Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick
This cleverly named product is merely an automatic, non-retractable lip crayon claiming to be a 3-in-1 product (lipliner, lipstick and lip plumper), but it barely does even one of these right. Used as a lipliner, it sufficiently prevents feathering, but it needs to be manually sharpened into a tip that’s fine enough to do so. As a lipstick, it has a lovely semi-matte finish and real staying power, but the formula is so dry that it drags across lips, preventing smooth application.
To top it all off, Bare Escentuals opted to include the irritant menthone glycerin acetal to trigger some lip plumping (meaning it causes irritation, which is never good for lips), but it only causes a telltale tingle and a minimal, temporary plumping effect. Although the shade range is impressive with numerous attractive options, this multi-tasking formula simply fails to deliver.
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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