I was so excited to learn that bareMinerals came out with a new READY 8.0 eyeshadow palette that I didn’t even bother waiting for the reviews to roll in before I ordered one off of qvc.com. I absolutely love the pressed READY eyeshadow formula and the colors looked like they’d be right up my alley.
I have no idea if this is a QVC-exclusive palette or if other retailers will carry it eventually but as of right now you can only buy it from qvc.com.
The Nude Beach palette includes:
- Tan Lines (dark peach copper)
- Nude Beach (light warm sand)
- Bare Skin (copper rose)
- Pure (light airy peach)
- In The Buff (light golden peach)
- Natural (light buttery peach)
- Santorini (burnished taupe shade)
- Skinny Dip (light iridescent pink shade)
You only get two matte shades in this palette: Pure and Natural. The rest are shimmery.
I didn’t read the shade description prior to purchasing the palette so Skinny Dip was a total surprise. Looking at it in the pan you’d think it would be an opaque matte white but on the lids it comes across as a layer of magenta pink iridescence. The pink flash is more apparent in person and was difficult to capture in photos. For me it’s the oddball shade in this palette.
Generally speaking, the shimmery READY shadows are usually more strongly pigmented compared to the paler matte shades, at least in my experience, and I feel like that’s the case here too. Although all of the shadows have lovely, smooth textures I think that the two matte shades (Pure and Natural) as well as the shimmery Nude Beach color could’ve had better color payoff. They’re not terrible — far from it! they’re actually all quite good — but they’re simply not at the same level of richness and opacity as the others. Luckily, I’ve always found it’s easy to layer and build up the pigmentation with READY shadows, so I don’t really have any issues with the palette. (Skinny Dip is also a little sheerer than the rest but I’m kind of glad that the magenta iridescence isn’t bolder.).
After using this palette a couple of times, I can already predict that a lot of people will be disappointed by it because The Nude Beach is primarily a palette of lighter colors. (By “lighter” I mean the opposite of dark, not lighter as in sheer.) I personally love the selection of colors but I’m sure there will be those who’ll feel the lack of darker shades acutely, especially if you’re used to the Urban Decay Naked and LORAC Pro palettes that offer a range of light/medium/deep shades. I can picture in my head people wondering, “where’s the crease/outer v/liner shade?!”
I would recommend The Nude Beach palette to those who prefer a subtler, more natural style of makeup rather than those who go for stronger, bolder looks and colors.
I was looking over my palette collection and I feel like bareMinerals’ The Nude Beach and Laura Mercier’s Enlightenment palettes share a similar vibe. They both seem to be about lighter, eye brightening washes of color. For me they’re both nude in the simplest, softest, prettiest, and most innocent sense of the word.
If you own and love Laura Mercier’s Enlightenment I would suggest checking out bareMinerals’ The Nude Beach. And vice versa.