Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick in Make Your Move - review and swatches


I received this product in a sample kit from Mecca and I was thrilled to see it because I've been wanting to try one of these Bare Minerals lipsticks for ages since I've heard so much about them. 

I'd thought of buying one because they aren't too expensive, but I have so many lip products already that I just didn't need another one.

Happily I've now had the opportunity to try one, and extra happily it's a sample size so I can try it without having yet another full sized product to add to my collection.

In short, I can see why people love these but this one isn't quite my colour: I can certainly get away with it but it's not one I would have chosen for myself.

Anyhoo. Let's have a look.

Bare Minerals claims/product details:
  • A super-saturated, ultra-pigmented, creamy lipstick 
  • Provides full coverage with a rich, satin finish
  • Lips look fuller and more voluptuous with the buttery texture and high impact colour
  • Super hydrating formula that's infused with nourishing minerals, leaving lips looking healthy and revitalised
  • Free from parabens, sulphates, phthalates, synthetic dyes and fragrances
  • RRP $26 AUD for 4g

This is one of those lipsticks that looks quite different in different lights - both in the tube and on the lips.

Above is what it looks like indoors in natural light (more pink and vibrant) and below is what it looks like outside in sunlight (more subdued). The below shot is a better representation of the colour - at least on my lips.

There's a swatch in sunlight (it looks more pink and brown here):

And in the shade (here it leans more red):

My bare lips for reference:

Wearing the product in the shade:

In natural light:

Indirect sunlight:

And direct sunlight:


I had a look at other reviews of this product (they all gave it a big thumbs up) and noticed that this particular shade is one that looks quite different on different people. Many call it a MLBB shade, but on me it pulls a little too pink in some lights and a little too brown in others, so while I like the formula and I'll use it, it's not a great colour on me.

I'm only talking about the colour issues so you're aware that it's worth testing this product first - rather than relying on online swatches - because you may find that where it looks great on others, it mightn't hit the mark for you.

As for the formula, it's beautifully creamy and applies smoothly with no tugging. It's comfortable to wear and doesn't feel drying on the lips.

The pigmentation is great and I only need one swipe on each lip to get the colour showing well.

Also great is the finish. It gives a flattering satin sheen, and while you can see the tiniest bits of glitter in the lipstick bullet itself (they show up in the direct sunlight shot above), this doesn't translate to the lips but probably adds to the sheen the product delivers.

It doesn't wear for ages but you'd expect that from a creamy product and I do need to reapply it throughout the day. Having said this, it doesn't transfer as easily as other creamy lipsticks and I'm impressed because I've been sipping at my coffee as I write this and the lipstick is still showing well on my lips.

It also doesn't feather or bleed throughout the day - a huge plus because I really hate it when lipsticks do that!

All in all, this is a great formula and the product generally meets its claims. If I ever manage to reduce the size of my lipstick collection, I'll certainly look at buying one of these.

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