bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation #FreetheFace

 bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder FoundationAs more of a full-coverage gal, I did not expect to like the bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation ($30). I don’t want to free my face…I want to cover up all the sins of my misspent youth! However, this powder foundation promised a lot:                                                                                                         samplesbareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

  • Glam coverage
  • 12-hour long-wear
  • Breathable
  • True-to-you shades
  • Formulated with 90% vitamins & minerals

So I gave it a shot. Boy was I surprised…I love this gorgeous light weight foundation!

 bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

The powder has a silky smooth texture with a wonderful application. It feels extremely light on my skin and it’s buildable so it covers my major sins without looking fake or caked on. I typically have a problem with foundation wearing off quickly, yet this lasts pretty long for me. Not exactly the promised 12 hours, but I still get a good 6 hours of wear.

 bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

There are 30 different shades, which is an incredible range. I tried three shades, all of which work well with my NW23 skin. In fact, I couldn’t even swatch these because the foundation blends so well it just doesn’t show up on camera.

 bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage Brush bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage Brush bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage Brush bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage BrushThe Core Coverage Brush is just perfect for application.

The angled shape is great for coverage around the nose and chin, and it picks up the perfect amount of product. And it’s just so easy to apply – there is no need to buff or blend, it goes on seamlessly and looks fantastic. It makes my skin look like I have no pores…that’s a Christmas miracle right there.

bareMinerals #FreetheFaceI am very happy with the barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation and am so happy to have found it. Be sure you check it out – I’m betting you will be as happy with it as I am and you will want to #FreetheFace.  – Lisa

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bareMinerals #GEN NUDE will change your lips opinion

It is hard to believe how amazing bareMinerals new GEN NUDE lip line is. It’s huge and there’s something for everyone. No matter what your definition of a nude lip is, you can’t help but find it with bareMinerals. First there are 60 different shades…60! And there are 4 finishes so there’s something to fit your lip preferences. Choose from GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor, GEN NUDE Radiant Lipstick, GEN NUDE Buttercream Lipgloss, and GEN NUDE Under Over Lip Liner. These are all available in mauve, pink, peach, and beige nude tones. No matter what mood or color you like, there’s something for you. *press samples

bareMinerals GEN NUDE lip products

bareMinerals GEN NUDE lip products

My absolute favorite products from this line are the GEN NUDE Radiant lipsticks. There are twenty shades available. I have three that I was sent and I’m in love with them all. They are creamy beyond belief, moisturizing, and have just enough shine. ($20)

bareMinerals GenNude lipsticks in Bubbles, Honeybun, and Tutu

bareMinerals Radiant GenNude lipsticks in Bubbles, Honeybun, and Tutu

Every time I put one on I say it’s my favorite but I know now that they are all favorites. Every one of my 3 lipsticks looks great and feels even better.

bareMineral GEN NUDE Bubbles

bareMineral GEN NUDE Bubbles

BUBBLES is a light peachy pink nude. At first I thought it was pink but then the peach came through more. If I want to darken this or any of these products the GEN NUDE Under Over Lip Liners are perfect. I have this in On Point and it’s a winner.

bareMinerals On Pointe Under Over Lip Liner

bareMinerals On Pointe Under Over Lip Liner

HONEYBUN is called a Toasted Nude. To me this is the perfect rendition of a nude lipstick. It’s got a soft brown tone but it’s softened with a touch of mauve.

bareMinerals Honeybun Gen Nude lipstick

bareMinerals Honeybun Gen Nude lipstick

TUTU is the one I wear the most. The shade is described as a delicate mauve. I’m not a dark lipstick person and Tutu gives me color but doesn’t scream at anyone. All of these lipsticks contain Mango, cocoa and shea butters to make them as moisturizing as they are.

bareMinerals Tutu GEN NUDE lipstick

bareMinerals Tutu GEN NUDE lipstick

bareMinerals swatches: Bubbles, Honeybun, (side) Tutu

bareMinerals swatches: Bubbles, Honeybun, (side) Tutu

There are two formulas that at first appear to be gloss: GEN NUDE BUTTERCREAM LIPGLOSS and MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOR.

bare Minerals GEN NUDE BUTTERCREAM LIPGLOSS and MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOR.

bare Minerals GEN NUDE BUTTERCREAM LIPGLOSS and MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOR

bareMinerals GenNude Buttercream Lipgloss are aptly named. These are less like the lip gloss you have in your collection and more like the lip butters you have. In essence they are a combination of both worlds. Available in 15 colors the shades I have are Fancy, Forbidden, and Snarky (sounds like a fun music trio). These are considered lip plumping though I have never felt a sting or tingle from them.

bareMinerals Buttercream Lipgloss in Fancy, Forbidden and Snarky

bareMinerals Buttercream Lipgloss in Fancy, Forbidden and Snarky

Fancy is the thinnest of the three I have. It’s a true light pink with golden pearl. The wand on this is different than the ones you’ll find on the matte lip colors. Forbidden is a light pink nude (I love this!!) while Snarky is rose pink with gold pearl.

