Call me boring but most of the time, I like a rather natural, neutral, pretty look for my day-to-day makeup. You know what I’m talking about: the no-makeup makeup look. There is a time and a place for acid green liner, electric blue shadow, and rainbow glitter, of course–and I like to play with makeup just as much as the next beauty addict. But most of the time, I prefer a pretty subtle uniform of clean, semi-matte skin, a wash of neutral shadow, perfectly smudgy liner and a pretty “my lips but better” lip color. As luck would have it, Jouer’s Bare Beauty Collection contains all the items I need to create my ideal daily look!
The Bare Beauty Collection comes thoughtfully packaged in a dark brown suede pouch with drawstrings and a tiny gold Jouer charm. Inside, you’ll find 4 pieces: the Essential Matte Touch, The Naturals Powder Eyeshadow Trio, Bare Tint, and Nude Lip Gloss. A small card that outlines the products and how to use them is included.
As you’ll recall from my previous Jouer posts (here and here), their products feature ingenius, interlocking packaging that allows you to mix and match to create your own personalized palettes. Be sure to check out those reviews if you’re curious about how it works!
The Essential Matte Touch is a pale buttery-yellow mattifying balm that goes on colorless. Jouer suggests using your fingers to apply but I tested it using a sponge. I used blotting motions instead of sweeping motions to apply. This was quite effective at taking down the shine on my face without disturbing my makeup. I also tested it using a flat top buffing brush and that method worked well too.
The photos directly above and below highlight 2 of the ways that you can attach these pieces together. Yes, all 4 products are connected in both photos.
I would say that the resulting finish is soft matte–definitely matte but not in a very flat, very obvious way. When I use the Essential Matte Touch, it just looks like my skin is naturally that matte, not the kind of extreme matte that is created by a product. You can also use this under makeup. The Essential Matte Touch does smooth out my skin but it doesn’t completely fill in my pores like a regular primer would.
Now on to The Naturals Powder Eyeshadow Trio. It’s made up of 3 shades: a shimmery pinky-beige, a soft shimmery taupe, and shimmery dark chocolate. The shades are super-flattering and easy-to-wear. The texture is super smooth, silky, and slightly buttery and the shades are all nicely pigmented. The shades are not meant to be heavy or opaque so, as you can tell from the swatches, they go on just a bit softer. I personally love it–it makes application a breeze because you don’t have to worry about blending out any harsh lines.
When describing the shades, I say shimmery but they really exhibit more of a shimmery sheen. It’s a very fine, glowy, satiny finish–gorgeous! The light pink-beige shade is probably the most shimmery. The soft taupe shade and dark chocolate shade have a very fine, subtle golden sheen. All 3 shades lasted all day over a primer.
The Bare Tint is described as a “sheer rosy nude” but I find that it’s a bit more peachy than rosy, but there are definite nude tones. The texture smooth and silky without being too slippery. It does have that very slight dry touch/powdery feel to it that many cream-to-powder blushes do. I would not call this a cream-to-powder formula though. The powdery feel is just barely imperceptible on the skin–it’s much more noticeable if you try to use the Tint on your lips.
Bare is a stunning shade that will flatter both warm and cool tones. It does show up well on my light-medium skin but I think those with medium-dark or dark skin may have a hard time getting Bare to show up on their skin. I do find the Tint is easy to layer and build color though, so who knows. If not, you could definitely layer a powder blush over it to intensify the color. Bare lasted about 4 hours on my oily skin.
The Nude Lip Gloss described as a “creamy true nude”. It’s a sheer pinky-nude. The gloss has a doe-foot applicator. The texture is light, smooth, and creamy; there is not a hint of stickiness to it, which I love. It also feels quite moisturizing on the lips. I didn’t even have to apply a balm prior to application, which I find to be the case with most glosses (as I have very dry lips).
*I did not swatch the Essential Matte Touch because it’s translucent and therefore virtually impossible to photograph
I thought for sure that Nude would be much too pale for me and give me the dreaded “corpse-lips”, but surprisingly, it was fine! It gave me a wearable, full-on nude lip that didn’t wash me out or make my lips look dead. It’s seriously the perfect shade of nude that I think would look great on everyone. Nude lasted about 2 hours on my lips.
I honestly can’t find a thing to fault this palette on! I think it really shines because the products are all so easy to use/wear. Nothing is “too much”, if that makes sense. The shadows are decently pigmented but not too heavy, they’re not too shimmery, the Essential Matte Touch is not too extremely matte…everything is balanced and natural and effortless. Plus, all 4 full-sized products retail for reasonable $58–what more could you want?! I’ve been reaching for this palette every single day. I think it’s great set for Jouer newbies to test out all the different products!
»»Pricing: $58/4 pieces (Essential Matte Touch=0.21 oz./6 g., The Naturals Powder Eyeshadow Trio=0.077 oz./2.2 g., Bare Tint=0.07 oz./2 g., Nude Lip Gloss=0.17 fl. oz./5 ml.)
»»Recommended for: anyone looking for the perfect all-in-one palette to create the perfect no-makeup makeup look!
»»Overall Rating: A
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