Base to Full Face Week – bareMinerals The Good Life Eyeshadow Palette + Giveaway

One of the stars of my makeup discoveries last year was the bareMinerals The Soundtrack Quad, when I found some palettes of duos and quads discounted in TK Maxx (as well as being un-swatched), I claimed them as my own and cradled them like Smeagol protecting his ring until I got to the checkout.

‘The Good Life’ is a gorgeous mix of every day shades that I could see myself getting use from when I wanted something simple and quick to wear. I snagged this in TK for £6.99, reduced from £29, and man am I glad that I didn’t spend the full amount of it. My Soundtrack palette is worth every penny of £29 for just 4 shadows, The Good Life couldn’t have disappointed me more.


Swatched on my arm, the shades apply absolutely fine. I’m first to admit this is not the most creative mix of colours, and I’ve definitely been more excited by other palettes. However when buying I thought due to it’s small size it might be a good palette to travel alongside others which maybe are more bright/have a lack of mattes – or if I just fancied a softer look. A mix of shimmer and satin finishes


Opulence – Shimmery pale champagne
North – Shimmery pearl
Priceless – A heathery taupe
Blackout – A smoked out black

Where it fails for me is when you actually come to apply this to the eye. The pigmentation is terrible with Opulence and North in particular, it doesn’t matter what primer, what brush or what method you use to apply these both have an inability to build up pigment. Opulence appears on the lid as a very, VERY sheer champagne shade – and North looks almost identical showing no hint of it’s pretty pale pink hue.

Priceless has decent pigmentation, but it applies quite patchily, it’s slightly too dark and muddy for me to be applied into the crease, however it is quite nice as a soft outer crease colour or under the lashes, it’s just a shade that’s hard work to get it layered so it looks nice. The problem is similar with Blackout, it’s not a true deep black so easier to work with and it reminds me of a crap (and more satin) version of Urban Decay’s Perversion as again it fails to layer and build up nicely.

Priceless and Blackout seem to last okay on the lid, whilst are nothing staggering, whilst Opulence and North wear away quickly. I’ve tried as far as applying these shades on my finger (which I hate doing, and would never choose to do on a day to day basis) and they still struggle to build any decent pigmentation on the lid.

Priceless through crease / Opulence Over Lid / Blackout Outer Corner
Priceless through crease / Opulence Over Lid / Blackout Outer Corner
Priceless through crease / Opulence Over Lid / Blackout Outer Corner


Save your cash with this one, even at £6.99 I think this is expensive as I doubt I’ll ever find myself reaching for this again. The two light shades are basically useless and almost identical, and the bottom 2 are not too bad, but too hard to work with to be worth the effort. It goes to show, even within the same brand, not all shadows are created equal, I can’t believe the difference between these two bareMinerals quads, what a let down.



To celebrate the week I’ll be giving away the spare Grandee Lip Kit I hauled a few weeks and the gorgeous eye and highlighter Makeup Revolution Palette too. There are 2 Ways to enter:

1. Follow Me on Twitter & retweet the competition tweet (linked here!)


2. Be following my blog either via wordpress/email or bloglovin & comment on any of the posts in this series including this one (unless you tell me you’re not entering I’ll presume that you are!). Comments on each post are counted as multiple entries so come back all week to increase your chances of winning!

Entries close 11.59pm on the 20th February.
Open Internationally.
I’ll be announcing the winner week commencing Monday 20th February 2017!

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  1. Sherry
    February 16, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Firstly, you look amazing in that last photo 🙂 Secondly, really sad that they don’t last very long 🙁 I got so excited at the start of this blog seeing that you have picked them up so cheaply but having read this, now I can save myself the trip to TK Maxx and £7. Great honest review as always 🙂
    Sherry x

    • February 16, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      Thanks babe! Other shadows from BM seem great, but this palette at least is a dud, annoying as they are bloody expensive £29, for 4 shadows is quite high end territory, and I don’t think of BM as that much of a high end brand! xxx

  2. Covet Luxe
    February 16, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Love the makeup! x

  3. February 16, 2017 / 9:55 am

    What a shame! I hate it when something doesn’t live up to your expectations! I want good pigmentation out of my shadows, especially the nude shimmers!! Xxx

    • February 16, 2017 / 10:21 am

      If those two shadows had a bit more pow to them it would change my opinion of the palette, but they look the same sheer shimmer on the eye… what’s the bloody point!?! So annoying! xxx

  4. February 16, 2017 / 10:34 am

    I like the colours in the quad but if they don’t perform well on eyes it is probably the reason they got discontinued. Although I would say that it is not unsual for light shades to perform lesa than darker shades, you would still expect better from higher end brand. On the other hand, you were lucky to find a piece of make-up in TK Maxx that does not look yucky. I have not had such luck yet (at least not with what I wanted).

    • February 16, 2017 / 10:40 am

      I’d say 9 out of 10 times I find something in TK Maxx that looks great and then find it has a big grimey swatch taken out of it! I was lucky with this find, I think they’d just restocked the beauty area as it was all tidy!
      This hasn’t actually been discontinued, I saw it on a BareMinerals counter the other week!
      Totally agree on light shades not always being as pigmented witch cheaper brands but I have other BM shadows and other brands such as Urban Decay/Makeup Geek etc all do well on the pigmentation front, considering these work out as £7.25 a shade at full price they’re not good enough!

