Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Refillable Mirror Compact Review

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Refillable Mirror Compact
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The BARE MINERALS REFILLABLE COMPACT sounded like a good idea since it allows you to fill it with your favorite Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation powder, comes with a brush, and fits easily into a purse, bag or pocket(though it is a little thick) and lets you touch up that face on-the-go.
It does what it says but it can be a minor nuisance to re-powder. First, the compact comes with a plastic lid/sifter that keeps the powder from spilling out and also has a tab that holds the small brush in place. That's great and it pops out easily, to fill the compact up.
The tricky part is that the tab that holds the brush is also the tab that you must pull open, and parts of the plastic lid swings out like a door, so that you can access the powder, which is under another plastic lid that has sifter holes in it. From there you dip the brush and swirl, tap and apply. But once the door is open, the powder can spill out, and when you close it, the air pressure blows some of the powder all over the place, so you have to be careful not to get any on your clothes.
But I guess that's the trade off with using loose powder. You won't be able to do a quick touch up in a dark car or walking down the street, like you can with a sponge and pressed powder, because you really need to pay attention when you open the plastic secondary lid, swirl the brush in the powder, and then apply it to your face.
Another issue is that the new Bare Minerals powders come with a "click, lock, go" sifter, so the top part of the jar, under the cap, does not come off. You must turn the sifter to expose the holes and then spank the jar upside down to fill the compact. Not sure if the new jars with "click, lock, go" would be better to take on-the-go than this compact, the compact is only slightly smaller than the a .21-oz. jar of Bare Minerals Matte, but then you'd still need to carry a brush, so I guess it evens out.
The Bare Escentuals bareMinerals(R) Refillable Buffing Brush is another option to carry BM or other loose powder on-the-go but that's even harder to use and fill than this compact.
This compact comes in a box with a nice black zippered carrying pouch, the flat compact brush pictured, and the gray compact. It does not come with Bare Minerals powder.

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