bareMinerals Fancy Buttercream Lipgloss

bareMinerals Fancy Buttercream Lipgloss

These all have a light vanilla scent to them and have great active ingredients (Shea, avocado, murumuru and cupuacu butters) plus Volulip, a natural peptide that increases lip volume and supports lip hydration by locking in moisture, with no tingling sensation.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipglosses in Fancy, Forbidden, and Snarky

bareMinerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipglosses in Fancy, Forbidden, and Snarky

Last but not least are the trendy GEN NUDE MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLORS. Is there anything more popular than this texture? Everyone loves a great matte liquid lipstick and these from bareMinerals are marvelous matte without being drying. The wand/paddle applies them perfectly. It’s flat and gets my whole lip at the same time. Wait about 10 minutes before eating or drinking to really let these set.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Shag

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Shag

Frenemy is a dark cool pink, Swag is called a blushing mauve, and Weekend is a honeyed peach pink. If these 3 shades aren’t your favorite there are 17 more. These look different on my lips once they’ve dried down than when they are still moist.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag, Weekend,, and Frenemy

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag, Weekend, and Frenemy

bareMinerals wanted these to be comfortable so they infused primer into the formula. The primer helps with color transfer as well as helping to prevent feathering. They also contain plant based waxes to keep your lips feel moisturized.

Right now at ULTA bareMinerals has a GWP of a FREE 5-pc Gorgeous All The Way Gift with any $40 bareMinerals purchase (offer valid 9/25/16-10/22/16 or while supplies last). These are also available at Sephora and with their annual discount you might want to put your favorites on your wishlist. Since the Radiant Lipsticks are my favorite, I’m checking out more shades of these.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks

bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipsticks

What’s your favorite kind of lipcolor? Moisturizing Radiant Lipsticks, Buttercream lip glosses or Matte Liquid Lip Color?  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration and boy am I glad!

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Top Ten Eyeshadow Primers

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time and our topic is primers this week. It will come as no surprise to regular Beauty Info Zone readers that my list is all about Eyeshadow Primers. It’s not that I don’t have enough facial primers to use for our topic but I’m a little nuts (or maybe a lot) and have this need to have all the eyeshadow primers available. While 10 are mentioned here I have more that I like but maybe not quite as much as these.

Eyeshadow Primers come in all prices which I’m demonstrating for you today with versions that range from $2 to $32. Price isn’t always the determining factor when it comes to this type of product. My $2 primer from E.L.F. works almost as well as my $20 Too Faced primers. The important thing to me is to use an eyeshadow primer every time I do my eyes. Primer is meant to even out skintone, make the colors last without creasing, help eyeshadow colors go on more evenly, and create a more vibrant look.

Top 10 eyeshadow primers

Top 10 eyeshadow primers

$1-$2  E.L.F. SHADOW LOCK EYELID PRIMER || There are 3 shades of this primer available. Right now E.L.F. is having a moving sale so the colors left are available for $1 but normally they are $2. My favorite is Champagne (there’s also Sheer and Pearl) because it is a light taupe/champagne shade adding some interest without a bit of shimmer.

$6.49  MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER || This is one of my very favorite primers. I usually look for a sale on it and pick up 2 at a time. It took me a while too appreciate it since it’s thick at first but I learned to love it after running out of Too Faced Shadow Insurance once and now I always have one handy.

$6.99  NYX EYESHADOW BASE  ||  My only pot eyeshadow primer although that’s all I used to use. This has good points and bad. I’m not a fan of the pot itself. For someone with long nails it’s just a pain. I bought this in Pearl because I wanted the tiny bit of pearly shimmer which makes this worth getting out a taklon brush to apply it. It’s stiff and doesn’t go on as easily as a cream product but it does the job well and Ulta often has sales on NYX. This is also available in white and skintone.

Milani, NYX, ELF eyeshadow primers

Milani, NYX, ELF eyeshadow primers

$15  em cosmetic eyeshadow primer  ||  No one ever talks about em cosmetics anymore. This Michelle Phan line came out with a bang but it’s whimpering away. Out of all the products I’ve bought from the line this is the stand out. There’s a slight gleam to it that peeks through and makes eyeshadow more vibrant. I’d buy this again without a doubt.

em cosmetics eyeshadow primer

em cosmetics eyeshadow primer

$18  bareMinerals PRIME TIME EYESHADOW PRIMER  ||  This is a great primer but it’s really small. It’s a perfect size for travel though but I’m going through this pretty quickly for home use. I wish I didn’t like it this much or that the price wasn’t quite this high. My shadows stay so well when I’m using it.

bareMinerals eyeshadow primer

bareMinerals eyeshadow primer

$20  TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE  ||  This is the eyeshadow primer that changed the game. It’s the most talked about, that’s for sure. Be sure you shake it before using it the first time and then again about once a week. It can come out watery which you want to avoid. TFSI is the one I use the most because I can really rely on it. I know it will keep me creasefree under all conditions.

