03.17.2015
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bareMinerals READY Blush
Rating
$22
Category:Makeup > Blushes > Mineral Blush
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

bareMinerals READY Blush is a silky-smooth pressed powder blush that applies easily and evenly. Color is long-wearing and buildable. This blush looks great whether applied sheer or strong, depending on your preference. The shade range is attractive and, depending on which color you choose, they have a matte, satin, or shimmer finish. Even better, this blush offers options for a wide range of skin tones (but works best on fair to tan skin; the lighter colors don’t show up as well on dark skin).

As for the antioxidants this blush contains, they look good on the label, but the packaging this product has will routinely expose these sensitive ingredients to light and air, quickly rendering them ineffective. That’s why, for the most part, it’s better to get your antioxidants from well-packaged skin care, not makeup. A powder in a compact cannot provide much in the way of anti-aging benefits.

Pros:

  • Silky-smooth pressed powder.
  • Long-wearing.
  • Buildable color, applies easily and evenly.
  • Variety of shades; workable for light to tan skin tones.
  • Attractive options in matte, satin, and shimmer finishes.

Cons:

  • Pricey.
Claims
Ingredients
Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Tocopherol, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Calcium Ketogluconate, Silica, Carmine (Ci 75470). May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742).

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; great “100% natural” lipliner; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses:The mineral makeup has its share of pros and cons and isn't for everyone; several of the loose powder products with shine have a grainy feel and cling poorly; some of the skin care contains problematic ingredients.

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. The self-proclaimed "healthiest, purest makeup in the world" was founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s, and is now run by Leslie Blodgett, who appears regularly on QVC and the company's own infomercials to support and demonstrate her products. Blodgett is largely credited with turning the line she began into a $150 million business—no small feat. The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skin-care products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

Supporting the company's portrayal as a leader in purity are the corresponding claims that the bareMinerals makeup does not contain fragrance, oil, binders, preservatives, emulsifiers, or any other harmful chemicals. Although this line does have its advantages for someone with sensitive skin, as it turns out, bismuth oxychloride, a major ingredient in the powder formulations, can cause skin irritation, while the other minerals can be drying (Source: www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Bismuth_oxychloride-9923103). Regarding bismuth oxychloride, it is interesting to note that bismuth (a metallic element) seldom occurs in nature. Instead, it is a by-product of copper and lead refining, or is manufactured synthetically. Chemically, it's similar to arsenic, a fact you won't see in any advertising for bareMinerals. However, just as cosmetic-grade mineral oil is not identical to the petroleum from which it originated, neither is bismuth oxychloride identical to bismuth. The bismuth oxychloride used in cosmetics is non-toxic, but this background offers a good example of how skewed a company's definition of "natural" can be.

Aside from the health and purity claims, loose powders are as messy as it gets in terms of your vanity (countertop, not ego) and your makeup bag. The powder just gets all over the place, and the very basic packaging does not do much to minimize the mess. Additionally, while there are softer neutral shades, and some fairly exotic shades as well, most are mildly to extremely shiny and make any amount of crepey skin look more so. The face powder does provide some amount of opaque coverage, but the shine and the thickness can be a bit much. The loose powder eyeshadows and blushes apply in a somewhat lighter way, though they still provide significant coverage. Many women ask me about mineral makeup and whether or not it really is better for skin. The answer to that question is "No."

Although most mineral makeup is innocuous, the texture, appearance, and application have difficulties that make it not comparable to today's best liquid or pressed-powder foundations. We agree with bareMinerals' stance that foundation shouldn't look or feel like a mask, nor should there be a line of demarcation where the application stops. However, their foundations are not the only ones able to achieve this, and there is no inherent benefit to this type of foundation over numerous other options.

There isn't much to say about the skin-care products, but what's worth paying attention to is noted in the At-a-Glance section.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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06.24.2014
One of the Best

This is a very good blush! It has minimal ingredients therefore, does not irritate my highly sensitive skin. The color is extremely shear and layers beautifully without disturbing my foundation and I use the brush that comes with it! It is so natural looking even in bright daylight. I have used gobs of different blushes over the years and this one is top-drawer!

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Sue M.
12.21.2012
Excellent Blush, great compact with brush

Love this blush. It is highly pigmented but goes on very easily without streaking. Surprisingly, the brush that comes in the compact is quite good if you want a targeted application of blush with good blending, feathering. It seems to have good staying power as well.

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