NEW Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer Shadow in Chroma Violet

Posted by Lipglossiping On June - 13 - 2011

The new cream shadow range from Bare Escentuals had me foaming at the mouth when I saw swatches of them over on Temptalia earlier this month.  I’m a cream eyeshadow fan, there’s nothing like them for a quick application and depending on the brand and packaging, you can often get away with just using your fingers to blend.  A lazy girl’s dream.

Six shades will be available in the UK from August 1st, with one particualarly special looking duo-chrome (Urban Nature) that is bound to set many hearts-a-racing.

• Urban Nature – duochrome khaki/purple
• Racing Green – vivid forest green
• Sundance – metallic peach which leans toward gold
• Bronzed Twig – the ubiquitous bronze
• Gunmetal – pewter grey
• Chroma Violet – purple with silver shimmer

I’ve been playing with the shade Chroma Violet for almost a week and have a few thoughts about the formula, longevity and price.

Let’s get the (very small) elephant in the room out of the way first.  Size.  These things are tiny.  I’ve photographed a MAC Paint alongside for reference.  Considering the UK are receiving them priced at £16 a pop, we’re not getting a whole lot of product for a considerable amount of money.

A Chanel Ombre D’eau costs £3.60 per ml.  A Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer Shadow will set you back £5.33 per ml.  Value for money?  Frankly, I would like to see more product for the price.

Having said that, Chroma Violet is beautiful.  It’s a stunning purple that doesn’t move an inch on my lids once set.  I can blend the edges with my fingers easily and it doesn’t do that thing of sheering out too much leaving only sparkle.  It’s a pretty awesome cream shadow with a punch of pigment.  Very awesome infact.  Very expensive (no, I’m not letting that go), but truly high quality.

I’ve also worn this as a priming base for an intense smokey eye.  A wash all over with Maybelline’s Cosmic Black blended in the crease and pulled down into the purple.  It was one of the least fussy but most effective smokey eyes I’ve done and it lasted through both a swim and a night out in London!

It’s because of the quality that I know I’ll take myself to the boutique in Covent Garden next time I’m in London to buy the gunmetal shade… I feel a little hypocritical moaning about the price of these when I’m still considering picking up another Armani ETKI and they don’t even last on my lids!

The Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer Shadows will be available on counter from August 1st priced at £16 each.

Do you stretch the budget if something ticks all the right boxes?

* PR Sample

14 Responses to “NEW Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer Shadow in Chroma Violet”

  1. Sydney says:

    Gosh, that colour is absolutely gorgeous!
    There are no other words. It’s completely distracted me from forming any sort of real response.

  2. Grace London says:

    I bet this would be amazeballs underneath the Armani E2K too. I am very very tempted by these.

  3. gio says:

    Wow, that shade is beautiful! I’m not a fan of cream eyeshadows as they tend to crease on me but if this doesn’t budge all day I may give it a try. Looks very tempting.

  4. Rae says:

    Eep! I’ve been reading up on these recently, but this is the first time I’ve seen the cost-per-oz mentioned – ouch. Chroma Violet does look beautiful, but I really don’t think I could justify picking one of these up unless they took the price down a bit! (Or, if they released them in sets or something, with a lower cost/oz perhaps?)

  5. Vijaya says:

    I like the look of these. I think I’ll be buying regardless of the price.

  6. Leah says:

    Ooh, purdy! Makeup porn!

  7. NeenaJ says:

    If they nailed the formula, then it’s likely worth the price. Is it similar to the MAC paints in terms of how much product you need for a look? Just curious how long you think a tube will last.

    For me the budget question comes down to: are there passable dupes in my stash.


  9. Meeta says:

    I am very excited about these too after seeing Temptalia’s post. This is gorgeous and sounds like a dream for my oily lids

  10. vonnie says:

    wow!!! these look exciting, chroma violet is magnificent

  11. Kat says:

    It is so pretty! Soooo pretty. I agree with Neena: if I can find an acceptable dupe, I won’t stretch my budget. It comes down to whether or not it is worth it for me. Today, I bought “fur” lined heeled booties. They were $6.99, and I had nearly bought their $300 twin last month. These won’t last as long as the other ones would have, but these aren’t shoes that are really seasonable right now, nor are they a shoe that I’m going to be wearing all the time. They weren’t worth $300 to me. However, I bought a Chanel nail polish today, because it was a unique color that I can’t find a twin for and really, really wanted. I guess it comes down to how badly I want it and how much I will enjoy it. (Hedonism ftw.)

  12. Phyrra says:

    I like the color but the price is a bit off putting.

  13. This looks fantastic!! I can hardly wait to get these! I think they’d be great for travel.

  14. Gauri says:

    I’d ♥ it on the lids!

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