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I have used bare minerals for about 3 years now. My first experience of it was when I went for my makeup trial for my wedding.
Prior to that I had never really been a dedicated fan of one make up brand. Now I am a make up snob and will only use bare minerals with the odd bit of Benefit eye make up.
The lady who did my make up trial described it as a colour corrector more than a concealer and I totally agree. Most concealers can be heavy and stand out but this can be applied anywhere and has a positive immediate impact without being obvious. This concealer works best on red blotches, scars, veiny parts of your face and any other blemish. It neutralises any colours on your face blending them in to match your normal nice skin tone.
I use this concealer first before applying any other make up and it gives me a blank canvass on which to build the colour where I want it. I quite often use just the concealer when I can't be bothered to do full make up but so I don't look ill or tired, it gives a fresh faced appearance. Due to the bare minerals ethos of make up that is also good for your skin, I feel as though the concealer not only covers my blemishes but helps them to.
I would recommend using the correct bare minerals concealer brush with which to apply the concealer as it is specifically designed to get maximum coverage. Don't forget the swirl, tap, buff method of bare minerals which turns a loose powder into a concealer that is matthew but feels light to the touch.
The bisque colour is what I use and although I am quite pale I use the medium range and this perfectly matches the medium original foundation. The extra benefit of the SPF20 is great because it is enough protection in the cool British summers we usually experience and means you don't have to spoil your makeup by adding sun cream.
A normal size tub of this concealer can cost from £15 to £20 depending on where you buy it from. However the bisque concealer is usually provided in a smaller tub as part of the medium starter kits. The starter kits are very good value for money and I find this concealer goes a long way and I would only get through 2 normal sized tubs a year and I use it every day.
Another benefit is it stays on, doesn't wipe off or transfer to your clothes.
I have only 1 issue with it. I have very, very dark circles under my eyes and so use a heavier cream concealer there with this bisque concealer over the top. I feel it just doesn't cover my dark circles enough.
If you've read any of my other makeup reviews you'll know I'm a full face of makeup girl. I've worn makeup for years and have become expert at applying it. A must for me has always been concealer. When I was younger I'd use it fort spots but now I'm older I rarely get any spots so that's not really an issue anymore. However I have dark circles under my eyes and suffer from rosacea and have spider veins on my cheeks, chin and under my nose. Not very attractive! I've used allsorts of different concealers over the years but they've all been either liquid or creams. I had never tried a powder concealer. There has been so much hype about mineral makeup lately that I decided to give it a go.
This concealer is available online at QVC for £16 plus p&p or on the high street in Boots for £19. It's at the high end scale as far as concealers are concerned price wise but with makeup I always say you get what you pay for. It comes in a small 2g plastic pot with a black screw top lid. I know it seems like a very small amount for the price but believe me a little goes a very long way with this and I've not had to replace mine yet!
It's available in a wide range of colours to suite all skin tones:
Bisque - for the lightest skin tone
Summer Bisque - for medium skin tones
Honey Bisque - for tan skin tones
Dark Bisque - for the darkest skin tones
It's made from 100% pure crushed minerals and has no additives, fragrances oils or preservatives that can irritate skin so it's perfect for people who have sensitive skin.
Application is very easy, you just tap a very small amount into the lid swirl your brush into the minerals, tap off an excess then brush onto any areas you want to conceal. I put my foundation on first then I use the concealer on top of that in any problem areas. I have very red cheeks so I place a bit there and I also use it to cover my spider veins around my nose and on my chin. If I do have any spots I'll use it on them too. I find a little goes a very long way and one application is enough to cover any imperfections. I also use this under my eyes but you do need to be sparing in this area otherwise it does settle into those fine lines and you can tell you've got a load of powder under your eyes. I was too heavy handed when I first used it but now I've got it down to a fine art.
Coverage of spots is soooooo much easier with this than a normal liquid concealer. If you've got a big spot I used to find with a liquid concealer you'd dab it on but then it would rub off at the tip of the spot so you'd still see it showing through all red and angry. I'd then have to apply again, wait for it to dry before carefully dabbing on some powder to seal it without rubbing it off. With the minerals concealer because it's a dry powder it just goes on and covers any spots with one quick application. No need to wait for it to dry before sealing it.
I use this everyday and people always comment on how flawless my skin is which is funny because I tell them my skin is actually awful. The wonders of makeup hey!!
I would definitely recommend this concealer. Yes it's expensive but it lasts ages and it covers all my imperfections.
I got a pot of Bisque in my Bare Minerals Get Started Kit, which I bought back in December 2010. Alone, the Bisque will cost you around £19. When you're on a budget, handing over almost £20 for one product can seem a little steep, especially when you can get the full Get Started kit for around £45 (foundation, concealer, bronzer and brushes).
