Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette ($40) is a new Ready 14.0 Palette that launched late last month which takes on the Summer metallic trend we’re seeing more and more of. This palette is filled with 15 Ready Eyeshadow shades in both new and repromoted shades in both matte and metallic finishes.

Let’s take a look at my review and swatches.

As you know I’m a pretty big fan of Ready 8.0 Eyeshadow Palette so when Bare Minerals started doing a larger variation of these I was completely on board. They haven’t completely moved away from loose eyeshadow pigments but they are focusing more and more on their pressed range and I’m pretty ok with that. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of their loose eyeshadows and I really like them but pressed eyeshadows are a hell of a lot easier to work with.

The Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette appears to be exclusive to at the moment as I haven’t seen it pop up anywhere else but I have my suspicions we might see it at at some point since Sephora is the only store that hasn’t gotten a 14.0 Palette this year (Ulta got the Bare Sensuals and Nordstrom got the Bare Naturals). This comes housed in a plastic black compact with bronze scripting and resembles the packaging we got with the Bare Minerals The Wish List Eyeshadow Palette that launched this past Holiday season. Inside you’ll find a generously sized mirror as well as a dual-sided brush. The brush is a bit smaller but it does the trick in a hurry for blending even though it runs a little smaller. The eyeshadows are 0.04 oz each in size and the palette reads that the brush is made in China but the contents are made in the USA.

A disappointing aspect of this palette is the fact it only contains five brand new shades. Couldn’t they at least give us eight new shades at the very least? Sadly, if you own a good deal of Ready Eyeshadows you might already have many of these shades. I don’t mind so much because I’m an oddball and I like to have bunch of cohesive shades in a single palette. There’s something terribly appealing about having a several shades that work well together in one spot. But have constant reruns can have you questioning whether you really need to spend $40 on a palette with so many reruns. However, the good news is, if you’re new to the Ready Eyeshadow world this is actually great natural, nude palette although, if it’s metallics you’re seeing this might not be fun you.

They might have gone overboard when naming this palette as it’s there are only four shades that will work well at giving your lids that foil, metallic gleam where as the rest of the palette is filled with a majority of mattes as well as a semi-matte shade with chunky glitter Pumped) and a single frost (Ball Gown). The assortment of colors work well although there are one or two shades that might may you raise your brow like Kismet which is a darker mauve pink. It seemed like a weird shade amidst all the browns, bronzes, coppers, and tans!


  • Sugar Cookie (New)
  • Wheat (New)
  • Ecru (New)
  • Citrine (New)
  • Stellar (New)
  • Ball Gown
  • Granted
  • Exquisite
  • Kismet
  • Foreshadow
  • Cognac
  • Bragging Rights
  • Pumped
  • Boardroom

Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Citrine, Cognac, Bragging Rights, Stellar)

Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Sugar Cookie, Ballgown, Wheat, Granted)

Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Exquisite, Kismet, Foreshadow, Ecru)

Bare Minerals The Bare Metals Ready Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Pumped and Boardroom)

I was pretty satisfied on a whole with the quality here. The eyeshadows are pigmented, easy to apply, and have a soft, blendiable texture. I was disappointed with Pumped as it had chunkier glitter and a patchier application but the other shades applied easily.

I think this will be a hit with fans of Ready Eyeshadow Palettes. The formula is fabulous but it might prove disappointing if you’re wanting a round of all new shades. It also might be disappointing if you’re looking for a slew of metallic shades. Personally I liked it all in all as I’m not a huge metallic fan and enjoyed the combination of doing a color wash with a matte shade and accenting with a metallic one. The formula is great, the pigmentation is excellent, but there are still a few hurdles to jump over before you decide if you really need this one.

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