BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20
bareMinerals' BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20 is a foundation that has a lot of promise, but some formulary foibles keep it from fulfilling it.
As far as the positives go, this foundation's creamy liquid texture is easy to apply and blend for medium to full coverage. It sets to an attractive soft matte finish that's best for those with combination to oily skin. Those with dry skin or patches of dryness will find it can highlight flakiness.
It stands the test of time, too, wearing well for a full work day with minimal creasing or fading. The colors are impressive: there are more than 30 shades, ranging from fair to deep skin tones.
Despite these positives, there are cracks in the facade. Though this foundation offers mineral sun protection, its SPF 20 rating falls short. Health boards and experts across the globe have stated that SPF 30 or greater is necessary to get optimal protection against the sun's harmful rays, so you can't rely on this foundation alone for your SPF.
Even if you're willing to wear a separate sunscreen underneath, there's the issue that this foundation includes the ingredient papain, an enzyme derived from papaya that can irritate skin. Claims that this is good for skin are overstated, as there are only a smattering of skin-beneficial ingredients included in the formula, and most of them appear near the end of the ingredient list.
While not a bad option by any means, there are far better foundations with SPF, both at the department store and at the drugstore.
- Attractive medium to full coverage plus a soft matte finish.
- Wears well with minimal creasing or fading.
- Impressive range of natural-looking shades for fair to deep skin tones.
- Fragrance free.
- SPF 20 is below global recommendations for optimal sun protection.
- Contains papain, which can irritate skin.
- Claims of being "good for skin" are overstated.
Sunscreens Rated Lower than an SPF 30: An extensive body of research and a growing number of medical organizations around the world have determined that a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater is mandatory to ensure adequate sun protection.
Although a sunscreen rated lower than 30 will provide protection at the SPF number on the label and may claim broad-spectrum protection, we always point out when it does not have a rating of SPF 30 or greater because that's so important for the health and appearance of your skin.
Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance
Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.
The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.
We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of, yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn't your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).
Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.
Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.
For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.
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