Monday, February 1, 2010

bareMinerals Lip Gloss Review

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Did You Know...
...that lip gloss was invented by Max Factor in 1930? He did this so as to make lips glossy and shiny for films. He also invented lipstick and the mascara wand. Thank you Max! -

bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals

Okay so I tried hard to get a larger picture of this but to no avail - sorry. It doesn't really matter though, because even if I didn't have a picture of it I would still hope that you would purchase it! Oh yeah, it's a good review coming your way...

Since it is the season for dry, cracked lips (attractive no?) I have upped my game in the lip moisture and care department. I have stocked up on my 100% All Natural Lip Balm, and I have been using that to death. Thinking that I look cute with just a well moisturized lip, I was going out to face the world each day. Ha! It's funny what a fresh sheared haircut will do for your self-perspective! I realized that I wasn't THAT cute just slapping some lip balm on and calling it a day. So I went on the search for some color for my yapper.

Off to Sephora I go because I had a hankering for some bareMinerals. I have had an admiration of this Co. from afar since forever ago because of its all naturalness (the $60 something sticker shock of their whole kit kept me away) and not until just recently have I justified such a purchase (to the husband ;o). Even having said that, I've started small - with their lip gloss.

I loves it!

It's a hint of color with a splash of paZOW!! I looked up all of the natural ingredients and only came across one that may irritate (according to the EWG) - glyceryl caprylate. This is used as a penetration enhancer. But I haven't felt anything weird so far and I've been using it for about 2 weeks now. Also, for you TRUE animal lovers, and not just domesticated animal lovers, but ALL things animal, the ingredient Carmine is taken from the carminic acid produced by scale insects to give it it's color - so that's something to consider. I don't know exactly how they extract the acid (don't wanna know) but as long as I'm not doing the extracting myself and it's already done and bottled for me, sorry, I can deal with a few less bugs in this world. Those of you that know me, know I can't stand any kind of creepy crawly. I sound horrible right? Go ahead, send your complaints in, I'll surely change my mind if someone convinces me otherwise, I love to be educated! ;o)

It lasts for a couple of hours before I have to reapply, and I'm still trying to get a longer application down (any tips?) My only complaint is that it was $15.00 for 0.14 fl oz (4.2 ml)! And although it's a pretty nice and thick coating and it lasts a good while, that is a bit steep in my book. I like to physically SEE the makeup before I purchase it to make sure it will match the look I'm going for. Now that I know what colors I like, guess who's off to find the best prices for us all? Here are the most inexpensive places I've found the goods so far... New from $16.48 each, after tax and S&H Duo pack of 2 diff't. colors (they have 3 separate pairs to choose from) for a total of $25.09 when everything is said and done - tax, S&H...they also have a video on there with women of varying shades displaying the colors on themselves.

QVC here I come!

Op! Look at me telling half truths and all's a much bigger close-up of the lip's a very sturdy classy looking plastic (?) container.

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*I know I'm not the only user of this line of cosmetics, let's hear it ladies, what do YOU think of bareMinerals products?

My best,
Muzak! Song of the Week: "Just Kiss Me" Harry Connick, Jr. He's not usually my cup of tea, which aggravates the man of the house who owns all of his cd's, but THIS SONG HERE? Just hit play...and then repeat... ;oP....your roof will be jumping and so will you!


strokeofliving said...

Great review, thanks!

I for one LOVE Bare Minerals. I've only been using the product since May of last year after I viewed an infomercial. After I got off birth control due to having a stroke, my skin broke out in a bad, bad case of adult acne. Having beautiful skin was [as it turns out] the only great side effect of the pill. Having stroke was the other but I digress.

I needed something to cover the old and newly forming blemishes. I tend to keep make up forever, so I visited Sephora (an addiction) to research about how popular BM was and actual success stories. Anywhoo over the holidays I went to several parties, dinners and such. No one ever noticed how bad my skin was, only complimenting me on how clear and glowing it was. Shocked at the responses, I continued to use it and over time and continuing my good health food regimen I still use BM, love it and have just discovered how fabulous their gloss is. And I must shout out their mascara - fantastic!!

I was hooked on Dior show and then Fresh Supernova because of it's organic ingredients now I swear by BM flawless definition.

So yes I'm a big fan of BM!

Smell Goods Lady said...

Thanks for the review. I am a lover of makeup (bronzers, liners, mascara, eye color) and gloss (even balms with color). I use to use BM, now I support Indie companies that are making their mark on the mineral cosmetic scene. If I do need something that they do not have, I go with BM. I like BM and other mineral makeup because of the healthy, effective ingredients, the smooth application, and the protection against UVB rays.

For a longer application I suggest applying a coat, let that sit for a few minutes, blot that off, and reapply. You can also set your lips with translucent powder.

I don't apply, drink, nor eat anything that is colored with Carmine. My dietary way of life.

BTW, beautiful color for your yapper. ;)


ChocolateOrchid said...

I've never used bareMinerals although I've wanted to try them out. I'll have to check out this gloss.

Oh, and thanks for the history on lip gloss. That's interesting. I never would've guessed that. =)

Cascia said...

Sounds like a great product! Thanks for stopping by Healthy Moms!

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Natural Mama said...

@ Smell Goods Lady - I completely agree. It seems like this year I have noticed a ton of mineral makeup companies popping up. Thankfully, and hopefully, this will be the norm and not just a passing trend. Even the large makeup Corp. are switching over.

My best, Lynn

Debbie said...

That is quite a bit more costly than the $1.79 stuff I use from ELF! But, it probably is tons better.

Mammatalk said...

I have been eyeing Bare Minerals.....Hmmm?

And, gotta love dear ol' Max. I'd be lost without my mascara wand!

Anonymous said...

Bare Minerals are not organic. They aren't even all that natural. I am a professional makeup artist and skin care specialist and I know a lot about cosmetic ingredients etc.. I have used Bare Minerals in the past and was very dissapointed with several things.......
1) they say they are PURE minerals- they are not. They use Bismuth Oxychloride which is not an actual mineral but a METAL that has been processed with tin and copper, it is well known to cause irritation, rash, itching and in some cases acne. This is a cheap ingredient and produces the shine in their product. A lot of people are very allergic to this ingredient.
2)They say they are all natural and that they use NO preservatives. This is also untrue, if you turn your jar of mineral veil over you can see plain as day there are parabeans (chemical preservatives) in the ingredient listing
3)Their makeup leaves you shiny, greasy and you need to reapply often
4)they are overhyped and overpriced for what they are giving you.

If you are truly looking for natural products I would stay away from Drugstore brands (most of them Bismuth oxychloride is their main ingredient) but besides that they are loaded with additional uneeded fillers and chemicals which can break you out and cause irritation. This includes mary kay and especially Avon who has a huge ingredient listing. Far from natural/organic.

For a great Natural mineral makeup I suggest you try Faerie Organic Minerals. They are the best I have used hands down and not just in the natural dept. They are better than most anything I have ever used and I have used a lot products, brands and mediums. They are light, airy, natural looking, cover very well, last all day and leave a dewy glow. They are really good for your skin and can help skin conditions like acne and rosacea get better due to the zinc oxide (anti-inflammatory) and Boron Nitride which is antibacterial. They do not use Bismuth oxychloride, have no cheap fillers and no preservatives at all. I really recommend you try their free sample kit. It comes with 2 foundations, sheer veil, and bronzer. This is the best way to see for yourself. You can check it out here
professional makeup artist-10years
skin care specialist

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