I never really got on the mineral makeup bandwagon, but Bare Escentuals still won me over with a range of excellent products beyond the realm of loose powders (to wit: Big and Healthy Lip Sticks, Pretty Amazing Lipcolor, Prime Time tinted primer/eyeshadow). And true to form, their new pressed eyeshadows are fantastic.
The pigmentation and texture are excellent — and it doesn’t hurt that the rounded-square shape of the pans remind me strongly of Chanel.
Bare Escentuals has always maintained that minerals are good for you, and they’re whistling the same tune with Ready eyeshadows. They say the formula contains a proprietary “SeaNutritive Mineral Complex” (as well as cucumber and caffeine) which claims anti-aging benefits, for softer, smoother skin on your eyelids.
Personally, I’d buy these shadows for their color and performance. If “SeaNutritive Complex” is actually good for you, that’s a bonus.
The Truth is a palette of neutrals. Serendipitous is a satin shimmery pink beige. Magnetism is a matte red-brown. Fate is a shimmery “satin taupe” silver-cocoa. Apropos (which is pronounced “app pro POH”) is a matte, dusty chocolate brown with a few silver sparkles (which fly away when swatched without a base).
The Elements includes Air (a shimmery, slightly rosy champagne), Fire (matte pumpkin), Earth (a matte, mossy grey-green), and Water (a muted satin green teal).
The Afterparty includes Cheers (a satin cool white), Mingle (a shimmery, cool, aluminum-foil grey), Rowdy (a matte dusty lavender/mauve purple, less rosy than MAC’s Quarry), and Lights Down (matte black with a few tiny sparkles).
For purple-lovers, there’s The Dream Sequence. 500 Thread Count is a satin pinked-white. Romp is a shimmery/frosty golden purple. Boudoir is a shimmery duochrome orchid pink-purple that reflects blue. Nightcap is a matte grape.