Bare Escentuals: THE DEVIL'S OWN WORK

(1029 Posts)
JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 17:16:40

I must post about this. I have just spunked nearly ninety quid on some Bare Escentuals starter kit things.

I arrived at the counter in Stratford Westfield with a hideous bright red, sore, scarred, spotty, sweaty face, and some WITCH managed to take a decade off me with POWDER. Just powder! I mean - WT actual F?! A tube ride and a 20 minute walk home and it's still there. SURELY that's not right. I've used all sorts of super-max coverage matte stuff and it didn't cover ANYTHING like this well. O and I have the glowing rosy cheeks of a teen shock

I promise I've not been giver a tenner to post this stuff. It's just I've spent so much I feel slightly sick. Does anyone else use this stuff? it's not going to last is it. i'm an idiot. What have I done <panicks>

You're not an idiot but you're not going to like me when I tell you it's cheaper on qvc.

[] and it's massively cheap when it's a today's special value.

The stuff you've got if you've a full size foundation will last you about two years. Remember, swirl, tap a lot and then buff for a good few minutes, you only need a tiny amount.

JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 17:23:20

Arse, I didn't know QVC had a website! I got a tenner off 'cos there was a deal in Boots and (according to the perfickly complexioned witch at the counter) because it came with loads of brushes it's worth £200 or something although I do realise this is bollox

Anyway SQUEEEEEEEE a whole BE thread. Thanks Boys, that means I can delay doing any work for another half hour grin

JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 17:26:35

Ah! Glad to see other fans.

I am absolutely astounded I have to say. Am chucking out everything else <brave>

you must must must moisturise first AND let it sink in completely or you get claggyness

Did she not give you a starter kit? That should have been £48 and included 2 foundations, warmth, bisque, mineral veil and brushes?

That said, I was astounded the first time I tried it!

YouDoTheMath Sun 25-Sep-11 17:38:21

My SIL swears by it, has done for a few years now. Her wedding photos look proper airbrushed, but it's just the BE.

JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 17:43:33

Thanks boys, am moisturiser-sinking right this minute

Gregs yar, i got the starter kit which was £43 (on offer at Boots) and then another kit blush for eyes, lips and cheeks for the Terminally Pallid which was £37 down from £43. So actually come to think of it that's not nearly ninety quids it's eighty, right?

BARGAINACIOUS considering that's every bit of makeup covered and, oh yes, it looks AMAZING - you're right YouDo, it looks like I've been Photoshopped!

Honestly, my skin is really awful at the moment - crater-like cars of old spots, angry red bits - and I just can't believe powder has covered it like this.

Seriously. How did I get to 32 without knowing about this stuff? I only went to the counter because I was tired and it was right at the entrance...

neuroticmumof3 Sun 25-Sep-11 19:07:07

It's brilliant stuff isn't it. I've been using it for years and adore it. I buy on QVC or ebay. The sales lady was right about the price, if you bought it all separately it would come to about £200. It'll last you ages so don't feel guilty about £80. It'll work out cheaper than all the other goop you were using.

cyb Sun 25-Sep-11 19:09:27

Jodie, am loving it too

But wish I bought mine on that bloody cheap cosmetics site

<gnash of teeth>

Dancergirl Sun 25-Sep-11 19:23:45

What do you do with the mineral veil? I've got some and I'm confused....

meltedchocolate Sun 25-Sep-11 19:24:28

Don't get me this excited about mine arriving... Patience is not my strong poihnt. Is there a good link for how to apply? I'm going on Youtube. I am nowhere near anywhere that has knowledgable ladies at counters...

cyb Sun 25-Sep-11 19:27:55

mineral veil is like a translucent powder to stop oily bits

JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 19:37:39

i've just done a full face and I look fucking GAWG not really grin

Melted you'll go BANG with joy. Did you get the starter kit? It comes with a DVD....

JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 19:38:28

And thanks for making me feel better about the cost neurotic <grateful>

In future I shall look out for qvc-tastic offers...

meltedchocolate Sun 25-Sep-11 19:45:17

Jodie, no I got the tester kit. Just been watching a tutorial on Youtube. swirl, tap, buff grin

I ordered it a little earlier today so may take two or three days to arrive. Can't wait.

cyb Sun 25-Sep-11 19:47:27


JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 19:48:37



don't get overexcited about getting the 'warmth' pot open a white sofa....

JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 19:49:24

I must admit I hazn't watched the DVD cos I did think it'd be even more DEE YOU ELL ELL than XFact. . .

ggirl Sun 25-Sep-11 19:49:32

had to read that about ten times

cyb Sun 25-Sep-11 19:50:22

whats wrong with you tonight

ggirl Sun 25-Sep-11 19:51:17

am pissing h off as larfing so much

JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 19:52:01


Knackered. HIGH with tiredness.

No excuse though.

However, this dewy complexion forgives all grammatical infelicities, no? <preen>

KristinaM Sun 25-Sep-11 19:54:59

Wots an infelicities?

JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 19:59:54

ACcording to Google an infelicity is a ruddy-cheeked Alpine toddler riding a scary-ass pig

follyfoot Sun 25-Sep-11 20:03:56

Can I just ask is this wonder stuff any good for ahem slightly older skin that is quite dry? And does it feel cakey? I hate cakey.

cleanteeth Sun 25-Sep-11 20:07:09

I think I'm going to ask for a kit for christmas after reading everybodys posts! Cant bare to spend the money out of my clothes/beauty fund 'cos I think I'll only use it for special occasions and days where I'm feeling a bit crap.

I'm scared I'm going to become addicted though! Does it really last 2 years??!!

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 25-Sep-11 20:08:00

Yes I too wonder about dry skin - I never use powder normally . . .

JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 20:08:04

Folly I imagine it would be A-OK. It is not at all cakey - it's powder, you see, which you swirl-and-puff on in fine layers, so it's not clagging everything up with a mousse or whatnot. And they give you a primer which is quite moisturising...

JodieHarsh Sun 25-Sep-11 20:10:24

It is a bit of an investment, like. I wouldn't have spent anything like that much money if I hadn't gone for a test and practically fallen off the stool in shock when she showed me the mirror.

I reckon most big dept stores do it so y'all could try it out. I mean it can't possibly be for everyone. Unless it actually IS magic...

It's also all natural, right? like mineral stuff? So apparently (and I do realise I've fallen for everything the woman said) it'll be good for my very sensitive skin, cos it'll have no nasties in it.

I deffo don't find it cakey. I didn't get a primer in my kit so to quote the great Moz- what difference does it make?

meltedchocolate Sun 25-Sep-11 20:12:21

Dammit ladies. All this talk and excitement of perfect skin and tutorial videos and I have forgotten to get on with redoing my french manicure. tut tut <vien> grin

TattyDevine Sun 25-Sep-11 20:18:01

Its not quite as "pure" as they make out as in there is some kind of banned substance that the knit-your-own-lentil types don't like, but its still good compared to some other shite.

There will be people that say you look like a powdery old lady but only you can know that.

I don't reckon everyone does but I also suspect there is a time it starts doing less for you, in terms of wrinkles and pores.

But there are possibly exceptions to that.

I'd say anyone wondering, try it with QVC, not just because of TSV's (today's special values) but because they have a 30 day money back guarantee if you hate it.

Try the colours in store, buy at QVC.

TattyDevine Sun 25-Sep-11 20:18:52

Money back guarantee means you can use it and still send it back. Buy then try then change thy mind.

CoteDAzur Sun 25-Sep-11 20:20:45

I've been using L'Oreal mineral foundation for years. It is fantastic, as people here have described, and costs about 5 pounds.

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 25-Sep-11 22:02:09

I hated it. It settled cosily into my wrinkles and drew attention to them. It made me look like I had huge pores (I don't). It screamed crepey old lady. The Orange Lady in Selfridges snapped at me "Well most mature women such as yourself really like it." Bitch.

KristinaM Mon 26-Sep-11 08:43:02

wow she sounds a charmer! i can see why she went into sales as a career. orange AND rude, what a great combination

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 08:50:42


.....because obviously you're all dying to know how it's going hmm

So, this expenditure was precipitated by the fact the office bogs have the world's most hideous, harsh lighting. Couple this with the fact I've departed my fresh-faced 20s, when I'd frequently be told how very beautiful my face was, and entered my 30s, after a hideously stressful year, basically every time I went for a wee I came out suicidal.

NOT THIS MORNING, COMPADRES. 2 hours and a commute after application, under hideous bright strip-lighting, I look like I've just had a week's rest at a Swiss spa AND been gently touched-up.

It's MIRACULOUS <sobs with gratitude>.

Mrs despite my high praise I do see how that could happen (the open pores, not the bitch at Selfridges!) - I def. need the primer. Small price to pay though, imo...

Checked the post yet Melted ? grin

RamblingRosa Mon 26-Sep-11 09:11:15

Glad you've found the path to salvation JodieHarsh. Another convert here. I've been using it for about 4 years. Occasionally I'm lured back to trying a liquid foundation and without fail it brings me out in loads of spots - even really nice foundations like Bobbi Brown. With mineral foundation my skin is loads better.

Just to say that you really don't need to spend £90 (not very helpful, I know, since you've already spent it). But for future reference, really is just as good and much cheaper. You don't need tonnes of brushes and all the different mineral veils, warmth face colour things. You just need the foundation IMO and a decent kabuki brush (which presumably you've now got).

You can also get some good deals. I think there's 20% off bare escentuals at ASOS at the moment. Also, if you know anyone going to the US get them to pick you some up there as it's cheaper. Or just go for Lily Lolo.

trixymalixy Mon 26-Sep-11 09:20:24

I am going to have to give this a try, my skin sounds similar to yours Jodie, I always look grim.

SueNarmy Mon 26-Sep-11 09:21:13

never trust a co that cant spell

SueNarmy Mon 26-Sep-11 09:21:37

i think its vile powdery stuff

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 09:24:36

Sue grin

SueNarmy Mon 26-Sep-11 09:25:48

you are an old powdery lady with red tiny teeny lips and no eyebrows because of hte powder

valiumredhead Mon 26-Sep-11 09:26:50

It's great, I have been using it well over a year now!

Once you know your colours you can order much more cheaply from FEELUNIQUE - fab website and free delivery.

HOW did you spend £90???????? shock I bought the starter set in Debenhams originally for £45 which included the brushes, foundation, veil,warmth and primer.

SueNarmy Mon 26-Sep-11 09:28:47


falls on floor

oh that IS sexy " i must put my veil on"

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 09:30:58

as a matter of fact Sue as a matter of fact I am a flawless fresh-faced young maiden with a plump glistening pout.

SueNarmy Mon 26-Sep-11 09:31:15

i dont want to know about your pout, you harlot

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 09:33:10

valium - I misread m'damn till receipt - it was £80.

I bought 2 kits - one starter kit for complexion which was £43 (fiver off I think?) and one for eyes, lips and cheeks which was £37 (fiver off).

so I have basically all the make-up and brushes in the world.

The eyes lips and cheeks is 2 shadows, a powder liner, a blusher, lip gloss and loadsa brushes...

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 09:33:40


valiumredhead Mon 26-Sep-11 09:53:15

Oh bloody hell, you REALLY did buy the lot didn't you? shock grin

valiumredhead Mon 26-Sep-11 09:54:20

My absolute FAVOURITE BE product is the Bisque concealor - LOVE it!!!!

valiumredhead Mon 26-Sep-11 09:56:29

I'm not over keen on the shadows as they end up all over my cheeks and I am too old to get away with an all over sparkly look! grin

I never use the warmth as it looks 'dirty' on me and don't bother with the veil - my sister always raves about how good it is but it never impressed me enough to buy a second pot.

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 09:57:08

I really did blush

In my defence, a year of bonkersly hard word paid some slight dividends although really I should pay off a credit card like a grown up

Let us not talk about what I did on the East website...

Oooo they do a concealer....NO! No, Jodie. CALM THE EFF DOWN.

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 09:58:09

Oh yar, must say have no use whatsoever for 'warmth'. Partly because I like the English Rose look (indeed have no say in the matter) and bronzer is ridiculous on me. But it's the only thing I'm not thrilled with. I LOVE the veil!

MissLovely Mon 26-Sep-11 10:11:57

Another vote for the Bisque concealor from me. I put it on with the BE concealor brush AFTER applying the foundation. It covers a multitude of redness and blemishes and lasts all day. In fact if I have to get up very early some mornings I don't even bother taking my BE make-up off the night before and it's still in place the next day. It is amazing!

Jux Mon 26-Sep-11 10:18:42

May I hijack for a moment? How do you know what colour foundation to get if you can only get it on the internet? The only starter kit I can find atm contains foundation in medium and medium beige; how dark is that?

MissLovely Mon 26-Sep-11 10:28:35

On the QVC UK website search item no. 229113. There is video demo describing how to apply the foundation and they go through the various shades.

valiumredhead Mon 26-Sep-11 10:29:01

I think you need to get a tester Jux - it's a lot of money to waste on a mistake.

valiumredhead Mon 26-Sep-11 10:29:47

Didn't you gat the Bisque concealor in the starter kit Jodie? You were ROBBED! wink

valiumredhead Mon 26-Sep-11 10:30:04


meltedchocolate Mon 26-Sep-11 10:30:19

Checked the post?! I ordered it yesterday and I do not live in a place where next day delivery or morning post exists. I wish hmm haha!

meltedchocolate Mon 26-Sep-11 10:30:38

I did dream about it last night though blush

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 10:31:03

Jux I agree with val. I actually think that anyone thinking of getting some should go to a counter and get 'done', because the aplpication is very distinctive and if you did it wrong you'd be horrified... There's a real trick to it.

Love it that MissL sleeps in her slap which I would never do except for all the times that I get too drunk to negotiate the facial wash

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 10:32:00

grin @ dreaming about it!

Val stoppit, I am a woman possessed already. I am only justifying this by saying I shall eat nowt but packed lunches for the next month.

meltedchocolate Mon 26-Sep-11 10:34:24

I watched so many application videos last night it is embarrassing. I expect I will be an expert grin

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 10:41:53

Who knows Melted, maybe one day you can get every girl's dream job and be a counter-girl at Harvey Nicks grin

valiumredhead Mon 26-Sep-11 10:42:22


Did you? Did you?

They are FAB! grin

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 10:50:19


It tingles and is LUFFLY and I LUFFS it.

valiumredhead Mon 26-Sep-11 10:55:08

I am wearing 'rose' - such a lovely colour and lasts ages. They seem expensive but when you compare the size of them to other makes they work out practically the same.

meltedchocolate Mon 26-Sep-11 11:17:53

Ah yes Jodie, my dream job, what all the work for my maths degree has been for grin

Jux Mon 26-Sep-11 15:48:17

Thanks, will look at video now. I don't know of anywhere around here that stocks it so I can't go get a demo, valium sad. We don't have a Bravissimo anywhere around either.

Jux Mon 26-Sep-11 16:18:21

Oh wow, meltedchocolate, I'm just starting a maths degree (not quite sure how that happened, mind you!).

Anyway, on topic, I've just found they've got a counter at Debenhams in Exeter, and dh and I are going in to Exeter on Wednesday. Hooray!

Should I go in bare faced (shudder), or wear my usual foundation, crap though it is - cannot get the right colour and have been countered by Clarins, Lancome and a couple of others.

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 16:22:15

I bought buxom lip gloss, In Vanessa. I love it, rich reddy blackcurrant colour but quite sheer when blotted. I imagine the tube will last for yonks cos its about 2 foot long

Wore my Bare today, my face is not greasy AT ALL I am totally amazed

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 16:23:34

Not a fan of the bisque however for my panda circles, I need industrial and that doesnt cut the mustard. great for other blotchy bits though

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 16:25:26


I am now home from work. Slap was applied at 7ish.

Slap REMAINS RESOLUTELY IN PLACE, including on my horrid gopping great nostril-spot.

DH summoned for inspection. "Blimey, looks like you just did it."

That DOES it. Everyone needs this in their lives.

the lipgloss doesn't stay very long but I think maybe that's just gloss for you? i normally wear a Max Factor lipfinity thing that goes on like enamel and won't be shifted unless you scrub it for about 30 minutes.

<whisper> I am about to watch an eye makeup tutorial....

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 16:26:01

AND I love the warmth. Brings my face more to life, looks a bit flat without.Funny innit?

