specifics.

What Products are Available with BarePRO Bare Minerals?

According to WebMD, women have been turning to mineral-based makeup for decades as a way to avoid irritation from chemical additives like parabens, dyes, and fragrances that are common in more conventional products. Mineral-based makeup is better for sensitive and acne-prone skin as well, because it is non- comedogenic and oil free, meaning that it doesn’t clog pores.

With this in mind, at the time of writing, the BarePRO product line contains a pressed powder and liquid foundation option.

BarePRO Performance Wear Pressed Powder Foundation: Designed as a matte foundation, BarePRO’s website claims this powder stays in place for over 12 hours and is made from 90 percent n atural ingredients like vitamins and minerals, making the foundation breathable for your skin while providing a glamorous coverage.

Like many other BareMinerals products, this foundation comes in a range of 30 shades to make it simpler to match your exact skin tone and improve skin clarity while reducing pore sizes.

BarePRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20: Like the pressed powder, the liquid foundation comes in thirty variations for matching skin tones. It’s also designed to last for 24 hours and produces a sweat-resistant, natural finish that covers up skin imperfections while preventing pores from getting clogged.

The liquid foundation is also advertised as providing SPF 20 sun protection, and the company website states that it is made without synthetic oils, parabens, and fragrances so that it can improve your skin texture over time.

What Do the Ingredients in BarePRO Bare Minerals Show About the Product Line?

Below are the complete ingredients lists for the two BarePRO products.

Liquid Concealer:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Bis-Butyldimethicone Polyglyceryl-3, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Sodium Glutamate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Methicone, Papain, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Algin, Tocopherol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Pressed Powder:

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).

We don’t claim to be chemistry experts at HighYa, but we’ll quickly break down these ingredients lists to help you understand what they contain.

What’s the Deal with Talc?

Though it is a naturally occurring mineral, talc tends to be a controversial ingredient because, according to the American Cancer Association, overexposure has been linked to cancer through asbestos contamination. The BareMinerals site takes the time to mention that they rely on cosmetic grade mineral talc that complies with the FDA’s strict safety requirements for using the mineral.

What About the Remaining BarePRO Ingredients?

We turned to the EWG cosmetic database to get a better understanding of the remaining ingredients.

Many are technically vitamins, including Tocopherol and Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), as well as Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C). Other ingredients, like Distearyldimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Methicone, and Cyclopentasiloxane are considered ‘low-risk’ conditioning agents, especially for hair.

Likewise, Methicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, and Hydrogenated Lecithin are ‘safe’ conditioning agents usually used in skincare products.

Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, and Bis-Butyldimethicone Polyglyceryl-3 Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate are used as emulsifying agents, meaning that they help the other ingredients to spread properly through the product.

Magnesium Stearate, Lysine, and Stearic Acid provide natural amino acids for helping your skin renew itself, and the formulas rely on plenty of natural plant extracts, including coconut oil (Capric Triglyceride), bamboo stem extract (Bambusa Arundinacea), brown seaweed extract (Algin), and papaya enzyme (Papain).

The rest of the ingredients in the foundations are classified as safe for skin and include antifoaming agents, quartz, MSG (sodium glutamate), thickening agents, and antimicrobial preservatives.

Potential BarePRO Bare Minerals Side Effects

In short, our research on these same sites didn’t unearth any negative side effects from the ingredients found in BareMinerals makeup, besides some customers reporting an oily appearance if the liquid foundation is applied too heavily.

After looking at the ingredients lists, we believe that the BarePRO line’s ingredients are similar to what you’d find in other mineral cosmetic products, and no particular ingredient is considered alarming for regular use on your skin from our research through the cosmetic database.

Equally noteworthy, what’s missing from this ingredients list are the silicones, petrochemicals, and parabens that the database informed us can clog skin and lead to acne breakouts.

Are There any Clinical Studies on BarePRO Bare Minerals?

According to the company website, BarePRO products underwent an independent clinical trial with 31 women, which found that all of them saw a 36 percent improvement in their skin’s hydration and texture after the first week, and improvements up to 50 percent after six weeks.

