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.
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!
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!
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?
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.)
»»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!!!