bareMinerals Invisible Bronzer (Fair to Light), Endless Summer Bronzer (Faux Tan), Faux Tan
I decided to get the bareMinerals Endless Summer bronzer that everyone seems to be raving about despite having reservations. As you probably know, I’ve really grown to love bareMinerals as a brand over the past few years and I look forward to their new releases each year but this bronzer just didn’t hook me.
Side note: I generally prefer bronzers with a hint of red/orange. But based on photos and swatches I’d seen online, this new one looked decidedly cooler/more neutral than what I like. On top of that, the Faux Tan shade name of the new Endless Summer bronzer really threw me. I’m a big fan of bareMinerals’ original Faux Tan loose mineral bronzer and I wondered if the two shades were a match in person despite looking so different based on stock photos online.
Top: Kevyn Aucoin SSE SX03, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue (Birch), L’Oreal Pro Glow #202, IT Cosmetics CC Cream (Fair Light), IT Cosmetics CC Illumination Cream (Light), Missha Perfect Cover #21 Bottom: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness (Light Beige), IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumiantion (Medium), NYX Gotcha Covered (Light), Amazing Cosmetics Hydrate (Light Golden), The Face Shop Dual Veil #109
I’m doing some Spring cleaning of my makeup stash. I hauled quite a bit over the past couple of months but I’m still trying to keep my collection quite small. As such, I thought a bit of swatching would be helpful to me (and to you all) in determining which items get to stay and which need to go.
Nothing too exciting. I only got the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX05 and the bareMinerals Invisible Bronze bronzer in Fair to Light, and both are products I’ve bought and reviewed on the blog before.
bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer (Fair to Light)
I decided to skip the Sephora sale this year and shopped bareMinerals instead. The main reason? I didn’t meet the VIB spending threshold last year, so I was knocked back down to regular Beauty Insider status. The 10% discount that lowly Beauty Insiders receive barely covers tax, so the sale wasn’t worth it in my opinion.
Meanwhile bareminerals.com had been running flash sales and 20% off sales these past few weeks which were much better deals. I picked up their 5-in-1 eyeshadow in Candlelit Peach for only $9 (originally $19) during one such flash sale which I’ve already swatched and reviewed. And during a 20% off site-wide sale, I got the new Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer in the lightest shade, Fair to Light ($28), and an All Over Face Color in the shade A Little Sun ($21).
I just wanted to share with you all my new favorite “one and done” eyeshadow”: bareMinerals’ 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in the shade Candlelit Peach ($19).
I’ve owned, blogged and raved about two other shades, Soft Linen and Barely Nude, in the past and out of all the makeup I’ve ever owned, they’re the only two eyeshadows that I’ve ever completely used up. Put simply, I love bareMinerals’ 5-in-1 shadows!
Why do I love them so much?
Application is a breeze. Just dab a tiny bit onto the eyelids and blend out with a fingertip. No brushes necessary.
They can be worn alone and have the opacity to cover and brighten eyelid discoloration, at least the three colors I’ve tried.
They work great as eyeshadow primers and can be worn underneath powder and cream eyeshadows.
The 5-in-1 shadows are very long-wearing. I’ve tried using concealers and foundations on my eyelids before to cover up discoloration but because those formulations are so much more emollient and because my eyelids fold very close to the lash line, those products all tend to crease on me. The 5-in-1 shadows are great because they have the coverage and neutralizing properties of a concealer and color corrector but the budge-proof cling of an eyeshadow primer. I haven’t had any issues with creasing when I’ve used the bareMinerals shadows.