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Reviews
 
Reviewer: NYCNewbie
Location:NYC
Age Range:45-54
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Black
Eye Color:Brown
Date:09/08/2013
OK primer-too expensive and too small a tube
Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: nothing special, pricey
I like most of the things I have gotten at BE, but am disappointed with the eye primer. For the price, you get a fraction of what other brands offer and BE primer does not seem to work any better.
In addition, maybe I got a dud, but the primer seems a bit dry. I tried to mix it with loose powder eyeliner, which I have done with primers from a couple of other brands. I barely get to mix anything and it all dries up. Even when I move fast, the liner does not go on as smoothly as with other primers.
No more BE eye primer for me :-(
+1point
Helpful Votes Recieved: 3out of 5found this review helpful.
 
Reviewer: NYCNewbie
Location:NYC
Age Range:45-54
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Black
Eye Color:Brown
Date:06/28/2013
A good brush-still love the Precision Brush
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: efficient, full coverage
I have a bunch of brushes from BE, incl. the Full Flawless and Flawless, and the Precision Face Brush. Just got the Heavenly Brush, after reading all the rave reviews. Well, it is a good brush, perhaps it gives a better coverage than the Full Flawless. But I am not so sure about all the the raves. The Precision Face Brush (with the slanted angle and super fine synthetic fiber) is softer and buffs better, in my view. The handle of the Precision Brush also seems more ergonomic--it fits better in my hand. Not knowing which of the brushes came out first, I can only assume a lot of people haven't compared the Heavenly Brush with the Precision Brush. Or else this Heavenly brush will be the second softest, not THE softest. Nonetheless, this is a good brush (though it has shed a few hairs), hence the 5 stars.
+7points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 7out of 7found this review helpful.
 
Reviewer: NYCNewbie
Location:NYC
Age Range:45-54
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Black
Eye Color:Brown
Date:06/24/2013
A powder concealer for real? Yes and it is good!
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: staying power!
This version of BE's concealer is really good. It stays on. If you aren't careful, you will find bright spots on your face where you'd applied it. But I have since learned to apply the concealer after I have put on a thin layer of mineral veil and to use the larger concealer brush. The mineral veil makes it easy to spread the concealer.
I still have my (two shades of) BE cream concealer, but, maybe because it is summer now, I can't imagine substituting this one with the cream concealer.
I have light-to-medium colored skin (and use Ready Golden Medium (and Light in the Original), and Summer Bisque is more than light enough for me. I believe there is a lighter version of this concealer, but if that is too dark, then maybe this line doesn't work for you.
+3points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 4out of 5found this review helpful.
 
Intense color for a variety of eye-defining effects.
 
Reviewer: NYCNewbie
Location:NYC
Age Range:45-54
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Black
Eye Color:Brown
Date:06/23/2013
Surprisingly versatile and long lasting
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: long lasting, convenient, versatile
I had been alternating btw a liquid liner (Stila) and a gel liner (Mac) when I bought this. The other two products worked well, but one ran out very quickly (or dried up) and the other was drying up.
The beauty of this little jar of powder is that it won't ever dry out. One of the girls at a boutique showed me a nifty trick: Mix a bit of eye shadow primer with a tiny bit of this liner/shadow powder and the liner will stay on forever.
And I swear: It works as she said.
Using primer to mix the product, the liner cannot be easily rubbed off or washed off (it really stays on). One has to use an eye makeup remover. And one must wash the brush immediately (and maybe with special cleanser).
Alternatively one can also just use a drop of water (as suggested) to mix with the powder--it applies just as smoothly and stays on quiet long as well. The brush washes clean just as easily.
+20points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 21out of 22found this review helpful.
 
