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BE washcloths
Boutique listing

General Makeup
Lifespan of foundation / Mineral expiration date
Is BE for teens?
Which BE product to buy first

Why is BE so great?
Why did this product break me out?

Choosing the correct foundation color
How to apply foundation
Lifespan of foundation / Mineral expiration date
Why did this product break me out?

How to use glimmers
Glimmers for teens only?
Why did this product break me out?
Mineral expiration date

Which liner with which lipstick
Why did this product break me out?

BE catalog
BE boutiques
Where to purchase BE
Best place for BE purchases
Which BE product to buy first
BE return policy
Frequent shoppers card
Birthday discount
Boutique listing

Skin Care/Bath/Body
BE moisturizers and skin care products
BE washcloths
Why did this product break me out?

Specific Products
What is Mineral Veil?
Why did this product break me out?
Lifespan of foundation
/ Mineral expiration date

Where can I get a Bare Escentuals catalog?
QVC has a catalog. Call 1-800-345-4492 to request one. You can also call 1-800-451-2022 to order a catalog from the i.d. BareMinerals site.

Where can I find a Bare Escentuals boutique?
Go to the Bare Escentuals web page for a complete listing of the boutiques with address and phone numbers. Also, at the bottom of this page you will find a complete listing of the boutiques.

How can I purchase Bare Escentuals products?
Bare Escentuals products can be purchased from BE Mail Order (1-800-227-3990), at any of the BE boutiques across the country, ULTA stores, select Sephoras, QVC, the BE infomercial site and visit Let's Go Shopping for more recommended places to purchase.

Where is the best place to purchase BE Products?
Basically ULTA, Sephora, Dermstore and BE boutiques and BE Mail Order all charge the same prices, as does QVC on single items. There are different benefits when you purchase from BE or QVC. When purchasing items from BE, there is just one shipping charge (based on weight). With every $120 spent, you will receive a $10 credit on your NEXT purchase. The boutique and Mail Order will track your purchases on a card. This card is transferable between Mail Order and the boutiques. You do not have to spend $120 at one time; these purchases will be accumulated.

QVC often offers specials or package deals on the products that are considerably less expensive than purchasing from BE, even with their individual shipping charges. In the future, purchases made from the new BE catalog will be charged discounted shipping (full price for the first item and half price shipping for the others.)

What BE product should I buy first?
The foundation and Mineral Veil are the best place to start. Then you can add one or more of the blushes. Once you have the basics, it's time to start adding eyeshadow, glimmer or glimpses, lipsticks, glosses and all over face colors. Don't forget to try BE's amazing line of body care products too!

How do I choose the correct foundation color?
The odd numbered foundations (#1, 3, 5, 7, 9) are for people with red undertones, #1 being the lightest. The even numbered foundations (#2, 4, 6, 8) are for people with yellow undertones, #2 being the lightest. Most people are #2 or #3. African American women tend to wear #5 through #8. One of the wonderful advantages of mineral foundation is that you can mix two colors to get the perfect match for your skin if one of the foundations doesn't match. BE recently added decimal foundations: 1.2, 2.3, 5.5 and 4.53. See Terry's Color Comparisons for a first hand look at the colors.

How do I apply the foundation?
Turn your jar of foundation upside down, turn it back over again and open. There should be just a little bit of foundation left in your lid - take your Bare Minerals Foundation Brush, kabuki brush or taklon foundation brush and swirl it in the lid, then tap the bottom of the brush on the side of the lid to remove any excess. You may also use a small bowl (like a rice dish found in a Japanese restaurant). Starting at the outside of your face (along the jaw line) lightly apply the foundation, working inward. Some women like to apply the foundation with long strokes and others prefer applying in a circular manner. If you feel more coverage is needed, feel free to go back and add more (remember start with the tiniest amount because it is easier to build your look). When finished applying the foundation with the brush, take a makeup sponge wedge (or a flocked sponge) and lightly buff the excess foundation away -- this also helps to fill in any enlarged pores you may have. Follow with a dusting of Mineral Veil. Some women prefer to apply BE wet. . Add a drop of water at a time to the powder in your bowl and mix the water and powder to the desired consistency. Apply to the face with a flocked or make up sponge/wedge in a downward motion, blending well. If you have dry skin you can use moisturizer in place of the water to make a cream foundation. A good rule of thumb is to moisturize prior to application if you suffer from dry or mature skin.

The best the advice is to try several different application techniques to decide which works best for you.

What is Mineral Veil?
Mineral Veil is translucent, talc free, cornstarch based powder, which reduces shine, and gives you that finished, or "polished" look. It is also great for touch ups during the day. Mineral veil has a reputation for reducing the size of enlarged pores and many women apply this first, add foundation and then lightly apply more mineral veil (fondly known as the mineral veil sandwich).

