Bare Escentuals Brushes
Category:Makeup > Brushes & Applicators
Last Updated:05.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

The Brushes in this line are impressive, with almost as many options as makeup artist–driven lines such as M.A.C. Unfortunately, many of them use hair that isn’t as soft as it could be, or they aren’t shaped as well as others. Among the best options are the Precision Liner Brush ($12); Soft Focus Liner, and Soft Focus Shadow brushes($22); Blending Brush ($18), Flawless Application Face Brush ($22), Eye Defining Brush ($16), Tapered Shadow Brush ($14), Wet/Dry Shadow Brush ($18), Eyeliner Brush ($12), and Crease Defining Brush ($18).

Brand Overview

Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.

The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of—yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn’t your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).

Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.

Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.

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

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Like that they are included in kits

I like that BareMinerals includes brushes in many of their kits. But the natural brushes seem a little scratchy to me. Recently when I had a makeover at the Bare Minerals store, the brushes they used on me were really awesome and soft and I commented to the makeup artist that her brushes were so soft compared to mine. She said her brushes were the same ones that came in the kits, but that they washed each of their brushes about 10 times a day and they seemed to be much softer because of that. So if you want to improve your natural brushes no matter which brand, just wash them a bit more. Also, recently purchased the set of silver brushes for holiday 2012 as a gift and liked them so much I purchased a set for myself, as well. The silver set contained for travel-sized brushes and brush roll for only $25 and they are very soft, synthetic brushes that are very full and perform quite well. I like them so much I use them everyday, not just for travel.

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