September 27, 2018

Bare Minerals Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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5 stars out of 5

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette ($48) is a new, limited edition 18 shade Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette that launched with the Bare Minerals Holiday 2018 Collection. At this point in time Bare Minerals has pretty much released replaces a lot of the older Moxie Lipstick and Lipglosses with new Gen Nude Lipsticks and Lipglosses. They also recently released an entire line of Gen Nude Blushes a few short months ago. All of this has made fans of the brand wondering if Gen Nude eyeshadow singles and palettes might be replacing the old Ready Eyeshadow Palettes. That’s possible but it likely won’t happen until Spring 2018 and it might be a slower process considering how many Ready options are available in the eyeshadow family. But yeah, I see that as something that is coming down the pipeline at some point. A lot of fans are also wondering what exactly is the different between the Ready Eyeshadow Formula and the Gen Nude Formula and I can honestly say I’m not sure I noticed any different at all. Both have a velvety texture with excellent pigmentation and blendability. So, in this aspect you don’t have to start panicking that the Ready formula will be crushed and annihilated. It’ll likely just be remained to match up with the Gen Nude family and collection. Already, there are a Bare Minerals Ge Nude Eyeshadow Palette selection that launched earlier in the Spring. Each of which contains six shades so, I think at some point we’ll see Ready items disappear.

Anyway, Gen Nude Eyeshadow first makes it appearance in the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette which launched a few short weeks ago. Unlike past Ready 18.0 Eyeshadow Palettes this is considerably smaller in size with really tiny eyeshadow wells. You’re actually get less product overall for about $8 more if you compare this palette to past releases like the Bare Minerals The Hidden Treasure Eyeshadow Palette which was $40 and included 18 shades at 0.03 oz each vs Aurora Lights which also contains 18 shades but at 0.001 oz each. It’s not huge deal for me because I, like many of you, have a lot of eyeshadow to get through so, I’m like, “eh! Smaller is fine!” However, I do wish they kept the price a little lower considering you are getting less. That does suck.

Sadly, one of the biggest fails of the palette is the fact that only eight of the eighteen shades are new as they have been available in past.

But let’s take a look at the formula and overall performance of the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette.

That being said I do appreciate how much more compact this palette is as it’ll be easier to store. It’s about half the size of some my other larger 14.0 and 18.0 Ready Palettes and comes in a small rectangle palette that’s decorated with a gold constellation (looks like the little dipper to me). Inside is a generously-sized mirror and each of the shades has their name printed on the bottom. It’s actually a weight palette that feels and looks very simply elegant. It’s made in the USA.

Bare Minerals Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Spotlight, 500 Thread Count, Interstellar, Venus, Stardust)

Bare Minerals Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Delightful, Catch Me If, Romp, Louder, Santorni)

Bare Minerals Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Meteor Shower, Dazzle, Perspective)

Bare Minerals Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Wavelength, Galaxy, Comet, Forcefield, Presto)

I realized I mentioned the wells being smaller but don’t worry, I didn’t struggle dipping my brush into them and I didn’t hit pain on them right away when swatching (considering they are so tiny).

For my cooler toned ladies and lads you’re going to love this palette as it does have a good deal of cooler shades and I ended up feeling a little disappointed as not a lot of them looked good on me. I thought for sure some of these shades would look amazing on me but they run a bit cooler once I applied and ended up looking chalky. I did love quite a few though and I’ll revisit the palette when the tan I have at the moment fades.

That being said the formula itself is lovely. Velvety, not terribly powdery with any dusky kick up, easy to apply, easy to blend, a bit of fall out but nothing to bad, and excellent pigmentation. There is some frostiness with certain shades but that’s the norm with some Ready Eyeshadows ass well. The palette contains a mix of mattes and metallics as well as some mattes with glitter (Stardust is one and I loved it as a base). I had no issues with application and the shades just jive and pair up well together. All in all, not only a great formula but an excellent of variety of contrasting shades to create several different looks easily. I do miss the get the look guide that Bare Minerals typically includes with their larger palettes as I always find it rather helpful. This palette sadly didn’t have one.

For me I felt like the Bare Minerals Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette was dominated by cooler nudes and in a world of warmer nudes I’m sure it’ll be a welcome addition to the cooler girl or guy’s collection. The formula and texture of the shades was spot on, the pigment was great as well. It was a solid performer all around.

