One thing I’ve always liked about makeup is the story behind the product, and how when you see a piece of makeup, you’re not just looking at a lipstick or an eyeshadow. Sometimes, you’re also seeing someone’s hopes and dreams.
Who was that someone at Bare Escentuals who, when they first saw the opalescent purplish grey that would later become limited edition BE Cares Sweet Smile eyeshadow, thought they would release the color to honor Jessica, one of their customers, and her sister, who underwent 24 operations to correct a cleft palate?
Through the sale of special limited edition makeup in the BE Cares line, Bare Escentuals helps to fund and raise awareness for various causes like The Smile Train, a non-profit group that works to make free corrective cleft lip and palate surgeries available to impoverished children around the world.
In this case, a portion of every Sweet Smile sale goes toward a $50,000 donation to Smile Train — an amazing thing, for sure, but I would politely encourage the company to go even further by announcing the percentage of proceeds that go toward their donations to this and other causes (like MAC does with Viva Glam).
I’ve been wearing Sweet Smile as a light wash over my lids this week for a hint of color and blue sparkle that don’t look too overdone. The color isn’t incredibly pigmented, but applying it with a wet brush helps (makes it more intense).
Swatches of Sweet Smile applied dry (left) and wet (right)
I also plan to try smudging it atop black, blue or purple liner to see how it handles a super quick smokey eye.
The product comes in a jar as a loose powder that for me can be kinda tricky to work with. This is just personal opinion, but I’m partial to pressed pans instead.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Bare Escentuals Boutiques and also online
MAKEUP AND BEUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Okay, Top Cheffers, SPOILER ALERT!!! If you haven’t watched last night’s finale yet, stop reading now.
I’m serious. Don’t read another word.
Okay, let’s dish (sorry, bad pun).
I was thrilled to see R. Blais take top honors, but that foie gras ice cream? EWW! Tabs wasn’t the only one who thought that desert looked like cat food (no offense, Richard).
But other than the deserts, I thought both he and Mike knocked out some phenomenal food. I could almost taste it from here, YUM!
Wouldn’t it be great to be a judge on that show (one that didn’t have to vote)? I couldn’t hack it though. I just don’t have the culinary vocabulary. I mean, how many times can you say, “This is great!!!” or “This tastes like overcooked toe jam”? Haha!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,