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.
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.
I’ll be announcing the winner week commencing Monday 20th February 2017!
Have you tried bareMinerals shadows before?