BareMinerals’ Gold Rush kit review with swatches

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  • Manufacturer: bareMinerals/Bare Escentuals
  • Availability: beginning September 2010 through QVC
  • Description: 4 mini eye colors, 1 brush, and a keepsake box
  • Cost/Amount: USD$22.00
  • Would you purchase again: yes
BareMinerals’ Gold Rush kit

Two new colors, and two colors which were only sparsely available…so that’s good. Only $26? Nice. Minis? ...er. (The main beefs with mini jars include “not easy to store with all my other fullsized BE jars” and - my personal favorite, because this honestly does make a lot of sense - “they’re harder to open if you have arthritis”. (Which is true. I hadn’t though of that before; but yes, that would be a genuine reason to dislike the mini jars.) Since I repot all of my shadows anyway, my only concern with jar size is “is it a similar price-point as the full-size jars, or are we paying more per ounce for the product?” Since these are all pretty-but-neutral colors anyway, this was a bit more of a concern. Even though Aztec Gold had been released previously in an ULTA exclusive kit, I hadn’t bought it - so I only owned one of these four colors. They’re all “glimmers” (or “shimmers”, to use the new BE nomenclature), meaning that they’re on the less-pigmented side of things. However, Black Gold and Aztec Gold are rather easily buildable. (White Gold and Rose Gold take a little more effort to get opacity, in my personal experience.)

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BareMinerals’ Gold Rush kit Colors: BareMinerals' Gold Rush kit

If you don't own any of these colors yet, or like the look of these colors, or want to give a makeup lover a nice gift that probably doesn't contain too many duplicates of stuff they already have, this kit is a good deal. Previous holiday kits with this makeup - the Chocolate Decadence and Sweet Decadence kits - were $2 more, and didn't include such nice packaging (which I think I may re-use for packing and sending things places.) I don't know if that's Shiseido/BE realizing that consumers need a little more incentive to spend this year, or if they decided to make the packaging more attractive in concert with the lowered price point. QVC still is being package-stupid, though: the long "gold bar" box is about as thick as a thicker Terry Pratchett book (compared it to Monstrous Regiment) and a little bit longer. It came wrapped in paper, and bound in a box that was perhaps 8 inches long and 6 inches wide. Okay, so far so good. But I purchased three of these kits. They all arrived in one box from QVC. That one external box had more packing paper in it, and the box was just over 2 ft by 3 ft. Seriously. (?!??!??) On the good side...well, none of the mirrors were broken, none of the kit-boxes were so much as scuffed. But...wow, QVC. Wow. (Really? d00d. You could PROBABLY lower your shipping costs if you didn't use such great big monstrous packaging...or didn't split multi-item orders into two packages.)

This kit contained:

  • Aztec Gold — burnished gold shimmer
  • Black Gold — black with gold shimmer
  • Rose Gold — muted dusty rose with gold shimmer
  • White Gold — white-gold shimmer
  • mini quickie brush
  • gold-covered long vanity box with mirror

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