Ready or not, here they come – the latest bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos and quads!

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bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos and quadsphotos: we heart this

When bareMinerals first released their pressed eyeshadow products last November, the gals here at we heart this were practically giddy with excitement. And they’ll be excited to find out the new bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow products are just as amazing as their predecessors!

There are seven new READY Eyeshadow 2.0 duos ($20) and two new 4.0 quads ($30). As before, these shadows are housed in black rubberized compacts that are sturdy and also come with a mirror inside. Each product comes with a sponge-tip applicator as well.

The actual colors themselves boast a silky texture, a long-wearing formula and bold colors. Each palette features complimentary colors that not only look great, but also help care for your skin with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex – a blend of ingredients that provides anti-aging benefits.

WHT testers were sent seven of the nine new products:

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos swatches

The Last Call: On the Rocks (bright cornflower blue with a slight sheen) and Shaken Not Stirred (blackened blue with cornflower blue micro glitter)

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos swatches

The Alter Ego: Wicked (golden green shimmer) and Daring (nearly matte smoky plum)

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos swatches

The Cliff Hanger: Suspense (matte natural stone) and Awe (purple leaning taupe shimmer)

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos swatchesDuos from left: Last Call, Alter Ego, Cliff Hanger

Closer look of bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos swatches

The Hidden Agenda: Stealth (light matte apricot nude) and Undercover (grey based taupe shimmer)

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos swatches

The 15 Minutes: Page Six (sandy rose shimmer) and Most Requested (burgundy berry with rose shimmer)

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos swatches

The Phenomenon: Golden Iris (light shimmery lavender) and Azure Iris (bronzey apricot shimmer)

bareMinerals READY Eye shadow duos swatchesDuos from left: Hidden Agenda, Phenomenon, 15 Minutes

I tested The Phenomenon duo which is special in that it is designed to be universally flattering with the shadows enhancing the color of your iris. Both Golden Iris and Azure Iris have satin finishes to them, and are medium-low in pigmentation. These colors did make my iris color “pop” very slightly. I tried wearing the colors together, but it didn’t work as well as just wearing a single wash of color on my lids.

Those of you who are ready for more can pick up one of the new READY Eyeshadow 4.0 Quads.

READY Eyeshadow 4.0 Quads

READY Eyeshadow 4.0 Quads swatches

The Soundtrack: Rhythm (matte light nude), Louder (deep shimmering gold), Remix (orangey broze) and Speaker Box (black with gold micro glitter)

I think The Soundtrack is quite a pretty quad, and the colors do pair well together. Rhythm and Speaker Box (the lightest and darkest shade) are a little chalky and have less pigmentation than the other two shades in this quad. Remix and Louder are quite shimmery and slightly metallic.

For both products, the color can be built up, especially with eyeshadow primer and the sponge applicator. Using my standard fluffy eyeshadow brush sheered out the color a bit. I was really impressed with the length of wear for both palettes. With primer, these shadows lasted all day long without fading or creasing in the slightest.

Additionally, I tested a few colors (Golden Iris, Remix, Louder and Speaker Box) on my lower waterline and they looked AMAZING and stayed from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. – even though I rub my eyes frequently (it’s allergy season).

No parabens, no binders, no fillers, no harsh chemicals
Packaging is compact and includes a mirror
Smooth texture
Amazing length of wear
Pigmentation varies with method of application (a “pro” for some, a “con” for others)

Sponge applicator is small (but does work well for application)

If you liked the previously released READY shades, you should definitely take a look at the new lineup. Or, if you’re looking for versatile shadows that can go from office appropriate to going-out, these fit the bill!

we heartsters – are you READY to hit the makeup counter for latest pressed eye shadows from bareMinerals?

Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.

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  • Marilyn

    Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. skin tone: NC25 Skin type: oily, acne-prone Favorite beauty product: eyeshadow


  1. I’m in the market for neutral spring shadows and The Cliff Hanger looks like the perfect duo! The mirror looks nice and big, too. Can’t wait to check these out in person!

    1. Oh yes, you will like The Cliff Hanger! You ask me why I know? Well, I got to test out! It is so up my ally as it will be up yours as well!

