Wow, this wasn’t cheap Sephora brand makeup or tiny samples being given out - yay Sephora for being generous! This Bare Minerals set seemed pretty nice, actually; it contains two shades of Bare Minerals eyeshadow, a double-ended brush, and instructions on how to achieve Bare Escentuals’ supposed “signature” foiled eye.
Ok, let’s stop here and let Leslie Blodgett know that she did not invent the idea of foiling eyeshadow. Leslie, this wasn’t a novel makeup trick so please stop acting like it was. Makeup artists were wetting their eye shadow brushes for a more intensely shimmery, pigmented eye look before Bare Escentuals came around and decided to make money off of the idea. Thank you!
Anyway, I wasn’t really going to argue with this special. Granted, I had an absolutely terrible experience with Bare Minerals foundation back when I was 18 (I was incredibly allergic to it, and it really did a number on my skin), but I was willing to try the eyeshadows, especially for free. Well, almost free. I bought a $5 Sephora brand taupe eyeliner I had been wanting for some time in order to get the set.
Let me describe the eyeshadows: TAUPE!
Now, let me try to describe the eyeshadows in more than one word: Pretty taupe!
(I clearly fail at this.)
In all seriousness, these colors are much prettier in person than I expected them to be. I have to note that I did not suffer any allergic reactions to the products, which was very nice (and bizarre - what’s in the foundation, then, that ruined my skin?). I did have an issue foiling them. BE shadows become...pasty?...when wet. At least that’s what I found. For some reason, even just the tiniest drop of water made them extremely hard to work with. I’m wondering if I would have better luck applying them dry on my lids first, spraying my eye area lightly with MAC Fix +, and then reapplying the shadows. I have to remember to try that. So, I’ve just been using these shadows dry.
This set includes a decently handy instructions card (which I only read AFTER I tried the eyeshadows, silly me), a double-ended “Foil and Fuse” eye brush (I have no clue what this means, but one side is flat and synthetic like a MAC 249 but smaller, while the other side is a somewhat rough-feeling pointed natural bristle brush), Disco eye color, and Night Owl eye color.
Disco on left, Night Owl on right (same order for swatches down below)
Disco is described as a “lilac pearl glimmer”, and on my NC40/42 skintone it shows up as a slighly purple-toned silver taupe. It makes a very nice lid color, and it works well on top of Night Owl to create a different effect. However, it’s too light and frosty to work as a highlight (I tried blending it up to my brow bone and I looked too disco-ish). Night Owl is described as a “steel amethyst glimpse”, whatever the eff that means, and on my NC40/42 skintone it shows up as an absolutely gorgeous shimmery cool-toned plum-taupe. I am in loooove with this color. It works great in the crease, on the lid, as liner. I want to roll my body in it.
All in all, I’m really pleased with this! Sephora did an amazing job offering this kit as a freebie, and if you were unable to get this during the promotion, I would actually recommend purchasing it - or at the very least, purchase Night Owl.