I was so happy with The Magic Act holiday palette that bareMinerals put out last year that I knew I had to get this year’s offering, The Regal Wardrobe. Not only do you get a ton of product with these holiday palettes but the quality is just as good as their core products that you can buy year round. They’re seriously an amazing value.
To put things in perspective, a normal bareMinerals READY 2.0 duo retails for $20 and contains 0.09 oz of eye shadow and a READY 8.0 8-pan palette costs $40 and contains 0.24 oz of eye shadow. Compare that to last year’s and this year’s holiday palettes that both contain 0.32 oz of eye shadow (already more than what you get in an 8-pan) PLUS you get four cheek products. The cheeks products in these holiday palettes may not be full sized but you still get a pretty good amount of product that should last for quite some time.
For $39, you really can’t beat it. The eye shadows alone make these holiday palettes worth the price. Personally, I think they’re a great deal, so I made sure to scoop up The Regal Wardrobe for myself during this year’s Sephora VIB sale.
The 2015 holiday palette comes in decorative red cardboard packaging with gold detailing measuring 13 cm x 8 cm x 2 cm. A magnetic closure secures the palette and a decent sized mirror is located under the top flap. The small, compact packaging and the fact that it includes nearly all the eye and cheek products you’d need to do a full face (just add your own eyeliner and mascara) makes it a great travel palette.
The Regal Wardrobe contains:
- bareMinerals READY Bronzer The Skinny Dip (light tan), (3 g/0.1 oz.)
- bareMinerals READY Blush The Love Letter and The Summer Fling (warm mauve/creamy peach), (2 g/0.07 oz. each)
- bareMinerals READY Luminizer The Brilliant Sunset (array of light), (2.8 g/0.09 oz.)
- bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow in Regal, Treasure Hunt, Natural, Cognac, Namaste, 500 Thread Count, Romp and Flash (velvet plum/shimmering taupe/light buttery peach/gilded bronze/sandy brown/airy pink/iridescent lilac/matte purple clay), (1.3 g/0.04 oz. each)
You get a nice mix of eye shadow finishes with this palette. Natural, Namaste and Flash are all matte; 500 Thread Count is satin; Cognac and Romp are metallic; and Treasure Hunt has a frost finish. There’s only one shade with some sparkle or noticeable shimmer and that’s Regal. The shades for the most part all have very good color payoff, especially the frost/shimmer/metallic shades which are beautifully opaque in one pass. The only two shades I had a bit of difficulty with were Natural and Flash but even so the pigmentation of both is really easy to build. The textures of the shadows are all finely milled and smooth, especially the metallic/shimmer shades which are super buttery.
I recognize a few of the eye shadow shades in The Regal Wardrobe from other palettes in bareMinerals’ lineup. Cognac is one of the shades included in The Top Shelf duo, Natural is from The Nude Beach palette, Namaste is from The Enlightenment duo, and Romp and 500 Thread Count are from The Dream Sequence quad. I’ve never tried The Dream Sequence quad, which I believe was discontinued not too long ago, but I’ve owned the other duos, quads and palettes and, as far as I can tell, the quality and pigmentation of the shadows in those palettes matches up with the quality of the shadows in The Regal Wardrobe palette.
I’ve never been a big fan of the pressed bareMinerals READY blush and bronzers but I’ve liked all the luminizers I’ve tried previously. From past experience, the blush and bronzers usually have a very stiff texture and mediocre pigmentation whereas the luninizers have a very soft texture and are highly pigmented. In the case of this year’s palette, I found all four cheek products to be pretty stiff in texture and the color payoff to be just okay. The only real disappointment was the luminizer. I was hoping it would be similar to the luminizers in their core collection but it performs like their bronzers and blushes and is on the stiffer, sheerer side. The colors, of course, are all buildable in pigmentation but the formula’s definitely on a different (lower) level compared to bareMinerals’ pressed eye shadows which are mostly buttery soft and highly pigmented.
The two blushes, The Summer Fling and The Love Letter, are both matte. The Skinny Dip bronzer and The Brilliant Sunset luminizer both have a bit of sheen, the luminizer more so than the bronzer.
All in all, I would recommend The Regal Wardrobe for just the eye shadows alone, especially the metallic and shimmer shades. There’s a nice blend of matte and shiny in very neutral shades that’ll help you create a variety of natural and smoky looks. For the most part, the shadows are creamy smooth, nicely pigmented, and easy to blend and apply. As someone with extremely dry skin, I have trouble finding pigmented powder shadows that adhere and blend well on the skin without turning into a patchy mess and bareMinerals READY shadows are the ones I keep coming back to time and again. The formula’s fantastic.
The cheek products in The Regal Wardrobe are just okay. I like how bareMinerals included a bronzer, pinky peach and mauvey rose shade in matte (or nearly matte) finishes but a sheer but buildable luminizer so you can customize and control the amount of glow on your cheeks.
If you’re looking for just a cheek palette, I wouldn’t recommend The Regal Wardrobe. In my opinion, there are better blush/bronzer/highlighter formulas out there. But if you’re looking for a really nice eye palette (with a few bonus cheek products thrown in), this is a good one.