Bare Minerals (Bare Escentuals)

bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor

for $ 16.00
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bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor is outfitted with an angled sponge-tip applicator that’s supposed to “hug your lips” like a race car driver’s car hugs the racetrack, but it’s not nearly so precise. It’s not the applicator’s fault as much as it is this liquid lipstick’s thick formula, which makes it tricky to apply evenly without going outside the boundaries of your mouth.

On the plus side, the colors are richly pigmented and last for hours, but the formula somehow manages to transfer to everything your lips touch. Despite the fact that this comes off on everything (and bleeds into lines around the mouth), the color leaves a stain so your lips don’t look “undone” after that first cup of coffee.

Because of the mixed bag of pros and cons, we felt an average rating was appropriate; however, if you’re patient and don’t have lines around your mouth, this lipcolor is indeed a pretty amazing product to check out. The shade range features mostly pink and rose tones.

  • Color lasts for four hours without touch-ups.
  • Intensely pigmented—a little goes a very long way.
  • Unique texture and finish: A slightly creamy lip paint with the slip and shine of a cream lipstick, but the longevity of a lip stain.
  • Because of the rich pigmentation and thin texture, it’s difficult to apply without making a mess; a separate brush and a skilled hand are required.
  • Transfers onto everything.
  • Bleeds into lines around the mouth.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

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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