GEN NUDE Patent Lip Lacquer
Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer is akin to lip gloss, but with richer opacity and a thicker feel. Its lacquer-like shine is accompanied by a semi-tacky consistency that may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the upside is that it creates a moisture-locking barrier that safeguards lips against harsh environmental conditions.
Housed in standard lip gloss packaging with a sponge-tipped wand, one or two swipes of Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer fully coats lips. You get a couple(ish) hours of wear, with touch-ups needed after eating/drinking)
If you prefer nude colors, you're in for a treat with this Lip Lacquer's abundance of pink, muted mauve, dusty rose, almond and other neutral hues.
In the end, whether to buy this product really comes down to your textural preference: If you want rich glossy color and don't mind a more dense, viscous feel, Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer is a great way to go.
FYI: Although we typically warn against fragrance in skincare/makeup products, the vanillin that this contains is one of the few naturally fragranced ingredients that doesn't cause irritation, and is a scent/flavor most people find pleasant.
- Fully coats lips with rich glossy nude color.
- Creates a moisture-locking barrier that safeguards lips against harsh environmental conditions.
- Gorgeous and plentiful array of neutral shades for just about every skin tone.
- Semi-tacky consistency won't be everyone's cup of tea
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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