August 1, 2012

Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 The Happy Place Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

As you know Bare Minerals has a new Summer/Fall 2012 Collection entitled Supernatural. I blogged about a month or so ago. I haven’t gotten a ton of information on this collection but from what I can understand it is a Summer and Fall Collection all in one.

I believe the shades are available for a limited time so if you end up liking anything I’ve featured so far from the Bare Minerals Supernatural Collection I do recommend checking them out before they disappear.

I’ll be reviewing one of the two Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 Palettes I have today in the shade selection The Happy Place.

Let’s have a look!

I fell in love with Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow Palettes upon their original release. As much as I love loose eyeshadows and pigments I’ve come to appreciate pressed powders even more. Ready Eyeshadow takes everything you love about your favorite Bare Minerals Eyeshadows and presents them in a pressed format. There are endless reasons to love a pressed formula one of the biggest being fall out. With loose powder you experience a heck of a lot more fall out than you do with a pressed eyeshadow. There’s also the issue of how much more portable and travel friendly a palette of four shades is compared to toting around four loose eyeshadow jars yes?

One thing that deserves mentioning is these come in a rubberized compact a la NARS packaging. This results in icky, sticky, grossness when they are used a few time. I suggest wiping them down after each use or trying not to handle them as they are a magnet for glitter, shimmer, and other product.

The Happy Place contains four shades all of which are individually named. How great is it that BE names each shade? You get Peace, Exhale, Euphoria, and Imagine.

Ready Eyeshadow Palettes have a soft, velvety formula with a cream-like feel that glides onto lids flawlessly. I love how smooth these are and even when mattes are included the formula proves easy to work with and blend out. The shades are all highly pigmented as well.

The Happy Place was a little challenging as they include a matte taupe shade I was puzzled what do with with. I didn’t technically use it on my look but Bare Minerals actually has a how to get the look video on their site which you can view at There look is far more sophisticated than my own. I ended up using Peace as a color wash (creamy beige shade) and Imagine on the outer corner of my eye with Euphoria gracing the inner corner.

The nice part about Ready Eyeshadow in The Happy Place is how versatile the shades are. You can easily use them together or separate for a variety of natural, nude looks.

Considering the Supernatural Collection is a selection of products that celebrates nude, natural looks I think they did quite well with the shade selection in The Happy Place.

Loves it.

Quite a nice, easy to use palette for creating work friendly looks or even looks for an evening out.

Available now at or Ulta, Bare Escentuals Boutiques, and Dillards.

Anyone own this one?

What do you think of the Ready Eyeshadow Duos and Quads?

Do share!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Lauren

    First time I used this, I was puzzled about the taupe shade as well, and I believe in my first look I used it on the inner corner and once I blended, it was terribly muddy! What I’ve been doing now is using Peace as a lid color and Exhale in the crease for a really subtle day look! The palette itself is able to make two different eye looks with it, which I love and it’s the main reason I’m taking it with me on vacation later this month!

    • the Muse

      lauren you can def get two looks (or more) from the single palette ;-D I just skipped the taupe altogether but the how to video has me curious to use it the way they did!

    • the Muse

      aw you’re TOO TOO kind larie. It’s adore from the revlon just bitten lip pencils ;-D LOVE that shade!

      • cat

        Your skin looks like it’s glowing from the inside out. Are you using anything special as a base?

        • the Muse

          no lol believe it or not it’s just one of those jordana blush sticks for 3 bucks I’m testing cat.


    oh I really love that taupe shade!!! Its incredibly smooth looking, but it is a bit out of place!!

    p.s muse you look so smiley in the fotd pic!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • the Muse

      ha thanks linda, I don’t photograph well at all :-/ always look goofy as hell hehe!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I’m not getting excited by looking at this palette (thank god I’m not, eww! ;-)) but I do like the look you created with it. The colors like very blah in the pan, but they looks great on you. Goes to show that first impressions aren’t always right ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    OMG I recently discovered these shadows and WOW–I was absolutely blown away. They’re friggin amazing! I have 2 duos but no quads…really want this one now though. I love the smooth texture and look at that pigmentation! Plus the interesting pairing of colors is gorgeous and actually works really well for Summer or Fall!

    • the Muse

      glad to hear it becca, they really do rock! a lot less messy than the loose version too!

  • Michelle

    I adore all of the colors except the taupe in this palette (and I’m a taupe girl.) Wish they had used something else. Great FOTD as usual! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • the Muse

      you’re TOO kind Michelle thanks <3! I was a little at odds with the taupe too, so odd!

  • Christine

    I love this entire look on you! Especially the eyeshadows, you applied them so beautifully :)!

  • Cindy

    I’m really digging that taupe shade, it’s so strange haha! This palette looks perfect for fall, and I really love your FOTD!

    • the Muse

      it’s out of place but actually a nice taupe cindy ;-D aw thanks <3!

  • Rachel

    I love this quad or their ready shadow line in general! ๐Ÿ™‚ First time I used it, I just put the taupe color along lower lash line without thinking much about it. Lol

  • Lisa

    I don’t understand the confusion about the matte taupe shade. It’s screaming out to be the crease color. Matte mid-tone shades are perfect for the crease!!! xo

  • Laura

    Iยดm not sure…should I get ist or not? In winter Iยดm fair, got blond hair and green eyes. Iยดm afraid the colors are to red toned….Muse, would you recommend this palette for me? please help me