6 posts tagged "bareMinerals"
BareMinerals might be best known for its powder formulas (which caused many to board the mineral bandwagon and swirl, tap, and buff their way to complexion perfection), but the brand’s new BareSkin (liquid!) foundation is one of the best I’ve tried in a while. While the thin, featherweight fluid may bear a passing resemblance to a pricier option currently on the market from a certain Italian fashion house, BareSkin stands alone. Boasting a dreamy satin finish, the formula is buildable, so you can dial-up from sheer to full coverage (two drops, perfect on my skin, are suggested for the former, six for the latter). Not only does the finish look good, it does good: Jojoba-coated mineral pigments suspended in a coconut base offer a light veil of hydration, and broad spectrum SPF 20 protects, while vitamin C and lilac stem cells brighten dull complexions; those with sensitive skins can rejoice—there’s no silicone in sight. Though the design of the accompanying brush may seem a bit gimmicky, its silky synthetic bristles boast a reservoir that makes already-easy application a breeze. Squeeze a few drops of foundation into the center and buff away for a seamless, streak-free application. And with twenty shades, from my pallor’s perfect match (Bare Porcelain) to rich, deep hues (Bare Mocha), BareSkin’s going to delight a plethora of people. Here’s to mineral makeup’s triumphant new face.
Colored mascara shot to acclaim four seasons ago, when Pat McGrath turned models’ lashes a shade of bright blue backstage at Stella McCartney. “It’s all about the subtle details,” she said at the time, a mere matter of months before she’d use additional shades of pink, green, and red to tint the lashes at Raf Simons’ debut Couture collection for the house of Dior. A rush on the unexpected beauty tool followed shortly after. Two new iterations have recently crossed our desk, and we put them to the test—today, at our desk, in fact (something’s gotta provide a bright spot in what’s starting out as a very gray, cold week). Let the throwdown begin.
The French Favorite: Le Volume de Chanel, the brand’s depth-enhancing mascara, is a long-standing go-to among lash lovers, as its patented “snowflake” spiral brush manages to deposit rich black pigment to both long and short hairs, thanks to a series of small, winding bristles. The new midnight-blue shade, simply called Bleu, does the same thing, which means you can see its insta-intensity from afar; it’s only when you get up close, however, that its rich navy tint becomes visible.
The Original Mineral: BareMinerals’ Flawless Definition Mascara brush is significantly less dense by comparison, although that’s almost to its credit, as the skinny, spaced-out bristles function like a fine-tooth comb, separating lashes as it layers on the turquoise-tinged pigment from its newly launched Aqua Blast shade. Because of that, it’s the color, not necessarily the density, that you notice first here.
The Result: In an ideal world, we’d be able to combine these two tubes together to get both the lush consistency we’re so often searching for, as well as the pick-me-up of a shot of bold color; the point of wearing colored mascara, after all, is to see a hue other than standard black on your lashes. But if we had to pick one, we’d go with Chanel, which offers a standout mascara above all. Its subtle flash of color is a bit of an afterthought, but no less of a bonus.
Home design guru Jonathan Adler is getting in on the beauty game with a capsule collection due out in February for bareMinerals that “merges cosmetics with home decor.” [WWD]
Jessica Biel’s beauty secret? “Fire-engine red,” says Mrs. Timberlake. “It makes twice the statement when worn on lips and nails (and shoes!).” [Elle]
Speaking of statement nails, Anne Hathaway’s tips are making headlines once again. The Les Mis star sported a funkified French manicure at the film’s London premiere this week, painting a line of shimmering silver lacquer across a pale ivory base. [Daily Mail]
LENTIL (lent-uhl) / n. / 1. Lens esculenta, a leguminous plant native to the Mediterranean region that has been grown and consumed since ancient times; / n. / 2. Edible, circular, flat seeds that come in black, orange, red, yellow, and green colors that were reportedly found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 2400 B.C.; / n. / 3. A spicy Indian dish called daal; / n. / 4. A mineral, protein, and iron-rich snack; / n. / 4. A conditioning agent that revitalizes and hydrates skin, e.g., “A bowl of lentils will make you feel full, and look radiant.”
bareMinerals Intensive Glow Pads Brightening Treatment with Lentil Extract, $35, www.sephora.com.
JUJUBE / (joo-joo-bee) / n. / 1. Also known as Ziziphus zizyphus, a deciduous fruit-bearing shrub native to Southern Asia; / n. / 2. Commonly called the Chinese date, or “red date,” an edible, oval-shaped, pitted fruit with a smooth green skin that tastes similar to an apple before it ripens and then turns purplish-black with a sweet and juicy flavor when fully matured; / n. / 3. A popular crystallized fruit snack; / n. / 4. A fruit seed extract with known anti-inflammatory, revitalizing, and antiaging properties that can serve as a skin-firming agent when applied topically, “jujubes are a sweet treat for your complexion.”
Try It: bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum with Jujube Seed Extract, $50, www.bareescentuals.com.