New from Bare Escentuals and bareMinerals! The Cocktail Hour Ready Eyeshadow Palette, $40 is one of two new Limited Edition eyeshadow palettes available November 1 at Bare Escentuals Boutiques. The other, The Playlist is rich jewel tones. I reviewed the Ready duo, The Epiphany and was über impressed! The texture is soft, smooth, highly pigmented and easily blendable. bareMinerals new formula is a proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex that’s exclusive to the Ready series. This translates to high quality pressed shadows with anti-aging benefits at a reasonable price! I think The Cocktail Hour is even more pigmented than the duos I tried and I love those! I’ve fallen hard for The Epiphany, a great wearable everyday duo that gleams on the eye without ever being overdone. Oops, I’m here to talk about The Cocktail Hour!
Row 1: Black Tie Optional, Icebreaker, Swanky, Spiked
Row 2: Elixir, Invite Only, Libation, Shaken Not Stirred
The colors in the Cocktail Hour are so pigmented no primer is needed (unless you have very oily lids). They are also incrediblely long lasting. These 8 shades are very wearable as well as truly versatile. Let your imagination run wild with the possible combinations and looks you can achieve.
The shade names coordinate with the ‘cocktail’ theme–so cute! Left to Right:
- Black Tie Optional – no surprise here, a matte black
- Icebreaker – a shimmery ivory, great for highlighting
- Swanky – a purple mauve with a sheen–gorgoeus
- Spiked – a shimmery peachy copper
- Elixer – a medium pinky lavender with sheen
- Invite Only – a glorius khaki that can appear like a sage green in the right light
- Libation -a lovrly champagne gold
- Shaken Not Stirred–a gorgeous, gorgeous deep navy with blue sparkle
Don’t let my description of shimmery scare you, I have a limited vocabulary and probably should have used a better term, like glisten, gleam, shine, glimmer, etc. Anyway, this is NOT glitter or over the top in the least. The finish is sophisticated and suitable for women over 40. I’m mad for this palette–from the elegant gold packaging with a nice double ended brush included, to the creamy smooth eyeshadows to the well thought out selection of shades. I can use the softer shades for the office and the darker ones for a more dramatic look–plus the compact is small enough to fit in a makeup bag. I could easily pay $50-60 for a department store palette with comparable quality but I don’t need to!
Let me know in the comments if you want me to do a few looks with the palette and I will get some pics this weekend 🙂
Prime Beauty Grade: A+