Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Review: bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 Duo in Epiphany

If BareMinerals foundation was a supervillain, we would be sworn arch-nemeses.The foundation is so bad on me (and for some reason, I keep thinking it might not be bad. I have bought it like three times and every time, I hated it. It's like the potato salad of foundations. People like it and it sounds like something I would like, so I keep trying it and ending up unhappy.) that it has apparently soured my entire perspective of the brand. It honestly never even occurred to me to try any of their other products.

Someone recently passed along a bareMinerals eyeshadow duo mini in Epiphany and was like, "Uh, you should try this shit. I know you hate their foundation, but some of their products are pretty good." My hopes weren't overwhelmingly high...


...Except then, I swatched it. HOLY FUCKING FUCK FUCK. WHY ARE THESE EYESHADOWS SO EXCELLENT. WHY DID NO ONE EVER TELL ME THIS.

Putting your brush in this eyeshadow duo is like putting your brush in butter... except that putting your brush in butter would be kind of disgusting, and this is the exact opposite of disgusting. This is a magical and spiritual experience that will enrich your life with its pure smoothness and pigmentation. In terms of raw eyeshadow quality, this is definitely one of the best eyeshadows that I have ever used. 


Because that is the definition of a duo, the product contains two eyeshadow colors: A-ha and Foreshadow. (Honestly, with 'the Epiphany' as the product name, I think those shade names are pretty darn cute!) Aha is a frosty, golden light brown and Foreshadow is a matte, warm dark brown. Both products are pigmented as a motherfucker.


Applying them a total breeze given their smoothness and ease of blendability.


One of the only faults of the READY eyeshadows is that the color selection is a little bit limited. I lean towards more dramatic eyeshadow options and these are very tame, as a whole. (There's just a few brighter colors. I ended up jumping on the last of "The Wild Thing" quads and, happily, the quality seems to be just as good as this duo. I'll have a full review in the future. I'm still playing with it, for now.)

I have a feeling I am going to be collecting bareMinerals eyeshadow like I collect...

...

...eyeshadow. Hm. Maybe that wasn't a very good analogy. 

The other slight downside to bareMinerals shadows, unfortunately, is the price. At $20 for 0.1oz, they come in steeper-than-average at $200 per ounce. The quads are $30 for 0.17oz ($176 per ounce) and the eight-pan palettes are $40 for 0.28oz ($143 per ounce). All of those lean at least a little bit higher than I might wish. However, if it turns out that the absurdly amazing quality is consistent, I'm personally not going to get huffy about a slightly higher pricepoint.

40 comments:

  1. On me A-Ha comes off more Taupe. I'm curious if they changed their packaging because I have this quad and the packaging is a similar texture to Nars. And the duo you have looks more like solid plastic -if that makes sense-.

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    1. I think that Robyn's duo is the mini that came in a sampler set over the holidays. It is smaller than the normal duos and you're right it is plastic. Their normal quads and duos are larger and that rubbery plastic type stuff that you expect.

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    2. Kratrina is right! I just have a mini.

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  2. This makes me so excited and surprised because I always thought Bare Escentuals was kind of a lower-middle end brand with semi-decent products. I HATE their foundation too but your swatches look so goddamn amazing, I might go take a gander at some of the shades at Ulta this weekend!

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    1. I definitely didn't expect anything this spectacular!

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  3. I'm in the same boat. I bought the whole foundation kit when I was 19 or 20 and it made me look like a 40 yr old with bad skin. I LOATHE that foundation but on a whim I bought a 8 pan palette at Sephora that was on sale and yeah they breezed past every shadow I have in terms of quality. I was shocked and am a collector now too

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    1. I am surprised that people do not talk about them more!

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  4. All of the Bare minerals shadows i've tried are great quality! definitely one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas.

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    1. I'm glad to hear that lots of their products are this good! I will end up with a million, I am sure.

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  5. Their loose shadows are so good as well! And they have some more dramatic ones in that formula. I wore them to one of the Lady Gaga tours, so that's something.

    Their non-foundation products are so, so good! Their Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara (only the Volumizing, the others are just meh) is the closest I've gotten to HG.

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    1. That's true! I tend to lean on the indie side of things when I want loose shadows in wacky colors, though.

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  6. I just want to throw out there that I love that I see this on my facebook timeline :)

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  7. I was just looking at some blushes online and noticed one being touted as "gluten free" …. Maybe it's because I'm extra annoyed that there is a pervasive misunderstanding of celiac vs gluten-sensitivity vs there-is-nothing-wrong-with-you that tends to be exploited by anyone that wants to make a buck (I'm sure it's super easy to absorb a giant protein across your skin to trigger an autoimmune reaction limited to the intestines), but maybe it would be an interesting subject for beauty bullshit? Unless you've already done it and I haven't seen it yet. Anyway, LOVE your blog.

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    1. Anecdotal, but I just saw a friend who owns a hair salon asking about this and some of her gluten allergic/celiac friends replied that they have skin reactions to wheat and gluten in beauty products as well. I wouldn't think it possible either, but I don't know their skin.

