Back To Basics
It's been a week of work here in Singapore. Walking to work and back to the hotel has been my routine and didn't really have any interest in going anywhere. I see this as a time to actually be "home" early and to "sleep in". Very different from my 4:30 am workday routine in Manila. :) Anyhoo, I found out a couple of days back, that it's only around five minute walk to Bugis. Of course, I couldn't pass that up. Goal: Sephora. I wanted to check on bareMinerals as I lost my compact in the depths of my car and my loose powder breathed it's last couple of months ago. Sadly, there are no reliable online sellers I know of back home.
I can get lost in a Sephora store. It's like how I feel when I walk into a huge bookstore. I can walk down aisle after aisle and read on labels, patch test and color match. :) Small patch of paradise.
Here it is. I wanted to get the bareMinerals READY Foundation SPF 20, a concealer, and a retractable kabuki brush. Unfortunately, the kabuki brush is out of stock in this store. Maybe I can try another branch this weekend :). I love the compact foundation as it does away with the mess of the loose foundation. Although this doesn't have the matte variety like the loose powder, I feel like it keeps the shine at bay for the rest of the day. I have combination skin, so it might be different for others. Nothing an oil-blotter cannot deal with. I find that a kabuki brush works best for application. They actually recommend the face precision (or something like that) brush but I find it a little rough on the skin and too big to put in my vanity bag. It doesn't come with a brush head protector too, so I'd rater have the retractable kabuki. I find the concealer nice too. I prefer it over Laura Mercier concealer less creamy, consistency just right. It doesn't sink into the (ack!) creases. The packaging is nice matte black and silver, simple and straight forward. The product packaging itself feels like the Nars blush packaging. You would probably know the issues you have to deal with type of packaging. It's sturdy but the finish is rubberized so everything sticks on to it eventually. You'll end up with fingerprints, powder particles and the once black package is now more like powdery gray. :)
I've had great outcomes with bareMinerals. Have you tried it? Let me know how it went :).