Do you like a good neutrals palette? The truth is, it’s hard for me to get excited about these kinds of things, I’m just more drawn to colors. The Power Neutrals palette from Bare Minerals is one I had on my wish list a long while back, and then I took it off, and then I ended up receiving it as a gift. I know that Bare Minerals’ Ready pressed eyeshadow formula is highly regarded, and so I was excited to be able to try the palette out despite being on the fence about whether to purchase it or not.
I’d actually never tried Bare Minerals eyeshadows before. This palette has eight shadows in a few different finishes. As well as being generally neutral in tone, five of the eight shades are matte, making this a very practical palette for day to day.
To me, this palette makes the most sense when I think of it as two quads sitting side by side. Not that I use the two sides in complete isolation, because I don’t, but they’ve been arranged with the cooler shades on the left and the warmer shades on the right. So, I’m going through the shadows from the left to the right side of the palette. Though, side note: maybe it makes even more sense to see the shades as four vertical duos. I love when these things have some logic behind the design.
1. Boss Lady: a pale shimmery ivory with glitter. This is the least opaque shade in the palette, as well as the most glittery. It’s fairly low-impact and I wish it applied with more opacity, but it’s still a decent shadow for the lid and inner corner of the eye.
2. Moneymaker: a matte khaki gray, very pigmented and lovely on the skin. I mostly use this in the outer corner of the eye to give some dimension to a cooler-toned look.
3. Exec: a slate gray. This one is more of a satin finish and has some glitter in it, but not as much as Boss Lady does. It looks like a fairly straight-up gray in the palette but comes off on skin slightly warmer, edging toward taupe.
4. Payday: a lighter gray with a slightly green tone. This one’s matte, and it’s a versatile color to use on the eye in daytime looks since it isn’t very deep.
5. Schmooze: a shimmery bronze, very pigmented and beautiful on the eye. This is my personal favorite of the palette, I love using it all over my lid.
6. Boardroom: a deep matte brown. It’s very pigmented and soft, and perfect for an outer corner or for pressing into the lash line.
7. Magnate: a matte cream. Probably the shade I use the most, as it’s good for laying all over the lid as a base or highlighting the brow bone.
8. Get Ahead: a tan, and the coolest shade on the right side of the palette. It’s mostly matte, maybe slightly satiny, and a really great texture to work with. I reach for this one a ton because it’s nice to blend into the socket, but it’d also be a great lid shade.
For me, Magnate and Get Ahead are the most-used shades because they’re perfect for quick, everyday makeup when I don’t want a full eye look. Boss Lady is the weakest shade in the bunch, but not a complete dud, and all others are really nice quality and easy to apply and diffuse on the skin.
Above, I’m wearing Schmooze on the lid, Get Ahead in the socket, just a little bit of Boardroom in the outer corner, and Magnate on the brow bone. This is all super easy, and it’s my most-worn look using the palette.
Above, I’m wearing Payday all over the lid, Get Ahead in the socket, Moneymaker in the outer corner and pulled into the socket, and Boss Lady on the inner third of the lid layered over Payday. These are all applied with one fluffy blending brush, so the pigmentation is soft. It doesn’t take a lot of layered shadow to get even and opaque color on the eye, I just take it easy on the deeper shades on a day-to-day basis.
So, my palette has been living in a makeup bag and has come along with me when I travel, and its case has gotten dirty. It’s the same kind of packaging that Nars uses, so, yeah. It accumulates all kinds of smudges. But! The good news is if you haven’t already purchased it, they’ve since upgraded the compacts to metallic finishes (I’m a tiny bit jealous) . They’ve also added 2 other versions to the Power Neutrals line: The Posh Neutrals and The Sexy Neutrals, which are similar 8-pan palettes. The Power Neutrals has a yellow gold compact, Sexy Neutrals is in rose gold, and Posh Neutrals is in silver. You can take a look at all three at Sephora.
The size of the palette is great. It’s very slim and small but sturdy, and it has a nice mirror in the lid that stays at whatever angle you want. The little brush that comes with it isn’t bad, either. I always forget to use it as I’m used to ignoring the little sponge-tips that normally come in these things, but yeah, this one’s definitely somewhat useful.
So, this is generally a really nice thing to have around. It’s $40, so not the cheapest, but it’s really nice quality, incredibly practical, and something I’m reaching for on a near-daily basis at the moment. It has also come with me when I’ve traveled! You can grab it at Bare Escentuals and Sephora.
Have you tried any of these palettes? Do you like Bare Minerals’ shadows?