Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick

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Category:
Makeup > Lipsticks > Cream Lipstick
Last Updated:
6/20/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Full-Bodied Lipstick is supposed to plump up a thinning pout, but the claims are mostly lip service. Any well-formulated cream lipstick has the potential to moisturize lips and make them appear somewhat fuller, but aside from the optical illusion, these products don't actually increase the fullness of lips.

On the positive side, Full-Bodied Lipstick doesn't include the usual motley crew of lip- plumping irritants like peppermint oil or fragrance ingredients like hexyl cinnamal. It does include fragrance, but not enough to be an issue.

This is a modern cream lipstick with medium pigment. It has generally good staying power, with minimal movement into fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. The shade selection includes a handful of universally flattering shades like Nudest and Provocateur, as well as several deep red-browns and some attractive brights.

Pros:
  • Moisturizing.
  • Medium pigment; attractive shade selection.
  • Wears well; minimal movement.
Cons:
  • Doesn't actually plump lips.
  • Overpriced given it's really just a good cream lipstick.

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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  1. Christine M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 13, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Love this formula!
    • While this may not plump, it hydrates and feels comfortable on, which justifies the price for me. This is the ONLY lipstick I can wear without balm under and not look like I've been stranded in the desert. I have Swinger (purply magenta) and Rogue (reddish orange). Swinger is a bit drier in texture; Rogue has more slip. Both are pigmented statement-type colors with a satiny finish and no shimmer. Not long-lasting but they both leave a light stain. No discernible scent. Yay!

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