You’ve seen the late night infomercials and, possibly, heard some women chanting the “swirl, tap, buff” mantra behind closed bathroom doors before hitting the runway, and in the back of your mind, you wonder — does it actually work.
In case you have no idea what I’m referring to, it’s Bare Minerals by Bare Escentuals. If you haven’t heard about it by now, then you’re not staying up late enough.
In a moment of weakness just over 6 months ago, I decided to plunk down the cash to take these minerals for a whirl. I’m the avoid makeup unless absolutely necessary type, however, my complexion is less than perfect. So, to look reasonably attractive while trotting around town, makeup is a necessary evil.
Bare Minerals looked as though it would be a happy medium for the happy to be natural and the reality check girls in me.
- Lightweight and sheer for a natural look
- Easy blending for various skin tones
- Natural ingredients
- SPF 15
- Quick application
What You Get
I was so thrilled that I almost mauled the postman on arrival. Tearing into the box revealed a nice set of surprises, which may have changed since I received mine:
- Two tones of mineral cover up
- Warmth mineral make up
- Mineral veil finishing powder
- md Formulations facial cleanser
- Four brushes (kabuki, baby buki, concealer, and flawless face)
- Instructional DVD
- Travel case for stashing my goodies
Playing Dress Up
Mineral make up was foreign territory for me; that prompted me to actually read the instructions before using it. Hmmm, I believe that was the first time I realized makeup actually came with instructions.
The included DVD was a nice touch because it went through the entire application process using various women to divulge their own mineral makeup secrets. Once you have the basic instructions down (swirl, tap, buff), it’s quite easy to use your face as a playground.
One fault I did have with the DVD, however, is that it’s basically just the instructions wrapped in a long advertisement for the other mineral makeup products. A few times I caught myself feeling sad because I didn’t have most of the products mentioned in some of the women’s tips. At one point, they plugged their other products so many times, it almost made me wonder if the company was hard up for cash.
All of that aside, I was able to get myself all dolled up in about 10 minutes. I went to check my face in the bathroom mirror — did I forget to mention that I applied it all without a mirror? – and amazingly enough, it worked; it looked as though I wasn’t wearing makeup, yet had pretty skin.
An Elite Member of the Pretty Party and Other Happy Side Effects
Even without all of the additional products touted in the DVD, I was able to wow family, friends, and complete strangers alike. It was official, I had finally become an elite member of the pretty party without looking made up. In fact, most people thought I wasn’t wearing any makeup at all. The one compliment I received above all else? How beautiful my skin was. (If only they all knew…)
Another claim is that Bare Minerals is so lightweight, you can sleep in it without ill effects. Well, that was put to the test — unintentionally, of course — and I can say it’s true. After the number of power naps I’ve taken with a full spread of this stuff, I’m surprised my face hasn’t turned into a pizzeria. (Frankly, I wouldn’t recommend that you make a habit of it though.)
The makeup arrives in tiny jars, but a little does go a long way (though the same can’t be said for the mineral veil — more on that coming up). It’s taken nearly three months to finally deplete “my color” and I still haven’t even made a dent in the Warmth despite regular use. To say the value of the cover up has surprised me would be an understatement.
As if being a member of the pretty party wasn’t enough, the mineral makeup actually went a step further to help improve the overall health and tone of my skin. It didn’t happen overnight, although it seems like it, but one morning I caught a glimpse of my skin before applying the makeup and had to say “damn, my skin looks good.”
The “When It Rains, It Pours” Reality Check
At an early age, we learn that nothing is without its faults, and Bare Minerals is no exception — the main one being how messy it is to use. Most of the mess could probably be avoided if the jars were wider; wide enough to fit the full spread of the flawless finish brush. But, until that day comes, be prepared to use extra care when applying it or possibly change your shirt.
There’s also a good chance that you’ll need a bit of super glue if you want your flawless face brush to hold itself together. One would think that a $22 brush could at least hold up for a few months, but it’s really a hit or miss — if you have your own set of high quality professional brushes, go with that.
Set aside a small investment fund for the mineral veil finishing powder because it goes twice as quickly as the foundation. This is because you can and are supposed to be much more liberal with its application and the number of holes in the jar is unforgiving in that regard. You try to tap out an anthill, but get a mountain instead.
If you’re heading out for a night on the town or a day at the beach, don’t even think about glistening (and by “glistening”, I mean sweating). Your flawless face will streak at the first sign of liquid and that will surely give away your secret — or make you look like you have some rare and troublesome skin disorder. And snuggling up to anyone is out of the question unless you want him (or her) to be wearing your foundation too.
The Final Word on Bare Minerals
It should be no secret that I truly love bare minerals, however, there certainly is room for improvement. In a perfect world, Bare Minerals would be waterproof (or, at least, water resistant), wouldn’t rub off on anything or anyone, and wouldn’t be so messy.
But, this isn’t a perfect world yet, so we need to make due with what we’ve got and with Bare Minerals, we’ve got a lot. Bare Minerals definitely gets a thumbs up if you’re someone who prefers the natural look (i.e. like you’re not wearing makeup at all), or if you have sensitive skin.