Purely Nourishing Moisturizer with RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex: Combination Skin
1.7 fl. oz. for $28
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

It’s been said that it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch, and with this moisturizer, the “bad apple” is lavender oil. This fragrant oil may appeal to your nose, but it’s a problem for your skin. Lavender oil causes cell death and enhances oxidative damage—not what you want if your goal is younger-looking skin. What a shame, because this moisturizer is loaded with beneficial ingredients, including some very good antioxidants and anti-irritants. As for the RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex, that’s essentially a fancy way to describe dirt, and no matter the source, minerals don’t offer special benefits for your skin. Moreover, the label merely states it contains “soil minerals,” so you have no idea what you’re actually putting on your face. Just because it’s a mineral doesn’t mean it contains something rare—minerals can contain sulfur, lead, chlorides—how rare does that sound?

  • Lightweight yet creamy texture contains several beneficial emollients, antioxidants, and anti-irritants.
  • Contains two forms of lavender oil, a fragrant oil that causes irritation even in small amounts.
  • The supposedly rare soil minerals have no research showing they offer any special benefit for skin.

Hydrate skin with this lightweight, remarkably effective moisturizer for improved firmness, elasticity, radiance and skin texture. Powered by our 100% pure RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex with a unique electrolyte delivery system, it’s formulated to provide the perfect amount of hydration for combination skin while potent antioxidants help protect skin from environmental stressors.


Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cocoglycerides, Jojoba Esters, Behenyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Soil Minerals, Propanediol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Honey, Panthenol, Sucrose Cocoate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Punica Granatum Sterols, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acacia Dealbata Flower/Stem Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Leaf/Stem Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Benzyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Limonene, Carbomer, Dehydroacetic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Linalool, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum

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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Good mascara and eyeshadow

I was allergic to the bismuth oxychloride and my skin is only mildly sensitive. It resulted in severe acne that took several months to treat with the help of a dermatologist. The allergy was first noticed with a mild tingle beneath my makeup that worsened in hot or humid environment.I still use the eyeshadow which lasts forever and ever, but can't use any of their facial powders or blushes. I do keep coming back to to their mascara again and again. It leaves my lashes full, soft and healthy.

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Julia S.
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I have currently been using this moisturizer for almost a year as well as the Purifing Facial Cleanser from Bare minerals. My skin has a healthy glow and rarely dries out unless it gets really cold and dry outside. My skin has improved so much, I have several problems including Keratosis pilaris which this and an every other day routine of St. Ives Apricot scrub have made 1000 times better, I have even noticed a decline in skin irritation and redness. I highly recommend this for sensitive skin as I have very sensitive skin. There are samples on the website you can try.

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