BareMinerals PRO Foundation review: foundation for pale skin
a powder foundation that's perfect for pale skinned redheads

BAREPRO™ Performance Wear Powder Foundation in Fair - 01 Review

finding the perfect foundation for pale skinned redheads

I can’t quite believe I’m about to say this, but last week I found myself opening up a foundation, and actually thinking, “Wait: I wonder if this is a little too pale for me?”

TOO PALE, people. Seriously, I never thought I’d ever type the words “too pale” in reference to a foundation, but those were the words that briefly flitted through my minds when my sample of BarePRO Performance Wear Foundation arrived, courtesy of the kind people at bareMinerals, last week. Now, as it turned out, this foundation wasn’t actually too pale at all: it is, however, probably the palest foundation I’ve found so far, and when you’re used to wearing foundation that isn’t quite pale enough, and convincing yourself it totally works, that super-fair colour comes as a bit of surprise, really.

But I’m getting ahead of myself here. The foundation is, as I said, the new release from mineral makeup stars bareMinerals, and here’s what they have to say about it:

“High-performance pressed mineral powder foundation that’s clinically shown to stay right where you apply it-for a full 12 hours.* Breathable foundation formula delivers an ultra-smooth, silky texture that glides on effortlessly for superior customizable coverage. Clinically shown to improve skin clarity, reduce pore size appearance and control shine. Available in 20 true-to-you shades in a sleek foundation compact.”

I was sent the shade 01 – Fair, which is the palest the brand makes. The foundation comes in a black plastic compact, one layer of which lifts up to reveal a sponge applicator: I was, however, also sent the matching Core Coverage Brush, and have mostly been using that to apply it, although the sponge would also come in handy for on-the-go touch-ups. ( I mean, I guess it would… Now I come to think of it, I can’t recall a single time when I’ve felt the need to touch up my foundation on-the-go, but if that’s something you feel like doing, go for it…)

the best powder foundation for pale skin

BareMinerals BAREPRO powder foundation in Fair - 01

BareMinerals BAREPRO powder foundation in Fair - 01

I used to use bareMinerals foundation years ago, and although I loved the colour, which was almost as pale as this one, I always felt the coverage looked a little bit… well, powdery, for want of a better word, so I was a little worried that this would be the same. I needn’t have worried, though, because this powder is so finely milled that it’s almost invisible on the skin: in fact, the first time I used it, I thought I must have done something wrong, because it went onto my skin, and immediately disappeared. Whoops! What that means, however, is that you can layer it up to get exactly the coverage you want, whether it be a light dusting, or a thicker base. I’m wearing a couple of layers in these photos, and I found it thick enough to cover freckles and blemishes, but still not even remotely powdery, and without that awful “caked on” look, too: in fact, it’s probably one of the most natural looking foundations I’ve tried, which is something of a miracle in itself – especially given that I was a little dubious about trying a powder foundation again.

So far, so good, then: in fact, so far, the only downside I’ve found to this is that, once it’s on, I find it a little tricky to apply my liquid concealer over the top of it: as soon as it makes contact with the powder foundation, the powder seems to kind of “lift” off my skin, if that makes sense? I’ve been getting around the issue simply by layering up the foundation under my eyes (which is where I generally use the concealer), and so far its worked, but it’s still a bit of a pain not to be able to use my usual concealer. With that, this is still the best powder foundation I’ve used, and now that I’ve been converted, I’m more inclined to change my concealer, than to change the foundation: that’s probably a post for another day, though!

Overall? I can’t claim this is the BEST powder foundation for pale skin, because, well, it’s the only brand I’ve tried so far. If you have very fair skin, though, I’d say this is definitely worth a try – and don’t forget to let me know how you get on!

the best powder foundation for pale skin

The best powder foundation for pale skin? Probably.

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12 Comments
  1. If you use the sponge or a fluffy brush to apply the powder over the concealer would that work?

    As someone who had MAC make-up artists tell me that they didn’t think they had a foundation pale enough to suit me I think I’ll be giving this a go! Am with you on having to getting a shock when you do find something which is the correct level of pale for you instead of being “close enough”!!

  2. I used Bare Minerals make-up for my wedding and I now swear by them. I think I used the liquid foundation and my make-up artist went a little too heavy and didn’t use the right tone for my pale skin so I ended up looking like I was sun burnt. So this sound like my cup of tea and I will be checking this out. Beautiful photos of you. xx

  3. You generally don’t ever want to apply liquids or creams on top of powders. So for powder foundation you always want to do concealer before, not after. If you find the foundation smudges the concealer, try first patting the powder directly onto where you’ve applied concealer to set it in place, before going back to do a more general application.

    Doesn’t look like this is available in Australia yet, sadly – I’m always on the lookout for a good pale foundation!

  4. A quick question, my sister and I have used bare minerals in the past and it looks great in real life and then if you get your photo taken with a flash, all of a sudden you turn into a weird powdery ghost. Did you take any photos with flash? Or have you noticed a similar problem with this new product?

    1. Katie,
      Thank you! I thought I was the only one. I applied make-up, checked it thoroughly, yet when I got back the prints from a photographer it looked caked on. I’ll be sure to try sample shots of my own photos before I pay for another session. And I’ll be trying this product, too.

  5. This looks great, I want to try it! I think it was your blog that inspired me to buy BareMinerals to suit my pale skin, and I wore it all the time until I converted to Korean BB cream.

    Question for you: I’m getting married in October so I’m scrambling to figure out what to wear on my face. I love BB Creams but I’m afraid of flashback in photos, so I’m looking at liquid foundations for the first time in a while. I’m your level of paleness with pink undertones. Advice for me?

  6. I just got their matte foundation in fair, but it seems so yellow, I’m afraid to open it, since I won’t be able to return it. But you have pink undertones, and it looks great on you! Is it not as yellow as it looks?

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