Bisque is dreadful under eyes but good around red bits on the nose etc. I use either Lancome (when rich) or the Garnier roller (when poor like now) under my eyes. Am now v tempted to investigate Buxom. smile

Totally agree that Warmth sort of lifts and 'unflattens' the face. I have never used bronzer and hate the fact that it makes my face look mucky but warmth just seems to bring it to life a bit.

I have digusting amounts of buxom lippies. I love them!

ggirl Mon 26-Sep-11 18:58:05

Christ all fucking mighty you beatches..

I want to try it again now..have had it out on before and looked silvery shit.

I have combo skin/red veins/big pores on nosee and wrinkly eyes
<<<get me eh?>>>>> Am I too old for it?

DO i have to go to JL and suffer the humiliation of getting my face done in the public glare???

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:06:40


<evil cackle>

ggirl get thee to counter. Boots do it now. Honestly, 'tis in the application. The first time I did it, I got an iridescent cheek covered in potholes. Tried again and, well, as per the above effusions, really grin

I have sensitive skin prone to red patches and bumps, incipient laughter lines, a tendency to spots, and when I do get spots I have extremely red angry scars for weeks after because I pick them.

QuinnFabray Mon 26-Sep-11 19:13:39

I have tried mineral foundation before and, like 95% of ALL foundations, it's turned into an oil slick on my face. Is BE going to be any different?

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:17:35

Well firstly Ms Fabray, you are so exquisitely beautiful I don't see why you'd need makeup grin

And secondly - well, all i can say is that after months of shrieking SHINY HEAD SHINY HEAD!!1!!!!11!! every time I passed a mirror, today I was all matte and lovely, if still slightly dewy, somehow. Could you go to a counter and ask a Nice Orange Lady to 'do you', then go and do some shopping, eat lunch, all that, and see how it goes??

SueNarmy Mon 26-Sep-11 19:23:31

Jodie who are you

ggirl Mon 26-Sep-11 19:24:21

just what I was thinking sue

trixymalixy Mon 26-Sep-11 19:25:36

How much mess does it make? What put me off when I had it done at Debenhams was all the excess powder flying everywhere.

meltedchocolate Mon 26-Sep-11 19:25:38

<bounces around excitedly> Just got dispatch confirmation.

Glad it's going so well Jodie and others. I wish I was close enough to somewhere that had counters and orange ladies. I would travel, I really would. Same as I wish to travel to a DUO store somewhere to try on and get the only really nice boooots that I really really want. But alas, we are talking a good 300 miles sad boo

meltedchocolate Mon 26-Sep-11 19:26:09

trixy towel and clip wink

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:29:17

Wot wot?

What do you mean who am I?

I am not M i t m o o for a start.

electra Mon 26-Sep-11 19:29:32

I've been using BE for years - it is fabulous and does not damage or work against your skin (I used to use Chanel before)

I only buy the foundation powder with SPF and it's about £18 on Beauty Bay. How on earth did they get you to part with £90??

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:30:10

Oh - Trix - yes 'tis tres messy. My sofa looks like the cat sat on it without cleaning her bottom properly. But I shall Learn to do it Properly.

MrsKwazii Mon 26-Sep-11 19:31:05

<swirls. taps and buffs> The stuff is ruddy genius. I've been wearing it for about two years now and I will never go back to liquid foundation. Am a total convert!

electra Mon 26-Sep-11 19:31:26

oh I see you've bought lip gloss etc too. It lasts ages. I've not tried the lip gloss - is it any good?

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:32:49

Electra I had added up wrong - 'twas eighty not ninety. I got two kits you see, one for foundationy stuff and one for everything else. And I absolutely do NOT go cold with terror every time I think about it hmm

ggirl Mon 26-Sep-11 19:35:28

Jodie -d'ya live in west country??

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:37:08


But you will now have to PM me and tell me why you asked, and if you don't I will come and wee in your BE pots grin

electra Mon 26-Sep-11 19:37:18

It'll be worth it though - it will last for ages Jodie. The foundation does stay on. Apparently if you forget to take it off at night it doesn't damage your skin.

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 19:40:17

I was wondering who Jodie was too....or who she used to be

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 19:41:34

gg I had my face done in Bentalls, she made me take all my make up off THE HORRORS

Just done dd (16) she likes it too

She can keep her thieving hands off though

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:43:01



Is there a Scarlet Pimpernel emoticon?

Is it really lame that I want to get my work done for the night then sit down and watch Embarrassing Bodies, and do it all again, you know for practice like? blush

Don't answer that. Leave me to my shame.

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 19:43:58

I wanted to play with mine too

thats why I did my D

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:45:47


I am DETERMINED to FINALLY get eyeshadow right. You know how you're supposed to shade into the eyesockety bit? well I don't really have one, or not one that's distinct from any other bit of my eye, so it all just ends up a grubby mess.

I did not explain that very well and even if I had, it would have been VERY dull.

ggirl Mon 26-Sep-11 19:45:50

god I lurve playing with makeup
may have to get myself to JL beauty hall for some humiliation

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 19:47:45

Ah Jodie you need my MALLY eye socketty drawing in kit.

It comes with a ball ended applicator and you rub the ball where the socket should be, ITS AMAZING

I got it from QVC hang on will link

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:49:57


Funny, 32 years I've been on this planet and I've never discussed my eye-socket problem with anyone. and those people on Embarrassing Bodies think they've got ishoos.

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 19:50:00
cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 19:53:24

If you can bear to, watch the video demo on the link

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:53:35


Unbelievable! have the same thing? Like when your eyes are open your eyelashes are like, up against your socket? Like it should go eye, bit of eyelid, crease of eyelid, socket, but instead it goes eye, socket?

I'm blathering now and I have another few hundreds words to write before I can go and play with my new toy sad

KristinaM Mon 26-Sep-11 19:54:53

i have very good skin. no spots , blotches etc. but i am very old and haggard - will his work for me? or will i look like a powdery old lady? i note that all you enthusiasts are ..ahem...thirty soemthings

Cote, tell us more of this L'oreal. BE is out of my budget I fear. What brush do you use? Is it good for shitey rubbish skin?

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 19:56:29

I have upper eyelids like partially drawn Roman blinds.I could wind the excess skin round a pencil to hoik it up out of the way.

I have NOTHING resembling a visible socket unless I draw it in with my Mally kit

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 19:58:03

Kristina I am 41

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 19:58:07


Cyb there's potential for some pretty impressive body-piercing arrangements, right there grin

I am amazed. I am going to watch the tutorial in the ad breaks during Embarrassing Arses.

CoteDAzur Mon 26-Sep-11 20:27:05

Freddie - L'Oreal mineral foundation looks like this and comes with its own brush (as you can see in picture).

MissLovely Mon 26-Sep-11 20:31:27

I'm 41 too, but seriously this stuff takes a good few years off. Agree that it's not great under the eyes, I prefer to use a cream concealer in that area.

SueNarmy Mon 26-Sep-11 20:35:22

Cyb. You can apply make up v well. You dint need this shit

Also 41!

ggirl Mon 26-Sep-11 20:38:29

oooh Alisonqvc-tart looks hefty in that video

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 20:46:31

I was thinking that ggirl. I then looked down at my own looming bulk and felt thoroughly ashamed of myself.

ggirl Mon 26-Sep-11 20:48:17

yeh well there is that I guess blush
but she's skinny malinky now isn't she ..or is that video recent

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 20:54:18

Oh I dunno. I haven't watched in a while. QVC is DH's thing. sometimes i come upon him unexpectedly (not like that) and he is absorbed in watching a demonstration of card-making or something hmm

I bought it a while ago and couldn't get on with it but sod it I'm going to get it out tonight and swirl away til I damn well get it right. I want a shine free head damn it smile

TinyPawz Mon 26-Sep-11 21:01:53

Right ladies, how much does this all weigh. Will it take a huge amount of my weight allowance for travelling?

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 21:03:55

Good luck twoswords. I think we need a BE Rogues Gallery grin

Tiny I am delighted to confirm it weighs about as much as a fairy's fart

Anyone watching Embarrassing Arses? Oh that poor lady sad

Why thank you cotesmile. Can I ask what your skin tone is? I are pale and pasty and don't suit tan, do you think it would suit me? Or are you, as your name suggests, a bronzed Godess?

hester Mon 26-Sep-11 21:58:02

Alright, alright, you've got me interested. I'm middle-aged with dry, pale skin (in other words, lines and wrinkles). Will it suit me or shall I stick with my ultra-moisturising base?

Where is the cheapest place to buy this stuff?

What do I really need from the range?

JodieHarsh Mon 26-Sep-11 22:03:46

Hester firstly, why did you choose that username?? <interested and intrigued>


a. I think you probably wouldn't know unless you went to an orange counter lady and were 'done'. . . I don't see why not but unless it actually is the Devil's work there must be some people it doesn't suit...

b. QVC apparently

b. You need the starter kit thing for everything complexiony (there's everything else but tbh it's the skin coverage that's blown my bonce). Mine was £43 and it as 2 pots of foundation, a pot of light loose powder, a pot of bronzer, and 3 very good quality brushes....

cyb Mon 26-Sep-11 22:19:40

Sue tis not shit tis a great taupey brown shadow regardless of where one smears it

We all need a liitle help wink

prolificwillybreeder Mon 26-Sep-11 22:33:07

Right, you've convinced me. Next time I'm in JL I'll get my face done.

TinyPawz Mon 26-Sep-11 22:36:56

it weighs about as much as a fairy's fart Brilliant news.

hester Mon 26-Sep-11 22:54:00

OK, I'm going to find a local supplier and get myself 'done'. Will report back grin

Jodie, I just picked the name Hester because I was casting round for names I liked and came up with it. I know there used to be a RL Hester on here (not you with a namechange, is it?). It has stood the test of time - reckon I'm one of the few on MN to have had the same name on here for, ooh, must be 8 years now. But it has no particular history or meaning for me other than that.

TracyK Tue 27-Sep-11 08:15:56

Some beauty salons do BE too - so if you don't want a public makeover - pop into a salon and ask them to give you a shot.
I used to use it and got fed up with it - might give it another go though.
I DO love Buxom lipglosses though. Get your fav colour and then I think ebay are much cheaper.

valiumredhead Tue 27-Sep-11 08:16:21

Ime QVC isn't the cheapest place to buy BE, FEELUNIQUE website is!

This is my new favourite thread grin

Yes, but the advantage of a first purchase with QVC is that if you don't like it you have 30 days to return it. I love feelunique!

valiumredhead Tue 27-Sep-11 08:27:35

But you can take stuff back to Boots, Debenhams etc - they won't bat an eyelid and no rip off QVC postage either.

JodieHarsh Tue 27-Sep-11 09:47:07

Another day of feeling beeeeeeyewtiful here grin

I think DH might be slightly bored of it by now but the cat obliges by watching with interest.

meltedchocolate Tue 27-Sep-11 10:36:31

If mine doesn't come today I just may cry (it wont) sad

littlepinkfizz Tue 27-Sep-11 11:13:23

is it really that good? I have combo skin and don't fancy spending a fortune on something that doesn't look good an hour later.I usually break out in shine by 11 and am like a drying pan by 3.Would it suit me?

JodieHarsh Tue 27-Sep-11 11:19:09

Melted it's like being 4 and waiting for Christmas morning, no?!

little I really hate the idea that people might spend all that on something that doesn't suit them, so all I can say is that on my 3rd day of using it, my red, sensitive, spot-prone skin, from which every brand of makeup I've ever tried as slid off within about 2 hours of application, looks amaze. I also think it's clearing up my spots. Yesterday I got home from work looking still made-up - even DH noticed.

I would recommend you head to a counter to try it out - the application process is tricky and essential to it looking good - then if you like it, go to and get one of these. It's loads cheaper than I paid in Boot AND has a free concealer. Bah!

valiumredhead Tue 27-Sep-11 11:25:08

You can get much smaller kits than those for about £12 if you don't want to spend £40 - although it's fab stuff.

Anyone tried the Matt version? I am tempted!

valiumredhead Tue 27-Sep-11 11:26:09

I paid £48 in Debenhams for that kit - bargain at £8 less!

JodieHarsh Tue 27-Sep-11 11:27:51

Hmmmm I'm not sure about the matt stuff cos what I like is that it covers completely but with a bit of a dewy look. the nearest I've come to that is when I half-inched some of my sister's Chanel Lumiere powder grin

SO much better than those stupid Dream Matt Mousse affairs, which made me look like I'd just shoved my face in a cake...

valiumredhead Tue 27-Sep-11 12:32:00

LOL grin

Hmmmmmm will give it a go when I can get hold of a sample and report back!

SeymoreButts Tue 27-Sep-11 13:29:46

Right, I have just bought a sample pack online, I am expecting big things I tell you. I don't even wear foundation... but I'm prepared to start, reading this thread has whipped me up into a frenzy!

I've had to guess the shade though (I went for fairly light) is it best to go to the counter for your first proper purchase??

valiumredhead Tue 27-Sep-11 13:34:43

Fairly light is for very light skin, I find FAIR better for me because I am pale but not porcelein iykwim.

valiumredhead Tue 27-Sep-11 13:35:16

Where did you buy the sample from? I want a Matt sample!

JodieHarsh Tue 27-Sep-11 13:43:28

Seymore hurrah! <rubs hands with glee>

Promise PROMISE to come and post when it arrives grin

Application is the thing - you might take a while to get the hang of it, but we're here for you...

(I have a vague feeling there might be more important things in life than make-up but I can't...quite...think...what....)

I used Fairly Light and I'm pale but I wouldn't say porcelain...butI do favour the pale-and-interesting look, so given a choice of 2 that would do equallyI would opt for the paler, IYSWIM...

meltedchocolate Tue 27-Sep-11 13:47:06

It didnt come sad but a bare escentuals concealor (sp??) brush that I ordered from ebay, not realising that one came in the tester kit has come. I shall put invisable concealor (sp??) while I wait then...

I can only be disapointed though because of the way you lot talk about it I am expecting it to turn me into Miss Katherine, D of C! grin

GetOrfMo1Land Tue 27-Sep-11 13:49:39

I have not tried Bare Escentuals, but have been made over with some mineral stuff in a spa, and I hated it.

I looked all powdery old lady and made me look downy and patchy.

Never tried it since, but you sound boundlessly enthusiastic I might try it.

However - I have very dry skin. Would it suit me or is it only for greasy/combi complexion?

And is it a faff to put on - does it take ages? Because I can't be arsed with that, I want a 5 minute daily make up routine and no fucking about.

GetOrfMo1Land Tue 27-Sep-11 13:51:00

I must say £50 sounds very reasonable, if you get a shit load of powders and brushes.

So - do you get foundation, concealer, veil shit and warmth shit and brushes all in one pack for fifty quid?

SeymoreButts Tue 27-Sep-11 14:02:17

Uhoh, I'm quite fair... it should be ok, if not I can save it for hallowe'en.

I bought it from this ebay lady. She sells the matt one! It should be here tomorrow, I've cleared my diary so I can snatch it straight from the posty's clammy hands....

JodieHarsh Tue 27-Sep-11 14:19:38

GetOrf I think if you tend towards dryness it mayn't be for you - I turned to it because of oil-slick-face.

That being said I reckon a BE lady would tell you it's for everyone and mention primer or somesuch

It IS a bit faffy. I think it's worth it for me for work, meetings of various sorts, hook-ups, events, whatnot, butI wouldn't bother to swirl and tap, swirl and tap just to go to Sainsbo's.

For £43 I got 2 pots of foundation, mineral veil, warmth stuff, huge powder brush, slightly less huge powder brush, and concealer brush.

JodieHarsh Tue 27-Sep-11 14:20:42

And if you go to that website someone mentioned upthread, I forget its name and my boss is staring at me so i won't check, you get free concealer too and it's only 40 quid. Which is insane value when you add it all up...

GetOrfMo1Land Tue 27-Sep-11 14:23:13

I think I will go into House of Frase and let them try and wow me.

I have just run out of both my foundations so need some sharpish - I am unwell at the moment so cannot be arsed to shop, so will go at the weekend.

I usually love By Terry but it only lasts a little while and is so so expensive.

JodieHarsh Tue 27-Sep-11 14:32:13

Oooo lemme know how it goes

I am being so stupidly girlish it's untrue. I might abandon my fierce ambitions and go and be an orange lady. I've got a fucking good line in innocuous banter, too.... <wistful>

RamblingRosa Tue 27-Sep-11 14:40:25

I've got the Matt one. It's good. I think I prefer it to the normal one. I also like Lily Lolo ones because they're more matt. Go for a lighter shade though. For some reason the matt one comes out a bit darker/orangy. I'm the palest shade they do in the matt version (Fair I think).

