Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow: Are You Ready for These Swatches?

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bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadows

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals has something BIG lined up for fall, and the question is, are you ready?


The line is leaping into the thrilling world (it is to me) of pressed eyeshadow duos and quads with a brand new line of permanent collection products called Ready. The 19 pieces in the Ready Eyeshadow Collection, which arrives on counters this October (ready or not), consist of four quads ($30 each) and 15 duos ($20 each), and for a brand best known for their loose mineral eyeshadows, it signifies a brave shift in a bold new direction.

But what about the minerals…?

Don’t worry. They’re still here — in the form of something called “solid mineral technology.” bareMinerals went mining in the sea and put the stuff they found into pressed powder form. The shadows, according to the company, promise to deliver vivid pigments, as well as softer, smoother skin.

These just emerged from the surf this afternoon, so I haven’t had a chance to really dig into ’em yet, but I had to share pictures. From what I can tell so far, the vibrant powders feel soft and surprisingly smooth (and aren’t the product names GREAT!?). 🙂

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Collection: Full Collection Pictures

bare minerals ready the afterparty
The Afterparty, clockwise from the lower left: Rowdy, Cheers, Mingle and Lights Down

bare minerals ready the dream sequence
The Dream Sequence, clockwise from the lower left: Boudoir, 500 Thread Count, Romp and Nightcap

bare minerals ready the elements
The Elements, clockwise from the lower left: Earth, Air, Fire and Water

bare minerals ready the truth
The Truth, clockwise from the lower left: Fate, Serendipitous, Magnetism and Apropos

bare minerals ready the enlightenment
The Enlightenment: Guru (left) and Namaste (right)

bare minerals ready the epiphany
The Epiphany: A-ha (left) and Foreshadow (right)

bare minerals ready the escape
The Escape: Daydream (left) and Wanderlust (right)

bare minerals ready the flashback
The Flashback: Deja Vu (left) and Amnesia (right)

bare minerals ready the grand finale
The Grand Finale: Standing O (left) and Climax (right)

bare minerals ready the honeymoon phase
The Honeymoon Phase: Giddy (left) and Do Not Disturb (right)

bare minerals ready the inspiration
The Inspiration: Muse (left) and Passion (right)

bare minerals ready the nick of time
The Nick of Time: Chance (left) and Kismet (right)

bare minerals ready the paradise found
The Paradise Found: Nirvana (left) and Utopia (right)

bare minerals ready the perfect storm
The Perfect Storm: Cumulus (left) and Tempest (right)

bare minerals ready the promise
The Promise: Aspire (left) and Vow (right)

bare minerals ready the scenic route
The Scenic Route: Breathtaking (left) and Spectacular (right)

bare minerals ready the showstopper
The Showstopper: Bravo (left) and Encore (right)

bare minerals ready the top shelf
The Top Shelf: Mixologist (left) and Cognac (right)

bare minerals ready the vision
The Vision: Illusion (left) and Mirage (right)

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Collection: Swatches on NC42 Skin

bare minerals ready swatches afterparty
The Afterparty, from left to right: Rowdy, Cheers, Mingle and Lights Down

bare minerals ready swatches dream sequence
The Dream Sequence, from left to right: Boudoir, 500 Thread Count, Romp and Nightcap

bare minerals ready swatches elements
The Elements, from left to right: Earth, Air, Fire and Water

bare minerals ready swatches truth
The Truth, from left to right: Fate, Serendipitous, Magnetism and Apropos

bare minerals ready swatches enlightenment epiphany
The Enlightenment (Guru and Namaste) and The Epiphany (A-Ha and Foreshadow)

bare minerals ready swatches escape flashback
The Escape (Daydream and Wanderlust) and The Flashback (Deja Vu and Amnesia)

bare minerals ready swatches grand finale honeymoon phase
The Grand Finale (Standing O and Climax) and The Honeymoon Phase (Giddy and Do Not Disturb)

bare minerals ready swatches inspiration nick of time
The Inspiration (Muse and Passion) and The Nick of Time (Chance and Kismet)

bare minerals ready swatches paradise found perfect storm
The Paradise Found (Nirvana and Utopia) and The Perfect Storm (Cumulus and Tempest)

bare minerals ready swatches promise showstopper
The Promise (Aspire and Vow) and The Showstopper (Bravo and Encore)

bare minerals ready swatches top shelf vision
The Top Shelf (Mixologist and Cognac) and The Vision (Illusion and Mirage)

