Nick of Time ($20 for 0.1 oz at Sephora) is a brownish-pink, mostly matte duo from Bare Minerals Ready line of pressed eyeshadows. At first it may look like a pretty ordinary couple of colors, but Kismet in particular is actually rather unusual.
In terms of quality, this duo is great. Both colors go on like butter and have plenty of pigment, and you can blend extensively without sheering them out. They’re just lovely to work with, especially for mattes. But, therein lies the one shortcoming: Chance, the lighter shade, has glitter in the pan, but it’s hit or miss whether any of it actually makes it to your lids. For my tastes, that’s okay – glitter likes to jump into my eyeballs anyway. But if you bought this one for the glitter, you could be disappointed. As you’ll see in the photos below, bits of it show up here and there, but it’s just not what you’d expect from looking at it in the pan. But at least when the glitter does make it to my lid, it doesn’t give me much of a fallout problem like most.
If the glitter issue doesn’t bug you, these are two fabulous shadows. Both colors are a little different from anything else in my collection, which is always nice. Besides, there is just something special about how this duo looks on my eyes.
Here’s Chance really up close and personal so you can see the glitter bits. Chance is very pale matte pink with silvery-white glitter bits that may or may not make it to your eyelid and a very neutral undertone.
Kismet is a matte muted pinkish, plummy brown.
The swatch shows just how dense both colors are. It also shows that the glitter in Chance has already escaped to another dimension – even a spongetip applicator pressed straight into a sticky primer on the inside of an arm couldn’t harness it. I think from now on I’m going to refer to escaping glitter as “Houdini Glitter.”
Is it just me, or is that really flattering for some reason? The two shades just seems to bring out the shape of my eye in a way that’s dramatic and yet could almost pass for natural. You can see that a little bit of Chance’s glitter made it to my lid in this instance.