bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) contains two shades that pair well together but are also more complex, a bit more unique than your average eyeshadow. The best of the Ready formula shines through this duo with both shades having a soft, buttery texture that feels like silk, blends out effortlessly, and wears really well.

Air is described as a “satin taupe.” It’s a light-medium beige with a hint of gray/brown in it and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff that had a very soft, buttery consistency and blended easily. The color wore well for eleven hours before fading slightly. MAC Fashion Beat (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Navy #5 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Ginger Sugar (LE, $14.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Catch Me If… is described as a “rich mauve.” It’s a medium-dark, plum with a warm, golden shimmer that almost gives a metallic finish to the shade. It has a more unique finish, because it has strong, plum colors but then a strong golden sheen that seems like it goes on top like an overlay. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft, creamy texture that felt like butter. This shade didn’t show any fading until after eleven hours of wear. NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Eve’s Kiss (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. Laura Mercier African Violet (P, $23.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is warmer. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Air Eyeshadow
bareMinerals Air Eyeshadow

bareMinerals Air Eyeshadow
bareMinerals Air Eyeshadow

bareMinerals Catch Me If... Eyeshadow
bareMinerals Catch Me If… Eyeshadow

bareMinerals Catch Me If... Eyeshadow
bareMinerals Catch Me If… Eyeshadow

bareMinerals The Covert Affair 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 Covert Affair 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

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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It is!! I think the way the gold shimmer sits on top (but is still blended with the eyeshadow – it’s not that type of sparkle that just dusts away) makes it more unique.

I love Bare Minerals Ready Eye shadows! They are one of my favorite shadow formulas! There are so many that I want to get, this one is at the top of my list, for sure!

OMG I need this to create my fall beauty vision for myself. Picture it: A blown out slightly smoky light taupe and rose gold eye with Chanel Aura on the lips. Messy buns and slightly sculpted cheek! I’ve been looking for just the right products!

I haven’t tried any of the BM duos although I always hear good things. Catch me If… Is an interesting shade that looks great on you!

Catch me If… is such a beautiful color. So complex, looks pink, mauve, rosewood with golden shimmer! Loved the look you came up with <3

Right?? It’s not quite duochrome… since there’s no chang ein the color of the shimmer, but it is similar in the way the shimmer is more on top than blended with the base color (yet it is one product – it doesn’t just disappear like sparkle over a matte!).

I’m glad this is a permanent one – the colours are so pretty, especially ‘catch me if…’! 😀 the look you did is stunning!

BAH bare minerals does this every single time. I love their eyeshadows but they sometimes are a bit late to the game when it comes to colors. I always have their latest releases in a dupe somewhere else. I think its because it appears they are developing their eyeshadow range more?

Wow: that’s GORGEOUS. Christine, you put together the most beautiful, enviable, effortless (well, they seem effortless) looks in your eyeshadow reviews! I usually feel too made up with even a simple eye look, but maybe this little duo is a good one for practice: focus on Air with a little Catch Me and a lot of blending? I have green eyes and The Covert Affair will make them leap out of my face. Er, in a good way. As always, thank you for your incredibly detailed reviews!

This is so beautiful, as well as the other one. Your look has convinced me I need both! I couldn’t find them on Sephora yet though…

If I can find a stockist of this brand I might well be all over this like white on rice. Love the way you’ve put this on Christine.

I think I have to buy this duo. Anyone know if either shadow is a duplicate from another of their palettes? If so, which. Thanks.

Catch Me If is beautiful. Air doesn’t wow me though. I don’t think I’ll get it, but I will keep my eyes open and swatch it when I find it, for sure. It migh look different on my skin. If I like Air in person, this is a must have. (Wouldn’t it be ironic if Catch Me If didn’t suit me at all, then). 🙂

I liked Air a lot, surprisingly – Catch Me if… totally catches the eye (ha, ha), but Air has an interesting, muted quality to it that’s taupe-y but brightening!

I remember reading about BareMinerals being bought by Shisheido thus throughout the brand the texture of the powder has been improved. I am not too sure if it was something in one of my wildest dream or it was a real newsw that I actually read about. But from my recent experience with them (starting from their 8.0 Palettes last Christmas) , they have been on the top level so far.

The Ready formula has been fantastic since they released it 😀 I think they’d already been bought out by then.

I feel like this + The Big Debut would have made a great quad. They are all so pretty together. Another great duo!

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