Where to buy

Ulta Nordstrom

Bare Minerals Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette is a $48 limited edition Holiday 2018 Eyeshadow Palette that contains 18 eyeshadow in a mix of matte and metallic finishes that are 0.001 oz each. The palette is a little more expensive compared to past 18.0 Ready Eyeshadow Palettes (about $8 more compared to a $40 18.0 Ready Eyeshadow Palette) plus the eyeshadows are smaller (0.001 oz compared to 0.03 oz). But overall, the quality was fantastic with smooth, velvety textures eyeshadows that had great application and pigment. I was a bit disappointed since a lot of the shades ran cooler but performance wise this palette was excellent!


  • Great cooler palette in a sea of warm ones!
  • Fantastic formula, texture, application, and pigment.
  • Simple yet elegant packaging.
  • Smaller, more compact, easier to travel with and store compared to some older Ready Eyeshadow Palettes.


  • Less for more (shadows are smaller, price is higher compared to past palette releases).
  • Cooler tones might not fit everyone.
  • Some frostiness (I hate frosts, so for me it’s a total con)
  • Repeat shades only eight new shades out of eighteen.


In a sea of warm eyeshadow palettes I think the Bare Minerals Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette will be a welcome relief for those seeking cooler shades!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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  • kjh

    You captured this one. I just adore it, though I’ve barely touched it. I had a WWMD (What Would Muse Do?) moment, bec divine retribution gave me an eye infection , when I just ordered 4 palettes. Trotted to U for sponge tips. The old one dip rule. Your photos are the best I’ve seen. Now, not having the benefit of any clear days, have not properly even seen the gorgeous shades. I don’t think there is much difference in the formula, maybe a tad bit more kick up in the Gen Nude, but nothing you could not pick up with a second dip. As to the colors: it seems almost as if they chose a color, maybe one of their neutrals, then moved one step cooler version…if that makes any sense at all. This one is for the people who felt Fame was not cool enough, wanted a tad of ‘real’ color (and there are only 2-3 ‘real’ colors,) believe taupe should lean gray, etc. People think about skintone in choosing colors, possibly more than eye shade. But the coppers and reds, which are opposite from my blues, are what makes them pop. I think this one pleases me, bec it is so subtle, not bec it makes my pupils look good. With your deep browns, everything looks good, even though the shades may not be your preference.

    • Isabella Muse

      I love you think that my photos are good ;-D <3! I LOVE YOu for thinking that. I'm not sure these shades are really quite me but I really liked the formula that's for damn sure ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Wendy Sue

    Gorgeous picture of you! I’d love to get this but I can’t wear minerals, it irritates my eyes really bad and they water for hours

  • Dee

    This look is so pretty on you! I think I will pass though and wait to see what other holiday palettes are on the horizon.

  • Agona

    I have this palette but I haven’t gotten to yet (darn you holiday surge!! *shakes fist*).

    I keep finding/buying new palettes and I keep saying I want to work old favs into regular rotation but there’s too much constant newness!

  • Mariele

    I’m so excited, I ordered it online awhile ago and it should be here tomorrow! This is the only new makeup purchase I’ve made since Too Faced came out with their Chocolate Gold palette, and as a super cool toned gal who needs shimmer and frost, this review makes it sound like I made the right choice! All the shades swatched beautifully on you. ๐Ÿ˜€ I always trust your reviews and swatches completely and based on those, it looks like I will be able to wear all but two of the shades. Woohoo! Thanks, Muse!

  • Deborah

    I saw this and was impressed Bare Minerals put out some color! I got last yearโ€™s Hidden Treasures, which I think has a lot of similar colors and cool tones so Iโ€™m going to pass on this. Plus I just got the pretty cool toned colorful Lorac Pro 4 thanks to your post about it!
    Too bad itโ€™s not the bargain last yearโ€™s was. I saw it on line and didnโ€™t realize how small it was.

  • KLK

    I have this palette and love it! I need cooler colors so it suits me well. I did find that I didn’t have allergic reaction to this palette, but I have in the past with the Ready palettes. I believe the reason is that this new palette doesn’t have talc in it.

  • genevieve

    I really love this palette and like the combination of shades. My only problem is that perhaps there are too many pale/white/cream shades. I think the addition of an antique gold would have been perfect too. Anyway, I am a bareMinerals fan and this is great.

  • Beverly Williams

    I too love the colors in the Aurora Lights collection. They are beautiful all day long. My eyes are especially sensitive, but these do have particles falling into my eyes! THANK YOU!

    I am trying to locate the ingredients for this collection. The writing on the box in unreadable even with the magnifying glass we have. Is talc an ingredient? If so, which colors? I hope that with BareMinerals focus on safety/health that it is not included in any of your eye products. Is that correct?