Bare Minerals (Bare Escentuals)

Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick

0.09 fl. oz. for $ 22.00
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Buxom's Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick feels great when you first put it on, and looks great for the first hour or two. Expect to receive compliments on the bold, fun colors available in matte or satin finishes. But also expect the texture, particularly the matte finish, to fail quickly.

A few hours after your application, you'll find your lipstick beginning to look cracked, patchy, flaky, and/or chalky. We also found the matte finish quite drying, and reached for a more moisturizing lipstick after removing this one. We had better luck with the satin finish, which lasted longer, stayed smooth-looking, felt more hydrating, and added a hint of shimmer that gives a light, summery feeling even to the deepest shades.

Both finishes boast a lightweight feel, and don't have too much transfer. We love that the color goes on in one stroke, matching the product claim. We're less convinced it'll help you experience "tantalizing new sensations," though; and for the price, we'd expect longer wear and a more consistent texture. This one also has a distinct sweet aroma—like powdered, instant hot chocolate or vanilla air freshener. It won't irritate your skin, but you might not find it appealing.

In short, we weren't great fans of this gel lipstick which doesn't completely live up to its own hype. But if you do decide to go for it, we definitely recommend the satin finish over the matte.

  • Lightweight, deeply pigmented color in one stroke.
  • The satin finish shades look and feel beautiful.
  • Matte finish is drying, chalky, patchy.
  • Short wear time in matte finish.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Delivers intensely pigmented, one-stroke color in an ultra-lightweight gel formula. Featuring moisturizing matte and satin finishes, it leaves lips with a modern, daring look.
Isononyl Isononanoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyethylene, Dicalcium Phosphate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Microcrystalline (Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline), Synthetic Wax, Stearalkonium Hectorite, C30-45 Alkyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone, Ethyl Vanillin, Tribehenin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4, Sorbitan Isostearate, Lactic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Flavor (Aroma). May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985).

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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