I returned from Greece yesterday hideously ill, I have already started writing up about my travels to both Budapest and Greece but I thought I would do a little post sharing my thoughts on the Bare Minerals Ready to Go Complexion Perfection Palette which is £35 from House of Fraser, previously £39. In this nifty little kit you get a mineral foundation, mineral veil (coloured setting powder), bronzer, illuminator (highlight) and a cream concealer. There is also a mini precision face brush and a tapered face brush.
I purchased this before I went to Budapest and I have used it every single day in both Budapest and Greece, It was quite literally all that I needed, especially during the hot climate of the day where you don't want anything to heavy. The foundation has an SPF of 25 so I always put a decent layer of that over my face for protection. It doesn't feel heavy, it offers about medium coverage and has quite good staying powder even in the heat, I would recommend setting it with a powder if you have skin that is on the oilier side. I use my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte powder.
I love the illuminator and bronzer, they are perfect for my skin and look very natural. The whole palette is just like a skin enhancer in my opinion, and I love it for precisely that reason. It's great for summer, when you don't want to really feel like you are wearing makeup. The concealer is not my favourite but it does the trick. I use my index fingertip to just blend it underneath my eyes and around my mouth and nose, before using the mini face brush which has a flat slanted kabuki shape to buff the mineral foundation into the skin.
The tapered face brush is used to apply the rest of the products. I apply the veil first, although mostly I just use a normal large powder brush and my translucent powder, as I don't think extra coverage is needed with this foundation. The illuminator is applied to the tops of my cheekbones, tip of my nose and above my brows, and the bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks and the perimeter of my face. Sometimes I use the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush to apply the bronzer when I want more definition.
What I will say is that this palette will not last, after a few weeks of travelling I have already hit pan on my foundation which makes me really sad. I reckon you will get about six months solid use out of the palette before you run out of the foundation. Of course, this depends on how much foundation you use, you might get more or less out of the products. On the plus side, I believe, the remaining products will last a lot longer, as you use a lot less, and this palette does contain some very high quality highlight and bronzing shades. Definitely try out and test this palette in a store as getting the right shade is very important, if you are purchasing it for travel then maybe consider getting a shade darker if you tend to go to hot climates and work on your tan. Personally, I always like to stay true to my skin tone.
I love the packaging, I could give the concealer and the powder a miss, but overall a fantastic idea and so helpful for when you are on holiday. It makes life so much easier and saves a tonne of room. This was literally all I needed in Greece and yet I packed so much more makeup. Let me know if you would like a Holiday Makeup Bag post and I will put that up for you. Thank you so much for reading, don't forget to follow and comment. Take care.