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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Shu Uemura Gloss Lacquer Review

Count the Muse confused. When she originally discovered Shu’s Gloss Lacquer she could have sworn it was a limited edition product but low and behold it’s still quite up and available at Shu’s website as well as Sephora so I guess I somehow went wrong somewhere!

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The good news is that this stuff is like crack for my lips and I adore it. The bad news is it’s bloody expensive at $26usd per a pot thus making me feel like I’m on crack when buying a pot of this stuff! Who in their right frame of mind purchases $26 lipgloss? Don’t answer that.

Three colors are available of this fabulous gloss two of which your Muse owns and keeps in her beauty vault the third would be a color called Invincible Pink.

Gloss Lacquer is exactly what you’d expect after seeing/reading the name. It’s so glossy your lips have the lacquered effect. Surprisingly this stuff is a snap to apply. Normally any lip product in a pot always causes me heart failure, drama, and general stress during application but this warms on contact with my fingertip and smooths on easily.

My lips thank Mister Shu Uemura after using this brilliant stuff! I especially love that I don’t have to stain my lips or use a lipstick beneath. The actual gloss isn’t all that pigmented but for some reason or another upon application my lips just pop with really nice color! Slick, glossy, and perfect this is well worth the $26 bucks!

Now..if they’d only make some more colors I’d be quite happy hmmm……

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Stila Convertible Color Review

‘ello ‘ello lovely readers!

Today I bring you a review of one of my favorite “simple” makeup products. Stila Convertible Color is just the thing I need when I am in a rush, to lazy for a full makeup look, or just looking for the right pinch of color for my cheeks!

Stila Convertible Color is available in a slew of fantastic shades to suit any skin and complexion type. I believe most shades are flattering on all skins tones since the colors are so transparent and sheer yet natural and pigmented.

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Convertible Color is supposed to be your one stop shop for adding color to your cheeks and lips but I personally only use it on my cheeks as I find it feels quite weird on my lips and some of the colors just don’t work well.

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Convertible Color quite reminds me of a Tarte Cheek Stain in a compact but with fewer touch ups inbetween uses! The texture is almost gelly like with a creamy base and it lasts ages on me. I rarely have to run into the washroom to layer on some more it just lasts and lasts and lasts. It also gives me a great illusion of looking like I’ve had about ten hours of sleep when I’ve only had about two! My cheeks look dewy and fresh upon application. The completed look always makes me look gorgeous and flawless! My favorite way of using this is after finishing my morning face wash routine (scrub, tone, moisturize)! If it’s a weekend and I’m just running out to do errands I have a quick shower, tie my hair up, wash my face, moisturize, and slip some Convertible Color onto my cheeks and away I go minus foundation! Simple, Easy, Fast!

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As I said early this does quite remind me of Tarte Cheek Stain but the texture is slightly thicker and almost sticky when you first apply but as your skin warms the cream it sinks in quite nicely and the sticky feeling subsides. The difference is if I use Tarte Cheek Stain I’ll be touching up five times a day where as with this it lasts from morning to afternoon and beyond!

Overall, it’s a fabulous little product and definately makes life in the cosmetic world a whole lot easier!

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Happy 1st Birthday PJ and A Touch of Blusher

I can’t think of the world of blogging without PJ from A Touch of Blusher in it! Blogging wouldn’t be blogging without PJ to listen to my woes, whining, triumphs, questions, and concerns!

PJ is always a source of information on all good things cosmetic, blogging, and life icon wink

A Touch of Blusher is what Musings of a Muse aspires to be!

This is a post for a very special friend and blogger.

Happy 1st Birthday to A Touch of Blusher and it’s wonderful writer, PJ! May you have many, many, many fine years of blogging!

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Do head over to A Touch of Blusher and wish PJ well on A Touch of Blusher’s 1st Birthday!

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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.

Posh Blush
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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.

Twlight Eyeshadow
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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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