I confess readers, I have not gotten on the mineral train. I have not swirled, tapped, OR buffed. So for the past 3 years, I have not been paying close attention to Bare Escentuals.
They recently exploded into my daily consciousness with a Sephora freebie: a Buxom Lip Stick in Amsterdam (lip-swatched here). I’m soÂ enamoredÂ of it, I was compelled to go swatch all the available shades… and now I’ve gone from being essentially unaware of the product to wanting at least four shades.
The Lip Stick is a semi-dry lip crayon (hence the space between “lip” and “stick”). Most of the shades are non-staining (the darkest shades are slightly staining), but they provide a lightweight, natural matte lip color unlike any other product I’ve tried.
The Lip Sticks have the same caramel/burnt sugar scent as the Buxom glosses — but apply them to your lips and that scent will be entirely masked by a minty cool, tingling scent/feeling. It’s a scientific miracle: you can’t smell the mint unless the product is on your lips. (And the formula did not irritate my arm.)
My favorite (naturally) is slightly nude warm-pink Amsterdam, followed by coral-rose Bombay.
Full size Lip Sticks are $18 each, sold exclusively by Sephora. Unfortuantely, Vienna, Fresno, and Athens are only available as half-size “minis” in sets: Vienna and Fresno are part of the City Slickers set; Athens is included in the Travel in Style set. I like Athens, but the lighter shades seem to show lip lines a bit more. Maybe that one’s meant to be paired with gloss.
And I’m curious: if you live in one of these cities, do you think your color represents the tastes of your city?