Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals)bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow
0 fl. oz. for $20
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Pressed-powder eyeshadow is a first for bareMinerals, and we’re probably not the only ones wondering what took them so long, given their long-term claims of their loose powder formulas being the only way to go!

This new version has a silky powder texture that blends on easily and doesn’t have any of the problems of loose-powder eyeshadows. These come in a bevy of shimmer and matte-finish shades. The shadows are sold in sets of 2, 4, or 8, and these groupings explain the step-up in pricing for each, with the duos costing $20, and so on. While not all of the color combinations go well together, there are some attractive shades to consider for either classic or trendy eye designs.

  • Silky pressed-powder texture blends on easily.
  • Shade range includes matte and shimmer finishes.
  • Mix of classic and trendy colors.
  • Not all of the color combinations play well together.
  • Pricey!
  • Far easier to apply than the loose powders bareMinerals sells.
Last Updated:05.03.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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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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