YouDoTheMath Tue 27-Sep-11 15:08:47

Whilst we're still ranting on about makeup can I recommend Pixiwoo's channel on YT - they are awesome and have SO many inspirational ideas.

(And no, I ain't neiver of 'em. Although I'm quite tempted to do one of their makeup courses... or would be if I had a grand to spare...)

valiumredhead Tue 27-Sep-11 15:28:38

I wanted to try the Lily Lolo ones but couldn't work out what color I would be so gave up!

Damn that e bay woman doesn't do 'fair'! sad

RamblingRosa Tue 27-Sep-11 15:44:00

What colour are you in BE valiumredhead?

Jux Tue 27-Sep-11 16:10:08

I am 53 by the way. Maybe I'm too old? (Wouldn't mind looking 43 though!wink)

valiumredhead Tue 27-Sep-11 16:11:30

I am 'Fair' Rambling

VivaLeBeaver Tue 27-Sep-11 17:24:28

Which shops stock it in the flesh? Its not in Boots or Debenhams here - is it in larger stores. If I went to Nottingham/Sheffield/York would I find it?

RamblingRosa Wed 28-Sep-11 08:37:36

Is Fair the palest one? If so I reckon either Blondie or China Doll. They do one called Porcelain but it's proper ghostly, chalky white IME.

RamblingRosa Wed 28-Sep-11 08:39:00

There's bound to be a stand alone shop or a concession in a big department store in one of those cities vivalebeaver. They've got a store finder thing here

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 09:01:54

Fairly Light is the lightest colour in BE, which is too light for me.

Thanks Rosa will have a look smile

JodieHarsh Wed 28-Sep-11 09:07:15

Still not over my BE joy grin

Arrived at a rehearsal last night after a long day at work and a 40 minute walk, and was told how very well I looked <preen>

Actually it's getting a bit annoying since my protestations that I'm so bloody weary I'd welcome being gently run over so as to have a nice long rest in hospital are falling on deaf ears.


valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 09:17:07

It still makes me chuckle when I take off my make up at night jodie - I do half at a time and marvel at the difference! grin

Dillydollydaydream Wed 28-Sep-11 09:36:57

Oooh I think I want some. I love new make up!
How good is the concealer though? And how is it for under eye dark circles? (not that I have those!)
Would I still need separate product fr concealing?

meltedchocolate Wed 28-Sep-11 09:51:18

Post isn't till somewhere between twelve and two but I can't help getting my hopes up!

Noticed you said it may not be good for dry skin which I have, at first, before it gets greasy confused I will have to get a shower now so I can put my moisturiser on in good time just in case it does arrive grin

JodieHarsh Wed 28-Sep-11 09:54:00

Hello Dilly - welcome to our cult grin

I don't have a separate concealer, which amazes me given I have literalyl not left the house with some at least in my bag for emergencies for about 10 years. You just use a separate kabuki brush (flat and compact) to apply the powder and by George, there go your spots shock

Tbh I think if you had really bad undereye circles you might want something like Touche Eclat to touch up - you can put a fine extra layer of the foundation powder under the eyes, but too much build-up and it gets a bit heavy.

It's fine for me though 'cos I don't tend to get tooooo bad circles.

RamblingRosa Wed 28-Sep-11 09:54:21

I think it's good for dry skin meltedchocolate. Especially if you're saying your skin is dry then oily. Sounds like cleanser/moisturiser/foundation are drying your skin out. If you go for a gentle cleanser and moisturiser and mineral foundation you should find your skin's less dry/flakey and it should keep oil at bay too.

JodieHarsh Wed 28-Sep-11 09:58:11

Oooo Melted, top notch forward planning there...

Tell me: have you had it done by an orange lady? Will you know what to do <frets>


Oh dear God. What if you're disappointed? I would actually cry...

whojimmyflip Wed 28-Sep-11 09:58:42

Get orf from what I remember you know your stuff re make up. Forget the BE counter makeup in dept stores- you don't need it. Look on the lily lolo website.

If you have dry skin you need to use mineral make up very sparingly but it is still suitable

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 10:05:16

My skin is dry and it's fine for me!

meltedchocolate Wed 28-Sep-11 10:48:57

Fear not, I have watched MANY tutorials.

tiny amount in lid, swirl swirl swirl, tap tap tap tap tap, buff buff buff buff buff buff buff buff buff buff buff buff etc.. grin

JodieHarsh Wed 28-Sep-11 11:17:12

I might change my username to SwirlTapBuff grin

meltedchocolate Wed 28-Sep-11 11:28:22

Dooo iiit!

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 11:33:54



meltedchocolate Wed 28-Sep-11 11:40:06

<applauds> grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 11:47:09


<pats perfectly-complexioned phizzog>

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 28-Sep-11 12:12:16

I have never worn makeup and you ladies are tempting me for the first time ever! Does it look like you are wearing makeup? Or just like you have good skin. I would want a totally natural look, me but better if you see what I mean...

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 12:19:40

It's, I look like I have perfect skin and glowy cheeks. honestly. My eyes look a bit 'done' but I wanted it that way and it's only because I've used all the shadows and stuff.

However if you never wear makeup you probably have really good skin so I'd be wary of starting now!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 28-Sep-11 12:33:57

hmm, I wish I had perfect skin, gets a super greasy a wee bit shiny.

So can you just use the foundation without doing lipstick and eyes and all that jazz?

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 12:35:19

Yes of course you can - I use the foundation/concealor and mascara and liner - that's it!

DuffyMoon Wed 28-Sep-11 12:51:32

Has anyone tried the Bobbi Brown Mineral foundation yet ?

SeymoreButts Wed 28-Sep-11 12:52:45

Well..... it really is bloody good isn't it?! I mean really good. You just buff over a blemish, and it's gone shock The dirk circles under my eyes? They're gone. I get through a touche eclat a month covering those puppies up.

I wonder if you can buy it on Oz? If not I will have to buy two years' supply before we go. How many pots would that be exactly???

Jodie... thanks

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 12:53:17

Yes, tried it in John Lewis the other week - would NOT spend £30 on it!

hester Wed 28-Sep-11 13:04:37

I've just ordered it...

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 13:11:08

I reckon a pot every 5 months, wearing it every day......

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 13:11:28

hester welcome to the club grin

Seymore you will be pleased to know that Myer stock BE. Well, the one in Perth does.

meltedchocolate Wed 28-Sep-11 13:19:54

Ok so I have it on. To be honest I would need paint to cover my spider veins that COVER my face but I am delighted with what it has done!! I look like any other 21 year old grin Normally the veins either make me look like a spotty teen or a much older stressed and worn out woman than I actually am. The test for me will be how well it lasts. After a bit of dancing with my DS will report back!

And no you don't really look like you're wearing anything. It's odd but fabulous grin

SeymoreButts Wed 28-Sep-11 13:33:11

Woohoo! Thanks gregs we'll be in Sydney so hopefully I will find it somewhere.

I just need to figure out what I actually need to buy, I'm thinking just the foundation and a blusher? Does anyone have a kabuki brush? Seems pricey...

meltedchocolate Wed 28-Sep-11 13:43:14

It just passed a very unfair test! My shampoo however did not <greasy> nor did my sweat glands guk! BUT my face is not even red! I am not exaggerating! My forhead feels sweaty but my make up is still in tact. I used matte and my face is barely shiny. Normally my face gets very very red when I dance with DS and my veins become more obvious and I am visibly greasy and sweaty. I LOVE this stuff! grin

Also, the packaging from 'lookfantastic was pretty decent compared to most other places. Will deffo be using them again!

You are cheaper buying the starter kit. 2 foundations which you can mix if you need, warmth, mineral veil and concealer along with 3 brushes. Cost £48 but I am not sure of $$ anymore since moving back.

One foundation and a brush would probably cost much the same plus I highly recommend mineral veil!

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 13:52:32

melted you need the Bisque concealor for spider/thread veins - magic stuff - just dab it on and watch them vanish!

meltedchocolate Wed 28-Sep-11 13:56:18

The multitasking concealor in bisque came with it. It made them almost vanish but they are deep purple and wide and right at the top of the skin. Now they are a sort of faded grey/purple and look like they are three layers under if you know what i mean? The little thin red ones have gone though grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 14:23:58

Ooooooooooooooooooooo I got my first ever FLOWERS grin grin

Glad it worked for you Butts. It is MAGICKAL innit....

Hester we shall need a report pliz <licks tip of pencil>

And I still think we should have a set of before and after shots from everyone except me grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 14:24:44

Oh oh oh how did I miss Melted?!


Diclaimer: I am less of a bimbo than this thread makes me sounds hmm

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 14:27:14

Me too blush

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 14:28:10

Before pic - blush

After pic - smile

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 14:32:28
SeymoreButts Wed 28-Sep-11 14:36:29

Ok, it sounds like a kit is best! This place looks cheapest (I love a bargain)....

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 14:37:46

That is unbelievably cheap shock

I'm well jel.

SeymoreButts Wed 28-Sep-11 14:42:07

This winter I will mostly be looking REEM!

Actually that website is quite good, I like the "embarrassing" section the most, now I can stock up on femfresh maxi tampons without feeling sheepish.

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 14:42:21

LOL@ well jel grin

It IS cheap though!

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 14:44:02

Erm <whisper> What does REEM mean? I keep hearing people say it and all I can thinking of is rimming!

SeymoreButts Wed 28-Sep-11 14:46:39

Ha ha! Joey Essex from towie says it, I think it means gorgeous darling! I hope so, otherwise I've unwittingly been talking about rimming a lot... blush

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 15:33:20

The OED definition for reem is somewhat a non-starter, being attested as a noun only: “a large, horned, ox-like animal mentioned in ancient Hebrew literature”. However, ream is defined as “Originally: genuine. Now: excellent; of good quality”. (Marked as ‘slang’ and ‘rare’). The etymology is shakey, though, with a possible connection being with the now obsolete adjective rum meaning “good, high quality, excellent; extra ordinary, great”

So, unsurprisingly, reem is not a new word conjured up by the walnut-whip-like-hair-covered mind of Joey Essex. Although part-time prescriptivist trolls have been quick to comment on groups with things like “its [sic] REAM not REEM”, die-hard Essex disciples won’t care; reem is how Joey spells it himself on his Twitter.

I googled grin It means 'rare' and 'excellent quality' in Hebrew literature.

TracyK Wed 28-Sep-11 15:42:30

I've bought from lily lolo before - they send you samples of a couple of colours for you try.
Chemist Diret - packaging is dreadful. I got stuff before - packet burst open in transit and I lost a shampoo from it.

rusmum Wed 28-Sep-11 15:49:05

i bought it and cant take to it. It comes off so quickly. Back to estee lauder dw for me within 2 weeks of buying be

Pinot Wed 28-Sep-11 19:56:47

Oh god, I'm such a sheep.

I bought it.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 20:01:52

pinot grin grin

Have you ordered it online or are you holding the holy grail in your hand rightthisminute?

And when can we expect a full report? <bounces with excitement>

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 20:03:01

Baahhhhhhhhh!! wink

QuinnFabray Wed 28-Sep-11 20:06:32

I bought some too, it was despatched today. Despite your enthusiam, I am fully prepared for it to turn into an oil slick on my face, like 99% of all foundations I've ever tried, including Lily Lolo. I will report back . . .

meltedchocolate Wed 28-Sep-11 20:22:36

I'm so pretty, oh so pretty....

It lasts very well! Dead chuffed grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 20:24:30

Oh I'm so glad Melted grin

I know it sounds shallow, but I am quite fat, you see, and have always had a nice face, and when even my face looked foul I got so depressed, because I had nothing going for me <sniff> and honestly, I feel so much more confident now....

Have just tested it and it covered the acne scars on my face!! WTF I have spent so much money on foundations in the last year to cover the fuckers and something that has been gathering dust in my bag for 6 months did the trick!!

Finally at the age of nearly 21 30 I have nice skin.

<weeps with gratitude at Jodie who will forever be my favourite MNetter>

The real test will be a full day at work tomorrow in this stupid heat but I have high hopes!

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 20:33:45


Seriously, I just can't believe it. When Counter Lady told me it'd cover the centimeter wide spot scar on my jaw I laughed in her face. In her FACE I tell you!

I've now done 3 'full day at work' tests and it stood up magnificently. Be sure to report back 2moz <rubs hands with glee>

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 20:35:42

HOORAY! Good innit! grin

Jux Wed 28-Sep-11 20:40:59

I did it!!!! Went in this afternoon, with much trepidation and embarrassment, especially since I had to clean off the muck I'd already got on.

I'm not sure how pretty I am, but my skin feels nice and dd said I looked much fresher. I did like the stuff and found putting it on quite easy (wait 'til the morning when I don't have my mentor standing there cheering me on!). I'll get it all wrong, I'm sure grin. Still I have loads of time tomorrow morning so that's OK. I'm medium, btw.

She put 4 stripes of different colours and asked me which one I thought was best. TBH, I've had to put so much crap on my face over the years - and all of them the wrong colour - that I really didn't know blush. She told me, and she was right. It's soooooo much better. I got a starter kit, blusher and a buxom lip gloss. I feel new and shiny, instead of like an old toy stuffed in the back of a cupboard collecting dust. grin

Thank you everyone!

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 20:42:56

Aaaah another cult member - this thread is making me SO MUCH HAPPIER than it should grin

Have fun tomorrow bux - I do think the first time of fully doing The Face is quite fun. What's that, MNHQ? You're introducing a 'Get a fucking life' emoticon? blush

valiumredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 20:45:02

At the beginning it can seem a bit of a faff but you get really quick at applying it.

Jux Wed 28-Sep-11 21:02:59

Yes, I went a bit mad with my credit card grin. I am really looking forward to tomorrow (get a fucking life Jux)

Iloveshoes001 Wed 28-Sep-11 21:14:19

I love it too. Bought my starter kit a couple of years ago and now have all sorts of pots (i'm adicted to new colours). Never looked so good. Miraculous stuff.

Right JodieSwirlTapBuff - I have been suckered in ordered. Am a died in the wool lover of Chanel Pro Lumiere. which doesn't do the cover up anymore. We shall see if it can turn me into a dewy-faced youngster. <hopeful>

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 21:29:40

Welcome to our cult world, Singing grin

I do hope everyone's going to be posting updates <also needs to get a fucking life>

Jaquelinehyde Wed 28-Sep-11 21:33:08

Right ladies, my Dior make up is just about to run out (currently scraping the stuff out)

I have hideous skin, actually my skin is worse now than it ever was when I was a teenager and it wasn't good when I was a teenager.

I get bright red spots, blotchy skin tone, greasy areas, sometimes dry flaky areas (particulalrly after an outbreak) and I am scarred from picking too much.

So will this stuff turn me from beast to beauty?

I am so, so tempted I saw it on QVC the other day with full demos and it looked amazing but then the models were gorgeous with flawless skin with no make up on so I didn't buy it.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 21:41:59

Jaq get thyself to an orange lady at a BE counter. Honestly, I REFUSED to believe it would do anything for me - my skin is sensitive and red and spotty and scarred and shiny - and couldn't believe my eyes.

I'm hoping (too early to tell) that it will help with all my skin ishoos. Looking back possibly slathering on pots of heavy-duty greasy artificial gunk wasn't the best plan hmm

I do have one question though, how do I use the warmth without looking like an Oompa Loompa?

Must dig out my lip gloss too, go the full face tomorrow grin

doglover Wed 28-Sep-11 21:47:03

I really shouldn't be reading this thread!! Am sorely tempted to venture to my nearest BE stockist ..........................!!

NatureAbhorsAHoover Wed 28-Sep-11 21:57:29

Please Jodie can you be a swirltapbuffbuddy if you use the laura mercier mineral powder?

It's probably pretty much the same as BE. I love it so much smile

Iloveshoes001 Wed 28-Sep-11 21:57:50

grin the warmth is a bit strong.. take a a bit of getting used to. You really only need a tiny amount, swirl the crush in it and then really knock as much off as possible. Then brush it wherever suits. Good luck.

