Brilliant Future Age Defense & Renew Serum
Brilliant Future Age Defense & Renew Serum doesn't have a lot going for it—but it's a beautifully packaged product whose lightweight, lotion-like texture is suitable for all skin types. We just wish it contained a broader complement and greater amounts of skin-defending ingredients!
The most exciting ingredient is ascorbyl glucoside, a form of vitamin C known to brighten a dull complexion and provide antioxidant benefit. Instant cosmetic brightening is provided by the mineral pigment mica, seen in many other products of this type.
For the most part, that's where the excitement stops. bareMinerals added some novel hydrating ingredients such as plant sugars, along with a dusting of antioxidant plant extracts and a tiny amount of a peptide. Not bad, but not as good as we've seen from several other serums—including many in this price range and a bit below.
We're not happy to see fragrance ingredients in this serum because they pose a risk of irritation and that's never good for skin. On the slightly upside, this isn't strongly fragranced but your skin is likely to still be impacted.
Back to the packaging: The translucent glass bottle with an elegant dropper looks beautiful and works beautifully, making this serum easy to use. It layers well with other products and works flawlessly under makeup. These positives actually make it more disappointing that the formula isn't more robust for fighting signs of aging and the problematic fragrance it contains; however, you can look to our list of Best Serums for "brilliant future" options with a greater mix of positives.
- Ascorbyl glucoside and mica can brighten dull skin.
- Silky, lightweight lotion texture layers well with other products.
- Works well under makeup.
- Packaged to help keep light-and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Lacks an exciting mix of anti-aging ingredients beyond vitamin C.
- Fragrance ingredients pose a risk of irritating skin.
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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