Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals)Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara
0 fl. oz. for $22
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Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara comes with a unique, twist-up wand that allows you to adjust the brush length and the bristle density. While that may pique your curiosity, the brush is actually harder to control than most due to its large size and cut-straight shape. Your lashes may look thicker, but at the expense of being clumped together, which is never sexy. Couple that with the fact that it flakes and smudges as the day wears on and you'll see that the only thing amplified about this mascara is the mess it creates.

  • Adds length and some thickness.
  • Expensive.
  • Large, straight-across brush shape makes application hard to control.
  • Flakes and smudges as the day wears on.
  • Goopy texture results in clumping.
  • Overpriced, especially given that the adjustable brush and bristle feature doesn't work well, despite its novelty.
Last Updated:05.07.2013
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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