May 17, 2017

Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette ($40) is a new Ready 14.0 Palette that launched late last month which takes on the Summer metallic trend we’re seeing more and more of. This palette is filled with 15 Ready Eyeshadow shades in both new and repromoted shades in both matte and metallic finishes.

Let’s take a look at my review and swatches.

As you know I’m a pretty big fan of Ready 8.0 Eyeshadow Palette so when Bare Minerals started doing a larger variation of these I was completely on board. They haven’t completely moved away from loose eyeshadow pigments but they are focusing more and more on their pressed range and I’m pretty ok with that. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of their loose eyeshadows and I really like them but pressed eyeshadows are a hell of a lot easier to work with.

The Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette appears to be exclusive to at the moment as I haven’t seen it pop up anywhere else but I have my suspicions we might see it at at some point since Sephora is the only store that hasn’t gotten a 14.0 Palette this year (Ulta got the Bare Sensuals and Nordstrom got the Bare Naturals). This comes housed in a plastic black compact with bronze scripting and resembles the packaging we got with the Bare Minerals The Wish List Eyeshadow Palette that launched this past Holiday season. Inside you’ll find a generously sized mirror as well as a dual-sided brush. The brush is a bit smaller but it does the trick in a hurry for blending even though it runs a little smaller. The eyeshadows are 0.04 oz each in size and the palette reads that the brush is made in China but the contents are made in the USA.

A disappointing aspect of this palette is the fact it only contains five brand new shades. Couldn’t they at least give us eight new shades at the very least? Sadly, if you own a good deal of Ready Eyeshadows you might already have many of these shades. I don’t mind so much because I’m an oddball and I like to have bunch of cohesive shades in a single palette. There’s something terribly appealing about having a several shades that work well together in one spot. But have constant reruns can have you questioning whether you really need to spend $40 on a palette with so many reruns. However, the good news is, if you’re new to the Ready Eyeshadow world this is actually great natural, nude palette although, if it’s metallics you’re seeing this might not be fun you.

They might have gone overboard when naming this palette as it’s there are only four shades that will work well at giving your lids that foil, metallic gleam where as the rest of the palette is filled with a majority of mattes as well as a semi-matte shade with chunky glitter Pumped) and a single frost (Ball Gown). The assortment of colors work well although there are one or two shades that might may you raise your brow like Kismet which is a darker mauve pink. It seemed like a weird shade amidst all the browns, bronzes, coppers, and tans!


  • Sugar Cookie (New)
  • Wheat (New)
  • Ecru (New)
  • Citrine (New)
  • Stellar (New)
  • Ball Gown
  • Granted
  • Exquisite
  • Kismet
  • Foreshadow
  • Cognac
  • Bragging Rights
  • Pumped
  • Boardroom

Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Citrine, Cognac, Bragging Rights, Stellar)

Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Sugar Cookie, Ballgown, Wheat, Granted)

Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Exquisite, Kismet, Foreshadow, Ecru)

Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Pumped and Boardroom)

I was pretty satisfied on a whole with the quality here. The eyeshadows are pigmented, easy to apply, and have a soft, blendiable texture. I was disappointed with Pumped as it had chunkier glitter and a patchier application but the other shades applied easily.

I think this will be a hit with fans of Ready Eyeshadow Palettes. The formula is fabulous but it might prove disappointing if you’re wanting a round of all new shades. It also might be disappointing if you’re looking for a slew of metallic shades. Personally I liked it all in all as I’m not a huge metallic fan and enjoyed the combination of doing a color wash with a matte shade and accenting with a metallic one. The formula is great, the pigmentation is excellent, but there are still a few hurdles to jump over before you decide if you really need this one.

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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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  • Laurie

    When we moved a few years ago, I got rid of most of my huge collection of BareMinerals’ loose shadows. I wish I had kept more of them because I find them so much easier to use than pressed shadows. Maybe it’s just that, after using them for more than 10 years, I forgot how to use pressed shadows, but the loose ones are so much more sheer and forgiving, particularly the glimpses. Oh well, I have watched enough YouTube videos at this point that I can use the pressed ones, but BM hasn’t been the same since Shiseido bought them.

    • Isabella Muse

      Interesting! I like the loose shadows but I prefer the pressed. But I can totally understand forgetting how to use them after a while 😀

  • Christina D.

    Yet another thing we share is our love of BareMinerals pressed eye shadows! I indeed ordered this from QVC — right after I ordered the Bare Naturals from Nordstrom. I particularly like these larger palettes, even more than the 8.0s. Quality is very good!

  • kjh

    Really pops your dark brown eyes beautifully. Maybe the four you put together (exquisite, kismet, foreshadow, ecru) are a nod to the current mauve minitrend. Or a nod to cool tones, but they seem odd in this palette. They look quite cool on my display, go together quite well, but idk how they fit with the rest of the palette. If those four were a quad, I’d be all over it.

  • Isa

    With a name like that, I would expect more metallic/foiled shades too! It seems more like a naked-style palette, but the shiny shadows do look nice. Very pretty colours on you, and I also like the blush/blushes you were wearing in the photos! (I can’t tell if it’s the same blush worn at 2 intensities or 2 different blushes. XD)

    • Isabella Muse

      Agreed! I liked it because I typically don’t like metallics because they tend to look frosty on me but yeah, there is essentially a lot of mattes versus metals! Oh thanks 😀 two diff blushes but they do look very much the same 😀

  • genevieve

    I love the bareMinerals Ready formula and own quite a few duos, quads and 8 pans. This is a lovely palette, although I think 14 shades is too much and could’ve been knocked down to 12…. It is a shame that more new shades were not added to this palette – that is just sheer laziness on the part of bareMinerals.
    Gorgeous eye looks Isabella and that lipstick you have on in your second photo is a knockout.

  • Yui

    Ohhhh Muse you looks stunning in the last photo!!!

    What’s that dark red lippie???

    • Isabella Muse

      oh dear thank you! I wish I could remember! Could be Marc Jacobs Bad Behavior!?