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Monday, November 16, 2009

Bare Minerals...Why Not?

I used to be, and sometimes still am, ADDICTED to Bare Minerals Makeup. I am wondering what the hell happened with this brand? It used to be hard to get their stuff on eBay and you were lucky to get a shadow for $5+shipping. Now, it seems that no one wants BE. I don’t know if MAC and other brands have just taken over because of their cult like following, or if we feel the caliber of their products just isn’t up to par.

I can’t really figure out what happened with this brand! SO many people I knew LOVED their products and collected them like people now collect MAC. Do people still collect this brand like they used to or do they just let it sit in their drawer and stare back at them longingly every morning when their owner reaches for a MAC shadow instead? I am totally guilty of this, but have been working to change my ways.

I have tried, every day, to incorporate at least one BE color into my look for the day. I use their foundation every day and just ordered some of the Matte Foundation to try as well. I have some super gorgeous colors from BE and can’t bare to let them go! Even if I wanted to let them go, however, I would never be able to sell them on a forum because it seems that there is no one that wants them. Oh, and if they do, they won’t give you much of anything for them! I just can’t figure it out!

I thought I was going to be able to get rid of all my overstock that I had from selling on eBay, when I found the BE forum online. Well, they have stopped allowing sales and swaps on their site if you have not been an active member for so long. I also think they have been having issues with their members not following through with sales and or swaps too. WTF, people??

Needless to say, I rediscovered a lot of my colors when I did swatches for my new bestie, Molly. We decided that we would never in a lifetime use all our BE shadows and it would be better to split what we had and swap to get new stuff without having to spend any money! So, I ended up swatching more than half of my collection and what I rediscovered was amazing! The colors are so different and foiling and applying dry make two different colors! WOW…what a concept!

I wanted to share with you guys the swatches that I did. The colors really are amazing and, yes, some of them are dupable for MAC colors and other brands colors, but there are slight differences that make them unique and all their own. When I was purchasing BE, I worked to try and obtain as many of the discontinued colors as I could and get colors that WERE truly unique. I feel that I got some really killer stuff. Check out the pics I have posted to the left!

My question for you guys today is…what is your opinion of BE makeup in general? What have been your reasons for letting it go or not letting it go? Are there really people out there that still use this makeup everyday instead of MAC?? Let me know in the comments below and remember, the more you comment, the better your chances of winning the Fall Blog Comment Giveaway 09!

7 comments:

kempkat79 said...

I had a friend apply BE on my face and I did not care for it. It splotched in some places, and caked in others and it just did not feel great and comfortable on me what so ever. And they did not put much on. But as for me I just never got the nerve to try it again due to that.

toshiam said...

Those are some gorgeous swatches. I have not tried the BE shadows. I do use mineral veil religiously, though. I think I may venture out to the shadows since I have seen your swatches. I would like to try the matte foundation. I would love a review on it after you try yours!

Vanitys_Edge said...

Kempkat79: So you have only tried the foundation...have you tried the e/s? Also, was a primer applied prior to the foundation? Primers make all the difference in the world. Also, making sure the smallest amount possible on the brush and building the makeup provides for better coverage. The original formula of the BE foundation is not as good as the new formulation they have come out in the Matte shades. You should try the matte...and the shadows if you haven't already! :)

Toshiam: Thanks!! There are pros and cons both to the BE e/s. I like the different textures but some of them are hard to blend...but it will work! I wish they had more true matte shades in more fun colors. It seems that the most fun colors are always just super shimmery. Ah well, cant always get what we want! LOL! I WILL do a review on the BE Matte once I have had it and used it for a while. I know I am going to like it after trying it in Ulta! It is GREAT! :)

Vanitys_Edge said...

TOSHIAM: I meant to tell you that I still have some BE shadows liners and blushes for sale if you would like to try them. They are all new, there are only a couple that have been opened and swatched only. They are $5 each which is $8 less than retail! Plus, some of them are LE, discontinued colors. If you are interested, just email me at Vanitys_Edge@yahoo.com and I will send you a list of colors including photos and swatches if you would like. :)

kempkat79 said...

All the make-up applied that day was BE. And I guess I could give it another try but it was just to me such a bad experience. Maybe I should and can suck it up. But that was why I haven't gone out and bought it. Maybe you could get with me on the best or fav's of yours and I will go and try those out. That would be a great video and I could check it out at the same time. Just a thought

Vanitys_Edge said...

KempKat79: I totally understand. There have been brands like that for me as well! I will happily make a BE favs vid. Also, I have some stock left from selling on eBay. Maybe I can give some of those out with the blog giveaway prizes!!! :) I will hook you up with a vid!! :)

Vanitys_Edge said...

KempKat79: I totally understand. There have been brands like that for me as well! I will happily make a BE favs vid. Also, I have some stock left from selling on eBay. Maybe I can give some of those out with the blog giveaway prizes!!! :) I will hook you up with a vid!! :)