This purchase was a long time coming. The bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow range has been on my radar for years now but I just kept passing them up in favour of other things… I really wanted either the duo called The Top Shelf or the quad called The Truth, but Sephora Singapore had neither. This duo — The Epiphany — caught my eye though because it was one that I hadn’t researched before (yes, I research my eyeshadow purchases. Everyone does that, right?). After quickly verifying that Temptalia rated it an A+, into my bag it went!
The READY eyeshadows come in duo or quad form and are labeled 2.0 and 4.0 respectively and accordingly. I picked up my 2.0 in The Epiphany for S$ 36.10 or approx. 1,224.00 Php. Still more expensive than the 20.00 USD listed on the bareMinerals website, but it’s not a bad price for the quality, considering MAC singles will set you back close to a thousand pesos these days.
The packaging is that rubbery black that you’ll be familiar with if you like NARS products, but the overall feel of the product is different because of the more rounded corners. It has that good quality packaging feel to it, but the rubbery black is a powder magnet so it starts to look dirty very quickly. It’s always annoying but we gotta take the bad with good sometimes, eh?
And damn is this eyeshadow formula good.
Let’s talk about the shades in The Epiphany: A-Ha and Foreshadow are a “warmed-over gray-tinged brown with a frosted finish” and a “dark, red-toned brown with a near-matte finish,” respectively. Temptalia’s shade descriptions are always incredibly accurate so I lifted these from her review.
Before I say anything about the formula, I have to say that while I adore how the shade names complement the palette name, it bothers me that because we read from left to right as we were taught to, the a-ha! moment comes before the foreshadowing in this duo. Can you say WEIRD. Or are we having an a-ha moment at the realisation that something is a foreshadowing? I’m not sure, and it bothers meee. Still waiting for my epiphany on that front…HE HE HE. Ok back to the eyeshadows now!
The combination of a frost and a semi-matte shade is incredibly flattering and it makes duos like this a total no-brainer when it comes to how to use the shades. Take the frost and sweep it over the lid, then use the semi-matte either to enhance the crease or line the lash line. It helps of course when the formula of the eyeshadow makes application a no-brainer too. These eyeshadows definitely do that. Both of them adhere to the skin easily (even without a primer) and they blend like a dream. As for the pigmentation, they definitely have that as well. Swatches speak volumes:
(more swatches of tons of 2.0s and 4.0s on Make Up and Beauty Blog here)
To be perfectly honest, it was A-Ha that sealed the deal for me with this palette and not so much the pairing of the two shades. I can take A-Ha onto my lids with a flat brush and get amazing coverage with it, but I can also take a fluffier brush and get a soft wash of pinky-gold. Foreshadow has more red than I usually like in a brown, but there’s no fault in its formulation at all. Worn. Despite having read that there is warmth in both shades, I didn’t expect the red tones to pull out so strongly in Foreshadow and for A-Ha to be so nearly-orange gold. For that reason, I don’t usually wear both shades together (in the photos above, I am of course haha). I will more often than not take a cooler brown to balance out A-Ha’s warmth and use Foreshadow to warm up cool eyeshadows. That’s just how I like it, but I can see other people being perfectly happy with using these two alone. When I use them together, I don’t get a “neutral” look but more of a red-y, warm, auburn type of thing. Don’t get me wrong–that’s not bad per se. It’s just not what I’m always going for.
Totally going to have to get more of these eyeshadows in the future!
Acquiring this duo and my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (review) made me realise that I had been lacking in eyeshadow inspiration. I was just using the same old stuff and not coming up with anything new. I kept telling myself that I didn’t need any new eyeshadows (especially nudes or neutrals) because I already had a ridiculous amount for one person… but there’s no denying that the shades from both of my new palettes have their subtle nuances. On top of that, they’re formulated beautifully. I can hardly tell you how awesome it feels to be so excited about eyeshadows again. That might sound shallow to some, but if you’re reading this I think you get me in that way. And that reminds me about that makeup talk I promised you guys. I feel like it’s ripening, so hopefully I’ll have time to sit and write that soon.
So, yes. Positive review for the bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Epiphany overall and I can’t wait until my next trip abroad when I can make with the grabby hands for more of these.
I hope you are finding your makeup inspiration, my dears. Oh and Happy Thanksgiving if you are from the U.S. of A!