How long does the foundation last? Do the minerals have an expiration date?
The minerals will last much longer than the traditional foundation/blush/eyeshadows because you use so little. The products can last anywhere from a few months to a year according to individual usage. Because the products are 100% natural, there was no expiration date. Recently due to the claim of SPF in the foundation (it's true), BE is bound by FDA regulations to add an expiration date to its foundations. The FDA has since lifted this requirement, and new jars of foundation will not contain an expiration date. Even if you have a jar with an expiration date, the minerals do not expire and are safe to use past that date.

What liner should I use with which lipstick?
A lot of that is personal preference. Normally you want to stay close to the tone of the lipstick being used. As a rule of thumb, Neutral and Earth work well with the brown and neutral tones. Henna and Cocoa work well with the pink and plum tones, and True works with the red tones.

How are the glimmers used?
Oh the possibilities are endless! You can use glimmers over top of your eyeshadow to give it some sparkle and oomph. Use it to wet-line your eyes. Pussycat can even be used to line the brows. You can mix it with your hair gel to add highlights to your hair, mix it with your body lotion to add sparkle to legs, shoulders, and arms. Dip Buzz or Lip Savor in the glimmers for a shimmery, lasting lip color. Another great trick is to add a color (blush, glimmer, glimpse or shadow) to clear lip gloss for a custom lip look. Let your imagination run wild!

Check out our Tips & Tricks message section in the BE Addicts Forum on Delphi for all the different ways BE glimmers can be used.

Aren't glimmers for teenagers?
You are only as young as you feel -- glimmers keep you young! BE Glimmers are not overpowering. They add a lovely sparkle to your eyes, or where ever you choose to wear them! From 16 to 160 - anyone can wear glimmers.

Can young teens use this makeup?
This is the perfect makeup for someone just beginning to experiment with makeup. It is 100% natural, will not clog pores, and gives you a soft glow without having that "made up" look. Many teens report an improved complexion once they have given up the liquid pore clogging foundations.

What makes this makeup so great?
It is pure, made from the earth minerals. There are no fillers, additives, talc, oil, etc. All of those things can create havoc with your skin. You get full coverage without any of the harsh makeup lines. The makeup lasts all day long. It will not melt off in the humidity of the summer, as it is not a water-based liquid. It will not clog your pores and is so good for you, you can sleep in it! Best of all, the foundation contains Titanium Dioxide which is a natural sunscreen of SPF 15!

What are the differences between the moisturizers/skin care products?
BE carries MD Formulations skin care. You can click here for more information.

Why did (insert product here) make me break out?
Sometimes when you are introducing a new product to your skin, it will react to the change. It is recommend trying one new product at a time so if you have a reaction you can narrow it down. Usually if you give your skin a few days, sometimes a week, it will settle down and be happy again. Many of the products contain glycolic and/or salicylic acids which might take your skin longer to adjust to. The wait will pay off in the long run with the best skin you've ever had!!

Where can I submit product suggestions, compliments and complaints?
You can post a message in the "Ask BE" folder in the forum, and your comments will be passed along to BE. You can also email Leslie Blodgett at leslie@bareescentuals.com.

What is the BE return policy?
If you are not satisfied with a purchase from a BE boutique or Mail Order, contact whomever you ordered the product from. It will be replaced or your account will be credited. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. Products purchased from QVC have a 30-day money back guarantee.

How do I get samples?
Simply contact Mail Order or one of the boutiques. You may request any makeup or skin care samples. The average is 6-7 per order. If you only want samples there will be a flat shipping charge. You are encouraged to sample a product before making an investment in the full size. Chances are you will love it!

Is there a frequent shoppers card at BE?
With every $120 spent, you will receive a $10 credit on your NEXT purchase. Each BE boutique and Mail Order keeps a card on its customers, the amounts are cumulative, and do not have to be acquired in one order. They are also transferable from Mail Order to boutique, and vice versa. Your purchases and "punches" are tracked on BE's computer system, so you can use your discount at any BE boutique or Mail Order.

Tell me more about the 15% off birthday discount.
There is a 15% off birthday discount for one purchase only during the month of your birthday. This is for established customers, part of a client outreach program, that are in the BE system. Normally, you will receive a card in the mail to bring into the store or mention if you place your orders by phone. Occasionally, the store will get behind in their cards or run out. At that point, it is up to the store manager to honor the discount in this special circumstance. Normally, this discount is not offered to new customers on their first visit.

