bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo

Debuting in October, has a new line of bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow — and it’s nothing like their current line-up of mineral eyeshadow. Ready is a solid eyeshadow, but the brand states that they still include the SeaNutritive Mineral Complex (which includes sea minerals with antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine, and cucumber) that deliver “anti-aging benefits for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area.” The new solid eyeshadow is described as “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” with “stay-true color” that can be worn alone and is long-wearing and “won’t smudge or run.”   This review is not evaluating the anti-aging claim, because to truly test to that, one would have to wear these eyeshadows for 6-8 weeks everyday.

They will be available in duos as well as quads–and I’ll be reviewing all of them in the coming weeks. There are 15 duos and four quads that will be available. Each duo (Ready 2.0) will retail for $20.00 and contains 0.10 oz., while the quad (Ready 4.0) will retail for $30.00 and contain 0.17 oz. I’m still waiting to get confirmation of the quantity in each duo (the packaging I have does not have official labeling). I loved that each duo/quad has a name but also each individual eyeshadow has its own name, too (and everything goes with its theme). I would love to see future adaptations that might allow for mixing and matching of your favorites, so it could be a more customizable system.

The first duo I wanted to share was The Showstopper, which includes two shades: Bravo and Encore. I almost thought this duo was a dupe for NARS Demon Lover, but it’s much lighter–it’s similar in concept, with a cool-toned, blue with a hint of purple matched with a purpler shade, but they are quite different.

  • Bravo is a pale, periwinkle blue with a white, frosted finish. Inglot #429 is bluer and darker.
  • Encore is a medium-dark purple that doesn’t lean too red, but it’s not a cool-toned purple either, with a softened frost finish. It is several shades lighter than Giorgio Armani #3, a touch darker and more opaque than Milani Purr-fect Purple, and most similar to theBalm All the Way Annie.

The texture of these eyeshadows is amazing–silky to the touch, smooths out beautifully, and applies easily to the lid with excellent blendability and staying power. I’ve worn a few of the duos alone, and I’ve achieved 10 hours of wear without an eyeshadow primer. Both Bravo and Encore were true-to-color and delivered rich, opaque color.  If I had to be nit picky, Bravo was the tiniest bit powdery if you were heavy-handed with a brush in the pan, but it melts against skin and there is no fall out when used.

Each duo is packaged in a black, rubberized compact with a mirror inside and an applicator (none of mine came with an applicator, so I’m not sure if it’s sponge-tipped or not, but I would expect that it is). If you’re familiar with NARS’ packaging, this is similar. I like the rubberized surface, because it allows for better grip and is more forgiving when dropped on a hard surface (it absorbs the impact better than hard plastic, but not as well as cardboard).

bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
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bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals Bravo Eyeshadow

bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals Encore Eyeshadow

bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
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bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
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bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I didn’t either! 🙂 I was totally surprised! I find the more I try from Bare Escentuals, the more I find things I really like!

My thoughts exactly! I can’t really wear their loose colors, but always loved the shades they had them in. I’m excited about these duos!

I haven’t tried their loose eyeshadows in awhile (and will be trying them again soon), but overall, I tend to prefer pressed if only because they’re easier and less messy!

The loose shadows fall pray to the common issues that loose shadows have – the mess and the powder kick up irritates my throat. So to see that I can get my hands on pressed version makes me very happy!

Ohhh, man. If they’re all this great quality-wise, I might need one. Or two. Wonder if the outlet near me would carry these. Hmmm.

From what I read, distribution seems wide – pretty much anywhere that already has bareMinerals will carry these come October.

The outlet will most likely NOT carry these as they don’t carry most open stock eyecolors. The only regular openstock items BE outlets carry are the basics (foundations etc.). Hope this helps!

I can’t wait for these to come out because while I love Bare Escentuals eyeshadows, I stopped using them because of the mess they create. Pressed eyeshadow in BE minerals…sign me up.

I don’t care much for this duo in particular but I’m excited about the quality. And I love the rubberized packaging as well. Can’t wait to see the rest!

Hopefully there are some good neutral colors with these new duos. If there are, I will definitely pick some up during the Sephora Friends and Family sale.

The eyeshadows look a bit small, Christine, no? I can’t find anywhere you mention the size. Is it much smaller than MAC shadows? Thanks!

wow, I don’t know how I missed this before. both very pretty although I might not wear them together. good news on the wear without a primer since they’re pressed and actually portable. now if they’d release something like my fav BE shadows (rose pearl & disco– not together of course) I’d be thrilled!

wow they look amazing and not expensive, it’s a very interesting thing. I want to buy this i love the colours. Christine when will we have it in europe?

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