Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals)Stick Around Eye Primer
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This eye primer/eyeshadow base comes in retractable stick with a semi-stiff texture. The stiff texture makes it is a little tricky to apply since added pressure is required to achieve an even base, but that “no slip” feel is what makes this product work. It not only intensifies and holds eye makeup in place, but also it offers crease-free lids for several hours.

The downside is it does such a good job holding makeup in place that it makes it difficult to blend eyeshadow.

Whether or not you’ll like this product really depends on what you want out of it. If you are looking for crease-free lids at any cost, go for it. But if you want something that makes eyeshadow application easier, this isn’t going to be for you. It comes in a single, nude shade that wears well under other eye makeup and sheers out imperceptibly for all skin tones.


  • Holds eye makeup in place.
  • Offers crease-free lids.
  • Allows color to adhere better and stay true.


  • Stiff texture can be tricky to apply.
  • Makes it difficult to blend eyeshadow.
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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