Tuesday, May 22, 2012

bareMinerals Bisque-Review

I've been using Bare Escentual's/Bareminerals (Bare Escentuals is the company; the line of products is Bareminerals....hence the name confusion!) Bisque for about 4 months now, so I figured a review was necessary!

Bare Escentual's Claims:
  • "Award-winning SPF 20 Concealer effortlessly covers anything you have to hide."
  • "Effortlessly conceals everything but feels like nothing at all."
  • "Blends seamlessly into skin."
  • "Provides medium-to-full coverage with a natural finish."
(Quotes taken from Bare Escentuals)

This product is essentially a loose powder concealer with stronger pigmentation and coverage than the Bareminerals foundations.

I'm fair-skinned so I'm using Bisque, which is the lightest concealer shade in the line.  There are 5 shades total: Bisque (for lighter complexions), Summer Bisque (for medium complexions), Honey Bisque (for golden tan complexions), Dark Bisque (for deeper tan complexions), and Deep Bisque (for the deepest, darkest complexions).

A couple years ago, I had a small sample of Bisque, which I loved! That little sample seriously lasted me about 6 months! I have no idea why it took me so long to consider purchasing the full size.

  • The SPF 20 is great!
  • It conceals under-eye circles and minor blemishes, scars, and discolorations well, but not as great as a cream concealer.
  • It does blend well into the skin, and looks very natural.
  • I wouldn't say it gives full coverage, personally, but rather a medium coverage.  As a result, it works great as a complexion "booster" for added coverage over powder foundation or cream concealer. I like to use Bisque over a cream under-eye concealer (such as Benefit Boi-ing) to set the concealer and provide added coverage. I also use it over blemishes/discolorations; provides added coverage as well as making any make-up underneath look more natural.
  • This product is especially great at evening out patches of skin that are discolored from the rest of the face, without being heavy and "fake" looking.
  • Doesn't look orange or dark on the skin. I am very pale, so sometimes concealers have a tendency to look too dark or patchy on me.
  • The packaging has been improved! There is now a piece under the cap that opens & closes the holes (where the product comes out of), so product does not go everywhere.
  • Unless you have amazing skin, a cream concealer is still necessary to cover darker eye circles and/or larger blemishes. Thus, the coverage is not full.
  • You will need to purchase a brush in order to apply this properly. I use the Bareminerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush, which can be purchased individually for $20. Mine came in the Bareminerals starter kit that I purchased about 6 years ago! My brush is in workable condition, but I honestly need a new one. I've been putting off buying a new one, since I think it's rather pricey. I've also yet to find a brush that works as well with mineral foundation, so let me know if you have any suggestions! 
  • For those of you that are sensitive or allergic to Bismuth Oxychloride, it is still a major ingredient of this product.
    • "Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Ultramarines (CI 77007)"
  • I can't use this on top of concealer to "set" the concealer because the concealer will crease under my eyes. I use a different setting powder right after the concealer, and then use Bisque on top, only where darkness is still visible.
  • Price: $18 for the "medium-sized" jar, which gives 2 g (0.07 oz) of product.  While I do think it is pricey, I believe this jar will last me quite some time, since only a small amount of product is needed.
Beauty Breakdown:
  • Brand: Bare Escentuals
  • Product: bareMinerals SPF 20 Concealer 
  • Shade: Bisque
  • Price: $18
  • Where to get: Ulta, Sephora, a Bare Escentuals store, online
  • Package Quality (out of 5 stars): ***** (Since the new "sifter" packaging has been added!)
  • Overall Rating (out of 5 stars): ****(I like it, but the product is not perfect)
  • Recommend: Yes. 
  • Repurchase: I want to see how long a jar lasts me, but so far I will repurchase.
  • Grade: B
Disclosure: This product was purchased by me for review purposes. I was not paid or compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

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