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Customer AvatarReviewer: Belles
Location:The Sierra, CA
Age Range:55 and up
Skin Type:Sensitive
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Brunette
Eye Color:Blue
Date:05/07/2014
Excellent brush for liquid makeup but...
Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
This brush works very well with the new liquid foundation. I have no complaints about that. The fact that it's synthetic rather than animal hair is a big plus, too. My problems are with how difficult it is to get clean and how long it takes to dry, which is two full days (for me). I think the very reasons this brush works so well (i.e., densely packed, synthetic bristles) are why it's not easy to clean or dry. I suggest having two so that one can dry while you use the other.
+23points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 24out of 25found this review helpful.
 
 Blush - null
Blush - null
Naturally good-for-you cheek color.
 
Customer AvatarReviewer: Belles
Location:The Sierra, CA
Age Range:55 and up
Skin Type:Sensitive
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Brunette
Eye Color:Blue
Date:02/08/2014
Still the best
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
For years, I used another brand's cake blush, but they started testing on animals so I won't use it anymore. I tried the READY blush in The One and loved it. I even wrote a positive review for it.
For Christmas, I got this blush in Beauty. Now, I remember why I loved Bare Escentuals blush when it first came out. Nothing looks as natural as the loose blush. If you want a more obvious blush look, all you have to do is add light layers until you get the look you want.
I still have a little of the blush I got however many years ago Bare Escentuals first started. It looks very bright in the container, so I thought it was too young of a color for me. Nope! It still looks amazing! Now, I really don't know why I switched to another brand.
+3points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 3out of 3found this review helpful.
 
 Brush With Splendor
Brush With Splendor
Brush With Splendor
 
Customer AvatarReviewer: Belles
Location:The Sierra, CA
Age Range:55 and up
Skin Type:Sensitive
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Brunette
Eye Color:Blue
Date:12/12/2013
Another great holiday brush set!
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: cruelty-free, travel size, good value
Last year, I raved at length about the four piece synthetic (cruelty-free) mini brush set that was available for the holidays. This set is a great adjunct to last year's. The Flawless brush in this set works flawlessly (of course) even though it's a different shape than the natural (animal hair) full size brush. I prefer this shape actually. The Soft Sweep Cheek brush works well for blush, all-over face colors, and radiances. The Tapered Blending eyeshadow brush is useful for tight crease shadow application, well controlled foiling, outer third of the lid shadow application, and precise blending. The Flat Edge Liner is particularly handy for tightlining, and it works well for a classic line especially when you apply it with a rocking motion. This set is more versatile than its predecessor because each brush has more potential uses. I can hardly wait to see what they come up with next year.
+21points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 22out of 23found this review helpful.
 
Customer AvatarReviewer: Belles
Location:The Sierra, CA
Age Range:55 and up
Skin Type:Sensitive
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Brunette
Eye Color:Blue
Date:04/02/2013
Does exactly what I'd hoped
Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
I'm in my 50's, so a high shine product is not my best look except for the inner eye corner to provide illumination and brightness. I've been using a competitor's product for that purpose with great success, and this works just as well if not better. With the color I chose, which is Ice, you don't see any color per se; it's a neutral frost (although darker skins might actually see the pink cast). I would never use the sponge applicator; it's simply too big and applies too much product, which is why I knocked off a star. I use my own brushes to control the application, and I suggest starting with the tiniest possible amount as this packs quite a wallop in shine. If you're going to use this where you want it to be obviously there (e.g., across your brow bone or lid), I'd use a clean sponge applicator to control the powder and prevent it from getting all over under your eye. I was taught long ago that the really frosty powders apply better with a sponge on the eyes and have found that to be true.
+9points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 10out of 11found this review helpful.
 