Though we reached out to the company to see the specifics from this study, we hadn’t heard back at the time of publishing. If that changes, this article will be updated to reflect the new information.

How Much Do BarePRO Products Cost?

BarePRO’s liquid foundation retailed for $34 on the company website, with an option to sign up for an automatic subscription in order to take advantage of free shipping (usually only available for orders over $50) and a free sample with every order. Likewise, the pressed powder costs $30 and can also be ordered via a subscription.

The company’s refund policy lets unsatisfied customers return their products within 30 days of receipt through mail at:

BE Returns
700 Commerce Parkway West
West Greenwood, IN 46143

Customers are also responsible for all return shipping costs, and products can only be returned to BareMinerals if they were purchased directly from the company website.

What Do BarePRO Bare Mineral Customers Think?

We found generally positive reviews for BarePRO products. The pressed powder averages 4.3 out of 5 stars after over 1,400 reviews on Ulta, with many reviewers commenting that the powder was easy to apply, lightweight, and smoother on their skin than the original BareMinerals foundation.

Others thought that the product only worked for light to medium coverage and was pricey for the amount of makeup they received.

In the same way, people had similarly positive things to say about the liquid foundation. On Ulta, the product had 4.5 stars after 40 reviews, with the biggest complaint being that women found that they were a different shade in the liquid foundation than they were used to choosing in their regular BareMinerals powder foundations.

Amazon.com has similarly positive reviews, as does the BareMinerals website itself. The most common concern seems to be that customers can’t always count on their favorite foundation color to be the exact same between the different products.

What Products are Similar to BarePRO Bare Minerals?

If you have naturally oily skin, struggle with acne, or have skin sensitivities, Susan Docherty, a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, states on WebMD that mineral makeup is the best product to use because it doesn’t contain oils, fragrances or preservatives. This makes mineral makeup a smart choice for keeping pores unclogged and not triggering allergic reactions.

To see how the BarePRO product line stacks up against other foundations on the market, we compared it to two mineral-based makeup kits. The Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup is advertised as an option with SPF 15 (only BarePRO’s liquid foundation included sun protection).

Like BarePRO, it also contains a variety of vitamins as well as natural conditioning agents and quartz.

Retailing for $25.22, Pur Minerals is at a lower price point than BarePRO and has generally positive reviews online on Amazon.

Another product similar to BarePRO is Natural Coverage Liquid Mineral Foundation Makeup, an option that doesn’t specifically market itself as mineral based, but which contains 90% organic ingredients and is vegan, gluten free and cruelty-free.

With a rich range of natural ingredients that contain vitamins, emollients and conditioning agents like shea butter, aloe, and chamomile, users left very positive reviews for this makeup product on Amazon, though some noted that it seemed to have a shorter shelf l ife than their makeup products with more preservation agents.

Costing $23.74, Natural Coverage is also cheaper than BarePRO, though it offers far fewer varieties to match your skin tone properly.

Whether you choose to use pressed powder or liquid foundations is up to several factors. Liquid foundation tends to be more moisturizing than powders, though it can look oily if applied too thickly, making it a poor choice for people with naturally oily skin.

In contrast, pressed powder can be difficult to apply lightly because it comes concentrated in a compact, though the product’s smaller size makes it more portable and easier to apply on the go than liquid or powder foundations.

Our Advice: Who Should Use BarePRO Bare Minerals?

The BareMinerals makeup line has been respected for producing quality products for decades, and their BarePRO line seems to match this standard. The products have hundreds of positive reviews online, the ingredients are considered by sources we referenced above to be better for you than conventional products, and the price point is only a little higher than what its competition offers.

If you’re looking to delve into the world of more natural makeup without compromising the effect on your appearance, our evidence from the ingredients list and online reviews have led us to believe that the BarePRO line might be a solid place to start.

And if it doesn’t work, the company stands behind all direct online orders with a 30-day refund policy, so you might not be out more than a few dollars in S&H charges if you’re dissatisfied.

Bottom line: If you feel like you need to branch out beyond pressed powders and liquid foundations to have the flexibility of a foundation that is applied in a more classic way, the larger BareMinerals product line of powder foundations might offer more of what you’re looking for.

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