Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of six new additions to the brand’s duo range. Long-time readers might remember that I’m a huge fan of the Ready formula, so I always yearn for even more shades. The Big Debut works well for a two-shade look, as one is more shimmery than the other, and there is nice contrast, yet the two easily blend together. It was a good duo overall, though the shades weren’t perfect (and this formula can get to perfect).

Future is described as a “sunset pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with a golden, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. On me, the color wore well for eleven hours before fading. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is more beige. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is darker, less pink. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is pinker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is less peach. theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is pinker, less peach, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Center Stage is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a muted, blackened purple with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, though it seemed buildable when I used it on the eye. The texture was soft, slightly powdery but not difficult to use (easy to blend), and the color wore well for eleven hours before fading. Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Indigo Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is warmer. NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $15.00) is similar. Lancome Zip Me Up (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #4 (LE) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, July 20th, 2014

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadows for Fall 2014
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadows for Fall 2014

READY Eyeshadow 2.0 ($20.00)

  • The Magic Touch Presto (cool champagne sheen) + Flicker (antique bronze)
  • The Covert Affair Air (satin taupe) + Catch Me (rich mauve)
  • The High Society Waltz (soft pink taupe) + Debutante (blushing nude)
  • The Big Debut Future (sunset pink) + Center Stage (deep plum)
  • The Hollywood Ending Promise (creamy beige) + Dazzle (midnight teal)
  • Guilty Pleasures Shhh… (apricot nectar) + Yes Please (cinnamon brown shimmer)

READY Eyeshadow 4.0 ($30.00)

  • The Designer Label Ball Gown (nude sheen) + Tres Chic (apricot creme) + Elitist (glistening olive) + Couture (glimmering clove)
  • The Good Life Opulence (shimmering cream) + North (icy pearl) + Priceless (heathered smoke) + Blackout (black smoke)
  • The Comfort Zone Ahhh (blushing ivory) + Solace (honey beige) + Enjoy (rosy nude) + Tranquil (soft stone)

Availability: Now at bareMinerals, Nordstrom, Beauty.com

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

bareMinerals Comfort Zone Ready Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals Comfort Zone Ready Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Comfort Zone Ready Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a QVC-exclusive palette that features four, more neutral-themed shades. I wish there was at least one more contrasting, darker shade in this, because the light-medium nature of all four makes them run together on the lid. The quality is fairly good, though not a slam dunk (and many of bareMinerals’ quads are), but I don’t think this is as versatile as it could be–I tried a few different pairings/combinations, and they were all very similar once applied. If it’s the type of look you wear all the time, I think it would be worth checking out, but if you want to have a few combinations at the ready (ha, ha), this one might not be the right match for you.

Aaah is described as a “blushing ivory.” It’s a brightened, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly soft, finely-milled, and buttery without being powdery with intense color. It wore well for ten hours on me before fading. MAC Flounce (P, $15.00) is darker. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Light Pink (P) is darker. theBalm Matt Chung (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Douce France #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Solace is described as a “honey-beige.” It’s a muted, yellowed beige with a satin finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft and smooth. On me, the color lasted for ten hours. theBalm #29 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Burberry Pale Nude #3 (P) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Enjoy is described as a “rosy nude.” It’s a muted, light-medium peach with a satin finish and warm undertones. It had good pigmentation, and while the texture was blendable and soft, it was slightly powdery. This shade showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, pinker. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Peace (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tranquil is described as a “soft stone.” It’s a light, gray-leaning taupe with a satin sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was sheerer than the other shades. The texture was soft without being powdery, while the color lasted for nine and a half hours on me. Dior Rivage #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #3 (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

I love colorful eyeshadows, and there have been some interesting palettes that have released over the years! If you’re in the market for something that’s not just neutrals, you may want to check out some of these. Too Faced Pretty Rebel and Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren both deserve honorable mentions; two of my favorites, but they are limited edition. I try to make these lists stand the test of time and avoid limited edition inclusions, but at this moment, both palettes are still available for purchase if they interest you. For now :)

  1. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry — a set of four, cool-toned shades
  2. bareMinerals The Elements — beige, orange, green, and blue for a particularly unique color combination
  3. Urban Decay Electric — for bold, bright near-neons
  4. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical — if you love purple, this one’s for you
  5. Sleek Sunset — bright golds, yellows, and coppers
Saturday, June 28th, 2014

With so many neutral palettes available these days, it can be hard to keep them all straight! These are my current favorites that are permanent…

  1. Urban Decay Naked — the original is still a go-to for travel for me, though I love Naked2 and Naked3 as well
  2. LORAC Pro Palette — 16 shades of neutrals from matte to shimmer
  3. Chanel Raffinement — smokier, cooler neutrals
  4. bareMinerals The Truth — cooler-toned, darker neutrals
  5. LORAC Unzipped — warm, shimmery pinks, browns, and bronzes
Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look
Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look

I haven’t done a smoky eye in awhile, so I wanted to try it with some of the products I had tested recently as well as with some shades I’ve worked with in the past. Then, I wanted to experiment with pairing a warmer lip with a smoky eye, as my typical go-to is something cooler-toned, like a rosy beige or more bubblegum-like pink.

Eyes

I first applied Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and blended upwards over the tear duct, towards the brow bone. Then, I patted on Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow to the center of the lid to brighten and create a gradient towards the outer lid. I used Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow to darken the outer corner and crease, which created a smoky effect. I softened the crease color’s edge by applying Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone. I defined the lower water line with Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I used bareMinerals Skinny Dip Eyeshadow smudged on the lower lashine.

Face

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation (002 and 003) set with Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. I applied Stila Kitten All-Over Shimmer on the tops of cheek bones.

Lips

I applied Guerlain Gaetane Rouge G Lipstick all over the lips, and then I topped it off with Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss for added shimmer and shine.

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