Bare Minerals Ready Shadow 8.0 The Star Treatment Palette is a limited edition item which I’m afraid has already gotten hard to find. It’s a collection of eight warm earth tone eyeshadows with shimmer and satin finishes. It comes with a double ended brush, a small tube of their Prime Time primer and a brochure that shows you how to get several looks. The brochure was a good idea in this case – while this is a lovely and unique collection of colors, it’s not obvious how some of the colors are going to work with others.
While I did have one disappointment from this palette, for the most part the colors are very creamy and pigmented, with great wear time.
VIP is a deep inky black with slight green undertones and gold shimmer. This one works well as an eyeshadow – good pigmentation and reasonably creamy – but in its recommended use as an eyeliner, I wasn’t too impressed. When I used it that way several times, it sheered out to gray and small blobs of black powder refused to gel with anything else and ended up falling out (oddly, it wasn’t the shimmer that gave me fallout but little black dots of powder). I had really expected to be able to use this one as a liner, so that was disappointing. You can see how it looks for yourself in the look I did (scroll down most of the way for the picture).
Connoisseur is a dark copper gold shimmer finish. It goes on like butter and really packs on the color beautifully with lots of pigmentation. The swatch shows some flecks that have separated from the rest of it, but I got no fallout when using this on my lids. This is one of the colors that’s a bit tricky – it doesn’t look that orange, but it can have the orange effect on lids, making you look like your eyes are red. You may need to stick to using it in the crease or outer corner.
Kudos is a beige shimmer, but it’s actually a subtle duochrome that flashes pale olive green in some lighting. That really threw me for a loop the first time I applied it to my eye because I hadn’t noticed the effect when swatching (and it doesn’t show up in the photo, either), but on my eye what I had thought was a simple neutral beige turned out to be distinctly greenish in my bathroom light. Suddenly I had to totally change plans on what colors I was wearing. (This is why I said they were smart to include the brochure – these are not eyeshadow 101 colors!) This color applies very smoothly with excellent pigmentation.
Bragging Rights is a coppery peach with a golden shimmer-sheen. It’s creamy and has very good pigmentation. While it does have enough orange to potentially make your eyes look red, the gold sheen makes it a little more forgiving than some similar colors.
Carte Blanche looks like a white shimmer in the pan, but once applied it’s a little like Kudos – it’s got a brilliant yellow sheen that almost acts like a duochrome. It reminds me a little of Breathtaking from the Scenic Route duo from this line, but it’s whiter. This one goes on very smoothly and opaquely – very easy to work with.
Ritzy is a medium dark warm, chocolatey brown with brown and gold shimmer. This one is buttery and goes on fully opaque in one sweep. No fallout, fading or creasing. This is another one they recommend using as a liner, and it does work, but the gold shimmer makes the overall effect that of a rather light colored liner, not the deep brown you might expect from the pan.
Elitist is a medium olive green with golden shimmer. While it’s distinctly green, it’s got enough brown in it to be a neutral. It’s another one that’s dense and buttery. It looks medium in the pan, but it actually has enough depth to provide contrast with both medium and light colors.
Extravagance is a golden buttercup yellow with brilliant shimmer. It applies very smoothly and creamily, though it does kick up a little powder which can translate to fallout during application. Using a dense brush, I didn’t notice any problems.
In this photo, you can see how when they’re used as liners VIP becomes gray and Ritzy provides more shimmer than color. But you can also see how smoothly everything applies – a shadows, this whole palette works very well. As liners, meh.
Prime Time eyelid primer is a pink-beige cream that turns transparent on skin, which means it will work on any skin tone but won’t cover any discoloration on lids. It creates a very smooth surface, like silicone. I didn’t notice it improving the performance on these shadows, but then they tend to wear so well with or without any primer. I did test it with some lesser quality shadows, and it both “popped” the color and improved wear time.
The double ended brush is small but functional, which meets my expectations for a palette brush like this. You can actually use it to apply these well, which means you could travel with just this brush and these shades.
Available at Sephora ($40).