Bare Escentuals • Ready -- 4.0 The Elements • Eye Shadow
|Would buy this product again.||66%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I love these eye shadows! The texture and pigmentation of these shadows is excellent: smooth and blend-able. I like this color combination because it is unique. I already have a bunch of neutral shadows and these stand out, yet are still wearable to me. That being said, I do think you need to supplement other colors to create a complete look. I like using the air shade as an all over lid color when I'm short on time. It's simple and pretty. For a slightly darker brown smoky eye, I like using the fire shade as a blending color in the crease. Earth makes a great crease shade for a number of looks. The water shade makes for a great pop of color that isn't too crazy. All in all, I like this palette, but it is a bit expensive for me. I bought this on sale, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again at full price (not that I'll ever run out of eye shadow!).
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Typically I don't purchase higher-end eyeshadow combinations because they often come in color combinations that I can easily find in or among drugstore products, for far cheaper. The perk of higher-end eyeshadows for me is in the quality of the packaging and the longevity of wear time, which unfortunately isn't always worth the outrageous price tag. Luckily, I received The Elements quad as a gift!
I was especially drawn to The Elements because, of all the READY quads, this quad had the most striking combination of shades that I have not quite seen a match for in quality or color selection in drugstore quads. The lightest shade, Air/satin taupe, is the only shade with shimmer and works great as an accent or highlighter for the inner corner, mid-eyelid, and upper brow, while the other three shades are entirely matte and subdued. Because of the strong contrasts of light and dark colors (especially Fire/orange and Water/teal) and incredible pigmentation, it's really easy to mess up a look and go drag right away, so I don't really recommend The Elements for eyeshadow starters. Those who are a little more daring might appreciate the how-to eye chart inside the box though!
The packaging is a neat, matte, mirror compact that includes two sponge applicators that I don't bother with (use a brush or fingertips). The matte compact does get dirty easily as powders cling to the surface all the time as opposed to a glossy finish, but hey, it's a good thing that the shadows are well-pressed! Hardly any fall-out here.
This is a great experimental palette for those who are more seasoned in applying eyeshadows, as any combination of the four unusual colors can still look great and understated. The textures are soft and velvety, and the color pay-off is intensely pigmented and long-lasting (9 hours of wear and still looked freshly applied!). It's a little expensive at around $30 (about $7.25 per color) but it's a steal against buying shadows individually, and you get a really nice mirror compact with it. Definitely splurge-worthy!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Other
A bit about my coloring: medium/dark brown hair, light/medium skin tone, blue/green/grey eyes.
This has four shadows - Air, Fire, Earth, Water. Get it? The Elements. Pretty clever, no?
All of the colors go on smoothly and are highly pigmented. That's the good news. The bad news is that all of the colors are unwearable and hard to work with.
Air is supposed to be a taupe color but it's an odd taupe/silver combination that looks off. Fire is orange. Why did I buy orange eye shadow? When I use it on my lids, no matter how much I blend, it looks like I've been crying. Earth is a greyish greenish color that's neither here nor there. Again, not very wearable. The Water is teal. It's the lovliest color but really only useful for eyeliner. I already have a bunch of teal eyeliners that are better than this.
All in all, READY is a good line and I'd try other color combinations but this one is a no.