Smoothskin Pure vs Smoothskin Bare+ comparison review by WeAreBodyBeautiful.com

Smoothskin Pure vs Bare+ comparison review

In this comparison review I’ll contrast the latest home IPL devices from Smoothskin; the top of the range premium Pure and the compact, more affordable Bare+. Both are excellent allrounder devices for zapping your face, small and large body areas. They give fast treatments and are super-simple to use, albeit in different ways. Read on to find out how…

Smoothskin Pure Best ultrafast & value premium IPL

Smoothskin Pure IPL

👍 Face, small & large areas
Price: 💰💰💰
✔ Worldwide 90-day guarantee
✔ Clinically proven
✔ FDA-cleared
✔ CE certified

Smoothskin Bare+ best fast & affordable home IPL

Smoothskin Bare+ IPL

👍 Face, small & large areas
Price: 💰💰
✔ Worldwide 90-day guarantee
✔ Clinically proven
✔ FDA-cleared
✔ CE certified

What’s the same?

  • 2-year warranty
  • Super-simple to use
  • Quality materials & build
  • Strong & long power cords
  • Both give unlimited IPL flashes
  • Eco-friendly attractive packaging
  • They won’t flash if your skin is too dark
  • Worldwide 90-day money back guarantee
  • Clinically proven, CE certified & FDA-cleared
  • Both manufactured in Wales, UK by Cyden Ltd

What’s different?

  • IPL power ranges
  • Styling, size & shape
  • Price (Bare+ is cheaper)
  • More advanced tech inside the Pure
  • Different skin tone & hair colour ranges
  • Pure gives easier & faster sessions

Jump to the summary or keep reading to learn more (with loads of photos) in the full comparison review…👇

Smoothskin Pure & Bare+ summary & deals

In this Pure vs Bare+ comparison review:

Safe skin & hair colours

Fitzpatrick skin tone chart showing it's safe for tones I to V, but not VI (the darkest).
Both are safe to use on light to medium dark skin tones (Fitzpatrick skin types I to V). Not safe for the darkest skin (type VI) or on dark freckles and moles.
Works on black, dark brown, mid-brown and dark blonde body hair colours. May work on light blonde hair
Both work on dark body hair colours. The Pure may also work on light blonde hair. They won’t work on red, white or grey body hair.

Both the Pure and Bare+ have the same advertised safe skin tone range Fitzpatrick types I to V, so not safe for the darkest skin tones. However, I don’t recommend the Bare+ for dark skin tones. That’s because you can’t lower the IPL intensity if you find it too hot. But you can with the Pure.

The Pure and Bare+ work on dark hair colours. But Smoothskin suggest you could also try the Pure on light blonde hair (if it’s not white blonde). That’s because the Pure’s higher IPL power may be strong enough to work on the small amount of eumelanin pigment in your hairs. However, you’ll need more than the advertised sessions to see results. But you can try the Pure with the worldwide 90-day money back guarantee to see if it’s right for you.

There are a bunch of other reasons (contraindications) you may not be suitable to use home IPL too. These include after and before sun exposure, being pregnant, breastfeeding, epilepsy, and certain medical conditions or medications which cause light sensitivity. You can learn more about such contraindications here and it’s a good idea to read the user manuals before you buy.

Quality

The Smoothskin devices are top quality, long-lasting choices designed with your ease in mind. They’re beautifully presented without being wasteful, and they’re a joy to open too.

The Smoothskin Pure & Smoothskin Bare+ boxes side by side
Classy, compact & simple black boxes with slide-off info sleeves.
Top down shot inside the Smoothskin Pure & Smoothskin Bare+ boxes
I love the compact, eco-friendly packaging with both devices ♻. They fit in a draw so double as protective storage too.
The contents of the Smoothskin Pure & Smoothskin Bare+ boxes side by side
The contents of the Pure & Bare+ boxes
You get a black quick start booklet with the Smoothskin Pure and a pink user guide with the Bare+.
Both devices come with a quick start guide or full manual – download the full user manuals here
Top down view of the Smoothskin sleek Pure next to the curvy Bare+
Excellent materials, robust build quality, with classic, stylish looks.

Both devices give unlimited flashes from the IPL bulb, so there’s no worry about ever running out! They’re excellent value and the only home IPL devices to offer this. They also come with a reassuring 2-year warranty. Oh, and extra peace of mind with a worldwide 90-day money back guarantee. Top job.

