RareMinerals Moisture Burst Facial Mist (Discontinued)

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$18 - 3.4 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:
7/14/2011
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Tested On Animals:
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The RareMinerals original treatment product (which is nothing more than a loose powder with soil concentrates; in other words, it’s powdery dirt) was supposed to be a does-it-all product regardless of one’s skin-care concern. Obviously it wasn’t capable of that because the company didn’t believe their own proclamations; why else would this toner be needed?

It turns out this isn’t a spray-on toner anyone should use because the sage and rosemary leaf waters pose a risk of irritation. That’s made worse by witch hazel water, an ingredient whose alcohol component can be troublesome for skin (though the amount of witch hazel in this toner is smaller than many other toners that have this ingredient). Don’t be swayed by the intriguing claims for this toner—it goes over the top in claiming to provide protection against environmental stressors that lead to premature aging. That claim is better suited to sunscreen, nonirritating plant extracts, and antioxidants, which this toner doesn’t provide.

As for the soil minerals being able to feed skin? You’re better off obtaining “essential nutrients” from a healthy diet and treating your skin to products loaded with researched antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients.
Bare Escentuals RareMinerals Facial Mist provides instant relief for thirsty skin and protects skin from environmental stressors that can lead to premature aging. The patent-pending, 100% pure RareMinerals Complex feeds skin essential nutrients while an exotic Resurrection Plant Extract wakes up skin cells and revives fatigued skin.
Water, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Water, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Sodium Pca, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Trehalose, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Soil Minerals, Zinc Pca, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Leaf/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Butylene Glycol, Arginine, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate

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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