Big Tease Plumping Mascara
Buxom hits it out of the park with their Big Tease Plumping Mascara. This excellent, fragrance-free mascara does everything right, with nothing over-emphasized. In other words, with just a few sweeps through lashes you get an equal balance of length, thickness, and perfect lash separation.
The standard packaging houses a conical brush that’s fuller at the bottom, but not so full as to be awkward in use. The spacing between the nylon bristles is just right to apply mascara smoothly, no clumps in sight.
Once dry, lashes feel soft and conditioned, yet this doesn’t flake or smear during the day. You get worry-free wear and flutter-worthy lashes that look defined but not overly so. When it’s time to remove this, it comes off readily with a water-soluble cleanser.
If there’s one drawback—and we’re being really picky here—it’s that this doesn’t deliver what most people would consider “maximum volume”. You do get thicker lashes, but if big time thickness is your main goal, this isn’t the mascara to choose. Otherwise, this mascara, like Mary Poppins, is “practically perfect in every way”.
- Perfect balance of length, thickness, and separation.
- Leaves lashes soft and conditioned.
- Smooth, fast, clump-free application.
- Doesn’t flake, smudge, or smear during wear.
- Removes easily.
- Fragrance free.
- Not for those whose top goal is maximum lash volume.
Big Tease Plumping Mascara provides instantly plumped lashes, delivering maximum volume, and noticeably longer lashes for a full and flirty look. A blend of 3 high-performing and perfectly calibrated waxes delivers a smooth and creamy application experience, while the conicle-shaped brush works with chiseled-tip fibers to build base-to-tip intensity. Smudge and flake resistant, Ophthalmologist tested, and long-wearing.
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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