Bare Minerals (Bare Escentuals)

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream

for $ 19.00
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Brand Overview

Here comes another lip product that promises plumper lips, but ultimately winds up doing damage to them in the process!

Full-On Lip Cream is packaged like a standard gloss with a sponge-tipped wand applicator. It goes on smoothly and leaves a high-shine look without feeling sticky. The colors included in this line are all creamy – no shimmer, sparkle, or glitter to be found– and include everything from true nude to fire-engine red.

The issue and reason for the POOR rating is that this contains the menthol derivative menthone glycerin acetal. As soon as you apply this lip cream, you will feel the minty tingle. It's quite strong, and even has a slight numbing effect on lips. This is your lip's way of telling you they're being irritated, which is not a good thing! This irritation can, over time, lead to thinning of lips and in the short run chapped lips, the exact opposite of what you want out of a plumping gloss. This is definitely one to avoid!

  • High-shine, gloss finish without stickiness.
  • Several good color options, from neutral nudes to bright red.
  • Contains the irritating menthol derivative menthone glycerin acetal.
  • Makes lips tingle and feel numb, meaning irritation (and potential damage) is taking place.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

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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