Monday, June 18th, 2012

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Azure Iris (prismatic lavender) and Golden Iris (illuminating amber). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

Azure Iris is a subdued lavender with a very, very faint golden sheen. I wouldn’t describe it as prismatic. While it’s not as interesting on the surface, I don’t really have anything like it. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is brighter and frostier. MAC Beautiful Iris is a little more vibrant and cooler in tone. The texture is soft to the touch, and it applies smoothly against the skin.

Golden Iris is a light-medium tangerine orange with a golden orange shimmer-sheen. It has good color payoff and applies very smoothly. Chanel Tigerlily is darker, more orange. bareMinerals Nirvana is lighter, almost pink-tinted. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is more copper. Milani Bronze Doll is darker.

The texture of both shades is a little thinner, drier compared to most of the other duos in the range. As a result, they are slightly on the powder side–so be gentle with your brush when you go to use these so you don’t kick up a lot of excess powder.  Both shades are nicely pigmented and extremely easy to blend.  When I tested the wear of the duo, these lasted for eight hours with minor fading along the edges without a primer, and then a full eight hours with no noticeable fading with a primer.

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bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

I think the color combination is a little unexpected! The lavender shade was surprisingly difficult to dupe, too, which I definitely appreciate!











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bareMinerals The Phenomenon Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals Azure Iris Eyeshadow

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Eyeshadow Duo
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24 thoughts on “bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I’ve never tried Bare Esentuals anything, but these swatches look nice. I’m curious to see more of what they have to offer! xo

  2. verybecca

    It’s beautiful – reminds me of Nars Sugarland but pigmented!

    • xamyx

      @verybecca Are you kidding? NARS Sugarland is *very* pigmented; though I haven’t swatched this particular duo, the ones I have had little to no color payoff.

      • verybecca

        Actually, no, I couldn’t get Sugarland to show up on me. Makeup is very YMMV. Although it doesn’t appear that i’m alone, since it got 46% on MUA. *shrugs* Glad it worked for you.

    •  @verybecca
       I was going to say the same thing. The apricot shade in Sugarland is very nice but the pink orchid was totally hard to work with. I’m glad temptalia posted this as a better version of Nars Sugarland.

      • verybecca

         @lauratinapay Thanks for replying! I am too – I love these colors. I might need to get this! I have and love two other BE duos. The quality is wonderful.

  3. AlyssaZimm

    I work for BE and when I saw this duo I didn’t really understand the combination, but as it turns out they are meant to be used separately with other color combinations to enhance eye colors. The lavender is for browns, hazel, etc and the coppery color for blues and greens! Cool concept, and they do look very pretty with other color combos :) love your reviews, Christine! :)

    • hwendy

       very weird concept as I only have one eye colour….but i do like these 2 colours together.  

    •  @AlyssaZimm I don’t understand…. I have green eyes, why would I buy a duo with only one shadow made for me? Moreover lavender AND coppery shades both work wonders to enhance green eyes.
      Anyway, I think they actually pair very well.

      • AlyssaZimm

        @Lulle well, if you like the pair together does it really matter if the idea behind it makes sense or not? I’m not sure why they decided to market it that way, lol.

    • gilded_lady

       @AlyssaZimm An absolutely bizarre concept, if you ask me. Plus as Lulle pointed out, purples work amazingly well with green eyes, nothing makes ’em pop more.

  4. mlt489

    This duo is also meant to change effect the iris, hence the names!!! I cannot remember what each color does.

  5. Jo

    I often use a pale gold with Beautiful Iris for a pretty spring/summer look. I might buy this for travel though as my first BE ready purchase!

  6. I love Golden Iris. Peachy shades are so pretty for summer! This would look great with Revlon Coral Glow lipgloss.

  7. I agree with @AlyssaZimm — I originally wouldn’t have thought to put those two colors together at all! I was puzzling over how to make a look with these two colors together and realized I’d probably rather work with them separately. Maybe I’ll just have to go look up some tutorials! 

  8. this is a pretty and unique color combo! I love each one separately, though I don’t know that I would wear both at once.

  9. I actually thought this duo might look rather interesting worn together.  I’m impressed that every single one of these duos have swatched so incredibly well.

  10. staciarose20

    I have to buy this! Just because both are named iris… and the shades are so pretty. 

  11. staciarose20

    You know, now that I look at them.. I have Irises in my backyard, and they come in these colors and so many others. I bet the two look beautiful together. 

  12. I love to pair orange/peach shades with lavender and purples so I can totally see this duo work. 
    It’s also nice to see a duo with a color combo a little bolder than your usual and slightly boring beige/brown, pink/purple, etc… BE did a good job coming out of the comfort zone.

  13. MichelleRenee

    So glad I found this website.Glad I saw this,they had this one,I think on when she was on qvc,but it did Not interest me.Now I see it’s Amazing :))

  14. Iris is my middle name! <3 Both of these colors are gorgeous and I love all the Ready eyeshadows that I own. So I will definitely be buying this duo :)

  15. Cheryl Johnson

    I have this duo. Colors are so pretty and rich. They are so lovely together. I really like the ready shadows and this was my first.

  16. jdr77

    This would look really pretty with the Couches de Couleur technique!