bareMinerals Redness Remedy
Redness Remedy is a yellow-toned loose powder that is touted as being able to “reduce facial redness on contact and over time.” It fails on both counts. First, this powder is too sheer to counteract redness; you’d have to cake it on to see any sort of camouflaging, not to mention that the yellow tone isn’t going to work on all skin tones without adding a jaundiced appearance over the areas that aren’t red. (This assumes it worked over redness, which isn’t what we found.)
Second, you are not going to see any anti-redness benefit from this powder over time. Although the formula contains some very good anti-irritants, such as licorice and chamomile, the jar packaging won’t keep air out, thus allowing these oxygen-sensitive ingredients to start breaking down once it is opened (see More Info for details).
Furthermore, Bare Escentuals claims that the Redness Remedy is “powered by [their] ActiveSoil Complex,” which is listed as “soil minerals” on the ingredient list. In essence, they are claiming to sell fancy dirt, though “soil minerals” is a recognized ingredient term by U.S. regulatory standards.
There are supposed to be 72 minerals in this soil, but they don’t tell you what the 72 minerals are or what else the soil contains. (Lead and cadmium are minerals present in soil and they’re natural, too, but you wouldn’t want them in abundance on your skin.)Soil also contains a large amount of sand, which has no benefit for skin. Think about this—an acre of soil may contain 900 pounds of earthworms, 2,400 pounds of fungi, 1,500 pounds of bacteria, 133 pounds of protozoa, and 890 pounds of arthropods and algae. It turns out “virgin soil” isn’t really as “pure “as the marketing claims make it sound.
All in all, this is a complete dud!
- Formula doesn’t reduce redness over time.
- Fragrant ingredients can cause irritation (see More Info).
- Too sheer to reduce redness on contact.
- The sole yellow shade won’t work on all skin tones.
- Can give skin a jaundiced look.
- Touted “ActiveSoil Complex,” which is listed as “soil minerals” on the ingredient list, is essentially dirt, and has no skin-care benefit.
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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