Bare Minerals (Bare Escentuals)

Hydrating Mineral Veil

for $ 20.00
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Don’t be misled by the name of this loose powder. Although water is the second ingredient, it contains plenty of absorbents, including the main ingredient silica. This fact doesn’t make Mineral Veil the least bit hydrating.

This powder has a notable dry, slightly thick texture upon application but it quickly lightens, leaving skin feeling very dry and looking very matte. On skin the application looks iridescent, with an almost metallic shade of pink—so this isn’t something you want to swirl all over your face during the day or even at night, unless you want a very shiny, somewhat other-worldly complexion.

Because of its absorbency and finish this powder is best for normal to very oily skin; however, as mentioned, you must be willing to tolerate a lot of iridescence, which almost always makes oily skin look oilier. Plus, the hydrating claims are ludicrous; this is a drying powder—there is nothing moisturizing about it despite it containing some moisturizing lipids from rice. They simply cannot hydrate skin when paired with high amounts of absorbent ingredients.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Silica, Water, Silica Silylate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lipids, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides.

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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