Bare Minerals loose powder eyeshadow is the most pigmented and long-lasting eyeshadow I've ever tried. Very little of the product gives you a lot of color, so I have a feeling my one container that I have (I have gorgeous burgundy shade "Cable car") will last for a lifetime. The only problem I have with it is the packaging which I hate. I wish there was a better way to control how much of the powder comes out. You have to be sooo careful not to waste it!...
I would rate this a 2.5, if I could, for the color selection and the highlight shades, but I can't so I'm rounding down. To be fair I'm not going to knock it for packaging. It's a loose eyeshadow, I'm familiar with the concept (I own quite a few) and I knew what I was getting when I bought it. You have to have a steady hand and be very careful ... and basically just accept that messes will happen!
These swatched great at the BE store! I went in with my mom to help pick out colors for her (I'm an esthetician and free lance makeup artist) and wound up getting several for myself for personal use. The color selection alone made our heads spin and it was a blast playing around with them on the backs of our hands. I have to say though, I had major buyer's remorse after getting them home.
The color payoff was really poor when applied to the lid with a brush, even using Prime Time, BM foundation, mineral veil, and an eyeshadow primer before application! It took forever to build and I found it would fade within an hour or two. I did find in warmer weather (especially once I moved to Texas) that I consistently wound up with fallout through the day. The darker the shade the streakier it seemed to apply, and I would have to blend for a long long time, and then it would without fail crease on me. I have normal skin, not much oil at all except nose area in the heat, and in fact I lean toward dry in winter ... so creasing with a primer made no sense to me for a higher end shadow! I expected these to wear comparably to the other loose eyeshadows I had prior. I bought a 10 stack of Pure Colors (for $20! ps, if you think BE shadows have difficult packaging you should try dealing with a stack) at an esthetics convention, and never had a problem with color payoff AT ALL, and only very minimal creasing if I didn't use a primer, they also blended like a dream! So needless to say I was hugely let down.
On the bright side I will say I like the highlight shades, particularly the glimmers. They wear decently well on the brow bone and inner corner (although those aren't really creasing areas) and they also go on smoother/blend nicely with other shadows. They do have a little fallout but with lighter shades that isn't very noticeable or troublesome to remedy.
I really don't understand how some of these reviews can be so praising. I'm not a makeup novice by any means, I have the right tools, I know the process ... there's nothing wrong I'm doing on my end, these shadows are just mediocre at best. I've had drug store brands work better. Would definitely not repurchase, sadly.
I got a sample size of BM loose eye shadow in the color Sexy Kitten. It took me awhile to get through the small amount in the plastic trial size container. Overall, the pigmentation is great and I love the earthy brown tone with copper shimmer flecks. The shimmer looks really natural and earthy on the eyes. I like the values of the company to producing paraben free make up. And these eye shadow pigments create great looks.
However, I would not repurchase for several reasons. I really like experimenting with make up. And some of the other makeup brands on the market, though not 100% paraben free, create AMAZING products due to competition. I feel like BM eye shadows are pretty expensive and have quite a bit of fallout. It is really difficult to create some make up looks with their loose shadows. Smokey eye looks just are not the same.
But out of their product line, these shadows are really great. Their eye liner pencils are not so great...
Thank god someone put up this review slot- I am wayyyy too lazy to review each bareMinerals loose eyeshadow that I own.
Overall, I am very satisfied with the quality of the bareMinerals loose eyeshadows. Honestly, they took a while to get used to; I've never owned any other loose shadows prior to bM, so I had no experience whatsoever in applying and dealing with loose, powdered eyeshadows. However, once I got it down, then it all fell into place. These eyeshadows can be used for some very neat looks- bM blends like a /dream/. They have lots of range in finish- you can find anything from matte to metallic to full-on shimmer, which is absolutely great.
With a good primer, each bM shadow lasts really nicely without fading or creasing. Plus, you get a ton of product in a regular-sized container; a little goes a really, really long way, and it will last you a long time.
Of course, each shadow comes with the hefty $14 bareMinerals price tag, but bareMinerals makes a lot of value kits, and there are numerous bareEscentuals outlets, so you can find some great sets. I definitely recommend bM eyeshadows, because they are just all-around awesome!
My brother bought me the Sweet Obsessions eyeshadow palette as a gift for Christmas a few years ago and if you have a brother you should know how sweet that is to have a brother actually cater to your makeup interests and spend that much money on you. I was really excited to get the shadow palette since the colours in it were gorgeous, if you haven't seen swatches of them definitely look them up because they are so beautiful. My problem with these shadows is that the colour payoff of these are terrible. I always use primer with my shadows and these hardly showed up with primer so I would be terrified to think how horrible they look without it. There is a really pretty mint shade in this palette and when you put it on your lid it just looks like a frosty white, you can't see the mint at all. Really disappointing. I have had this palette in my drawer for about 4 years now and all of the shadows are basically full and I don't see that changing. Too bad. Do not buy this, you can do better with Maybelline and Wet n Wild.
I have a love hate thing with these shadows. I said I "wouldn't buy them again", but I'm not so sure.
Pros: Wonderful pigments, wonderful shades, professional finish, long lasting, beautiful shades.
Cons: Crap, crap packaging, difficult to apply even when you use the brand's own brushes, takes ages to get a good finish and you need to be a make up pro to do them properly. More than likely to splatter all over your dressing room. Loads of wasted product.
That is, when you get it right, it is wonderful, longlasting beautiful eyeshadow.
Bare Escentuals in Faux Fox is a great color for everyone. This is a neutral color that goes with all eye colors and will bring out the flecks of color in your eyes. I would buy this again, It is a must as a staple in my makeup bag.
I like these mineral shadows, the shimmers are pretty, buildable, easy to apply. I don't find them messy, it's a matter of handling. Powder makeup are all be prone to spillage, and if you're not careful on handling them, they will all be a mess! I'm very meticulous on handling any kind of makeup, so the messy part is not a problem to me at all. Anyways, these shadows adhere good on my lids even without a primer. They would be perfect applied on cream shadows too, for intensified effect. My favorite shade is Flawless Diamond, it has the prettiest peachy shimmer color and versatile to mix with other eyeshadows. Overall, these are my fave among mineral shadows on the market.
This has been a staple in my makeup bag! The colors are so pretty and smooth. My favorites are cultured pearl and snow.
Overall I'm really liking this product. I have VERY OILY skin, so I was a little worried that this would crease in my lid and look like a hot mess. I've been pleased so far and I even eneded up buying more colors on Ebay. The cost is not too bad costing about $13 at Ulta per pot of color. I found them a few dollars cheaper on Ebay $9-$11 dollars per pot. I do understand that they can be messy to work with. I find that a little goes a long way and you really have to tap the brush into the minerals then swirl it (I use the top of the mineral lid) and then tap it again to get off any extra pigment. You can build the color up and it is more time consuming to apply the eye shadow, but I would say that the colors blend so well and they do not settle into my crease that is is worth the extra time to me. I do use Estee Lauder double wear eye shadow primer underneath the shadow and throughout the day I use Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets to mop up excess oil on my face. All in all I'm very pleased with this product and would purchase these products again.