Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals)Buxom Lash Mascara
0 fl. oz. for $19
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“Reveals every single lash” is the promise this mascara makes, and it comes through, but there are drawbacks, especially when compared with really great mascaras, many of which cost half the amount of Buxom. For starters, the rubber-bristle brush is enormous. That makes it difficult not only to reach the lashes at the inner corner of the eye but also to avoid getting mascara on your skin during application, although it is possible with patience and practice. Wielding the brush carefully, you can make lashes impressively long, moderately thick, and perfectly separated. Clumping is a minor issue, and this glitch is easily fixed with nimble comb-through.

With all of these positives, why the average rating? This mascara tends to flake and can make lashes feel drier than most. The flaking isn’t terrible, but at this price, mascara should at the very least provide worry-free wear.

Last Updated:04.06.2015
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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