I’ve already reviewed a couple of the Bare Minerals Ready Shadow duos: Epiphany and Scenic Route. This one is Showstopper ($20 at Ulta or Sephora), and it’s actually the first of the duos that I bought. I chose it because the lighter color in it, Bravo, is like nothing else I own.
As I’ve said in the reviews of the other duos, the formula here is awesome. If you ever played with Bare Mineral’s loose pigments, you know they’re gorgeous. These are equally gorgeous, but without the hassle of loose pigments. These glide on like butter. The pigmentation is intense, but because the shadow is so densely packed and silky (not at all powdery), you don’t have that issue of just touching it with your brush and finding you’ve picked up more than enough to do both eyes. It’s almost as if there’s something moist to the consistency of these shadows.
- Bravo is a pale periwinkle blue with a frosty finish. I was afraid the finish would drown out the color and make it look cool white on the lids, but no – it looks exactly on the lids like it does in the pan. As I said, I don’t have anything quite like this in my collection. If you’re afraid of blue eyeshadow, you don’t need to give this one a miss – while it can take on a blue tone, especially if you wear blue with it, it’s got enough of a purple undertone to avoid screaming blue eyeshadow.
- Encore is a medium purple with blue undertones – but again, not too blue. The finish is shimmery with a hint of frost and blue iridescence. This color seems far more dupable than Bravo, but when I pulled out my many, many purple shadows by Urban Decay, I found they’re all a little more warm toned than this one.
This is a soft set, not a highly dramatic one, but one that’s packed with color. It’s great on its own, but it also makes a wonderful addition to your stash.