Annoyingly-Spelled “Escentuals” Makeup Update:

(Because I offer only the best in heart-pounding journal content. No need to pay for the full seat here, folks, when you’ll only need the edge!)

Well tickle me Elmo and count me among the converted, I love this makeup. I. LOVE. THIS. MAKEUP! In fact, picture me demonstrating my enthusiasm by galloping around all fat and sweaty like Ballmer and yelling “Bare MINERALS! Bare MINERALS! Bare MINERALS!”

Or…don’t. My point is, this makeup is awesome. I have yet to watch the instructional DVD but I managed to figure it out all by myself this morning, using the big brush that came with the kit and the “Fairly Light” foundation powder. I had some doubts about using a powder, but it went on smoothly and just sort of melded with my skin, creating, no shit, a nice even complexion without adding visible color.

I normally use a liquid foundation, and no matter how carefully I apply it I always can see it on my skin–especially on my nose. This stuff is invisible, and feels totally light and non-masky. My face hasn’t dissolved into a shiny Exxon slick mid-afternoon like it normally does, either.

So! Diagnosis thus far: thumbs up. I probably could have skipped buying the kit and just purchased the foundation and a brush, as I’m not sure yet about the actual benefits of the included “mineral veil” or “skin rev-ver upper” (huh?).

Oh, and to end on a crass note: on my way to work this morning I passed a bunch of young hunky firemen in uniform collecting money at a stoplight, and I thought, how awesome would it be if I had the balls to hang my head out the window and scream, “You can stuff MY boot anytime, baby!” as I drove by?

But of course I didn’t.


30 Responses to “Made with crushed minerals from…the *earth*!”

  1. victoria on August 17th, 2006 3:34 pm

    Oh man, am I jealous of you. I tried that stuff (which my dermatologist loves, because it is non-irritating & he hates irritating products), but I CANNOT use it. I have big pores on my nose. When I use the Bare Escentuals powder it sits on the skin AROUND the pores, but does not penetrate the pores themselves. And because the makeup is light-reflecting, and the little pore-holes are darker . . . well, it emphasizes the pores and I end up with a truly hideous result. My nose looks like it’s covered with big nasty-ass blackheads. I look much, much worse than I do without ANY makeup. It’s not like I have perfect skin or anything, but I don’t look like blackhead city without the Bare Escentuals.

    Someone said “Well, that stuff works great for me. You must not be putting it on right. Go back to Sephora and ask them to show you how it’s done.” I went back to Sephroa and the gal used a ginormous fluffy brush and my nose still looked like crap. A real fright show. She said, “this product just doesn’t work for you.”

  2. mandy on August 17th, 2006 3:59 pm

    I use it, I love. That starter kit thingy lasted 6 months for me. Unfortunately, the refill I bought was the wrong color! I love the shimmer it leaves too ;)

  3. zu on August 17th, 2006 4:36 pm

    I am intrigued. I have big pores too, I wonder what it would do to me.

  4. Mona on August 17th, 2006 4:43 pm

    Bare minerals is one of the as-seen-on-tv products I’ve been meaning to buy, along with the Magic Bullet, but I think I’m more addicted to watching the informercials. I used a foundation from IGIA for a while, but it made my face ghost-like in pictures. What gives?

    I only have enough balls to gawk at hunky firemen at them until someone behind me beeps.

  5. Mona on August 17th, 2006 4:44 pm

    Erase “at them” from my last comment. Hello English degree, where did you go?

  6. Jenn on August 17th, 2006 4:50 pm

    Congrats on your purchase!

    That last statement made my day – hilarious!

  7. Polichick on August 17th, 2006 5:14 pm

    I love that stuff too. I’ve been using it since November with great results.

  8. biodtl on August 17th, 2006 6:23 pm

    I’ve always done it on the floor or on the bed or couch (with a pad or towel). The changing table ended up being a storage area.

    It’s funny, because you look at Riley now and think he’s turning into a boy and where’s the baby. I did/do the same with my kids. But next year, you’ll look back at this year and think he was such a baby, but NOW he’s turning into a boy. Then you’ll continue to say that every year.

  9. jonniker on August 17th, 2006 7:14 pm

    OmeffingGOD, I used that Ballmer video in about a frillion corporate presentations back when I did that sort of thing. It never failed to bring me to hysterical tears. “DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS.”

  10. Me Myself and I on August 17th, 2006 8:56 pm

    At least you got to see hunky firemen, ours arent around from day to day (odd that, I have never seen one out of his truck!) nor are they hunky!

    As to the makeup Im afraid we cant get that brand in this country – ripped off I say!

  11. tea on August 17th, 2006 10:18 pm

    This is the only makeup I ever use.

  12. K on August 17th, 2006 11:10 pm

    Shit, sign me up! I could use some perfect skin over here! I hate looking makeuppy, so if this stuff hides what can charitably be called my “blemishes” without making me look like I have on pancake makeup, I need to throw large sums of money at the makers.

  13. katie d on August 18th, 2006 4:36 am

    Hee; I talked to a totally hot fireman (pompier) in the laundromat here in Paris last night, then came home and turned on the tv, and there was the same hot, nice guy on a documentary about firemen. ::sigh:: Talking to him was the first time I wished I was actually French. It was not the first time I wished I was still 23, sadly.