The Bisque is one of those lovely little gems that is a must-have in your beauty bag. Made from all natural minerals and with an SPF 20, it is very good for your skin. Like the Bare Minerals foundation, it does contain Bismuth Oxychloride, which I had a rather nasty allergic reaction to. As I only use small amounts of the Bisque in concentrated areas, I seem to have managed to avoid a repeat reaction, but just know that if you have had an allergic reaction to the foundation, be careful with the Bisque. They have yet to bring out Bismuth free Bisque.
I find that the Bisque does give great coverage like all other Bare Minerals products and you only need the smallest amount in the lid. Using their max coverage concealer brush, follow the golden rules of 'swirl, tap, buff' over any blemishes, dark circles, red spots, broken capillaries and scars. Even though it looks much darker than the foundation I used (fairly light), it blends perfectly, almost without colour.
I apply this after the foundation but for a deeper coverage, try applying before the foundation, then after the foundation a sheen of mineral veil helps to keep it all in place. (Use mineral veil as a base if you have oily skin). As with any make up, be it powder, liquid or cream, you can over do it, especially in areas where you have lines or the inner corners of your eyes, so keep your brush load to a minimum. You really only need to work a tiny amount into the brush, the swirling motion warms the minerals, and the warmer the minerals the better they go onto your skin. Gentle buffing over the areas you are covering helps to spread the minerals, and a little goes such a long way. I can't imagine myself having to replace my 1.2g pot for a while (and that's with daily use) so the regular 2.5g pot will last a while (investment buys always earn brownie points from me!)
This can be worn without the foundation, as long as you lend it properly then there will be no problems. It has an almost talc like consistency if you rub it between your fingers but sits on your face like a fine, breathable powder. It can go a little cream like on oily skin so be sure to use a primer.
It is probably one of the best concealer's I've used and I would be keen to try out the others in the 'multi tasking' range, especially 'Summer' and 'Well Rested'. I do suffer from breakouts and though it has not improved the condition of my skin, it has helped me to cover up the flaws.
My search for a decent concealer - Chapter 2:
Next up for consideration in the trials for the ultimate concealer is Bare Escentuals Bisque.
It's a 'multi-tasking' mineral concealer which essentially means you can use it everywhere - as an eye lid base, around the nose, under the eyes, on blemishes etc. And I'd say that it does a pretty good job of tackling these problem areas. It's best to apply with one of BE's concealer brushes, you'll get a more opaque application this way and achieve greater control over the blending, which this product does really well. Bisque will work well under any other mineral foundation too if you like to apply concealer before rather than after foundation. I haven't tried it with liquid formulas though... I gave them up many many moons ago!
Colour wise, Bisque generally works with fair to medium skin tones both pink and yellow in hue though Summer Bisque is avalable for warmer skin tones and Honey Bisque for more yellow undertones. I've always repurchase this product when it runs out because I find it a really reliable concealer to use. It cancels out the dark circles under my eyes and evens out the tone on my eye lids and does a pretty good job at making red blemishes disappear too. Bisque and a concealer brush is one of the best concealing product for breakouts because I find it doesn't cling or catch onto broken/irritated/flakey skin as much as some liquid concealers do. This is a big bonus for me.
It's available in small eyeshadow pot sizes (very portable!) or bigger 2g pots which usually last quite a while, about 4 months with daily usage. Another trick is to mix Bisque in with your mineral foundation for greater coverage but obviously this will make your Bisque run out much quicker.
As with the whole BE range, Bisque has very few ingredients, it's very pure. So unless you have a specific allergy to the ingredients it contains I'd say you're unlikely to break out. I definitely get less break outs since switching from liquid to mineral makeup. Bisque is finely milled and silky on the skin. It has no shine or light reflecting properties as far as I can tell and should offer a matte finish to the skin.
My main gripes, which don't completely deter me from this product but do generally annoy me are:
It's messy - but most of BE's packaging does mean mess. It's a shame.
It's expensive - you're looking at £17 for 2g. Used to be cheaper on ebay but not so much these days.
It could offer more coverage. You can build it, but you get to a point and it starts to look cakey.
It's these last few points that keep me looking for a better concealer out there. I do love Bisque, I wholeheartedly recommend it. But think that before you trust it to cover your flaws - you should know about its own flaws - it's only fair!
This concealer is the best one I've ever used. I suffer from acne and a lot of redness and find liquid concealers just leave the blemish looking shiny and more noticeable. I use this concealer for everything as it is so versatile. I would recommend using a proper concealer brush when using this product. Bare escentuals make one. The concealer comes in pots and should be applied using the swirl, tap and buff technique. Unscrew the lid, tap a few minerals into the lid and swirl your concealer brush into the minerals. Then I press the minerals onto the required area and the blemish just disappears! I also use it to cover redness, blue veins and the dark shadows under my eyes. It also makes a great base for your eyeshadow. It gives a nice matt finish that lasts all day. This concealer comes in different shades. I have quite pale skin (I wear the bare escentuals foundation in fairly light) and would say that the bisque shade is ideal for fair to light complexions. I also think it's great value for money as it doesn't go off and a medium size pot lasts me several months with daily usage.
