Review: Bare Esentuals Complexion Enhancers Kit

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ciao Bellas,
I've recently fallen in love with Bare Escentuals (see my review of the starter kit to recap), and y'all know how it goes when you find something you love. You just gotta have more. I made my way over to my local Ulta (first time ever going to one actually, and while it was nice I prefer Sephora) on Sunday to check out the Bare Esentuals Bare Minerals Complexion Enhancers Kit. It's said to be the next step in the program, so if you got the flawless face down this is your oomph. According to the description the kit will teach you how to: brighten the skin around your eyes, tan naturally without the sun, illuminate your complexion from within, and perfect it with an all over flawless finish. Sounds like a good deal right? At first I was wondering if the shades in the kit would be too light for me, and I'd just have to do some swatching on my own...but my shade finder page on Sephora suggested it, so I figured I'd give it a go. I'm glad I did, as it gave me a chance to get more familiar with the products. The kit includes Well Rested For Eyes, Faux Tan All Over Face Color, Pure Radiance All Over Face Color, Feather Light Mineral Viel, a Light Stroke Brush (to be used with the Well Rested for Eyes), an Angled Face Brush (to be used with either Faux Tan or Pure Radiance ), the Feather Light Brush (for Feather Light Mineral Viel), an instructional booklet and DVD (the DVD is the same one in the Get Started Kit). All for $49. I've tried everything out, and here are my conclusions:

Well Rested for Eyes: It did lighten the area under my eyes a bit, but not in a good looked a wee bit chalky / almost ashy (like some sort of strange albino raccoon effect). It's a nice concept though, and probably ideal for someone one to two shades lighter than I (I'm Golden Deep in BE, NC50 45 - 50 in MAC). I'll probably use the brush for my eye shadows.

Pure Radiance: Described as a "Golden peach sheen" it's utter fabulosity (and in my opinion somewhat reminiscent of Moonbeam by Benefit when you look at the product itself). It kind of made the whole kit worth it to me, and I've added it to my daily routine as a highlighter. Definitely something I will purchase again in the future.

Faux Tan All Over Face Color: I'm not too sure about this one...I suppose it did deepen my complexion a little bit (I'm not going to lie I applied it over my Feather Light Mineral Viel because I realized it was the only thing I hadn't tried yet and wanted to be able to say something about it during my review), but I fail to see any reason for me to continue to use it as I'm quite happy with the job my Warmth All Over Face Color (and that I can mix that with my foundation in the summer to match my tan. Now that I think about it, I had Warmth on as well, but not in all the areas where I applied Faux Tan) does. Overall I didn't notice too much of a difference after using this. In my opinion if you have Warmth, you don't really need this.

Feather Light Mineral Viel: I think of it as a Luminizer that I'll use once in awhile during the winter months when my complexion is lighter (the product is pretty light, and I personally think that Pure Radiance would compliment my tan better). It looks pretty on...I didn't exactly love it, but I didn't hate it either.

Brushes: Worked well, but there was some shedding.

Do I Recommend that you buy this? If your considering buying at least 2 or 3 products included in the kit, yes. The only thing that I know I'll be buying again for sure is the Pure Radiance All Over Face Color...and maybe the Feather Light Mineral Viel. Overall the Complexion Enhancers Kit gets 3 1/2 stars in my book. It's a good buy for people interested in getting more familiar with the line, but I only really loved one product included.

Stylishly Yours,
Ms. Fabulosity

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