Reviewer: NYCNewbie
Location:NYC
Age Range:45-54
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Black
Eye Color:Brown
Date:06/22/2013
Decent primer, though not necessarily neutralizing
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: smooth
I like the original primer, but thought perhaps I could reduce (or eliminate) the concealer process by using this "neutralizing" primer. So I got myself a bottle. Here's what I have found:
1. It is a bit thicker than the original. When I apply it, it feels a bit more like moisturizer than the original primer. Not sure if it moisturizes, but seems to me it takes a bit longer to dry than the original. On the other hand, even the original formula takes longer to dry in the hot weather.
2. It is yellow in color, not skin-yellow, more bright, neon-ish yellow. But when the primer is rubbed into the skin, the yellow color pretty much disappears. In terms of covering up anything, this primer doesn't do much for me that I can tell. Perhaps it works better on a really light skinned person. (I wear Ready Golden Medium).
3. My bottle of original primer smells faintly of vaseline to me (which I don't mind); this neutralizing primer, however, emits no smell. In my experience, if there is an unpleasant smell, the cosmetic product may be rancid. So I wouldn't avoid this primer because it may smell bad--it doesn't (or shouldn't).
0points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 2out of 4found this review helpful.
 
Reviewer: NYCNewbie
Location:NYC
Age Range:45-54
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Black
Eye Color:Brown
Date:06/17/2013
A portable brush-not the best of BE brushes
Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: portable but flimsy
This brush is portable--and that's about it. It has perhaps half as many bristles as the full brush, and feels a lot more flimsy that the round-headed retractable brush. I have quite a few BE brushes, and this is the first to disappoint me.
Will I use it? Maybe. I will give it a few days. Maybe I will have to take my full-sized brush on trips after all.
0points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 1out of 2found this review helpful.
 
 
Reviewer: NYCNewbie
Location:NYC
Age Range:45-54
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Black
Eye Color:Brown
Date:06/12/2013
Seems to be really good for mature skin
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: gentle not dry
The regular mineral veil tends to look rather obvious on my face, like I had dusted a white powder over (I use Ready Golden Medium or Light in the Original). And it sits on the surface of my skin.
The hydrating version adheres better, it seems--I am not sure it necessarily hydrates, but something in it seems to make it appear slightly less powdery than the original mineral veil.
I actually use this hydrating mineral veil as the base layer, right after primer. (Several people on this forum have suggested this "mineral veil sandwich" approach.) The original mineral veil doesn't seem to work as well as a base layer for me, but the hydrating one seems to be better. But of course, I have only used it in the warm weather. It would be interesting to see whether things are different in the fall and winter.
0points
 
Reviewer: NYCNewbie
Location:NYC
Age Range:45-54
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Black
Eye Color:Brown
Date:06/11/2013
Great product--if you find the right shade
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: must find the best shade
I had been using the original powder when I decided to give Ready a try. I tried 3 or 4 different shades (had to return to the store to swap each time.) I gave up on the Boutique helpers, gave up on other stores' helpers, and, by myself, smeared on several different shades on one side of my face near the jaw line, and literally walked out on to the street and went home. I waited for a couple of hours and re-checked my face, and found the shade that matched really well--and that was that! I have since stopped using the powder.
So my conclusion is: If you find yourself looking pasty, and the Ready makeup "cakey"--you are using the wrong shade.
However, I do find the Ready a bit on the matte side for me, even though I do have oily skin, my mature skin doesn't look too good with matte foundations. So in addition to moisturizing, I tried two different things: I added a bit of luminizer to my cheeks and I used the moisturizing mineral veil. Both seem to help, though I kinda like the latter better. Of course it is summer right now. I may have to switch back to the Original powder when the weather turns cold.
+3points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 4out of 5found this review helpful.
 
Reviewer: NYCNewbie
Location:NYC
Age Range:45-54
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Black
Eye Color:Brown
Date:05/04/2013
Good--for combination skin
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: good product for combination skin
I got a tiny tube with my starter kit. I sorta have "combination skin", but most of my face tends to be dry. When I used this version of moisturizer, I find my face a bit on the drier side afterwards--not so dry as to be uncomfortable, but not "dewy", as I usually feel with moisturizers. So I can see others with dry skin having issues with it--if that is the case, I think one should switch to the regular moisturizer.
As for the odor, it does have a distinct smell, unusual and unmistakable, and it lingers just a little. But I actually like the smell. It smells like pine cones to me.
+2points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 3out of 4found this review helpful.
 
Deep Cleansing Foam (119 g / 4.2 Oz.)
 
