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Reviewer: ShanStrate
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Age Range:35-44
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Eye Color:Hazel
Display Name: Shannon
Date:08/30/2012
As Great as the Original With A Few Perks!
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: this is good stuff!
First off, let me say I'm a die hard "loose" BareMinerals fan, so I groaned a bit when I learned BE was developing a line of "solid" products. I swore I would protest by not using them. When I received a sample of READY foundation, I didn't want to like it. ;) However, I decided to try it (to be fair). I've worn the foundation for several days now, so I've given it a fair shot.
**THE VERDICT** I love this foundation!
READY foundation is every bit as great as original BE loose mineral foundation. It applies similarly, wears the same, feels the same, and covers the same. But there are two benefits to this product that are the reasons I will likely switch to READY foundation from now on. First, it is hydrating, as promised. My skin is combo/dry and I can see a difference already. Second, READY foundation is not as messy as the loose foundation. This was never a big problem for me anyway, but it is nice. Additionally, you get SPF 20 protection, a built-in mirror, really lightweight wear, great coverage and it smells pleasant. You really can't go wrong with READY foundation! :)
0points
 
 Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner - Noon
Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner - Noon
Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Noon
 
Reviewer: ShanStrate
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Age Range:35-44
Skin Type:Normal
Skin Shade:Light
Eye Color:Hazel
Display Name: Shannon
Date:06/27/2012
Not a huge fan... :(
Rating
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: no built-in sharpener, no built-in smudge tip
I received this in the mail today and immediately gave it a try. There are two things going for this eyeliner: it's waterproof and it applies easily (albeit a bit clumpy). That's it as far as perks go, I'm afraid. I'm even more saddened to have learned that BE has discontinued their line of "Big & Bold" eyeliner and all the fabulous colors that came with it.
The twist up stick (giving you the most eyeliner for your buck)? Gone! The convenient built-in sharpener on the end? Gone! You have to use a pencil sharpener to sharpen this eyeliner (which I absolutely loathe). The nifty built-in smudge tip? Gone! These very features were exactly what had me coming back for more, more, MORE Big & Bold eyeliner as they're a bit hard to find in drugstore brands (esp. the sharpener & smudge tip). All gone!
I've noticed I'm not the only reviewer who feels this way. It is my sincere hope that BE listens to their customers and brings back the Big & Bold eyeliner collection. If they still want to sell Round the Clock, great, but at least give us the choice!
In a perfect world, BE would sell Big & Bold as it used to be, but in "regular" and "waterproof" formulas. Until then, I'll be buying a drugstore brand that is as close to the Big & Bold (perks) as I can get. Sorry, but this is a step down for me. :(
+11points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 11out of 11found this review helpful.
 
 100% Natural Lipgloss - Rose
100% Natural Lipgloss - Rose
100% Natural Lipgloss - Rose
 
Reviewer: ShanStrate
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Age Range:35-44
Skin Type:Normal
Skin Shade:Light
Eye Color:Hazel
Display Name: Shannon
Date:06/23/2012
Good Stuff!
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I really like this lipgloss a lot. It applies nicely (thanks to the brush applicator), is smooth and silky feeling, smells great (almost like glazed donuts), and has a nice variety of colors. It wears about like any lipgloss on the market and is very sheer. The lipgloss applies nicely over a lipstick, or you can dip the brush into any of your favorite BE eye or cheek colors to make your own shade. Awesome! :)
+2points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 2out of 2found this review helpful.
 
 Double-ended Big & Bright Eyeliner: Slate & Black Iris
Double-ended Big & Bright Eyeliner: Slate & Black Iris
Double-ended Big & Bright Eyeliner: Slate & Black Iris (cool gray/deep violet)
 
Reviewer: ShanStrate
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Age Range:35-44
Skin Type:Normal
Skin Shade:Light
Eye Color:Hazel
Display Name: Shannon
Date:06/18/2012
Eyeliner Duo Is Awesome!
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: unusual colors
This is a great pair of eyeliners. The reason I ordered is because the colors are somewhat unusual... Different than the grey & brown standards. The colors are gorgeous on hazel brown eyes to boot. The only con here (and it's a small one) is that, since this is a double ended eyeliner, there is no room for the usual BE sharpener & smudging tip. If you own another BE eyeliner, you can just borrow from that (just be sure to clean the smudging tip off between uses or you'll end up mixing the colors on your eyelid).
**I'd like to address the problem that some gals are having with the staying power of BE eyeliners. It's true that they do not stay on as well as some other brands. I believe this is because they are so easy to apply (soft). HOWEVER, there is an EASY fix. Simply apply BE's *excellent* Prime Time eyeshadow primer all over your eye lid (even on bottom lids in the same place you'd apply eyeliner). It helps keep eyeshadow AND eyeliner in place all day long. Apply shadow/liner as usual. Then, take a very small brush and apply a little Mineral Veil over the top of your eyeliner. Voila! Instant staying power! I do this technique with ALL brands of eyeliner and it works famously. Try it and see for yourself. :)
+31points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 32out of 33found this review helpful.
 
