Best Mineral Makeup: Bare Escentuals

Bare Essentials Bare Minerals Makeup

bareMinerals Get Started Kit

Review:

I have tried different brands of mineral makeup, including drugstore brands and those available only online.  There is one brand that stood head and shoulders above the others – Bare Escentuals bareMinerals (often misspelled as bare mineral makeup or bare essentials makeup).  Their price was an excellent value compared to others, especially for those starting out for whom the bareMinerals Get Started Kit is ideal.

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Ingredients to Avoid in Acne Makeup

UPDATE:  Please read this update first before reading the rest of this post.

I recently discovered more information about the list compiled by James Fulton and how that research was done.  My new information comes from Paula Begoun’s book “The Original Beauty Bible“.  She points out that this research was done with much larger concentrations of these ingredients than would ever be used in any makeup product.  What this really means is that we don’t have to be scared off by products that might contain one, or even more,  of the ingredients listed below.  Instead, look at where the ingredient is placed in the list on the product label.  The higher on the list the ingredient is, the higher the concentration in the product.  Therefore, if the second ingredient listed is one of the ‘pore-clogging’ ones below, then it is probably a significant ingredient in that product and is not a great choice.  If it is near the end of the list of ingredients, then you probably do not need to get too concerned.  Alternatively, you can always judge by the way the product feels on your skin.  If it feels too creamy or greasy for you then it probably is.

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Review of bareMinerals Matte Foundation

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation Fair

Description:

This is Bare Escentuals’ new matte formula of its original bareMinerals foundation. It is supposed to absorb excess oil without drying the skin. It is almost meant to improve the appearance of the skin, minimizing pores and promoting cell turnover with their Rare Minerals Active Soil Complex. The container has been redesigned with a ‘click, lock, go’ cap so that there are no spills. This powder foundation also has an SPF 15 with no chemicals or preservatives. You can see a full list of ingredients on the product page, using the link provided below.

Bare Escentuals’ research by an independent research company says that

93% of users saw minimized pores
85% experienced improved skin clarity
89% said they had reduced shine

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Is Makeup Causing Your Acne?

Take a look at this video by Paula Begoun, The Cosmetics Cop, on whether makeup causes acne. Paula gives some good advice for makeup lovers with acne.

Hope this was informative for you.  Check out our Makeup for Acne Store for a large selection of makeup and skincare for acne prone skin.  You can also find our own reviews of specific products on the Product Reviews page on your menu bar above.

Make sure you check out the article on Preparing Your Skin for Makeup and other Acne Makeup Tips that will help your makeup look more natural and last longer.

When to Splurge on Makeup

Drugstore or Department Store? Budget or Luxury?

When does it make sense to spend more money on your cosmetics and when is it unnecessary? woman with money picture

In today’s economy in particular, we need to be very careful about where we spend our money.  With more and more drugstore brand companies making ‘higher-tech’ cosmetics, it is difficult to decide whether it is worth it to spend extra money on the latest high-fashion makeup.  Here are a few guidelines to follow before you take out your credit card:

  1. Can you afford it? Seems like a no-brainer question, but for those of us who are makeup junkies, treating yourself to a fancy lipstick is a way of cheering up when times are tough. If you don’t have the spare cash, save up or look at all the new lipsticks at the drugstore.
  2. Is the color right for you? If you just can’t find the right color in the drugstore brands, you may have to resort to the more expensive ones.  There’s nothing worse than looking like you’re wearing a mask because you have on the wrong color foundation.
  3. Is the formula right for you? While there is a wider range of budget products out there than ever before, it still can’t compare to the huge diversity of special brand-name cosmetics.  Try the budget one first, if it looks right.  If it doesn’t work for you, return it and try something else.  Just keep your receipts!

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