Iloveshoes001 Wed 28-Sep-11 21:58:16

make that brush (bloody acrylics ruin my typing)

Warmth = tap the teeniest, tiniest bit into the lid (am talking a mere crumb) the swirl the brush around the lid. Quick sweep in a 3 shape on one side then the other. Repeat if needed but almost certainly won't be.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 22:00:34

dog come come, don't you want to be beautiful?! grin

NAture you may stay <magnanimous>. Owing to your username...

Warmth - well, I don't bother with it. I am not sure why. Partly because it's a bit scary and partly because...well....i just felt it was a step too far or something. You know. A bit like men having spray-tan templates to give themselves a six pack grin

anyway I LIKE resembling death warmed up an English rose.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Wed 28-Sep-11 22:02:01

Does anyone know how I can stop my blusher from all coming out into the lid??? It don't seem to be able to close the holes, and I'm worried I'll take the lid off one day and lose all the precious precious mineral beauty-making powder of goodness....

Iloveshoes001 Wed 28-Sep-11 22:13:25

If you buy the individual products they come with a rotating top which closes the holes. For the starter stuff I'm afriad the only advice is "be careful" smile

DollyTwat Wed 28-Sep-11 22:23:02

Can't believe I've ordered some as well!

I will report back as I don't wear make up normally, so it had better be good!

meltedchocolate Wed 28-Sep-11 22:45:25

It will be wonderful Dolly just watch a tutorial and dont use too much. Remember swirlswirlswirltaptaptaptaptapbuffbuffbuffbuffbuffbuff smile Hey presto!

Jodie just leave it at home on a flat surface. I doesn't really need topping up does it? So no need to take it around and risk losing it.

Right best be off to bed. Remember what Miss Tara Bank tells us 'The best thing you can have in your make up bag except BE is a good nights sleep and the make up artist she has on hand'

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 07:05:04


This morning I am going to attempt A SLIGHTLY SMOKY EYE

What's that you say? Madness, Jodie! What on a hot sunny day? For WORK? What fresh hell is this?!


I am testing the longevity of the eyeliner....

We will need a report back Dolly <stern>

And yeah you're right Melted - I'd popped it in my handbag to pep up my blusher after work and before another event, but there was no need. I don't keep it in a makeup bag anymore, but in the flat box it came in....

VivaLeBeaver Thu 29-Sep-11 07:25:16

Do you need one of their brushes or will a normal foundation brush be ok?

foundation brush I dont think will work as it is too flat

MrsDistinctlyMintyMonetarism Thu 29-Sep-11 07:35:35


<feels self being pulled towards thread about BE in black holey no-escape towering inferno type manner>

I am going to have to find an orange lady. On Monday when dc are back at school.

<nods in determined slightly brainwashed cult manner> grin 

Notveryyummymummy Thu 29-Sep-11 07:40:06

Hi Ladies
I've been reading this thread with very keen interest (laughing along the way, some of you are so funny!!)
So anyway I was looking into buying some of this stuff due to you all raving about it and I found a website that seems to sell it cheap as chips!! You may all know about it and I'm probably telling you something you know lol (I'm always 10 years behind!)
Don't know if it's any good to you ladies!! I found a starter pack for £15 that I'm gunna buy to try this "miracle" out lol

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 07:41:51

I ended up sellotaping all the holes up jodie and leaving one hole half sellotaped ifkwim?

The new ones come with lockable sifter lids SO much better!

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 07:46:00

Have you tried 'foiling' yet?....................

cyb Thu 29-Sep-11 08:02:31

In order of the warmer weather I've mixed WARMTH with my fairly lighht

Me likey


want some of their blusher now.

My Bourgeous just isnt cutting the mustard

cyb Thu 29-Sep-11 08:03:09

And something VERY strange has happened to my keyboard judging by my last post

Byeckerslike Thu 29-Sep-11 08:08:24

I should not read threads like this, first it was the scarf, now it's this, you lot are bullies, BULLIES i tell you! 

<reaches for purse> 

I am a bit of a foundation junkie, like it to be absolutely untraceable, so everyone believes i am some sort of wonderous beauty hmm
i have half a pot of No7 mineral foundation, does anyone know that compares, just until i can lay my grubby mitts on some BE
also is Bare Minerals the same thing? 

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 08:09:28

Right. It is all Aitch's fault for telling me about this thread. I feel that I am not a real MNetter if I don't get suckered into buying shite have this stuff.

I cannot go to an orange lady cause I live in CH and there are no orange ladies here. Well, there are, but none that sell this stuff. 

Would I be best to try a starter pack first to make sure I get the right colours? Or do I just go for the light one?

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 08:15:42

So I could go for this where I get the full pack for £36 

or this starter kit for £15 

The tester gives me the option of trying the matt one.

Do I need all of that stuff, or what? 

Would the starter kit do me until I get to Scotland in December?

Pinot Thu 29-Sep-11 08:18:32

oooOOOooo I ordered it online and I've had the despatch email already so hoping it'll be in my postie's hand asap. I ordered from Lilylolo as they do sample pots for £1.29 and I'm not sure of my colour (pake, freckly, goldie-gingery hair).

I'm a bit giddy at the thought of taptapswitlswirlbuffbuffbuffing grin grin
Are there any youtube vids anyone can recommend so I don't end up with powdery shite like cod said? Ta

VivaLeBeaver Thu 29-Sep-11 08:34:15

I'm really confused. Has it got to be Bare Escentuals or is Bare Minerals as good?

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 08:36:00

byeckerslike pull yourself together woman, No7?!?! <aghast> (does not acknowledge has often bought Boots 17 grin ) Go find an orange lady and get your hands on the good shit. Entire empires were built on the beauty of women. Consider BE the equivalent of Cleopatra bathing in asses' milk before bonking Mark Anthony. Or something. Mme Lindor the starter set should deffo last until December - you use tiny amounts, like it's practically invisible on the brush. And I'd say you deffo need the lovely brushes taht come with the starter set - the application is so essential to it working that if you use the wrong brush disappointment looms. In other news, by GOD I'm GAWJUS grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 08:36:15

viva they are one and the same....

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 08:37:04

pinot there might be some official BE ones on youtube cos the starter set comes with a DVD so I reckon they might have uploaded at least some. By the way is anyone else finding that their return key isn't working confused

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 08:41:01

Ok, will go with the starter set and try it out --damn you-- 

Bit concerned that the woman on the qvc video was very very shiny. I don't want shiny.

Bet they don't deliver to CH anyway. 

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 08:42:56

oooh, lookfantastic offer FREE INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY 

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 08:43:05

Byeck I really like the NO 7 mineral BUT BE lasts longer and covers better. I can only wear No 7 when I have a tan as even the lightest colour is a tad orange.

BE and Bare Minerals are the same thing!

hester Thu 29-Sep-11 08:44:03

I'm SO excited; can't wait for it to arrive...

In the meantime, run that by me again? You dip in a kabuki brush, tap off the excess, then swirl it on your face? What is the difference between swirling and buffing? confused

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 08:47:28

Ok, have ordered. 


Can we have a <sheep> emoticon for threads like this?

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 08:48:11

Hester it goes:
Tap tiny TINY bit into lid; swirl brush into powder; tap ALL EXCESS powder back into the lid (there must be none visible on the brush) then buff buff buff buff buff onto your face. And then sit and gaze, like Narcissus, at the beauty before you.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 08:48:44

Hurrah for bargainous delivery mme! <wanders off bleating and absent-mindedly chewing dandelions>

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 08:55:36

jodie have you tried 'foiling' yet with shadow/liner?

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 08:56:38

If you buy the brushes separately they are REALLY expensive - much better to get the starter kit.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 09:00:50

Foiling? FOILING? What is this new delight? Spill?!

And seriously, I swear I am not making this shit up - every single day since I have worn this stuff at least one person - and often 2 or 3 - has said how fab I look. Someone just stopped me in the corridor at work and said "Wow you look well - actually yeah you look really really well!"

Jux Thu 29-Sep-11 09:02:32

Oooh, what's foiling?

I am about to start my first solo mission, but need to watch the video first.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 09:03:47

Ooooo Jux the gods go with you - report back!!!

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 09:06:35

foiling - when you use any mineral shadow WET! You dip your brush into water , or put a bit of water in a saucer/the lid and add a tiny amount of shadow. Then you can use it as a liner OR it creates a different eyeshadow look.

Orange lady did on me - works well!

CristinadellaPizza Thu 29-Sep-11 09:10:06

Baaaah grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 09:12:33

Cristina....what have you done?! grin

Oooooooo I am so totes trying some foiling. I have some Parties and Events coming up where a lined eye would be just the very ever so thing.....

CristinadellaPizza Thu 29-Sep-11 09:16:00

Just ordered the starter set from LookFantastic grin I'm broke so was reading through the thread sadly but then came across the cheapo bargain deal and had to do it. Would be rude to leave it there at that price!

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 09:18:22

Nice work. And yes I think after all the trouble we kind ladies have gone to to brainwash advise you, you had to get some really....

meltedchocolate Thu 29-Sep-11 09:26:39

Haha all the new recruits in one night. brilliant grin lookfantastic is a brilliant place. 

I have ordered a tiiiiiiny pot of warmth to try it out. It only comes in one ccolour i notice? I am quite pale sso will have tto use iit sparingly. got it from ebay. a woman tthat also sent me one of ttheir bbrushes in record time! got a concealor brush for 5 qquid inc p aand p! Will havhave to ffind the shop name aand put it here. not susure why my phone is ddoubling letters bbut cant be bothered to fix it sorry!

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 09:29:54

Do I need the Primer and Warmth doodah then?

meltedchocolate Thu 29-Sep-11 09:34:50

I hhave never used primer and dont understand what it is for. i just moisturise. i am just testing warmth but dont think it is needed.

CristinadellaPizza Thu 29-Sep-11 09:37:21

Ooh I love my primer - it takes off shine and fills in pores and lines. That was something that made a friend ask why I looked younger so I shall be unrecognisable with this malarkey.

I normally only wear tinted moisturiser so am slightly worried I will look too made up

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 09:37:40

I use the primer. I think I have invested the entire routine with a sort of magic ritual quality and am afraid to deviate from it, in case my sudden beauty vanishes in a puff of desperation and Mineral Veil grin

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 09:39:39

Ok, will go for the primer as well.

Do you use blusher then, or is that the Warmth stuff?

Snapespeare Thu 29-Sep-11 09:40:48

am seriously considering not going to gym/yoga class at lunchtime and heading over to Johnny LouLous to be beautified (& 10% off today!)

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 09:43:19

I liked the primer but only re ordered once - can't really see it's made that much difference without it tbh.

GO EASY ON THE WARMTH - it's not really a blusher, more of a face shaping product iykwim!

Do a number 3 at the sides of your face - starting above your eyebrow, round to your cheekbone, out again and finish up under your chin. Personally I don't use it, it always feels grubby on me.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 09:44:07

Mme I use the blusher and not the Warmth, because I favour the rosy look and not the sculpted bronze look. I have very blue eyes, very pale skin and fair hair, and I want makeup to make my face the bset my face can be, not turn it into someone else's IYSWIM....

DO IT SNAPES and report back!

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 09:45:38

This is SO exciting! grin

<<am very aware I need to get a life! blush>>

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 09:47:07

Valium if you only knew what I should be doing instead of practising swirltaptaptapbuffbuffbuffbuffbuffBEAUTIFULBEAUTIFUL grin blush

Dillydollydaydream Thu 29-Sep-11 09:50:02

Ooh ordered my started kit from Feelunique?
House of Fraser have the kits reduced but not in light unfortunately, was gutted!

Has anyone used the cheek, lip and eye kit and is it any good? Was thinking of ordering that too.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 09:53:06

YES I HAVE THE CHEEL LIP AND EYE KIT and it is amazing too. I have never been able to do proper shaded eye makeup, and never really bother anyway because it all just slides off and ends up udner my eyes making me look like I died the night before. Not this stuff, mateys! Oh, to think of all the moeny wasted on shitty old Benefit...

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 09:55:28

Oh Benefit is utter crap!! The last concealor I bough which was meant to be heavy duty lasted all of 20 minutes!

Dillydollydaydream Thu 29-Sep-11 09:56:25

Oooh. Sounds good! Might just have to get me one of those too.

meltedchocolate Thu 29-Sep-11 09:59:32

We all do valium grin may invest in eye stuff later but to be honest I prefer the sculpted look. I have proper cheekbones and jaw line so think it looks better on me than lots of eye makeup. Normally I would put a tiny bit of eyeliner on and a small amount of mascara. Now with my perfect skin I expect a model scout will grab me any day grin deluded

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 10:01:04

<<envies proper cheek bones!>> envy

OhThisIsJustGrape Thu 29-Sep-11 10:10:48

I ordered mine from Lookfantastic and hoping it will be here today! I need a hefty miracle when it comes to making my skin look beauuuutiful but I have high expectations of BE - it's not going to let me down is it?

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 10:10:51

Oh god, I am actually considering heading into town with my toddler in tow to get a look of this stuff blush Jodie you are evil grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 10:11:47

valium I had this gunk-in-a-pot called Erase Paste, which went on like cement, so it covered the spot but in a great white lump of gook. I might as well have painted on flourescent arrows painting to every bloomin' zit hmm

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 10:12:14


cleoismycat Thu 29-Sep-11 10:12:47

totally sucked in and have ordered a starter kit for £17!

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 10:13:04

Why can I post on this thread, but not on the care bear table cloth one?

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 10:13:35

MissInga look into my perfectlymadeupeyes, look into my perfectlymadeupeyes: don't look around myperfectlymadeupeyes.... <cackle> grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 10:14:24

hurrah for Cleo! Don't forget the terms of the cult demand blow-by-blow acounts of the first application...talking of, where is jux????

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 10:25:50

Right, I am heading into town in search of an Orange Lady to make me look beeeeeaaaauuuutifuuuuuul. Will report back later smile

eleda Thu 29-Sep-11 10:31:10

How sad am I, I did a little cheer when I read Aitch's MumsSwearBy email and saw Bare Escentuals on it! yay! I love this stuff!! I have rather alot of it as my MIL has cottened on to the fact I love it and she is a QVC fan! Result!
Warmth - every day use (3 and E with the brush) - makes you look rosy and healthy like you've done the dog walk that morning.
Blusher Colour - just cheeks - i use for evening or occasion like a wedding rather than the all over healthy look opf warmth.
Oh and the primer makes your skin soooooooo smooth as a base.
Don't use too much powder though or you look pocked!

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 10:32:39


JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 10:33:46


valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 10:40:44

If you DO end up looking 'pocked' the orange lady showed me how to use a tiny amount of primer on the concealor brush and the big pores disappear!

AitchTwoOh Thu 29-Sep-11 10:43:24

why indeed, jodie, why indeed?!

cheers, eleda. grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 10:47:46

<sings> Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, sitting in the garden eating wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorms.... grin

Jux Thu 29-Sep-11 11:39:19

Ah yes, sorry, was distracted by a Heron eating the fish from the pond; we've never been graced with a Heron Presence before and the pond is wildly overstocked as the fish people are oversexed and have loads of babies...... They probably use BE; that'll be why they spawn so much, just can't leave each other alone.

Anyway. I have swirled and tapped and swirled and tapped and buffed and buffed and I am not quite so gorgeous as I was when the lovely Lisa did it yesterday but am pretty gorge, I can tell you. I am walking down a cat walk to the cheers and tears of thousands, right now! "I love you ALL dahlinks", people are screaming and fainting as my eyes rest on each of them for just a second...... Oh, no, that was day-dream blush

I have two largish brushes, which is for what? I watched the video and by the time I got upstairs I'd forgotten!

It's much much easier than I expected. I thought I'd be all cack handed and end up with half the contents on the floor, but no such thing.

Very therapeutic, all that buffing, rather nice. Next time, though, I think I'll do the concealer first and see what that's like. Also, is there actual concealer powder or is it just the brush which makes it? What is the difference between the medium and the medium beige? Can't remember anything, me. [sad shaking of head, there is no hope?]

