“ Type: Brushes / Brand: Bare Escentuals / What it does: Smoothes, „
This is a review of Bare Minerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush which I have had for more than a year now after receiving it in a 'get started' Bare Minerals (also known as bare escentuals) set.
What is it?
The brush is a very flat brush with really soft bristles on the end. It is designed with a long handle and easy to use. The brushes enable you to pat on the concealer from the bare minerals range onto the area you wish to conceal.
I found this worked well with the bare minerals concealer but would not attempt to use it with another brand or wet concealer. To be honest, the fact that I never really got on with the minerals concealer (although I love the range and most of its products) this brush did not get a massive amount of use. I think the concealer I had was too light and drew attention to the area I was trying to hide. I did find this worked well as a brush with certain eye shadow applications, if you wanted to apply a good amount to the eye area it worked well in this. The brush was easy to wash with a little gentle cleaning liquid (I use baby bath) and dried out really quickly just laid flat.
The fact that I didn't get on with the concealer should not deter from the effectiveness of this brush. I find that I get on a lot better with a wet concealer that can be applied with its own brush and blended with a sponge so the dry powder mineral version was not much use to me. The quality of the brush is second to none but I do think they are expensive to buy individually.
The cheapest price for this brush on Amazon is £11.40 which includes free P&P but is quite enough to pay in my opinion.
I am glad I did not buy this brush individually as it just hasn't had enough use to justify the cost. If you like the concealer from bare minerals it is probably worth investing in the correct brush to apply it. This is not a repeat purchase for me but was nice to try out in the set with the concealer and I have found it works applying eye shadow in a certain way too!
~~Bare Escentuals max coverage concealer~~
I bought the Bare Minerals get started kit, as a gift to myself for my wedding day as I was doing my own make up. I was tempted into this product as I never wore much make up my daily routine would consist of mascara and eye liner nothing else. While doing some last minute shopping at House of Fraser, I was browsing the make-up counters when I was approached by the sales representative who got chatting to me and suggested that I tried the products in the get started kit, she sat me in the chair and gave me tips on how to apply each product and when she had finished I was astounded by the change! I am quite lucky to have a good complexion so I have never really bothered with foundation before, however I loved how the products made my skin look healthy and slightly tanned so I instantly bought the kit and I still use the products daily 17 months on.
The brush comes in the kit or can be purchased at many retailers for between £11.00 and £23.00, this at first does seem very steep but my brush has withstood the past 17 months and has not spoilt at all. With this in mind the amount for the brush is well worth it as you could go through loads of cheap brushes in the time that this brush has lasted, thus mounting up and probably being more than £11.00.
The brush itself is sleek, with a black and silver handle with silver writing detailing the brand and product name. The hairs of the brush are soft and well packed in therefore resulting in minimal loss during use. To clean the brush you can buy specialist sprays, however I find wiping the excess after every use onto a dry cotton pad works just as effective.
To use the brush, dip it into the powder and tap on the side to allow the excess to fall off and back into the pot, therefore saving any product from being wasted. You then apply the concealer onto the problem area and brush in until the powder has blended into the skin. Another way I use this brush is to use on the other Bare Mineral product, I find that I can use this brush to lift the required amount of powder into the lid so you can apply the right amount with the foundation brushes, it saves waste and is a more efficient way of using the products.
I would recommend this product to anyone who uses powdered cosmetics and I would also say give powders a go as I find them more natural and easy to apply then liquid products such as liquid foundation.
Review also on Ciao under the same username.
I bought this brush from Bare Escentuals to go with their concealer, I figured if I was buying a high end product I might as well buy the proper tools to apply it. Concealer is essential for me because I have Rosecea and thread veins and I've always found that my foundation just doesn't give me the coverage I need on those areas. It was during a beauty day on QVC that I discovered bare Escentuals and that day I purchased everything to achieve a fully made up face from foundation to concealer to blush to eyeshadow.
I've reviewed the concealer on here before and am utterly and completely in love with it and now it's time to review the brush that I use with it.
The brush is actually called a Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush and that in itself was enough to attract me to it. If you have Rosacea like me and broken capillaries you'll know how important it is to cover them up and even out your skin tone. The words maximum coverage imply that this brush will help to do this. bare Escentuals state that this brush is great to use if you have broken capillaries, scars or blemishes. It sounded perfect for me with my red cheeks and nose and broken veins on my cheeks, chin and around my nostrils! I needed all the help I could get.
