BareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer in Everything - review and swatches


I included this product recently in one of my samples posts and I've been meaning to review it for the last few days, it's just that for some reason it's taken me a while to get some good lip swatches. Perhaps it's too shiny to photograph well and allow the camera to focus. Who knows.

Anyhoo. I've heard a lot about these products online and they have rave reviews (see eg Mecca's website) so I was really interested to try mine, and I'm pleased to report that I do really like it. Sure, I still need to wear a balm underneath it to keep my dry lips feeling comfortable, but there's something great about this formula and it's not ridiculously expensive so I may well buy more down the track.

BareMinerals claims/product details:

  • Say hello to a head-turning, high-shine liquid lipstick
  • Offers full-coverage colour and a lacquer-like finish in one swipe
  • Available in nude shades, designed to be perfect for every skintone
  • The good-for-skin formula with mineral complex helps keep lips soft, smooth and hydrated
  • The dual-sided, flocked applicator provides easy, one-coat coverage for ultra-comfortable wear
  • RRP $27 AUD for 3.7ml

The shade Everything is described as a 'muted mauve' and I agree with that description. 

I've had a quick look at the available shades and there are two in particular that tickle my fancy (the nude peach and the nude orange) so I may look at buying one of those later on.

There's the applicator:

Light and heavy swatches, direct sunlight:

Indirect sunlight:

My bare lips for reference:

Wearing the product, indirect sunlight:

Natural light (indoors):


This is a nice product and I'm enjoying using it, and while it's not my favourite lip product because it's not hydrating enough for me personally, I do like it and I recommend the formula.

It's a standard lip lacquer that comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator. I like that the applicator has a flat and a thin side, so you can use the flat side for wider strokes and the thin one for more precision.

The product has a soft vanilla scent that's not too strong so it's not overpowering, and it has a glassy, almost plastic-like texture that isn't sticky - so it should suit those who don't like sticky lip products.

What I like about this formula is that it stays on the lips very well, so it lasts better than the glosses I normally wear and I'm a fan of this because I normally need to reapply my lip products all the time (I'm always eating or drinking something).

I also like the high-shine finish, and while I don't want that all the time because it is super shiny and eye-catching, I do like it occasionally and for nights out. The product also has a smoothing and plumping effect, which is something I look for in my lip products because I'm not 22 anymore and I prefer things that smooth out my lip lines.

The only thing I don't like about this formula is that it's not hydrating enough for me to wear on its own. Indeed, it's one of those formulas that sits on top of the lips, rather than sinking in and delivering nourishment, so while it's not a drying product and it should be fine for most people, for my dry lips, I need to lay down a balm first in order to keep my lips comfortable.

'Everything' is a muted mauve and it's a great colour for everyday wear. It's strong enough to stand on its own but it's not so strong that it will overtake a look, and it's the kind of shade that I can wear with just about anything.

In other news the product wears well throughout the day and it doesn't feather or bleed, which is something else I look for in my lip products because I've come across far too many this year that travel outside my lip lines or run along wrinkles. Not ideal.

Overall I think this is a great formula, and while it's not perfect for me because it's not hydrating enough on its own, I love everything else about it and I recommend it. Plus these aren't the most expensive lip products lining the shelves at Mecca, so if you want something nice that doesn't cost the earth, these might be up your street.

Definitely worth trying.

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