Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-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. Five-star stocks have been the best performers, but our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Bare Escentuals facts

Headquarters (Founded)

San Francisco, Calif. (1976)

Market Cap

$694 Million


Personal Products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$550.1 Million


CEO Leslie Blodgett (Since 1994)

CFO Myles McCormick (Since 2004)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Assets



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CAPS Members Bullish on BARE Also Bullish on:


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

Over on CAPS, 66 of the 76 All-Star members who have rated Bare Escentuals -- some 87% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include ShuntSD and spiritof78, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

In April, ShuntSD had this to say about the stock:

Good long term company. This kind of natural cosmetics are getting big and will be the industry standard as people go green, avoid skin allergies and get away from chemicals. Also a good buyout candidate for one of the larger cosmetic or consumer products companies.

A more recent pitch from spiritof78 last week agrees. Our CAPS player highlights the stock's falling price as a great reason to get interested:

Attractive valuation at this point, down from its overpricing on [its] IPO when I gave it a thumbs down, I believe it to be a solid company with an impressive product line. That being said this is a tough business and not one where you can take your eye off the ball.

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