Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural-cosmetics company Bare Escentuals (NASDAQ:BARE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Bare Escentuals' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Bare Escentuals facts

Headquarters (founded)

San Francisco, Calif. (1976)

Market Cap

$735.6 million


Personal Products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$540.1 million


President/CEO Leslie Blodgett (since 1994)

CFO Myles McCormick (since 2004)

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (over last three years)

21.8% and 33.2%


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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, fully 414 of the 451 members who have rated Bare Escentuals -- some 92% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include my fellow Fools TMFActionJackson and TMFBreakerTAllan, both of whom are ranked in the top 4% of our community.

Just last month, TMFActionJackson informed Fools that Bare Escentuals "is performing just fine in spite of the fact that this company specializes in high end cosmetics during a recession." Our All-Star concludes: "Apparently some women have the money to keep on buying this stuff, it must be good."

In an earlier pitch, TMFBreakerTAllan elaborates on the stock's pretty looking potential:

This company started with direct sales via infomercials, but has now expanded to traditional retail locations. The customer base is loyal to a fault and is growing. Once the company works through the large debt taken on at its IPO, then cash will flow. That and at the time I picked this company, no one thought anyone would ever buy anything again. That wasn't true, and with make-up, it's a necessity for many women. Lipstick sells in a depression and Bare Escentuals is a company that will make many feel better through these trying financial times -- from customers to shareholders.

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