Before we get into the review of the bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick, I want to cover some basics. I love a traditional bullet lipstick with a cream finish. That is the type of lip product that I default to and enjoy wearing the most. To give you a frame of reference, my favorite drug store formulas are the Revlon Super Lustrous Cream Finish (swatches of raisin rage and extra spicy) and the Maybelline Color Sensational original line (The Creams). My favorite formulas on the high-end side would be the Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color and the Laura Mercier Rouge Essential Lipstick (swatch of brun naturel).
UPDATES: I had the price of MAC lipstick incorrect, they are $19.00 rather than $18.50. I also forgot to mention that the Maybelline lipsticks have a scent that can be off putting. If you are sensitive to scent, Revlon has no smell.
I didn’t have much to go on when I bought this lipstick at my local base exchange (I’m a military spouse). All I knew about it were the claims on the box. It promised a lip color and treatment in one, that it would be free of dryness, and have maximum impact. I do agree that it is not drying, but I wouldn’t call it moisturizing. It is lightweight and comfortable to wear and I often forget I have it on. I tend to prefer thicker lipstick formulas that you can feel, so when something is lightweight it stands out to me.
If you used to follow me over on Sensitive Beauty Blog, then you likely saw this review on that site in the summer of 2019. I wanted to post this one again because it still feels like one of those underrated products that deserves more attention. This palette is also something that I still use and enjoy, so it feels appropriate to shine some light on it again.
I’ve had this little palette for just over a year now and I really enjoy the simplicity of it. The textures on these are smooth (almost creamy feeling) and nicely pigmented. The shimmer shades work well with both fingers and a brush. I’ve only used the mattes with a brush and they blend easily, but I do have to be light-handed with the deepest shade. In terms of formula, it is much softer than my preferred type of eyeshadow formula (MAC, MUFE), but I didn’t notice any fallout. I personally don’t like the really soft creamy metallics and loosely packed mattes that are popular lately. This seemed to strike a good balance between the two. Although the shimmers feel creamy, there isn’t any excess powder kick-up or chunks to smooth out.
The blushes in this collection are being marketed as having a “Fingertip-friendly bouncy powder” formula. They retail for $29.00 on the bareMinerals website. I don’t have a lot of experience with this type of formula, but I’d say they are like the Colourpop super shock formula.