$20  TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE CANDLELIGHT  ||  Too Faced created a few more of their Shadow Insurance to meet the needs of everyone. The one I have is Candlelight which is a bright gold that just lights up my eyes. There are days I’ll put Candlelight on my lids, TFSI original on my brow bone, and a beautiful brown toned shadow in the crease. There’s no glitter in Candlelight but it is a bright shimmery gold. If I wore more glitter eyeshadows I’d buy TF Glitter Glue Shadow Primer since I know the quality of the brand.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight and original

Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight and original

$21  LORAC BEHIND THE SCENES EYE PRIMER  ||  I don’t know why everyone isn’t shouting about this from their rooftops. It’s a fabulous eyeshadow primer. There was a small one in my LORAC Pro Palette and once I used it I knew I needed it in a full size. It’s $1 more than the Too Faced but it’s considerably bigger so there’s more bang for your buck. It has a slant tip opening which can get a little messy but I usually squeeze it out on my hand to apply rather than directly on my eye. I’m telling you – you are missing out on a gem if you don’t have this primer.

Lorac Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer

Lorac Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer

$29  BENEFIT AIR PATROL  ||  I had no intention of buying this because it’s obvious I don’t need another primer in my life. But I got a sample that lasted me for a few days and that sold me. This is very yellow which is why I wasn’t going to buy it. But once I used it I realized that the color wasn’t an issue once applied. This is considered to be a BB Cream Eyelid Primer and it has broad spectrum SPF 20 which I’m happy about. The tip is different since it’s a “cushion calm” tip that is exceptionally soft. A little goes a long way with this so I expect it to last a good amount of time.

Benefit Air Patrol eyeshadow primer

Benefit Air Patrol eyeshadow primer

$32  EDWARD BESS ILLUMINATING EYESHADOW BASE  ||  Edward Bess was my splurge item. I bought it much before the Benefit so even though the prices aren’t too far different I knew it was a splurge. It comes in three shades (Dune, Cashmere, Suede). Cashmere was my choice and I’m happy that I bought it. It looks a lot like a concealer with its brush applicator. Once I let it dry shadows really adhere to it. Anytime I have a poor performing shadow I turn to this Illuminating Base since I know if it doesn’t work with this, then the shadow just isn’t going to work. It’s worth the extra money even if I save it for special days.

Edward Bess eyeshadow primer

Edward Bess eyeshadow primer

I have other eyeshadow primers that I like (Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever, and IT Cosmetics for example) but they don’t get used as often as these 10. I know not everyone needs 10+ eyeshadows in their life but I’m obsessed and obviously obsessive! — Marcia

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Softer eye looks with bareMinerals The Modern Icon and Classic Cream liner

bareMinerals Modern Pop Ready Eyeshadow palette

bareMinerals Modern Pop Ready Eyeshadow palette

Now that the weather is warming I’m finally in the mood for a softer palette. I loved a stronger eye in the winter but it just feels off for me in spring. I’m late to the game with bareMinerals Modern Pop Ready Eyeshadow palette in The Modern Icon but that doesn’t mean you need to be late too. When bareMinerals sent this I started to wear it but I was still into my winter darkness, now I love this softer look especially since I’m wearing softer colors in my clothing too.

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

bareMinerals READY palettes are among my favorites. Just like we’ve come to expect with bareMinerals and bareEscentuals the colors are minerals so they don’t have preservatives and are cruelty free. bareMinerals uses a proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that helps the skin on your eyes so you are doing more than make them look pretty – the mineral complex has skin-nourishing benefits that will help reduce the look of fine lines.

The Modern Icon has this great POPping design with dots on the compact and on the shadows. Of course they wear away on the shadows but it’s still cute to look at.

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

bareMinerals The Modern Icon

Top left is Chic which is a very soft pink cashmere shade. Next to that is Carefree, which is described as peach sherbet. The bottom row contains Sophisticate which is a light dusty amethyst and Exhale, the smoky taupe.

bareMinerals The Modern Icon swatched heavily over primer

bareMinerals The Modern Icon swatched heavily over primer

None of the shades are dark in this palette so it’s great for both young and old. It is appropriate for a teen that you don’t want to see covered in dark shadows and it’s soft enough to not emphasize the texture on eyes of someone older.

Wearing bareMinerals The Modern Icon

Wearing bareMinerals The Modern Icon

This is available at Ulta, bareminerals.com, and beauty.com for $30. And while you are shopping you need to check out the bareMinerals Lasting Line Long-wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream for $16. Hopefully this isn’t limited edition like the palette because this is a winner for all year round.

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

While people talk about using liner on their waterline, I find that it closes my eyes up too much. The bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream is the perfect solution to this because it actually opens up the look of my eyes. While it’s easy to wear this as a regular eyeliner, especially under your eyes, I prefer it on my bottom waterline. It doesn’t last all day but it does last for most of the day which I find amazing.

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

bareMinerals Lasting Long Wearing Eyeliner in Classic Cream

One side is the twist up liner while the opposite end has a built in sharpener and smudger.

Everything I’ve been reviewing lately from bareMinerals has made me so happy. Lash Domination mascara is terrific, Kiss Me lipstick just made my Top Ten Summer Lip favorites list and now The Modern Icon and Classic Cream eyeliner are added to the list. Which bareMinerals products are favorites of yours and should be added to my try me list? — Marcia

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