The smartest part about BareMinerals' Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion is its thin lotion texture and soft matte finish. Both are ideal for normal to combination skin, and people with combination skin are this moisturizer's target audience!
Housed in a sophisticated-looking opaque pump bottle affixed with a protective cap, this moisturizer is easy to dispense and its formula spreads readily and absorbs relatively quickly, leaving skin hydrated without making it feel slick or greasy.
Along with an ideal texture to please those with classic combination skin, BareMinerals added several lightweight water-binding agents that help make skin feel smooth and soft—but that's where our enthusiasm ends.
Turning to the disappointing aspects, you'll find a formula that contains more alcohol than the anti-aging peptides mentioned in the claims. Although the alcohol presents a relatively low risk of irritation, it isn't helped by the inclusion of fragrance ingredients known to irritate skin (though on the plus side this isn't a highly fragranced formula).
The other element keeping Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion from earning a higher rating is that it contains a low amount of antioxidants when compared to today's best "anti-aging" focused moisturizers. In essence, the formula isn't as well rounded as it could be, which is a shame because its texture and finish are so impressive for combination skin. We mention this because BareMinerals clearly makes anti-aging claims for this moisturizer, rather than sticking with its ability to smooth, soften, and hydrate skin.
Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion has more going for it than against it, but what's going against it keeps it from earning a higher rating. Still, because the drawbacks aren't too significant (unless you want a powerhouse anti-aging moisturizer), this may be worth a look, especially if you've been struggling to find a "happy medium" moisturizer for your combination skin. We also encourage you to consider these moisturizer picks for balancing combination skin.
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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