I only have a little sachet of primer and I like it lots, so will order some on line; but I am considering the eye kits now, as I don't usually bother with eyes but it might just be worth it, and as I'm getting primer anyway....... grin

Byeckerslike Thu 29-Sep-11 12:01:44

grin <pulls myself together after it taking me 3 hours to catch up about 45 mins of this thread> it moves so fast!
God im so tempted, but im waitinh in for a massive clothes delievry at the moment, winter clothes fgs! Piss off sunshine grrr
I know i will cave and get some, i always do <retaliers dream>

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 12:01:48

thete was no orange lady just an impossibly slim young man. OMG I look amazing :-)

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 12:02:37

thete was no orange lady just an impossibly slim young man. OMG I look amazing :-)

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 12:02:59

thete was no orange lady just an impossibly slim young man. OMG I look amazing :-)

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 12:07:09


LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 12:08:50

God, we are a marketing company's dream.

so the primer was good? Good that I ordered it then.

CristinadellaPizza Thu 29-Sep-11 12:10:24

Yes it is indeed MmeLindor. I hadn't even looked at this thread until I got that sodding email (that everyone except Jodie got wink)

Still, I'm sure she'll be pleased that we read it grin

Dillydollydaydream Thu 29-Sep-11 12:19:49

Ooh I didn't order any primer. Should I see how it goes first?
Can't you tell I've just been paid, money's burning a hole In my pocket!
Going shopping tomorrow so will probably come home with armfuls of make up goodies and new winter boots - all thanks to S&B smile

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 12:22:41


valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 12:25:28

brushes - big one is for heavy coverage and other one is for a more natural look.

Chandon Thu 29-Sep-11 12:26:32

Aargh, why did it not work for me?

The "primer" is just silicone, right?

And the powder is powdery.

And in daylight I looked weird and glittery.


valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 12:27:37

What emails? confused

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 12:28:51

chandon you need the matt version if you don't like the glittery dewy look!

Jux Thu 29-Sep-11 12:29:01

Yup, I lurve the primer. It makes your face all smooth and soft.

Jodie, somewhere or other on this site there are boxes you tick for the type of mail they send you. Probably under My Mumsnet, Registration Details or somesuch. Just tick the box for MumsnetSwearsBy and then you'll get it.

Ah, valium, thank you.

Am umming about eyes now. Shall I? Shan't I?

Know what I'm getting my friend for Xmas though grin

Jux Thu 29-Sep-11 12:31:19

Jodie, I've just looked. Go to my mumsnet at the top of the page and log in. Then a couple of lines down you've got links, one of which is e-mail options.

CristinadellaPizza Thu 29-Sep-11 12:47:53

I've just had an email offering between £3 and £25 off orders from LookFantastic (min spend £25) so if anyone hasn't placed their orders yet, I will bung up the codes smile

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 12:58:45

Yes please Christina, I am sold but payday is tomorrow ;)

CristinadellaPizza Thu 29-Sep-11 13:01:31

Will copy them out when I get back from collecting DS smile

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 13:03:17

mwah mwah grin I would never normally airkiss but I am feeling all fabulous and it feels somehow appropriate blush

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 13:10:09

grin grin

I feel like I have spread joy and happiness and BEEEEEEE-YEW-TEEEEEE across the nation <proud>

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 13:15:10

The sneaky (but lovely) young man did half my face and then showed me. I was practically begging on my knees for him to do the other half

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 13:26:19


That's what Orange Lady did to me. I was like NO WAY and she was all like TOTES


MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 13:31:07


kerstina Thu 29-Sep-11 13:31:26

Am a bit tempted by this but I like dewy and glittery so don't want matt do I ask for ordinary ?

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 13:35:25

Yeah, you want the ornery stuff, kerstina. It's lovely - not sparklysparkly but sort of...dunno....luminous, like.

CristinadellaPizza Thu 29-Sep-11 13:41:27

Right codes are PRIV25 for orders over £25 (£3 off)
PRIV40 for over £40 (£5 off)
PRIV60 for over £60 (£8 off)
PRIV80 for over £80 (£12 off)

Sorry, I got a bit over excited and made a mistake about the £25 off blush

fannybanjo Thu 29-Sep-11 13:47:08

I started a thread not long ago about BE - can't believe this one has so many posts!

Ladies, I went for the Avon one but as nice as it is, I am dying to try the BE - I am fair skinned but undecided whether to go for the Light or Fairly Light. If anyone who is fair skinned and uses BE would mind, would you look on my profile at a photo of me and see what shade I would be. Don't tell me to go to BE counter as I never have time! wink

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 13:49:32

Fanny your colouring is almost identical to mine, you lucky lucky thing grin

You're going to need the 'fairly light' I reckon, but if you get the starter set in light, it comes with 'light' and 'fairly light' so you can try both....

And I recommend the light eyes lips and cheeks too - perfect for your/our colouring, with gentle shading for eyes and lovely rosy blush.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 13:50:26 know, I worked in a perfume shop when I was at university the first two times, and my bosses at both places said I could sell snow to an eskimo - I wonder if I should open a used car salesroom!? <ponders>

kerstina Thu 29-Sep-11 13:53:43

Thanks for answering my question and yes was starting to wonder if you were being paid by BE and if not you should be grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 13:55:40

Tragically not - but yes I bloody should. I demand a lifetime supply of Mineral Veil grin

fannybanjo Thu 29-Sep-11 14:08:21

Thanks Jodie - you should have purchased shares in BE before this thread! You'd be sitting on a mineral gold mine! wink

So should I order the starter kit in light then? Anyone tell me cheapest place to order from? Then swirl buff swirl buff 'til I am a goddess? grin

brighthair Thu 29-Sep-11 14:23:53

You're all evil, this thread has made me dig out my BE kit grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 14:27:08

Why hello there bright you're looking ever so well this afternoon, I must say....

fanny I think someone mentioned a website upthread that is supacheap, but my boss is giving me the 'you are so totally online' look, so I can't search ...

Dillydollydaydream Thu 29-Sep-11 14:29:16

Thanks for the codes. Was going to buy the cheeks, lips & eyes kit but can only see medium and deep ones. Ah poo

Dillydollydaydream Thu 29-Sep-11 14:31:10


Lookfantastic to a small starter kit for £15
or you can get a bigger one for £40 ish.
House of Fraser has got money off the £40 one but depends on your colouring. There were no light ones when I looked

brighthair Thu 29-Sep-11 14:34:23


brighthair Thu 29-Sep-11 14:35:08

Stupid phone!! I have fairly light, bisque concealer and mineral veil grin

Jux Thu 29-Sep-11 14:44:12

I've found the primer on Amazon for about £15 for 30ml.

Snapespeare Thu 29-Sep-11 14:46:52

right - off to lou lous. is BE 'better' than chanel vitaluminere? I rely heavily on that thanks to mumsnet but i treat it like gold dust as hideously expensive...

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 14:48:24

It's heaps less sparkly-warkly snape, and lasts longer. IME. But my access to Lumiere is heavily restructed by the fact my sister lives in Birmingham grin

meltedchocolate Thu 29-Sep-11 14:56:45

Hello beautiful ladies smile Had mine on for four hours now, done crap loads of cleaning and still looking good wink I swear I got my tester kit for 12, not 15 quid from lookfantasic. Also 'cadigg' was the seller I bought the other bits and bobs from on ebay.

Ms SwirlTapBuff, tell me, do you actually do any work?! grin

meltedchocolate Thu 29-Sep-11 15:00:18

Also, when I was looking for this thread I was all like

oh wait, there it is at the top, hiding, ha <rolls eyes>

GetOrfMo1Land Thu 29-Sep-11 15:14:05


I am going into House of Fraser tomorrow, I was just looking on the website and they have a special 2 day event today and tomorrow and BE is reduced from £45 to £27 for the starter kit.

So if anyone is looking to get it (and try it out as oppoosed to buying online) House of Fraser is the way to go.

So if there is a queue of women waiting to try the Bare Escentuals stuff in cavendish House in Cheltenham tomorrow afternoon, I will guess it is one of you lot grin

GetOrfMo1Land Thu 29-Sep-11 15:14:55

Sorry I was so excited I didn't see that someone else has referred to the house of fraser special offer.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 15:19:04

Dear Lord that's a bargain ... I would say I'd buy some as gifts for friends but no bloody way am I making their complexions as nice as mine <evil>

Melted I have to confess I might not have done quite as much work as I could have done but what can I tell ya, I think fast, I type fast, and I have cheeks like a baby's bum.

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 15:57:38

I like the AVON one - I acually <<^whispers^^>> prefer the formula to BE - although I will always be loyal to BE as it was my first wink

valiumredhead Thu 29-Sep-11 15:58:09

Oh dear -none of that worked but you get my drift! grin

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 16:28:59

27 quid is only for tan or dark kits not light or medium sad

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 16:30:41

27 quid is only for tan or dark kits not light or medium sad

Dillydollydaydream Thu 29-Sep-11 16:45:53

I know I was disappointed.
Maybe they have them instore? I couldnt even find a light kit on HOF website full price

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 17:14:30

it was HOF I went to today. 10% off so 43 instead of 48

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 17:25:02

it was HOF I went to today. 10% off so 43 instead of 48

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 17:25:49

sodding new phone

connyrabbit Thu 29-Sep-11 17:33:21

Ok so am really interested and I am now on the qvc website.
But there's so much Bare Essentuals stuff there, help!!!
Do I really need a starter kit? That's an awful lot of stuff which I know I won't use. Is there one power/veil/whatever it's called that I can use?
I have a pale complexion with lots of imperfections. what do I need to choose?
Please help!!!

Snapespeare Thu 29-Sep-11 17:50:15

it. is. incredible!

could only find it in selfrides oxford street, so had to pay full price. it is worth every penny. i glow. subtly. this means i can smoke lots and drink gin and my skin will still look fab.

i love you jodie.

fannybanjo Thu 29-Sep-11 18:18:07

I've ordered the fairly light starter kit. Can't wait! <damn being impatient bitch> I want it now!!!

DollyTwat Thu 29-Sep-11 18:45:32

There's going to be trouble if I end up looking like a glittery powdery old lady <narrows eyes>

conny, honestly you would be better with a starter kit and then adding to it when you are happy.

You will need

Foundation, bisque (for concealing), mineral veil. Warmth is optional but comes as part of the kit. I like it and for me it does make a difference.

You also get 3 brushes in the kit too so everthing you need to get started.

feelunique as far as I can see has the cheapest stuff individually. QVC for kits and TSVs and trying anything you are not sure about due to 30 day MBG

flippityflop Thu 29-Sep-11 18:58:54

Love love love this stuff. Have been using it since 2007 when I read about it in a magazine and was on holiday in America.

I buy my foundation from here:

Slightly cheaper than QVC and cheaper than in the shops, although only bought the foundation not anything else. The foundation lasts me around 3 months, the rest seems to last forever.

The FB page for BE has confirmed that there are several shows over the weekend on QVC if anyone new to the stuff wants to watch. There are new products coming too and new kits.

Toffeefudgecake Thu 29-Sep-11 19:26:47

Today I received the bareMinerals Try.Believe.Love 6-piece starter kit from (£12, I think). I have tried mineral foundation before and haven't been impressed, but I have to say that this seems pretty good so far. I still look natural, just without the usual blemishes. Am going out to the pub tonight, so have put the matt powder on, with the veil and bisque concealer (which is magical - it's like rubbing out imperfections. It even covers up the irritating splodge of brown pigment that appeared on my face during my second pregnancy).

Now I'm wondering if I should splash out on blusher too - but if so, which one? The 'warmth' sounds a bit strong.

Checking in with day 1 of operation BE. 4 hrs in a car, a 3 hr VAT training course yawn and it's looking pretty good, I was a bit short on time this morning so didn't spend quite as long as I should have done on it but will do it properly tomorrow.

I can't find my brush though so was using my Elizabeth Arden kabuki. How vital is the brush will it help make me look 21 again??

hester Thu 29-Sep-11 19:43:10

My kit arrived today! Will report back tomorrow...

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 20:13:57

hurrah snape i'm so glad smile

And hurrah everyone

I don't care what anyone says - I'm as feminist as the next wo/man and a total bluestocking, but I cannot face life with an ugly mug, and BE has restored my mojo SO THERE

Madam I reckon as long as the brush is maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasive and soft then you'll be fine....

hester am poised....

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 20:28:08

I am with you. If this is shit, then I will be soooooo disappointed

Pinot Thu 29-Sep-11 20:32:50




Jodie I love you in all sorts of ways now grin grin

I have my testers and I've swirled, tapped and buffed using my fave Body Shop blusher brush - I look years younger and smoother and fresher and SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

So I ordered a full set from Bare Minerals <flexes credit card>

duende Thu 29-Sep-11 20:59:46

you lot are a gang of witches, you really are. since this thread reached 100 posts I just knew I woud give in and buy the stuff. tried resisting for 4 days and finally failed miserably today. when my manager asked if I wanted him to fetch me something from town at lunchtime I handed him £50 and sent him off to debenhams...grin

Soooo. I've tried it and it's lovely. easy to apply. DP says it looks much better than normal make up and it looks like I'm not wearing anything but am fresh faced, apparently.

if it wasn't for lack of any self control Mumsnet, I'd be much richer. Sigh.

Mumelie Thu 29-Sep-11 21:00:16

BE is amazing - fact! I have been using it for about 3 years now and my skin has never looked so good. I rarely have the vicious spots I used to. Have now converted to all their products. The mascara is brilliant and love to treat myself to one of their colour kits about twice a year.

JeremyVile Thu 29-Sep-11 21:02:37

JodieJodieJodieJodieJodieJodieJodie <a la annoying, needy 5yo>

Um, hello...have been reading thread though a bit of an interloper as I'm using Laura Mercier BUT I need to know what your orange lady showed you re hiding pores. It's critical, my skin looks fab but get too close and my pores look like they could provide decent accommodation to a family of small rodents.

LynnCSchreiber Thu 29-Sep-11 21:05:31


I can see this thread is going to cost me a good bit more money.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 21:21:43

<adjusts Makeup Prefect badge>


I'm sooooooooooooooo glad pinot, I was in terror people would be crushed with disapointment and may I say how VERY well you look my dear ? grin. I think the weekend heatwave will be a good test....

Jezza, i THINK that it's all about a) primer and b) not bunging on a load at once, but layering up weeeeeny amounts so they don't clogged. For eg., my open pores are on my forehead, so I don't put much there and it just sort of rests over it, you know?? and the primer is amazeballs.

also i think that with the use of mineral makeup the general quality of your skin is s'posed to improve, sort of thing. It is way too early for me to know if this is the truth!

Pinot Thu 29-Sep-11 21:25:54

Well heatwave can come because I'm-a-ready! I cooked up a storm today in a steaming kitchen and it didn't budge. Nearly 2 hrs of cooking!

Epic! This stuff is epic!

JodieSwirlTapBuff Thu 29-Sep-11 21:28:19


Even DH knows all about this stuff. And i don;'t care that I'm too bastard fat to wear summery clothes in the bastard heatwave. No-one's going to be looking below the neck - they'll all be wondering how on earth my lovely dewy even skin is staying so perfick in the heat....


meltedchocolate Thu 29-Sep-11 22:11:25

Love that everyone has got giddy grin
Mine has been on for short of twelve hours and is off enough now that my veins are waving at me. So impressed with how long it had kept them covered. Also no spots after two days with makeup on... That doesn't normally happen smile

peedieworky Thu 29-Sep-11 22:19:34

So... This has got me curious! Am 35 and never worn make up. Got 4 month old DS and now look perma-tired. Not happy! How is this for a novice make-upper with no effing time limited opportunity to carefully apply make-up?

Panic over, after 10 -30- minutes of looking I found the brush. Heatwave do your worst tomorrow.

Snapespeare Thu 29-Sep-11 22:56:23

i like that i don't feel slimy and like my face is sliding off in higher temperatures or after mild exertion. it is * unbelievable* that something that looks so small and inconsequential can provide such magnificence.

For the visible pore thing I apply as normal and then run a slightly damp finger or sponge over the area and it sort of blends it in and gets rid of the problem.

If you fancy using minerals for under eye shadows then well rested here is the same product as bisque but a much better shade for this. Don't have to buy with the brush. The concealer one with the kit is fine.

Just had a look at QVC. For this weekend they have a few things on 4 x payments and there are about 6 or so BE kits. Click on the front page banner about their 18th birthday and they should come up.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 08:04:12

Peedie if you've never worn makeup before then I don't think you'd find it hard to apply because you're not used to any kind of makeup application, IYSWIM. for people used to rubbing in creams, the swirltapbuff is a bit odd, but if you start that way it'll seem natural. And you don't of course need a full face of maquillage to perk you up - just the foundation, a touch of the mineral veil and some mascara, and bam, the equivalent of a month's beauty sleep.

