I've been waiting months for this palette to arrive in Canadian Sephora stores. And this was worth the wait (even at 10 bucks more than in the US, as much as that hurts!)! " The Power Neutrals" seems to be Bare Minerals' answer to all the Naked/Nude/Undressed eye shadow collections, and they have done it very well. I've been totally pleased by the Ready shadows I own and the quality of this newest palette is every bit as good. The shadows are rich in texture and pigmentation and, as a result, they apply richly and blend beautifully. The colours have been well selected to make for a truly "one stop" palette that is great for work and for travel. It contains 2 or 3 great highlighters (depending on your colouring) and a good selection of mid-tone and darker shades. Usually in a palette, there are 1 or 2 shades that I can't wear or that aren't my favourites but I love every single shadow in this one. Also included is a booklet with a few suggestion for looks (and they're nice ones!) and a decent brush that I would actually happily use. A mirror fills the lid and there's even a little cello "Cheers" greeting when you first open the case. The shiny gold-toned case does get smeared in fingerprints in no time but that's hardly the end of the world. Don't be put off by the colours you see when you look at the underside of the case - they are much redder and flatter than the actual shadows are! The company would be wise to make this palette permanent, the way both UD Naked palettes are. As it stands, if there are any of these left, I may go back and purchase a back-up. I'm actually surprised there aren't dozens of reviews for this, as there were when the original UD Naked palette came out, and that people aren't clamoring (or is it "clambering"?) to get this one.
In a word, "buy this" (okay, that was 2 words!)
I wrote this big, long, review about this palette and decided to delete it.
I decided to make it short & sweet. Overall, I am not thrilled by this BE neutral palette, but "power" is an appropriate description of the kind of neutrals these are. These colors are too pigmented (eg. dark) for me to use for daytime neutrals. Yes, there are 2 or 3 lighter toned shadows, but the majority I find to be too dark. (There are 8 eyeshadows in this palette.) Too dark for the lid, and too dark for my crease. Better neutral palette choices for me are: BE's The Truth, Stila "In the Know," Urban Decay's Naked Palette and Naked Basics. If I had the chance to do it over again, I would skip BE's Power Neutrals palette. I know I am going to pull it out for only one or two colors in the palette, and I can't pair any together, so it's kind of a waste of money, IMO.
I absolutely love this palette! The colors are exceptional, great pigmentation and blend ability. I purchased this palette along with the Power Neutral blush, lipstick, gloss and the new lash domination mascara and will review them all separately but first this eye shadow palette is AMAZING! I like that I can go demure for daytime and dark/smoky for nights and weekends, the only drawback is that the pans are so small that I can see myself hitting pan very quickly. I will definitely purchase a couple more to stockpile since these are usually limited edition. Cost is about $42 which is a little on the steep side since the pans are small but these colors are worth every penny.