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Dec 11, 2008

Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara Review

I was thinking hard the other day, this normally blows out lights, circuits, and occasionally breaks mirrors, the Muse's brain is big, stuff happens like that you know. I realized while I was deep in though that I never blogged Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara!


For a very long, long, long, long...very really a long time...likes ages and years...Bare Escentuals Magic Wand Brushless Mascara was my holy grail mascara. Absolutely nothing could touch the freaking outstanding awesomeness of Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara! This was love people!

At the time that I was loving all over this mascara it was honestly the only one of it's kind around. This was modern technology at it's best! Actually if I think really hard again...I should be careful not to cause a nose bleed still is pretty much the only available mascara that has virtually no brushes! It's brushless! Hence it's name right? The wand is basically a rounded edge with very small ridges etched in to capture lashes. To apply you simply swipe up and under lashes! Presto! Gorgeously long lashes that are full and plump!


If you're as familiar with Japanese brands as the Muse is you will run across similar style applicators in and around Japanese drugstores however this applicator is pretty innovative by US standards even though it's long been standard in Asia.

You may wonder if this is the mascara for you or if you'll be poking an eyeball or two out when using it. Honestly, if you can use regular mascara you shouldn't have a problem with this. It's a matter of simply applying as you would any old mascara! I recommend it for short lashes, long lashes, normal lashes, stubbier ones, whatever your lash length or style I honestly think this is a great choice as the lack of brushes actually allows the applicator to get under the lash line and pull lashes outwards while curling upwards. Wow...I should try to say that three times! Fact is it curls beautifully well, gives GREAT volume, and lasts all day long without fading.

It's been so long since I reached for it and I can't help but remember what a fond favorite it was and is of mine! A total staple product to have on hand.

The Muse highly recommends grabbing Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara for yourself as it was and always will be thee perfect mascara!

You can snag two for $23 USD at QVC! Item Number A64617

Pretty nice deal considering one is $15 USD!

This one comes with a big, fat Muse Approval for purchase! Loves it! Alot.

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Blogger KimmyDarling said...

You know, I have tried an applicator exactly like this, but I cannot remember what brand it was! I know it was probably at LEAST ten years ago. Anyway, I loved it-- it performed exactly as you described.

I'm kinda in love with the Cargo Blu_Ray Mascara applicator (which is more like a stick with a comb in it) right now, but I really might have to try this B.E. one sometime. Thanks, Musey!


December 11, 2008 at 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kayvid: Sorry for being greedy but I'd love to see a picture of your lashes before and after wiht this mascara...the concept is very intriguing to me...Initially I thought it's a cake mascara...another interesting concept from the past...

December 11, 2008 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Askmewhats said...

Yes I have seen some Asian Brand mascaras having the same concept, but this one looks really good!!!! If you put on a BIG FAT MUSE Approval, i trust ya!

December 11, 2008 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger bitch said...

Hiya Muse,

I'm using the Etude House Vitcara curling mascara at the moment, the one you said reminded you a bit of the BE brushless mascara. I like the Etude House one a lot but it's a lot to do with the comb aspect combined with the brushless side.

I'd be worried about getting clumpy lashes with the BE brushless one. Do you always comb through after using it?

Also, have you ever tried any mascaras by the Korean brand Missha? I've just discovered these are there are some excellent ones! One of them is a 4-row comb style, and another has a plastic comb but the teeth are really shallow with grooves. The best thing about them is the packaging: pale pink, grey and lilac packaging with a clear rhinestone in the top of the cap!

December 12, 2008 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger acutelife said...

Hi musey *hugs* how are you??hows the Christmas prep goin??
I always had a good laugh reading your blog, it's very entertaining and informative :) I often share it with my sis. she's a make up junkie too but too busy with her newborn baby now.

anyway, I dont normally wear mascara :P but bcoz of your review im trying the MJ mascara (not the new one, but the old version that you love, the neo-something if i remember correctly).
I think it's bcoz of my un-educated standing in the world of mascara, but I never came across a brushless mascara until I read your review today. seems like a good mascara to me since the thing that I hate abt wearing mascara is I always accidentally poke my eyes with it! 0_0

December 12, 2008 at 4:14 AM  
Blogger Tammy M said...

Why Musey?? WHY?????
I ordered it from QVC first thing this morning....after that GLOWING review and the fact that the price was fab, I was too weak to resist... You had me at Asian style wand.
I must learn to resist you....

December 12, 2008 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger The Mighty J said...

Hi Ms. Muse - my comment is not entirely related to this item , but my recently arrived Avon Shimmer Tips Mascara has (what looks to my untrained eye) the same sort of applicator.

December 12, 2008 at 8:44 AM  
Anonymous TaterSalad said...

Hi Muse,
I love your blog, especially love the pics. It gives me all sorts of new ideas of what to buy (much to my husband's dismay)
Anyway, I think that Clinique has a mascara with a wand like this. It's old, maybe their very first mascara? Called something like "Naturally Glossy Mascara"?

December 12, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Kimmy!