Shape & design

Side profile view of the Pure & Bare+ home IPL devices from smoothskin as reviewed by WeAreBodyBeautiful.com
Sleek & sophisticated Pure (left), curvy cute & fun Bare+ (right)
Pure is styled in sleek glossy black with gold trim, & the Bare+ in sleek black wityh a rose-gold band, and a grippy silicone base.
Distinctive, sleek, glossy-black styling, the Pure with gold trim, and the Bare+ with rose-gold.
The Bare+ measures 13cm long, 7.5cm wide and 4.5 deep.  The Pure measures 18cm long, 7cm wide and 4cm deep.
Ergonomic & compact shapes
The Pure weighs 270g and the Bare+ 200g. They are amongst the lightest home IPL devices
Comfy & lightweight even for small hands
Holding the Pure and Bare+ on their sides in my hands to show the difference in shape
The Pure gently curves into the handle. The rounded Bare+ tapers to the flash window.
Top down shot of the Pure next to the Bare+ showing the handle on the Pure
The handle works to keep the cord out your way as you work
Close up shots of the fixed power cords in the base of the Pure and Bare+
Thick & strong fixed power cables for extra durability
Top down shot of the Pure and Bare+ with their long and strong, thick and supple power cords with power packs and shrter mains cables
Both have 2-metre long thick & supple power cables
Flash buttons labelled on the Pure & Bare+, and the additional mode button on the Pure too below the flash button
Large, easy-press flash buttons. The Bare+ has just one button, & the Pure’s mode button blends seamlessly into the sleek design.
Holding the underside of the Pure and Bare+ close to the camera to show the cooling air vents below the treatment head
The cooling air vents on the underside of each. The Pure’s can get blocked if placed on a soft surface.
Photo of the Pure and Bare+ labelled with the white skin contact sensors around the flash window and the size of the flash window
Both have a multi-purpose medium-size 3cm2 (1 by 3 cm) flash window.

The white rim around the flash window is the skin contact sensor. This is to stop accidental flashes near your eyes. Your skin must be touching all along the sensor or else the device will not flash. There’s more on safety and power next.

Safety & power

Here’s a quick spec and features comparison for safety and power.

Device Skin tone sensor? IPL range IPL increments Gentle mode Dark skin Fair skin
Smoothskin Pure 3 to 6 J/cm2 10
Matches every flash to your skin tone
Optional gentle mode between 3 & 4 J/cm2 High IPL levels give best results
Smoothskin Bare+ 4 J/cm2 Just the one! No additional control Medium IPL still works but may take a little more effort

Both devices protect skin that’s too dark with a skin tone sensor.

Pure & Bare+ treatment heads labelled wih the illuminated blue skin tone sensors
Blue skin tone sensors continuously scan your skin tone
Close up of the red power bar on the Pure and red light around the flash button on the Bare+ indicatong your skin is too dark for safe use
The skin tone sensors stop flashes if your skin tone is too dark, and show red lights.

The Pure has a low to high IPL intensity range of 3 to 6 J/cm2. Dark skin tones can use the low intensities and fair skin the higher ones. At 6 J/cm2 the Pure is one of the most powerful home IPLs. But it keeps your skin safe because, before every flash, the sensor auto-adjusts the IPL level to match your skin tone. There are 10 intensity level shown on the power bars.

10 white lights on the Pure power bar show the highest IPL intensity level is matched to your skin tone and is ready to flash
The Pure’s power bar showing the highest IPL intensity safe for fair skin tones

Using the high IPL levels on fair skin means better results. This means with the Pure you can get smooth faster and stay smooth for longer between top-ups than with a lower power device. So, if you have lighter skin, the Pure’s powerful IPL may appeal more than the Bare+.

That’s because, in contrast, the Bare+ has just one medium IPL intensity of 4 J/cm2. It’s safe for light to dark tones. The medium IPL still works on fair skin, but you may need more sessions and more frequent top-ups to stay smooth. If you have a medium skin tone, the Bare+’s medium strength IPL is your perfect match.

However, if your skin is dark type V, the Pure offers more control then the Bare+ for the comfiest sessions. That’s because, if you find the IPL too hot, you have an optional gentle mode to lower the intensity below 4 J/cm2, and down to 3 J/cm2

How to use them

Smoothskin recommend shaving immediately before your sessions. If you don’t want to shave your face, try dermaplaning instead.

Shave before your sessions for best results, but try dermaplaning instead of shaving your face!
Shave for best results, & try dermaplaning for your face

Then, once you’ve found a comfy, well-lit spot you’re good to start a’zappin!

Both devices give you plug-in-&-go simple operation.

Simply plug them into the mains. They start up immediately. Then, place the flash window flush against your skin and press flash. After each flash, move to an adjacent spot and repeat. You can keep the flash button pressed and glide over your skin for continuous flashes. Or press and release for single flashes where you need more precision and control e.g., on the face, bikini line etc.

