Friday, August 10, 2007

Bare Minerals Starter Kit by Bare Essentials.





Okay so my purchase of this kit rather then a foundation primer which I convinced myself would fix my foundation problems. Last week I was in Sephora desperately trying to find a cover up to test when I realized all my foundation melted off from the heat. I ran around the store desperately trying every cover-up when I came across the bare minerals and, seeing a brush, quickly grabbed it and buffed it over my skin, hopefully before anyone saw. My friend then looked at me in a state of shock and said, “Wow that really covered your skin.” I think the minute I walked out of the store I realized it would be my next makeup purchase. So today I went to Sephora again and purchased the Bare Minerals Starter Kit, mostly because I thought it was such a great deal to get that many brushes with the 2 foundations, primer, bronzer, and illuminator. Another big reason I decided to purchase the kit is because my skin has just been breaking out so badly within the last couple of days of using a foundation primer ( Any type of moisturizer kills my skin for some reason). I’m hoping this can solve my foundation problems without piling any more yucky powder formulas that look so dry on my skin.

So I got home and watched the DVD it came with, which I found to be pretty useful for the make-up impaired out there. But after watching how to apply the products I purchased I got bored because the colors of their products seem to be geared more towards older women then the crazy color pigment crowd I’m a member of. One other thing I found out with their line is that there seems to just be way too many products that do the same job which they encourage you to buy anyway. I mean, I can see buying an illuminator but when there’s about 4 products they use at once claiming to do the same thing why would I buy them all? Wouldn’t one be good enough? Their everyday beauty regiment has just way too many products and, other then the basics, none of them seemed to make much difference in the DVD anyway.

You start out with the Bare Minerals version of a foundation primer called Skin Rev-er Upper, a product that seems like a light moisturizer. The foundation comes in two colors in the kit, one of which I thought would be too dark but really didn’t turn out so badly on my skin. After applying the foundation it tells you to use the concealer brush to go over the imperfections you want to cover. This wasn’t something I was convinced would work all too well, and it didn’t on acne, but it gives really nice under-eye coverage. Overall, the foundation gives a really nice finish; I don’t want to pile any more layers on but I feel like I need something else to take away the redness. Next step is to use their version of a bronzer called Warmth that I really liked; it really doesn’t look like your using a bronzer but its still pretty dark and gives you SUCH a healthy glow. You finish off with the mineral veil which is almost like a illumining setting powder that claims to also reduce the appearance of pours which is always a good thing.

Generally, I’m very impressed with the Bare Minerals foundation. The starter kit is definitely worth the investment because even the brushes are nice. This kit has really impressed me since it’s really a answer for those out there that want to buy a product to get a glowing, healthy looking face, something a normal foundation alone wouldn’t do. Although with mineral foundation your not supposed to wear anything underneath, but because of my redness and acne I’m going to wear my $80 Giorgio Armani “Designer” Foundation underneath my problem areas for my ultimate coverage and finish. This product is SO worth buying if you want good results.


http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P116619&categoryId=B70



75$ Cnd
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xox K

17 comments:

Purely Cosmetics said...

I first got into mineral makeup using Bare Essentials, and absolutely loved the way it felt like you were wearing nothing. Then I started researching bare mineral makeup brands, and discovered that Bare Minerals is more hype than anything else, and they're mostly capitalizing on their name. If you have sensitive skin, or skin that's prone to break out, you DO NOT want to wear Bare Minerals! It has bismuth oxychloride in it, which is a by-product of lead and copper processing. Bismuth irritates a lot of people's skin. Bismuth is used as a filler, and if you look at your jar, you'll even though it looks full, you'll see that there is only 2 grams of powder inside. Purely Cosmetics has products with nothing but naturally occuring minerals in their ingredients: mica, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and in some cases, ultramarine blue. The exact same size sifter jar holds a full 6 grams of mineral powder. Look again at your Bare Mineral jar - see the expiration date on the side? Purely Cosmetics has no expiration dates. You also don't need to wear an additional layer (translation: cost to you for another product) of mineral veil to keep the powder set on your face.

The thing I disliked most about the kits offered by bare minerals is that you have no control. Who needs 2 foundations? What if you want a different shade of blush than what's inside? Every time you try to reorder, you're stuck with another 2 foundation colors, and brushes you don't need. We also offer bare mineral makeup starter kits, but you have full control over what goes inside. You choose your foundation color. Choose your blush color. Choose your eye colors. We offer 3 different kits to fit anyone's budget and needs: an Eye Shadow Starter Kit that includes an eye shadow brush, an eye liner brush, and your choice of any 4 colors of eye powders. Our Face & Foundation Kit includes everything you need just for your face: your choice of foundation color, your choice of blush color, either a setting powder or color corrector (again, YOU choose), a blush brush and a flat top foundation brush. For those who want everything but the kitchen sink, we also offer a kit called the Best of Everything, and includes everything you could possibly want: foundation, blush, color corrector/setting powder/Oil Absorb/Concealer (choose one), 3 eye colors of your choosing, and 6 brushes - including everything from a Kabuki Brush to an Eye Liner Brush.

We sell foundation sample sizes, so that you can be sure to get the right color for you before plunking down a chunk of change. Each tester has at least a week's worth of foundation inside, and comes in sifter jars, not baggies where half the powder sticks to the baggie.

If you want to compare all the different mineral makeup brands side by side, this is an unbiased comparison of mineral makeup brands in terms of ingredients, cost, and cost per gram. I encourage you to try Purely Cosmetics and see what a true difference there is.

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