I did a “Givenchy Lash Sparkles on a Budget” post a few weeks ago which was a list of alternative lash sparkles you could use that were cheaper options! You can read that post by clicking here.
In the same vein Bare Escentuals Beautifully Luminous Lashes does something similar to Givenchy Lash Sparkles but with a bit of a different effect.
Beautifully Luminous Lashes are actually a colored mascara gel that you can use as an overcoat over your own mascara to create a gentle shimmer of color to your lashes! I do really like these but there are some pros and cons to the use of it!
The main reason I am mentioning these is because a new color has been introduced which looks lovely for the Holidays! That color is Sapphire which is a gorgeous twinkling blue color!
I have these in all the colors offered including some not offered any longer and one that was included in the Platinum Kit which is a gorgeous silver affair (Click here to see it!)!
Currently there are two colors available plus two colors that are included with kits. The two colors you can purchase minus a costly kit are Gold and Sapphire. Each overcoat is $15 which isn’t too bad a deal!
These are a bit tricky to use but with a little bit work you can do well by them! The brush loads up with color really quickly and you think that would make application easy enough but sadly it does not. When I brush this over my mascara coated lashes I get next to no sparkle or shine on my lashes!
I don’t understand the why or the how but it just doesn’t distribute the product correctly for whatever reason! I’m still in debates whether it’s the formula or the brush that causes this problem! The brush is really fat and chunky and you’d think that would make application a breeze however it’s a no go!
After all that ranting the solution is simple. Basically the way I get this to work correctly is by using the tip of the brush to coat my lashes with color and then proceeding to swipe the color over my eyes using the full brush!
The results: Beautiful lashes with a sparkle of the color I’m using!
Overall, the product is inexpensive and pretty nice aside from that fact that application is such a challenge!
I’d say they are worth trying out but only if you have the extra money! If not, hold out for something better!
Today I received my Bare Minerals bareGold Luxury Color Collection in the mail and I must say I’m pretty impressed! You can view my previous blog about this collection by clicking here.
The collection wow’ed me a bit more than the Bare Esentuals Pure Platinum Collection (Bare Minerals is the same company as Bare Esentuals if you were wondering). You can see my impression of the Pure Platinum Collection by clicking here.
For starters the collection comes in a far better box than the Platinum Collection. The box is highly reusable and perfect just to keep the entire collection together. Plus it has an awesome flip up mirror which is ideal for application. Don’t get me wrong the Platinum Collection had quite a nice box as well but this is just quite a deal better!
In my opinion the bareGold Collection is much more wearable for the Autumn than it will be for the winter and holiday season as the colors lean more towards browns and golds while the Pure Platinum Collection contains cooler colors that are better suited for the colder weather and the upcoming holiday season!
Like the Pure Platinum Collection the bareGold Collection comes with three brushes however the similarities end with the Full Flawless Face Brush. The other two brushes are completely different. Where as the Pure Platinum Collection comes with a crease brush and a shadow brush the bareGold Collection comes with a liner blending brush and an eye shaping brush!
I’m somewhat thankful that these came with different brushes as having duplicates is somewhat pointless!
The brushes are pretty ok quality so far that I see and no shedding as of yet! The liner blending brush is a bit pointless and I’d have prefered some sort of eyeshadow brush but I’ll find a use for it I’m sure. My favorite in the lot of three brushes would be the eye shaping brush. It’s pretty soft and it has a nice curve to it so I can fit it precisely into the crease of my eye quite nicely. It’ll serve well as a multitasking brush for my lid and crease area.
From Bottom to Top: Flawless Face Brush, Eye Shaping Brush and Heavenly Liner Blending Brush
The collection comes with a Mineral Veil in full size which was was missing from both the Classic Rock and Pure Platinum Collections. Mineral Veil is actually one product I do approve of in the BE line of foundations products so getting a full size Veil with this set is such a nice extra!
My favorite item in the set is most definately the Gold Gossamer powder. It’s shimmery and gorgeous and just perfect to use just about anywhere you want a bit of gold sparkle! Eyes, Face, Body, wherever you desire a bit of glittery gold you can apply this lovely Gossamer! This is a tiny bit more wearable than the Platinum Gossamer powder because it’s such a universal color that’ll work well with most all skin types!
The glimmer this set comes with is called Golden Earth and is quite a gorgeous brown shade with golden sparkle! Upon viewing some of these colors you’ll see why I believe they are better suited for the Autumn than the Winter!
Golden Earth Glimmer
Gilded Taupe glimpse is is a beige color with specks of gold and quite lovely. I’ve noticed that the gold infused in all these colors is much more prominent than the crushed diamond in the Platinum Collection!
Last but most definately not least in the shadow department is the Gold Mine Liner Shadow. This can be used a liner or an eyeshadow and it’s my favorite of the several eye products in this collection! It’s a deep mineral brown color with tons of gold! I’m so loving this and I’m envisioning several looks I can do with it!
