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About Bare Escentuals
Bare Escentuals BareMinerals is brought to you by a company called Cosmeceuticals, who also own the likes of Skin Doctors, MD Formulations, Vitage and many other brands but those being the most well known and popular.
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.
Precision Eyeliner Brush
The Precision Eyeliner Brush has been designed to give you the most defined line possible, creating a beautiful smokey eye. It can be used with eyeshadow, pencil eyeliner and liquid eyeliner enabling you to enjoy a variety of different looks with just the one brush.
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 Precision Eyeliner Brush, and all of BareMinerals brushes it is different. Although I don't tend to use this brush as much as I do the other BareMinerals brushes, I still think it is a fantastic brush to have in your collection. In the day time when I don't want too much of a full look, or if I am in a rush, I will just use a standard pencil eyeliner and leave it as just that. If I am going out however, or want a more dressy look and have time, I will first apply my pencil eyeliner and smudge it neatly into my lash line creating a perfect line and smokey eye effect. The amount you apply and smudge will determine your final look. 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 pencil and liquid liner and eyeshadow, to create different looks. Personally I don't like liquid liner, so I don't tend to use it with this, I mostly use it with pencil eyeliner and occassionally with eyeshadows. You can also use this brush to apply your eyeshadow too, it has a smooth, flat head which allows even coverage.
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 looks pretty much exactly the same the BareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer brush but the brush head is more squared and flat. 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. As the bristles are so soft, it means it won't irritate or scratch your skin but will apply your eyeliner/eyeshadow into your skin nicely and especially as it concentrates on your delicate eye area, it is slightly softer and more gentle than the other BareMinerals brushes. I have sensitive skin and ecezma on my face and sometimes on my eyelids and this brush is so gentle to that, it doesn't make it worse and apply the eyeshadow over my patches of ecezma without it clinging to it and making it obvious. Sometimes there is enough left on the brush for your next application, which I find really useful if I am on a night out, all I have to pop in my handbag is the brush and I can reapply a small amount of the product to my lash line, to redefine it again. You can apply pencil or liquid eyeliner along your lash line and then blend in with your brush to create a neat and even line while also creating a beautiful smokey effect and as the brush is so thin, you can use it to apply the remaining shadow as an eyeliner that looks natural and doesn't look like you have panda eyes! As well as using it on your top lash line, you can also use it on your bottom ones, and as it is so thin it can do this perfectly without looking too much underneath. It blends the eyeliner so perfectly into your lashline and there is no obvious line between the eyeliner and your lashline, making it look flawless, as if it has been done by a professional. 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. You can use this brush with dry eyeshadow to create an outline or you can wet the brush very slightly before use and then apply the eyeshadow - this will give you a darker and deeper, more creamy effect and you can create that 'flick' and the outer edge of your eye perfectly with the brush this way. 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. 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 especially if one day you use light eyeliner/eyeshadow and another dark, you don't want to apply the wrong colour to your eyes. 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 Precision Eyeliner Brush costs £10, which I don't think is too unreasonable - it is the cheapest of the BareMinerals Brushes. 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.
Although I don't always use this brush, as much as my others this is still a necessity in my collection. I wouldn't be without it, for creating a perfect smokey look and even eyeliner line around my lashes and it is perfect because it is so gentle to my skin. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the smokey look and likes to get a perfect, flawless finish on your eyeliner.
Get an even, straight line everytime / Create a smokey dry look or apply wet for more flare /