The Scenic Route (Breathtaking and Spectacular)

Well, what do ya think? I’m intrigued by the metallics — actually, by more than that. I see a lot of fun colors here (LOVE The Vision and Showstopper duos).

Happy 1,123rd birthday, Vampire Eric!

Vampire Eric, known by his family and friends as Alexander Skarsgård, turns 35 today.

Happy birthday, Vampire SkarsgÃ¥rd! You look great for your age. 🙂


My buddy Marisol was kind enough to alert me to this article featuring animated A. Skarsgård .gifs.

Thanks, Marisol. And THANK YE GODS for the fine specimen that is Mr. Skarsgård.

Enjoy! 😉

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. October is going to kill my wallet. My favorite duos are the same as yours–esp. Vision and Flashback as well. There are several great looking quad too and the prices are awesome! Can’t wait!
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  2. oh goodness, LOVE The Elements and The Vision!

    i’ll definitely have a swatch at these once they’re available in Canada. fingers crossed they won’t hike the price up too much… oh, who am i kidding?
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  3. Alyse says:

    ohh nice The Truth , Enlightenment and Epiphany ones look like they could kill my desire to own the Chanel prelude quad, How do you think they would compare?

  4. Joyce says:

    Your swatches look awesome!

    BareMinerals is not a brand that I usually buy, but those eyeshadows look pigmented and beautiful! Most look totally wearable and easy to pair with other colors.
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  5. Heidi says:

    These look amazing! As someone who has tried and tried, but eventually had to accept the fact that I’m too uncoordinated and klutzy to deal with loose shadows, I’m thrilled to see the company going in this direction. The pigmentation and color combos are impressive.

  6. gio says:

    The Elements look gorgeous! Thanks for the swatches.
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  7. Emily says:

    WOW! Those pack some serious pigment! I can’t wait to try them.

    Haha! That gif is great…I can’t …look….away..

  8. kharanya says:

    Those swatches look awesome! Yay for Bare Minerals bringing out pressed eyeshadows. I forgot the name of the purple quad I was eyeing after getting an eyeful of Eric LOL!

  9. Adrienne says:

    OMG, Dream Sequence, The Elements (so interesting!), and Showstopper, get out of these pictures and into my makeup bag!! Also, lol at the names of the colors in Grand Finale! Are we sure this is Bare Escentuals, not Too Faced or Benefit (“I’d like an eyeshadow in, uh.. ‘nice melons'”)?!

  10. peach_ says:

    Wooow, great swatches and a nice sudsing scene for a finishing touch! I’m loving the contrast of The Grande Finale and versatility of The Scenic Route. Love golds.

  11. Ling says:

    Beautiful swatches – I want, want, want 😀

  12. BettyS says:

    Yay, pressed shadows! I’ve always liked BE’s colors, but the messy loose powders turned me off – especially dealing with darker colors that get all over my hands as soon as I unscrew the lid. This new line will bring me back. I’ve got my eyes on The Inspiration.

    • Karen says:

      Hi BettyS,

      I hear ya. I’m a klutz and always had trubs with the jars. I can’t tell you how stoked I am to finally see them do pressed eyeshadows!

  13. Kaitlin says:

    I NEED The Dream Sequence! Those colors are fabulous.

  14. Nina says:

    the colors are lovely, and they swatched so beautifully!

  15. Amanda says:

    Great swatches. I’m loving The Elements! It would be great for colorblocking.
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  16. Ruchita says:

    Wow, what a collection! Thanks for all the swatches. I see a lot of colors I like.

  17. NeenaJ says:

    Wow. That gif is making me salivate.

