Okay, back to normal programming. Let's move away from those depressing AF posts and get back on to the fun stuff; today, we're talking foundation. It's been a while since a newie has come across my desk as lately I've been slapping on whatever the hell I can find (including half-dried up concealers) so I was in dire need for something a little more substantial.
That was until I stumbled upon the bareMinerals BarePro foundation. I believe it was Victoria McGrath from IntheFrow that I saw sporting it and naturally, I was in awe of how flawless her skin looked. I purchased this badboy from Mecca which came to 30mL for $49.00 AUD. This is middle of the range price-wise for a foundation; somewhere between high street and high end. I use about one and a half pumps to cover my entire face, so a little goes a long way.
Considered a high-performance foundation, it's ingredients include natural bamboo stem extract and papaya enzymes. These give instant results by perfecting and refining the skin's texture and tone but also claims to improve the appearance of skin's texture by up to 50% after 6 weeks. The jury is still out on the latter.
The shade Sandlewood is an eerily perfect match for my skin - almost too perfect in fact. As I often lean a little darker with my foundation and brighten my face with concealer under the eyes, I was almost shocked this colour was literally identical to the pigment of my skin.
The formula is thin and liquidy, but it definitely dries down. It sets to a demi-matte finish, but it won't cling to dry patches and glides over imperfections. Most importantly though, this foundation doesn't transfer AT ALL and for someone who wears a shedload of white, this is no mean feat.
Now, I don't think this will be for you dry skinned girls out there as it sets solidly and provides little hydration. Medium to high coverage, it covers my freckle on my cheek and did a stellar job of blurring a few spots I had on my forehead due to falling asleep with my makeup on after too many beverages.
This is by no means a natural foundation, however you could always apply a single layer and it does truly look like skin. The technology behind this product must be pretty darn modern to blend seamlessly, mirror the texture of skin and remain transfer resistant. 4.5 out of 5 stars for me.