Snape I agree, I can't believe something so paltry as a pot of powder can be so amaze, and make me feel so much better. All my hormone spots have now gone, and I know I'd be pizza-faced until after my period on normal makeup. I am wondering if I might have finally found the solution to my rubbish skin, but I don't want to get my hopes up......

tonight will be another Ultimate Test - I have a HUGELY IMPORTANT MEETING OF IMPORTANTNESS at 5ish then I have to dash home, cook supper, and sit up carousing with disreputable guests until about 4am. Under these circs I would have mega-shiny head at about 9pm tops but NOT THIS TIME ME HEARTIES! grin

Right, so who's due for a delivery/application update this morning then <opens spreadsheet> <licks pencil>

Can someone link me to a tester kit, I've tried finding it on feel unique but can't find one.

My current foundation is making me look a tad tired and grey.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 08:37:27

hmmm, I don't know about a tester kit, I've only seen the starter ones, but I think someone upfred might have bought one.....

Snapespeare Fri 30-Sep-11 08:40:56

re: concealer - the slightly scary woman in selfridges (perfectly pleasant, but full make up under shop lights makes me feel queasy inadequate unsettled.) said just run the concealer brush around the residue in your foundation lid and apply to broken veins, under eye shadows etc. it works just fine. no need for bisque.

I keep looking at myself. i look healthy and not caked in make-up. I feel slightly possesive of my wonder-powder and am not updating my fb to my lady-friends - so it's generous of Jodie to share.

by christ! we all look magnificent!

CristinadellaPizza Fri 30-Sep-11 08:41:37

Tribble - the kit I got for £15 from LookFantastic is sort of a tester kit. It's got original and matte foundation stuff, the bisque concealer and the mineral veil and two brushes.

That's probably the cheapest way to give it a whirl. Or swirl even wink

I hope mine comes today but more likely tomorrow or Monday. Actually it would be better if it came at the weekend or people will wonder what I've been doing this morning if I go to school pick up looking ten years younger grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 08:45:17

I'm not telling anyone in RL, Snapes <evil>

And yes yes - i don't have the concealer, I just tap on a little tiny bit extra with the flat brush, and it covered an absolutely SCARLET spot-scar all day.

Cristine I will be waiting for your update, and, tragically enough, I am not even joking.

MrsDistinctlyMintyMonetarism Fri 30-Sep-11 08:53:11

<wails> Why isn't it Monday yet??

Stupid bloody dc having holidays when I should be shedding years.

Thoughtless. That's what it is. Damn you Queensland education department <shakes fist> sad

meltedchocolate Fri 30-Sep-11 08:53:58

Haha, are any of us 'fessin' to RL people, Snape?! I'm not!

Hoping my WARMTH will arrive today. Meant to add deffinition to cheekbones, jaw lines etc? yes? So I will look like Kate Moss? Obviously.... grin

Good luck with today Jodie, we shall be expecting a full, unbiased report tomorrow smile

Ahh, being seduced by this thread after reading all 16 pages! I thought BE sounded familiar so checked and it is what I was made up in for my wedding day! I loved it and it looked great in the photos, so am now wondering why I did not continue with it!
DH promised me some make up and a lesson in BE as I never wear much make up, and have never got on with foundation as it makes me look ridiculous! Have the dreaded t zone oily bits and then dry cheeks, thanks genetics!

Will have a meander and let you know when if I get more stuff and try it out!

hester Fri 30-Sep-11 10:03:56

OK, it arrived yesterday. I was very excited, watched the DVD, cleaned my make-up off and applied. And thought:

I love it grin. Dewy, natural-looking, easy to apply, feels great on the skin.

But then, this morning, tried again and the results weren't nearly so good. This may be because I put it on in the dark (I leave for work at 6am), but I'm looking a bit orange and congealed across my cheekbones and nose. Nose pores have never been a problem but suddenly looking a bit open. And the bisque concealer is a bit of a disaster: it's so dark! It gave me brown panda eyes which I then had to frantically cover with the foundation powder, but it still looks a bit odd.


Where have I gone wrong? Did I put on too much powder? Not tap enough? Not buff enough? I'm really struck that last night it looked so much better, which makes me think that it may be my technique that is lacking. But is it possible that Light isn't light enough for me?

On the upside, I was very cynical about the Warmth - it looked very dark. But it looks lovely and natural on the face.

Ladies, I need some advice and some encouragement to keep on the yellow brick road...

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 10:11:21

fanks Melted, you can be sure I will, in a level of detail that is in no way completely self-regarding and tedious grin

Sugar ah, you too can recapture the beauty of your wedding-day-youth....COME BACK AND TELL THE CULT US HOW YOU GET ON

Livinginoz Fri 30-Sep-11 10:16:15

Oh Bugger, have been reading this thread all week, and haven't bought it and I'm going home tonight. Do they sell it at Manchester Airport?????

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 10:18:54

Oh noes Hester sad HATE it when you get to work and realise you've got eh dreaded cake-face


The very very first time I put it on on my own, I managed one cheek then rushed to the bathroom to wash it off. I'd done it in very low lighting, and had put too much on, and my cheek looked all clagged. So the next time I did it I put so little on there was practically nowt on the brush and bingo, the dewy covered look. I don't have the bisque, I just use the foundation on a flat brush,

I think the flip side of the face that it gives such remarkable coverage and stays soooooooo long is that it is MEGA strong, so just the inciest bit too much and it's over-strong and cakey, does that make sense?

MissVerinder Fri 30-Sep-11 10:29:08

Well, My kit came on Tuesday so I gave it a whirl yesterday.


I messed it up the first time by putting too much on, so I washed it off and started again with a lot less, resulting in a lovely finish!

It lasted all day, after walking to school and back twice (20 mins each way) in the heat, cooking dinner and getting soaked at bath time!

I'm so pleased with it- I got my starter kit for £12 from look, with free PandP.

CristinadellaPizza Fri 30-Sep-11 10:31:20

I was so excited to see a little package in the post this morning!

But it was not the BE, it was a new sewing machine belt. Still, that is also exciting as I have a pair of pyjamas to make for Iggle Piggle grin

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 10:32:53

face FACT. Obviously. Sorry, am typing whilst sieving gazpache <airy>

Hurrah MissV smile

hester Fri 30-Sep-11 10:35:02

Thanks, Jodie, I will not be disheartened (yet). You and Miss V have convinced me that it is my own heavy-handedness that is at fault. Tomorrow I shall put it on in daylight and see how I get on smile

Can I just ask about all those extra things you can get? I watched the video and got the basics, but then it showed you how to put all these extra powders that are not in the starter kit. It looked like about six layers of powder, all going on one on top of the other. Has anyone tried these? Are they good? Isn't six layers a LOT of powder? confused

Oh, and can I also ask about the colours you get in the starter kit: I have Light and Fairly Light. Presumably Fairly Light is darker than Light? In which case, is there any other use I can put it to since it will be too dark for my face? Or would anybody else like it?

hester Fri 30-Sep-11 10:35:26

Hey, anybody who wants my bisque is welcome to it as well smile

AmazingDisgrace Fri 30-Sep-11 10:40:24

My SIL works for them but I didn't really get on with the foundation when she gave me it to try. This thread has given me a kick to try it again. I had problems with it sitting in my lines and it went cakey around my oil slick of a T-zone. I've got the solution.... I tried it ( a tiny amount) over the top of Garnier BB cream and its perfect! So if anyone else is still finding a few pore issues then try it with the BB cream, you have to let the BB cream settle for a few minutes though after putting it on then swirltapbuff as normal

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 10:43:02

Despite my enthusiasm and behaving like a fully-paid up member of the BE PR team, I would say to hell with all the extra powders - keep your money for baubles and trinkets.

Firstly - fairly light is the lightest (I believe!). That's the one I'm using anyway and I think that's what they said...she told me to use fairly light now, and then if I go away and get a tan (pardon me while I pause to howl with laughter at the very idea) then I could switch to light.

My orange lady said you really only need the foundation and the mineral veil (she pretty much refused to sell me concealer!), and it's all in the application. I don't even use the warmth. I pop on primer, then do perhaps 2 or 3 invisble layers of foundation, cover my spots and red bits with a dab or two of the SAME foundation powder on the flat brush, then a quick dust of mineral veil and done.

If orange lady had said i had to use loads of different things I'd've walked off - I'm lazy terribly busy and important and have no time for all that...

meltedchocolate Fri 30-Sep-11 11:04:53

I cant decide whether to stick with light or get fairly light next time. Problem is my face is a fair bit darker than the rest of my skin so uses light but then I think it makes it look like I am wearing too dark a colour for me. What do we think?

meltedchocolate Fri 30-Sep-11 11:10:01

That made no sense. Basically ther rest of my body never sees any sun so is so much lighter than my face. weven my neck is quite a bit lighter then my face. Without make up that doesnt matter but when I wear makeup (that I match to my face colour) it looks like I have gone too dark for me, do we see what i mean? Should I just get the fairly light and look like a ghost all over?

Hester I'm interested in the bisque, I didn't get it in my kit. PM me please!

I don't know what I did differently this morning but I'm not loving it. My pores looked like craters and instead of looking fresh faced and fancy free I look cakey and weird. I don't think I did anything differently to yesterday apart from use a different moisturiser. Help me oh BE queens??

On a plus side it lasted a 10 minute bike ride to work without budging so very impressed at that. smile

Snapespeare Fri 30-Sep-11 11:33:00

I used benefit pore stuff this morning instead of the included base stuff. still works a treat. smile i think a lot is to do with tap swirl tap buff though. (not criticising your technique, but i can imagine it would be cakey old lady if you could see the powder on the brush)

LaDolcheRyvita Fri 30-Sep-11 11:34:02

Meltedchoc....that's me!

Whenever I've had beauty counter advice, I've ended up with something that frankly, makes me look like I've been "dug up" grin

I'm soooo pale. And if I wanted to look like an extra from "Twilight" I'd just go makeup free. My skins good for my age but I hate that to look like I'm alive, I have to BE someone else, makeup wise. You see, I hate the bloodless look I SHOULD just feels all wrong, even in the depths of winter.

Any advice ladies?

Thanks snapes think I am going to have to spend a bit of time practising tonight with youtube on the ipod stuck in front of me, think I'm not tapping enough!

Snapespeare Fri 30-Sep-11 11:42:15

Have just emailed bare escentuals pointing them at this thread <waves!> and suggesting they send JodieHarsh a bumper gift pack for all the word-of-mouth love she is spreading. wink

valiumredhead Fri 30-Sep-11 12:13:52

Good luck with that, I found their customer service utter crap when I emailed them about something!

CristinadellaPizza Fri 30-Sep-11 12:23:30

I have had a dispatch confirmation from LookFantastic grin grin grin

kazzymac Fri 30-Sep-11 12:36:07

and I too have succumbed!

Toffeefudgecake Fri 30-Sep-11 12:41:09

OK, this stuff survived a night out at the pub, although I was in dim lighting, which is always good. Used it this morning (applied it about 8am) and it looked good at first, but now I'm looking a bit shiny round my nose and chin and I can see pores in both areas. I used a No7 primer as well. Should I use the matt one on those areas instead, maybe? (I used the one that's meant to make you glow).

Also, I used the bisque on my undereye shadows - is that wrong? But I can't fork out for a concealer as well!

I'm still tempted by the blushers, but which one? You all keep talking about 'the warmth' - is that the best one for a natural look?

hester Fri 30-Sep-11 12:55:44

OK, so I'm going to try FairlyLight tomorrow and see if that works better with my super-pale skin. So nobody try to claim it because that offer is retracted!

MadamTwoSwords, however, is going to inherit my bisque...

Snapespeare Fri 30-Sep-11 13:03:51

i went to the gym at lunchtime. it isn't all still on my face, but I am not the sweaty, bright red mess that I would normally expect to be.

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 30-Sep-11 13:05:31

Yippeeee! It's here, my little box of amazing miracleness grin

Have just chiselled off removed my make up that I put on this morning, applied primer and just putting DS down for a nap then I shall begin the SwirlTapBuff-ing!

Will report back later smile

Hester - fairly light is the lightest followed by light.

You need to make sure your moisturiser has completely sunk in before you apply. I put mine on after shower then get dressed, fanny around, dry my hair, fanny around, eat my toast, freak at how late it is due to much fannying around before applying and leaving the house.

I have a warmth and a bisque if anyone is interested. PM me.

I ordered this yesterday

I am also trying the illuminating mineral veil too.

meltedchocolate Fri 30-Sep-11 13:34:43

not sure what people are doing wrong but remember you need to let any primer or moisturiser really sink in first!

Think I will get fairly light. I am cool with the vampire pale look smile

Jux Fri 30-Sep-11 13:35:10

My brushes are shedding sadsadsad anyone else had this problem? Do they just shed for a week and then stop?

Also, should you wash them? How often, with what?

meltedchocolate Fri 30-Sep-11 13:36:49

A tiny couple of bits came out of mine Jux. smile

oh looks some one else beat m to the leaving it till all has sunk in advice grin

I got my warmth. Like what it does but really only need a tiiiny amount huh?

TheReturnoftheSmartArse Fri 30-Sep-11 13:41:10

I cannot possibly read all 18 pages of this thread, but the first 7 persuaded me to take myself off to Selfridges at lunchtime and buy some of this stuff. At least I thought I had ... I've bought Bare Minerals - is that the Wrong Stuff?! shock

Toffeefudgecake Fri 30-Sep-11 13:43:23

BareMinerals is made by Bare Escentuals, so it's the same stuff, TheReturn. I had the same panic when I received my starter kit from

Gregg - I would love to try this famous 'warmth' stuff. I'll pm you.

QuinnFabray Fri 30-Sep-11 13:46:16

Mine's just arrived. I haven't got time to remove my make up now, so am just going to buff some over the top of the remnants of this morning's liquid foundation, which is now a shiny oily mess. Obviously this won't be a true test of BE, but I'm too impatient to wait until tommorrow.

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 30-Sep-11 13:47:02

Well... OMG! It's amazing! I started off with the bisque, applying it to all my acne scars and any redness. Then did a very light layer of the matte, then another (was so wary of putting too much on at once). All the buffing seemed to have lifted the concealer though so went over it all again with the bisque.

Another buffing of matte and then just touched up the scars with the powder but using the concealer brush and voilà! It looks fab!

I have a confession to make... My make up routine of the past 10 years has consisted of lots of concealer everywhere. Layer of the heaviest coverage foundation I could find. Then over again with concealer. Then, this is the part that used to make me die a little inside each morning - because some of my acne scars are so deep, I actually would go over them with the pointed end of a pair of tweezers which I'd put concealer on and 'fill' the holes in my skin blush sad To think that BE has just done all that, only better, makes me want to weep. No more thick gunge clogging my skin!

I haven't put the veil on yet as DS woke up, I had a little disaster actually. I'd laid a towel on the table to catch any powder flying about and when I heard DS stir, I jumped up from the table and caught the towel. This resulted in the whole lot landing on the floor and I'd not replaced the lids so have lost probably a couple of days worth of powder/bisque sad

Still, I'm feeling so happy that I can't get upset about this! Thankyou Jodie, I hope BE do see this thread and reward you smile

hester Fri 30-Sep-11 13:49:57

greggs - I wear a very rich moisturiser, so will allow for a good deal of fannying before applying my miracle powders.

And who would have thought that Fairly Light is lighter than Light? The name implies to me, 'Grudgingly Light' or 'Kind of Halfway Light'.

Thanks hester!

If anyone wants my warmth let me know, I can't get it right and no point it going to waste.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 13:53:49

Oh Snape grin blush

<clears throat> I want nothing more than knowledge I have spread a little joy and happiness except maybe a lifetime supply of miracle dust grin

I'm feeling a bit sick and shaky and drinking red wine before my VERY IMPORTANT MEETING so no time to read it all but just to say, my brush shed a few hairs for a couple of days then all was well.

And I hope everyone's doing all right with it in this heat. My only consolation about struggling to The Meeting in clothes way to warm for this heat is that my face will be perfect perfect I tell you ...

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 13:54:46

Ps I totes agree about the 'fairly light' thing. When we are all Head of Advertising for Bare Minerals we shall address this thorny matter.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 13:55:51

PS Ohthisisgrape - I too am one of those ones FINALLY dispensing with wallpaper paste, and I'm convinced it's going to sort out the whole 'crap skin' ishoo....

