Friday, October 7, 2011

Cosmetics Review: BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0

The ProductBareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0

The Review: A couple days ago, my roommate and I went to a Bare Escentuals store and let the sales girls attack our faces. My roommie loooooves BareMinerals products and wants to convert me, so I'm happy to test their products out. I don't think I could make a conversion though, because there are so many damn powders and a separate brush for each one. And I like things to be not so... powdery. And I like variation in my daily routine. However, I will admit they have some good products that are totally review-worthy. This eyeshadow compact was one of my favorite products that I tried.

I have light-ish brown eyes and dark hair, so I tend to play up the whole half-Native thing by going with darker, smoky colors. The colors in The Dream Sequence compact are not colors I would normally wear, which is why I'm glad the salesgirl picked it out. The four colors in the quad are 500 Thread Count, a pinkish light cream; Romp, a gray-ish shimmery lilac; Boudoir, a bright pinkish amethyst with a hint of shimmer; and Nightcap, a slightly darker, matte violet. At first glance, they looked really garish to me. I'll be honest, after they were applied, the first thing I thought was, "Oh my god, it's so purple!" But once I had eyeliner and mascara on, the colors looked much softer and really brought out my eyes. I was surprised that it didn't look too over the top for day wear, actually, and I think the colors in this compact would work fine on people with both warm and cool skin tones.

My roommate tried out The Elements quad:
I think this is the most innovative of the 4 color sets. It comes with Air, a shimmery pale taupe; Fire, a muted orange; Earth, a bluish slate gray; and Water, a smoky teal. Normally, I would think, "Orange and teal eyeshadow? Hells no." But together, the colors work really nicely and aren't at all over powering. Instead, they're eye catching, flattering and perfect for fall.

Texture-wise, these shadows are wonderful. They're smooth, long lasting, blend easily and don't crease. They're also highly pigmented, so you don't need much to get the exact same color you see in the compact. Plus, the company claims they have anti-aging properties. All in all, I'm very happy with them. You can see better images of them and the other quads in this series on the Bare Escentuals site.

Rated Beauty Grade: A

Cost: $30

Where to Purchase: BareEscentuals/BareMinerals, Sephora

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, I've tried the BareMinerals stuff before and the whole super powdery thing wigs me out a bit. I do. not. like. powdery messes happening in my bathroom. Which they would. Because I am incapably of handling any powdery substance without a catastrophic failure. After I bake shit, my kitchen looks like a cocaine dealer's store room blew up. Yeah. I don't bake much.

    AAAAAANYWAY, something horrible happened to me the other day! I ran out of eye cream supposed-to-make-my-eyes-not-look-like-Steve-Buscemi's stuff! And I had to get more! So I checked here to see if you'd reviewed any, 'cause I sure as hell don't know shit about that sort of thing, only to find that you don't have any reviews for that sort of thing yet! So I had to just pick the product on the shelf with the most fancy-sounding words possible. For, you know, less than $1928324.99. I felt so lost and alone.

    So yeah. That my I'm-bored-at-work way of saying hey, do you have any eye cream recommendations?