March 25, 2014

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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The new Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Eyeshadow Palette ($40 at is a new Ready 8.0 Eyeshadow Palette that Bare Minerals recently launched in the UK. Much to my relief the Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Eyeshadow Palette became available here in the US this weekend on QVC.

I quickly snatched one up on Friday because I was worried it would sell out fast!

Let’s take a look!

If you’re a lover of the Power Neutrals and Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palettes you might need a more open when it comes to the Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Eyeshadow Palette as this is a considerably different formula and pigmentation when compared to those two palettes.

This comes housed in a rose gold casing which seems to be the Spring trend for the newest Bare Minerals offering as this packaging was also offered in every single piece of the Bare Minerals Romantic Trend Collection. I hope they keep it as I really love the rose gold. Of course, the mirrored compact is a magnet for fingerprints and nicks which completely bugs my anal self but not much you can do about.

Inside are eight Ready Pressed Eyeshadows as well as a generously sized mirror and a dual sided brush. I was very impressed with the brush as it has a nice bushy side for shadow packing and a pointed side which can be used for more precise and crease work. I typically toss brushes on the side but is usable. The palette also comes with a how to get the look guide to create three looks which I completely appreciated.

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Eyeshadow Palette 7

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Eyeshadow Palette 8

If I had to compare this palette to anything I’d say it most reminds me of the Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette because they kinda have the same plummy elements. I’m not saying this is a dupe of the shades but the looks both palettes can create are somewhat similar.

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Eyeshadow Palette

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Palette

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember


  • Curtsy (shimmering snowflake)
  • Valet (toffee sheen)
  • Debutante (blushing nude)
  • Romance (glimmering plum)
  • Waltz (soft pink taupe)
  • Caviar & Cake (velvet chrome)
  • Swept Away (gentle lavender)
  • Revelry (khaki glimmered moss)

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember swatches

Romance, Curtsy, Valet, Debutante

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Waltz, Caviar and Cake, Swept Away, Revelry

Most Ready Eyeshadows have a soft, buttery texture with a velvety feel. I’ve likened them to Stila’s Eyeshadow formula but without as much frost (it varies though from shade to shade). Truly when Bare Minerals released their pressed shadows I was skeptical as this is a company known for loose powder shadow how would they make the transition to pressed? Well needless to say they succeeded.

However, the Affair to Remember actually doesn’t have those buttery shadows. This palette contains quite a few matte and semi matte finishes with some matte satin finishes as well. This could prove disappointing for many who are expecting that buttery texture they’ve come to know fro Bare Minerals. There’s also a good deal of shimmer in shades like Romance which causes some Fall out. The finish on many of these kinda mutes and dulls out the shades. It isn’t a terrible thing mind you but it does mean it isn’t comparable to the formula you’ve come to love from Ready Shadows.

I find the colors ran sheerer but they did build very nicely. The theme of the palette is a taupe-y smoked out plum look. If you love purples and lavenders you’re sure to love this color scheme. I thought it was quite nice overall and created some very elegant eye looks.

The shadows wore well on my drier eyes without creasing or showing signs of fading for a solid eight hours without primer.

Overall, I think the Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Eyeshadow Palette is different but not in a bad way. I could see it disappointing some people but I wasn’t one of those people. I actually did like it. Mind you I don’t think it’s nearly as great as other Ready 8.0 Palettes nor can I slap a Muse Approval or rave about how you must own this, I love it! It’s one of those palettes that’s “nice to have” and dare I say even an essential palette as you’ll likely use it often to create work friendly looks. However, it does not evoke my need to hoard it away.

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember shadow Palette fotd

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Eyeshadow Palette fotd

Do you need it?

Not necessarily but it is a nice to have eyeshadow palette that will create some lovely smoky plum looks.

Own it?

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I purchased this item.

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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  • JenJ

    Mine came yesterday and I’m wearing it today. This is my happy place shade wise. I’m glad I scooped it up. Now to finally get The Power Neutrals before it completely gone.

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! happy to hear. I think it’s very nice, not sure I’d call it HG as I loved the Power Neutrals but this is truly a nice taupe plum scheme and is sure to please people that like that color palette!

  • Miranda M.

    i love love your necklace haha! you look great and the colors are beautiful

  • Marcia B

    I too was so excited to get this long-awaited palette from QVC. I got it yesterday, opened it as quickly as I could…. so much anticipation…. and then when I saw how much glitter was in 4 of the 8 colors. I sadly sent it back to QVC. I noticed that on your swatches it doesn’t look like much glitter, but seriously, SO MUCH, too much for my 43 year old eyes. It didn’t look too glittery on TV either, but in person, I just couldn’t wear it. I’m sure all the younger ladies will fall in love with the beautiful colors and they probably will love the glitter!

    • NJ

      that’s always my issue with them.They seriously need to get on the matte band wagon

  • PharmNCharm

    I picked this up when I saw it on QVC but it hasn’t come in the mail yet. I’m excited to see it! The colors look lovely on your swatches! Based on all of the comments on your artical about this palette before, I picked up the Power Neutrals palette at Sephora on Saturday and I LOVE IT!! I’m not sure how I missed that palette before! It is so nice and the mattes are so smooth! I am a fan for sure! Thank you for keeping us up to date on the latest makeup news! I read your blog every day and I really really enjoy it!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks PharmnCharm so glad you enjoy Musings 🙂 I’m glad you snatched up the Power Neutrals as that is a fab palette! hope you like the Affair to Remember as well 😀

  • Lacy

    Ooooohhhh ahhhh. So pretty. Your look is fabulous in these shades Muse!! Love the look you created.

    Thinking it’d be lovely for my brown eyes…. to break my high end beauty no buy or not???? hehehehe. Why must I be house poor when such drool worthy things debut? And I will confess right here right now I’m pretty sure I’m going to break my no buy because I got the Sephora VIB rouge private shop invite for this Sunday at my local store and why would I say no to 15% off and a free make up bag with samples?! Think I might cave and get CLarins Beauty Flash balm, got a generous sample that I’ve been using and I loves it 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks lacy <3! 🙂 DO IT! lol! I got one too, can't wait! I have a haul planned hehe 😀 Flash Balm is fab, one of my hgs!

  • Anna Fantasia

    I got so excited about this palette debuting on QVC, like many other readers, I purchased the Power Neutrals Palette at Sephora. The Sephora in Sacramento had 2 left, one in a gold case and another in the old black case. Any idea why this is? The SA and I checked to make sure that it was the same color palette and it was – just housed in two totally different cases. I chose the gold as it matched my other 8.0 collection, but i’m still a little confused?
    Anna M.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’ve never heard that Anna…mine was gold but never seen it in a black case maybe someone else will reply…!

        • Anna Fantasia

          Wow ok, still don’t know why Sephora had it but it’s good to know that it existed in the black as well. Now it makes me wonder if it was a return, but I don’t think Sephora would put it back on the sales floor if that was the case. Thank you Angie and Muse! Very interesting mystery!

          • Isabella Muse

            my pleasure although all credit goes to angie 🙂 I didn’t even know there was a black compact!

      • Angela

        Sephora ran out of the gold compacts and Bareminerals is now making the power neutrals permanent and in a black case.