Saturday, August 27th, 2011

bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo

New for October, bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) features pressed eyeshadows in Aspire and Vow. The new pressed eyeshadow formula has SeaNutritive Mineral Complex for a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It also supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested several combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve been able to get ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

Aspire is a warm, orange-tinted yellow–less sunshine yellow, because of the underlying orange tint. It has a frosted finish with high sheen and shimmer. The color is reminiscent of Urban Decay Blunt, which is a little yellower. It’s not as yellow (nor does it have the pink duochrome) of MAC Motif or as dark as MAC Goldmine. It’s less gold compared to Milani Drenched in Gold.

Vow is gray-casted brown with a red undertone and a matte finish. There is a little sheerness to this color, so it applies uneven in places, if you aren’t careful. The color itself reminds me of a browner and matte version of MAC Shale. Inglot #363 is a touch redder, but it is similar.

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The Promise

B+
It's like a neutral eye with a kick--a little warmth of sunshine to pair with your otherwise toned-down brown. It's not my favorite of the duos (either in color combination or quality), but I do think that gold/yellow shade is warm in a less-than-usual way.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 27th, 2011

bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo

New for October, bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a neutral-hued compact that features Guru and Namaste. Bare Escentuals’ pressed eyeshadow formula contains SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that gives the shadow a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It’s supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested various combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve happily achieved ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

Guru is a soft, neutral light brown with only a hint of warmth–more of a champagne-beige warmth than truly golden. The finish has subtle shimmer, giving it a satin-like appearance. It’s only a couple of shades darker than my forearm (which is around NC20 I’d say). It reminds me of a yellower MAC Patina. The texture was soft and smooth without being powdery.

Namaste is a light-medium, cool-toned brown with a near-matte finish. It was a silky-smooth feel with great color payoff. It’s a bit darker than Burberry Almond and less warm compared to MAC Wedge.

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The Enlightenment

A-
For a soft set of neutrals, this duo would be great for quick, five-minute looks, especially when traveling. The finishes are softer, as are the colors themselves.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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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!).

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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

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quads: the Truth

bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four shades: Serendipitous, Magnetism, Fate, and Apropos. 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.

Serendipitous is a soft, warm beige with a hint of peach. The finish is a soft frost–shimmered but not too much. The color payoff is good with a dense, buttery texture. It’s not as peach as MAC Double Feature 5 or as warm as MAC Brule. It is warmer and less white compared to Chance. It is less yellow comapred to Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone. It’s reminiscent of MAC Butternutty is a pressed eyeshadow form.

Magnetism is a dirty brown with a subtle gray-cast. The finish has a more reflective sheen, but it has less obvious shimmer than with Serendipitous. The texture is very smooth, and it applies well and lies nicely over skin, but it is a touch sheer. It’s similar to MAC Era, which appears slightly browner. It’s less gray than MAC Caviar Dreams. It has a higher sheen and a grayer cast than Burberry Almond.

Fate is a warm, red-toned bronze-brown with a satiny sheen. It has good color payoff (but could be a touch more intense), and it has the same softness and smoothness that Magnetism does. Milani Rich Java is darker with more gold shimmer. MAC Twinks is darker and redder, while MAC Sable is a bit darker but also redder. Laura Mercier Cedar is warmer, with less red, and darker.

Apropos is a taupe brown–kind of a mushroom brown–with a flecks of silver shimmer over a semi-matte finish. It has nice pigmentation, and the texture is silky smooth and soft, but the shimmer doesn’t translate very well whether swatched or applied to eyes. Somewhere between the brush and the lid, it disappears–must be into some glittery fairyland–which means there’s no real fall out concerns, since most of it doesn’t make it to your lid in the first place, but at the same time, the shade doesn’t come out as true-to-pan. Apropos not as dark as MAC Concrete, but it is more pigmented, less warm, and slightly darker than MAC Double Feature 3. It’s a touch cooler than NARS Bali. Urban Decay Shakedown is very similar.

Overall, it’s a solid neutral eyeshadow quad, but it does mix warm and cool-tones, so depending on your skin tone, you may find it more or less workable.  I think Serendipitous is only barely warm, while Fate has a distinct red tone, which gives it that warmer, richer feel.  Both Magnetism and Apropos are cool-toned.  I like that there is a variety of finishes, too–even though Apropos is supposed to have more shimmer, it still has a near-matte finish, so it will add a lot of depth to a look (it would work well in the crease).

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The Truth

A-
Overall, it's a solid neutral eyeshadow quad, but it does mix warm and cool-tones, so depending on your skin tone, you may find it more or less workable. I like that there is a variety of finishes, too--even though Apropos is supposed to have more shimmer, it still has a near-matte finish, so it will add a lot of depth to a look (it would work well in the crease).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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