Foundations -Bare Escentuals - Bare Minerals Ready Foundation
TheMoonBunny 11/2/2012 11:36:00 PM
Before using this foundation, I had used their powder foundation for 2 years. I have sensitive, acne-prone combination skin. Also good to know: I do not use primer under my foundation because everything I have tried has made me break out. This review and references to the powder foundation, then, are without primer. This foundation runs *lighter* than the powder. You will probably need one shade darker than usual. PROS --- a tiny bit goes a long way --- less messy than the powder foundation --- easy to travel with CONS --- easily becomes cakey, even when stipled on --- wears off SUPER fast --- after 8 hours, entire patches of foundation will have vanished, which leaves a blotchy effect --- made me break out a little bit --- easy to contaminate the foundation compact Overall, because this foundation does not have staying power, I would not recommend it. (Even without primer, the powder foundation lasts up to 12 hours for me.)
Either I had an allergic reaction to this product or it is just too drying for average hair... Each time I used this, my head itched so bad afterward that I actually checked for lice. I'm serious. We're talking both hands, fingers clawed up, scratching the skin raw... Naturally, I also developed dandruff almost immediately. I've never had that kind of reaction with any hair care product in my entire life... Unless you have hair as oily as Severus Snape, RUN away from this product.
This highlighter has a very white/icy tone. I found that it's perfect for highlighting my brow bone, but it's too "glowy" to use near my eyes; if I use it near my eyes, I get the "goggles" effect, even if I apply it beneath my foundation. PROS --- smooth, lightweight, & effective --- only reflects light upon turning your head left/right/etc.(clear otherwise) --- great for brow bone highlighting --- also works well for the cupid's bow of the lip CONS --- so icy white around the eyes that it can create the goggle effect --- packaging (pot) could easily be contaminated from doubledipping / putting your finger in --- Lush will not let you take a sample of this to try before buying --- too much comes in the pot; won't be able to use it up within 1year for just brow-bone highlighting I'm very disappointed that Lush isn't allowing samples of their makeup, such as this or their bronzer. Our Lush is located deep inside a casino, so it's not practical to just "walk outside" to check. I won't be buying anymore Lush makeup. Sephora is just five stores down, and they can sample.
PROS --- crisp, cinnamon-like fall smell before you use it --- does make crackling sounds in the tub CONS --- smell isn't strong in the bath (and that's with a low water level, too) --- didn't really do anything for my skin --- doesn't turn the water any pretty color --- an incredibly small sized bomb... like a golf ball (compare that with Twilight or Avobath.. They're like baseballs) Overall, I thought this was a waste of money because it didn't really do anything for me. I don't understand the hype around it or why Lush is bringing it back this year. I would not buy it again for myself or even as a gift for someone else.
I have sensitive, acne-prone combination skin. I tried using Ultrabland about a week ago because I wanted a cleanser that would do double duty by removing makeup. I normally use Lush's Angels on Bare Skin and love it. Ultrabland did not work well for me! It brought back my acne. Now I'm trying to fix things by going back to my former routine. >___< These are my results/findings after just 3-4 days of Ultrabland: PROS --- easily removed foundation --- seemed to help get rid of some small bumps on my forehead --- creates that "squeaky clean" feeling, if you like that (I don't) CONS --- made me break out in regular & cystic acne along my cheeks & jaw --- made me break out in tiny whiteheads (4-6) --- I kept waking up with an oily T-zone (not normal for me) --- have to use a washcloth each time to rub it off, which felt abrasive and creates more laundry --- sucks at removing eye makeup Overall, maybe this would be better for folks with really dry skin... I'm not sure! I do know a couple girls who are in their 20s and use this with no problem..
Powder -Bare Escentuals - bare Minerals Foundation #2/#3 & Mineral Veil
TheMoonBunny 10/19/2012 1:21:00 AM
I've been using Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation for nearly 2 years now. I'm using Fairly Medium C20, and I have sensitive, acne-prone combination skin, with a history of severe cystic acne. I'm on the fence about this foundation because it has many pros & cons for me. Every time I try a liquid foundation, I break out. PROS --- perfect shade for my skin --- does not cause *any* breakouts --- completely covers mild rosacea / redness --- quick to apply --- if applied with ELF's powder brush, doesn't look like I"m wearing any makeup at all --- it applied with ELF's powder brush, doesn't emphasize pores too much CONS --- easily can look cakey or chalky --- easily will magnify pores in the cheeks / nose --- will settle into any grooves / wrinkles / acne crater scars --- mineral veil seems ineffective at mattifying & sealing in foundation Overall, I've stuck with this because it evens my skin tone, hides my rosacea and discoloration from acne scarring, and doesn't cause me to break out. I have been trying liquid foundations because I would like to minimize my pore size, but every liquid foundation so far causes me to break out in regular or cystic acne. Many primers also cause me to break out. However, I suspect this product would work better with a primer beneath it.