Customer AvatarReviewer: Belles
Location:The Sierra, CA
Age Range:55 and up
Skin Type:Sensitive
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Brunette
Eye Color:Blue
Date:01/18/2013
Perfect for sunny and minimal makeup days
Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
I use this for days when I can't or don't want to put on full makeup. It's perfect for a completely natural look. I also use it when I don't put my sunscreen on - for the extra protection from harmful rays that it provides. The only reason I gave it four hearts instead of five is that it's drying to my skin (dry/sensitive), so I can't use it every day.
+10points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 12out of 14found this review helpful.
 
Customer AvatarReviewer: Belles
Location:The Sierra, CA
Age Range:55 and up
Skin Type:Sensitive
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Brunette
Eye Color:Blue
Date:01/18/2013
Over or under, it's a great product
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
If you ever wonder why you need to put powder on top of powder, look at the difference in texture between mineral foundation and mineral finishing powder. The super fine texture of the mineral veils gives an air-brushed appearance to the skin that you can't get with mineral foundation alone.
Original Mineral Veil has become too drying for my dry/sensitive skin. So, I don't use it anymore. When I did, I saw it as an essential final step to make my skin look its best.
Instead, I use Hydrating Mineral Veil. I've recently started using it as my primer, because my new sunscreen stays tacky no matter how long I put it on before makeup. (I can't use primers because of an intolerance to dimethicone.) It works perfectly! Sometimes, I put it on over my foundation, too, but I've been using Radiances for finishing instead with great success - but only when I have used HMV as a primer. Otherwise, HMV is my favorite finisher.
Illuminating Mineral Veil (formerly Feather Light) makes a great facial highlighter and can make a dull complexion look radiant. It does glow. Some might even say it sparkles, but when it's applied sparingly, the effect is luminous rather than sparkly.
I use Tinted Mineral Veil on clients only. I thought it might work as an all-over faux tan for summer for me, but the color just isn't right for that use. However, as a finishing powder for darker skins, it excels. You never have to worry about a whitening effect from it.
+12points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 13out of 14found this review helpful.
 
 Limited-Edition Flawless Application Brush in Pearl
Limited-Edition Flawless Application Brush in Pearl
Limited-Edition Flawless Application Brush in Pearl
 
Customer AvatarReviewer: Belles
Location:The Sierra, CA
Age Range:55 and up
Skin Type:Sensitive
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Brunette
Eye Color:Blue
Date:12/14/2012
OK brush, but expected something more
Rating
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
The first thing I need to say about this brush is that you must keep it clean, or the bristles will break. That means washing it at least once a week with mild soap/shampoo in cool water. And you should wash it before using it, because the animal hair from which it is made smells funky. Honestly, this brush is simply not the same quality as the black handled version (even the travel version of the black handled one). I think its best use is for mineral veil, all-over color, or blush. You really don't want to use this for anything that requires circular motions; if it's like mine, it will break if you do no matter how clean you keep it.
+3points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 4out of 5found this review helpful.
 
 READY Eyeshadow 8.0 - The Cocktail Hour
READY Eyeshadow 8.0 - The Cocktail Hour
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 - The Cocktail Hour
 