 bareMinerals Lipliner - Berry
bareMinerals Lipliner - Berry
bareMinerals Lipliner - Berry
 
Reviewer: ShanStrate
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Age Range:35-44
Skin Type:Normal
Skin Shade:Light
Eye Color:Hazel
Display Name: Shannon
Date:03/13/2012
BE Lip Liner Doesn't Disappoint!
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: good stuff!
This lip liner in "Berry" was my first by BE, and I was not disappointed. The color is great, nice pigmentation, wears nicely, etc. There are a couple of really "stand out" features that are worth mentioning here, I think. One is that, like BE eyeliners, this lip liner applies easily with minimal effort or tugging at the lips. I found that it stays in place even better when I Iightly dust my lips with Mineral Veil (on a brush) after lining but before applying lipstick or gloss on top. This helps to set the lip liner AND lip color. The second thing I love about this product is the built-in sharpener on the end. I've never seen this on a lip liner before and I think it's a very nice feature. All in all, another great product from BareMinerals!
-1point
Helpful Votes Recieved: 0out of 1found this review helpful.
 
 I Wish Collection
I Wish Collection
I Wish Collection (including Small Dandelion, Shooting Star, and Lucky Penny Eyecolor)
 
Reviewer: ShanStrate
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Age Range:35-44
Skin Type:Normal
Skin Shade:Light
Eye Color:Hazel
Display Name: Shannon
Date:03/09/2012
"I Wish" = One Fantastic Kit!
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: get this while you can!
The "I Wish" collection is one of my favorites EVER! These are three gorgeous colors that look smashing together, but stunning on their own or with numerous other BE eyeshadow combinations. Wear these eyeshadows sparingly for a touch of color, heavier for more color, and wet (the darker ones) for devistating color! This kit is also great because the colors can be worn year-round. Such a fun, fun kit, and the price... well, you really cannot beat it, can you? Get this one while you can, girls. What are you waiting for? Hurry! You won't be disappointed!
+3points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 3out of 3found this review helpful.
 
 Face Fashion: Pure Happiness
Face Fashion: Pure Happiness
Face Fashion: Pure Happiness Collection (including Happy Eyecolor, Wowza Eyecolor, Mini Big & Bright Eyeliner in Indigo, Small Chuckle Blush and Mini 100% Natural Lipgloss in Funnel Cake)
 
Reviewer: ShanStrate
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Age Range:35-44
Skin Type:Normal
Skin Shade:Light
Eye Color:Hazel
Display Name: Shannon
Date:02/18/2012
Pure Happiness Indeed!
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: a real treat
I have to add mine to the chorus of voices saying I LOVE THIS KIT! The colors are bright and cheery without being overdone and they mix well with a myriad of other BE colors/products. And really, for the price, this kit can't be beat! Another great thing is that the colors are balanced enough that I think nearly anyone could wear them (together as a kit). I may even order myself another kit. I'd especially hate to run out of Wowza eyeshadow.
*My only suggestion* for you ladies is to make sure you set the eyeliner in place with a little dab of Mineral Veil on a tiny brush for maximum wear. I do this with any brand of eyeliner, not just BE. BE eyeliner glides on so easily and is beautifully pigmented, but I've heard some women say they feel it doesn't last very well. I'm happy to say I've never had this problem, and I attribute it to my little trick. Fantastic!
+1point
Helpful Votes Recieved: 1out of 1found this review helpful.
 
