30 December 2013

A disappointing first dabble into bareMinerals

bareMinerals Pout Loud Lip Duo

bareMinerals is a brand I have always been curious about, but never really known whether it was worth a dabble or not. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews over bareMinerals products; some are hailed as holy grails, some not so much. I've also strayed away from trying bareMinerals face products in the past because of the ingredients (mineral oil) But I recently got completely sucked in to what looked like a beautiful set of bareMinerals lipsticks that I decided to give a go, as let's face it, I'm a sucker for pretty lip products.

bareMinerals Pout Loud Lip Duo (FeelUnique, £18): The reason this duo caught my eye is completely down to the shades advertised on the packaging. A gorgeous black cherry and a flamingo pink, I was intrigued. Upon closer inspection I realised the duo are in fact sheer lipsticks, which give a translucent flash of colour with a soft shine finish. Sheer lipsticks aren't really my thing and the only sheer products I really use, are the Maybelline Babylips and Revlon Lip Butters. But, because the swatches on the packaging still looked pretty intense, I though why not give it a go? Described as sheer gels which are loaded with shea butter and jojoba seed oil, for 'maxed-out' moisture and nourishment, there's even a delicious fresh citrus sent. The two shades are Berry Remix, described by bareMinerals as a sheer, ripe berry, and Pink Pulse, described as a sheer strawberry kiss. Except this is where I fall completely out of love with these... Because neither has barely a touch of pigmentation, there's no difference when swatched nor on the lips, between the shades and both are pretty much almost completely translucent on me. Now maybe it's just because I have naturally fairly dark lips, maybe I just got a bad batch, but the packaging has been so incredibly deceiving and I think that lets me down more than the actual lack of colour pay-off. On the plus side, they do glide on lovely and my lips do feel moisturised when wearing them - but they're a pretty expensive way to use what is essentially nothing more than a pretty basic lip balm. I think it'll be a while before I have any more bright ideas about trying more from bareMinerals...

bareMinerals Pout Loud Lip Duo


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