Friday, May 10, 2013

Review - bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Be Free (and Some Odds and Ends)

Last week when I reviewed the Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks, I mentioned that I've been on a lipstick buying binge lately.

It's a little strange because I've always preferred gloss to lipstick, but I just can't seem to get enough of the creamy opaque look of lipstick these days.

The fact that I've stumbled across some pretty fabulous formulas in my lipstick shopping craze probably has something to do with it.

The bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick definitely falls into that fabulous category.

And color me surprised because I haven't really been a fan of any of bareMinerals' lipsticks in the past.

But, like the Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks, the Marvelous Moxie formula feels absolutely lovely on the lips.

(It makes sense that they're both fabulous lipsticks; Buxom is the branch of  bareMinerals/Bare Escentuals that's exclusive to Sephora so there's probably some overlap in the formula.)

The Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks come in a sleek black tube with an interesting closure mechanism.  There's a small silver button near the bottom of the cap that you slide down in order to get the tube to come free.

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

I ordered my Marvelous Moxie Lipstick online about a month ago when Bare Escentuals sent me an email for their preview shopping event.  Because I was ordering without having seen the shades in person, I wasn't particularly daring in my choice -- Be Free is exactly my type when it comes to lipstick colors.

Bare Escentuals describes it as a creamy pink nude.  I would say that's pretty accurate -- it's a nude shade with pink undertones so it has enough color to work well on even fair skin like mine.  It has a creamy, satin-like finish on the lips.

(For reference, the Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Nudist that I reviewed last week is a peachier nude shade.)

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Be Free

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick
I love the color of the lipstick for sure -- it's a perfect everday nude -- but I may love the formula even more.  It's feels creamy and moisturizing on the lips, which isn't exactly surprising with ingredients like abyssinian oil, omega fatty acids, and vitamins A, C, & E.

Like the Marvelous Moxie glosses, the lipstick formula is also supposed make your lips look fuller -- I don't know that I really see much of a difference, to be honest, so if that's your primary reason for purchasing, I'd probably look somewhere else.

The Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks also have the same scent as the glosses -- a cross between mint and cinnamon.  Personally, I like it but I know that some folks aren't fans.

In terms of wear, I can usually can four to five hours with this lipstick -- which is good for me since I am constantly drinking throughout the day.

You can get the Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks at Sephora, Ulta, Bare Escentuals boutiques, and all of the associated websites.  They retail for $18 each.

I absolutely love this lipstick, and unlike the Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick line that doesn't really have any other shades beyond the two that I have that I would want, there are several other Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks that I'd like to pick up in the future.

(I will probably hold off for a while.  As I said, I've bought a ton of lipsticks recently so I don't really need anymore right now.)

Have you tried the Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks?  Are you a fan of the formula?

Oh, and before I go, here are a few odds and ends I wanted to touch on:

  • I really try to post daily during the week so I apologize for my spotty record the last couple of weeks.  The Islanders made the NHL playoffs for the first time in 7 years and I have been absolutely caught up in that.  On game days, I can't seem to find time to post because when they win, I want to spend hours watching highlights and post-game interviews and all that jazz, and when they lose, I'm way too cranky to type coherent sentences.  When the playoffs are over (which will hopefully be later rather sooner), I promise to get back to daily posts.  
  • I've always been a fan of dewy looking makeup, but with the spring upon us, I've been absolutely obsessed with getting a glowy look. I've got great foundations and cream blushes for that, but I don't have a cream highlighter.  I got Benefit's Watt's Up in Sephora's birthday gift and it's nice, but just a little too golden for my tastes.  Can anyone recommend a cream highlighter that's a bit more neutral or even cool in tone?
  • I'm going to do a Shopping Bag post on it very soon, but I can't recommend the new Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon enough - and this is coming from a girl who doesn't generally wear bright lipsticks!  It's the perfect pinky red shade for summer (or anytime really) and because the Lip Butter formula is a bit sheerer than traditional lipsticks, it's easy even for the faint of heart like me to wear.  I'm not sure if it's limited edition or not, so pick it up if you see it for sure.


  1. Great post!

    In reference to the high lighter, Benefit's High Beam is cool toned and is on the pinker side.

    1. Thanks so much for the suggestion! I think I actually have a sample of High Beam that I got a while back and banished to the bottom of my samples drawer. I will definitely dig it out and give it a try. :)


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