Customer AvatarReviewer: Belles
Location:The Sierra, CA
Age Range:55 and up
Skin Type:Sensitive
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Brunette
Eye Color:Blue
Date:12/11/2012
A beautiful, predominately cool, collection
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: gorgeous colors, long lasting, great texture
I was hesitant to buy this because I was not that happy with The Finer Things. I am so glad that I did, because this set is incredibly beautiful.
Black Tie Optional is a matte black and a color I would never have bought individually, but you can use it to add depth and dimension to a lighter color, for the outside corner of your eye, or as a smoky liner that even those of us who find black liner too harsh can wear.
Icebreaker is sparkly and a superb highlighter. They say it's pink, but there is no visible pink on me (fairly light skin).
Swanky is stunning. They're absolutely correct to call it "dazzling", but I see the color as a purple rather than a plum. And the sparkles in it are wearable even for me in my mid-fifties.
Spiked is the only color I can't use; it's simply too warm for me.
Elixir is very reminiscent of an original loose color called Sweet Pea. (Yes, I do mean one of BE's very first eye colors.) I have been using the original in as tiny of amounts as possible to be able to keep using it, and I'm almost out. That should give you an idea of just how pretty and potent of a color it is. Elixir on the lid with Swanky in the crease and corner, and Icebreaker as the highlight is simply stunning. Line with Black Iris (sold as a duo liner with Slate), and you've got a special look that's hard to beat.
Invite Only is the most natural color of the group with a sheen finish. It looks neither solely golden or silvered but both, makes an excellent base color, and foils beautifully.
Libation is deceptive in the pan in that it doesn't appear to be as sparkly or sheer as it is. It is also an excellent highlighter and looks stunning layered over Black Tie Optional at the outer corner. Like Invite Only, it contains an equal mix of cool and warm tones,
Shaken Not Stirred is a bit deceptive, too. On me, it looks like a luminous matte black with sapphire sparkles. A smoky eye looks absurd on me, but a younger woman could use this color to great advantage for a night out or formal occasion. I've never seen a color like it before, which makes it a great choice for a special look.
The best advice I can give you is to barely tap your brush in your desired color and build up to the coverage you want. Because these colors are so pigmented, you might want to practice a little on the back of your hand to learn how much product is needed, especially with the two dark colors. If you get too much on your brush, you may have some trouble blending it. Once you master working with the texture, you can create any look you want, except a matte natural look, with this palette.
+15points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 15out of 15found this review helpful.
 
Customer AvatarReviewer: Belles
Location:The Sierra, CA
Age Range:55 and up
Skin Type:Sensitive
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Brunette
Eye Color:Blue
Date:11/27/2012
The One is The One
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
My previous glowing review was deleted. So, I'm trying again.
If you want the most natural looking blush, you pick one that is the same color as when you flush, right? So, for many more years than I will admit to, I bought a blush that accomplished its purpose. (I bought others for "looks," but I had found my blush and was sticking with it for everyday wear.)
On a whim, I tried this new blush by Bare Escentuals. Hello! How can a blush in the same basic color look so much better?! I was very impressed by the color, texture, and finish. It went on smoothly (with my usual blush brush - I never trust brushes included with products), took very little product to get the color right, and lasted longer than I did.
I suggest that you go into a store to find the right color if you're going for your natural flush. Here's a tip for when you get there: Squeeze a finger so that the tip flushes, then find the blush that matches the color of your fingertip. Voila! You found your natural blush.
+44points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 48out of 52found this review helpful.
 
Customer AvatarReviewer: Belles
Location:The Sierra, CA
Age Range:55 and up
Skin Type:Sensitive
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Brunette
Eye Color:Blue
Date:11/27/2012
It should be called Stroke of Genius
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Pros: astounding effect, takes years off
I've tried similar products from several companies and thought they were pretty good, but they aren't in the same class as Stroke of Light. I've never been able to hide my dark circles successfully until I used this and the new concealer. I was not kind to my eyes over the years (e.g., wearing theatrical makeup, inconsistent skin care, rubbing because of allergies, etc.), and now it shows. They claimed that this would improve how my eyes looked. It only took one application to see an astounding difference. It's not often that I'll throw other products away in favor of a new one. In fact, this may have been the first time. I don't what else to say except, "Buy it!"
+8points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 9out of 10found this review helpful.
 
