Spring! It's here! That's romantic! We're only a month late for Valentine's Day!
The BareMinerals True Romantic collection has been out for a fair while, and I have had the eyeshadow palette in my greedy clutches for months. Still, given that I reviewed my last BareMinerals palette a solid year after it was sold out, though, I feel I'm doing pretty good on timeliness. If I keep up this trend of rapidly increasing punctuality, soon I'll be reviewing palettes that haven't even been formulated yet.
I think the packaging on this little quad is gorgeous. The floral design feels both fresh and classic.
Plus, it's housed in rose gold, which is everyone's secret favorite color.
The palette's not exactly a neutral set, but it's maybe a neutral palette's first cousin. You can see the family resemblance, even if you're confused about why there are no browns.
As always, it comes with a snazzy little mirror.
The shadows themselves are a little difficult to photograph, since they, much like Walt Whitman, contain multitudes. Still, I think these pictures give a hint about the fanciness they are hiding:
The four shades contained in the palette are as follows:
1. Love It is a shimmery color that straddles the line between a greenish white and a pale mint. It has an eerie, mermaid-like tinge. I'm not particularly impressed by the pigmentation of this shade, but the color is fantastic and you can build it up on your lids. The texture is a little bit gritty, though.
2. Woo Is Me is an iridescent, tan apricot that almost reads as a duochrome. The texture is better on this one than Love It, but I still feel that the color was much sheerer than I have come to expect from the BareMinerals READY eyeshadows. Again, it's totally fine practically. Throw in a good primer and do a little building and you'll get gorgeous color out of it. Still, the previous palettes I've tried from BareMinerals have been essentially flawless, and this one certainly is not. With that said, this is my favorite shade in the quad because the color is so damn pretty.
3. Louder is a dirtily-named metallic copper. The texture here is much better and it's beautifully pigmented.
4. Head Over Heals is a dark, matte taupe-y slate that applies downright perfectly.
Here's how the palette looks on my face:
Like all BareMinerals quads, this palette retails for $30 for 0.17oz, putting it at a slightly-pricier-than-ideal $176.47 per ounce.
In comparison to some of the other BareMinerals palettes that are unerring in their quality, this palette is a little bit of a bummer. I can definitely see why one might not want to pay such a premium for a quad where two of the shades are inferior in texture and pigmentation. Faults aside, though, I do really like this palette. I think the color combinations are witty and wearable. But, even more fundamentally, I've found that every time I wear this eyeshadow, I think "Fuck yeah. I look awesome."
I've come to have very high expectations of the BareMinerals eyeshadows, but I'm forgiving of a little wobble here and there. If this palette was something boring, that I'd seen before, I'd be less charitable. As it is, I think it's really fun, even if it takes a little extra layering for a couple of those shades.