Bare Minerals Ready shadows duke it out – who wins The Truth or The Top Shelf?

One of my favorite eyeshadow duos is from Bare Minerals, a branch of Bare Escentuals. I challenged Nars to a battle when I realized that I had bought two similar duos and Bare Minerals The Scenic Route came out to be the clear winner. You know that meant I needed more of these Bare Minerals Ready eyeshadows in my life so two more came home with me. I bought a quad, The Truth, and another duo, The Top Shelf. One of these has come out as the winner in the battle between these two also.

The Truth is like a million other eyeshadows that I own but that has never stopped me before. I like brown eyeshadows and I wear them more often than any other shade so a new quad is easily welcomed into the family. Bare Minerals names all of the shadows making it easier to review. Maybe that’s why they did it. 

  • Serendipitous – a creamy beige with just a touch of peach, this has a slight shimmer to it but very slight
  • Magnetism – a light brown taupe that is satiny and a little reflective
  • Fate – milk chocolate with a little bit of red undertone
  • Apropos – a darker chocolate with obvious silver shimmer

None of the shades in this quad are very unusual. I’m sure you could dupe these shades without a problem but it’s nice to have them all together in one compact. Bare Minerals Ready shadows have a beautiful finish and most are extremely soft and apply smoothly without skipping. I get a little fading with this quad but I think that’s more of a warm weather phenomenon than the fault of the shadows. My favorite shade in Truth is Magnetism. It’s a very easy shade to wear on its own plus it looks great with many eyeshadows in my collection. What’s interesting about this palette is that even though there only 4 shades, it’s a mix of both warm and cool shades. That might not suit people who are more comfortable in one or the other. Serendipitous and Fate are the warmer tones; Magnetism and Apropos the cooler ones.

from left Fate, Apropos, Magnetism, Serendipitous

opposite of above Serendipitous, Magnetism, Fate, Apropos

Top Shelf image from

The Top Shelf  is a duo that I actually bought twice. I loved the look instantly but then I gave it to a friend who wanted it. Since I regretted it, even though I hadn’t tried it yet, I bought it again. I normally am attracted to cooler tones than Top Shelf but every time I was shopping my eye just went to this duo. This contains Mixologist (a light peach with a metallic tone) and Cognac (bronzy brown, also with a metallic sheen). While the peach shade applies very nicely and smoothly it’s really the bronzy brown that is the star of this duo. It’s like buttah!! It’s a very rich shade. The combination of these is just beautiful and I’m glad I went back to buy it.

The Top Shelf in sunlight

The Top Shelf

Mixologist, Cognac

Mixologist, Cognac

Bare Escentuals aka Bare Minerals says that their shadows contain something called SeaNutritive Complex. This complex is what they say gives it the creamy quality. Whatever SeaNutritive is, it must be great because the texture of the Ready products is terrific. “Powered by our proprietary SeaNutritive MineralTM Complex along with powerful antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine and cucumber-ingredients known to deliver anti-aging benefits including reduced look of puffiness and antioxidant protection for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area. It looks like a powder but feels like a cream and delivers a beautifully smooth application of vivid, long-wearing color.”

BareMinerals Ready shadows are $20 for the duos and $30 for the quads. Even though the quads are a better value, I seem to be much more attracted to the duos so The Top Shelf won this battle. I’ve got my eye on one of their new ones called The Hidden Agenda so don’t be surprised when you see another review that welcomes Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadows into the family. — Marcia



  1. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I really didn’t like the messiness of their loose powder shadows, but I am really liking what I’ve seen so far of the pressed powder. May have to break down and buy!

  2. Looks like I need Top Shelf. They have two new quads recently released and a hand full of duos I need to see also.

  3. I have never tried bare minerals shadows (except the loose form). You are making me want to! 🙂 Have a great weekend!!!

  4. I was not a big fan of the loose messy shadows so I never paid attention to Bare Essentials. These look really pretty and like great “go to” shadows!

  5. I wasn’t a fan of the pigments but I like these a lot. I almost bought Top Shelf and now I will for sure.


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