Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals)Buxom Waterproof Smokey Eye Sticks
0 fl. oz. for $19
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This creamy retractable eye pencil is touted as a 3-in-1 product that can be used as shadow or liner or to create a smoky eye effect. While it can be used for those purposes, it doesn’t excel at any of them. Let’s start with the positive. Once set, the color stays put and is water-resistant. It also comes with a sharpener so that you can sharpen the wide tip for more precise application. Also, the shade range is enticing.

Now for the negatives. The creamy texture doesn’t glide on as smooth as you would expect and some of the colors lack intensity, so they’re a poor choice for a smokey eye design. You can blend the Eye Sticks for an even more smokey effect, but you must do so quickly before it sets or it will look choppy and uneven. For use as an allover shadow, it’s difficult to blend and smooth out before it sets.

  • Good selection of shades.
  • Color stays put and is water-resistant.
  • Built-in sharpener, attached at opposite end, for more precise application.
  • Creamy texture doesn’t blend on smoothly as you’d expect.
  • For use as an allover shadow, it’s difficult to blend and smooth before it sets.
  • Pricey, especially given there are far better options available.
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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