Gold Miner Liner Shadow
The blush in this set I find much more flattering than Posh Blush which was included with the Platinum Collection! This blush is called Riches and it’s a shimmering rosy peach with quite a nice dose of gold!
Finally another win for me is the lipcolor in this collection! The Platinum Collection included a muddy rose color that I’m not entirely in love with where as this collection included a brownish peach color with a bit of gold!
I’m most definately favoring this set over the Pure Platinum Collection plus it was cheaper!!!! The only thing missing from this set was a mascara and beautifully luminous lashes duo but the good news is I already have gold beautifully luminous lashes so I’m covered
As with most BE collection and eye sets this comes with great instructions for application! Anything that makes makeup easy is always a plus for me! It’s so nice to open a package and have some really helpful hints, tips, and general step by steps for applying what where and how! Sometimes colors can stump us all and it’s difficult to firgure out just where something should be on our eye area and BE always seems to simplify that stressful part of application!
This set would make an amazing gift and like I said the price is just too sweet to pass up!
I’m eager to get my Classic Rock Collection now and see how it is and make my final decision about which could be my favorite!
Do see my original post about this collection to nab it for yourself at a very nice price! Click!
Tell your Muse!
I knew it, I just knew it!
Seeing as Bare Escentuals released two Diamond sets I just knew it was going to release some sort of gold collection for it’s QVC Exclusive.
And here it is:
bareGold Pure Luxury Color Collection as seen on QVC
They have this set available in two options. A one time purchase or an autoship purchase.
Basically if you order it as a one time purchase you’ll be paying $44.98usd and recieving the following items:
Gilded Taupe Glimpse Eyeshadow
Golden Earth Glimmer Eyeshadow in Cinnamon Toast
Gold Mine Eyeliner Shadow in Brown
Truffle Lip Color in Sunset Brown
Full Flawless Face Brush
Heavenly Eyeliner Blending Brush
Vanity Gift Box
You can choose to purchase this using their payment plan which will space your payments over two months (charging $22.49 this month and $22.49 next month).
Now the other option they have available for this kit is an autoship option which basically means you’ll be getting this set plus several more shipments with new colors however for some reason the price is a bit more on the autopship and it’s actually $54.97 for the set when choosing this option. The idea of receiving a new interesting set for each season does sound appealing but I’m just wondering why they are tacking $10 bucks onto the original price for just ordering one hmmm!
If you choose the autoship option here is what you’ll receive over the course of the next few months!
bareGold: translucent Mineral Veil, Gold Gossamer, Riches blush in earth pink, Golden Earth Glimmer in cinnamon, Gilded Taupe Glimpse in gilded taupe, Gold Mine liner in brown, Truffle lipstick in sunset brown
bareDiamond: translucent Mineral Veil, Diamond Gossamer, blush in warm pink, Marquise Glimmer in polished chrome, Clarity Glimpse in powder blue, Bronze Leaf liner in eggplant, Gelato lipstick
barePearl: tinted Mineral Veil, Rose Gossamer, blush in taupe pink, Amber Glimmer, Luster Glimpse in pale amber, Carnival liner in spiced walnut, Amaretto lipstick
barePlatinum: feather light Mineral Veil, Platinum Gossamer, blush in mauve pink, Embrace Glimmer in lavender, Intuition Glimpse in eggplant, Fame liner in burgundy, Ripe Fig lipstick in lilac mauve
I’d say you get a nice load of product for the price and of course if you get something you hate you can always swap it away or sell it off! Personally all these interesting Gossamer’s have me excited!
Tell the Muse!
I purchased the Bare Escentuals Pure Platinum Collection from Nordstrom.com this past week and it arrived in the mail yesterday! Yay!
It’s quite an interesting little kit and I’m very eager to get my hands on the Classic Rock Collection as well now. You might recall I did a comparison of the two in a previous post thanks to a dear friend and reader, Betsy, who had purchased both sets! You can click here to see the post.
I’ll give you a break down of what we have in this set and the price and cost per item. The kit is $59USD with tax it’ll run you about $64 give or take a few cents. You get a total of 9 items (10 if you’re counting the double ended mascara as a dual product). Broken down that would mean you are paying about $7 per an item ($6.40 if you count the dual end as two products) which isn’t such a bad price. The good news is that all the items in the kit are highly usable so you aren’t left with some items you love, a few you like, and a few you’ll never use. All the items are good, high quality items that are well worth the $7 bucks a piece you’ll be shelling out for ‘em!
The kit includes all of the following:
Platinum Gossmaer Face & Body Color
Ripe Fig Natural Lip Color
Dual Ended Classic Black Mascara and Platinum Beautifully Luminous Lashes
Full Flawless Face Brush
Full Tapered Shadow Brush
Crease Defending Brush
The three brushes alone, purchased separately, would run about $50. So I guess you can say you’ll be buying the brushes and getting a buncha of free stuff with those!
