From bareMinerals limited edition Spring 2013 offerings comes a Ready 4.0 Eyeshadow Palette called The Next Big Thing ($30 at Nordstrom). It’s a warm collection of colors featuring two shimmers and two mattes. I have mixed feelings about the Bare Minerals pressed shadows – mostly wonderful, but occasionally not so much.I’ve reviewed a few of these before (Star Treatment, ShowStopper, Epiphany and Scenic Route), and thought the quality was really good, but occasionally find the combinations of colors and finishes a little odd (which is why I will not be reviewing the Power Neutrals – I’ve seen them in stores and the color scheme looks really ashen and gross on me). This was one of the better collections in my opinion, but still… well, you’ll see.
As with other Bare Minerals shadows I’ve reviewed, these have a nice creamy texture that applies and wears well. They blend without sheering out, and the pigmentation is dense enough to give you a lot of color in one sweep. I did find these a little bit stiff at first, which is something that’s happened before with this line of shadows. For one or two applications you may feel like you’re having to build up the color, but then you get past that top layer and realize just how buttery it is. I have no trouble with creasing or fading from these if I wear them with a primer. Without a primer, they start to show signs of wear about an hour earlier.
Rising Star is a a lemon yellow shimmer that leans toward green. It’s a color that won’t go with every skin tone (this is what I meant about sometimes slightly odd color combinations). But it’s fun and funky, and it works very well.
Smash Hit is a matte deepish apricot – warm and orangey, a mid-tone with enough depth to be used as a deep contrast. If it’s red enough not to look good right against your eye openings, just limit it to the crease area.
Hoopla is a burnished metallic gold with a very frosty finish – too frosty for me, in that it showed every little crinkle in my eyelids. Half-Baked by Urban Decay does the same thing, and this is not a criticism. It’s just if you’ve noticed some frosty shimmers have this effect on your lids, it might happen with this one. (I actually wear this with a little bit of a matte beige brushed over it – it changes the color, but the overall effect is beautiful.)
Ensemble is a very deep plummy brown matte. It’s got enough pigmentation to work for lining, and applies and blends very easily for a matte. It’s great for smoky effects – you may even want to pack it on near the lashes with the provided spongetip applicator and then blend it upwards with a brush until it fades to nothing.
That’s Rising Star on the inner corner, Hoopla on the lid, Ensemble in the outer corner and Smash Hit in the crease. I blended a lot and that’s why Ensemble looks like it’s got some shimmer from Hoopla. I like that you can do that with these and not totally lose the deeper color in the blending process.