Mineralilixirs Five Oil Blend
This fragrance-free facial oil from the bareMinerals line is among the better options available for those curious about this category. For best results, mix a facial oil with your regular moisturizer rather than relying on the facial oil alone. Why do this? A well formulated facial moisturizer will contain ingredients facial oils lack, such as cell-communicating ingredients, skin-repairing agents, and certain emollients that work to prevent moisture loss in a way that oils don't.
This product combines several non-fragrant, antioxidant-rich plant oils along with a couple of plant extracts with scant research proving their worth for skin. The plant extracts aren't bad, really more a 'why bother' inclusion than wow-factor inclusion.
The rare soil minerals on the ingredient list is marketing nonsense as there's no way to know what is rare (if anything) about the dirt (that's what soil, is right?) in this product or what you're actually putting on your face. Just because it's a mineral doesn't mean it contains something great—minerals can contain sulfur, lead, chlorides—how great does that sound?
- Contains a good mix of plant oils to replenish and improve dry skin.
- All of the plant ingredients offer antioxidant benefit.
- The soil minerals offer no benefit for skin, because the minerals in soil are too large to penetrate skin and in this case you have no idea what minerals they are actually referring to, soil can also contain good and bad minerals.
This deeply moisturizing elixir is infused with minerals and a blend of botanical oils that have been carefully curated for their known antiaging benefits to help bring back the appearance of youthful-looking radiance.
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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