Bisque is a must have for any Bare Escentuals fan as it teams up so well with the foundation and gives you that extra level of coverage when it comes to dark circles, blemishes and other imperfections. I use the regular bisque shade but it does come in other variations to suit more golden or darker skin tones - I believe 'summer bisque' is the more golden option.
Either way, the bisques all have one thing in common; their coverage. They are actually more pigmented than the foundation so you'll find that a dab of bisque will pretty much hide most imperfections. It's nude opaque quality makes it a good eyelid base colour, especially if you have dark, red or blotchy eyelids. It tackles under eye circles too and I'd recommend the concealer brush to use with the bisque - it's just the right size and shape to apply under the eyes, on the eye lids, around the nose and on to blemishes etc.
If I'm using it to conceal imperfections, I'll usually 'pre conceal', that's applying the bisque before your foundation. Then on goes the foundation (Bare Escentuals foundation of course) and you're set. Or, if you like you can conceal afterwards, personal preference really.
Haven't got any imperfections and/or want even more coverage than the foundation offers? Tap a little bisque in with your foundation and you get a fuller coverage effect. Alternatively you can layer it. So a layer of foundation then a finishing buff of bisque. Looking good.
I use bisque everday in one way or another. I like it because it covers as good as a concealer but there's no heavy, cakey mess to deal with and touch ups. Bisque pretty much stays in place, even more so if you're using a primer.
It doesn't clog pores, doesn't irritate my skin, hasn't made me break out and looks completely natural. Pretty much the same as any other Bare Escentuals mineral product. They're all fabulous!
Handy tip: Not sure on which shade? Pick up small eyeshadow pot sizes of the bisques on ebay. I'm sure once you find your colour you'll want a big pot of it to call your own!
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 introuduced 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. They have a complete line of loose, powder-like products which are 100% pure BareMinerals.
All BareMinerals products are made from 100% pure minerals and only use only the finest ingredients in their products. BareMinerals make up mostly comes in powder form and these are made with crushed minerals from the earth, 100% pure bareMinerals is free of preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance and other potential skin irritants; is free of fillers and binders; is weightless; provides adjustable coverage - from light to full and will improve the condition of the skin over time. BareMinerals products are suitable for all ages and skin types and conditions and BareMinerals can be particularly beneficial to those who suffer with skin sensitivities, allergies, scars, blemishes, rosacea, wrinkles and pigmentation problems such as vitaligo and chloasma - a condition suffered by many pregnant ladies. BareMinerals acts as a physical, safe, non chemical block against the sun's harmful rays and many of their face products contain SPF15, which is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. BareMinerals is actually good for your skin as they contain calming and soothing ingredients making them perfect to use when your skin is really sensitive. BareMinerals slogan is "so pure, you can sleep in it" and this really is true.
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.
Bisque is a multi tasking powder form concealer which has been designed to be perfect for covering dark circles, spots, blemishes and reddness. Bisque is a brilliant concealer, it is easy to use and gives the finished result of flawless skin. Bisque has been designed to give you that extra coverage easily and quickly and is suitable to be mixed with other BareMinerals products, such as the foundation, all over face colour and even eyeshadows to create your own unique and personalised colour.
Use & Effects
It is recommended that you use Bare Escentuals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush for full face coverage and Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush for more specific areas when applying Bisque to your skin. I would actually agree with this, as I do find it makes a real difference and maximises the effect on your skin. I recently lost my Kabuki Brush and had to buy a similar looking one in Superdrug and I can really notice the difference, it doesn't feel as soft on my skin and apply the product evenly and smoothly. I will definately be purchasing another Kabuki Brush. After you have applied your foundation, and I would really recommend using BareMinerals SPF Foundation, it is the same texture and consistency as Bisque and the two products work fantastically together, but if you don't want to use this, you can still use it ontop of other foundations too but you must note you won't recieve the full benefits of the mineral contents as your other foundation will contain nasty ingredients.
To apply Bisque, first of all swirl the brush inside the lid, absorbing a small amount of BareMinerals onto your brush, tap to remove the excess and then buff the powder onto your skin or the specific area you want to cover. You can apply as much as you like, but it is best to apply a small amount and add to it if you feel necessary. When applying as a concealer to dark circles, blemishes, scars etc, first apply your foundation and then follow the instructions for applying above and buff a small amount into that area, if you are doing this, it is best to use the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush. There is also a video on Bare Escentuals website showing you how to use the product, the demo is of the foundation, but you apply Bisque the same, I thought it might be quite useful for some people to see it actually been done, as I know it helped me - http://www.bareminerals.co.uk/?page=howto.
