Friday, June 28, 2013

Review -- bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 in The Power Neutrals

 When it comes to makeup, there are many types of products that I have trouble resisting.

Anything peachy tops that list for sure.

But coming in at a close second is neutral/natural/naked eyeshadow palettes.

It's probably because I just get so much use out of them.

Now, don't get me wrong -- I love playing with colorful eye shadows as much as the next girl, but when I'm in a hurry or just don't feel like thinking too much about my makeup, out comes my UD Naked or Naked 2 Palette, my The Balm Nude'Tude Palette, my LORAC Pro Palette, et al.

As far as I'm concerned, I just can't have enough natural eye shadow options.

(Clearly, since my last post was about the Mally Easy on the Eyes TSV featuring the In the Buff Vol. 2 Palette and here's another yet another one ...)

When I first saw the bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 in The Power Neutrals presented on QVC a couple of months back, though, I did resist.

The shades totally called my name, but I was trying to cut back on shadow purchases and I really do have plenty of neutral shadows to choose from in my collection.

The palette sold out, and I immediately regretted my decision.

Isn't that always the way?

When it reappeared a month or so later, I ordered it right away.

And boy, am I glad I did.

I don't know if this is my favorite neutral/natural/nude shadow palette, but I think it might be the easiest to use and definitely the most convenient for travel.

The palette contains eight shadows: Boss Lady, a shimmery ivory; Moneymaker, a matte dusty olive; Schmooze, a metallic golden bronze; Boardroom, a matte chocolate brown; Exec, a shimmery slate; Payday, a matte light gray; Magnate, a satin-y light peach; and Get Ahead, a matte mid-tone brown.

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshdow 8.0 in The Power Neutrals

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshdow 8.0 in The Power Neutrals

Like all of the shadows from the Ready line that I've tried, the formula of these is outstanding. All of the shadows are nicely pigmented, creamy, and easy to blend -- even the matte shades.  I don't really have any problem with fallout with this palette either, which is always a good thing.

The shades themselves are all pretty much neutral -- it's a pet peeve of mine when shadows are called 'neutral' because they happen to be natural type colors.  To be a true neutral, it shouldn't lean warm or cool at all. -- so I feel like the palette would really work for any skin tone.

There are also enough light, mid-tone and dark shades in the palette to create a variety of looks. Sure, you can do a super sexy smokey eye for a night out but there's also plenty of simple, understated day looks that you can pull together from this collection.  Every shade is just so wearable -- even if you're Casper the Friendly Ghost pale like I am.

The Power Neutrals first row (from l. to r.): Boss Lady, Moneymaker, Schmooze, Boardroom

The Power Neutrals second row (l. to r.): Exec, Payday, Magnate, Get Ahead
 My favorite shadows are probably Schmooze, which is absolutely gorgeous on blue eyes, Boss Lady, which is a lovely inner corner highlight or even lid color, Exec, which I love on the lid for simple smokey eye, and Magnate, because, yeah, it's peachy.

The palette is also much smaller than the UD Naked Palettes, the Balm Nude'Tude, or the LORAC Pro Palette, so it's ideal if you want an option that you can toss in your bag for touch-ups during the day or to transition your look from day to night after work.

While the palette is no longer available on QVC, you can buy it at Ulta stores or as part of the bareMinerals Power Neutrals Collection.  The packaging is different, though - the one from QVC is in the traditional black, rubberized compact that the Ready products from the permanent line are; the one from Ulta comes in a shiny gold compact.

It retails for $40 and you receive a total of 8 grams of product.

I have been using this palette a ton since I got it, and I highly recommend it if you're in the market for a neutral/natural eye shadow collection or if you are a neutral/natural eye shadow junkie like me.  If you've never tried the bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadows and are curious, this is definitely a good palette to start with.

Are you tempted by the bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Palette? What's your favorite neutral/natural shadow collection?

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