Get a jump on Spring with this colorful Limited Edition launch!
Is it spring yet? Clearly not judging by the wind and cold; clearly yes judging by the brightness of the new bareMinerals READY Remix limited edition collection on my vanity. This exuberant collection is all about contradictions: fire and ice, youth and aging, skin care and skin wear – and I’m totally hot for the whole kit and caboodle.
The nod to high-energy dance club music along with the classic beauty reputation of Bare Escentuals has me blaring my Mirror Ball Grease remix for inspiration: old songs, new energy – all spliced together in good fun.
This collection is full of vibrant shades and a few staples wrapped in fun bright blue limited edition packaging. Nothing showcases the bold and the bright more than the READY Eyeshadow 4.0 quads ($30 each), available in cool-toned The Wild Thing and warmer-toned The Next Big Thing.
The bold “high fidelity” colors in luxe formulas and bold combinations have me dancing like it’s 1999. Like with all the READY eyeshadows, these are buttery soft and blendable with a powder-to-crème feel. The pigmentation is intense and true to what you see in the palette.
The Wild Thing is a seafaring collection with colors ranging from sea foam (Sensational) to chartreuse (Icon), earth (Elitist) to ocean blue (Controversy).
I tested The Next Big Thing, a surprisingly wearable collection consisting of a pale yellow highlighting shimmer (Rising Star), a deep, true matte peach (Smash Hit), a fiery bronze (Hoopla), and a smoky matte plum (Ensemble).
I found this quad incredibly versatile for a natural day look (Smash Hit blended with a little Hoopla) or a nighttime smoky eye (I used all four – Smash Hit on the lid, Ensemble for the crease and lining underneath, Rising Star at the brow and Hoopla lining the inner top of the lid for pop). Of course the combinations are limitless and this palette will make your creative juices flow.
The Loud & Clear Lip Sheers ($15) are lovely tinted balms, emphasis on the balm. While the colors – Amped Pink, Tangerine Trance and Berry Remix – appear bright and vibrant in the tube, there is only a nod to that color on the lips.
These are sheer gels loaded with shea butter and jojoba seed oil for maximum lip nourishment. I tried the Berry Remix, the scent vaguely reminding me of orange blossoms (which I adore) and Julie Hewett’s well-loved Camellia balm. I did find myself reapplying Loud & Clear constantly as my dry lips soaked it up like a Bounty paper towel.
The READY blush in The Natural High – REMIX edition ($22) is one of those perfect colors that you find maybe twice in lifetime. For this reason I will beg right here that The Natural High become part of READY’s permanent collection.
Similar to NARS’ famous Orgasm Blush, A Natural High is a warm peach with plenty of gold shimmer that goes on delightfully soft and sheer. This is one blush, however, that will nourish the skin as well as enhance it. As with all of the READY collection, cold-pressed sea minerals deliver antioxidants to the skin making it softer, smoother and younger looking from the inside out.
The Flawless Definition Mascara REMIX ($18) formula is so light and soft that you may not even feel that you’re wearing mascara. This is for a natural, not dramatic, lash. The fine comb separates and coats lashes perfectly.
The formula is made to condition and revitalize lashes and it does – my uncoated lashes look and feel better than ever. I tested it in classic Black, but if your lashes scream for more attention, Flawless Definition Mascara is also available in Aqua Blast.
Perhaps my favorite single item in the REMIX collection is the Bronzing Mineral Veil finishing powder with Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($20). My winter pale skin is instantly brought back to the land of the living with this translucent finishing powder with the slightest bit of bronze tint.
I have always used Mineral Veil to airbrush away largish pores and to keep oil at bay, but this Mineral Veil steps it up a notch (as any Remix should). Be forewarned: this is not a full-on bronzer; this is more of an all-over color enhancer – barely there but better than before. Unlike full-on bronzers this is mistake-proof, never muddy, and will not streak. If you’re afraid of bronzers or are positive you’re too pale for bronzer, give this one a try. All that and it still does that classic Mineral Veil-thing of softening lines, blurring pores and keeping the skin shine-free. Oh yes, I’m giving bonus points for the big SPF!
The Remix collection also includes the Secret Radiance All-Over Face Color ($19) which is designed as a “year-round complexion booster” and promises to add a glow to your skin with it’s sheer highlighting formula.
If winter is making you go stir crazy for spring, put on those dancing shoes and amp things up a bit with the READY to wear REMIX collection. I can’t wait to hear the feedback!
Readers – are you ready to rock some Spring-like colors?
Sherri is co-author of What Would You Do With This Room? My 10 Foolproof Commandments to Great Interior Design, and of course, a wht writer!
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