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Friday, 16 November 2012

bareMinerals Balance & Boost duo (review)

So, I've been buying/trying a lot of bareMinerals at the moment as I love the company and their policies, oh and all the products are great haha. My most recent purchase from them is the limited edition Balance & Boost beauty duo. The set includes an apricot tinted mineral veil in a really nice little compact, with a mirror. The other part of this duo is the little buff and go brush. The mineral veil is supposed to brighten your complexion, due to the apricot tint. I don't really know if I agree with this though. I like the mineral veil to set my makeup and that's all I really use it for, but I know its great if you have more oily skin as your makeup will stay matte for a long time but as I have dry skin I don't use it to mattify my skin. I do think it kind of blurs my makeup together giving my skin a more flawless look. Also, this container is like nothing I've ever seen from bareMinerals. Instead of having the holes or the new click, lock and go sifter it has this strange metal flap type thing that opens when you close the lid. It's difficult to explain but basically once you re-open the container there is product on the flap.. This makes it way less messy than the regular containers so it's perfect for travelling or for having in your bag for during the day touch ups. And talking of touch ups, the buff and go retractable kabuki is great for applying the mineral veil. It's very soft! I don't think this would be good at applying the mineral foundation though as its synthetic, and I personally can find synthetic brushes apply products such as foundations very, very sheer. But for something like mineral veil, it is perfect:) the brush is also very travel friendly as its small and retractable. However I have to be honest, I still do prefer the original mineral veil rather than the tinted one! I think the original mineral veil seems to actually make more of a difference to my skin, the tinted one doesn't seem to do much but I still really like it as a final setting powder.
I bought this from boots for around £22, in bareMinerals boutique
its £29 so I recommend going to boots!
Sorry it's difficult to see the opening "mechanism" :(
This looks really orange when you actually see it, but the camera doesn't
really show the true colour.
6g of product, when usually its £20 for a regular pot of mineral veil
and its £19 for the buff & go brush on its own, so when buying this duo
(if you buy it at boots) you're saving around £17 by buying both!
I can't believe how compact this is..
To my surprise, this brush is pretty dense!

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