BareMinerals Bare Pro and Original SPF15 Mineral Foundation

BareMinerals Mineral Foundation Original Vs Bare Pro Performance Wear Foundation

I am a big fan of BareMinerals Mineral Foundation. I’ve used their Original Mineral Foundation for ages. I’ve also tried the Matte version (too chalky for me) and their now-discontinued Ready Foundation (which I didn’t like at all). When I heard about their latest launch: Bare Pro Performance Wear Powder Foundation, I really wanted to love it. Read on to see how they compare.BareMinerals Mineral Foundations

Described as giving a “full coverage” “flawless matte finish”, Bare Pro Performance Wear Powder Foundation* has “12 hour wear”. It’s “formulated with 90% vitamins and minerals.” It claims to be cake-free, and that it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.


In case you aren’t familiar with the legendary BareMinerals Original SPF15 Foundation*, it’s a powder that magically buffs into your skin with a kabuki brush. It gives the coverage of a liquid foundation but looks so much more natural. The powder itself is natural too, made up of mineral pigments. It is a little messy to apply, so I was hoping the Bare Pro Foundation would be the solution. BareMinerals Mineral Foundation


The new kid on the block is a replacement for the Ready compact foundation, which I found really heavy, and cloggy. You are supposed to apply it with a special brush, but I had already forked out for the one for the Ready foundation so I just used that. This foundation comes in a  better range of shades than Ready, and is much lighter in texture. I found it to be more like a normal pressed powder in consistency, and is certainly less messy than the loose foundation.BareMinerals Bare Pro Mineral Foundation


I have put on one layer of BareMinerals Original Foundation here. Hopefully you can see that it covers fairly well, with a slightly radiant finish.

Here I am wearing two laters and you can see that it covers better. The the pesky blue vein under my eye is still painfully obvious, unfortunately.


In these photos I’m wearing one layer of BareMinerals Bare Pro Foundation, and it doesn’t cover as well. It has more of a matte finish, but on the whole I prefer the more radiant finish of the original.

A second layer gives better coverage, but honestly I don’t think it covers enough, particularly as it claims to give full coverage.


So just to make it clearer, here are the two layer pictures next to each other. I realise the lighting is better on the left, but the coverage is definitely better, and more flattering.

My spots and scars are still visible, as is that blue vein. I also find it the Pro gets a bit cloggy when you add an extra layer, which isn’t ideal. It is better at covering enlarged pores, gives a nice smooth finish, and it lasts well too.

Normally, I wear a BareMinerals BB Primer* before I add foundation, and I would really recommend this step. The primer makes both types of foundation last longer, and stops skin getting too shiny as well as giving light coverage. I’m not wearing that in the photos above though, so you can see the effect of the foundations on their own.

So at the moment, I’m using the Bare Pro as a finishing powder, over my Original Foundation, and that works really well. Wearing Bare Minerals Original Foundation with Bare Pro on topBut if I had to choose just one, I would definitely choose the Original Foundation.

In this photo, I’m also wearing PHB Ethical Beauty Mascara and Blusher.

I normally buy BareMinerals mineral foundation from Look Fantastic. They often have good offers on this brand, and about a gazillion others!

Have you discovered any great natural brands? I’d love recommendations please!

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17 thoughts on “BareMinerals Mineral Foundation Original Vs Bare Pro Performance Wear Foundation

  1. Geraldine says:

    Great review. I’ve never used bare minerals but have heard about it before. I definitely need to invest in something that takes the grey look off my face and this might do the trick. My current makeup is working as well as it used to #kcacols

  2. Ali Duke says:

    I have looked at getting the Bare minerals foundation before but wasn’t sure if it would cover very well. After reading this is have a much better idea, thank you.

    • Becky Pink says:

      Thanks so much Madeline, I’m really pleased you found it useful! It can be a real minefield finding the right products can’t it! I’ve had my fair share of duds so I really like sharing the ones that are winners, so that other people can benefit! xx

  3. Nadine says:

    Great review! I’m not huge in makeup but I’ve used bare minerals in the past and it always felt very light and natural. It would definitely be a go to for me if I wore makeup regularly. #kcacols

  4. Mrs Morgan Plus 3 says:

    I have been thinking about trying this foundation and didn’t know which one to try so loved reading this 🙂 will definitely be trying the original! do you use the concealer that goes with it? Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS we hope to see you again next time xx
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    • Becky Pink says:

      Ah good I’m so glad to help! I have three different BareMinerals concealers, the powder one, the solid one in a little mini compact, and the liquid one in a tube. The last one is my favourite, it’s brilliant xx

  5. Laura's Lovely Blog says:

    Thanks for this review! I nearly bought the pro foundation last time & I found some American reviews that said similar to you that the coverage is not as good. I will stick with my much loved original! I also think I need to check out the BB primer. Thanks Becky

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