BareMinerals’ 100% Natural Lipcolor collection review

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  • Manufacturer: bareMinerals/Bare Escentuals
  • Availability: this line/formulation debuted some time around 2005
  • Contains: natural lip sticks (no parabens, synthetic fragrances or dyes, petrochemicals, or preservatives)
  • Cost/Amount: USD$15 for .13 ounces
  • Would you purchase again: yes
BareMinerals’ 100% Natural Lipcolor collection

The first actual BE kit I got (Star Style) included a tube of Maple Syrup lipstick. That color (which looked dreadful on me) has since been discontinued, unless there are tubes still lurking at various channel partners. But the tube itself hooked me immediately. The velvet-matte finish doesn’t show wear and tear like the glossy plastic tubes, and the texture…well, it’s not easy to describe, but it’s partially there with the “velvet”. It’s very smooth, but not slick. It won’t easily slip from your fingers (so gesticulators rejoice! no more high-trajectory lipstick incidents!!) The curves in the tube’s outer design also help with the non-slipping part, but they’re not so curved that they catch and hold dust, or make the tube difficult or even uncomfortable to hold.

These colors apply smoothly, though with a few colors I have to go over my lips twice to get full coverage. The lipstick is very creamy, and it doesn't tug. The pigmentation levels are so-so: they're better than things like Revlon Colorburst, but not as pigmented as Morgana Cryptoria. I haven't paid attention to whether or not these actually moisturize my lips, as the manufacturer claims; but I don't get dryness from wearing these colors. These lipsticks do contain vitamin E, though I don't know how much.

At $115 an ounce, these are some of the more expensive midrange lipsticks - though when you compare them to Tom Ford's lipsticks which are often around $40 to $50 for one tube, the price of Bare Escentuals' 100% natural lipcolors doesn't seem insane, merely "a bit up there". This line and formulation was not brand new when I started buying BE in 2007, but it wasn't all that old, either.

This collection contained:

  • Amaretto — coral rose creme
  • Bavarian Creme — light berry pink creme
  • Bellini — deep peach frost
  • Berry Cordial — deep raspberry creme
  • Berry Glace — raspberry rose creme
  • Black Currant — blackberry creme
  • Bread Pudding — tawny rose-nude creme
  • Butter Pecan — copper tan creme
  • Cherries on Top — medium magenta-red creme
  • Creampuff — peach nude creme
  • French Pastry — pale peach rose creme
  • Gelato — pink mauve creme
  • Gingersnap — mauve brown creme
  • Italian Ice — raspberry rose creme
  • Parfait — medium-deep neutral pink creme
  • Passion Fruit — deep watermelon-red creme
  • Pink Champagne — medium pink frost
  • Plum Brulee — golden berry creme
  • Red Delicious — "classic" true-red creme
  • Red Zin — medium cranberry creme
  • Ripe Fig — cool mauve creme
  • Rock Candy — soft pink creme
  • Rose Crepe — muted rose creme
  • Spiced Raisin — deep plum creme
  • Spiced Rum — brandy-brown creme
  • Strawberry Daquiri — strawberry-pink creme
  • Sweet Apricot — warm apricot creme
  • Truffle — rosewood creme

I have at one time or another owned Amaretto, Bavarian Creme, Bellini, Berry Glace, Bread Pudding, Cherries on Top, Creampuff, French Pastry, Gelato, Gingersnap, Italian Ice, Maple Syrup (discontinued), Parfait, Pink Champagne, Red Delicious, Ripe Fig, Rose Crepe, and Strawberry Daquiri. I have swatched and decided against Rock Candy (pretty softer pink, but a little too soft for me) Passion Fruit (just barely too bright a red for my preferences, I prefer Rose Crepe or Strawberry Daquiri), and Spiced Rum (a little too dark a brown for my preferences.) Because these contain no preservatives, and because I don't wear lipstick every single day, I've found that I can realistically have a maximum of five of these in my personal inventory at any given time. Otherwise, after three years, the lipstick starts to sweat - which can be the first sign that it's going off. When I first saw this, I didn't detect a change in the smell, but I decided to be extremely safe and pitch the sweating ones.

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