I haven't reviewed makeup on this ol' bloggy blog before, but I know someone (at least) was curious about the Bare Minerals palettes I hauled whilst overseas last year; so today I'm gonna swatch & review both the Bare Neutrals & Sexy Neutrals palettes for you all. There's 2 others in this "Neutrals" palette range (Power Neutrals & Posh Neutrals), but neither of them tickled my fancy.
Just a heads up - these aren't available in Australia and, as far as I'm aware, never have been (I could've sworn they were though). All I can say to my Aussie readers is...you ain't missing much. More on my disappointment later.
Let me break it down for ya's *insert DJ scratch*:
Both palettes come in a cardboard box with a flip-open attachment. On the inside of the box is the "Ready." catch-cry of Bare Minerals, plus a handy little shadow placement guide/tutorial for anyone out there who's makeup challenged like me & might not have a clue where to put which shadows on the eyelids. You probably don't need to keep the boxes; I've only kept mine to protect the finish on the palettes...and for the tutorials.
Once out of the box, both palettes have a metallic, chromatic, mirrored finish to them with a clasp opener - the Bare Neutrals with silver packaging & the Sexy Neutrals with copper packaging. This mirrored finish makes it ultra difficult for the user to photograph the palette without getting themselves or their camera in the shot....or at least that's what I found. I had to try several different angles just to get a good shot without me in my PJ's, holding my phone, shooting with its camera! As I mentioned in my first Trip Haul post, these palettes also attract fingerprints easily; so if you're someone who likes to keep things pristine, bear that in mind & prepare to do a whole lot of wiping.
Both palettes also have the shades & their names featured on the back for future reference, which you would've seen above...but here's a close up!
Both palettes contain a mirror, 8 shadow pans & a double-ended brush, which IMO really wasn't worth including. Anyone with half an interest in makeup would be better off buying themselves a decent eyeshadow starter brush set instead of using this crappy brush. I noticed with one of my palettes that there's a random longer hair sticking out from the ferrule, which I think says something about the quality of craftsmanship! As you'll be able to see below, I have already used these palettes a fair few times, so they're not pristine + some of the pans are mottled from the times where I've dipped a wet brush into them...oops...
|Bare Neutrals palette|
|Sexy Neutrals palette|
|Bare Neutrals swatches - I swatched this palette backwards, my bad.|
As for the Sexy Neutrals...I'm bummed that I spent $41US on this because it's pretty rubbish, sadly.
|Sexy Neutrals swatches - Perspective is the darkest shade btw, just so there's no confusion.|
All in all, if I had to choose a favourite palette out of the 2, then the Bare Neutrals would win hands down. If only I lived in America, then I could have returned the Sexy Neutrals to Sephora & hopefully got my money back!
Linked up with the Monday Makeup Madness mob.
*All products featured for review on The Novice Life are purchased by me, unless otherwise stated. Please refer to my disclosure policy for more details.
Follow The Novice Life on Bloglovin!
How many products have you been enticed into buying purely because of pretty packaging?