Bare Minerals The Hidden Treasure Eyeshadow Palette ($46) is a new, limited edition Ready 18.0 Holiday 2017 Eyeshadow Palette that contains eighteen Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow shades. This palette is a cooler version of shades compared to last year’s Bare Minerals The Wish List Eyeshadow Palette that had a much warmer round up of colors (and was smaller at 14 shades). So, those with a fairer complexion seeker a cooler shades you’ll likely want to check out the Hidden Treasure Eyeshadow Palette for yourself.
Let’s have a look!
Bare Minerals The Hidden Treasure Eyeshadow Palette comes housed in a slim rectangle golden compact with a super-sized mirror inside and a gorgeous splattered white logo across the front. It’s a very elegant presentation however, it does collect fingerprints like a magnet. Inside you’ll find eighteen shades which are 0.03 oz in size each. Bare Minerals continues to go larger and larger with these eyeshadow palettes as up until now (correct me if I’m wrong) the highest we’ve gone is 14 shades. I find it fantastic you get 4 additional shades for around the same price as the Ready 14.0 Eyeshadow Palettes. For example, the recently released Bare Minerals Bare Naturals 14.0 only contains 14 shades and is $45. It’s nice the price remained the same and you get more for it too!
Thank you very much to my reader Cheryl who kindly pointed out that this palette contains a range of shades that have already appeared in past palettes. There are merely two new shades here which is pretty disappointing if you collection Ready Eyeshadow Palettes like I do. I have to admit even though I have reruns I sometimes purchase the Ready Palettes anyway because I like the way Bare Minerals groups shades together. I like seeing them laid out in a way I can use them if that makes sense. But having said that, this could be a waste of money if you have reruns of these shades in palettes past.
Here’s Cheryl’s break down of where each shade appears:
- Ivory (purely porcelain) Suede Neutrals 8.0
- Ecru (vanilla ivory) Bare Metals 14.0
- Santorini (burnished taupe) Nude Beach 8.0
- Stellar (shining bronze) Bare Metals 14.0
- Wheat (toasted tan) Bare Metals 14.0
- Boardroom (deep chocolate) Bare Metals 14.0 & The Wish List Palette
- Merry (pink freeze) The Wishlist Palette 12.0
- Sugar Cookie (light pale peach) Bare Metals 14.0
- Nude Beach (light warm sand) Nude Beach 8.0
- Queen Tiffany Matte (cool brown) The Royals 8.0
- Good Spirits (perfectly chocolate) The Wish List 12.0
- Curtsy (shimmering snowflake) The Posh Neutrals 8.0
- Payday (light granite) Power Neutrals 8.0
- Priceless (heathered smoke) Color Compatible Eye and Cheek Palette
- Cheers (shiitake) The Main Event Quad
- VIP (gold-flecked black) The Star Treatment 8.0
- Gemstone (metallic buff) New Shade
- Silver bells (crushed silver) New Shade
Overall, I was a little disappointed with this selection of shades. The first half of the palette contains six very sheer base shades or highlighter shades which leaves me with merely 12 colors as many of these cooler, sheerer base colors look chalky on my lids and work best to highlight my brow bone but not as shades I’d use as all over color.
If you look at the promo image it can be deceiving as it looks like the palette is made up of some beautiful taupes. I was excited about that aspect because taupe is an easy to use shade for me to smoke my eyes out a bit. There are some grays and lighter taupes here but many of the shades are way too cool for me. There are a few warmer accent shades like Boardroom, Wheat, and Stellar but not many. This is definitely a shade range that will suit a cooler skin tone as you have some pretty grays, shell pinks, and taupes.
I did have mixed feeling about the formula as well. Typically, Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow is soft, silky, and powdery but never try. The blending process is smooth as butter in my experience and the shades are just beautifully textured. I was a little iffy with this shade round up though as some colors were a bit patchy during the blending process and others a little drier than I’m used to seeing from the Ready formula. Before you ask, it is indeed Made in the USA 🙂 Blending went well though, colors built nicely, and I had no fall out to deal with and overall, the eye looks I created using the palette came out surprisingly nice for a formula that was a touch drier and patchier than normal. Some shades were a bit frosty but this is typically of Ready Eyeshadows but thankfully they don’t look cakey on my lids.
I was a little disappointed with the Bare Minerals The Hidden Treasure Eyeshadow Palette. It’s far from my favorite in the Ready Eyeshadow Palette range. The shade selection wasn’t suitable for me unfortunately and I felt like the formula was quite on par with what I know from the Ready Eyeshadow Collection. That being said, you can create some nice looks with this palette and I think cooler skin tones might just love it.
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