bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor

Price:
$16 
Average Read Member Comments
Add To Faves»

Want to buy this product?

Category:
Makeup > Lip Paints/Stains > Lip Tint/Lip Stain
Last Updated:
5/7/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor is outfitted with an angled sponge-tip applicator that’s supposed to “hug your lips” like a race car driver’s car hugs the racetrack, but it’s not nearly so precise. It’s not the applicator’s fault as much as it is this liquid lipstick’s thick formula, which makes it tricky to apply evenly without going outside the boundaries of your mouth.

On the plus side, the colors are richly pigmented and last for hours, but the formula somehow manages to transfer to everything your lips touch. Despite the fact that this comes off on everything (and bleeds into lines around the mouth), the color leaves a stain so your lips don’t look “undone” after that first cup of coffee.

Because of the mixed bag of pros and cons, we felt an average rating was appropriate; however, if you’re patient and don’t have lines around your mouth, this lipcolor is indeed a pretty amazing product to check out. The shade range features mostly pink and rose tones.

Pros:
  • Color lasts for four hours without touch-ups.
  • Intensely pigmented—a little goes a very long way.
  • Unique texture and finish: A slightly creamy lip paint with the slip and shine of a cream lipstick, but the longevity of a lip stain.
Cons:
  • Because of the rich pigmentation and thin texture, it’s difficult to apply without making a mess; a separate brush and a skilled hand are required.
  • Transfers onto everything.
  • Bleeds into lines around the mouth.

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.

Member Comments

Summary of Member Comments

  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

    2 / 4 Average
Page of 1
  1. Erin G.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 31, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Beautiful colors, bleeds easily
    • Some of the most beautiful lip colors, but Paula's right....it does transfer and bleeds easily, especially in darker shades. If applied lightly with a brush and a good lip liner is used it gives good results but you have to blot the excess off and DO NOT put gloss on top or no lip liner can save you from smearing!

You May Also Like These Products From Paula's Choice

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

View Media Highlights

 

The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

PCWEB-WWW1 v1.0.0.315
Skip to Top of Page
25% Off Cleansers & Toners | FREE Shipping on $50+

Create an Account

Create Account»
  • »

New Customers

You will have the option to create an account after you have submitted your order.