Jux Fri 30-Sep-11 13:59:58

Good luck with the meeting Jodie. I do hope BE reward you as you have really done them a massive favour.....

My face was almost perfect yesterday, and today is more than almost perfect and once I've got the technique/routine down pat, it will be perfect for evermore grin

QuinnFabray Fri 30-Sep-11 14:01:59

Okay, quick first impressions from someone who has used a LOT of different foundations in my quest for the perfect one. I'm talking maybe about 50 or more, all different kinds, including Lily Lolo and High Street minerals. Have got very oily skin, with lots of thread veins to cover, open pores etc. Currently using Estee Lauder DW light. Anyhow. . .

I like it, it really does give an amazing airbrushed finish, and can be layered to cover up, without looking cakey. Like the warmth, maybe because I always wear bronzer all over my face anyway. Like the mineral veil. I did as they suggest for oily skin, and use that before and after. Don't think I'm going to need the concealer.

I'm really not keen on the brushes though. There are far nicer, softer brushes out there. I immediately swapped theirs for my Sigma flat top kabuki brush, which is much softer, and more densely packed. I think this applied it much more efficiently and comfortably.

Not keen on the powdery mess, but I guess I was kind of expecting that from previous experience with minerals. I can live with it.

Off to do the school run now to see how it holds out shine wise. I usually get shiney within an hour. Will report back .

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 30-Sep-11 14:05:40

Well just tried to put on some of the veil but it lifted off my 'concealing'. How much difference does using the veil make to keeping shininess away?

Also, I only got the cheapy starter kit with the mini brushes, I'm thinking I need a bigger brush but then it won't fit in the teeny tiny lid confused Will give it a couple of days to make sure I definitely like it then will go all out and order full size pot and brush smile

Good luck in your meeting Jodie - they'll all be staring at your face y'know wink

valiumredhead Fri 30-Sep-11 14:29:32


I had the same problem - both brushes shed hair like mad, even after a few months they were STILL doing it.

I contacted BE head office and explained I was a loyal customer etc etc and they said it was because I wasn't washing the brushes. Errrrrrr yes, I wash them once a week.

So they said they would send me a bottle of brush shampoo as their stuff makes a difference <<rolls eyes>>

Made no difference whatsoever and had to email twice to remind them to send me the shampoo angry

It's just about died down now but this is after a year of using them. The smaller brush I just stopped using completely, the bigger one has finally stopped shedding.

Thing is apart from the shedding they work really well, normal kabuki ones don't seem to do the same job imo.

kerstina Fri 30-Sep-11 14:39:16

Bit annoyed as I ordered light thinking it was the lightest shade am I alone in thinking that would make sense?? Fairly light being not as light as light !!!!

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 30-Sep-11 14:50:59

Fairly light is the lightest shade. I'm olive skinned and played it safe by ordering light (I figured I could add extra colour with the warmth if needed) but actually, I can only just get away with light. It's darker than I expected but at least it is yellow-toned, I've wasted a small fortune over the years on bases that turned out to be pinky-toned.

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 30-Sep-11 14:52:31

Meant to add that their naming makes no sense, light should be lighter than fairly light IMO, but it ain't!

TheReturnoftheSmartArse Fri 30-Sep-11 14:59:08

Thanks, Toffee. Nice girl in Selfridges applied it all for me and I'm going out tonight so we'll see whether or not anyone notices how radiant and young I look. I expect not, given that I still look tired and feel rather sick and headachy today - but they might at least not be able to tell!

ggirl Fri 30-Sep-11 15:22:31

*QuinnFabray *-your skin sounds exactly like mine , doublewear light slid off my face.
Am currently sporting revlon colourstay. Will be interested to hear how yours held up.

QuinnFabray Fri 30-Sep-11 15:31:52

Back from school run. Had the stuff on for an hour an a half now, and holding up pretty well. Looking slightly glowy, but nowhere near the oil slick I would usually be by now, especially in this weather.

True test will be tommorrow, when I apply it first thing, without the the remnants of other crap on my skin. Will also experiment with primers etc.

I wonder how the matt version compares to the normal one?

ggirl Fri 30-Sep-11 15:38:15

does it not sit in your pores ?

QuinnFabray Fri 30-Sep-11 15:41:02

Oh, and a point about the primer. It's just the same ingredients as any other silicone based primer, so if you're using BE because it's more natural and better for your skin, the primer will not fit in with that.

QuinnFabray Fri 30-Sep-11 15:41:53

ggirl, no it really doesn't. Buff buff buff.

ggirl Fri 30-Sep-11 15:46:10

Ok will try the stater kit.
What shade though , am a no3 in estee lauder doublewear light..any idea?

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 15:49:05

Right. Of to Meeting. I look LUFFLY <twirl>. Let us hope it stays with me through a steaming hot sticky London commute!

JodieSwirlTapBuff Fri 30-Sep-11 15:50:03

...bah, I think I was a bit hasty as I have visible pores on my cheeks, but the heat doesn't help that. and I look a hell of a lot better than I did half an hour ago at least!...

QuinnFabray Fri 30-Sep-11 15:52:39

ooh, not sure ggirl. I am shade 2 in EL DW light, and using 'light' which is the darker of the two shades in the light starter set. What shades are included in the medium starter kit?

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 30-Sep-11 15:55:56

Mine has been on almost 3 hours and no shine yet smile had a peek in car mirror on school run, sun was shining right on the side of my face yet it looked almost perfect!

Pores are a little visible on chin but I didn't pay as much attention to that area as the rest of my face.

Like PP, real test will be tomorrow when it's on all day and also ping into town so will gawp in lots of different mirrors to check for tango-ness grin

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 30-Sep-11 15:56:48

Going into town not ping, obviously damn iPhone!

ggirl Fri 30-Sep-11 15:57:26

you can choose which shade to have the kit in
will probaly go with light

Cheerfulcharlie Fri 30-Sep-11 16:01:22

Jodie, do you realise you have women all over the world trying this now?? :-)

I went and had a trial done this afternoon and was pretty impressed. I do have the oiliest of oily skin but it did do much better than the Dior forever liquid foundation I usually use (although even I managed to sweat through a little bit in 40C and high humidity). My only criticism is that it has made the pores on my nose more noticeable. I also got a powder called 'well rested' which I think is one of the concealers- it seemed to make a difference to dark areas under the eyes.

Not sure about that warmth though, it's a bit brown... I wonder if there's a pinky equivalent?

Now I want some of the eye shadow ones, which i can't get hold of over here. Anyone tried those yet?

ggirl Fri 30-Sep-11 16:01:25

its in my shopping bag
one question though- do you use it on your eye area , lids and under eye?
does it not accentuate the wrinkles?

Cheerful, yes they do lots of blushers or stuff called all over face color if the warmth is not for you. Try gently blending the visible pore areas with a damp sponge or finger and I find it reduces the problem.

QuinnFabray Fri 30-Sep-11 17:08:51

Not settling in my wrinkles, and I have some. It's very subtle make up. Nice.

I am a bit shiny, three hours on, but it's hot and I didn't use primer, which I usually do. No where near as bad as usual though, and I kind of look naturally shiney, rather than looking like my make up is sliding around my face, I'm sure you know what I mean!

It's not perfect, I don't think I will ever find a perfect foundation, but it is very nice. I will continue to use it.

fustyarse Fri 30-Sep-11 17:16:30

15% off code for - AFF270515

Am ordering now


doglover Fri 30-Sep-11 17:18:12

Drat you!! Just returned from John Lewis as a fully-paidup member of the BE brigade!! Seriously, I love the natural, lightness of the products and have been admiring myself in every possible mirror! (Normally , I see a ruddy, shiny face which I try to avoid)!! Many thanks to you all. smile

VivaLeBeaver Fri 30-Sep-11 17:27:32

Right now I know that Bare Minerals is the same stuff I'm going back into town on Tuesday to try some on in Debenhams! All excited.

trixymalixy Fri 30-Sep-11 17:51:17

Have just ordered the starter kit from lookfantastic.

Thanks for the code fusty!! <<baaaaaa>>

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 21:26:30

Mine is on its WAY


fannybanjo Fri 30-Sep-11 21:43:13

Sooooo's MINE!!!!!!! grin

Dillydollydaydream Fri 30-Sep-11 21:47:15

And me!
And my new boots too, will be pouncing on postie next week!

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 21:48:44

I have tweeted Bare Escentuals a link to this thread.

And may well BLOG about this so they had better be nice to Jodie when I get my wundermittel.

Is it wrong to be so excited about this?

fannybanjo Fri 30-Sep-11 22:03:27

Lindor i too thought today BE should be made aware of the powers of Jodie!!

hester Fri 30-Sep-11 22:03:39

Hey Bare Escentuals, I'm a marketing consultant who has just been made redundant. I think you need me grin

LynnCSchreiber Fri 30-Sep-11 22:10:49

Yes, Hester. And I will BLOG about it all and say nice things about BE and Jodie

You can be my marketing consultant.

hester Fri 30-Sep-11 22:19:54

You're on grin

MissVerinder Fri 30-Sep-11 22:24:37

Which primers are the best to use? Could probably do with one.

I tried to use Garnier BB underneath it today- epic fail... It didn't work well at all sad

My skin is fairly greasy on the t-zone but gets dry in winter.

Snapespeare Sat 01-Oct-11 07:16:42

from BE - 'Thank you for your e mail – it is great to receive such positive feedback! I do hope that you enjoy your Bare Mineral Products. I can ensure you, I will pass the feedback on to our PR department.'

BE! come on! Jodie should get a HUGE bumper pack of loveliness from you! I had never even heard of BE before this thread (don't read womens magaines, don't watch QVC) i look incredible, all thanks to Jodie!

JodieSwirlTapBuff Sat 01-Oct-11 09:06:07

Good morning sheep ladies, and may I say how quite remarkably well you all look this morning? You hear that? ....... That's the sound of my breath being taken away grin

Hurrah for everyone feeling gawge. My meeting went weller than I had dreamed of, and once again that now-familiar remark, "I must say you look ever so well." It's getting outright spooky.

Also, I must needs have a Hot Photo taken in the next week or so and you can betcha bottom shilling I'll be radiantly lovely in it. Shame BE can't do anything about the extra 3 stone I'm hefting about hmm

Snape et. al. you are all so lovely blush

MissV I've been using the Prime Time thingammyjig that comes with it. I haven't actually tried it without primer yet, but might just for shits and giggles, as they say.

Right off, to stalk Mme Lindor read MmeLindor's blog ...

StuntCubble Sat 01-Oct-11 09:13:42

Need this but am confused can someone tell me exactly what I need to buy please?

JodieSwirlTapBuff Sat 01-Oct-11 09:26:08

Hey Stunt - well, it kinda depends what you're after. I think most of us have bought the Starter Kit, which is the one for complexion perfexion (see what I did there?). It's got 2 kinds of foundation (you need to chose whether you have a light/medium/dark kit, then it gives you 2 shades to work with), 'warmth', which is a shaping bronzer, and mineral veil (a very very fine loose powder), and a set of brushes. You can get it in major dept stores, but QVC sell it and I think poeple have mentioned various cheaper sites upthread.

there are other kits - I've got the eyes, lips and cheeks one - which I really recommend if you are totally overhauling your look!

brassick Sat 01-Oct-11 10:15:17


I have been following this thread from the start, and [sheep] am keen to join the cult of the swirl-tap-buff.

Luckily it's my birthday next week, and the collection at work generally comes to enough to cover a starter kit! So I have subtly nudged my friend in the direction of one of the websites selling the miraculous miracle potion and will be swirl-tap-buffing away like a good 'un as soon as I turn 42 <<aside, how the hell did I get to be 42??>>

Thanks thanks for introducing me to this - I hope it lives up to the hype!

StuntCubble Sat 01-Oct-11 13:31:24

Thanks Jodie so is this the starter kit I need?

AmazingDisgrace Sat 01-Oct-11 13:51:49

MissVerinder did you let the BB cream really set first? I put the BB cream on then potter about doing other stuff for 10 mins until it is no longer tacky to the touch then a very very light swirltapbuff of BM

DollyTwat Sat 01-Oct-11 15:22:30

Mine arrived yesterday and I had a little play
Not seeing the miracle transformation I was promised yet
The concealer didn't do much for me
I must be doing something wrong?

DollyTwat Sat 01-Oct-11 15:34:08

I'm watching the DVD
I didn't do it right
I'll be back

emilyofnewmoon Sat 01-Oct-11 15:34:22

Read some of this thread and trotted off to Debenhams to buy some. Got the sales girl to put some on me but stupidly didnt have a really good look in the mirror afterwards. Splashed out £86 on starter set, some cream and some blusher but now I am home and have had a good look at myself I am not pleased. I think it makes my wrinkles and pores more obvious. Plus my face is feeling slightly burny and itchy. Am so gutted as never spend that much on make up normally but reading this thread thought it sounded wonderful. sad
Anyone else had problems with itching etc?

valiumredhead Sat 01-Oct-11 15:36:34

emily it contains talc and bismouth which is a common irritant. I would take it back personally if it was from Debenhams. I did similar with a powder from Clinique and they were fine and refunded me. Good luck.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Sat 01-Oct-11 15:44:42

Hope it goes well with the reapplication Dolly...

Gosh that's disappointing Emily sad I hope you get a refund (and I'm sure you will) - I guess there must be some skins out there it just doesn't suit. Is everything unopened still?

DollyTwat Sat 01-Oct-11 16:00:31

Ok now I've done it properly and know what each thing is I can report back, but it's probably worth mentioning that I hardly ever wear foundation

It has given me good coverage and have even used some warmth for a glow, but I think the overall look is too powdery for me
The bisque is awful for me as a concealer, I really look like an old lady who's put eyeshadow under her eyes, but it's nice as an eyeshadow base

I do like the primer stuff so might get some of that

So, it's ok, but I think I prefer a glowing slightly shiny complexion!

sabas Sat 01-Oct-11 16:04:41

Do any of you ladies raving about BE have asian (indian/pakistani) skin? Havent tried it but am unsure if it will help my rubbish skin which has dark pigmentaion marks confused

I am reluctant to go into town with no make up on to visit an orange lady unless I know that it could be for me grin

valiumredhead Sat 01-Oct-11 16:07:35

Orange lady will remove your make up and then apply it sabas. I would NEVER go into town to visit orange lady without my make up - I know how you feel! grin

trixymalixy Sat 01-Oct-11 16:16:55

Hmm, just had mine done by an orange lady. I thnk it accentuates my open pores and fine lines. I have bought a tester kit and will try again.

I thnk I thought my skin would look like the girl who did mine's it was totally flawless :-(

She was asian btw sabas and I'm assuming she was wearing BE given she was trying to flog it!!

sabas Sat 01-Oct-11 16:23:24

Maybe it is time for me to go to Debenhhams in Glasgow town then....... smile

Although, in the quest for the holy grail of foundation and after trying all the raved about products (MAC, EL, BB Lancome), I have rediscovered Revlon Colourstay and think that with my MAC mineralise powder, its actually quite nice, not caked just nicely even and glowy grin. DH agrees although I did have to elicit this info, he never volunteered it!

But I don't think I can not try it and miss out!

brighthair Sat 01-Oct-11 18:09:04

This thread has a lot to answer for angry
Got home, quick BE top up, blush etc and nip to shop before going out
Have to return home as shop keeper refuses cigs and demands ID
I'm nearly 28...,, blush

emilyofnewmoon Sat 01-Oct-11 18:16:56

Everything still sealed so should get money back but where to go from here? Am on mission now for perfect make up. I want flawless, glowing skin! Maybe too much to ask of 42 year old face? grin

kerstina Sat 01-Oct-11 18:54:03

Love it brighthair but you still are just a baby and probably beautiful skin without any makeup you will appreciate that when you get to my age grin

OhThisIsJustGrape Sat 01-Oct-11 19:05:56

On day 2 of my BE experience here... Don't feel I applied it as well today as I did yesterday. Not sure if I used too much primer or if I was a little heavy handed with the bisque but it went a little patchy on the tops of my cheeks.

Still can't get the veil right, it just takes off the concealer and I end up with blemishes showing sad

That said, 7 hours after applying, it was only just starting to get shiny. My face is usually an oil slick long before then so it's a huge improvement in that respect. A bigger bonus is that even though I went shiny, the base didn't slide off/go patchy/cake which is what I hated about every other foundation I've ever used.