The Pure shows white lights on the power bar, and the Bare+ illuminates white around the flash button when they're ready to flash
When you have good skin contact and the device is ready to flash, you’ll see white lights.

Remember: If your skin tone is too dark or it’s not flush against your skin, you’ll see red lights.

And that’s it for the Bare+. Fast, no-faff and super-simple!

But you get more control with the Pure.

Photo showing the white feather icon illuminated in gentle mode, and fewer white lights on the power bar
Press mode button once for gentle mode (feather icon) & less intense IPL

First, if you find the flashes sting a bit, press the mode button once. This lowers the IPL intensity a notch or two in gentle mode, so it’s less hot. It’s comfier for darker skin tones and for sensitive areas like bikini line.

Photo showing the white stopwatch icon illuminated in gentle mode, and one white light on the power bar
Press mode button again for speed mode (speedy-stopwatch icon) & medium IPL power

Next, there’s speed mode. Press the mode button again and you see the speedy stopwatch icon. This lowers the IPL intensity to 4 J/cm2. And this is good because the IPL bulb recharges faster in between flashes versus on the higher IPL intensities. So, the flashes are quicker and you can cover your skin much faster. I love this mode for zapping my legs.

Which is easiest & fastest to use?

Both devices are fast, simple, and comfortable to use. But the Pure is more sophisticated, a little easier and faster. Let’s compare them now.

similar grips & feel: Grip with tumb on the flash buttons
Comfy grip with thumb on the flash button, good for legs, tummy & bikini line
Grip with fingers on top of the flash button
Precise, controlled grip with fingers on the flash button, good for face, chest & underarms

The grips are similar and comfy with both devices, and it’s quick to find the easiest way. You hold them directly over the flash button between your fingers and thumb. They fit comfy in your hand without strain, and are intuitive and handy to manoeuvre around your body.

Top down shot flashing my pins with the Pure and Bare+. The handle on the Pure keeps the cord out of my way as I zap
The cord sometimes gets in the way with the Bare+ as it has no handle.

However, the Pure’s shape is slightly easier because the handle keeps the cord out of the way. With the Bare+ you must move the cord frequently, especially along your legs. However, it’s easy after a little practise. Both cords are very long giving plenty of slack if you’re near a mains outlet.

TIP: An extension may be helpful if you want to work on your bed or near to a mirror without an outlet close by.

I also find it easier to gauge where the flash window is with the Pure. That’s because the shape of the treatment head moulds around the flash window better. So, it’s easier and more accurate to position. The shape is a perfect fit with easy flashes on my upper lip too.

Side view of the Pure treatment head next to the Bare+ treatment head
Pure’s treatment head is easier to position & flash (perfect fit on upper lip!)
Close up flashing my upperlip with the Bare+ - helps if you puff out your cheeks!
The Bare+ is a little tricky to zap your tache (puffing-out your cheeks helps) and jaw line.
Close up of the treatment heads on the Pure and Bare+ showing the tone sensor, skin contact sensor and shape of the treatment heads.
The spacing, shape and extra sensitive skin sensor make for slightly easier flashes with the Pure

Both devices have the same features on the treatment head. However, the Pure’s blue skin tone sensor is slightly further from the flash window. And the skin sensor (white rim around the flash window) looks slightly wider and is more sensitive on the Pure. Therefore, it’s easier to flash on uneven surfaces.

However, with both devices it’s still a little tricky to flash small or uneven, bony surfaces, such as shins and ankles. It helps to rotate the flash window, angling it along the bone. It’s easy once you know how, but because the Pure is a little easier to flash than the Bare+, its sessions are faster.

Zapping one full leg with the Pure in speed mode takes just 7 mins!
Pure is fastest: 7 mins per full leg vs 11 mins with the Bare+

In my speed tests the Pure comes out on top. It’s not just about the advertised flash rate – the shape, comfort, manoeuvrability, consistency, and ease of flashes all play a vital role. Here’s how the Pure and Bare+ compare in my speed tests. I tested both on myself over several sessions and took the average times.

Device Body areas & advertised flash rate Flash consistency Time full leg Time full body
Smoothskin Pure 👍 Face, small & large areas
⚡ Up to 130 flashes per min
Slows as heats up.
Then steady & consistent
High intensity: 9 mins
Speed mode: 7 mins
19 mins
(Speed mode on legs & power mode on small bits)
Smoothskin Bare+ 👍 Face, small & large areas
⚡ Up to 100 flashes per min
Slows as heats up.
Then steady & consistent
11 mins 30 mins

What do they feel like?

With both models you’ll hear the cooling fan whir and a small pop with each flash. The flashes are bright but harmless to your eyes. You can wear sunglasses to ease any irritation.

