The Sample: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 Duo in The Scenic Route (Review, Swatches & Photos)

3 Jul

Oh. My. Gawd. Someone please tell me why on earth I didn’t try anything from the bareMinerals Ready eyeshadows line sooner?!? Major fail on my part–these get mad love from me. Seriously, I think there may be a new favorite eyeshadow formula in my life (sorry Hourglass)! When I was at Sephora grabbing these, I was speaking to an SA and just happened to, in passing, swatch one of the shades. As soon as it touched my skin, I was in love. I think I kind of zoned out and had a bit of a moment. The SA stopped talking when she noticed how transfixed I was and said that if I liked that, I should try the new Choreography palettes. I think at this point, my eyes were probably glazed over and I may have been drooling a little. I muttered (rather incoherently) something along the lines of “no…I’m good right here, thanks”. True love, I tell you. I ended up nabbing The Scenic Route and The Inspiration. Today, let’s go with The Scenic Route. :)

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The Ready shadows were launched in October 2011. According to Bare Escentuals, they contain a proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral Complex, which is comprised of positively-charged minerals and chock-full of antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, cucumber, and caffeine. All these great ingredients are meant to depuff the eye area and provide anti-aging benefits. Now I don’t know about all that—I personally didn’t see any depuffing…but then again, I don’t really have puffy eyes to begin with. I also didn’t see any changes in the very fines lines that are beginning to form in my under-eye area…but then again, I’m not applying the shadow under my eyes. So I guess overall, I can’t confirm or deny the validity of Bare Escentuals’ claims, but I can say that I freaking love look and feel of these!

*edit: I had a chance to try these on my puffy, swollen eyes and I can now confirm that they do not provide any kind of depuffing at all. Guess I didn’t really expect them to anyway, but just thought I’d check

I know there were new shades released recently, but I didn’t grab any of them—sorry! For some reason, I didn’t see them at my Sephora—not sure why they wouldn’t have them yet, though. They’ve been out for a little while. Anyway, I definitely plan on grabbing more shades soon anyways because I love the formula so much! The Scenic Route is comes with two amazingly beautiful shades. Breathtaking is the shade on the left. It’s a gorgeous, creamy white with a pale gold sheen (seriously, breathtaking is the word. The lighting was dark in Sephora when I went to swatch it, so I thought it was just a regular, satin-finish cream color–but when I swatched it, it immediately radiated a golden gleam!). Spectacular is the darker shade on the right. It’s a metallic, antiqued olive-green shade with slight bronzy tones. I must say, color-wise, The Scenic Route is everything I wanted Hourglass’ Dune duo to be and more. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Dune—but I went into it thinking that the dark green shade in the duo would be more…well, green! I can appreciate it now, but I will say I was pretty disappointed at first. But The Scenic Route is even more beautiful on than in the pan, and it’s true to color—so only good surprises here!

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The shadows come housed in a black, rubberized compact–similar to the packaging of Nars’ eyeshadow duos. It comes with a single sponge-tipped applicator bearing the bareMinerals logo on the handle. I am always torn when it comes to these rubberized compacts–on the one hand, I like that it’s easy to grip and easy to photograph (do you know how hard it is to photograph shiny compacts?! Arrrghh!), but they also get dirty really easily. I guess if I had to choose though, I would definitely pick the rubberized compacts over the shiny, plastic ones just because I can’t stand looking at the nasty fingerprints that plastic ones are prone to.

The texture of these is wow–seriously buttery. They’re incredible! I would say Breathtaking is slightly softer than Spectacular, but both are equally amazing. Though they are very soft, they’re also both really dense–so there are zero issues with fallout despite the softness of the powder. Plus, they blend so easily together, almost no effort is required. The shadow also clings really well to my brush and skin. On top of all that, these are super pigmented. See the swatch photos below? Well, I literally only had to swipe the sponge-tipped applicator through each shade once (back and forth) to get those rich, opaque swatches. And I swear, they just spread for days. I was so surprised that I could keep going over my skin with the same applicator and it kept depositing more and more rich color. So in awe!