    I digress. I want to know how easily this Bare Minerals stuff actually comes off at the end of the day. What kind of cleanser do you have to use to get it off, and how much residue still sticks around? Because truthfully, besides the breakout problem, the reason I hate to wear makeup so much is the sheer hassle involved in taking it off at the end of the day. :(

  14. Ashley on August 18th, 2006 4:57 am

    Hmmm, I suppose I’ll have to give it a try now. Galloping around!? What a testament, I bet they’d love you doing that in their commercial ;)

  15. Jessie on August 18th, 2006 5:19 am

    Hey! No fair! The firemen collecting money on our streetcorner were old and fat. I’m totally bummed now.

  16. Ang on August 18th, 2006 6:37 am

    I have heard so much good stuff about the Mineral Make Up. Maybe I should push Mary Kay aside and give it a try.

  17. sweetney on August 18th, 2006 7:35 am

    oooh, good to know! though i don’t wear makeup daily (or, errr, often), i’m always on the hunt for good product.

  18. TB on August 18th, 2006 8:17 am

    Hey! I’m a fairly light girl too. I don’t wear makeup very often but when I do, I freaking love this stuff. The “warmth” which is a weird name for a makeup, is awesome. It makes my pasty white complexion look postively sun kissed.

  19. Donna on August 18th, 2006 9:08 am

    The other one that I said yesterday that is just like it is by Nuetrogena (sp?), it’s called mineral sheers, and is the same thing only in a bottle that you can take with you, and it comes out through the brush. Also, it is much cheaper. Very convienient on the plane now since you can’t take anything liquid. Sorry, my spelling is sucking today.
    I always ran out of the foundation, but still have my original jar of the warmth, and never used the other one, the mineral veil. Nice.

    And sure you didn’t yell out your window, any more than I do when I um, don’t whistle either.

  20. ali on August 18th, 2006 9:40 am

    he. you said ‘balls’ :)

  21. Ulli on August 18th, 2006 10:15 am

    Happy you love it…Like I said yesterday, I am total convert and it’s amazing what that little powdery stuff can do to you complexion…..Another convert, yay!!!

  22. kara marie on August 18th, 2006 11:09 am

    Happy Snakes on a Plane Day!

  23. Sonia (DDM) on August 18th, 2006 11:23 am

    Okay, I’ve been hearing so much about that makeup, that I’ve actually been trying to plan a day to get to Sephora sans child, for over a month. And now? Because of this post? I’m contemplating taking him with me. So I don’t have to live another day without that makeup. Curses!

    My hubby is one of those boot weilding firemen. You. Can’t. Shock. Them. G’head and holler anything obnoxious out the window you want to, they’ll smile and wave, and even possibly wink. They love it. Yes, they do. They go back to the station and compare stories about who got the most catcalls.

  24. Janet on August 18th, 2006 6:19 pm

    Mineral Veil is fantastic. I use it after I’ve done all my makeup, it gets rid of shine and makes everything look softer. Their eyeshadows, glimmers, etc are good but be sure use and use an eyeshadow primer first or they will disappear pretty quickly. Urban Decay primer potion is the way to go!

  25. Tammy on August 18th, 2006 10:58 pm

    I love that makeup too. It took me a little while to figure out how to use it. I soon realized that I was putting too much on and not buffing it in enough. Also, the first time that I tried warmth I used too much and ended up looking like an oompa loompa, which is not a good look for me.
    As far as I am concerned, the mineral veil is a must. It reduces shine and gives a much more polished finish.
    You can also layer it, putting the mineral veil on and then the foundation, and then a touch more of the mineral veil. That helps if you have very oily skin or if you tend to get shiny.
    If anyone is looking to try it you can find it very cheap on ebay these days.

  26. justmouse on August 19th, 2006 7:50 am

    oh sure…get me all revved up and wanted to gallop around with my perfect skin too….and then i see how much that shit is!!! dude! it’s $60! AMERICAN! that’s like…what….$100 canadian? for MAKE UP????? i buy foundation from Walmart for like…$5 CDN. i guess i’ll just have to be envious and admire your perfectness from afar. *pouts*

  27. Erin on August 20th, 2006 7:23 am

    Oh GOD. I love that stuff. I’ve been using it for almost two months now and it is the bestest ever.

    I was in Memphis in July, when it was hotter than hell out, and the makeup held up PERFECTLY. It’s insane. I think someone sold her soul to the devil in order to produce – and later profit – off of this makeup. It is the facial equivalent of crack. For reals. :)

  28. Amy on August 21st, 2006 10:27 pm

    Another FFighter wife piping in that next time let it FLY! They DO love it. (Just stay away from my hunky FF husband ok ;)

    Looking into the foundation you recommend, thanks for the before and after shots! Thinking maybe they should be giving you a cut!

  29. Owen on October 27th, 2006 12:54 pm

    Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse. Owen.

  30. Jessica on November 12th, 2007 8:28 pm

    I had my ups and downs with Bare Minerals but I absolutely love it now! It really does take a little bit of practice and time if you’re not loving it right away….keep at it and you will! A trick for larger pores or oily skin is to put the Mineral Veil BEFORE the foundation AND after. Also…seriously use the “skin rev-er-upper”, warmth (just a LITTLE) and mineral veil with the BareMinerals foundation. Everything works together, blends beautifully…and with a little practice you really will never use anything else. Too bad its so damn expensive!

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