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Bare Escentuals The Elements bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 – Review & Swatches

Bare Escentuals The Elements bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0

Described as satin taupe (air), autumn leaf (fire), soft slate (earth) and teal smoke (water). Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow provides exceptionally vivid, long-wearing color in an ultra smooth, silky texture for effortless application and seamless blendability with four shades that create multiple looks. Powered by our proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral Complex along with powerful antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine and cucumber-ingredients known to deliver anti-aging benefits including reduced look of puffiness and antioxidant protection for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area. It looks like a powder but feels like a cream and delivers a beautifully smooth application of vivid, long-wearing color. No parabens, no binders, no fillers, no harsh chemicals, no kidding.

Release Date: October 2011
Price: $30.00US for 4.8g/0.17oz
Available at: Bare Escentuals, Sephora and Nordstrom.

I was a little worried when I opened my palette to find four rather small eyeshadows. I thought to myself that the palette would be lucky to last six months. However, these colours were so pigmented and long wearing that my worries soon faded.

All of these eyeshadows were highly pigmented, easy to blend and wore for at least eight hours without a primer. I had minimal fallout with Water and Fire, and no fallout with Air and Earth. Air has a frosted finish, and makes for a wonderful highlighter, Fire & Earth have a near-matte finish, and Water has a high sheen finish with a hint of shimmer.

I purchased this palette because it seemed like a neutral yet colourful palette suitable for the fall and spring seasons, as the colour combinations are almost endless. Although these colours only require one to two sweeps from the pan – I just wish the colours were slightly more opaque in finish.


4.5/5 Red Frogs

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Bare Escentuals Air, Fire, Earth & Water Eyeshadows

Bare Escentuals Air Eyeshadow

Bare Escentuals Fire Eyeshadow

Bare Escentuals Earth Eyeshadow

Bare Escentuals Water Eyeshadow

Ingredients: Air, Fire, Earth, Water: Boron Nitride, Magnesium Myristate, Lauroyl Lysine, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Caffeine, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Mica, Silica. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288)

Disclaimer: This is a honest review of a product I personally purchased. I am not currently affiliated with Bare Escentuals. All photos are taken in daylight without flash. I will only post photographs that I feel closely resemble the product.

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