bareMinerals Refillable Buffing Brush
Last Updated:05.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a travel-sized brush that includes a swivel-up powder brush for applying your bareMinerals on the go. The center of the cylindrical brush is hollow and designed to be filled with loose powder (whether from Bare Escentuals or another brand). The brush head is soft but has the requisite firmness to ensure smooth, even application. The head can be detached for easy cleaning without disrupting the powder contents inside (a nice feature). Although short in stature, the handle is rotund and a bit difficult to hold, but this is worth checking out if you want a convenient, relatively mess-free way to apply loose powder away from home.

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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