I recently attended a very cool event with bareMinerals where we were walked through some of their new make-up products by their international make-up artists, SJ.
If you don't know much about bareMinerals, they're a primarily 'base'-based brand with their world famous loose mineral foundation and the 'swirl, tap buff' method of application. Until recently all their products were loose but they've expanded into pressed products, brushes and skincare as well.
One of the products SJ showed us and we got to take away was this Customizable 8-Piece Get Started Kit. Before I attended the event, I was under the impression that the only Get Started Kits out there were the ones with two Original formulas, but they've created this new one where you can choose the foundation formula that works best for you! Currently they have the Original formula, the Matte formula and the Ready formula.
The Original formula is more for the dry to normal skintypes, and it supposedly creates a more natural finish. The Matte formula is what it says - a matte finish, but I find it to be like a semi-matte finish. The Ready formula I find to be very similar to Matte!
Anyway, what you see above is what you get in the set - three brushes, two face powders, a foundation and a primer.
Ready Foundation, Warmth, Mineral Veil, Prime Time
Full Coverage Concealer Brush, Full Flawless Face Brush, Flawless Face Brush
Precision Face Brush (not in the set), Ready Foundation
Having bought the foundation on its own instead of buying a Get Started Kit myself, I suppose I'm in a good position to assess which is worth getting. With the set, you get a better picture of how a product is meant to be used and I am absolutely in love with Warmth, which I wasn't sure about before! That being said, each foundation is around £25 and this set is £50, and if you didn't like the concept of the brand, it's quite a lot to spend. At the same time, even if you don't like one or two products in the set, you probably still got your money's worth - it has about £120 worth of product in there!
I do think it's a great idea, because a lot of people tend to buy all their make-up from one brand through loyalty, laziness or perhaps in the belief they work best together. For people like that, this set is a godsend. It's also great for people who are plain curious about the brand and love understanding what brands are about (hellooo!)! It's also a good way to try everything, and for those who aren't too keen, there's always the option to buy things individually. I personally think it's a great idea to have something like this, just to have the option - so good on BareMinerals for leading the way on these!
For me, I'd happily purchase the Matte Foundation and Warmth on its own, as well as the Flawless Face Brush to go with it. I haven't quite made my mind up about the other products - I had high hopes for the Full Flawless Face Brush, but wondering if the Handibuki, which is the brush that gives an even fuller coverage, is better suited for me! Wouldn't it be cool if you could customise the foundation brush as well? Since they've made the Precision Face Brush for the Ready Foundation, I imagine this isn't too far away!
What do you think of the concept of the Customisable Get Started Kit?
Do you think more brands should make these?