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Because You Asked For It

By Amalah

Hey Amy,
Ever since I discovered mineral-based foundation I have had an optimism/skepticism dichotomy going on in my head that is driving me nuts. So I thought I would ask. Do you have any experience? I would totally just try it, but it’s like $80. If it really is beautiful and natural looking I will buy it, but if not, pushaw! Is the hype justified?

Okay, so I’ve gotten about two million billion questions about Bare Escentuals and other mineral-based makeups. I’ve never personally used any of these cosmetics. I had a couple friends who were both seriously underwhelmed by the Bare Escentuals line, with one of them having a fairly nasty reaction to the stuff after a few weeks. So I decided it would be best to stay away from that, as I am not a fan of nasty reactions. (I know! It’s a bold stance, but I’m controversial like that.)
escentuals.jpg ANYWAY, a loooong time ago (in the pre-AlphaMom Smackdown days) I rounded up some experts and set them loose on the topic and then asked my readers to chime in as well. You can read it here. There was…um…a definite failure to reach a consensus. A near-riot broke out in the comments. I think somebody threw a lamp. Eventually we all had to agree to disagree, if only for the sake of the children.
But the powerhouse marketing campaign behind this stuff is UNBELIEVABLE, and I get at least one question about Bare Escentuals every week or so.
Which means it’s time to revisit the topic, poll the AlphaFoxyMamas and then take cover. Here’s what they had to say:
I have two different shades of Bare Escentuals blush — (Beauty and Secret, I think). I have relatively sensitive skin, and I don’t have any problems with skin irritation. That being said, because it’s a loose powder with a strong pigment, it is difficult to apply. I always get too much on the brush (have yet to figure out how to effectively use the packaging that it comes in — I generally just turn it upside down to get a little powder to “come out”). Even dusting off the brush leaves so much on that I have to mitigate the painted-lady effect that I get when I apply it. The upside is that when it’s applied over foundation, it stays on for quite a while.
I prefer Nars blush, which is the compact that I keep in my purse.
Bare Escentuals — love it, love it, love it! I’ve used other expensive makeup for years (Clinique, MAC, Bobbi Brown) and I always had a problem with after about noon I had no makeup on. My skin is combination, but the oily is really oily, and the makeup just slides off. This makeup stays on. My best experience was at an outdoor wedding in 100 degree heat. After 3 hours, I went to the bathroom and my makeup is perfect. My skin is better since I started using it. It is about the same price as other lines, but it lasts forever. And, the first day I wore it to work I got so many compliments. I can put it on in 5 minutes and it

Published October 25, 2006. Last updated October 25, 2006.
About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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