Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor
Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor is one of the better cream-to-matte products we've tested. They complement Bare Minerals' Gen Nude line, offering bright pops of color in a range of red, pink, and berry.
This lipcolor claims to be "primer infused" for a soft-focus effect with no feathering or bleeding and we found that to be true, though if you have a lot of lip lines, we'd recommend a liner in the darker shades. We're also fans of this lipcolor's lightweight full coverage, as well as its light (and non-irritating) vanilla scent.
Also on the plus side is moisture—a rare find in a matte finish. Unlike many liquid mattes, this one won't leave your lips feeling unnaturally tight or desert dry; but even with the moisturizing ingredients built in, you'll want to ensure your lips are smooth before you apply. Otherwise, the matte finish will highlight every rough, chapped, or flaky area.
Finally, be warned: this lipcolor will transfer like crazy if you don't follow the instruction not to eat or drink for ten minutes after applying. Those ten minutes will buy you a couple more hours of wear and keep the rim of your coffee cup from looking like a horror show. Either way, this probably won't be the longest-wearing lipcolor in your arsenal, though the deeper tints will stain your lips, buying you some time between applications.
- Lightweight, moisturizing texture.
- Doesn't bleed or feather.
- Will transfer easily if you don't wait ten minutes after application before eating or drinking.
- Not the most long-wearing formula.
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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