The Sample: Jouer Bare Beauty Collection (Review, Swatches & Photos)

22 Jan

««Press Sample»»

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.

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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).

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*I did not swatch the Essential Matte Touch because it’s translucent and therefore virtually impossible to photograph

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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.)

»»Availability:,,,, and all Jouer counters

»»Recommended for: anyone looking for the perfect all-in-one palette to create the perfect no-makeup makeup look!

»»Overall Rating: A


Love what you see? Stay tuned for a special giveaway coming up…:D


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

34 Responses to “The Sample: Jouer Bare Beauty Collection (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Lily January 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    It’s like putting pieces of puzzle together! The interlocking system is very creative. I love the shades too. Definitely for every day wear. So easy to put them together. I want!!!!

    • becca January 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

      I know it is–I really love it! I am building up quite a Jouer collection and it’s so fun to mix and match! You can create the perfect palette to carry around with you and change a piece here and there as you go. It’s really nice to be able to do that! :)

  2. Joyce (bronzerbunny) January 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    YAY JOUER! i feel like there are only good things to say. that mattifying product seems really interesting. i like that gloss! its going on my list. i have a lip enhancer from them and it is quite moisturizing! does the gloss attach too?!

    • becca January 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      Sorry, I have updated with a little note in the post clarifying that. Yes, the even the lip gloss connects! Cool, huh? I love mixing and matching to create my perfect palette. And I like to connect them back to back (like in the 6th picture down) to store them as well. It’s so convenient–love Jouer!

      I have a mini Lip Enhancer that I love and also the lip tint. I honestly have not met a Jouer product that I didn’t fall madly in love with! :D

  3. Meryl @ Memoiselle January 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    OMG the eyeshadow looks super nice! Not too glittery and it’s well pigmented. The bare lip cheek tint also looks very nice on most skin tone..
    I want I want I want!! :D

    • becca January 22, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

      Haha :P It’s a really nice set and I love it a lot! You REALLY need to get your hands on some Jouer, Meryl–you’re missing out!! :P

  4. Claire January 22, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    jouer overload! :O so many pretties. I am very impressed by your nude lipgloss swatch, looks like a ‘perfect-won’t-make-me-look-ded’ gloss ;) I yet have to explore a lot from jouer but your swatches make me drool already!

    • becca January 22, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

      Haha I know–too much prettiness to handle!! :P

      The Nude Lip Gloss really is the perfect nude shade–I know a lot of people say that but I have very pale, dead-looking lips already so 99% of nude shades out there made me look like a corpse. If this one works on me, I’m sure it’ll work for most :P

      • Claire January 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

        haha, most nude shades make me look dead, sadly. I can handle nudes with a pink undertone. the only pale nude peachy beige I like is MAC pure zen (but the formulation is kinda meh) :P

        • becca January 22, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

          I haven’t tried many but from what I HAVE tried, the darkest I thought I could go was Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment–and that one is a very medium pink-nude. This is the palest I’ve ever worn and felt I could pull off!!

  5. Sunny January 23, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    Is it weird that regardless of the amount of neutral eyeshadows I own, I STILL WANT THIS ONE??? Dang it! I can do without the gloss (though that’s a personal preference) but everything else looks soooo nice :)

    • becca January 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      Ooooh Sunny–the eyeshadow is INCREDIBLE! I love the softness of the color and the sheen. It all makes for SUCH an incredibly effortless neutral look! I really wish Jouer sold it separately because I have a feeling I’m going to go through it really quickly! :P

  6. Angie January 23, 2013 at 6:03 am #

    Wow this set is so beautiful! I actually have never tried any of the Jour products, and so this is the first time I’ve ever seen an interlocking set like this – it is very unique and I love the design of it! I also checked out your other posts on the bronzer and blush – they look so gorgeous! I should check into these for sure – I will have to see if there is a counter near me! :)
    Great post, Becca! <3

    • becca January 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Aw thanks Angie!! You like in Florida, right Angie? Or maybe I’m mistaken…but I believe there are only 1 or 2 Jouer counters at the moment and they’re both in California :/ Sorry!! I know, I wish they had one closer to me and ones around the country so everyone could try this amazing brand! If you’re curious though, you should check out their site. They have a really nice one :)

  7. Emi at Project Swatch January 23, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    Surprisingly, it’s the lipgloss that I’m most drawn to – it just looks so easy to wear! I really must check out Jouer some time. Do you know if there’s somewhere I can swatch/play in person?

