bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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

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

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

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

bareMinerals Future Eyeshadow
bareMinerals Future Eyeshadow

bareMinerals Future Eyeshadow
bareMinerals Future Eyeshadow

bareMinerals Center Stage Eyeshadow
bareMinerals Center Stage Eyeshadow

bareMinerals Center Stage Eyeshadow
bareMinerals Center Stage Eyeshadow

bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals Eyeshadows: Future (inner lid), Catch Me If… (middle of lid), Center Stage (outer lid/crease), Air (brow bone), Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) Highliner

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

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A Name Avatar

I’m really looking forward to your reviews of these duos. I only have the Scenic Route duo from bareMinerals and I’m completely in love with both shades and the quality.

AbigailOD Avatar

Wow, this is stunningly soft! I have always wanted a very soft, smoky purple eye that would be as mistake-proof. Which brushes did you use here, Christine?

Melinda Avatar

These are the same shadows that are in Shine On 2012 holiday palette except my Center Stage seems more pigmented. The Future shade is the same as Glitterati in the palette.

Mariella Avatar

These look so lush and pretty. The issue of “iffy” purples and how hard it can be to get that shade to be smooth and pigmented and even comes up often here but this duo seems to have got the purple right and combined it with a great pink/peach.

Helene Avatar

I’ve only tried the lose mineral eye shadows from BM. This duo is very nice. It’s totally in my comfort zone. Unfortunately I find BM too expensive. They cost a lot more here. A lot.
Love your look, by the way, beautiful and well thought out, as always.

Ada Avatar

This looks great! And it’s at a price point that’s feasible for me. I’ve wanted to try this formula for so long and now maybe I can! Thanks Christine.

LadyLiterary Avatar

Bareminerals eyeshadows were a huge surprise for me. I couldn’t believe how amazing their quads were. If I could only have one eyeshadow quad for the rest of my life it would be The Happy Place. I has every colour you need for the perfect eye, from day to night, including a matte crease colour. I can’t wait to try some of the quads.

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