I used this for the first time today with my Bare Minerals original spf15 foundation and had superb results. I was about to give up on Bare Minerals because it looked cakey on me when I used their brush (piece of crap) and even my MAC 190 foundation brush. This ELF brush seems to have solved my dilemma! PROS --- even application and easy to buff into my skin --- made me look like I wasn't even wearing makeup --- very soft bristles --- bristles pick up product well --- sleek design! --- such an inexpensive brush for such quality results! CONS --- a synthetic, unpleasant smell when I first used it (even after washing it the night before) --- the first brush I opened in the store had some bristles stuck together (maybe glued?), so I would avoid buying this brush online in case I got a dud. I loved this brush so much today that I'm considering making little Christmas packages for my aunties, who both use Bare Minerals too.
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Flawless Application Face Brush
TheMoonBunny 10/19/2012 12:54:00 AM
I got this as part of the Bare Minerals starter kit about 2 years ago and threw it away within 3-4 months because it wasn't even worth donating to Goodwill -- and I normally try to recycle things! I have nothing positive to say about this brush. CONS --- bristles fell out all the time, even when applying --- did not buff in my foundation --- made my foundation look cakey --- not very soft bristles --- seems like the brush absorbed more makeup than it put on me. It got dirty so fast.
I have fair skin (not certain of my NW/NC yet). My skin is sensitive and acne prone. I am not a makeup connoisseur. All I know is that I usually hate blush because it looks fake and tacky on me -- and sometimes even emphasizes my underlying rosacea! This blush seems perfect for me -- not too pink or red or peachy or anything. It looks natural on my skin and made me appreciate blush for the first time. It was also my first NARS product, and I'm impressed with the packaging/container, as well as the longevity of the product. I've had it for about 1 1/2 years now and I still have at least 1/2 left in the container. A little bit of this goes a long way.
I'm not very skilled with eye shadow application yet, so I can't offer much feedback except for this: PROS --- deeply pigmented --- very flattering for green or hazel eyes (like me) --- a little bit goes a long way if you use it over eyelid primer --- seems to be a versatile color This is my only MAC eye shadow that I have loved and used so much that I've ordered a new pot of it. My first pot lasted me 4 years. I didn't use it daily because I was busy with college, but I've used it a lot these past 2 years. I just opened my new one a few days ago.
I'm not surprised to hear that they are discontinuing this product. I used this for about a year while I was in college, but it was awful for my sensitive, acne-prone combination skin. It looked heavy, emphasized my acne and pock marks, and made me break out all the time. (I was too busy with my studies and with work to bother finding another foundation at the time.)
PROS --- subtle coconut smell CONS --- messy to put on; I had to use a makeup brush in it to dust it under my armpits. --- can easily spread to clothes & make you look messy --- doesn't actually work after about 2-3 hours on me I really wanted to like this, but it's a no go for me. I'm sticking with regular deodorant from the DS for now.
PROS --- it's natural...? CONS --- very abrasive on skin, hurts going on --- doesn't last a full work day --- barely even has a nice smell I'm glad I only got a sample of this. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone regardless of skin type.
I've been using this product for about 2 years now. PROS --- exfoliates skin --- leaves behind a light layer of shea butter to moisturize --- amazing on my bottom and thighs --- large sized bar lasts me up to six months (using it 2-3x per week) CONS --- feels greasy at first when you get out of the shower because it takes 7-10 mins to absorb --- easy to over do it! A little goes a long, long way with this!
I got this during my first winter on the East Coast. PROS --- feels heavy but absorbs within 3-5 mins --- very moisturizing --- a little bit goes a LONG way --- cured my dry knuckles, fingers, etc. literally overnight --- is fabulous for dry elbows, feet, etc. --- doesn't cause break outs / rashes / etc. for me CONS --- some folks don't like the *strong* lemon scent (I happen to love citrus.) --- I only need this in the winter, so I forgot about it and my pot expired because it's only good for a year. If I bought this again, I would try to find a friend to split the pot with me.