Makeup Fails and Just OKs (NARS, bareMinerals, Armani, Urban Decay, and Covergirl)

NARS Copper Mini Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette, bareMinerals Bare Pro 16HR Powder Foundation in Medium 35 Warm, Armani Lip Power Long Lasting Satin Lipstick in 400, Urban Decay Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator in 60 Medium Dark, and Covergirl Clean Fresh Tinted Lip Balm in Red Maple Bloom Swatches

Sometimes products just don’t work out and it can be important to share those items even if I don’t want to do a dedicated review for them. These are just some quick thoughts on these products since I won’t be continuing to test them out for more in-depth reviews. Today I’m talking about the NARS Copper Mini Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette, the bareMinerals Bare Pro 16HR Powder Foundation in Medium 35 Warm, the Armani Lip Power Long Lasting Satin Lipstick in 400, the Urban Decay Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator in 60 Medium Dark, and the Covergirl Clean Fresh Tinted Lip Balm in Red Maple Bloom (limited edition shade, but permanent formula).

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bareMinerals Blonzer Makes Its Return at Ulta (coming soon?)

The much raved about bareMinerals Gen Nude Blonzer has made its return and is coming soon to Ulta Beauty. They are not in stock just yet, but the site does allow you to sign up to get an e-mail notification when it is in stock.

The initial limited edition release is now packaged in the brand’s classic black packaging. It looks to me like it might be in the same soft matte black compact as their bounce and blur blush. I know a lot of people will be excited to finally get to check this formula out.

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Kiss of Rose (bronzed rose), $25.00**
Kiss of Copper (flushed copper), $25.00**
Kiss of Pink (warm pink), $25.00**
bareMinerals Gen Nude Blonzer, $25.00**

Right now I can’t find this listed on any other website, but I’m sure it will make its way to other retailers in the future.

Update April 3, 2022: All three shades are now available at Sephora.**

Update April1, 2022: Not sure why this listing has disappeared from the Ulta website, but this product will be released, so I would recommend checking back in a couple of days. It is live on the bareMinerals website. I will post an update here when I see it pop back up on Ulta.


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bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick (Presence)

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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, swatches of brick beat and crazy for coffee).  My favorite formulas on the high-end side would be the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy (swatch of irresistible), Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color (swatches of pink buff, downtown plum, and bahama brown) 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.

bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick - presence swatch on medium dark skin
bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick – Presence

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.

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bareMinerals Gen Nude Latte Palette Review

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.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Latte Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

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.

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