Reviewer: NYCNewbie
Location:NYC
Age Range:45-54
Skin Type:Combination
Skin Shade:Light
Hair Color:Black
Eye Color:Brown
Date:05/04/2013
good product-a little goes a long way
Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Phrases Chosen: good, effective
I got a tiny tube with my starter kit. Used it for the first time a couple of days ago. It works well--washes off easily and cleanly (unless you overuse, like I did the first time), though I can't say it is that much better than other products I have used.
One does not need much at all to work up a lot of lather--The first time, out of habit, I squeezed out a dime-sized amount. I ended up washing my neck and my hands and had to rinse a long time to get rid of all the lather. So I suspect this tiny tube will last me a while.
+2points
Helpful Votes Recieved: 2out of 2found this review helpful.
 
Questions
 
Can I use eye colors as eyeliners?
What's the difference? Some of the colors here are really pretty.
Submitted by:
NYCNewbie
NYC
1 year, 1 month ago
 
 Sheer Bliss
Sheer Bliss
Sheer Bliss
 
Is the mineral veil here the same as the "Balance and Boost Duo"?
I purchased something that has recently been discontinued: Balance and Boost Duo, which contains an identical brush and an apricot colored mineral veil.

Is the mineral veil in this set (hydrating-peach) the same as what I got in Balance and Boost Duo?
Submitted by:
NYCNewbie
NYC
1 year, 3 months ago
 
What are the two shades in the "Light" kit?
I just realized that, unlike the Customizable kit I have, the Get Started kit comes with two shades of foundation. What are the two shades that come with the "Light" kit?
Submitted by:
NYCNewbie
NYC
1 year, 5 months ago
 
Answers
 
ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - Size: Large (8 g / 0.28 Oz.)
 
Difference between the Original Foundation and the Matte foundation?
How do I decide which foundation to purchase? What are the differences between the 2 foundations?
I am fairly new to makeup, which is why I experimented quite a bit to find the best fit in color and texture etc. This is what I have concluded regarding the Original versus the Matte foundation:

1. If you have oily skin, you may like Matte.
2. If you are 50+, you may like the Original, as Matte seems to bring all the wrinkles out.
3. Summer time is for Matte, and winter is for Original.
4. If you are sensitive to certain ingredients in the Original (such as Bismuth), you may prefer Matte.
Submitted by:
NYCNewbie
NYC
1 year ago
 
ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - Size: Large (8 g / 0.28 Oz.)
 
What's the best concealer for my skin color?
I wear Golden Medium foundation (I match it perfectly) however I have always had extremely dark circles under my eyes. Well rested doesn't work on me whats the alternative.
I learned--and tried--to use a concealer two shades lighter than my skin for the dark circles. BA has a cream concealer in several shades. Have you tried that?
Submitted by:
NYCNewbie
NYC
1 year, 3 months ago
 
ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - Size: Large (8 g / 0.28 Oz.)
 
I currently have fairly light foundation, and it makes my skin look like it's tinted a yellow-orange color.
What color do you think will look better on me? My complexion is light, but I don't like the fairly light color of foundation.
Sounds like it is one (or shade) too dark for you. Go for the lightest! And if the lightest is too dark, try the Ready. It seems the Ready compacts are lighter than their corresponding shade in powder.
Submitted by:
NYCNewbie
NYC
1 year, 4 months ago
 
 Balance & Boost Beauty Duo
Balance & Boost Beauty Duo
Balance & Boost Beauty Duo
 
I'm having trouble figuring out how it "automatically dispenses"?
I threw the box away without looking at the directions... I tried screwing the top part off, which just created a mess. Love the product... just hoping there's an easier way! Thanks!
You may already have figured this out by this point: close the lid, invert the container once, when it's upright again, open the top. Viola! The right amount is dispensed!
Submitted by:
NYCNewbie
NYC
1 year, 5 months ago
 
 Balance & Boost Beauty Duo
Balance & Boost Beauty Duo
Balance & Boost Beauty Duo
 
i ordered this product and was wondering can we use this also with ilumnating mineral veil? or do we strickly use this after we apply makeup?
i usually use my mineral veil to finish, so do i use this instead?? thanks :)
I only use this, since this product *is* mineral veil with a tint.
Submitted by:
NYCNewbie
NYC
1 year, 5 months ago