Cool! I've never seen an applicator quite like it aside from topcoats or japanese mascaras :)
I haven't tried it yet but I'm wanting too! It sounds good! You're most welcome :)


December 12, 2008 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi kayvid.

You're not greedy :) I take kinda crummy shots with before and after but will add in some later today...they always look kinda blah as my hand always shakes in digital mode :)

Ahh yes I remember cake mascaras...I still have one..I should do a review :)

December 12, 2008 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey niks!

;) Aw shucks thanks hehe! My world good as gold do you think!??! lol!

December 12, 2008 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi bitch!

I have these as well...they do kinda have a similar applicator :) I don't actually comb through works quite well at combing straight through without clumping :)

I haven't tried any mascaras from missha..hmmm..something to add to my list...just tried blushes, highlighters, and bb creams :) Missha has some seriously lovely packaging...I love the over baked highlighter's so pretty when I whip it out of my purse :)

Thanks for the comment bitch and the rec of Missha mascaras :) will have to try 'em!


December 12, 2008 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey acutelife!

HUGSSSSSSSSSSSS! How are you? I'm honestly not so into the christmas spirit yet...I've been so busy with everything else I haven't had a sec to really enjoy the season! I was planning all sorts of gift guides but life caught up with me and didn't have a sec to blog 'em :)

How's your xmas prep going?

Aww thanks I'm so glad you enjoy Musings hun!

Congrats to your sis :) and to auntie :) thank her for reading my blog :) and thank you for introducing her to it!

This sure is an interesting mascara to try out :) minus the poke your eye out effect lol!
How are you like MJ so far?

Thanks for the comment!
Missed ya around here!

December 12, 2008 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey tam!

LOL LMAO! Sorry hun :) ;-) I can't WAIT to hear whatcha think!

December 12, 2008 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey j!

How are you!? True true! I've come across a few topcoat mascaras such as the avon one that sport this brush but I never seen an actual mascara within the us with the same style "brush" :)

Thanks for the comment!

December 12, 2008 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi there TaterSalad!

Thank you so much :) LOL tell your husband sorry from the Muse!

Hmmm I don't recall..could be because I don't really indulge in clinique too much...I'll have to look it up and see if it's still around as I sure would like to compare the two :)

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for commenting too btw :)

Hope to talk again soon!

December 12, 2008 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

I've been loving this mascara since you recommended it to me! It makes me happy <3

December 12, 2008 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

yayyyyyyy :-) so glad dd!

December 12, 2008 at 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Lee said...

Hi, I'm new to your site and think I will enjoy it!

Anyway, I have this mascara (it's been on my make-up counter for about 6 months now!) and only used it about a week. It wasn't what I had thought it to be. I wanted the cakiness but not the clumpiness. I found that it was too clumpy. Everytime I use it, I have to use another mascara over it to comb the clumps out.

December 14, 2008 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger bitch said...

Hi again Muse,

The Missha mascaras I mentioned are in the same line of packaging as the oven baked highlighter compacts! It's the same coloured smokey metal outer surface, with a diamante stone at the top. The mascaras are called "Sexy Eye" and the two I have are the 4 line brush, and the Multi-brush, which reminds me of the BE brushless mascara wand.

As for other mascara's with similar wands, I think Model Co have a mascara called Lashcara which I remember as being similar, and also Helena Rubenstein have a waterproof mascara with a brushless wand. I haven't tried either of them though.

December 14, 2008 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

i ran out and got one as soon as you said it was awesome! ive been wanting to try it but was a little hesitant cuz brushless? how was that gonna work? AMAZINGLY!! thats how!! i didnt have to go back for a second or third coat. just one swipe up and bam! amazing eye popping lashes. everyone should get this! like NOW!

December 15, 2008 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger KimmyDarling said...

You know, I think Tater Salad (love that name, BTW) is right-- it must have been Clinique who had the one I tried. I bet I got it in a bonus gift. :)

December 15, 2008 at 2:26 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello Lee!

Thanks so much! I'm so pleased you found me and I hope you enjoy your visits here!

Hi, I'm new to your site and think I will enjoy it!

Oh no that stinks! For a very long time it was holy grail mascara...I absolutely loved it, still do actually. I'm saddened to hear it just didn't work for you! It does take a knack to get used to but afterward I always had great lashes, long, full..etc....never a prob with clumps or cakiness . Sorry it didn't work for you :(

At least it's not too expensive.

Thanks for sharing your experience and thanks for the comment!

Looking forward to talking to you again soon!

December 15, 2008 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi bitch!

Awww how awesome as I love the color and style of those compacts :) I must get these as they sound very muse friendly hehe!

I haven't tried either of those either...I should see about the Model Co one..curious minds!

Thanks for sharing hun :)

December 15, 2008 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Laura!

Hehe ;) SOOOOO cool you're loving it :) glad you enjoy this's my hg for ages :)

Oh what a great rave ehhe!!!!!! So excited you love this!!!!!!!!

December 15, 2008 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi KimmyDarling!

LOL I love it too :)

I really have to track this down myself..curious about it!

December 15, 2008 at 12:27 PM  

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