BareMinerals Skinsorials Normal to Dry Starter Set - round-up with mini reviews


I unboxed this BareMinerals skincare kit back in September last year, after receiving it for Mother's Day in May.

Since then I've been using and reviewing the items in turn, and I just posted my review of the serum so I wanted to come back and update you on how I felt about the kit overall - just for anyone who's interested in the set, more so than the individual products.

BareMinerals claims/product details:

  • Start anew with this nourishing skincare suite, perfect for normal to dry skin types
  • This set of skin saviours includes the Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam (50g), SkinLongevity Vital Power Infusion (50ml) and the Bare Haven Moisturising Soft Cream (30g) 
  • Designed to restore moisture and smooth, soften and refine the complexion
  • Perfect for those seeking a little extra moisture replenishment
  • RRP $88 AUD for the kit

What I'm going to do now is give you mini reviews of each item in the set (along with links to my full reviews if you're interested in those), and then give you my thoughts on the set as a whole.

BareMinerals Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam

Full review here. This cleanser is a pleasure to use, but unfortunately it can be drying on my skin so it's not one I would buy or recommend.

It foams beautifully and the foam it creates is wonderfully velvety, soft and rich - it's a really lovely feeling on the skin. I can see why they've called it 'plush'.

The good news is that this product cleans very well, and I have no complaints about how it performs: it's very effective. Having said this, unfortunately it has a high pH (between a 9 and a 10), and it feels astringent on my skin. Sure, it's not terrible, but if I use this once once a day, I can feel my skin start to dry out. So for me, I can't use this very often and I wouldn't recommend it for sensitive skin.

BareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion

Full review here. This is a really nice serum, and while it's not quite as good as my HG Lancome serum (reviewed here), they're similar in terms of effect - it's just that the Lancome serum yields stronger results. 

What I love about this BareMinerals offering is that it has a brightening effect so it boosts radiance, plus it plumps fine lines and wrinkles a little (at least temporarily) so it makes my skin look smoother too. 

I also feel that it firms and tones the skin, at least for a while after I've applied it. Indeed, my skin looks more healthy when I use this, and it feels softer and smoother so makeup glides on better these days, which is always a plus for me personally.

This is my favourite item in the set, and while I do like the moisturiser too, this is the product I'm most likely to buy.

BareMinerals Bare Haven Essential Moisturising Soft Cream

Full review here. This is a nice cream and while it doesn't perform back-flips, it does the job and I'm enjoying using it. Plus it's not terribly priced for a Mecca item so it's one to keep in mind if you're after a plain moisturiser to seal in your other products.

The texture is quite rich and moisturising while still being lightweight (it's almost a gel/cream hybrid but not quite), and what I like about it is that it's nourishing enough for my dry skin while not being too heavy for day use. It also sits well under makeup and my skin still likes it even now that the weather has become warmer, so I could use this throughout the year if I wanted to and that's a plus. 

It doesn't feel as though it clogs pores but there's enough moisture in here to keep my dry skin feeling comfortable all day, and it spreads pretty thin so I don't need to use too much of this to cover my whole face, neck and dec. Definitely worth trying.

In sum

I think this is a pretty decent little set, and because you get the serum, cleanser and moisturiser for around the price you would pay for the serum alone if you bought that individually, I think it's worth picking up if you're a fan of the serum.

I'm definitely glad that I received this kit, and I'm also glad that I have another BareMinerals set that contains the same serum along with two other travel-sized products that you're essentially getting for free. I'll hopefully do my unboxing post for that set later this week.

Of the three products in this kit, the serum is the best although the moisturiser is very good too and I would buy those separately. The cleanser however isn't my favourite because it's drying, so that's currently on my Project Pan list because I want to finish it.

Overall I think this kit was worth the money and I'm enjoying mine, so do keep an eye out for these BareMinerals sets if you're interested in trying anything from BareMinerals' new skincare range: I've generally had a great experience with the new range and I'm looking forward to trying more from it.

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

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