Friday, June 8, 2012

BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 The Cocktail Hour Compact Swatches, Pics and Review

When Bare Escentuals released pressed eyeshadows, I was very excited. I love the colors of the some of the Bare Minerals loose shadows, but I don't always want to fool with the loose powders. With the amount of makeup I own, storage space is at a premium and I can store a flat palette with much more ease than a bunch of little pots. Playing with the Ready eyeshadows at the store, I was delighted to find that they were highly pigmented and smooth to apply.

One of the first pressed Ready shadow palettes I bought was the Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 - The Cocktail Hour.  8.0 means eight shades.  It is housed in a golden palette for the feel of sheer decadance.  It retails for $40, which is a great price for 8 shades, and comes with a dual ended brush.  The brush has a shadow side and a liner side, and I have found them both to be useable and created today's look solely utilizing that brush.

BareMinerals The Cocktail Hour Eyeshadow

You can see that this palette contains just about, black, orange, seafoam, purple...I picked this one because I liked the challenge of deciding how the colors would go together. There is another 8.0 - The Playlist which I thought would be super easy to use, so I took a little more of a risk with this one.

Here's a little closer on the inside. These photos are taken in natural lighting.



Inside the box, you'll find an insert that gives you a couple of suggestions on how to wear the palette.



The BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadows make some wonderful claims about antioxidants and such and I'd like you to read those from the BareMinerals people themselves.


The names of the shades are printed on the back of the palette.

Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow

The first set of swatch photos are taken in natural light. The next two pictures are taken with flash.

Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow The Cocktail Hour

Bare Minerals The Cocktail Hour Eyeshadow

Bare Minerals The Cocktail Hour Compact

So let me tell you what I did with this today. I still wanted to challenge myself with the colors. It would be so easy for me to fall to the rose and purple, kind of a no brainer for me, so I chose a different path. I took the frosty sage, Invite Only, and brushed it on the lid. The frosty beige, Libation, was placed on the inner eye. I swept the shimmering coral, Spiked, into the crease and to the browbone. The bright under brow highlight is Icebreaker. I used the liner end of the brush to create an eyeline with the matte Black Tie Optional. It was different from what I've been wearing lately.


I finished the look with Chanel Sable Rose Bronzer, Nars Liberte' blush, and MUFE Artist Natural Lipstick No. 9. I could swear it almost looks like I coordinated this on purpose! (I purchased my palette at Nordstrom, but it looks like the only place available to find it online now is the BareMinerals site. Link provided above for your ease of ordering.)

Have you tried any of the BareMinerals Ready eyeshadows yet? I really like them. Love the smoothness, love the pigmentation, love the variety!! They wore perfectly all day with no smudging, no creasing and no fading. Win! Win!


  1. Very nice eyeshadow palette! Love the shades in it and the look you created!

  2. I've had my eye on The Scenic Route which is a duo from BE for some time now. Their eye shadows seem to be getting good reviews(the pressed shadow ones) and your picture proves that they are quite nice. I also love that lipstick you are wearing. The next time I'm at Sephora I'm heading directly to BE!!

    1. ooooo, that one looks really pretty! I definitely want to invest in more of these. Buxom has some awesome shadow quints out many great color combos to choose from. The other colors I have so far are taupes and browns, so my next choices will be...well, not taupe and brown.

  3. I have the same dilemma on loose eyeshadow, space and add the mess to it. I like BM but haven't had my hands on their pressed e/s. I love your lashes!xo


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