Now, where’d I put my makeup brushes…?
Oh, I should have put them right there! — in the convenient little elastic slots built into the buxom makeup bag that comes with the new Bare Minerals bareEscentuals Oh La Luxe Holiday Kit ($79).
The silver carrying case is just the shiny icing on the cake, though, because inside are nine loose powder Eyecolors, three Blushes, two All Over Face Colors and one Liner Shadow (click here to see swatches of the whole shebang).
Top row, Eyecolor from the left: Amour, Clover, Queen Phyllis Celestine, Exotic Victoria; bottom row: Kir Royale, Cable Car, Gossip, Montana and Wild Jungle
Top row, Blush from the left: Pearl Blossom, Vintage Peach and Bosh; Bottom row, All Over Face Colors in Bare Radiance and Faux Tan
I love the soft grayish green Shadow Liner, which I think looks great wet or dry, and like the Eyecolors — the whole idea of them — but I’m particularly fond of the lighter shades. Two of the glittery ones, Gossip and Celestine, and two of the shimmer-ish shades, Montana and Amour, which have a very subtle sheen, are my favorite pieces in the kit; I just love how softly illuminating they are.
But I’m still figuring out how to play with the darker shades like Cable Car. They have the same loose powder consistency as the lighter colors, but being darker I think they’re more noticeable when they end up where they aren’t supposed to be. In other words, I keep making a mess with them.
As for the Blushes Blushes Face Colors? Gorgeous, although I do have to apply several layers to be able to see them clearly on my cheeks. And this is weird: I think they might be a little drying.
Wearing Eyecolors in Montana, Celestine and Gossip along with Wild Jungle Liner Shadow on my eyes
Wearing Blush in Vintage Peach on my cheeks and All Over Face Colors in Bare Radiance and Faux Tan on my face
Being loose powders, all of these do require a pretty steady hand, even the lighter shades. Thank goodness I’m not a heart surgeon because 1) I barely passed chemistry (DOH!), and 2) I don’t have the world’s greatest hand-eye coordination. Almost immediately after I opened the first jar I had eyeshadow all over the inside of the bag, on top of my bathroom counter and sprinkled down the front of my freshly washed (white) shirt.
Moderate coordination could be a prerequisite for this kit, but I think it does have some good things going for it. Perfect for the holidays. A gal could keep the case and even give away some of the pieces as little nicknacks or stocking stuffers to makeup obsessed friends.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Oh, could you do me a quick favor? When you get a chance, would you mind asking your feline nephew here to behave? Because he’s been on a full-on tabby tear today!
I think it might have something to do with the sunny weather… He must have swiped my ankles at least 20 times today, which I understood to mean, “TAKE ME OUTSIDE!”
Look at that tum!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,