My first encounter with the bareMinerals Ready series was a bored wait for a train. My sister and I went to Sephora to pass the time, and I just could not leave without getting one of these wonderful palettes. I left with the duo in Scenic Route, and I have been hankering for a few more of these ever since.
When I was purchasing my Guerlain Turandot quad, I couldn’t resist putting one of these palettes in my shopping cart—this time, a quad—so I picked one of the Limited Edition shades from their Supernatural collection. The Happy Place has four shades, all of which have their own name! How awesome is that? Great for tutorials and reviews.
The case is a sturdy rubberized contraption (the finish is like that of the NARS compacts and palettes) with a double-ended applicator and a full-sized mirror. I love the bareMinerals’ plastic protectors. IT IS SAYING HELLO TO ME.
Swatched, L-R: Peace, Exhale, Imagine, Euphoria
Peace is a soft pale peach that’s perfect for a neutral base.
Exhale is a matte taupe with grey undertones. Kind of muddy, but in a pretty way.
Imagine is a silky pinky rose with quite a strong golden sparkle.
Euphoria is the darkest shade, a dark shimmery plum with a touch of brown.
I love the mix of these shades. Because there is a great contrast between the shades, there’s a lot of ways to wear this palette. Which is what a good quad should have.
But the real stunner is how smoothly these shadows apply. When bareMinerals first released eye shadows, they were in the form of loose mineral powder in small awkward pots. A lot of people loved the colors, the formulation, and the pigmentation, but couldn’t be bothered with the hot, screaming mess that these powders represent. Then, they came out with Ready, their pressed eyeshadows. And the rest is history.
Here is a quick Instagram snap I took before heading out with The Happy Place on. It’s really a pretty amazing quad, and I’m glad I got it. I foresee myself reaching for this quite a lot in the future. The next look I want to try is their own how-to:
VERDICT: Limited edition palette in very wearable shades. Extremely versatile and applies like a dream.
Would purchase this again? Yes, but I have my eye on other sets from the Ready line.
How much? $30 for 0.17 oz.
Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, QVC, bareescentuals.com, and other online retailers.