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Bare Escentuals has been my go-to brand for all my makeup needs since my first experience with their product. I’m not going to get all gushy, but the foundation worked so well for me that I branched out and tried other things. Those branches have turned into The Giving Tree for me, providing everything I need.
The latest to be had is the bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0, their entrance to the realm of pressed shadows.
Hello? Pressed, as in solid, shadows?
For years I have collected Bare Escentuals’ loose mineral shadows, particularly loving their shimmery nudes, bronzes and browns. I love the flexibility (and blendability) of these shadows, nearly swearing off pressed shadows.
Well, for me, swearing off pressed shadows is kind of like swearing off doughnuts – it doesn’t last forever. Sure I use other products, other forms and formulas. I like them all.
Love, however, is different than like. I like a lot but love only a few. BE, I love you. As it turns out I also love your pressed shadows. Really, would there be doubt?
The colors in these duos ($20 each – quads and palettes are available too!) range from the classic, neutral, daily-wear combinations to the intensely daring and unexpected.
There are over 15 different READY Eyeshadow 2.0 hues available so far, and of these, wht received six to put to the test, The Epiphany, The Inspiration, The Promise, The Escape, The Vision and The Grand Finale. (Can I just say how much I love the epic sounding titles? ~Tyna)
After helping to swatch these colors I was most intrigued with The Vision, (featuring Illusion, a sea mist and Mirage, a deep lagoon) discovering that its Mirage was just that, a color that seemed to change from an illusory greenish-grey to taupe-y charcoal from palette to skin. This was a change so chameleon like and surprising we checked and re-checked to ensure we hadn’t mistakenly mixed other shadows. We didn’t; it’s just awesome.
Ultimately, I went against type and chose The Grand Finale (Standing O, a brilliant gold and Climax, a deep royal blue), due in part to the names of its contents. Who could resist a Standing O and Climax? I definitely want those! If they decide to name a palette Disneyland with Fantasia and It’s A Small World, I’ll be in seventh heaven.
Another reason for choosing this combo is that I love golds, and this duo contains the most intense gold I’ve seen outside the realm of cream shadows. The Standing O blue is bright and bold and something this fairly fair-skinned gal never does. I’m glad I tried something new because the color is phenomenal. I first tried this duo color-blocked with gold Climax on the inside and the bright blue on the outside. This was a pairing for a party—fun, but not everyday.
I then tried this with the gold as a lid color and the blue for the crease, outside corner and upper lid liner. Blended together, these create a beautiful green gold that looks fantastic with my brown eyes.
These colors are extremely saturated and have a creamy, silky feel when applied while wearing all day without creasing (I did use primer). If you are looking for a sheer wash of color, go lightly my friend—very lightly. For a more day time look, might I suggest The Epiphany with A-ha (brown sugar) and Foreshadow (brown truffle)
Another more neutral duo is The Promise featuring Aspire, a buttercream sheen and Vow, described as brownstone.
Can I just say that I really love the compact that houses all of the READY Eyeshadow 2.0 duos . It’s made of a rubberized material that doesn’t slip or break, allowing for a good grip when I snap it open. This may be a little thing but I’ve broken quite a few containers made of lesser plastics that are trickier to open than a combination lock. The mirror in the lid is quite large and useful as well.
The sponge applicator, however, is small – too small for great control. Normally I don’t use brushes or applicators included in packaging but the thick, almost cream-like consistency of these shadows seems to beg for sponge application. If you do use a brush, I recommend using a stiff one, especially for the more intense colors.
I imagine both a sponge applicator and a good brush will give you a holiday worthy, jeweled look using The Inspiration with Muse, a pink frost and Passion, a glimmering plum.
One final bonus, these eyeshadow formulas all contain BE’s proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral Complex as well as antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine and cucumber for anti-aging and anti-puffiness! You can do some good for your skin, while looking good too.
• No parabens, no binders, no fillers, no harsh chemicals
• Incredibly smooth texture
• Intense color saturation
• Long wearing
• Sturdy, no-slip packaging
• Some may not like the intensity/saturation of the colors
• Small applicator
Yes, I love The Giving Tree of Bare Escentuals! Should its branches ever stop bearing fruit, it will have given me many years of timeless beauty and good face.
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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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