    Um, oh yea, nice shadows too.

  18. blovetbeauty says:

    the pigmentation is really good!

  19. I wasn’t expecting amazing colour payoff like that! Really caught me by surprise.

    Thanks for swatching all of these, Karen!

    From all these great colours, Mirage really caught my eye. Climax and Encore are also pretty sweet!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Swatch And Learn,

      You’re welcome! 🙂 Glad that there are a couple colors that you like. I think you’ll be really impressed with the textures…

  20. Chris25 says:

    These look amazingly pigmented!

  21. Melissa says:

    Karen – sooo….you drop the makeup bomb that Bare Escentuals is making pressed shadows, and you swatch all of them – GORGEOUS! Then you put up a GIF of Eric not only shirtless, but shirtless in the shower….I think I love you. If you ever need a kidney, let me know!
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  22. Vonvon says:

    Dream Sequence Boudoir is a gorgeous shade! and so are many of the duos and quads.

    I hope these will come to the UK soon. Would like to try Bare Escentuals, but didn’t like their loose eyeshadows (not the colours, but don’t like the idea of loose pigments). That said, I like MAC pigments though. 😉 I am just fickle……
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  23. Shannon says:

    oh MAN these are gorgeous! I would totally go for a pressed BE shadow….

  24. Barb says:

    OH MY GOD!!!! I want all the shadows and Eric naked in the shower!

    OK, seriously, all of those colors look gorgeous and I can see a large collection in the near future. That blue in the Grand Finale looks amazing!

    Thanks 🙂

  25. JenJ says:

    I….am….in….loooooooove!!! I wants em ALL!!!!! Gah!!!!! Simply gorgeous!!!! I love BE shadows and I’m sure the pressed ones are going to be grrrreat!

  26. Joanna says:

    Bare Minerals I love their products..but I never tried their eyeshadow. It’s look reall nice. Love them all.. 🙂

  27. Katie S. says:

    These are going to be fab! I love BE but the dusting of my eyeshadow from the little jars on to my bathroom counter is killing me, so I’m all for these pressed powders!

  28. jenn s. says:

    I’m a little bit disappointed. These look kind of chalky to me. And I was really hoping the colors would have the same names as the loose versions. I am desparate for a solid/pressed version of Bare Skin and Celestine, my two absolute favorite BE shadows. Thanks for the swatches and info, Karen! Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

  29. Neeraj says:

    I loved the colors but some of them look a bit chalky! Hats off to Honey moon phase eyeshadow duo….would seem like a gr8 purchase and I am almost going to order one when someone comes from America to India!!
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  30. Essy says:

    I’ve been considering pressing all my BE loose shadows lately but I think maybe I’ll wait for these. Oh and Eric… call me! 😉

  31. Luca says:

    OMG, those colors are wonderful!
    Since bareMinerals is not only “loose minerals” anymore… what about a pressed powder?

  32. Melody says:

    Wow, the pigmentation! They all look like the colors coordinate well, too. I like Climax. I’m a fool for deep blues like that right now.

  33. Alina says:

    I am really excited for these new Bare Minerals eyeshadows to be released. The pigmentation looks awesome!!!! 🙂
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  34. Those colors look amazing, tons of pigment. I’m excited to try them out. 2 things I am curious about:
    Are they very blendable?
    Can they be used wet to intensify the color?
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  35. nettie209 says:

    Beautiful!!!! I really love “The Enlightenment” & “The Inspiration” absolutely brilliant colors and looks highly pigmented which is sooooooo necessary! Thanks for sharing available colors with us! Also I adore “The Nick of Time” … gonna be updating eyeshadow colors in October….

  36. Val says:

    I love you and your NC42 brown skin! Now I know what they’ll look like on me!!!

  37. Val says:

    Karen, What are your top picks?!?

  38. Chris J says:

    yay now i know what these will look like on my skin tone ^_^ question though…. is The Honeymoon Phase watch really that purple toned? i thought the pan on the right was a gunmetal gray…

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