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I may have mentioned this before, but because I have such oily lids I usually don’t grade eyeshadows on longevity/wear without a primer. That’s not to say I don’t test them without a primer, though. I do for the sake of testing it and if it ends up wearing well, major bonus points. If not, then no points are marked off the grade (unless the eyeshadow is touted as being long-wearing, of course). When I tested The Scenic Route on my bare lids, they held up surprisingly well–about an hour and 45 minutes before they began to crease oh-so-slightly just in the inner corner (the wear kind of reminds me of the L’Oreal Infallible shadows–and for most people, that wore all day without a primer, no problem). And that’s the only part of my lid that showed any signs of creasing–even 6 hours later!!! That’s unheard of for a powder eyeshadow on my lids! Let me tell you, I was quite impressed. Over a primer (my handy-dandy Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base), they lasted 11 hours without breaking a sweat.

Final verdict? Love, love, love so much!!! Remember how I kept yammering on and on about the Hourglass duos and how gorgeous they were and how you needed them?! Well, you need these Ready shadows. I am so not even kidding. They even have some similar shades to Hourglass’ (not dupes–just similar concepts for the duos! But similar enough for most people to not mind–especially when there’s an almost $20 difference between the two). The Scenic Route has the similar olive green/golden theme as Hourglass’ Dune, The Enlightenment duo has a similar-ish color palette to Hourglass’ Suede (though I’m not 100% on this as I’m basing this opinion on the online swatches/photos–and we all know how unreliable they can be). Were you craving Hourglass’ Exhibition but didn’t want to fork over the dough for it? bareMinerals’ The Inspiration just might sate that particular craving (review to come!). Ok, I may be reaching a tiny bit with these shade comparisons–but the point is, bareMinerals’ formula is so amazing–every bit as good as Hourglass’–that I am thinking you might as well go with the bareMinerals on this one. They have a larger selection of duos, anyway–so you’re bound to find something that you like. I’m just disappointed that I didn’t discover these sooner. So in short–yes, these are so worth your time. So if you are one of the few people in the world (like myself) who hadn’t gotten around to trying these Ready shadows yet, then I suggest you remedy this immediately and get your hands on some. I myself am thinking of grabbing The Cliff Hanger next–one of the 7 new duos that was released for Spring/Summer.

Pros: buttery, soft, dense, smooth texture; easy to work with and easy to blend; super pigmented; so buttery and smooth; NO fallout!; long-wearing; great shade range; did I mention how I buttery and smooth these are? :D

Cons: the only con I can possibly think of is the rubber compact (similar to Nars’) gets dirty easily; there is no truth to the depuffing claims

»»Pricing: $20/0.1 oz. (3 g.)

»»Availability: SephoraBare Escentuals, and Bare Escentuals stores and counters

»»Recommended for: everyone!

»»Overall Rating: A+ 


Any cool Fourth of July plans tomorrow for all you living in the states?? Or any cool plans at all for everyone else? I want to go see fireworks…someone please take me!!! :(

20 Responses to “The Sample: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 Duo in The Scenic Route (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Larie July 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    I really love the green shade! It’s so lovely. The problem is I already own 2304928304823 eye shadows. :(

    And I don’t think we have anything really exciting planned tomorrow…possible doggy date at the dog park and then I was thinking of making lemon meringue pie ;)

    • becca July 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      Lol, but Larie–you can NEVER own too many eyeshadows!!! :P Have you tried these READY ones though? Yeah…maybe you shouldn’t–because I KNOW you would want to buy the whole lot after!

      And doggy date–how fun! I hope my baby feels better tomorrow. She has been having a really bad stomach ache for the past few days so I don’t think I’ll be taking her anywhere today :/ Good luck on the lemon meringue pie! Is this your first attempt?

  2. Tracy@Beauty Reflections July 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    That green is AMAZING!! I do love their shadows a lot-they are some of the best out there I say!
    Have a great 4th of July!