What kind of washcloths does BE sell?
  • Agave wash cloth ($6): "This amazing wash cloth is comprised of natural plant fibers. Long wearing and quick drying, this EXFOLIATING wash cloth is perfect with shower gels and liquid loofah and body buffers."
  • Chenille wash cloth ($15): Hand knit with extra thick chenille yarn, this cloth will pamper the most sensitive skin. Ideal for your face or body."
  • Plush Deep Cleansing Cloth ($15): "Part of a superior facial cleansing approach that removes all traces of makeup, environmental debris, and dead skin cells. The secret is in the patented state-of-the-art weave of 40% cotton and 60% Japanese plant pulp. Designed for those with sensitive skin, the benefits are numerous including:
    • gentle yet thorough exfoliation
    • non-irritating, won't pull or tug skin
    • ideal for post-plastic surgery, post-laser surgery, and rosacea sufferers
    • quickly removes the blackest mascara and the reddest lipstick
    • long lasting, machine wash and dryable."
    • It feels like velvet on the skin.

Boutique Listing

Mail Order
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Chandler Fashion Square
3111 W. Chandler Boulevard, Space #2050
Chandler, AZ 85226

Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 2208
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


4th Street
1795 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Topanga Plaza
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Canoga Park, CA 91303

Village at Corte Madera
1532 Redwood Highway
Corte Madera, CA 94925

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Americana at Brand
233 South Brand Avenue, Space G4
Glendale, CA 91210

Westside Pavilion
10800 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Stoneridge Mall
1112 Stoneridge Mall
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Roseville Galleria
1151 Galleria Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678

Fashion Valley Mall
7007 Friars Road, Space 875B
San Diego, CA 92108

Pier 39
Beach/Embarcadero SP J-01
San Francisco, CA 94133

Stonestown Galleria
3251 20th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Westfield San Francisco Centre
865 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

925 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose, CA 95123

Hillsdale Mall
144 Hillsdale Mall
San Mateo, CA 94403

Valley Fair
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95050

The Oaks Shopping Center

538 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Broadway Plaza
1237 Broadway Plaza
Walnut Creek, CA 94596


Cherry Creek
3000 East First Avenue, Suite 130
Denver, CO 80206

Denver Pavilions
500 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Cherry Creek
3000 East First Avenue, Suite 130
Denver, CO 80206


Danbury Fair Mall
7 Backus Avenue, Space B108
Danbury, CT 06810


Brandon Town Center
424 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511

St. Johns Town Center
4812 River City Dr. Suite 131
Jacksonville, FL 32246

Florida Mall
8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32809


Atlanta Airport
Hartsfield Atlanta Airport
T Concourse, Gate 5
Atlanta, GA 30320

Lenox Square
3393 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326

Perimeter Mall
4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30346

Town Center @ Cobb
400 Ernest W Barrett Parkway
Kennesaw, GA 30144


Ala Moana Mall
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Space #2304
Honolulu, HI 96814


Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Oakbrook Center
57 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Woodfield Mall
#K314 Woodfield Shopping Center
Schaumburg, IL 60173


Keystone Crossing
8702 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, IN 46240


Oak Park Mall
11775A West 95th Street
Overland Park, KS 66214


Annapolis Mall
1845 Annapolis Mall, Suite 1448
Annapolis, MD 21401


Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street Suite #3056
Natick, MA 01760


Twelve Oaks
27340 Novi Road, Suite D161
Novi, MI 48377

Mall of Partridge Creek
17370 Hall Road, Space 124B
Clinton Township, MI 48038


Mall of America
294 North Garden
Bloomington, MN 55425


Chesterfield Mall
252 Chesterfield Mall, Space 776
Chesterfield, MO 63017

West County
25 West County Centre
Des Peres, MO 63131

St. Louis Galleria
1122 St. Louis Galleria
St. Louis, MO 63117

Country Club Plaza
230 1/2 Nichols Road
Kansas City, MO 64112

New Jersey

1 Garden State Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652

New York

New York
1140 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Roosevelt Field
630 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY 11530

Queens Center Mall
90-15 Queens Blvd.
Elmhurst, NY 11373

North Carolina

South Park Mall
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211


26300 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122

Kenwood Towne Centre
7875 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236

Polaris Fashion Place
1500 Polaris Parkway, Space 1018
Columbus, OH 43240


Washington Square
9585 SW Washington Square Road
Tigard, OR 97223


King of Prussia
160 N. Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

South Carolina

Haywood Mall
700 Haywood Road, Space #1015
Greenville, SC 29607


Carriage Crossing
4630 Merchants Park Circle, Suite 715
Collierville, TN 38017


Parks at Arlington
3811 South Cooper Street, Suite 1146
Arlington, TX 76015

Northpark Center
8687 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225

Shops @ Willow Bend
6121 West Park Boulevard, Space D102
Plano, TX 75093

Northstar Mall
7400 San Pedro, Space #1325
San Antonio, TX 78216

The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78256


Tysons Corner
7995L Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102


274 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004


Bayshore Mall
5676 North Center Parkway
Glendale, WI 53217

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