So, for my first bareMinerals haul, I got two of the eight-pan palettes from their READY line. I reviewed the first one I got (The September Issue) already, pretty extensively, over here. The other one I got (The Cocktail Hour) I wasn’t even eyeing, but the sale price was just too much to resist.
At $17, down from $40, I get eight top-notch shadows in colors that–let’s face it—are actually more me.
The palette comes with a full-sized mirror and a double ended brush. The colors are:
- Black Tie Optional — a matte grey black
- Icebreaker — a cool frosty pink nude with a bit of shimmer
- Swanky — a shimmery midtone plum with warm red undertones
- Spiked — a frosty pinky peach coral
- Elixir — a frosty pinky lavender
- Invite Only — a frosty metallic taupe with olive undertones
- Libation — a warm champagne with somewhat frosty finish with reflective shimmer
- Shaken Not Stirred — a deep navy with a matte finish and blue shimmers
I love the story that this palette tells. To me, even just with the names, it seems to “talk” about jazz clubs and retro lounges, and for some reason, it reminds me of the Jetsons. It’s like the more sophisticated and posh grown-up sister of The September Issue.
Again, these are one-swipe swatches. The more shimmery shades are grittier in texture, but there’s no fallout and they are still buttery though slightly rougher than the satin counterparts, which are just a dream to apply.
I used it for this random FOTD and it was awesome quality, as usual. I followed “Look 2” on the guide it came with. It felt too dark for the day time, but it was too late to redo my makeup!
Face: Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (Cheers to Me Champagne), bareMinerals Mineral Veil, K-Palette Kuma 0 Cover Control (02 Yellow Beige), bareMinerals READY Luminizer (The Love Affair)
Eyes: bareMinerals Ready 8.0 eyeshadow (The Cocktail Hour), Benefit Lemon Aid, The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit (02), Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
Cheeks: NYX Powder Blush (Bourgeois Pig)
Lips: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme (San Paulo)
VERDICT: The Cocktail Hour is a great addition to my makeup collection. Great quality and it comes in shades that I don’t think I have yet.
How much? $40 for 8g. Bought for $17.
Will I repurchase? Yes! Though it is limited edition and probably not even available anymore.
Where to buy? bareEscentuals.com