It has a black wooden handle and brown bristles and with it I can conceal any imperfection with one application. The brush medium sized with firm high quality bristles that feel very soft to the touch. It isn't like a powder brush or blush brush in appearance because the bristles are flat. The brush is and designed to hold more concealer which gives you fuller, more concentrated coverage.
Using the brush is very easy. I use this with my Bare Escentuals concealer and simply dab it into the powder, tap off any excess than with a dabbing motion I sort of pat it onto my imperfections. I always use it after I've applied my foundation but before my finishing powder. The brush feels so soft and is the perfect size and shape for applying the concealer under my eyes, on my spots and anywhere else I need it. The patting motion gives me full coverage with one application to the desired area leaving no lines around the area I've applied it. This brush blends it in flawlessly.
Available from www.bareminerals.co.uk for £14
Alongside the Bare Escentuals foundation, mineral veil, warm radiance and concealer....(yes my mum was stuck on what to buy me for christmas!!) I also own the concealer brush, for application of, well, concealer! As I have said before, and will no doubt say again - I STILL don't believe that you need to buy the branded brush for each type of make up that you own, be it eyeshadow, blusher or foundation, and that I believe that generally all brushes are interchangeable (provided they are cleaned between uses) - but receiving as presents means I do have a fairly comprehensive set!
The brush comes with a slimline black handle, and is about the size of a pencil, which means it is easy to grip. I feel that you have greater control over the brush as you are able to grip this as you would a pencil and so direct it to the blemishes (if you have any!) that you want to cover up - again, this can occassionally be a downfall if you are heavy handed, and you can end up with too much product on your face!
The bristles of the brush are about 1 cm long and a very pale colour. I would imagine this to be a problem if you were using with darker make up on a regular basis as I think it would stain, as it stands I currently use this with the foundation or the concealer which is a similar shade to the bristles so I don't have this problem!
Looking at the bristles, they are very soft, and remind me of a fine artist paintbrush, they hold their shape very well and they are very soft against your face. Transferring the product to the bristles is simple, simply sweep in the pot and somehow EVERYTIME just the right amount will cling to the tips of the bristle.
I only use the tips of the bristles to apply the make up, but will use the whole head to blend.
The functionality of the brush and the fact that it is very similar to a paintbrush means that you do not need to use just concealer to conceal those blemishes, and on occassion I have been known to use my minerals foundation to do the same job - it is simply apply a more concentrated amount of product to the areas I need it most! I must add I have only ever used this brush with MINERAL concealers and foundations. Whilst I don't doubt it would work just as well with creams, it would then require more frequent cleaning than I currently do (erm grand total of never!!)
I also think this is a very good multi function brush and I do, on occassion, use as an eyeshadow brush, namely because it is so soft, so especially when I am tired I don't feel like I am poking my eyes out!
I would recommend that you have a separate bag for your make up brushes (I do not practice what I preach!) and this bag should be about the size of a pencil case. This will enable you to put the brushes away neatly, without any spillages in your bag meaning you have to go and clean all your brushes, and if your make up bag zips, then the bristles won't get caught in it.
As I've said, I don't practice what I preach, my brush has had bristles caught in the zip, - yet it is still as good as new, thats pretty hard wearing, though to save yourself the trouble I wouldn't recommend you do that!!
The brush is available from all Bare Escentual stockists; a rather heady price of £14, again in my own opinion a LOT to pay for a brush especially when there are others out there at a fraction of the price. Looking on QVC UK you can get the brush for £11.25 (plus £2.45 shipping) so again they are going to take pretty much the whole of the £14 off you!! The best value for money to purchase these brushes are to purchase a starter kit, such as the "Get Started Complexion Kit" which retails (at Debenhams again!) for £48 - in this you get 2 flawless brushes, plus a concelear brush, plus your foundations, warmth and concelear - much better value for money than paying £14 for a brush in my opinion!
**Stars and Recommendation**
Yes its a very good brush, but at the end of the day - its JUST a brush! If you are tempted by the brush then I would suggest buying a Getting Started Kit, much better value for money. Because of the price and the fact that there are others out there I would only give this 3 stars! If you don't want the Getting Started Kit and just want the brush - I'd suggest shopping around, it may be a fantastic brush, but I am sure there are others out there at a fraction of the price that do the job just as well, in fact I know for a fact from dooyoo that plently of people have been reviewing ELF brushes which are at a TENTH of the price!