    • becca July 3, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

      Thanks Tracy! Are you feeling any better yet?

      and yes, I LOVE these shadows–seriously can’t believe I didn’t try them sooner. I don’t know why, but for the longest time, bareMinerals makeup didn’t really appeal to me :/ Just goes to show how off my judgement is sometimes!

  3. Shivani July 4, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    You know, I keep hearing amazing things about these everywhere. I need to try so many new things – ahh catch up catch up. As always, lovely review – your blog may be new, but you are work like a pro ;)

    • becca July 4, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Wow, thank you so much Shivani. Your comment really made my day. Some days I’m not so sure of myself, so it’s always nice to hear something like that :)

  4. Memoiselle July 4, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    I have only heard good things about this! I am so excited to see this post on your blog. What a good choice :) This item will hit Singapore in a moment, I am sure going to try this.

    • becca July 4, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      Haha looks like I wrote this just in time–I got lucky I guess! Yes, definitely do check these out when they come in. They’re AMAZING–I haven’t been this wowed in a long time! and they have so many colors to choose from too! Let me know what you think!

  5. Sunny July 4, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Oooo I think I need a couple of these! I’ve been eyeing them for a while now, and since I have great experience with their Prime Time primer (I’ll write about it soon), I am definitely going to look into the brand more!

    • becca July 4, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      Yes Sunny, you’ll LOVE these, I know you will!

      Did you try the Prime Time shadow primer or foundation primer? I tried the foundation one and I did NOT like it. It pilled ALL over my face everywhere. Definitely not the best primer experience

      • Sunny July 7, 2012 at 12:17 am #

        I have the Prime Time Primer Shadow in Urban Nature, so essentially a color eyeshadow primer/cream shadow. I haven’t tried any face primer if you can believe that, though I got a little vile of MUFE one and I’ll play with it to see how I like it soon!

  6. Makeup Morsels July 5, 2012 at 4:42 am #

    Holy aldskjfl;asjdf, THAT GREEN! THAT GREEN! Oh my god I must have it now. I think I’ve always stayed away from this line because my mom uses their face stuff, and I don’t find it all that impressive. Plus (and I know this is totally shallow of me, but whatever, I’m just that shallow) the packaging is kind of boring and doesn’t suck me in. But the eyeshadows sound really fantastic. I’ll have to give these a swatch in store :)

    • becca July 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

      Dude, even worry–I felt the SAME exact way. When they first came out and it was loose mineral makeup, I wrote the line off thinking it was completely boring.But after hearing so many great things about the READY shadows, I finally caved. OMG is it amazing–whatever else I feel about the loose minerals, these pressed ones are phenomal. So much so that I decided to get their Oginal Foundation and one of their loose blushes too! You definitely should try the READY ones, youll fall in love and may feel differently about their other offerings!

  7. Yvette Monczka July 5, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Bare minerals is to me the best make-up EVER! I hope I win some make-up !

    • becca July 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

      haha that would be nice–free makeup? I’m down!

  8. Popblush July 7, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    You’re making me want to get these palettes now! I absolutely love buttery textured eyeshadows. They are much easier to blend, and deposit well and are generally really pigmented. Spectacular is indeed a SPECTACULAR shade!! Hehe.
    So far I like Majolica Majorca e/s pallets and Dior (non-matte shades) for their smooth blendable buttery textures.

    Btw hun, I’ve edited ingredient list images for the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundations so you can now enlarge the images for your reference =)

    • becca July 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

      aw thanks hon, thats so sweet and thoughtful of you! Definitely will check it out now. You’re the best!!!

      And yeah, I cannot wait to get more of these READY shadows–I’m eyeing a few of the quads now too. I wonder if the new Choreography palettes are the same quality formula? I’ve heard conflicting reports. Ah well, I guess there’s only one way to find out! :P

  9. devorelebeaumonstre. July 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm #


    p.s. I’m having a giveaway from Dahlia if you’d like to check it out. xx

  10. Jacqueline July 28, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    I have the same duo and I totally agree with you, so lovely.

    • becca July 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

      I know–this duo really blew me away!! I still have The Inspiration to get to, but I keep pushing the review back because I’ve been so distracted by Chanel releases lately :P

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