The Bare+ feels mostly gentle and warm on medium and fair skin tones. On darker skin the medium IPL intensity may feel hot, and you can’t lower the intensity any. So, it may not be the best choice for you. However, you can test it and see and return it within 90-days if it’s not for you.

The Pure feels warm to hot depending on your skin tone and sensitivity of your treatment area. If it stings or feels too much, use gentle mode. It’s good to have this extra control for darker skin tones.

Treatment schedules & results

The start-up schedule is the same for both the Pure and Bare+. Treat weekly for 12 weeks. You’ll typically see noticeable to significant results after 6+ weeks.

12 weekly sessions for start-up with the Pure & Bare+

During your start-up phase, you’ll notice hairs grow slower, softer, finer and lighter after a few sessions. Shaving is easier without vicious stubble, rash or ingrown hairs. Eventually bald patches appear and get bigger. You may see these results very quickly, or slower and more gradually over 12 weeks.

Note: If you try the Pure on light blonde hair your results will take longer than advertised. So, you may need more than 12 weekly sessions to get totally smooth.

Smoothskin recommend you complete all 12 sessions so you catch all hairs during an active growth cycle. It also means you can go longer in between top-up sessions from the start. You’ll typically need top-up sessions every month with the Pure, and between 2 to 4 weeks with the Bare+ (because it’s slightly less powerful). However, for most people, the more top-ups you do, the longer you can then go between them.

Related: learn why top-ups are crucial & more about long term results

Comparison summary: Which should I buy?

Smoothskin Pure vs smoothskin Bare home IPLs
Top choices for face, small & large areas

Both the Pure and Bare+ are excellent choices, and top choices in my best allrounder devices round-up, especially for whole-body sessions. The Pure outperforms the Bare+, so if you’ve got the cash, go for it! But if you need something more affordable for medium to light skin tones, rest assured the Bare+ is a fast, quality choice too.

Related: Try this round-up for other affordable options for dark skin.

Here’s a quick summary table of the spec, test and performance data above and then a round-up of the pros and cons to help you decide:

Smoothskin Pure Smoothskin Bare+
Image
Body areas 👍 Face, small & large areas 👍 Face, small & large areas
Lamp lifetime & warranty Unlimited flashes!
15+ years
2-year warranty
Unlimited flashes!
15+ years
2-year warranty
Weight & operation 270g
🔌 Mains-power
200g
🔌 Mains-power
Power 3 to 6 J/cm2
10 intensity levels
4 J/cm2
Just 1 intensity level!
Sensor Check & match intensity
Won’t flash if too dark
Won’t flash if too dark
Sensation ⚡⚡⚡
Warm to hot
⚡⚡
Warm
May feel too hot on dark tones
Modes Power (default)
Gentle
Speed
Just one
Time per leg 7 mins
(Speed mode)
11 mins
My comfort & ease score 👍👍👍👍 👍👍👍
Tests ✔ Clinically proven
✔ CE certified
✔ FDA-cleared
✔ Clinically proven
✔ CE certified
✔ FDA-cleared
Price 💰💰💰 💰💰
Warranty 2 years 2 years
Money back guarantee? ✔ Worldwide 90-days ✔ Worldwide 90-days

Pure pros & cons

  • Excellent quality
  • Fool proof, super-safe, plugin-n-zap simplicity
  • Powerful IPL adjusts to your skin tone
  • Gentle mode for hot & stingy bits, & dark skin tones
  • Compact, lightweight & handy – a bit easier than the Bare+
  • Easy flashes with just one window
  • The fastest home IPL in speed mode
  • Unlimited IPL flashes for decades of smooth skin
  • May work on light blonde hair (with more sessions)
  • Clinically-proven, CE certified & FDA cleared
  • Most affordable premium device
  • Reassuring 90-day money back guarantee
  • Takes practise on shins & ankles (but surprisingly easy on upper lip!)
  • Easy to accidentally cover the air vents
  • Shows grubby finger prints!

Bare+ pros & cons

  • Excellent quality
  • Affordable under £200/$200
  • Plugin-&-zap, one-button simplicity
  • Medium-power IPL matches medium-dark skin tones
  • Compact, light-weight & handy
  • Fairly easy flashes
  • Fast sessions
  • Won’t flash if your skin is too dark
  • Unlimited IPL flashes for decades of smooth skin
  • Clinically-proven, CE certified & FDA cleared
  • Reassuring 90-day money back guarantee
  • Cord sometimes gets in the way
  • Tricky to flash on shins, ankles & upper lip
  • Medium-power IPL works, but with more sessions
  • No gentle mode for dark skin tones

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