Tested on animals:No
Pressed powder foundations have come a long way in the last several years! BareMinerals' BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation is a good example of the improvements we've seen, which is why it comes just within a hair of earning our highest rating.
BarePro is housed in a mirrored compact with a sponge included. The sponge is great for picking up this foundation, which, while a powder, isn't chalky or dusty at all. Instead it's satiny-smooth, gliding across skin without settling into lines or pores.
The finish is matte but not dull-looking, though it should be noted that, as advertised, this is a foundation for oily skin; those with dry skin or dry areas will find this emphasizes patches of parched skin.
The fragrance-free foundation wears remarkably well during the course of a day with no signs of fading, and does a good job providing medium coverage. BareMinerals offers an amazing 30 shades for fair to deep skin tones, with options in each range for those with warm, cool, and neutral undertones.
There are two minor dings for BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation. First is that it is not full coverage as claimed; even if you pile it on, the best you'll be able to get is medium coverage. It also doesn't reduce pore size as claimed (though it doesn't settle into them, either).
Still, the positives make this a good option to consider, especially if you're looking for a powder foundation that doesn't look cakey and delivers on its claim of lasting wear.
One more comment: This foundation's claim of being able to improve skin clarity may be about the coverage it provides, but could also be about the vitamin C it contains. The form of C being used is tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and while it's more stable than pure vitamin C, it can still be prone to breaking down with routine exposure to light and air that this foundation's packaging allows.
- Smooth powder applies and blends with ease.
- Doesn't settle into lines or pores.
- Wears well without fading.
- Impressive range of shades.
- Fragrance free.
- Not full coverage as claimed.
- Doesn't reduce pore size as claimed.