Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Escapes should be more exciting (BE Ready eyeshadow)

Some time in November 2011, I went to my first beauty trend show thanks to a lovely friend who doesn't judge my love for makeup inviting me.  The Queen and I woke up very early and headed over to the mall around 7 am to meet up with my friend.  This dedication demonstrates the unconditional love my mother has for me, and my love for makeup.  When we got to the trend show, women were already there enjoying the complimentary breakfast.

The Queen and I were amazed that they had such a lovely spread, full-size bottles of water, and we got free shiny tote bags to hold our booty.  After getting acclimated to the surroundings, we found great seats right up front!

The show started, the musics was pumping, and it was just 8 am.  The women who attended the show were yelling and screaming as if the Clarisonic brush and the new Bobbi Brown collection were rock stars.  It was so much fun.  In my mind it finally registered that this was female bonding time on steroids.  My brain and body clicked.  Here is the thing, when my brain and body click into party mode, my introverted persona takes a back seat to letting loose.  Once this happens, my hips start to pop from side to side, by head starts to sway, and my shoulders start to bounce.  I get an unstoppable urge to do the running man, which is immediately followed by (be very afraid) the sprinkler.  That is right.  I whip out the classic moves.  If I feel really crazy, I will try the worm, and I fail miserably.

Anyway, after my brain clicked that the beauty trend show was mega girl time, there was a transition between the presentation of brands, and the DJ was going crazy with some awesome dance music.  I immediately put my new tote bag of the floor, got up, and showed the surrounding ladies my mad moves.  I got up to dance several times.  It was exhilarating (I need to get out more, definitely).  The trend show host noticed my stellar rendition of a sprinkler and gave me a gift of full-size Bare Minerals (or Bare Escentuals) products.  I received a Buxom lip gloss (I gave to a friend before trying it), a charcoal eyeliner, a moisturizer (I gave away), and one of the new pressed shadow duos.  I was most psyched about the eyeshadow duo.  The duo is called "The Escape," and it has two very neutral, everyday shades: a matte nude beige (Daydream) and a subtle shimmery neutral brown with very soft gold flecks (Wanderlust).

Honestly, I was surprised with the colors since I consider an escape to be a departure from the current state of normalcy, and these colors are very normal.  If you are lacking a quick-pickup duo for everyday looks, then this is for you.  However, I am pretty sure the majority of makeup owners have these colors or a variation of these colors.

Now, for the wear.  They are very pigmented.  These shades glide on without a problem, and they feel very soft and light on the eye.  Daydream is great for a natural wash over the eye just to cancel out any discoloration on light to medium skin tones.  It can serve as a matte highlighter for darker skin tones.  Wanderlust is versatile.  You can use it as a liner, a contour color, a one shade smokey shadow.  It is very safe. Very easy to dupe.

As always, to ensure longevity, I wear Urban Decay Primer Potion as a shadow primer.  Then, I apply this shadow.  To be honest, I think I need to find a new primer because UDPP doesn't seem to be cutting it anymore.  However, I will say that compared to my other less expensive shadows, with UDPP as a primer, this Bare Minerals shadows really didn't hold up longer.  With my usual mark., Wet 'n Wild, or generic shadows, I get at least six to seven hours of wear before the beginning of creasing or fading.  Unfortunately, I noticed that "The Escape" was escaping my eyelids (sorry, I had to) after about four hours.  I tried applying the shadow with different techniques (applying primer, then regular powder, then the shadow; sandwiching the shadow) and the shadows just would not last long on my lids.  So...that's that.

Overall, the shadow feels nice, but I was underwhelmed.  I don't regret dancing for the shadow because the shadow was just a perk to exercising and letting loose.  However, I think I would have regretted paying for this.

Anyone have experiences with the other shades?  The longevity obviously could be just on my eyes, and it could also be exclusive to this duo.

Here are the deets and pics
What: Bare Minerals Ready pressed shadow in The Escape (Daydream is the light shadow, Wanderlust is the darker shadow)
Price: $20
Where: Sephora, bareescentuals.com, and other fine stores

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