As Bisque is a concealer, yet comes in powder form it takes some time to get used to, you will feel as if you don't have to coverage on your face, as it feels so light and feather like on your skin, but when you look in the mirror you will see it gives you even better coverage than a liquid or stick foundation as it doesn't build up ontop or clog up your skin. When you have a spot, it can usually be a bit dry and flakey and a normal concealer would usually just stick to the dry bits and highlight it but Bisque does not do this, it doesn't highlight it, instead it lightly dusts over it and blends in perfectly to your skin, making it look like the blemish isn't there. This works the same on scars, rosacea, pigmentation problems and dark circles. I find Bisque is one of the only concealers that helps cover my dark circles. I find my dark circles are always there and are really bad, Bisque glides over, doesn't highlight any puffyness and disguises most of the dark circle, but I am still left with a small amount left. Mine are so much worse than most peoples however so it will perfectly cover normal dark circles. You should first apply your foundation and then apply Bisque to any areas that are still showing through the foundation. You can use Bisque as a concealer, full face colour or as a base for your eyeshadows which I personally find fantastic. It creates a smooth surface for your eyeshadow to be applied to and also helps the eyeshadow to not slip and last longer, it also won't crease or get oily, so your eyeshadow will remain perfect throughout the day. BareMinerals also say you can mix Bisque with other BareMinerals products such as the foundation. Bisque is quite an earthy colour, so if you have a tan, it is quite good to mix with your foundation just to give that more natural tan look. You can also mix it to your eyeshadows to create different shades. All BareMinerals products are the same powder consistency so they mix perfectly together.
Bisque doesn't cling to your skin and look cakey, instead it looks even, smooth and natural. If you have fairly good skin and don't tend to wear foundation, you can just lightly buff Bisque over your skin to give you some colour and coverage. You don't end up with a line between your face and neck like you do with a lot of make ups, providing more reason for Bisque to look so natural on your skin. It also does not transfer onto clothes, so you don't have to worry about transferring it onto your boyfriends clothes! As Bisque is so weightless, you cannot feel that you are wearing make up and it doesn't tighten your skin, especially as it all looks so natural and it just looks like you have perfect skin. I have recieved so many compliments about my make up and how perfect it always looks - it's all thanks to BareMinerals.
All BareMinerals products are suitable for all skin types - oily, dry, combination and sensitive as it has factors to suit all those skin types. As it is in a powder form it is great for oily skin, as it absorbs the excess oil without it showing, sticking and looking cakey on your skin. If your skin gets oily whilst on, you can just buff over and it absorbs the oil. Bisque is a light weight feathery powder, which doesn't cling to your skin and doesn't highlight any dry patches, it glides over these areas and makes your skin look even and fresh. As it contains all natural mineral ingredients only it is suitable for sensitive skin, it doesn't contain any preservatives, talc, oil, fragrance and other potential skin irritants and is free of fillers and binders, which makes the perfect foundation for sensitive skin. I suffer from ecezma on my face and this is the only make up I can wear on it without it sticking to it and causing irritation and swelling. It also is fantastic for covering up any marks on your skin and patches of ecezma and such things, it doesn't cling to it and perfectly masks any marks, covering them up without you being able to see the make up on it.
BareMinerals cannot be compared to other mineral make ups that have recently come onto the market such as loreal, other products do not contain pure minerals, they still contain nasty ingredients so it's not good for your skin and they don't even look good on your skin either.
It is easy to remove, you can use cleanser, make up remover or facial wipes. As it is pure minerals, Warmth is actually okay to sleep in - it won't bring you out in spots as it allows your skin to breathe whilst on and does not clog your pores. Obviously it is best to sleep with no make up on whatsover, but if you forget or don't have anything to remove it with then it doesn't matter.
Price & Availability
Bisque can be purchased for £17 for a 0.3oz pot. You will find it in any salon stocking BareMinerals products and on various websites such as www.lookfantastic.com. It is a very popular product in salons and in the one I work in, we are forever having so many customers purchase it, it is not always in stock, so it is best to pre-order it or don't wait until you have run out, if purchasing from a salon.
Bisque is a fantastic multi-tasking concealer, it can be used on your face for coverage, on blemishes, scars, rosacea, as a base for your make up and eyeshadow and to mix with other BareMinerals products to create customised colours. I don't think £17 is too much to pay for this, as it can be used for so many different things. I would really recommend it as it works fantastically and provides smooth, even and flawless coverage to your skin everytime.
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