I have been using Dooyoo for almost two years now with logging onto the site being an almost daily occurence. I spend most of my time on the site writing reviews or returning rates that others have given me (as is only polite), but I also do spend quite bit of time searching for reviews of products which I am considering buying. A lot of the things that I end up searching for are either language related or makeup products, and in doing so I have noticed that there are no where near enough reviews on either! Yes there are a lot of makeup reviews on the site, but there seem to be many products which have millions of reviews and a lot which have only a couple or none at all, with only a few in between. I am therefore going to attempt to review as many of my health and beauty products that only have a couple of reviews as possible, as when I am researching whether a product is good or not I like to see at least three positive ratings before I am happy to buy it. In short, this means that I am going to try to rate as many Bare Escentuals products as I can, as they are currently my favourite cosmetic company.
I have already reviewed my Bare Minerals foundation, and as probably none of you remember, I gave it 5 stars. I rated it so highly due to its great coverage and ease of application amongst other things, but one of my favourite things about it is the fact that it can also be used as a concealer. To use it as a concealer, however, you must have a concealer brush, and so that is what I am reviewing for you today.
I got my Bare Minerals concealer brush as part of the Get Started Kit, otherwise it probably wouldn't have occurred to me to buy it, and so I am very glad that it was in there. This brush can be used to apply powder /mineral concealers or to use the Bare Minerals foundation as a concealer. To use, you simply tap a small amount of foundation into the lid of the pot and swirl the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush into the powder and then apply it to whichever parts of your face need concealer. I find that by using this brush, I can use my foundation to hide the dark circles under my eyes as well as areas of redness and spots. I am always very happy with the results and find it better than any actual concealer I have ever used, and all that from a foundation! After I've added the rest of my makeup I can hardly see any spots or discolouration at all, and my face looks clear and smooth.
The Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush is very easy to use, as it is about the same size and shape as an average pencil, and as such it is easy to hold and to move it carefully. The small brush head doesn't hold a massive amount of foundation, but manages to concentrate the makeup well in order to give it concealing qualities.
In short, this concealer brush is one of my very favourite makeup items and I would definitely buy it again if anything happened to it. I have been using it on an almost daily basis for around 9 months now, and it shows no signs of needing replacing. If I were to buy a new one (or if you were to buy your first one) it would cost £11.90 from Feelunique.com (inc. P&P) but has an RRP of £14.00. This may sound like a lot for a brush, but I would say that it is definitely worth it for how well it works. Since I only have experience using it with Bare Minerals foundation, however, I would only recommend using it with that or the results may vary. I would therefore recommend not buying the brush by itself, but would suggest that you buy the Bare Minerals Get Started or Get Started Complexion Kit, as this kit includes two small foundations, this brush, along with two other brushes, a bronzer and Mineral Veil. The kits cost roughly £37 on Feelunique, and is a bargain considering how much it would cost to buy the brushes and the pots separately themselves.
And so finally: yes, buy this brush as it is excellent for concealing, but it would be better to get the whole set for the perfect makeup look.
About Bare Escentuals
Bare Escentuals first of all introduced their BareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation in 1976, since then Bare Escentuals has created creamy, feather-light color for all over your face, cheeks and eyes. All their products are 100% pure minerals and aswell as having a range of make up products they also have a range of specially designed brushes to go with each of these products.
Although BareMinerals make up has been around since 1976 it is only in the last few years it has become more well known, and it still isn't as widely known about as it should be. It is America's number 1 selling foundation and also the number 1 mineral make up brand in the world, proving that it must be good. It is slowly coming into more salons and getting more of the deserved publicity it should in the UK. Quite a few salons, I have found mainly in the Midlands stock BareMinerals, and the salon I work in does also, and has done for several years - the customers love it! Since using Bare Escentuals make up on my face, I would never use anything else and I know alot of customers feel the same. I think it is the best make up out there by far.
Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush is specially designed to hold more product than other brushes do which ensures you are given the maximum coverage possible. The brush has smooth, synthetic bristles which is gentle to your skin and allows maximum, concentrated coverage that blends perfectly into your skin, leaving it looking flawless.
