bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette and Blush (swatches)

Bounce & Blur Collection (Summer 2019)

bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Dusk Eyeshadow Palette and Coral Cloud Blush

I was lucky enough to stumble on this new collection in my local base exchange.  This collection hasn’t even launched on the bareMinerals website yet, but there is a bundle deal available today on HSN.  According to the HSN price breakdown, these items retail for $29.00 each.

The items in this collection are being marketed as having a “Fingertip-friendly bouncy powder” formula.  I don’t have a lot of experience with this type of formula, but I’d say they are like the Colourpop super shock formula.  I have never tried the super shock eyeshadows, so I can’t directly compare the eyeshadow formula.  However, I have tried two super shock blushes and a super shock highlighter and I find the blush formula to be similar.

bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Eyeshadow Palette in Dusk

bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Dusk Eyeshadow Palette Swatches on Dark Skin

The eyeshadow palette is going to be released in 2 colors (warm and cool). I purchased the warm version named Dusk.

This is my first time using eyeshadows with this type of texture. While I did find that they were workable with a brush, they applied much easier and built quicker when using my fingers. I found these shadows to look smooth on the lids, which I find to be true of the regular bareMinerals powder formula as well. They are not extremely pigmented but they are being marketed as sheer to buildable, which I find to be true. They blend into each other very easily, even when used with just my fingers.

All of the shades appear on the lids as a satin finish, up close you can see the mica particles but it doesn’t create a lot of shine on the lids. It’s hard to be precise when applying the two darkest shades (sepia sky and purple twilight) with fingers. Luckily, these shadows do work with a brush and although that will give a more sheer application, that is more often a good thing for dark shades. If you’d like to do a smoky eye with the dark shades on the lid and using the red (crimson sunset) or gold (harvest moon) to blend that out, these will operate fine for that in my opinion. The darkest shade (purple twilight) is much drier in texture than the others, which I’d like to believe was intentional so it could be used with a brush easier for eyeliner or precise outer-v placement. Purple Twilight has visible shimmer running through it that isn’t picking up on camera, but I didn’t notice it show up on the eyes.

bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Blush in Coral Cloud

bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Coral Cloud Blush Swatches on Dark Skin

The blush is going to be released in 4 colors.  I purchased the shade coral cloud.

Same story as the eye shadows, the blush works better with fingers but does also work with a brush.  The formula is buildable as they have marketed, it took 3 layers for me to be happy with the amount of color.  If you have lighter skin, I’d imagine it would build faster.  There is sparkle running throughout this shade that the camera is not picking up on.  You can’t see it from a distance once it is on the face but you can see it up close and it spreads around the face a little.

I do like this formula better than the blushes I have used from Colourpop, I found it overall easier to use.  I appreciate the fact that although it is designed and intended for use with the fingers that it does still work with a brush.

bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Coral Cloud Blush
Are you excited about this bareMinerals release? Have you seen it in store yet?

bareMinerals Gen Nude Latte Palette

Review and Swatches

bareminerals gen nude latte eyeshadow palette dark skin swatches review
I’ve had this little palette for just over a year now and I really enjoy the simplicity of it.  The textures on these are smooth (almost creamy feeling) and nicely pigmented.  The shimmer shades work well with both fingers and a brush.  I’ve only used the mattes with a brush and they blend easily, but I do have to be light handed with the deepest shade.  In terms of formula, it is much softer than my preferred type of eyeshadow formula (MAC, MUFE), but I didn’t notice any fallout.  I personally don’t like the really soft creamy metallics and loosely packed mattes that are popular lately.  This seemed to strike a good balance between the two.  Although the shimmers feel creamy, there isn’t any excess powder kick up or chunks to smooth out.

I do find that I have to kind of smoosh/dig my brush into the shimmer shadows to pick up the amount of pigment I need, but nothing bothersome for me.  When using my finger to apply, however, there is no issue getting them to pick up.  A brush will pick up a small amount of pigment by swiping, and the intensity can be built from there.  However, for my skin tone, I find that digging in a little gets me the result I’m looking for faster.  I also find that I tend to do this brush technique with some of the MUFE artist color shadows and MAC shadows.  Basically, whenever I find a shadow hard to pick up on a brush I use a dense synthetic brush and if that still gives me issue, I’ll dig in a little.

The top shades (fringed and destiny) are shimmers, but they are more toward satin than metallic.  The middle shades (firefly and feels) are shimmers but unlike the top shades, they lean toward metallic.  The bottom two shades (solstice and spirit) are mattes.  I shy away from metallic finishes because of their tendency to make my eyelids look crepey.  However, these eyeshadows actually make my lids appear quite smooth.

bareminerals gen nude latte eyeshadow palette dark skin swatches review

 

I’ve seen some reviews mention that the compact is hard to open and that is true when it is brand new, but over time, mine became much easier to open.  Like I mentioned, I’ve had it a little over a year and don’t notice any issue when opening it now.

I don’t personally do elaborate eye looks, and typically only use a lid shade and a transition shade when I do eyeshadow.  So if you like to do more complicated looks this may be too basic.  I’d recommend checking these palettes out in store if you have been curious.  They are very pigmented while still being easy to work with and they have other color variations.  The brand does give a palette suggestion based on your skin tone (which can be helpful for beginners) but you can try whatever colorway appeals to you.  I wish more people were raving about these, but I’m sure the basic nature of them makes them less exciting than other items on the market.  You can find these at bareminerals.com for $29.00.
Have you tried any of these palettes?  What was your experience?