Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara
Visually, you'll notice how this mascara is different before you apply it: The brush has a unique "s" shape. It's said to grab each lash for even distribution of mascara, yet lots of mascara brushes can do that. The "s" shape is also supposed to create fanned-out lashes, but we didn't find that to be the case. If anything, this mascara's odd brush shape can be tricky to work with and not helpful in the least.
Despite a brush that isn't as amazing as the claims make it out to be, Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara does enhance lashes with a clean application that lengthens and delivers slight thickness no matter how you maneuver the brush. This never looks heavy or makes lashes clump, no matter how many coats you apply, but after a few coats you won't get any more buildup, so this is not for someone looking for dramatic length and thickness.
This wears all day without flaking and removes easily with a water-soluble cleanser. Although it doesn't have a strong wow-factor, this is still a good mascara that is worth considering.
- Provides clean, quick, clump-free length.
- Wears all day without flaking and is easy to remove.
- The "s"-shaped brush is workable, but there's a learning curve!
- The name and claims sound big, but thickness isn't this mascara's strong point.
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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