Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals)Well-Rested SPF 20 Eye Brightener
0 fl. oz. for $18
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Last Updated:05.03.2013
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Marketed as an “eye brightener” for dark circles beneath the eyes, this loose powder fails to impress. Although the texture is smooth and the coverage adequate, the singular yellow-toned shade isn't going to work on everyone (especially for darker skin tones) and won't make dark circles disappear. The one saving grace is that Well-Rested SPF 20 contains reliable broad spectrum sun protection for added anti-aging benefit, but there just really isn't anything special about this product that a well-formulated powder couldn't do.

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Active: Titanium Dioxide (20%). Other: Bismuth Oxychloride, Kaolin, Mica , Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

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Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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