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.
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).
Would this qualify as a capsule collection? Not counting nail polishes but including brushes and tools my current collection totals 35 pieces. I feel like capsule collections are usually even smaller than this but I’m quite satisfied with how much I’ve eliminated from my makeup stash over the past two years. For a girl who started with 100+ blushes, 100+ lipsticks, and dozens of eye shadow palettes and highlighters, I think I’ve come a long way.
I’ve been gradually purging makeup since 2014 in an effort to streamline my makeup regimen. It had gotten to the point where I felt burdened by the sheer amount of makeup I owned. When I realized I could literally use a different blush or lipstick everyday for four months straight with no repeats I decided I needed to make a change. A kinder person (or an enabler) would’ve called me a makeup collector but the truth was I was a makeup hoarder. Even though I had so much makeup, I was really only using a handful of products regularly. I decided then and there that I had to edit my stash, keep only the items that I truly love and use, and get rid of everything else.
Letting go was, and is, a constant struggle especially when it comes to purging limited edition makeup but I’ve done it and I have no regrets. If you’re considering purging but feel hesitant, just know that the process gets easier the more you do it. It’s the first step that’s the most difficult.
I don’t know about you but in the wintertime I always find myself reaching for warmer shades like peaches, oranges and corals rather than the more popular wines, berries and reds of the season. Staying cooped up indoors during these long, cold months always leaves me looking wan and pale and adding more warmth, by way of bronzer in particular, into my makeup routine is a way to counteract that.
Within the past couple of years bronzer has become one of the staples in my everyday makeup routine but I’ve recently gone through my entire collection and eliminated everything containing dimethicone, an extremely common ingredient that I’ve long known clogs my pores. Unfortunately, that meant I had to get rid of my beloved Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. I considered going back to my previous favorite bronzer which is coincidentally also made by Physicians Formula (they make good bronzers!), the Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Bronzer, but then I remembered that there’s a bronzer that I’ve wanted to try for the longest time: bareMinerals’ Faux Tan All Over Face Color ($21). Years ago, back when I still followed him, Wayne Goss raved about Faux Tan. I have no idea if he still feels as strongly about it now as he did then but that review stuck in my head and it was only earlier this month that I finally decided to pull the trigger and buy it.