This fragrance-free facial oil from the bareMinerals line is among the better options available for those curious about this category. For best results, mix a facial oil with your regular moisturizer rather than relying on the facial oil alone. Why do this? A well formulated facial moisturizer will contain ingredients facial oils lack, such as cell-communicating ingredients, skin-repairing agents, and certain emollients that work to prevent moisture loss in a way that oils don't.
This product combines several non-fragrant, antioxidant-rich plant oils along with a couple of plant extracts with scant research proving their worth for skin. The plant extracts aren't bad, really more a 'why bother' inclusion than wow-factor inclusion.
The rare soil minerals on the ingredient list is marketing nonsense as there's no way to know what is rare (if anything) about the dirt (that's what soil, is right?) in this product or what you're actually putting on your face. Just because it's a mineral doesn't mean it contains something great—minerals can contain sulfur, lead, chlorides—how great does that sound?
- Contains a good mix of plant oils to replenish and improve dry skin.
- All of the plant ingredients offer antioxidant benefit.
- The soil minerals offer no benefit for skin, because the minerals in soil are too large to penetrate skin and in this case you have no idea what minerals they are actually referring to, soil can also contain good and bad minerals.
This deeply moisturizing elixir is infused with minerals and a blend of botanical oils that have been carefully curated for their known antiaging benefits to help bring back the appearance of youthful-looking radiance.
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus ?Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Soil Minerals, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Disodium EDTA.
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.