Friday, March 29, 2013

bareMinerals Feel the Love TSV from QVC

Note - I feel like all I do is apologize these days, but I've been having technical difficulties with my camera this week that have prevented me from posting the last few days.  I think I've gotten it figured out, so hopefully I can get back on track after the weekend.  I'll be going away for a couple of days to celebrate Easter with family and friends. 

I know March was kind of a black hole for the blog, but I've got high hopes for April!

I really wasn't planning on purchasing the bareMinerals Feel the Love TSV ($69.96) that will debut on QVC on April 20th.

I knew that the Ready Foundation was sort of the centerpiece of the kit, and though I've recently come to appreciate the foundation a little more -- you can read about that here -- it's not my favorite mineral foundation so it didn't seem worth it to me.

But then I discovered that the TSV contains a product that I've been curious about for several months, a new Ready Blush duo, and a new Moxie gloss, and I decided to bite the bullet. 

The TSV kit contains 7 items:

  • Ready Foundation Broad Spectrum
  • Bisque Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF20
  • Stroke of Light Eye Brightener
  • Ready Blush in The Love Letter and Luminizer in The Day Dream (duo product)
  • Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Starlet
  • 2-in-1 Face & Concealer Brush
  • 2-in-1 Cheek & Eye Brush

Depending on the foundation shade that the choose, the Bisque Concealer and Stroke of Light Eye Brightener colors will vary -- I ordered the foundation in Fair, so I received the original Bisque Concealer and the Stroke of Light in Luminous 1.

I'm passing the Ready Foundation onto my sister, who has a loose mineral foundation powder that she loves (Everyday Minerals, in case you're interested. She has rosacea and very reaction skin, and she loves the way that it looks and feels.  I have a couple of their products too, and I've always been happy with the stuff.) but she likes to carry a pressed powder in her bag for touch-ups.  I thought she might like to try the bareMineral's pressed foundation out. 

Since she's getting the foundation from this kit, here's a photo of my old one just in case you've never seen it (I got an advance order of it so my compact is silver. The foundation in this kit comes in a black case.)

BE Ready Foundation in Fair
BE cautions that you may need to go a shade darker in the Ready Foundation than you wear in their original loose formula since the colors run light, but personally, I find that the Fair shade in Ready is slightly darker than my original formula Fair.  Not so much that it's unwearable, but I certainly don't need to go a shade darker.

If you're not familiar with the bareMinerals Bisque Concealer, it's a loose powder concealer that you can use on any discolorations that you might have.  I typically use it over a cream or liquid concealer when I want totally flawless coverage, not on its own.

BE Multi-Tasking Concealer in Bisque
I've been interested in trying the Stroke of Light Eye Brightener since it came out, which is one of the main reasons I bought this TSV.  I'm a sucker for anything that promise to brighten up the under eye area.  This product can also conceal a little bit too, though, so if your dark circles aren't that bad, it might be the only product you need under your eyes.

But it also has a pretty liquid-y, lightweight consistency so you can layer it over your favorite cream or liquid concealer for extra brightening under the eyes.  The Luminous 1 shade has a slightly peachy cast so it does a really good job getting rid of bluish tones under the eyes.

The brightening effect is pretty subtle with Stroke of Light -- you aren't going to get that Kim Kardashian reverse raccoon look with this baby -- but it is still noticeable.

BE Stroke of Light in Luminous 1

BE Stroke of Light in Luminous 1 swatch
I love the Ready Blushes and am really enjoying the Ready Luminizer that I bought, so a duo product that contains half blush, half luminizer sounded like a dream come true.

The blush shade is The Love Letter, a sort of mauve-y brown color.  It reminds of Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed in that it has a very natural, healthy look on the cheeks.  The Love Letter has a brighter look to it, though, so it really perks of my pale skin without giving me clown cheeks.

The luminizer shade, The Daydream, looks bright pink in the pan, but it's actually a light, golden pink on the skin.  It doesn't have any glitter, but there is definite shimmer -- however, on the cheeks, it translates to a subtle glow that I really like.

