So back at the end of November (November 24th to be exact) I posted a picture of my new makeup kit:
The Bare Escentuals Starter Kit from Sephora. (With the whole blog disclamer crap that everyone has to post now, NO I did not receive this kit for free. I had a gift card from Christmas. Yes the Christmas BEFORE. As in Christmas 2008. I’m really weird and have trouble parting with gift cards. Like I have to find THE PERFECT PURCHASE for them.)
*End gift card tangent*
So I bought the kit November 24th, but didn’t end up cracking it open to try it until almost a week later.
It was love at first circle, circle, circle, tap, tap, tap. (C’mon. Don’t tell me you’ve never been sucked into that infomercial.) The coverage was amazing. My skin was glowing!
I started using the kit regularly. As in, everyday. Coincidentally, the week I started using the kit was also the week I went on my first date with my now boyfriend. (Tangent 2: It’s still weird to say “boyfriend” since I haven’t had one in years. Anyway.)
Over the past 3 months I started breaking out. A lot. And let me just say, not to brag or anything, but between my mom and dad, they passed some some insane super skin. I never break out. I never did. Not even in awkward teenage, the time for terrible skin years. Sure I get an annoying zit now and then, but who doesn’t? That being said, these break outs were different. They were all over my face, and they weren’t going away.
I tried to figure out what the hell was going on, and my first trail of thought was “OMG. This started happening when I started dating E.” Was it him? His dog? His laundry detergent? His water? (He lives in a different part of Boston than I do – hey I was getting desperate here.)
I kept my face clean and washed it with my regular aloe sensitive skin line from the Body Shop (it has never done me wrong!). No change. I took to cleaning my make up brushes twice a week. No change. I washed a few of his shirts at my place in my laundry detergent. I brought my own pillow in a pillowcase also washed in my detergent from home on nights I stayed at his place. No change. I made sure to wash my hands after every time I pet his dog. No change. I showered at home or at the gym (my regular shower spots). No change.
WHAT. THE. HECK. Right?
So about a week ago it finally hit me “Um maybe it’s not E. Maybe it’s the stuff I smear all over my face everyday.”
DUH, right? But WHY WOULD IT BE? The stuff is ALL MINERALS. Supposedly PERFECT for sensitive skin.
It’s in their marketing for christ’s sake:
“It’s makeup so pure you can sleep in it.”
So I googled. And. Oh. HAI:
Yeah. So I started doing some research. I found girl after girl after girl who had NEVER had a problem with acne until they started using this makeup. The culprit? The bismuth oxychloride in the product. It was wreaking havoc on my face. Also? The brushes. Too harsh for my face.
I stopped using the make up this weekend. And it’s only Thursday and my face has totally cleared up for the first time since December.
Coincidence? I think not.
I tossed the whole kit.*
So in conclusion — if you’re thinking about throwing down the big bucks for Bare Minerals makeup? Go to a Sephora or other retailer of the stuff and grab some free samples and try it for a few days before you buy. See how your skin reacts (it only took about a week for it to full on destroy my face). I know plenty of people who love this stuff. I’m just not one of them.
(*Oddly enough my sister got me the Get Started Eye Kit for my birthday this year, and I haven’t had ONE problem with that. So the eye makeup gets to stay. The rest? TRASH.)