  2. I received “The Cliff Hanger” it has two great shades that worked perfectly for me and my eyes adored them!! They are called Suspense & Awe- in natural stone and violet woods – name them whatever, they’re fantastic together. They could name this product “smooth as a babies bottom” as they blend well and have a silky feel going on more like a cream- It’s not easy to find shades that are so complementary and I wouldn’t want to put one on without the other.. I just like the way they go on smoother than most of my other many eye shadows; could it be the cold-pressed borage oil they use in this product? They last and wear well especially if you apply a eye primer.. No creasing whatsoever. Gotta love bareMinerals READY for many reasons, some reasons are: they have no parabens, no binders, no fillers, no harsh chemicals! Yeah! The packaging winds up being one of my favorites, and it has a really nice mirror which is always a huge plus and the applicator actually worked! For 20 bucks you got me hooked and for ten more the quad will be my next target! Five stars!

  3. I got to test out The Wicked/Daring Duo and really liked it. The compact, is sleek and small, and I love the nice sized mirror inside. Daring was the plum shade and definitely my favorite of the two. Wicked, was pretty in the package but not so much on my skin. I tried using it more as a highlighter. I also really love what bareMinerals has brought to makeup, by including anti aging ingredients in my makeup! It makes me feel like I’m doing something good for my skin, in addition to spicing up my eyes! Four stars for me, only cause of the color issues I had, but another great product from bareMinerals.

  4. I feel torn about these palettes–I really do NOT like using sponge applicators (I’ve already lost one of them! AHHH!), and I wish they worked better with actual brushes. I also wish the pigmentation were a little better, but I do like that it can be built up somewhat, depending on the shade. But there are so many great things too–how long they last on the waterline, the compact size and included mirror, the smooth texture… I’d give the Phenomenon duo a pass (the effect is minimal, the pigmentation is so-so, and they don’t go together, which is a pet peeve of mine when it comes to palettes), but the Soundtrack quad is a winner. It’s a nice step above plain matte neutrals, and while the pigmentation could have been taken a notch up, it’s a good product. Overall, I’d give these four stars.

  5. I love these, like LOVE these! As the swatcher of them all, I can say that the pigment was consistent throughout, the color combos are beautiful and extremely wearable and these shadows are like butter! Seriously, they glide across your skin. And where I normally hate sponge applicators, I like these. They’re much higher quality than any I’ve used before. They feel more like a makeup sponge than the scratchy things you’re used to in drugstore products.

    I tested The Hidden Agenda: Stealth (light matte apricot nude) and Undercover (grey based taupe shimmer) and it’s become a bit of a go-to for me. A very easy to wear, matches everything, super pretty combo. Undercover is a BEAUTIFUL taupe.

    5 stars for me!

    1. With the sponge applicator, I felt like I got good pigmentation, but it varied when I used brushes. They are nicer sponge applicators than average!

  6. @lipglossandspandex –Great Review! I love the fact that this has a sturdy rubberized compact. I hate flimsy compacts that do not last. Here is how it works for me:
    Flimsy compact=broken compact=makeup mess=waste.

    Bare Escentuals seems to have made a fair amount of changes since Shisedo bought them. I look forward to see what is next. But, I do miss some of their loose powder formulations.

  7. Bare Escentuals is a favorite of mine, so I was super excited to receive Last Call for review. When I opened the compact I was a little concerned with the Last Call (bright corn flower blue). How was I going to wear this without looking like an 80’s video star?! I had trouble using the sponge applicator because it actually gave me *too much* pigment. (Perfect if you’re looking for a true-to-pan blue though!) But using a brush gave me a little more control over the saturation. Blue IS a wearable eye color, I promise! You just have to work it.
    I’m pretty torn on this particular pallet overall. If you’re looking for true-to-pan color you really have to use the sponge applicator, which is pretty annoying. I hate sponge applicators (though the one included is one of the better ones I’ve tried) and I find the precision to be difficult. Brushes are useable and can give good, wearable coverage but it’s not as saturated as some would like and can be patchy. The Shaken Not Stirred (the blackened blue) side is even patchier with a brush, but using the sponge applicator makes it super difficult to apply without making a mess.
    Overall I give Last Call 3 stars. If application was better I would totally give another star. I still want to try the other pallets though!!

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