I originally purchased this palette from Sephora in January, several months after its release. I got it because, like many others, I was all nuded out. Don’t get me wrong, I love low-key makeup, and that’s what I do most days. I like nude palettes. I recently bought one of the Urban Decay ones. But I really, really needed some color for days when I want to feel like a rockstar (and don’t we all? You know you do).
This is my introduction to the BareMinerals line, because unless a color is REALLY unique, I just don’t have time to fuss with loose powder on workdays. Temptalia also raves and raves about BareMinerals’ new pressed powder READY formula. (Here is her review of the palette, with good swatches and an AMAZING look she did with it.)
The major downside to the palette is the outer packaging, which shows every single print ever on it, as you can tell from my first photo. It needs to be frequently wiped down or it’ll look like a cruddy mess.
But inside, it’s quite nice, especially the big mirror. I bought it for three shades– Glitterati, Statement, and Prêt-à-Porter- but have found most of the shades are to my liking.
Couture is a dark, smokey taupe shimmer. Silhouette is a satiny white. Statement is a showy magenta matte. Prêt-à-Porter is a rich, gleaming metallic gold. Très Chic is a dusty matte peach. Editor’s Pick is a darkened teal shimmer. Glitterati is an icy pink highlight. Ensemble is a matte espresso brown. BareMinerals calls it “deepest eggplant,” but it’s really not.
Overall, the shadows are nice and apply smoothly– the gold and the teal especially. The magenta IS a little dry and has a tendency to blend into the other colors more easily than the rest, so if you want a WHAM of that color, you really have to pack it in. I did not find that foiling it helped at all, which was disappointing, because it’s a pretty color. I plan to try it over my Maybelline Fuchsia Fever cream shadow and see if that helps.