Monday, 10 February 2014

New launch & Speed Review: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in The True Romantic

Choosing the product for this week's Makeup Monday was a no brainer. As it's Valentine's Day at the end of this week, it made perfect sense to share with you the new True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad from bareMinerals, which forms part of their Spring collection launching this month.

 
Firstly, let's just take a moment to appreciate the stunning packaging. Presented in a floral box, which admittedly feels slightly flimsy, the compact is a gorgeous mirrored rose gold colour which feels luxurious, on trend and suitably lust-worthy. 


 


The quad is part of the Ready range from bareMinerals, which features pressed mineral powders as opposed to the loose mineral pigments for which the brand is arguably best known. Each of the shadows within the quad has a romantic name- Love It, Woo Is Me, Louder and Head Over Heels.


 


Love It is described as a light mint shimmer. I have to admit that although it appears light mint in the compact, I struggled to detect mint when swatched- for me this appears off-white with subtle shimmer particles.

Woo Is Me is perfectly described as an apricot pink sheen. This is an interesting frosted duochrome which is a fresh and young take on rose gold.

Head Over Heels is described as a warm slate. To me, this is a rich, matte mushroom which has warm undertones of plum.

Louder is described as burnished copper, which I'd agree with although for me, it leans more towards gold as it lacks the red quality that I'd traditionally associate with copper.

Louder and Head Over Heels aren't unique shades and would be dupable if you shopped around. However, it's these two shades with which I was particularly impressed. The quality is fantastic, which is important in setting apart shades which are fairly common. The pigmentation of both is incredible and they were fully opaque with just one swatch. It's notoriously difficult for companies to create good quality matte shadows which makes the execution of the mushroom shade, Head Over Heels, all the more impressive- it's one of the best mattes I've come across. Likewise, I was impressed that the Louder gave a foiled effect which is usually only achieved by applying eyeshadow with a damp brush.

I noticed a little fallout with Love It and Woo Is Me but on the whole, the four shadows are easily blendable and high quality.

At £29, it's a pricey quad- you could spend just a few pounds more and pick up one of the Naked palettes instead. However, if you're looking for something a little different to brighten up your spring makeup then the True Romantic quad is worth a look.

P.S. As you've no doubt noticed, I've taken the plunge & finally invested in a decent camera (Canon 600d). I'm really enjoying playing around with it & hope that you like the photos. Now that I've seen the quality for myself, I can't believe I waited so long to make the purchase!
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