  5. February 16, 2017 / 10:52 am

    What a pity for the eyeshadows looks like they are so hard to blend

  6. February 16, 2017 / 10:59 am

    That’s such a shame, it’s so annoying when the pigmentation isn’t quite right on the actual eye 🙁 Still, it’s a good thing you didn’t get it for full price, as that would have been a real shame!

    • February 16, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      Yes really glad I didn’t pay full price, to be honest at full price they probably wouldn’t have been shades I would have splurged for, but even at £7 it makes it drugstore price and there’s better from the drugstore. Bit of a flop which is a shame as the other Bm quad I have, I can’t talk about highly enough, seem to be too much of a mix in quality! xx

      • February 16, 2017 / 1:45 pm

        That’s true, but yeah that is a disappointment! And it can be confusing as the lack of consistency questions whether you can trust them to deliver products you will want to repurchase! xx

  7. Claire Talks Beauty
    February 16, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I wanted to pick up some bare minerals eyeshadows but i am always hearing not so many great things about them. Anyway, you did a pretty look!

  8. Misty
    February 16, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    love love love this!!

  9. February 16, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    that’s the most kind of quad I wouldn’t pick up normally but such a shame it doesn’t work well! Kudos for finding something unswatched in TK Max though, that’s worth a pat on the back as they’re normally all destroyed! xxx

    • February 16, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      hat’s the most kind of quad I would pick up normally but such a shame it doesn’t work well! Kudos for finding something unswatched in TK Max though, that’s worth a pat on the back as they’re normally all destroyed! xxx

  10. February 16, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    That’s the kind of quad I would pick up normally but such a shame it doesn’t work well! Kudos for finding something unswatched in TK Max though, that’s worth a pat on the back as they’re normally all destroyed! xxx

  11. sophieinwonderlandxo
    February 16, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    What a shame, such a good job this wasn’t full price! Would have been a good bargain if it was actually decent! xxx

  12. February 16, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Aww I’m sorry you didn’t feel like you liked this product. I’m glad you got it on offer. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve wasted your money on something you’re not keen on.

  13. February 16, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    Oh how disappointing they’re not as good applied to the eyes. I’ve experienced that before with some eye shadows – it’s such an odd phenomenon. The colours look basic but sometimes those are some of the most useful quads. I know you like bareMineral eye shadows so I guess not all of them are created equal!

    • February 16, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      The only other ones I’ve tried is the soundtrack one (still got the duo I picked up the same time as this which remains untouched… and lost?) it set my expectations far too high for the rest of them to be as great!

      • February 16, 2017 / 7:59 pm

        I’m working on a review of the bareMineals palette I have – it should restore your faith in their eye shadows! 😉 This one might be an outlier… might be why it was at TK Maxx.

  14. February 16, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Too bad they didn’t work well on the eyes, because the swatches are nice, especially Priceless. The look you did with it is still very pretty, though!

  15. jazminheavenblog
    February 16, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    It’s a shame they don’t work well on the lids because they looked good swatched!! I think the problem with the paler shades is a quite a common one isn’t it 🙁 xx

    • February 17, 2017 / 7:27 am

      Yeah it’s weird I have another pale one from bare minerals which is great pigmentation, this ones just a bit crappy. I’ll admit it doesn’t look too bad it just doesn’t meet standards of the other palettes I’ve been loving!

  16. CaptainMeow (@captainmeowx)
    February 17, 2017 / 1:05 am

    That’s such a shame it didn’t work 🙁 And here I was thinking bareMinerals has to have half decent results. Ah well. At least now I know TKMaxx can get super cheap!

  17. February 17, 2017 / 12:32 am

    Love love love Bare Minerals! The colours in this palette are beaut, and really suit you. Such a shame it didnt quite live up to expectations though. On a more positive note, I’m really excited to be seeing brands like this and Too Faced becoming a regular fixture in T K Maxx!


  18. beccapbeauty
    February 17, 2017 / 9:05 am

    Such a shame about the eyeshadow palette! If they came out as they looked in the pan it would be amazing! Xx

    Fingers crossed for the giveaway x

  19. February 17, 2017 / 11:28 am

    This is going to sound odd but my favourite thing is the fact you actually swatched them on your eyes! Far too many beauty bloggers dont actually show what the product looks like on haha thats a beautiful palette and I think I need to attempt a smoky eye!

    • February 17, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Thank you (don’t tell anyone, but it really pisses me off when people do not show what anything looks like on their face!). Looks great on ya hand but what about your face!
      Start light and keep building the colour up, don’t go for the dark colours first! xx

  20. February 18, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Such a shame to hear these weren’t as good as the others, I always feel like a brand should be consistent so customers know the quality, but you would also think they go through quality control before they get sold? Hmmm.. ill remember to be vigilant if I stop by to check out the quads in order to make sure I don’t get a bad one!

    • February 19, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Yes would definitely recommend a store visit for the quads! They should be better quality control, especially as we can’t return cosmetics for being crap in this country! Xxx

  21. Charlotte
    February 20, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    That black scares me, lol. Finding something unswatched at tkmaxx is great but not easy, well done. Shame it’s not very good though. I love tkmaxx for. Bargain. I picked up a China glaze nail varnish the other day….think I will do it tonight. I’ve never tried China glaze as I’m normally a nails inc girl x

  22. diophilia
    February 24, 2017 / 8:21 am

    aww such a nice palette

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