bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 Review, Swatches, Photos
Word on the street is the Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 Palette are quite the hit. And really why wouldn’t they be? I have my little stash of loose mineral shadows from BE but let’s face it they are the fall out demons from hell. I hate having to clean up fall out because hello, how impossible. I’ve tried tape tricks, powder under the eye trick, etc…etc…even eyeshadow shields which are sometimes a gift from the beauty tool Gods in these situations but fall out, such a pain.
Bare Minerals makes some might fine shadows but having them pressed up into a compact, well, that’s the best thing I’ve experienced in the beauty world since the introduction of Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Let’s take a peek and find out what’s so fab about ‘em!
Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 Palette are a range of pressed Bare Minerals Eyeshadows in a duo compact. You can also get ‘em in a quad as well or an eight pack if you so like but that’s a Holiday dealio.
The general idea of BE taking their popular loose minerals and pressing them kinda boggles the mind and reinvents the traditional formula the brand is known for. I’ll readily admit I hate change. I like things to stay the same however in my makeup life, I really dig change and variety so this step for BE is an exciting one for me.
But as a fan of the brand I was worried they’d get it wrong. Why fix something that isn’t broken? Their shadows rock already no need to muck with the formula. No worries, they haven’t changed a thing outside of slipping your fav shades into a duo or a quad and simply pressing them into an easier to use format.
I tried a few shades of the Ready 2.0 Palette and the formula is super. The pressed format isn’t loose so it doesn’t kick up a ton of dust when you swirl your brush in it nor does it break apart into tiny flaky pieces. These are smooth, silky presses that translate beautifully from a loose powder into a pressed powder format. The transaction from loose to pressed just works and the texture of the shadow remains as silky as a loose powder with fantastic color pay off and an easy to blend formula.
Huge rave and a Muse Approval for these. If you’re looking for an easy to use powder eyeshadow that blends like butter these are your girl.
I was curious about the price break down myself so I did a little math. Bare Minerals Loose Eyeshadows are $13 for 0.01 oz sizes. These are 0.1 oz total for $20. You are getting a deal here as you can see.
Bare Minerals says these include SeaNutritive Mineral Complex which delivers anti-aging benefits for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area. I’m not sure if I’m experiencing any anti-aging benefits from use as of yet but the idea that they are somehow preventing aging feels great in theory.
One thing I loved about the shadows is the fact each duo not only a had a name but the shadows within the duo also had names. For example The Showstopper Palette contains shadows in Bravo and Encore. Kinda cool right? It’s a pet peeve of mine when shadows aren’t named. I hate someone asking “What are you wearing on your lid?” and having to reply, “Oh, um, it’s from so and so’s Holiday Palette. It’s the shadow in the third column, in the middle row, towards the left hand side…” Seriously, that’s absurd. So it’s nice these have a name and each shadow inside also has a name.
Now it did have quirks…
One such quirk is packaging is basic, elegant, travel friendly, and super easy to store thanks to the smaller sizes. However, the compacts are kinda a lighter version of the rubberized compacts that NARS favors. I hate this style packaging. It gets dirty, sticky, and just plain gross after a while. Some of my NARS Blushes are absolutely disgusting. So far, these duos have stood up to a few uses and other than minor fingerprints they haven’t developed the nastiness that a NARS Blush does but I suspect they will with continued use so packaging definitely threw me off. However, if they embraced plastic I’d probably feel like it cheapened the deal so I appreciate the touch of elegance the rubber gives to the compact.
My second rant is so far I haven’t really come across a duo I liked. The shadows are a little mismatched for me and I wish they had more friendly color combos. This could be I lack creativity but for example The Paradise Found had a beautiful shade of burnished orange-y copper and forest green. Yes, the green does go well with the copper…but I’d have maybe liked to have seen a gold with that color. The Showstopper contains a light blu-ish lilac and a soft purple and again, this just felt like an odd pair. The Nick of Time had a matte cream and a matte mauve brown this was probably the best pair up in terms of colors and surprisingly the matte finish is a snap to apply, blend, and wear (these have a superior matte formula which is saying something considering matte is sometimes difficult to work with for myself).
Rushing through some of the shades I’m not seeing anything I’d personally love but I guess I have to explore a bit more. I’d like to see BE do a few more warmer shade selections particularly with browns, golds, and more natural shades.
Overall, these are without a doubt worth a pick up. Bare Minerals successfully created a pressed shadow they can be proud of. The formula is simply beautiful, applies easily, and wears well.
Check them out, I’m positive you’ll fall in love.
If you have tried them already do tell me your likes or dislikes (or hey both likes and dislikes) about the palettes!