Pictured from Top to Bottom: Tapered Shadow Brush, Flawless Face Brush, and Crease Brush
Bare Escentuals make pretty ok brushes but some do shed however the ones included with this kit did not shed thankfully. The Flawless Face Brush is a nice brush for buffing on color. It’s very soft and as I said thankfully no problems with shedding. The shadow brush was equally as good for spreading shadow on without a hiccup however the crease brush was a bit stiff to me. Usable but very stiff bristles. Overall, I’d say the brushes included with the kit are pretty good and the Flawless Face Brush is the best of the three in quality.
Ripe Fig Natural Lip Color
The lipstick included in the kit is very good as well however the color isn’t totally me. It’s a muddy nude rose shade that does nothing for my complexion however it can easily be redeemed by slicking on some tinted lipgloss in a softer pink. I found it tones down the color and makes it wearable after mixing with gloss! It’s most definately moisturizing and applies flawlessly with one coat it’s just the color that is somewhat turning me off but the actually quality of the lipstick is good.
Dual Ended Classic Black Mascara and Platinum Beautifully Luminous Lashes
The Dual Ended Mascara is an ok product as it does what it’s supposed to in lengthening your lashes. However, I am a mascara snob so this isn’t a product I’m exactly hyped over. It’s good quality but does nothing impressive to my lashes that makes me get up and shout in excitement. The product is dual ended and has a Beautifully Luminous Lashes on the other side. I have a love/hate relationship with Beautifully Luminous Lashes as it doesn’t quite accomplishment what I’d like it to do and I’ve found better Japanese brands that do what this product promises. If you’ve never heard of the product let me explain. It’s basically a colored overcoat that you use after your mascara to give your lashes a touch of sparkle and shine. I do love the look it creates by using this but it takes a bit of work to get it on correctly and I believe that’s due to the brush applicator. I think this would work wonderfully if it was brushless but none the less a nice product all the same.
Posh Blush isn’t all that I wanted it to be sadly. It’s a bit of a muddy rose color and similar in style to the Ripe Fig lip color. It’s almost a perfect match actually for the lip color! If you like warmer colors this would be a perfect blush but I’m more for bolder shades that light up my face this I guess gives me more of a sophisticated look that isn’t entirely suited to my face.
Twlight Eyeshadow is nice and pigmented and contains just the right amount of sparkle! I really like this color and it goes well with the rest of the items within the set.
Platinum Glimmer is quite gorgeous. Shimmery, Sparkley and pigmented! This too goes well with everything within the kit! It contrasts wonderfully with Twlight!
Platinum Gossmaer Face & Body Color
My favorite piece in the collection is the Gossamer! It’s full of sparkle and it looks positively perfect as a highbrow highlighter, within the crease, on the lid, on your cheeks, or dusted on your cleavage! I love multitasking makeup And the flawless face brush applies it perfectly!!!!
I tried the kit this morning and wasn’t impressed with the results as I attempted using only items I got with it (plus my own foundation of course) and I wasn’t so thrilled so I think basically if you use it in conjunction with items you already have you can make a stunning face! It’s quite a nice kit and really when you break it down the price is very good. I do sometimes over analyze items so don’t mind me I’d say it was most definately something nice to pick up for yourself or a friend this Holiday season! And, of course, I’m still wanting the Classic Rock Kit as well!
You may recall that the Muse’s wish list was updated with the Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection!
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection
Now she happened to wander onto Nordstrom’s site a few weeks back and came across the Pure Platinum collection! Oh my! Diamonds, Diamonds, and more Diamonds!
Bare Escentuals Pure Platinum Collection A Nordstrom Exclusive
I was having quite a difficult time deciding between the two sets as they looked identical to each other but I’m happy to report (Thanks to the Muse’s friend and reader, Betsy) the two sets are very different!
Betsy’s been so kind as to share images from both her collections and we can see the difference between the two!
These images are taken by Betsy’s and you can see the gossamer powder that comes with these are vastly different! On the left hand side the Classic Rock gossamer powder comes in a white shimmering powder and on the right hand side you can see the Precious Platinum gossamer powder is a silver shimmering powder! Above the powders you can see the beautifully luminous lashes overcoat and mascara. This is a dual ended mascara that has black mascara on one side and the other side has the overcoat. You can see in the photos that the overcoat is completely different as well! One is white and one is silver!
Below are images of the shadows, glimmers, and blushes included in the kit! As you can see these are completely different colors as well!
The good news is that the sets are utterly different and gorgeous! I had originally wanted the Classic Rock Collection and when I seen the Pure Platinum that was on my list but I was somewhat confused if it was the same collection! I’m now utterly adding the Pure Platinum Collection to my wish list!
Thanks so much to Betsy for clearing this up, sharing her photos, and making the Muse’s wallet scream in pain!
If you’ll looking for a perfect Holiday set to make you glamorous and gorgeous these two would be it! Each Kit is $59 and has an array of delicious goodies to keep you happy all season long! Betsy also informs the Muse that the brushes have pretty little rhinestones/diamonds embedded in the handles!