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Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection First Impressions

I’ve done first impressions on both the Gold and the Platinum Collections that Bare Escentuals introduced and now I have the Classic Rock Collection which is more of a sparkling white diamond in comparison with the silver and gold of the other collections! If you missed either of the posts about the other collections you can click here and here to view them!

This collection is quite nice but a bit smaller than the others as it doesn’t contain nearly as much product and goodies as the others do! I’ll be doing a comparison post of all three sometime next week but this definately contains a considerably amount less product than the Gold and Platinum Kits however it is still nice.

The first thing that deserves mentioning is the Buxom Lip Gloss included with this kit. Bare Escentuals must be listening because they have changed the applicator on the Buxom Lips from a sponge to a brush. Many complaints have arisen about the Buxom Lips being a great product but the sponge applicator wasn’t distrubing enough product and you would be triple dipping to get enough gloss to apply on your lips. Well, have no fear, this Buxom Lip Gloss has a brush applicator and makes application simple. It’s entitled Dominique and is a gorgeous clear gloss with a ton of sparkle. Our other two sets did not include a gloss but a lipstick. While this failed to include a lipstick the gloss is gorgeous enough to make up for that!

Dominique Buxom Lip Gloss
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YAY Out with the Sponge Application and in with the Brush Applicator!
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This set included two brushes instead of the normal three as seen with Gold and Platinum however they brushes are far more prettier than those collections in that they have a cute little rhinestone on the handle! You get a Flawless Face Brush and a Tapered Eyeshadow Brush with this kit! Both are pretty soft and I haven’t seen any shedding yet after applying blush with the Flawless Face Brush this morning! So far so good!

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You also, like the Platinum Collection, get a Beautifully Luminous Mascara Duo. If you’re worried about getting repeat products when purchasing both sets you can rest easy knowing that both sets are dramatically different color wise. Where as the Platinum Kit contains a silver Beautifully Luminous Mascara this kit includes a sparkling white one! You can read my review on Beautifully Luminous Mascara by clicking here.

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The Diamond Gossamer included with this kit is a gorgeous sparkling white color! They recommend using the Gossamer’s as a body powder for arms, legs, cleavage, etc…I personally like using it on my eyes, face, and body! It’s possibly my favorite Gossamer aside from the gold that was included with the bareGold Kit!

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Classic Rock Eyeshadow is a sparkling silver color much like the silver color that was included with the Platinum collection but it is a bit lighter so it’ll be nice to use both in a look for contrasting!

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The blush you’ll get is called Laughter and is a peachy color which is very nice! I fail to see too much diamond sparkle in it though! It appears quite matte to me but it’s still a nice color.

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Nice Rock Glimmer is a sparkling chocolate brown and you can most definately see the touches of diamond powder in it! I’m eager to give this a try!

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And finally you get a cute little white clutch which I’m in love with. The other two kits did not include clutches but instead sturdy boxes to store your bits in! However, I am loving the clutch as it’s quite lovely!

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Overall, the collection is quite nice but I’m happy I didn’t pay the original price tag of $59 for it. It’s a nice set but the shadows included just don’t seem to match up in my eyes (silver and chocolate?!?!).

There are definately some plus posh items in the lot such as the gossamer and clutch plus the brushes but it still fails to give me that WOW that I’m looking for!

It’s definately a nice gift or for yourself but don’t pay $59 for it! Nab it now while 20% at Sephora is still ongoing so you can save a few bucks on the kit!

Nice but no wow factor!

The Muse likes it but felt it was missing something!

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Bare Escentuals Beautifully Luminous Lashes Review

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

So….

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!

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Bare Minerals bareGold Pure Luxury Color Collection First Impression

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.

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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
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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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 icon wink

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!

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bareMinerals bareGold Pure Luxury Color Collection

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
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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:

Mineral Veil
Gold Gossamer
Riches Blush
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
Eye-Shaping 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!

1st Shipment:
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

2nd Shipment:
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

3rd Shipment:
barePearl: tinted Mineral Veil, Rose Gossamer, blush in taupe pink, Amber Glimmer, Luster Glimpse in pale amber, Carnival liner in spiced walnut, Amaretto lipstick

4th Shipment:
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!

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Bare Escentuals Pure Platinum Collection Review

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.

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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
Platinum Glimmer
Twlight Eyeshadow
Posh Blush
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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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 icon wink 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 icon wink 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!

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