I've been resisting these ever since they came out, but after walking past the display at Ulta one last time and feeling how soft and rich the shadows felt, I finally caved and ordered one. There are currently two bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 palettes, a warm (The Playlist) and the one I have, The Cocktail Hour, which is cool toned.
The palette comes in a shiny metallic red box with gold foil accents. It's quite striking. The front flap unfolds so you can remove the palette from its cardboard pocket. The back of the box has a full ingredient listing and has the names and colors of the shades in the palette.
The palette itself is a shiny, mirrored gold. It hinges open to reveal a full-size mirror, a mini double-ended eyeshadow brush and eight penny-sized shadows.
Top row: Black Tie Optional, Icebreaker, Swanky, Spiked
Bottom row: Elixir, Invite Only, Libation, Shaken Not Stirred
Black Tie Optional, Icebreaker, Swanky, Spiked
(No primer, natural light)
Elixir, Invite Only, Libation, Shaken Not Stirred
(No primer, natural light)
- The shadows have an amazing texture. They're soft, smooth, creamy, silky, basically what every shadow should feel like.
- The shades are versatile.
- The payoff was great on almost every color.
- Some of the colors have a really fine microglitter type sparkle that actually sticks to the eye and looks really delicate and pretty.
- The packaging is beautiful.
- The little brush they included is actually useful- not too scratchy or limp.
- Much less messy and a lot more convenient than the little jars of loose shadow Bare Escentuals / Bare Minerals is known for.
- Better color payoff and easier blending than the loose shadows.
What I didn't like:
- The colors are pretty bland. They can look a little muddy and I don't feel like they all compliment each other.
- Most of the shades are super frosty.
- Most of the shades apply a different color than they look in the palette.
- The lavender shade fades really quickly.
- The mirror-like palette is a magnet for fingerprints and scratches.
- The sparkles in Shaken Not Stirred don't show up on the eye.
- $40 is a lot for this. Yeah, the shadows feel amazing, but they're small (net weight of the palette is 8g / 0.28 oz). For comparison, the Urban Decay Naked Palette has a net weight of 14.4 g / 0.6 oz (twelve shadows), a mini primer and a full sized brush for only $48.
Overall, the quality is there but I'm not wild about the colors. I should have gotten The Playlist, but I changed my mind at the last minute because I thought it would be too warm for me. The shades in The Cocktail Hour are all really good as staple/everyday shades (especially the taupe), but I wish there was something in here that didn't look so muted/muddy, just to liven things up a bit. I'd definitely buy another READY palette if the colors were more interesting, the texture of the shadows is awesome. My only real complaints are that the colors are dull and that $40 is too much for such little product.