Product Type: Bare Escentuals makeup
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Sunshine on my face
Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Warm Radiance
Member Name: mwah_xx
Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Warm Radiance
Advantages: Breathable, Value for money, lasts for ages, easy to use
As part of the Bare Escentuals "full face" kit, warmth is the third piece of kit that you need to achieve that flawless finish. At first I did think this was just a way to get more money off you, but for those special occassions I find that adding the warmth really lifts my face.
**Packaging, how much you get for your pennies and how many pennies it will cost**
bareMinerals is, as the name suggests, a mineral powder containing no added preservatives or bad things for your skin! The warmth is a similar product to a bronzer and is packaged in a similar way to most loose powder bronzers in a clear glass jar, with a black lid, marked with "bareMinerals Warmth" - which differentiates it from the foundation or mineral veil you are likely to have in your make up bag.
On opening the tub for the first time you simply peel away the plastic cover which is covering the holes that allow the powder to tip out, there are more holes in this than in the foundation jar, and my main criticism is that unlike the foundation there is no way or shutting the holes so that the powder does not spill into the top of the jar. What I find is that because my make up bag is so higgedly piggedly the jars often end up upside down, so when opening I get a big puff of powder. What I find is that before I open I need to tap the bottom of the jar in order to ensure there is not an excess of product in the top.
Each jar comes with 0.85g of product for the princely sum of £20 if you buy from the website, or standard department stores (e.g. John Lewis/Debenhams) although scouting the internet I have seen this for £16. 0.85g seems like a small amount of product - it comes in a similar size to the foundation pot and I have found that you do not need a lot of product to get the colour lift on your face. Coupled with the fact that I only really use this when I am going out I have not been using everyday, so I will not need to replace for a while - which I think is good value for money!
**Application and Utensils**
I apply the warmth using a large bronzer brush and follow the same instructions for applying the foundation, the instructions for which I found online;
- Tip a SMALL amount into the lid of the tub
- SWIRL the brush around the lid
- TAP the brush by banging the handle against your wrist (be gently though to save bruising yourself!) to remove excess mineral foundation
- Apply to the face in a circular motion (basically buff on your skin!)
The warmth is dark, make sure you only apply a small amount at a time otherwise you end up with big dirty smudges of "warmth" across your face. I find that it is best to build up in layers to achieve the look you are looking for. I also use this down my neck and across my shoulders as it shows a lovely dewy hue, with a touch of sparkle, perfect for those special occassions!
The warmth can be built up to use as an all over glow for your face, and then to highlight areas such as cheeks for a blusher effect, though I sometimes find it is a bit of overkill building up a dark blusher across my cheeks.
I also tend to apply make up sitting in bed.....be careful if you do this, I ALWAYS spill the warmth onto the sheets, luckily for me the mineral powder comes off easily with normal washing, though I would be more careful if I got make up on an expensive top rather than a tesco value white sheet!
**What does it feel like?**
I think that the warmth feels different depending on what you use as your foundation base....
Liquid Foundation Base
When I apply warmth on top of liquid foundation, to be honest I don't feel as though I get any of the benefits to applying minerals on my skin. It sits on top like a normal bronzer, and although it still looks good it loses the breathable quality, and sometimes when applying with the brush makes my skin irritated and itchy, though this feeling subsides once the make up is on, so I think that is more to do with the brush and the liquid foundation!
Mineral Foundation Base
This is how it is meant to be used! Even though I am likely to have up to 5 or 6 different layers of minerals on my face (including foundation and warmth) it still feels as though I am going out with bare skin but yet I still get the decent coverage and warm rosy glow that make up provides. Quite often I feel as though I am not wearing any make up - though when I look in the mirror I can see that I am.
**Would I recommend?**
I would recommend that anyone buy to try the bareMinerals range, especially because there are often offers on starter kits which supply all the brushes and different elements to the complexion range (e.g. the mineral veil) - its a great present to either ask for or to give to someone! I wouldn't bother buying the warmth separately personally as a standalone product I just do not see the usefulness!
Summary: Good as part of a kit, but wouldn't part with my cash for it on its own