Bare Escentuals Smoky "V" Eye Kit Review

You may remember my prior post a week or two ago about this kit. If not click on over here to have a peek!

Bare Escentuals Smoky “V” Eye Kit
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I just got this in the mail today so I thought I’d review it all for you. Originally I was excited about the very interesting little brush this came with but after trying it for myself I’m up in arms about how I feel about the entire kit, including the brush.

I’m very confused whether I like this or find it useless. Mixed emotions here and it’s very difficult to say whether I can recommend this or say don’t bother. At this point I’m sort of leaning towards don’t bother but I am also feeling like this is a kinda sorta ok kit for people that find application difficult.

Hell I’m clueless when it comes to doing makeup application but I think I do ok and my blending isn’t all that bad.

Um..wow this is a tough one.

I guess I should start by saying that the eyeshadow this came with, pacific heights, is boring as sin and not very pigmented. You really have to work this bad boy in to get some color payment on your lid. The glimmer it came with, 1990’s, is a very nice shimmering shade of purple and pretty pigmented. I guess this evens out the score because to achieve the look you need a good light shade (pacific heights in this case) and a nice darker shade (1990’s).

1990’s Glimmer and Pacific Heights Eyeshadow
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The instructions are perfect on this. I really, really give them props for good presentation on the packaging with the instructions being simple and easy to follow and very detailed!

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The brush doesn’t work exactly the way I thought it would. It’s a bit difficult to use and it makes my completed smoky eye look more like a bruised eye. Maybe I need a bit of practice with the brush. Overall I’d say the brush could be a handy tool with a bit of practice.

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The look it creates is similar to the picture of the girl on the cover which is a purple slanted upwards eye look. However, I’m not really getting a smoked out look to my eye after completing all the steps and using what was provided in the kit.

At least not my idea of a smoky eye look.

Can you achieve this with another brush in your collection? Yes. Do you need the kit and brush to do it? No.

I guess I’d say I recommend this for people who haven’t quite mastered eyeshadow application correctly. The instructions are a pure treat and explain in simple terms exactly how to achieve the look! The brush is good and I think it may have the potential to be great with a little practice using it. The glimmer is nice but I’m not so impressed with the shadow.

Nay or Yay?

Nay. I’d skip it. Unless, like I said, you want to learn more about shadow application and have the bucks to lay out!

Only digging the brush?

No problem! Check E-bay! Dozens around for sale!

  • 3/14/10 17:30 lexie:

    Luv the shadow colors but the brush is useless at least the v side i use the orginal smokey eye brush instead and use the pointed end if the v brush for cease work. only 1 color is available at bloomies outside the kit but i cant find 1990s my fav but all in all in a sucker 4 kits and tutorials the take the guess work out of finding good blending colors and looks

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    • 3/15/10 14:56 the Muse:

      hey lexie I liked the brush, it’s kinda unique and interesting :) I like the kits too, they have some nice ones!

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  • 4/22/10 13:12 lam ho:

    Hello there,
    I was just wondering if the pointy end is comparable with mac 226 or 219?
    Thanks heaps

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    • 4/22/10 13:23 the Muse:

      not at all iam. mac 226 is bushier and allows for better blending.

      Hope this helps!

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  • 4/22/10 20:55 lam ho:

    thanks so much for your help

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    • 4/23/10 10:07 the Muse:

      my pleasure lam

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  • 7/4/12 0:10 Lisa Singleton:

    Hi, I purchased kit but didn’t like it. Sephora won’t take it back without the SKU number. Do you by any chance have that number? I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Lisa

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