i think bare escentuals is great. the application can get a little tricky, there is a fine line between too little and too much. i like to use it above tinted moisturizer, i use only a light dusting, so that way i get a little coverage from the tinted moisturizer and little coverage from the bare escentuals. it seem to be just enought to make my skin look great, but isnt too heavy. i wouldnt use it as concealer around the eyes though, i use a cream concealer underneath on my dark circles. the mineral veil is an awesome translucent powder. i also like warmth (bronzer). the eyeshadows are ok, the eyeliner is good though. i would definitley consider it a staple in my makeup bag, you really can do alot with it. totally worth a shot, even just for the brushes alone that come in the kit, they are awesome.