 Face Fashion: Pretty Wild
Face Fashion: Pretty Wild
Face Fashion: Pretty Wild Collection, including mini Violetta Eyecolor(faded lilac), Greenhouse Eyecolor (earthy green), Floret Blush (pink bloom shimmer), Mini Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Blue Black, and Mini Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in Vivacious (wild rose)
 
Reviewer: ShanStrate
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Age Range:35-44
Skin Type:Normal
Skin Shade:Light
Eye Color:Hazel
Display Name: Shannon
Date:12/28/2011
Pretty Wild = A Pretty Look!
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pretty Wild is a fabulous kit! I've used it many times in the week and a half I've had it. The colors are muted and versatile.
"Violatta" (light greyish-purple) and "Greenhouse" (sagey green) eyeshadows are beautiful together or worn with a plethora of other BE eyeshadows. They are muted enough to give you a punch of color without looking overdone. I also think they'd work with most skintones and coloring.
The "Floret" blush is a nice medium pink color, again good for most ladies (IMO). Not too red, not too brown.
I love the "Blue Black" mascara! I was a bit afraid when I first opened the tube as I don't do blue mascara at all. However, when I gave it a try I was pleasantly surprised at how faint (and I do mean faint) the blue color is. It's VERY subtle, and I wouldn't hesitate to wear it any time of day.
I really like the "Vivacious" Pretty Amazing Lip Color. It's my first tube of PA, and I must say I was impressed with how long this stuff lasts. My only gripe is the applicator. I don't really know how to describe it, but it picks up A LOT of color and has a tendency to unevenly apply the product. Perhaps BE will change that in the months to come. However, I really can't complain because I like the color (again, a good one for most gals, I'd say).
This is a great kit to pick up if you can, ladies! You won't be disappointed. "Go Wild!"
-1point
Helpful Votes Recieved: 0out of 1found this review helpful.
 
 Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Gold Rush Collection (including Petite White Gold Eyecolor, Petite Rose Gold Eyecolor, Petite Aztec Gold Eyecolor, Petite Black Gold Eyecolor, and Mini Quickie Shadow Brush)
 
Reviewer: ShanStrate
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Age Range:35-44
Skin Type:Normal
Skin Shade:Light
Eye Color:Hazel
Display Name: Shannon
Date:12/20/2011
Sexy, Smoldering Elegance!
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I have to agree with the other reviewers here: this is a fabulous kit! I love the Rose Gold eyeshadow and Black Gold liner shadow especially, but they're all great. They're beautiful at holiday time, for a night out, even during the day when worn sparingly. It also comes in a beautiful box with a mirror inside... typical BE attention to detail.
As another reviewer said, you do have to be careful with the Black Gold liner shadow. If it falls on your face during application, you'll end up with black smudges no matter how careful you are wiping it off. I have a couple of suggestions to avoid this: try holding a square of toilet tissue under your eye when applying or, if you do still get some on your face, take a Q-Tip with a small amount of cold cream or lotion on it and carefully wipe the black away. Of course, this will remove your foundation as well, but you can easily touch it up when it's in a tiny area.
Again, this is a really fab kit! Pick it up while you can, girls. You won't regret it!
0points
 
 Plum Eyecolor - Surprise
Plum Eyecolor - Surprise
Pretty as a princess.
 
Reviewer: ShanStrate
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Age Range:35-44
Skin Type:Normal
Skin Shade:Light
Eye Color:Hazel
Display Name: Shannon
Date:12/19/2011
Surprise! You're In For A Treat...
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I brought "Surprise" home as a sample from a BE boutique. I loved it instantly when I tried it out, so I've ordered a full size. It's a lighter color, true, but this one stands out where others tend to wash out a bit. It's a gorgeous light purple with hints of iridescence. Beautiful on the eye lids! It also works well as an accent liner (below your regular one on the bottom lid). I had fun wearing it wet and mixing it with a couple of my darker purples, too. "Surprise" is a really fun color that I'm sure to reach for time and again.
+1point
Helpful Votes Recieved: 1out of 1found this review helpful.
 
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Where is Warmth meant to be put on the cheeks?
I've heard about a million different explanation for applying Warmth, and I'd like to hear what you all think. Where does Warmth go on the cheeks? On top for a highlight? In the middle for some extra color? In the hollows for a more sculpted cheek look?
Top 10 Contributor
Hi!

I s'pose you'd apply Warmth in whatever fashion suits you. I know some gals use it as a blush. I've used it as an eyeshadow, myself. However, on any given day I personally use it in a "3" shape (w/ a slanted brush) starting at my forehead, sweeping down my temples to below my cheekbones (I like the contoured cheek look, personally), then on down to the chin bone (and under also to provide a shadow). Repeat in a backwards "3" on the other side of your face. I don't think there is exactly one "proper" way to apply warmth, but that's the way I've seen it done in boutiques, etc many, many times. Additionally, I have dabbed a bit on a small brush & applied it down the sides & on the tip of my nose to give it slimmer, more contoured look. This is a great trick to use but it takes a little practice. :)

While I think Warmth is a super product, I have to use it VERY sparingly (only the dust in the lid). I have fair skin w/ pink undertones, and it tends to look really dark, fake, and orange if I'm not careful. I wish BE would develop a Warmth-type product for those of is who are very fair skinned. Dare to dream?

