BareMinerals’ buxom Fresno review

Posted on Tuesday, at bought • 496 views

  • Manufacturer: bareMinerals/Bare Escentuals
  • Availability: part of the Buxom Lip Stick collection. Was released as part of the Buxom City Slickers kit
  • Color Range: blackberry-wine creme
  • Cost/Amount: USD$18 for .03 ounces
  • Would you purchase again: yes
BareMinerals’ buxom Fresno

Having grown up in central California, it seems a little…odd…to choose this particular city-name. Fresno has never been “on the global map” (unless you count being mentioned in the original Karate Kid movie), it's not of the same profile as Las Vegas, Marrakech, Amsterdam, Barcelona, or any of the others. It lacks global name recognition, and even among Californians it's not always easy to place.

At any rate, Fresno is Brooklyn's deeper, darker cousin. Fresno, Barcelona, and Monte Carlo are all “easy-to-overapply” colors for me. I have to use a light hand, and blot, and then apply under a lighter lip gloss to soften the color a bit. When I used my usual application technique - outline the lips, then fill in several strokes, then smudge - I looked a little bit like Lily Munster. Even blotted, the color was almost too dark for me.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

A montage of three images: top left, close-up of the lip color in the tube; top right, the color applied over bare skin, to better show the shade; and below, the color applied to the lips.

In its debut-kit Buxom City Slickers, Fresno was paired with <a href=”/such/obsessive/addictions/bareminerals_buxom_brandi/”>Brandi</a>. I don't know that I'll ever use those two colors in combination, as combined they'd be a little dark for my coloring.

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