Wednesday, January 16, 2013

bareMinerals Return to Radiance AD Shipment 3

I'm sorry that I've been MIA this week - I've been fighting off a cold, so I've been really tired and cranky.

But few things make me feel better than some new makeup, so it was perfect timing when my UPS guy showed up with the third installment of the bareMinerals Return to Radiance TSV from QVC on Monday.

Well, the Nyquil definitely helped too.

Before I get into specifics on the kit, I just wanted to explain that I'm going to change the way I do these posts about future TSV installments.  Instead of giving an item by item review of the entire kit like I would with a new TSV, I'm just going to focus on the new products or shades. 

I feel like this makes the most sense - I do these posts even though most of the AD kits aren't available for sale because I know that some TSV shoppers postpone delivery of their AD kits so they can check out the new shades online and see if they like them.  It only follows that the new products/shades are the ones to focus on.

In some cases (like with this AD set), some of the products are also available for sale on their own so there's value in doing swatches and giving my opinion on them. 

I'm also going to try to limit my commentary on a product's general formula and stick to the specific shade include in the kit - maybe it's just me, but I feel like I repeat myself constantly, babbling about how much I like these Marvelous Moxie glosses or how fabulous the Ready Blushes are, and I really don't want to bore anyone.

In the future, if I don't discuss a product's formula in general terms, it probably means that I've discussed it previously so you can just go back and check an earlier post. Of course, if a product's formula seems to change with the shade, I'll certainly mention it.

Whew.  A lot of introduction, I know.  I hope you're still with me.

Like the previous Return to Radiance installments, the kit includes eight products:

  • Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer
  • bareMinerals Original Foundation 
  • bareMinerals Concealer
  • Prime Time Primer Shadow in Champagne Toast
  • Ready Blush in The Close Call
  • Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smooth Talker
  • Soft Focus Face Brush
  • Fast & Flawless Blending Brush

From l. to r.: Fast & Flawless Blending Brush, Soft Focus Face Brush, Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer, bareMinerals Concealer in Bisque (top), bareMinerals Original Foundation in Fair
The Prime Time Primer Shadow in Champagne Toast is a pretty golden brown, almost bronze shade. It's not a terribly unique color - I have several cream shadows that are similiar - but it's one that I use often because it's easy to wear and really flatters blue eyes.

bareMinerals Prime Time Primer Shadow in Champagne Toast

bareMinerals Prime Time Primer Shadow in Champagne Toast
I have noticed that Champagne Toast seems to wear better on its own than the Prime Time Primer Shadows, Nude Glow and Cameo Pink, that came in previous kits. Those two are fairly sheer, so they seem to fade by the end of the day if I don't layer a powder shadow on top.  Because Champagne Toast is a darker, more opaque shade, it lasts much longer. 

The Ready Blush in The Close Call is bronze taupe shade. I was a little put off when I first saw it in the pan because it looked pretty dark and... well, brown. 

But actually, it's somewhat similiar in color to the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed. Exposed definitely has rosy undertones, while The Close Call is an orange-based shade. However, on the cheeks they look pretty much the same - really pretty and natural.

bareMinerals Ready Blush in The Close Call
bareMinerals Ready Blush in The Close Call

bareMinerals Ready Blush in The Close Call
It's probably not a color that I would have picked out myself, but it's actually one that I think I'll use pretty often.

The Close Call is available for purchase on its own anywhere that BE products are sold. It retails for $22.

The Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smooth Talker is a lovely golden pink shade with subtle gold shimmer.  It appears slightly brighter in the photos than it actually is - it's a soft pink that would work for virtually any skin tone as an everyday lip color.

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smooth Talker

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smooth Talker
You can also purchase Smooth Talker on its own at BE retailers. It retails for $18.

I'm very happy with all of the new shades, but I'm kind of sad the AD was over.  I wouldn't mind getting a few more of the Ready Blushes.

Yes, I know I'm a total glutton.

Do any of these shades grab you?


  1. I'm so jealous of all of your awesome gift sets! If only QVC shipped to Canada...:( I love Marvelous Moxie lip glosses, they are by far the most moisturizing gloss that I have tried. I have the shade smooth talker as well and love it for everyday! Any other must have shades you would recommend?

    1. That stinks that you can't get these TSVs in Canada. :(

      I love the Marvelous Moxie glosses myself. If you're looking for a pretty everyday shade, Spark Plug is a gorgeous pearly pink shade. If you want a darker shade, Dare Devil is a lovely berry shade that's perfect for fall and winter. Oh! And Hot Shot is a beautiful hot pink shade that I love for summer.

      As you can probably tell, I'm a big fan of these glosses. LOL

  2. I'm so excited, mine should be here on Monday, I was hoping someone online had gotten theirs --why must I live so far away from the warehouse

    Thanks for posting, I love the shades in this one the most! I felt like the blush in the last one just added redness back to my face that the primer neutralized, so glad this is a true neutral and yay for no sparkle in the prime time!

    Hope you feel better and thanks again for the review

    1. This is probably my favorite of the three kits. I love the Prime Time Shadow so much and the blush is surprisingly pretty on the cheeks considering how dark and brown it looks in the pan.

      Hope you enjoy your kit!


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