BE The Love Letter Ready Blush & The Day Dream Ready Luminizer

BE The Love Letter Ready Blush & The Day Dream Ready Luminizer

The Love Letter Ready Blush (l.) & The Day Dream Ready Luminizer (r.)
As much as I love the Buxom Lipglosses -- and they are definitely my favorite glosses of all time -- I've really come to love the Marvelous Moxie Lipglosses too. They're just a bit sticky, but that gives them really good staying power and like the Buxom glosses, they've got a nice cooling sensation on the lips too.

The Moxie gloss shade in this kit is Starlet, a lovely rosy pink with subtle gold shimmer. 

BE Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Starlet

BE Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Starlet

The TSV kit also contains two brushes.  In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not the biggest fan of BE brushes.  I find that most of them are pretty scratchy, so I use them mainly for travel.  The brushes in this kit actually seem to contain synthetic bristles so they're actually super soft.  I could actually see myself using them on a regular basis.

The brushes, 2-in-1 Face & Concealer Brush and 2-in-1 Cheek & Eye Brush, are actually dual-ended, which, while are super convenient in theory, are a pain to store -- I don't have a drawer to lay out my dual-ended brushes, which means that one end inevitably gets crushed from being stored upside down in a cup. 

These brushes are actually kind of cool because one end sort stores beneath the other until you pull them apart and make them dual-ended.  That means that they're super easy to store. 

Here are a few photos so you can get a better idea of how they work:

2-in-1 Cheek & Eye Brush (top) and 2-in-1 Face & Concealer Brush (bottom)

2-in-1 Cheek & Eye Brush (top) and 2-in-1 Face & Concealer Brush (bottom)
2-in-1 Cheek & Eye Brush (top) and 2-in-1 Face & Concealer Brush (bottom)

On the whole, I feel like this is actually a pretty pricey TSV for BE.  On April 20th, it will cost $69.92 (Email me if you'd like information on how to order early.) 

With shipping & handing and taxes added in, mine came to over $80

Don't get me wrong -- it's still a good value. 

If you break it down, it comes to just over $11 per item.  The Ready Foundation is $29, Stroke of Light is $22, and a Ready Blush or Luminizer usually goes for $22 -- that's $73 right there, and we haven't gotten to the Stroke of Light, Moxie Gloss, or brushes.

Still, it just doesn't as good a deal as other BE TSVs I've purchased over the years.

If you're a fan of the Ready Foundation or have been wanting to try it, I'd recommend the TSV without hestitation.

If you don't really like it or don't need another foundation, I'm not sure the rest of the products in the kit are that exciting or the deal is that great that I'd say it's a no-brainer. 

Now, don't misunderstand me -- I'm not sorry I bought the kit.

I love the blush and luminizer duo, I'm enjoying the Stroke of Light, and the gloss is such a pretty color for everyday wear.  I'm even pretty excited about the blush, believe it or not. 

I think if my sister really loves the Ready Foundation, I'll feel like I really got my money's worth, though.

Is the BE Feel the Love TSV tempting you?  


  1. The brush construction is genius! I not a big fan of dual-ended brushes either.

    Thankfully, this TSV isn't tempting me at all. I'll gladly be skipping it.

    1. Aren't the brushes cool? Now that I've seen them, I wonder why someone didn't come up with this design before. LOL

  2. Ahh, I wish I would have known about this TSV! I love the Ready blushes, they are really great. The Daydream looks SO pretty.

    BTW, I nominated you for a Liebster award on my blog! I'm not sure if you've ever been nominated before, but I've been really enjoying your posts so you definitely deserve it! Be sure to check out my blog for details! :)

    1. There's still time, actually -- the TSV doesn't air until April 20th. :) I am totally in love with blush/illumanizer duo. So pretty!

      Thank you for the nomination! I think I may have been nominated before, but it was around the holidays and I never got around to seeing the process through. I'll definitely check out your blog. :)

  3. Do you have any idea where I can find info about the future shipments of this kit?

    1. I found this info on the Delphi BE Addicts Forum:

      The august set has blush and luminizer in slow dance blush(soft peach glow) and true romance luminizer(peach gold) lipgloss in smarty pants(shimmering shell)

      December set has blush and luminizer in attraction blush(shimmering rose) and passion play luminizer(blush nude glow) lipgloss in total pro(bronzed pink pearl)

      Hope that helps! Both sound nice, but I'm especially excited for the blush & luminizer in the August kit. I love anything peach. :)


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