Good luck to you!
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ShanStrate
1 year, 10 months ago
 
How do you use bare minerals as a lip balm? What do you put on first or do you mix them on your hand and then apply?
Bare minerals and balm
Top 10 Contributor
Hi!

I just take my lip gloss or lip stick and dip it into the eyeshadow or blush (or whatever product) that is the color I want to tint my gloss or stick, then apply it right to my lips.

TIP: if you are using a lip gloss with a spongy applicator, it can pick up the color you're dipping into and permanently change the color of your gloss. If I want to play with dipping a gloss into BE products, I just buy a cheap lip gloss and experiment. That way, if the color changes I don't feel bad because I didn't spend a lot of money on it. You don't tend to have this problem if you use a lipstick because it is solid and there is no applicator. Whatever you dip your lipstick into is applied directly to your lips and it's not deposited back into your remaining product. Try playing with it! There's no reason why you couldn't try mixing a little product on your hand and apply it with a lip brush. Have fun and experiment! I hope this helps in some small way. Good luck to you!
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ShanStrate
2 years, 1 month ago
 
 Essential Brow Kit - Dark Blonde/Med
Essential Brow Kit - Dark Blonde/Med
Essential Brow Kit - Dark Blonde/Medium Brown
 
How do I shape my brows?
Is there a stensil used for defining brows? How do I shape brows to fit my face?
Top 10 Contributor
Hi there!

If you are completely clueless here, I'd take this to a pro for sure. Make an appointment with your hair stylist and ask for her help (brow appointments only take a few minutes). She can then either pluck or wax your brows into shape, and you can easily keep that shape up by plucking as they grow back. You'll want your stylist to check your brows from time to time to make sure they don't need a wax touch up. Eventually, you'll get the hang of plucking/shaping and you should be able to keep up your brows on your own.

Good luck! :)
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ShanStrate
2 years, 1 month ago
 
 Blush - First Class
Blush - First Class
Naturally good-for-you cheek color.
 
I have pale skin with TONS of red in my cheek and nose area...what color blush would go well and not be too dark or too red on my pale skin?
I just need help picking a blush that won't make me look like a clown? I have very red undertones in my cheeks already....
Top 10 Contributor
Hi! You could try Kiss or Giddy Pink. They are classic pinks that aren't too overpowering. Remember, BE blushes are highly pigmented, so you need very little. Start out with a tiny bit; you can always add more.

Here's a tip that might help: before you apply your foundation, apply a light layer of Well Rested over your cheeks (or all over as a brightener). Just a little. The benefit is that Well Rested is a redness reducer, and it may help to blend out the natural redness in your cheeks so you have a more even palette to start out with. It's great for blemishes, too. Try dabbing it in the inner corners of your eyes after you apply eyeshadow to brighten that area up. It's great stuff! Good luck to you!
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ShanStrate
2 years, 1 month ago
 
What would be the best brush for well rested for eyes?
What would be the best brush for well rested for eyes?
Top 10 Contributor
Hello there!

Which brush to use for Well Rested? It depends. If you are wearing Well Rested as an eyeshadow, use an eyeshadow brush. If you are using it to cover dark/red spots and/or blemishes, use the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush. If you are wearing Well Rested under your foundation (*sparingly*, for extra oomph as a brightener), use the regular old Flawless Face Brush.

One note: If you are fair, try using Well Rested as a concealer rather than Bisque. I'm extremely fair, and Bisque is a bit too dark for me. Well Rested is the perfect shade. It is a true multi-tasking product: an eyeshadow, concealer, redness reducer, brightener, etc. One of the most useful & versatile products BE makes, for sure! I love this stuff.
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ShanStrate
2 years, 1 month ago
 
when do I apply clear radiance--under mineral veil or the last thing?
I don't know when to apply clear radiance--first or last or in bettween
Top 10 Contributor
Hi!

