PUR Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation
While most foundations work only in the short-term to conceal, PUR Bare It All Skin-Perfecting Foundation* was formulated to also treat skin in the long-term. It features an impressive list of moisturizing, plumping, and even anti-aging ingredients, some of which include:
- Blue agave leaf extract
- Green tea leaf extract
- Ginseng root extract
- Jojoba esters
- Vitamin E
- Lauric Acid
But don’t be fooled by the name – Bare It All is a full-coverage foundation, designed to hide imperfections, pores, and fine lines short-term while the skin-loving ingredients work their magic (so that you’ll eventually want to ‘bare it all’ and go foundation-free ;)).
PUR Bare It All Foundation in Golden Medium (on NC25 skin for reference)
PUR Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation Review
First off, let’s talk about the formula. It’s very thick and heavy. And even despite the added nylon and silica ingredients, it’s not an easy one to spread, let alone blend out. It also dries super quick to an almost powder-like finish, so you have to work fast.
My first attempt at applying the PUR Bare It All Foundation was a nightmare – I almost spent an entire morning trying to make it work. At the time, my combination skin was in more of a ‘dry phase’ thanks to my new anti-acne skincare regime that I’d been trying. I had a few drier areas on my cheeks, though very minimal. Even still, the foundation kept clinging to the dry spots, exaggerating them and making my face look patchy look. A spritzed a little hydrating setting spray afterwards, and that only made it worse. I tried the foundation a second time after thoroughly exfoliating (I’m talking facial brush, microdermabrasion scrub, etc) and moisturizing and I still got the same results.
The next time I brought out PUR Bare It All Foundation was on an ‘oily skin day’. Surprisingly, the application process went a lot more smoothly – quite literally. I had an easier time spreading and blending it out, thanks to the help of my skin’s natural oils. I only noticed minimal patchiness, which I was able to work out using a dense foundation brush (it still wasn’t a 100% perfect finish close up, but it looked fine at a conversational distance).
Besides the super thick formula, I do like the coverage. One coat gives me natural-looking medium coverage. However, I always stop there as it can start to look cakey after 2 coats. Here’s an example of the coverage I get using just the one coat:
Before & after (wearing one layer of PUR Bare It All in Golden Medium)
Overall, while I’ll be steering clear of PUR’s Bare It All Foundation whenever my skin is even the slightest bit dry, I do plan to use it on my oilier days, particularly during the summer months when I want a bit more coverage.
My recommended application method: Mix the foundation with a primer, luminizing cream/drops, or moisturizer to thin it out. Lightly dot it on your face and blend, working one area at a time.
Bottom line: Though PUR Bare It All may be skin-perfecting in the long-term, its thick, fast-drying formula can be a real struggle to work with initially. Oily skin types will probably have the most luck, while dry skin types should probably avoid this.
Have you tried the PUR Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin-Perfecting Foundation?
*Sample generously provided for review consideration.