Eyeshadow with built-in SPF is a rare commodity, and this one delivers it in a mineral-based, broad spectrum sun protection formula that is both fragrance-free and gentle for the eye area!
We've been coming down a bit harder on products rated SPF 15 due to SPF ratings of 20 and above being the new normal around the world, mostly because people aren't applying such products liberally enough to get the stated amount of protection. However, we're giving this eyeshadow a pass because simply including some sunscreen is an advantage—but don't forget those sunglasses, too!
Sun protection is just one of the many benefits attributed to the "5-in-1" name. Long-wearing color, priming capabilities, brightening effects, and smoothed appearance of fine lines are the other four, and we're happy to report that this eyeshadow really does live up to each of those claims!
5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow comes in a frosted glass tube outfitted with a sponge-tip applicator. A little goes a long way, whether you apply this with the included wand or just your fingertips. The lightweight, creamy texture goes on like a breeze and allows ample time to blend before it dries down to a matte (in feel) finish.
This cream shadow serves dual-purpose as a primer for other powder shadows and it also prevents powder eyeshadows from flaking throughout the day. Even after several hours of wear we still didn't have creasing (and that's typically a real problem for some of us)!
The lighter shades can also function as a brightener under your normal shadow. The understated sparkly finish adds a dash of radiance, but isn't blatant like many other glitter or shimmer shadows. It looks matte, but just with a finely milled overlay of sparkle (that you have to look closely to see).
True to claim, 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow does a good job of minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles… particularly if you select a darker shade (those camouflage wrinkly skin better than the lighter colors).
The shade range consists of flattering neutrals including shades of brown, taupe, beige, and cream, as well as subdued hues of peach, pink, green and plum. Those who desire a more dramatic or trendy color palette may be disappointed, but we're guessing that if these eyeshadows are successful as we think they'll be, eventually more shades will be added. The pigmentation goes on opaque but sheers out as you blend. For more intensity you can pat it on or layer it without it looking cakey.
The downside to any cream shadow is that if you're going for a multi-colored eye design they're a little trickier to work with than a normal powder eyeshadow, but nonetheless, 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow really excels in terms longevity, blendability, and sun protection. Bravo!
NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.
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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