    • becca January 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      You’re lucky Emi because you actually live quite close to one (I think…). The nearest one to you is in Santa Monica? There is also one in Walnut Creek, but I’m not sure where that is…definitely tell me if you go to the one in Santa Monica, though. I love this brand and I would be so excited if you tried it!! :D

  8. Rocaille January 23, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    The Bare Tint looks amazing and I think the whole set is well thought out and the value for money is quite fantastic too. Thanks for the review, Becca!

    • becca January 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Of course, thank YOU for stopping by Monika! I feel so honored :D haha

  9. Teri January 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Now that is an interesting idea! Never saw that before :). I also really like the shades you have, very wearable! That blush looks like perfection!

    • becca January 23, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      I know I LOVE these shades, Teri! They’re so, so easy to wear and they’re SO pretty! :D

  10. Liz January 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Oh man. Obviously I’m going to have to try out some Jouer in the near future! I trust your tastes, wifey. :D

    I have a lot of neutral makeup though, because I spent 99% of my makeup wearing years being a total sissy. There’s no way I can justify this set in my current stash unfortunately!

    • becca January 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      Hahaha well, I am still sissying it up and darn proud of it!! :P I think a little bit more variety would be good for me (I am looking for some colorful liners, brighter blushes, and a few brighter green shadows) but overall, I like neutral colors best and since I wear them so often, I can never have too much!! :D

      Still, Jouer is a brand that you must DEFINITELY try sometime, wifey. You will not regret it!!

  11. Chris El January 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Done and done! I’m sold!! I’m heading to now but I’m curious about your giveaway. ;)

    • becca January 24, 2013 at 12:47 am #

      Yaaaay haha :P u really have to this brand is pure awesomeness! Oh and giveaway will be up tomorrow I swear! I was at school all day today and didnt have time :/

  12. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) January 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Oh my gosh, the lip gloss connects too?! Ingenious indeed :) I did gloss out 2011 and since then my obsession with gloss has subsided, but I really really like the color of this one. I’m glad you mentioned about no-corpse-lips, that’s always a concern of mine with lighter shades

    • becca January 24, 2013 at 12:53 am #

      I know me too! 99% of nude glosses/ lippies look absolutely horrendous on me but this one is *gorgeous* :D youNEED this gloss Catherine!

  13. Angela Hall January 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    These are so rich looking. That lipgloss looks divine. I’m not sure how practical the clickiness is btu its a cool idea.

    • becca January 24, 2013 at 12:58 am #

      For the gloss, I think its nice to snap onand carry with you but i agree, at home theres really no point. But its so nice being able to connect my blush to the bronzer then to the highlighter i like to pair with them. :)

  14. Makeup Morsels January 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    Oh man, the kid in me loves the interlocking system hahah, it’s like the world’ prettiest puzzle! The finish on those eyeshadows is beautiful, EOTD possibly? :)

    • becca January 24, 2013 at 1:03 am #

      I know I love the packaging so much! :D and as for EOTD, trust me MM, I am working on it. ;) this “closeup pictures of your face on a blog” thing is HARD!haha

  15. Taylor January 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    The no makeup look is definitely my favorite too! The mattifying cream sounds wonderful, I like the idea of it. Also love the interlocking system, the only bad thing is that I would want a long train if Jouer.. The blush is gorgeous and your photos btw are beautiful!

    • becca January 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      Haha I know it’s hard to resist adding to the Jouer palettes once you get started–it’s so fun and SO pretty!! :P

      And thank you for your sweet comment, Taylor! I have been trying to improve my photography so it’s nice that someone notices :)

  16. Toya January 31, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    These products would be perfect for someone looking to have a set that’s all-compassing for a natural look! I have been gravitating more toward these kinds of shades lately, versus the brighter, more in-your-face type (though those still make my heart beat fast :P). I haven’t tried Jouer products but this would be a great place to start!

    • becca January 31, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      I agree, Toya! This set is so great for those who are new to the brand. They have some other super-gorgeous collections on their site too–some that include a powder blush/bronzer duo, cheek tint and highlighter duo, and a pinkier gloss or another that contains more bronze and peach shades…they’re all SO so beautiful and any one of them would be a great way to try out different products from the brand. I highly recommend checking out the site! You will fall in love! :D

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