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    2. I am not an expert on the subject, but I remember talking to a friend who is a doctor about this topic. I'll refresh myself on her opinion.

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  8. i can't stop buying these ready shadows. i've stocked up a few times when i've found deals on qvc or sales on sephora and ulta. they are amazing.

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    1. That is going to have to be my new strategy!

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  9. I have been wanting to try BM eyeshadows for awhile, but have always had other items higher up on my list of priorities. I've especially been eyeing the September Issue 8 pan palette! So pretty!

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    1. The September Issue looks great! I have been thinking about that one as well.

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  10. I'm so tempted to try more of the Bare Minerals shadows! I have a couple of their loose shadows, and they're great. Also, a surprisingly affordable brand, here...

    ...now I just wish they'd bring over those Buxom lipsticks...

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    1. In the meantime, maybe track down a mail forwarding service?

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  11. I will have to stop sailing past their display at Sephora now. These look good enough to buy. You're not doing a very good job of being an arch nemeses, you know.

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    1. I am only the arch-nemesis of the foundation!

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  12. The quality is, imo, extremely consistent. Around a year or so ago, Ulta had a flash sale on bM ready eyeshadow--all 50% off. So I am now the proud owner of 5 of the quads and 5 of the duos. I also picked up 2 of the 8-pan palettes. They are all fantastic. In particular, the bM ready mattes are some of the best I've ever encountered. If I may, I recommend starting with "The Top Shelf" duo, which is gorgeous and would work for anyone.

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    1. I think I need another of those flash sales.

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  13. Oooh, now I'm jazzed! Last week I ordered the set that this mini duo came in, and it should be at my door this week. I am slowly turning into a Bare Minerals girl, even though 1) I've never tried their pressed powders and 2) I totally hate the way their foundation looks on me.
    I am hooked on the Moxie gloss, Moxie lipstick, mascara, loose eye shadow (try Queen Tiffany and let me know if you DON'T fall down in a swoon) and loose blush.

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    1. I'm going to have to give this brand another shot! I've totally ignored them other than their foundation!

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  14. Bare Minerals foundation- you either love it or hate it. I love it- it makes my skin look awesome.

    I haven't tried any of their ready eyeshadows, so I may have to check them out!

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    1. Yeah, I wouldn't recommend that they change it, since so many people dig it as it is!

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  15. I also am not at all impressed with the bare minerals foundation. Blech. BUT, then a friend turned me on to their bronzer and I'm a convert! As a super fair kinda gal, I did not want a bronzer that was too dark and being that I'm nearly 30, I didn't want a glittery bronze bomb on my face either. The Skinny Dip color is faaaaaaantastic. Blendable, not too dark - but easy to layer, totally shimmer-free. I've been really impressed with it!

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    1. Cool! There isn't enough variety in bronzer colors out there!

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  16. Bit of a late reply, but where did you get those earrings? They are amazing.

    I've tried the BM Ready Blush, very pigmented, not the most blend-able. I'm curious to try their quad in The Truth.

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    1. They're from Hautelook, unfortunately!

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  17. I've loathed every one of their face-powder-type products that I've tried, but I have one of their Marvelous Moxie glosses (in Maverick) and really like it. Between that gloss and this review, I might have to give them another shot.

    Also....BM as a brand acronym amuses the hell out of me, because I will never in my life be able to hang onto an adult card for more than a few hours at a time.

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  18. I want to try these shadows, but the color selection just has not been interesting me. Maybe someday they'll have the right quad or 8-pan and I can get on board.

    That's actually how I feel about Lorac, too. I have a small palette of theirs I got off Hautelook. The quality is there, but unique colors are not, so I keep adding to my UD hoard and not buying any Lorac.

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  19. I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of their foundation either only because of the messes it can create when I put it on a customers face. Its not fun when the bottom of those jars pops out, and all that powder goes EVERYWHERE. The mess factor makes it undesirable to me.

    The eyeshadows, lipsticks, and the Flawless Definiton Volume mascara are amazing from Bare Minerals. After putting on some of the pressed eyeshadow on a customer's face, I was so impressed. After she left, I just kept swatching the pressed and loose eyeshadows. I have no need for eyeshadow (lots of loose pigments from MAC and NYX, and eyeshadow palettes from UD and Lorac), but I'll get them eventually.

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  20. I've bought several of these quads and I think they're fantastic. The pressed foundation has been disappointing to me, too, though I've only worn it twice.

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  21. I hate hate hate their foundation. Hate. With a passion. I too have purchased it umpteen times, and have always been disappointed/had an allergic reaction. And every couple of years I eagerly leap down that rabbit hole like "hey! Minerals! You like minerals! You'll like this! Its natural!!!" and every time I think "is it me? or is this just a really shitty product?!" That said, I do like their Marvelous Moxie lipjunk and I'm willing to try the eyeshadow. As long as its not that loose powder crap. Also a fan of their primer, its pretty much my go-to primer.

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