Wednesday, December 21, 2016

bareMinerals Countdown to Gorgeous Advent Calendar Review - December 2016

Two Lash Dominations, Moxie in Daredevil, Risk Taker, Smooth Talker, Girl Next Door, Trail Blazer, Crowd Pleaser, Skin Longevity, Lip Oil Balm in Nude Passion, Plumberry Pop, Rose Passion & Pink Passion

bareMinerals Advent Calendar Inside Look (for a closer look, click on image)

Original Mineral Veil, Tinted Mineral Veil, Glee Radiance, Blush in Lola and Tropical Sunset, Eyecolor in Vanilla Sugar, All Spice, Chime, Ethereal & Thankful

When I heard about this advent calendar from bareMinerals I became very excited until I saw the price of $79. I thought it was overpriced though they claim it's a $205 retail value. So when I heard it went on sale for $59 and I had a coupon for $10 off plus 7% cash back from Mr. Rebates, I immediately purchased it. I ordered it even though it was November 26th and it wouldn't arrive by December 1st in order to start opening it on time. It took them seven days before they even shipped it! So it arrived twelve days later on December 6th. I had heard they were slow to ship, so I was expecting a long wait. I'm really glad I didn't buy it at the original price because the Moxie lip glosses are so tiny! I've bought mini sets of Moxie and Buxom lip glosses from Sephora many times over the years and they were never this small. The sample sized Moxies from Sephora are .07 fl. oz. and these are only .02 fl. oz., making them only 29% of the size of those from Sephora! The full sized version is .15 fl. oz., so that makes these samples only 13% of the original size whereas the typical sample size is 47% of the original size! These samples are worth only $2.39 each. They are even more narrow than the width of a pencil and certainly not as tall as they appear on the bareMinerals' website. With 24 samples that makes each one cost $2.45 each at the sale price of $59. At the $49 price (using coupon) each sample costs only $2.04. Each sample is $3.29 each at the original price of $79. I received a free gift which is shown above, it's the brow brush which is a full sized product and worth $16. I also received free shipping and handling. So at only $2.04 per sample, I am happy. I certainly would not have been happy with the original price. Included in this calendar are the following product samples:

  • Day One - Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Trail Blazer, .02 fl. oz., $2.39 retail value
  • Day Two - Blush in Tropical Sunset, .02 oz, $14 retail value
  • Day Three - Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in Nude Passion, .03 oz., $4.36 retail value
  • Day Four - Tinted Mineral Veil, .03 oz, $22 retail value
  • Day Five - Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara, .05 fl. oz., $2.56 retail value
  • Day Six - Eyecolor in All Spice, .01 oz., $7.50 retail value
  • Day Seven - Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Crowd Pleaser (gold with glitter), .02 fl. oz., $2.39 retail value
  • Day Eight - Skin Longevity Vital Power Infusion, .25 fl. oz., $7.05 retail value
  • Day Nine - Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in Pink Passion, .03 oz., $4.26 retail value
  • Day Ten - All Over Face Color in Glee Radiance, .02 oz, $14 retail value
  • Day Eleven - Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Risk Taker (copper with glitter), .02 fl. oz., $2.39 retail value
  • Day Twelve - Eyecolor in Chime, .01 oz., $7.50 retail value
  • Day Thirteen - "Be original, Be natural, Be good" Keychain, unknown value
  • Day Fourteen - Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in Rose Passion, .03 oz., $4.26 retail value
  • Day Fifteen - Original Mineral Veil, .03 oz., $22 retail value
  • Day Sixteen - Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara, .05 fl. oz., $2.56 retail value
  • Day Seventeen - Eyecolor in Ethereal, .01 oz., $7.50 retail value
  • Day Eighteen - Marvelous Moxie in Smooth Talker (pink with glitter), .02 fl. oz., $2.39 retail value
  • Day Nineteen - Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in Plumberry Pop, .03 oz., $4.36 retail value
  • Day Twenty - Eyecolor in Vanilla Sugar, .01 oz., $7.50 retail value
  • Day Twenty-one - Marvelous Moxie in Daredevil (purple burgundy glitter),  .02 fl. oz., $2.39 retail value
  • Day Twenty-two - Marvelous Moxie in Girl Next Door (peach glitter), .02 fl.oz., $2.39 retail value
  • Day Twenty-three - Blush in Lola .02 oz., $14 retail value
  • Day Twenty-four - Eyecolor in Thankful, .01 oz., $7.50 retail value

The two mineral veils are full sized and the retail value of the key chain is unknown. The total retail value comes out to $167.25 yet they claim it's worth $205. I don't know how much the keychain is worth, but it's certainly doesn't make up the $37.75 difference in value! 

I love the Moxie lip gloss and if you haven't tried it before, I highly recommend you do. While you will need to reapply after eating and drinking, it feels really good on the lips. It takes a lot of time to get the product out of the small tube since very little comes out of the tube on the applicator. I had not tried the Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm before, it's not opaque, but it is moisturizing. I've enjoyed the mineral veils, blush and eye color for a least ten years now and I recommend them. The mineral veil isn't great for those over forty though, it does tend to make your pores and wrinkles stand out more. I've always enjoyed their mascaras, but I haven't tried this new one yet.

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