BOUNCE & BLUR Blush
Bare Minerals promises a natural, healthy-looking flush with BOUNCE & BLUR Blush… and that’s exactly what you get! The cherry on top? The color really lasts day-to-night.
Housed in a compact, this “bouncy powder blush” has a unique texture that feels slightly creamy but takes on more of a powder-like finish as it meshes with skin. Bare Minerals recommends applying the formula with your fingertips by tapping it onto cheeks and blending outward. We found applying it with a beautyblender works even better for super-smooth, diffused edges.
Whichever application method you choose, the color goes on softly for a natural flush and can be easily layered to build intensity if desired. The finish is what we’d describe as muted radiance: it doesn’t look overly sparkly on skin but still produces a subtle, healthy glow.
The four shades currently offered are “inspired by the gorgeous tones of the sunrise and sunset,” and include peach, pink, mauve and bronze hues. Best of all, the color resists fading so you can count on it to last through a standard workday and then some.
Bare Minerals claims this “formula blurs the look of pores,” but that’s a bit exaggerated. We didn’t notice a blurring effect, but at the very least it doesn’t emphasize pores or rough texture (like some blushes can) so we’ll give them that.
The bottom line: Between the gorgeous shades, long-lasting color, easy breezy application, and fragrance-free formula this gets a solid five stars from us!
- Unique “bouncy powder” texture meshes with skin for a natural flush.
- Pigmentation goes on softly and can be layered to build up intensity.
- Resists fading so you can count on the color to last day to night.
- Gorgeous sunrise/sunset-inspired shades with a subtle glow.
- Fragrance free.
BOUNCE & BLUR Blush is a fingertip-friendly bouncy powder blush in shades that build and blend effortlessly for a beautifully blurred, naturally healthy-looking flush. This weightless cream-powder blush blends like a dream-no brush needed. The good-for-skin formula blurs the look of pores and imperfections, for a diffused look with no harsh lines, caking or uneven color. Each shade is inspired by the gorgeous tones of the sunrise and sunset.
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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