I like to apply Raidence last, over Mineral Veil, on my cheek bones, down my nose, etc. (anywhere you want a little highlight). Some ladies like to wear it in place of Mineral Veil as a final dusting all over the face. I've also tried it under my foundation (mid-winter, on days when my skin really has the blahs). There are so many ways to wear this fantastic product. The main thing is to play around and find how *you* like to wear it. Some additional ways I've worn Radience: as an eyeshadow, over eyeshadow, and (sparsely) as a lip dip (dip your fave lip gloss or stick in and apply). Radiance is beautiful on your décolleté as well. My favorite brush to apply Radience with is the Soft Focus Face Brush. It is fantastic and helps you apply just the right amount of product. Plus, IT'S SO SOFT! Try other colors of Radience as well. Truly, one of my all time favorite BE products. Have Fun and Happy Glowing!
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ShanStrate
2 years, 1 month ago
 
 Waterproof Smoky Eye Sticks - 5 Inch Stiletto
Waterproof Smoky Eye Sticks - 5 Inch Stiletto
Waterproof Smoky Eye Sticks
 
I loved it when I first got it but now it too thick. How do you sharpen this?
I have oily eyelids...my makeup just slides off. I've been looking for an eyeliner that will stay on. This works pretty well but I like it better when it's sharp.
Top 10 Contributor
Hi!

The full sized BareMinerals eyeliners have a built-in sharpener and smudger on the end (which seems to be a difficult thing to find these days). Just pull it off & sharpen away! I have found that any brand of eyeliner stays on much better when an eyelid primer is used. I really like PrimeTime for eyes, personally. Also (and this is important), once your liner is applied, take a small brush and apply a little Mineral Veil over the top. Voila! Sets it in place really well, and it should stay put all day. Happy lining!
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ShanStrate
2 years, 4 months ago
 
How do I know which color of radiance to choose? I use the medium now and I have pink undertones.
Which color of radiance would someone use with pink undertones?
Top 10 Contributor
Hi!

I have fair skin with pink undertones. I think that any of the radiances would work well as long as they aren't the orangish ones (Tropical, Warm, etc.). I have many of the radiances and I love them all, but my all-time favorite is Clear Radiance. It's got a slight iridescent quality to it, and pink undertones as well. It is GORGEOUS!! Pure Radiance, Flawless Radiance, and Rose Radiance are some of my other favorites. Radiance looks great on your cheek bones (or any high point of your face). Some people use it all over as a "top coat" instead of Mineral Veil. Try it on your brow bone for a pretty highlight. Dip your lip gloss in it for some shimmer. Apply a little on your décolleté. It has so many uses. You'll love it!

P.S. Treat yourself to the Soft Focus Face Brush for perfect application. :-)
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ShanStrate
2 years, 4 months ago
 
 Last Chance Eyecolors - Masquerade
Last Chance Eyecolors - Masquerade
Masquerade Eyecolor (indigo teal) (size: small)
 
I recieved a $20 of a $50 purchase card and was wondering if i can use that on last chance products?
The reason I ask is because there are a few shades that I love and they are all in last chance. In the product description it says cannot use and money off the products.
Top 10 Contributor
Is it a gift card? If so, I don't see why not. I think they just mean you can't apply a percentage off coupon or anything like that. You could try placing the order via phone and ask the rep before you get started. However, I honestly don't see why it'd be a problem.
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ShanStrate
2 years, 4 months ago
 
 Plum Eyecolor - Surprise
Plum Eyecolor - Surprise
Pretty as a princess.
 
Re: purple hue eyeshadow for blue eyes
Hello,
I am contemplating purchasing one of the glimmer eyeshadows in a purple hue or shade but am unsure as to which would be flattering for light blue eyes and pale features and also ideal for the upcoming Spring season. I have seen on makeover shows the option for fair, blue-eyed individuals to consider plum shadow or plum eyeliner as well. If someone can please contact me regarding this, that would be kindly appreciated. Thank you!
Top 10 Contributor
Hi! Boy, this is a tough one considering BE makes so many beautiful shades of purple eyeshadow. I'd recommend going to a BE boutique (of one is near you) and talking to a make-up artist. Also, they will give you samples if you ask, so you could try a few at home before you buy. If you do not have a BE boutique nearby, try calling customer service (I've had good luck there) or, if you really want to see before you buy, go to a make-up counter in a department store and ask them. Try to remember the color they recommend the best you can and match it up with a BE shade. This probably isn't much help. :( To be honest, I think what I'd do is pick a good medium shade of purple and just take the plunge. Once you try it, you can decide from there if you want to go lighter, darker, or stay in the medium range. Good luck!
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ShanStrate
2 years, 4 months ago
 
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