I’m not a huge Bare Minerals fan, in fact I’m not really a fan at all. But I was trolling QVC early in the morning because I had nothing else to do really, and because QVC generally has some really well put together sets of products that give you a bunch of extras that you won’t find in store, for a fraction of the price. They also have a more expansive collection of cosmetics brands than HSN who’s only claim to fame really is Too Faced and Smashbox. QVC has Bobbi Brown, Algenist, Guerlain and Dior just to name a few.
Now you may be wondering why, after the colossal flop that was the Invisible Light Powder Duo, would I go ahead and get what’s pretty much the same thing, just with prettier colours? Well, I’m not a quitter. And it looks like this;
So yeah, I had hope. The compact is really pretty, although just as bulky as the other one, but I can forgive it for two reasons. This is not just a black compact with nothing else. It’s a dark brown and has got a really gorgeous rose pink graphic on the front that puts me in the mind of Sakura.
The kit also comes paired with the same dual brush as the first kit this time in a dark brown and a soft cream colour. And I feel the same about it, that is, it’s pretty to look at but doesn’t pick up much product.
Inside the compact you get two powders in Rose Matte, a matte mid-toned rose, and Honey Glow, a light reflecting marbled powder that is a creamy champagne shot through with ribbons of golden bronze.
So how does this compare to the original? It’s like they were both made by two different companies. They’re similar in design only. Where I had trouble getting product without breaking the surface of the Invisible Light, I had no problems picking up powder with any brush (other than the one that came with it). The powders are very subtle, but buildable. I wore this to Thanksgiving dinner and the first thing both my brother and sister said to me when I walked into the house was that my makeup looked great, and my sister said “can you make my face look like that?” The only thing else that I’d used was concealer to cover my spots, and under my eyes. I used the Rose Matte which is a mauvey rose with a slight brown undertone, on my cheeks and dusted Honey Light over my face as a finishing powder. The results really were stunning. Swatches below.
The claim is that this product is a universal one, and for once when a company makes that claim, I can co-sign. The colours are sheer but if you’re darker skinned you’ll have no problem building to your desired intensity. The blush looks very natural, yet it still noticeable. The powder finishes beautifully and isn’t brassy or too bright, it has a very quiet intensity that makes you look healthy.
I love this set, and I’m sure it’s one that most people will also. The only place that I know of that has it in stock in QVC, if you click on this link it will take you straight there unless it’s been sold out. It normally retails for $40, but right now it’s being offered for $33 plus $3 shipping. However, if you catch them at just the right time, QVC may be offering it on Easy Pay so you may be able to get it for less, and hey you can pick up two so you can gift one to someone else. Trust me, at $40 or $33, it’s worth it.