Refillable Buffing Brush
I love BE makeup. This product seemed the perfect combination -- BE and a brush in a compact, refillable case. Sadly, it never worked properly. Exchanged the first, mistakenly hung on to the second. I rarely used it but it felt like no power was dispensed. Also, powder leaked in my purse and eventually the makeup cup would no longer hold. I threw it all away and felt it was an expensive rip off.
Awesome...Once I read the instructions LOL
I had problems getting this to work at first too. I didn't bother reading the instructions though because it looked fairly straightforward: Unscrew the bottom, fill the vial with powder, screw back in and use. Well, after 15 minutes of cursing and swearing, I finally read the little paper that came with it!
For those of you who have a hard time reading TINY print (come on BE, take it easy on those of us that don't have perfect vision, after all, squinting causes WRINKLES!) I am going to do you a BIG favor. This is what you need to do to get the thing to work properly:
1. Unscrew the vial and set it aside. Look into the brush handle as you twist it to the open position. You should see the opening moving as you turn it. Keep turning till you hear a CLICK, and you will see that the brush is now FULLY open.
2. Close it back up and set it aside. Get your empty vial, favorite powder, the little spoon, and a dime, penny, or if you promise to be careful, a butter knife (or flat head screwdriver).
3A. If you have the CLICK, LOCK, GO sifter on your pot of powder: make sure the sifter is locked shut. Flip it over so the bottom faces up. I suggest doing this sitting at a table and putting down a paper towel to work on so the pot doesn't slide. Take your tool (penny, dime, whatever) and stick the edge of it in between the rim of the container and the plastic cover. If you look at the bottom of the pot you will see that there is a frosted plastic disk, whereas the pot itself is clear. There is a little space between them, and this is what you are aiming for. Using GENTLE pressure, pry your tool up under the lip of the disk until you feel it give a little. STOP!!! Turn the pot 1/4 turn in either direction, and repeat until the disk comes free. (Trying to pry it up in one shot MAY cause the disk to pop up too fast, causing spillage and loss of product!) Use the little scoop to transfer the powder to the vial and screw it back into the handle. Place the disk back on the pot and press down firmly with even pressure over the whole pot until it clicks back into place. You will know you did it right if the disk looks flush with the bottom of the pot. If it's lop sided or sticks up, try again. I actually press it down and turn it over right side up on my counter top, cover it with my whole palm, and lean down on it till it clicks tight. I find this easier, but do what feels right for you
3B: If you are using a pot with the REGULAR sifter, this is what you need to do: Getting the regular sifter off with a coin or butter knife is IMPOSSIBLE! So you really need to use a knife with a pointed tip that can get between the sifter and the rim of the pot, but you have to PROMISE to be EXTREMELY careful, and if you are a clutz (like me) have your hubby or handy BFF do this part for you! If you hold the pot at eye level and look at the rim, you will see where there is the frosted plastic of the sifter and the clear plastic of the pot. There is a little seam where they meet, and this is what you are aiming for. Put the pot down on the table/counter where you have laid down your paper towel. GENTLY work the tip into this seam and give your tool a LITTLE twist till you feel the sifter give a bit. Turn about 1/8 of a turn and repeat, until the sifter comes free without force. Fill your vial and screw it in, replace your sifter (just put it on and press, no click, no fuss. You will know its on right when you can barely see the seam again) and put the lid back on.
NOW that you have filled your brush, twist it almost all the way around until you hear it CLICK. If it doesn't click, it's not open the whole way. Once it clicks, turn it over and give it a shake to release the product and get it flowing. Test it by buffing onto the inside of your arm. If it doesn't flow right away, tap the bottom of the brush FIRMLY on a solid surface and try again.
It may seem like a lot of work, but it's totally worth it for the convenience factor once you set it up. I have the mini brush, which I am using for blush or Radiance (depending on my mood LOL) and the full size one for my foundation. I like the full size one for foundation because I can customize the blend as my skin tone changes throughout the year. The mini is nice if you want to create custom blush blends.
Once I figured these out, I fell in love with them and will never grab my purse without them!!!
Hope this helps some of you!
Loved it until it locked up
I am an avid BareMinerals user. It is the only product I will put on my face. I use the skin care products as well as the make-up. I swear by it and recommend it to others all the time.
Since its a loose powder, it has been difficult to keep in my purse and use for a quick touch up, so when I saw this product I was very excited and thought it would solve this problem.
Initially it worked great for my foundation, so I bought 2 more for my mineral veil and blush. I agree with other users that the instructions did not accurately describe how to use the product, however I was able to figure it out and was happy with it. Then after a few months of use one of the brushes "locked up" so the brush wouldn't retract back into the base. No matter what I did I couldn't get it to work right. Thinking this was a fluke I took the brush back to the store I bought it and they replaced it. Then within another month the exact same thing happened to the other 2 brushes. Now I realize this isn't a fluke but an overall flaw with the product. Knowing this I did not want to replace the brush but return it, however being months after I purchased it and not having a receipt any longer I could not return the product.
Needless to say I'm extremely disappointed to have spent almost $100 on 3 brushes that after only a few months of use are worthless to me.
it in my purse reapply as needed which is so nice because of how busy i've become, helpful beyond belief put some on before i get home then the boyrfriend isn't scared of me when i get home tired.
Problem Filling Buffing Brush
I love the buffing brush (as I do all of the BM products I have tried.) However, I don't really like filling it. Trying to get the BM Foundation out of the container with the new Click/Lock/Go lid is very frustrating. Otherwise -- the brush is fantastic for carrying with me when I am away from home.
No Problems Here!
I have 2 of these in my bag - one for Foundation, and one for MV - and I love them. I've had absolutely NO leakage. LOVE it.
Can't figure out how to use it
I just saw that other people are having issues with the design of this brush and I'm also having the same issues. I can't get the product to go down the brush. I suppose I'll look at other reviews on tips to use this but the instructions that are given with the product do not work at all.
refillable buffing brush
what a disappointment. You either get a clump of minerals that come out or none at all.
The brush sheds also so you have to pick off hairs after using. To refill the brush you have to unscrew the bottom and the minerals drop out and get all over. A big mess if you wear black pants to work**warning** dont waste your money!!
I just want more info on this buffing brush. I have no where else to write my problem. Just recently I purchased the buffing brush, which I thought would be a good idea to carry around for instant touch up; however, my problem is after I removed the plastic lid from my bare minerals jar, it is still covered with another plastic lid which I think is NOT removable. Can someone help me.
I love Bare Escentuals, but this product is a dud - the applicator leaked powder all over my makeup case - I wouldn't buy it again.