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Questions
 
Are these synthetic or natural?
If they are a mixture, I'd like to know which is which. Thanks!
Submitted by:
Belles
The Sierra, CA
2 months, 3 weeks ago
 
 Sensitive Skin Anti-Aging Solution Kit
Sensitive Skin Anti-Aging Solution Kit
Sensitive Skin Anti-Aging Solution Kit
 
How about listing the ingredients?
I have issues with certain compounds commonly used in anti-aging products (e.g., salicylates, dimethicone, lanolates, etc.) Without knowing what these products contain I have no idea if they are safe for me to use. Please include this information for all of us with sensitivities, allergies, and sensibilities (i.e., vegetarians, vegans, etc.).
Submitted by:
Belles
The Sierra, CA
1 year, 10 months ago
 
What are the ingredients? Does it contain dimethicone?
I need to know if this contains any of my allergens or sensitivities.
Submitted by:
Belles
The Sierra, CA
1 year, 11 months ago
 
 Weather Everything Liner Sealer
Weather Everything Liner Sealer
Weather Everything Liner Sealer
 
Make without parabens?
Any chances that you will reformulate this to be paraben free?
Submitted by:
Belles
2 years, 6 months ago
 
Answers
 
For Keeps shade?
Is the color of "For Keeps" (the Rose color) more like the swatch or the picture of the balm? They are completely different! Thanks!
To me, it's a medium pink with blue undertones. Most cosmetic companies (even BE) refer to any pink or red as "rose" when it has a warm cast. This balm color is definitely cool.
Submitted by:
Belles
The Sierra, CA
3 months, 1 week ago
 
 Blush - null
Blush - null
Naturally good-for-you cheek color.
 
Need Help with Blush Selection
I have never had much luck when it comes to choosing and applying blush. I have a fair completion (I wear fairly light foundation) and have dark brown eyes and dark brown hair. Anytime I have bought blush in the past it has always looked fake and unnatural. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I also wear Fairly Light and have dark hair. I like Beauty in the loose blush or The One in the READY blush. Both of them give me a very natural-looking flush. The key is to apply blush with a light hand and a good brush. You can always add more, but you can't get it to look lighter if you've applied too much.

To apply it, look in your mirror and smile. Get a tiny amount of product on your brush (a tap on the READY blush or even less than you use of the foundation for the loose blush), and start applying on the fleshiest part of your cheek (the apple) using a light circular motion. Blend it out toward your hairline. The color should be strongest on the apple and fade away as it goes toward your hairline. You also need to be careful to keep the blush only on the fleshy part; if it goes up too high or too far down, it won't look right.

It may take some practice to get it right, but it really is worth the effort. Blush makes you look healthy and brightens your appearance. I hope this helps.
Submitted by:
Belles
The Sierra, CA
10 months ago
 
 Brush With Splendor
Brush With Splendor
Brush With Splendor
 
Are these brushes to be used with the Bare Minerals Ready products or the loose powder products?
No additional details.
I use them with both equally well. Always use a tiny amount of whichever formula you prefer to begin with, then blend/buff and build to the density of color and coverage you want.
Submitted by:
Belles
The Sierra, CA
1 year ago
 
 READY Eyeshadow 8.0 - The Cocktail Hour
READY Eyeshadow 8.0 - The Cocktail Hour
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 - The Cocktail Hour
 
Are the colors in this collection refillable?
I just bought this set and love the colors, but I wonder what happens when I run out of a shade.
I've not seen any refills for the palettes. Many people who find a palette they love buy a spare.
Submitted by:
Belles
The Sierra, CA
2 years ago
 
 Limited-Edition Flawless Application Brush in Pearl
Limited-Edition Flawless Application Brush in Pearl
Limited-Edition Flawless Application Brush in Pearl
 
Is this brush natural or synthetic bristles?
Looking for a brush to use with ready makeup.
It's animal hair, but I don't know from what animal.
Submitted by:
Belles
The Sierra, CA
2 years, 1 month ago
 
 Stroke of Light Eye Brightener - Luminous 1
Stroke of Light Eye Brightener - Luminous 1
Stroke of Light Eye Brightener in Luminous 1
 
Will this product replace the use of concealer?
Is the use of concealer necessary in combination with this product?
If you have only minor discoloration, this may be all you need.
Submitted by:
Belles
2 years, 3 months ago