Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bare Escentuals: Rethink Radiant

This is the third and final installment of the Rethink A-D. I think this is by far my favorite. I love this set because there are really good staples like the brightening face primer (I love this!), foundation, and the two brushes. I use the blending brush to do a wash of colour and to do my highlight colour every day, so I was glad to get another one. The angled face brush is also a really nice brush. It is thicker than a blush brush, and bigger, so you could use it for foundation, MV or radiance, and since it is angled it is great for getting under eyes and such.

My kit has had a few glitches. I'm sure people will complain about some of the following things unless I was just unlucky. There was a little bit of eye shadow above the sifter because the sifter was not completely pressed into the jar. The second time I opened Lollipop the stopper (the thing that keep you from getting too muh gloss) got caught in the top of the lid. I was able to shake it out and pressed it into the gloss container but I'm not sure if that will fix it for good. I have and use 2-3 of the big and bright liner penicls and usually when you twist them up they stay up, but Plum seems to twist on its own so you kind of lose the liner while you are trying to use it--I was able to put it on so I guess it wasn't too much of a problem.

I forgot to swatch the Plum liner but I'm wearing it in the look so you can get an idea of what it looks like there.

Primetime for Eyes Brightening Pearl---this is a winner! I used it alone from lash to brow and it did a good job of neutralizing my lids. It is not really sparkly like the gold one and so it was easier to get an even application. I am sure I will use this alone as eye shadow when I'm in a hurry. I wish we had gotten two of these in this series.

Alive eye shadow is described as lilac fuschia, I think that is an accuate description. It is matte and goes on very sheer. I had to really pack it on in the swatches. I'm sure you could do a very light dusting of this shadow over the pearl primer and end up with a very soft pink.

Vivacious is described as sheer raspberry, which might be accurate--but I see it as more pink than red. It seems to have a similar texture to Boost blush. It does go on very sheer so you can't mess this one up.

Lollipop gloss is a sheer pink with lots of sparkle in it. I had to really blot it on to get it to show up in the swatch. Although it seems very sheer it did enhance the natural colour of my lips and looks a little more coloured on then I thought it would. It is a very glossy gloss which I like. It will look good over lipstick and lipliner.

Note about the close up pictures: The pearl primer looks more sparkly than it actually is in the close up pictures because the pictures are taken with a flash. I think the full face picture and the swatch on my hand more accuratly reflect the look of the primer. I would not say the pearl primer is matte like the UDPP Eden primer but it is less sparkly than the gold one--it has a luminous sheen rather than actual sparkle. The gold brightening primer looks really bad in close up photos because of the flash but looks much better in person. So just keep that in mind when looking at the pictures.

Primetime for eyes Brightening Pearl lash to brow,
Alive lash to crease on outer 1/2ish and blended into the crease,
Big and Bright liner in Plum upper and 1/2 of lower lash line,
Rimmel mascara.

CHEEKS: Vivacious blush
LIPS: Lollipop gloss

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