Friday, December 11, 2009

Bare Escentuals Review: Pretty Delicious Collection

Tricia Lewis, our Fashion Herald blogger, is out on maternity leave. Following is a post from her co-worker Catherine who is graciously filling in as guest blogger.

After weeks of writing about Bare Escentuals Get Started Kits, Katie, Kati, and I (yes, those are our real names) found ourselves wanting to visit the store and see what all these fantastic giveaways have really been about. Before I begin, you should know something: we were not compensated (monetarily or with products) for the following reviews or participation in giveaways. We just like trying things out. In fact, you can wander down to the store yourself and ask for a demonstration! If you haven't been to the Bare Escentuals boutique on 34th Street, put it on your list. The store is beautiful, and you'll find all sorts of products in every shade of the rainbow.

Are you ready for the "before" shot? Here I am, looking up for some unknown reason. I asked store manager (and makeup artist) Cynthia for help with a few specific items: my eyebrows are light and sparse, and I feel like I have a little darkness under my eyes. Like most things, however, eyes and eyebrows do not operate in a vacuum. Cynthia started with the bareMinerals SPF15 Foundation, applying to one side of my face while I finished the other. I learned the famed "swirl, buff, tap" method of application. As someone who doesn't usually wear foundation, I do have to say that I was pleased with the level of coverage. One round left me still feeling like myself, just with a slightly smoother complexion and more evened tone.

"Before" (left), and buffing (right)

For a little pick-up in the eye area, Cynthia used Eye Rever Upper, a cooling cream with light diffusing particles. I was curious to see it up close, so I tried it on my hand. I could actually see the faint shimmer of pearls. Don't expect the effect of an eye-lift, but this is a good daily moisturizing vitamin cream.

After foundation, Cynthia tackled my brows with Brow Color for noticeably, but naturally, darker brows. Then she pulled out a fun set called Pretty Delicious. She used all three eye products on me: the beautiful deep purple Sugar Plum liner and shadows in Cupcake and Iced Coffee. I loved the color combination. As she said, these colors work well on most complexions, making it perfect to keep around for that inevitable "I know we said we weren't exchanging gifts, but I got you something" moment.

Cynthia skillfully lined my eyes (so quickly that her hand is blurry)

Not surprisingly, this non-foundation-wearer doesn't like lip color either. In fact, I think I look silly with anything on my lips other than Chapstick, which is why you won't see a picture of it. However, I'm happy to report that the Pretty Delicious collection comes with three lip glosses in Cupcake, Iced Coffee and Sugar Plum.

That's all for now! I hope you enjoyed the virtual trip to Bare Escentuals. Make sure to come back Monday, because Katie explored a completely different look for you.

Bare Escentuals, 44 W. 34th St. between 5th and 6th


Tricia said...

Catherine, you look fantastic! BE makeup is perfect for you!