BareMinerals Eyecolor is a line of loose pigment eyeshadows that have been around since the brand began to take off. I’ve owned three of these shades for so long that they have the old packaging without a sifter. These eyeshadows are seriously awesome – the only negative is the messiness that always comes with loose pigments.
All four of these shades – Queen Phyllis, Queen Tiffany, In the Buff and Pussycat – glide on like butter and last very well, even without primer. They’re so finely ground that the shimmer catches the light beautifully but doesn’t call attention to any crinkles or wrinkles on your lids. As good a job as the Ready Line of pressed shadows has done at capturing what these are like without the mess, I have to say I think these are still just unbeatable. They’re opaque, the color payoff is great, you can sheer them out or blend or whatever you like. They’re just so easy to work with.
BareMinerals Eye Color can be used wet or dry. My swatches below show them both ways. Basically, using them wet tends to intensify the shine or shimmer.
If you have no experience of loose pigments, I have to warn you that just like loose face powders, they can tend to fly in the air, spill, etc. I’ve got loose powder products in all sorts of creative packaging, and they all do it to some extent. With the current packaging (see Queen Phyllis), these do as well as can be expected. So this is by no means a negative against the product OR the packaging – I think they do a great job. It’s just a truth about loose pigments that you’ll already know if you own some!
Queen Phyllis is a pale yellow gold shimmer that’s almost frosty. It can be used full strength or sheered out, say, for use on the brow bone. Using it wet brings out more of the golden shine.
Queen Tiffany is a medium brown with a silvery glisten. It’s a little too warm to be called taupe. Because it’s so intense dry, using it wet doesn’t make a big difference – a little more intensity and opacity, and just a hint more shine.
In the Buff is a highly shimmery peachy – imagine copper, only quite a few shades lighter. Using it wet brings out the gold pigments more and makes it look more yellowy, but I don’t see a big difference on shine or intensity.
Pussycat is a deep brown with golden undertones and gold shimmer, and it tends to come off more or less bronze. Used wet, it takes on a slightly more golden hue and catches a little more light.
That’s with In the Buff on the lid, Pussycat in the outer corner, Queen Tiffany in the crease and Queen Phyllis on the brow bone.