Saturday 6 December 2014

A Review Of The Bare Minerals By Popular Demand Gift Set

I'm not a huge fan of taking pictures of make up that I've already used, but in this case I'm going to make an exception. I bought this kit a couple of years ago now from QVC but after a few showings it disappeared never to be seen again. I'd intended to review it at the time but I never got round it, and to be honest I never thought much more about it -  I used it and loved it but that was about it. Last month though, a familiar looking kit appeared on the Boots website, and because I loved it so much I thought I'd review it for you.

I've been a fan of the Bare Minerals make up line for quite a while now. Their loose mineral foundations are probably the best of that type that I've used, and the pigmentation and wear time of loose eye shadows and blushers are excellent. Loose minerals aren't for everyone though, and they can be messy so over the years Bare Minerals have introduced a wide variety of liquid items, including a liquid foundation, lip glosses and mascaras, and pressed mineral products with the launch of their popular READY line.

Bare Minerals By Popular Demand is an all in one kit for eyes, cheeks and lips, everything coordinates with everything else, meaning that this is a perfect kit for make up newbies and people who aren't that confident with make up.

The kit comes packaged in a magnetised cardboard box. I'm not the hugest fan of fan of cardboard packaging but this one has such a beautiful, iridescent almost oil in water finish that I'll make an exception in this case. It will get a bit grubby though so do bear that in mind. There are four removable items in this kit, and 3 which are fixed. Being cardboard though it would be quite easy to depot the blusher and the shadows if you wanted to.

The box contains a 0.75g removable pot of Mineral Veil in Brightening Pearl, a 6g READY Blush in The Aphrodisiac, a 3g READY 2.0 Eyeshadow Duo in The Top Shelf, a mini 0.6g Round The Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 9pm, a mini 2.25ml Mini Marvellous Moxie Lipgloss in Sparkplug  and a small double ended eye and cheek brush.

Mineral Veil is one of Bare Minerals most popular products. Depending on the shade it can be used to finish your make up and as a cheek colour, or as a highlight.

There are 3 permanent shades in the line but this one is a limited edition so I can't make a price comparison. Brightening Pearl is a loose peach toned powder, with a hint of iridescence and shimmer. I've been using this one predominantly as a highlight shade. 

The second cheek product that you get is a full sized READY Blush in The Aphrodisiac. This 6g size in a separate compact retails at £22 which just shows the value of this kit. The Aphrodisiac is probably the reason why I bought this kit. It's a lovely peachy, coral shade, with just the tiniest hint of shimmer.

This kit also contains 2 eyeshadows totaling 3g, Mixologist and Cognac, with together constitute the READY Eyeshadow 2.0 Duo -  The Top Shelf. These two shadows in a separate compact retail for £20. Cognac is a beautiful metallic copper shade and Mixologist, a shimmery, creamy champagne. I've been using Mixologist all over the lid, and applying a bit of Cognac into the outer corners and crease.

All of the mineral / powder shades in this kit are soft and silky and feel almost like creams. As you would expect from this brand the pigmentation is superb and all the colours blend like a dream.

As well as the powder products this set also contains a mini 0.6g Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in the shade 9pm, a deep, almost matte, chocolate brown. This is a half size, the full 1.2g size retails at £13. It's creamy and pigmented and it does seem quite long wearing. It didn't sharpen that well, probably because it was so soft and I've never been able to replicate the original sharp point.

The final make up product in this kit is one of Bare Minerals' famous Marvellous Moxie Lipglosses. The shade in this kit is Sparkplug, which is described as a dusky, pink pearl but for me it's more of a nude pink with a bit of sparkle. These glosses contains avocado, and shea butter and they also contain a bit of mint so they do have a bit of a tingle and a plumping effect. The gloss in this kit is 2.5ml, the full size is 4.5ml and retails at £16.

The final item in the kit is a small double ended brush, one end is a fluffy eyeshadow brush, and the other end is a small blush brush. The brush is a nice quality and it's actually something that you would use and not just a throwaway extra.

These pictures aren't the best and please excuse the brows but hopefully this gives you some idea of what you can do with this kit. It isn't the most dramatic or fashion lead kit out there but it's ideal for creating a natural, healthy look.

This kit retails for £25 which sounds a lot but when you look at the value of the individual items within it, it's well worth the money. I'm a huge fan of the entire Bare Minerals line and this kit gives you a perfect opportunity to try 5 different products at a reduced price. I've looked and looked and I can't find this kit anywhere else bar Boots. It keeps coming in and out of stock online so it's worth keeping an eye out, and it might be worth checking out the Bare Minerals counters in Boots stores too. If not then every item in this kit bar the Mineral Veil is available separately. I'm a big fan of this kit and I think that it would make a great gift for any make up lover, whether they're a new or current Bare Minerals user. Are you a Bare Minerals fan?  If so leave me a comment and let me know your recommendations x 


  1. Great set! Thanks for review! I really want to try Bare Minerals!

  2. I have never tried anything by Bare Minerals yet but like the shades of this set


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