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Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals)

Faux Tan Matte

for $ 19.00
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This is a loose bronzing powder that’s packaged in a standard clear jar with a closable sifter. Loose bronzing powder is inherently messier to use than pressed or liquid bronzers, but if loose is your preference, Faux Tan Matte has some good qualities, and the closable sifter helps keep the mess to a minimum.

The texture is smooth, but somewhat dry, so it’s best to apply this sparingly with a large, fluffy powder brush. Applying too much at once causes it to grab onto skin and the texture makes the uneven results you get difficult to soften.

True to its name, this has a matte finish and its reddish brown color does a decent job of creating a faux tan effect, especially on medium skin tones. Those with fair to light skin most likely will find the color of this bronzing powder too dark or too red to look convincing.

Pros:
  • Closable sifter minimizes the mess inherent with loose powders.
  • Smooth texture and a believable, reddish tan color with a true matte finish.
  • A little goes a long way, and you also can apply this over a liquid bronzer to intensify the effect.
Cons:
  • Despite the closable sifter, it’s still messier to deal with than regular pressed bronzing powders.
  • The sole color has limited appeal and is best for medium skin tones.
  • Must be applied sparingly to avoid having it grab onto skin and look uneven.

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 ofyet 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 isnt 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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