Thursday, August 25th, 2011

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quads: The Afterparty

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four shades: Cheers, Mingle, Rowdy, and Lights Down.  This quad launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos (which have the same formula for pressed eyeshadows) for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Cheers is a white with a soft, frosted finish. It has a reallyd ense, buttery texture that gives it great color payoff and smooth application. It’s not a particular unique shade, though, and as such, it is similar to several other white eyeshadows like: Cumulus and theBalm Lab Coat.

Mingle is a subtly blue-toned, light-medium gray with a silvery sheen. It has pretty good pigmentation, but the texture isn’t as dense or as buttery as Cheers–it’s still very soft and easy to work with. It’s a touch lighter than Inglot #448, lighter and less metallic compared to Deja Vu. It is closest to Inglot #324 but that has a matte finish.

Rowdy is a brown-gray-plum with a pearly sheen. It looks grayer swatched than it does in the pan. The texture is soft but less dense and creamy compared to Cheers (expected, given the more matte-like finish), but the color payoff is good. Generally, you want a matte eyeshadow that’s soft and pliable, so it’s not dry and stiff, but you don’t want it so soft that it becomes powdery, as this can often lead to chalky or uneven application. This hits a good balance between softness and blendability. It’s grayer than MAC Tendersmoke, but I couldn’t find anything else in the gallery that seemed to be very close.

Lights Down is a mostly matte black base with silver sparkle. The texture is good, and the matte base has nice color payoff. As expected, the silver sparkle doesn’t translate so much on the eye–it tends to get lost. This is the kind of color (and concept) that a lot of brands have done–think NARS Night Breed, Lancome The New Black, MAC Black Tied, etc. For as much shimmer as there is in the pan, you can see how there is very little visible in the swatch. The good part about that is there is less worry about fall out, since it doesn’t even make it to the eye!

Rowdy is one of the more unique shades in the quad, but it may be the odd one out, too–I can easily see the combination of white, gray, and black working, but Rowdy throws a wrench in there. It’s a blend of brown, plum, and gray but none of those really dominate. It’s almost like a burgundy-taupe. I like that included a variety of finishes in the quad, and as several of the other duos/quads have been, these are more basic, core colors than revolutionary shades (which is fine!).

The Glossover

palette

The After Party

B+
I like it, but I don't love it. For cooler skin tones, this could be nice for a very classic smoky eye palette, and Rowdy could be an interesting way to mix it up.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

Results
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bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
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bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
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bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals Mingle Eyeshadow

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals Rowdy Eyeshadow

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals Lights Down Eyeshadow

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals Cheers Eyeshadow

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals Mingle Eyeshadow

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals Rowdy Eyeshadow

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Afterparty? How much is it?

October 2011 at Bare Escentuals, Sephora, and other locations where bareMinerals is sold, $30.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

See individual shade descriptions above.

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10 thoughts on “bareMinerals Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Rowdy is definitely interesting looking!

  2. This is definitely on my list of things to buy. Thanks so much for the review and swatches!

  3. Lena Vaz

    Very pigmented! Loved it!

  4. BooBooNinja

    This is totally off topic, but I must spread my joy!
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  5. meme

    This one is just a bad set of shade picks. I don’t see the market going for the price point of the new pan BE’s and the lack of ability to customize – if they had put them in magnet pans for both customization and recycle – that would have been a good move and more in tune with BE individual loose pots.

    • Fey

      Customization would be cool, agreed. I’m no fan of neutrals and am not crazy about these shades either. At the same time, I know they’d look amazing on me and I should wear more of them. I like Cheers a lot though.

  6. LM

    rowdy: brows LOL

  7. AmberH

    I actually have no interest in the quad, just in Rowdy. Rowdy is what I think would actually make the look work for me! I can’t pull off all that grey and silver without some warmth. I feel that Rowdy is the perfect blend of cool and warmth to be able to work with the colors, and warm up the final look.

  8. Violet

    I’d LOVE this if Rowdy was a darker, more grey-toned browned I could put in my crease. Now it’s just.. useless to me.

  9. Lacey J.

    I’m waiting on dream sequence and the truth. If I love them I am going to pick this up for sure. I love rowdy, and I dont own any gray silvery like that