bareMinerals Aurora Lights Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review
I always anxiously await the release of Holiday collections from my favorite beauty brands. Something about that festive packaging makes everything feel extra special! The problem is I get easily overwhelmed with choices, so this year I limited myself to testing only a small handful of brands.
bareMinerals 2018 Give The Stars Holiday Collection was at the top of my list to try this year. Not sure if you know this about me, but I’m an astronomy geek and love all things celestial. Considering that the collection was inspired by the night sky, bareMinerals already won me over before I even tried anything, haha! Give The Stars collection consisted of several value sets, two best-selling face powders in jumbo size, and two new palettes, including bareMinerals Aurora Lights Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($48) that I will be covering in this blog post.
bareMinerals Aurora Lights is an 18-pan palette, eight of which are limited edition. It features a nice mix of finishes ranging from matte and radiant to shimmer and metallic. The color theme is mostly work-appropriate neutrals and timeless basics for everyday wear, but there are a couple more interesting shades, too, if you feel like experimenting with a shimmery tangerine orange or a metallic duck green for example.
- 500 Thread Count
- Interstellar (LE)
- Venus (LE)
- Earthling (LE)
- Wave Length (LE)
- Galaxy (LE)
- Comet (LE)
- Force Field (LE)
- Catch Me If…
- Meteor Shower (LE)
bareMinerals Aurora Lights Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette – Indoor swatches.
bareMinerals Aurora Lights Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette under direct sunlight. Look at that sparkle!!
My experience with bareMinerals eyeshadows was always positive and I expected no less from this palette. The new Gen Nude formula is pretty impressive, and you can see it clearly in the swatches. Every shade offers rich color payoff – they all look so smooth! The swatches are single swipes on bare skin, which speaks volumes about the overall quality. Even the lighter shades are showing up nicely on my fair skin – usually, they just blend in and become nearly invisible unless I look closely.
The palette is housed in an off-white textured compact with a nice big mirror. It’s minimalistic and elegant and has a cute design that is appropriate for the season yet doesn’t immediately scream “winter”. The lid features two constellations printed in metallic rose gold, with bareMinerals logo in the bottom right corner. I love how compact it is – there is very little wasted space inside the palette which makes it an ideal companion for traveling. Nice size without sacrificing the abundance of choices? Sign me up!
Speaking of size, Aurora Lights is smaller than many of the previous bareMinerals palettes, both by weight and by size. The pans are smaller and carry less product, so in terms of value for money, it’s not as good of a deal as its predecessors. Aurora Lights pans carry 0.001 oz of product vs 0.03 oz of product in the older Ready palettes. It’s not a big deal to me personally because I rarely hit pan on my eyeshadows, but the value is still a major deciding factor for many people and I feel like it’s important to let you know about the difference.
Overall, I think this is a solid release, and I have nothing negative to say about the performance. Each and every one of the shades in bareMinerals Aurora Lights Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette was easy to work with, wore well throughout the day, and didn’t crease on my oily lids even without primer. I also like that the color theme doesn’t follow the current trends, which means it will still be relevant for years to come if you decide to keep it around that long.
What do you think about the new bareMinerals Aurora Lights Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette? Have you tried bareMinerals eyeshadows before?