Bare Minerals Ready Shadow duos ($20 at Sephora) are the long-awaited pressed versions of Bare Mineral’s fantastic but messy loose mineral pigments. Those loose shadows were amazing – glorious color payoff, shocking pigmentation, just gorgeous. The three Ready Shadow duos I have meet that high standard too. The one in this review is called Epiphany, and it’s a warm brown duo.
The packaging on these is very simple, but worth a mention. You could happily travel with a couple of these or throw them into your bag for the day, because the closures are very secure and the little mirrors inside are actually very useful. It comes with a high quality sponge tip applicator, but I apply it with brushes.
The formula on these is very creamy. You get a lot of color from a small amount of powder, and it’s super easy to work with: you can apply heavily but then easily blend out edges, or you can apply a sheered out wash. Whatever you want to do with these, you can do it, and you don’t need top-notch application skills. They glide on like silk and wear well for a lot of hours, without creasing, fading or any movement – even without primer.
A-ha is a shimmery taupe with pink undertones. It’s not shiny enough to be metallic; it just has a lovely shimmering quality. Foreshadow is a warm matte brown with subtle red undertones. The pink/red undertones make this duo wearable for both cool and warm skin tones.
The mix of finishes in this one is also nice. The shimmer draws the eye while the matte finish gives the sense that the area is receding, which makes this pairing more dramatic than if it was all shimmer. As you can see from the swatch below, I kept the matte Foreshadow strong just above the lash line in the outer corner, but blended it into the already-applied A-ha higher up. (Tip: if you want your matte shadows to appear very matte, apply them first, and then apply the shimmer shadow and blend into the matte. For the swatch look, I applied A-Ha all over the lid first, reducing some of the matte effect of Foreshadow – which is another nice option!)
A-ha on lid and up into inner crease, Foreshadow in outer V, Inglot’s D.S. 467 in inner corner and brow highlight, Revlon Colorstay liner in Black Brown (upper lash, outer corner, waterline) and Maybelline’s waterproof Falsies mascara in Very Black.
The bottom line
This duo is a pleasure to wear. It applies easily with powerful color, and blends just as easily. The colors are a great combination together, and they’re also great in conjunction with other palettes and singles. At $20, these are not cheap, but this duo is definitely one many people could hit pan on.