Bare Minerals (Bare Escentuals)

bareMinerals READY Blush

for $ 22.00
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Brand Overview

bareMinerals READY Blush is a silky-smooth pressed powder blush that applies easily and evenly. Color is long-wearing and buildable. This blush looks great whether applied sheer or strong, depending on your preference. The shade range is attractive and, depending on which color you choose, they have a matte, satin, or shimmer finish. Even better, this blush offers options for a wide range of skin tones (but works best on fair to tan skin; the lighter colors don’t show up as well on dark skin).

As for the antioxidants this blush contains, they look good on the label, but the packaging this product has will routinely expose these sensitive ingredients to light and air, quickly rendering them ineffective. That’s why, for the most part, it’s better to get your antioxidants from well-packaged skin care, not makeup. A powder in a compact cannot provide much in the way of anti-aging benefits.


  • Silky-smooth pressed powder.
  • Long-wearing.
  • Buildable color, applies easily and evenly.
  • Variety of shades; workable for light to tan skin tones.
  • Attractive options in matte, satin, and shimmer finishes.


  • Pricey.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Tocopherol, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Calcium Ketogluconate, Silica, Carmine (Ci 75470). May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742). NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

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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