Use & Effects
I don't usually think it matters too much what brushes you use to apply your make up with and have never used the recommended brushes from companies as I know they are no better than any others but with BareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush, and all of BareMinerals brushes it is different. This is the only brush I would actually say is compulsory for maximising the effects from the products you apply with this brush. Make Up brushes are like a builders tools, they are compulsory for doing the job, and you need the right tools to do the job the best you can. It has been specially designed for use with BareMinerals products but can be used with other products. It is mainly a concealer brush, but can be used to apply make up into harder to reach areas that a foundation brush can't always get to. I have also found it a great brush for applying eyeshadow, just make sure you wash it inbetween use with eyeshadow and concealer otherwise you'll end up with eyeshadow buffed into your face. You should first apply your foundation, and then only apply concealer where it is then needed and under your eyes to conceal any dark circles or bags. Apply a small amount of concealer to the area then 'blot' into your skin with the brush, don't rub it otherwise you won't cover the area, you will just rub it over. If you blot it means your skin is more likely to absorb the product and cover the blemish.
The brush looks good, it is average sized, not too big that you can fit it in your make up bag yet not too small that you will loose it, it isn't bulky, it is about the same length as an eyeliner and a little wider. The handle is long and black and remains clean throughout use and doesn't clog up and the bristles are brown in colour. The bristles themselves, I think actually look quite hard, but at first touch, you see this is not true - they are really soft, like running cotton wool over your skin. The actual bristles, there are quite alot, ensuring the brush provides you with as much coverage as possible. As the bristles are so soft, it means it won't irritate or scratch your skin but will apply your concealer into your skin nicely. I have sensitive skin and ecezma on my face and this brush is so gentle to that, it doesn't make it worse and if my ecezma is bad, I can apply concealer over my patches of ecezma without it clinging to it and making it obvious. This brush is so gentle in works around your eyes with care as the area is so delicate it doesn't irritate them or cause your eyes to water. The bristles tend to absorb quite a lot of the product, as they are designed to do so, so there is no need to use too much of the product. The brush evenly smoothes the product onto your skin and leaves your skin with a flawless finish everytime. The product is even and doesn't make you look like a clown, it really blends the product into your skin perfectly leaving you with flawless looking make up. Using this brush opposed to other brushes really does make a difference to the final appearance of your make up, it works so perfectly with BareMinerals products and leaves your make up finish perfect. If using any old brush with BareMinerals products, then you don't get the perfect, even and smooth appearance and also a lot of other brushes aren't as soft and gentle to your skin as this brush. It is also so much better to use a brush to apply concealer rather than your fingers, especially if used on blemishes, if you use your fingers you are just pushing bacteria into your blemish, therefore probably making it worse and taking longer to heal. A brush also makes sure that the product covers the blemish as best it can, evenly and flawlessly. To use this for eyeshadow, it shades the colour beautifully onto your eyelids, and is it is thin, it enables you to apply neatly under your eyes too a line instead of using eyeliner too but without making you look like you have panda eyes. It blends products brilliantly and is a fantastic brush. I have had my brush for a year now and it is still in fantastic condition, just as when I first purchased it and the bristles also last, they don't fall out.
It is recommended that you do clean your brushes every so often, to eliminate any bacteria and I would definately recommend doing so if using this as a concealer and eyeshadow brush. You can use BareMinerals Brush Cleaner, which I do or you can wash my brushes in hot soapy water, but make sure you throughly rinse them afterwards as you don't want any soapy residue to remain otherwise it will transfer onto your skin and could cause a reaction. The BareMinerals Brush Cleaner only costs £6 and I find it lasts for months, so I would say it was worth getting.
Price & Availability
The Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush costs £14, it can be purchased from any salon stocking BareMinerals products and from various websites such as www.lookfantastic.com. I got mine in a BareMinerals starter kit which included several other brushes, foundation, bronzer and concealer.
I would definately recommend this brush to anyone, it can be used as both a concealer, foundation and eyeshadow brush. Although it is expensive, it is worth it as it can be used for a variety of tasks, lasts forever and rarely needs to cleaned. It maximises coverage of concealer on your skin, leaving you with a flawless, blemish free finish on your skin.
Smooth synthetic brushes provide concentrated coverage /