Also, it didn't feel shiny iykwim, usually I feel like I'm wearing a layer of grease but BE feels invisible. It washes off so easily too, normally (due to the vast amount I needed to trowel on) my make up would need washing off with face wash and then a going over twice with cleanser on a pad. Now, it comes off completely with face wash and no orange tide mark left round the sink!

I love BE, and you Jodie grin

GetOrfMo1Land Sat 01-Oct-11 19:31:52


I don't like it much.

I went to Cavendish House today and a really nice orange lady spent ages applying it, and talking me through.

She kept on showing me the stages in the mirror, it looked okay, but then I am never that impressed with what orange ladies do, always get a better result putting my own make up on.

It looked allright, yes my skin looked very good (though it is clear anyway, albeit very dry) but I looked very painted lady. My idea of foundation is that you shouldn't be able to tell if you are wearing anyway (which is the effect I get from my By Terry, and to a lesser extent Teint Miracle).

I bought it anyway as I thought I would get a better result at home.

I have reapplied it after a bath and I still don't really like it, however it is dark now and I haven't got a bright light (why the hell does this house only seem to have 60w lightbulbs?) so I can't really judge. But - it still looks painted lady. Yes, flawless, but looks like I am wearing foundation, which I don't like.

The concealer is awful - really cakey.

The bronzer stuff is far too dark and brick looking and the colour just sits there (I am very pale though). The finishing veil makes no difference but just adds to the made up look.

I will give it another go tomorrow.

QuinnFabray Sat 01-Oct-11 19:33:04

I agree, I was fairly shiney today, but it it was a natural kind of shine, and felt much better.

GetOrfMo1Land Sat 01-Oct-11 19:34:18

Just read dolly's post - I agree with that. The foundations I usually use just give me a dewy look. The BE is far from dewy, very matte looking and powdery and looks done iyswim.

GetOrfMo1Land Sat 01-Oct-11 19:51:24

The orange lady said I had flawless skin though <smug> and <easily impressed by salespeople>

StuntCubble Sat 01-Oct-11 19:56:09

Will it cover my freckles? Info have good'skin but freckly and bags under eyes

hester Sat 01-Oct-11 21:14:48

OK, here is day 2's report:

Great improvement grin. I used the Fairly Light, which is indeed much lighter than Light, and suited my skintone perfectly. I used far less concealer, and it looked much better. Having said which, I did still look a bit too painted lady, and I thought my lines looked fairly obvious (though maybe I'm just kidding myself about what they look like usually).

The Warmth works well if I use just a tiny bit, and top up with some pink powder on the apples of my cheeks.

Big kudos to the staying power, though. It was such a hot day, and I don't cope well in the heat. My face stayed flawless all day, I didn't have to whip out my compact even once, and it is still looking good at the end of the day.

So yes, I am impressed. I don't think I'll be chucking out by Becca tinted moisturiser, but maybe using that when I want to look very natural, and my powders when I want coverage and staying power.

Top tips are definitely to let moisturiser settle very well first, use just a tiny bit, and buff buff buff.

inatrance Sat 01-Oct-11 22:00:52

Can I join in? I too have been convinced by this thread to splash some cash on some BE from feelunique and this on my first foray into S&B as well! grin

I'm hoping this is the answer to my prayers and will be the first stage in my post baby image overhaul. I will admit to youtubing the videos, ditto dreaming about buffing. <baaaaa>

Jodie what the hell have you done!!

cyb Sat 01-Oct-11 22:26:03

I LOVe the warmth.i'm mixing it with my foundation .

hav e I said that already in this thread? i dont rate the bisque, too drying for me.I use my normal concealer, but about 1/10th of what I used to

Pinot Sun 02-Oct-11 10:17:16

Agree with cyb (as per norm) that I need so much less concealer than normal - and I need industrial strength to cover my purple panda eyes.

I think they key to not looking all "painted lady" is less is more. Really just use a few crumbs of foundation and spend more time buffing. I was rushing yesterday (to get to the beach but still wanted to try it again, what a vain twat I am) and tipped out too much but still used it all. Result - no freckles showed through <weeps> and it was too much (albeit flawless). So today I'm taking my time, man, and using just a teeny bit and buffing.

The online tutorial says to buff for 2 complete versions of "Happy Birthday" I shall smile like a fecking loony but still

GetOrf flawless skin <stabbystabby> wink

JodieSwirlTapBuff Sun 02-Oct-11 10:57:06

I totes agree about the 'less is more' thing, Pinot.

yesterday I noticed that the pores on my nose and forehead looked quite visible. I had put a fair bit on, and was slightly rushed, cos i was on my way to a party. It was the first time I hadn't followed the instructions minutely. I did realise however that if I went over the pores with the flat brush (with no powder on it) and sort of buffbuffbuffed and really worked the powder in, then it sort of sank into the pores. I think mebbe the whole pore problem comes about because it hasn't been properly worked in, but sits on top - whereas obviously with a cream, you'd push the product in so it filled the pores like putty. Does that make sense?

I am still not over how brilliant this stuff is. It has withstood long boozy nights, hot cooking in the kitchen, a heatwave, long commutes, and nairves. I know it does take time to apply, but since I have never in my whole life not had to reapply makeup at least once and often twice during the day I think it's worth it. I still can't get over the fact I don't need to travel with Touche Eclat, a powder compact, some blusher and an eyeliner shock

ggirl Sun 02-Oct-11 11:01:22

I'm waiting for my starter kit to arrive.
Tbh I'm not holding out much hope.
I use touche eclat under my eyes , the skin is dry there and finely lined .
What are you using in that bit-the concealor?
Do you put moisturiser under neath it?
And eyelids...same ?

JodieSwirlTapBuff Sun 02-Oct-11 11:09:00

I'd carry on being pessimistic if I were you ggirl - that way you can only be pleasantly surprised smile

I cover my whole face (inc undereyes and eyelids) with Protect and Perfect moisturiser and let it sink in (for at least 5 minutes)

Then cover whole face with primer, inc undereyes and eyelids.

Then do the whole swirltapbuff biz. I don't use a separate concealer. i find that the coverage is fine for all over - undereyes and red patches included - but use the foundation powder on a flat brush for really horrible spot scars (which incidentally are healing a helluva lot quicker than before I switched to minerals). I can't believe I have abandoned Touche Eclat, but there you go - absolutely true.

Be prepared to have to have a couple of goes to get used to it and make sure you watch the DVD! Application is the difference between joy and despair.

If you put too much on or don't buff enough it won't work.

OhThisIsJustGrape Sun 02-Oct-11 11:40:54

Hmmm, it hasn't gone well today sad Stupidly decided to go over face 3 times rather than the 2 I have been doing. Result? Tres powdery.

I did buff very well in between each layer but I guess the 3rd was just one too many. I was hoping to get away with less concealer that way but will go back to just 2 coats.

Feel a bit despondent about my skin today really - it's just such a mess and even though BE is the best make up I've used so far (when not layered on too many times!) I'm thinking nothing will ever really make my shit skin look anything like 'normal' sad Not in any way an attempt to derail thread but, has anyone ever had any kind of treatment for acne scars? Laser/peels etc?

Reality Sun 02-Oct-11 13:40:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LeBOF Sun 02-Oct-11 13:43:52

I think you need to go to a counter first to get the right shade/try it out. Then QVC or somewhere like that sells it cheap.

I tried the L'Oréal version once though, and it was vile and made me itch.

twoistwiceasfun Sun 02-Oct-11 13:56:11

Right, I could do a bit of help from the BE and/or Lily Lilo enthusiasts. After reading this thread I decided to go to the BE counter in Debenhams yesterday and got done. I was pretty gobsmacked how good it was but was so so pleased when it stayed put looking all lovely and matt despite being on a boiling hot bus in the afternoon. I wanted to get a starter kit as it would have been a bargain, but they don't come in my colour, so I would have to buy everything separate <wails>, unless anyone knows where I can buy a start kit in Fairly Medium or can tell me which colour fairly medium translates to in lily lilo, as I rather fancy having a go on a very cheap testers first.

Also, do you really need the primer or it a bit of a gimick to get you to part with more money?

Reality Sun 02-Oct-11 14:00:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LinzerTorte Sun 02-Oct-11 14:57:59

I ordered a starter kit from lookfantastic yesterday - only 12.75 with a 15% off voucher code (AFF270515 until 5th October). grin I was also ridiculously quite excited to see that they offer free international delivery.

cyb Sun 02-Oct-11 15:02:47

ggirl I am lined under my eyes and it wont get rid of those. But it makes all the rest of your skin look so nice your eyes look better

I hate to think how much £££ I've spent over the years on compact foundations, liquids, other types of mineral powders and every concealer known to man. Now I just use my BE and my MAybelline 24 hr concealer, and a dot at that.

GetOrfMo1Land Sun 02-Oct-11 15:30:12

To paraphrase Clueless I look like a Monet - from far away lovely but up close I am a big old mess. grin

From about 4 feet from the mirror I look flawlessly skinned.

Look close in the mirror I look like a parchment skinned crone, it has emphasised lines I didn't even know I had sad

I am using barely a crumb of foundation, as soon as it goes in it seems to 'settle' and the veil stuff makes it worse. I have given up on the concealer because it is very dry indeed and doesn't actually cover the shadows at all.

It seems to work by leaching all the moisture from my skin - I have worn it on two of the hottest days of the year, so I am all sweaty, but my (usually dry) skin feels abnormally dry. If it feels like this in the heat I can't imagine the drying effect it will have on my skin in the midst of January.

Perhaps it is best for people with oily/combination skin. I personally don't like the feel, or the finish (ultra matt which is not particluarly flattering).

It's a shame as the staying power is brilliant - I went to bed with it on last night and still looked made up this morning!

But - not in love with it. I will stick to By Terry (which I have run out of, and need to buy next week, so that will be a heinous amount of money spent on foundation this month!)

Pinot Sun 02-Oct-11 17:19:42

Shame it doesn't suit you GetOrf - my By Terry Guru, but fear not you can send it all to meeeeeeeee <punches air> wink

FromGirders Sun 02-Oct-11 17:26:55

Damn you all, I've just been to an Orange Lady and been Done!
Now I know that I'm medium (she put medium beige on, which is a tiny bit darker than I'll need in a month's time in the winter, but would have been fine a month ago) where is best for starter kits then? Do I really need the huge big one with the mahoosive brush, or will the smaller brushes in the TryBelieveLove set be OK? I was a bit scared by the big brush, because I usually put foundation on last (I know, I know) due to fallout from black eyeshadow used as eyeliner. Would the smaller one be a big more controllable?
I like it though smile

QuinnFabray Sun 02-Oct-11 17:59:55

Not wanting to piss on your parade, but I'm on day three of wearing it, and I think it's breaking me out. Not the wrong time of month or anything, skin was clear, and now today I have a few under the surface bumpy spots forming. Shame, 'cos I quite liked it, and wanted to give it a proper go.

If anyone would like to buy my hardly used fair starter kit, please pm me!

cyb Sun 02-Oct-11 18:12:04

Get Orf I woudlnt have got ultra matt and I ahve oily/comb skin

Could you try taking it back?

GetOrfMo1Land Sun 02-Oct-11 18:56:56

I haven't got the matt version - I asked which version I shopuld get, and the orange lady said that the matt version is only suitably for those with very oily skin, and as mine tended to be dry I should have the original version.

I look like a disco ball under certain lights anyway so assume that is what she sold me!

I think it must be prefered by those who have oily skin and hanker after the matt looking skin effect. My skin is very matt and dry naturally and what I yearn for is the dewy, moist look.

Never mind, I will give it a go for the next week or so and see if it improves, I don't hold out much hope though.

cyb Sun 02-Oct-11 18:58:14


mine's knocked YEARS off me

GetOrfMo1Land Sun 02-Oct-11 18:59:31

Mine has added years on.

I look like a dried up river bed.

FromGirders Sun 02-Oct-11 19:40:32

Um, can anyone talk to me about brushes?

hester Sun 02-Oct-11 22:01:28

That's a shame, GetOrf. I also have dry, aging skin, and I don't think this is particularly flattering around the eyes, tbh, but I don't find it drying. And I'm normally a serum + rich moisturiser + primer + tinted moisturiser lady, so am used to a VERY dewy approach.

To cheer you up, can I suggest you take a look at Liz Earle's new tinted moisturiser? I tried a sample and thought it lovely - very, very moisturising, good coverage.

Jux Mon 03-Oct-11 00:38:55

No expert here, FromGirders, but as far as I understand it, the big kabuki brush gives you fuller coverage than the smaller brush. I tend to use the big brush as that's what I want. It's really soft and feels gorgeous as you buff, so I would recommend it, anyway. If you've got nice skin (which I haven't) then you probably don't need it; I'm sure someone who's been using the stuff longer than I will put me right if I'm wrong.

Kewcumber Mon 03-Oct-11 01:05:33

"Liz Earle's new tinted moisturiser? I tried a sample and thought it lovely - very, very moisturising, good coverage." - ooh hester I thought the same - it seems to me quite similar to my v v expensive chantacaille tinted moisturiser.

We must get together and talk about boys and make ups <<or similar>>

valiumredhead Mon 03-Oct-11 07:58:36

Oooooooooooh no I disagree! The new Liz Earle stuff is utter shite! shock grin

hester Mon 03-Oct-11 08:14:36

Tell me why, valiumredhead, before I waste my money...

Kew - yes yes yes, let's go and giggle behind the bike shed. Tuesday with one toddler, or half term with full squad of kids?

JodieSwirlTapBuff Mon 03-Oct-11 08:48:59

Sozzles to hear about the unsuccessful flirtations with BE....

I will emphasise that mine goes from AMAZE AMAZE YOU BEAUTEOUS CREATURE YOU to WHY HAVE YOU SHOVED YOUR HEAD IN A GLITTERY CAKE depending on the application, but I'm sure y'all are doing it right and it just doesn't suit. Bah.

Is Liz Earle the woman with the muslin cloth face-washing regime?? Or is that Eve Lom? I am often tempted by that but one step at a time <examines empy purse and hollow bank account>

AnnetteProfit Mon 03-Oct-11 08:50:34

of COURSE its shit - powdery old cack

JodieSwirlTapBuff Mon 03-Oct-11 08:59:13

How very dare you shock. I look Galadriel after a good night's kip. So there.

Adore your name btw grin

birdsofshoreandsea Mon 03-Oct-11 09:04:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

fannybanjo Mon 03-Oct-11 09:07:00

Jodie I have just finished a bottle of the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and wasn't overly impressed. I have "normal" skin with random breakouts. I love Botanics (Boots) Organic Face Soothing Cleansing balm which is similar to Eve Lom but only £7. Just don't use the Muslim cloth they provide with it - it's awful. I cut up my DD's Muslim squares.

JodieSwirlTapBuff Mon 03-Oct-11 09:18:56

Ooo that's a helpful tip FannyB, is the Botanics thing a facial wash, you know, lather it up rinse it off type biz? Because that's the only cleansing I can be doing with.

I really struggle with facial care generall because although I'm not super super sensitive - like, fully allergical - it does seem to need the gentle touch. I used some Avene stuff a while back and I could feel my skin come up in tiny invisible bumps all over. Same happens if I exfoliate sad

JodieSwirlTapBuff Mon 03-Oct-11 09:20:11

Am snorting at your dream birds grin

Sorry 'bout the sorely disappointedness. Bah. Is the BE majick over soooooooon....

Disclaimer: I am still in luuuuuuurve with mine.

hester Mon 03-Oct-11 09:21:41

I love Eve Lom, and also Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (and also the toner). At the moment I'm using the REN cleansing balm which is still pricey but half the price of Eve Lom. Only some people like cleansing with a big pot of perfumed lard, though (my skin can't get enough grease and oil, which is why I'm amazed that the Bare Escentuals is working out so well).

Can I just say again: I am AMAZED at the staying power of BE. As I get up at 5.30 on workdays, and usually don't get home before 8, this is a marvellous thing for me. I will probably still use tinted moisturiser at weekends, when I want to look and feel a bit less 'done', but I'm definitely hooked on BE for work and long days.

I think I have now got the hang of swoosh tap buff. Indeed, this morning I went a bit giddy and buffed some of the powder mixed with Warmth over my pale, blotchy, spider-veined legs. Ooh get me.

hester Mon 03-Oct-11 09:22:32

btw, Jodie, you're a fab writer. Your posts really make me laugh.