bareMinerals Radiance
Last Updated:05.03.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

“Radiance” describes this loose powder perfectly as it has a sheer, shimmery finish that works well for highlighting. The light, silky-soft powder texture adheres to skin with no signs of flaking. The shades are mostly pale versions of rose, peach, cream, and bronze, and can be layered over your powder blush for added luminescence. Just be aware that the shiny finish can emphasize wrinkles and make oily skin appear more oily, and loose powders can be difficult to control because they tend to spatter as you apply them.

  • Lightweight, silky powder texture blends well and adheres to skin.
  • Imparts a radiant finish with a hint of color.
  • Shiny finish can emphasize wrinkles and make oily skin look even more oily.
  • Pricey.
  • Can spatter as you apply it.
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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Understated but beautiful results

I have to disagree with Paula here. I don't find this product overtly shimmery. The clear radiance provides light-diffusing highlighting and a little goes a long way. Did not settle into lines and lasts all day. If you don't overload the brush the product doesn't splatter. Much less shiny than many liquid highlighters.

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Erin G.
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