This is one of those staple colors that you have no idea how you lived so long without…
The Chantecaille Eyeshadow in Sel is so versatile, that I’m trying to figure out why I didn’t discover this color sooner. It’s a pale taupe/beige… that looks different on every skintone. On fair skin, it’s a lovely dark beige… almost brown shimmer. On medium tone skin it nearly imitates a ‘flesh’ color, and just lights up the eye area. On darker skin it’s a pale shimmer taupe that’s more gorgeous than garish.
Color me completely in love.
This color can be applied sheer or dense. If you apply it sheer, it adds a sheen to the skin, and makes the lid look ‘wet.’ If you apply it dense, it does something totally different.
You can find out more about Chantecaille Single Eyeshadow in Sel HERE.
Le Metier de Beaute wants to paint the world with color this Spring… with Indelible Inks.
The two colors are Artemis (midnight navy re-release), and Castalia (deep purple). I found the formula dense, and the color rich and opaque (not thin or sheer, like some liquid liners tend to be). One swipe and you’re good to go!
Indelible Ink Eye Liner in Castalia
I’m typically not a fan of liquid eyeliners (I find them messy and hard to control), but this product is doing a spectacular job of changing my mind. The formula is dense enough to manipulate like a gel liner, but still thin enough to apply like a traditional liquid. And once it sets, it doesn’t budge. I had to wash this swipe off with makeup remover. Totally awesome.
You can find out more about Le Metier Indelible Ink Eyeliner HERE
Bobbi Brown says: You spoke… she listened.
The company has repackaged their Tinted Eye Brightener, to make it more user friendly.
Now, instead of a click pen, the formula comes in a lip gloss looking container, with a doe foot applicator. It looks like there’s actually more product to in this container. This looks a lot like the new NARS concealers, but who’s keeping track… hmm?
Like the color correctors, these come in shades of bisque and peach… from lightest to darkest. The colors that best suit my needs run in the peach family.
Light to Medium Peach is on the top, and Dark Peach is on the bottom. There is also a basic Peach shade offered on the website… which is a mix of these two colors.
Dark Peach Light to Medium Peach
When you apply these products, you’re supposed to ‘tap’ them under the eye (never rub). Eventually, the the formula warms and spreads under the eye area, adding a bit of light without looking like you’ve used a ton of concealer.
Eventually I mixed the two colors to get the full effect:
The formula covers and adds light, but still allows the skin to show through. Put me down as a fan. You can find out more about Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brighteners HERE.
I went on the hunt for a white eyeshadow… and was surprised to find out how hard it is to come up with a pure white shade. Not super matte or super shimmery… but a basic white that works well on a wide range of skin tones and doesn’t pull grey, or silver, or gold (yes, gold) on certain undertones.
I came up wanting, until by chance I stopped by Estee Lauder to see what’s what, and ended up with Sugar Cube.
What I love about this eyeshadow is that it’s silky (not chalky like a lot of white eyeshadows can be) and it actually translates as white on my warm skin tone.
Perfect. You can find out more about Estee Lauder Sugar Cube HERE.
This has to be one the best eyeshadows for the widest range of use….
I came across By Terry eye shadow in creme brulee during an extra long chat with my Miss Stephanie C. at Space NK. The golden orange color caught my eye… but when I swatched it, I found out that it wasn’t very golden or orange at all.
Looks like it might go golden or even a little pink, right? Not so much. On my warm skin tone it actually just adds a bit of light. It’s like my skin, on its absolute best day ever. On Stephanie (who is among the palest beauties), it’s adds peach light, like a healthy glow.
It’s both gorgeous in texture and performance… the formula is silky and easily holds on these oily eyelids. By Terry Creme Brulee has quickly become a staple in my regular makeup practice. There is every chance that I’ll hit pan on this lovely shadow sooner rather than later.
You can find out more about By Terry Eye Shadow in Creme Brulee HERE.
Eyeliners have come, gone, and come back again… and it’s still hard to top Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner. The formula glides on and stays put. It’s kind of hard to top this formula. Recently, I came across the eyeliner in Caviar… which is basically the darkest possible brown.
Bobbi Brown Gel Liners in Caviar, Black, and the Ultra Fine Liner Brush.
I put it up against the black gel eyeliner, to give you an idea of contrast. But alone, in natural light, it appears to be nearly black.
The Ultra Fine Liner brush isn’t ultra fine at first glance, but it draws a pretty impressive line. You can use the side of the brush for the thinnest possible line, or use it flat for a thicker line.
Caviar is on the left, and Black is on the right. You can find out more about Bobbi Brown Gel Liners HERE.
I don’t know why it took me so long to post about this (I think I might have forgotten)… but I LOVE this palette. It’s been my ‘go to’ palette for a while. I got my first one about a year ago, and have since replaced it with a new one (I hit pan on that copper color). The colors are universal and pretty flattering on just about everyone. I use it all the time… either alone or with other shadows and creams to create any given look.
Like all the other palettes in the Tom Ford line, this thing is massive. The pans are so big, that I can even pretend that those little sponges and ‘brush’ aren’t tucked in there as well…
Each shadow is highly pigmented. The shimmer copper is best used with your fingers to ‘press’ onto the eyelid (a trick I learned from Tom Ford MUA Tito Fuente).
Love. I highly recommend this baby… it’s perfect for creating elegant Holiday looks for this season… and beyond. Love it.
There are so many things to be said about a brand that begins with a professional (Kevyn Aucoin remains legendary and an inspiration to makeup artists around the world to this day), and maintains its professional roots even when being sold to an average consumer.
The Eyeshadow duo in #208 is one of more unique combinations of his entire collection. I love it because it’s warm and cool all at once. The colors are Frosted Jade and Bronze. I think it makes a wonderful combination for an unusual smoky eye.
As you can see, the pans are pretty big (on par with Tarte pan eyeshadows) and there are NO SPONGE-TIP APPLICATORS. No little annoying impractical miniature applicators or sponges taking up precious space in this compact. Just pure, saturated color. Love that.
That’s one swipe each. Just amazing. Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duos are available at Space NK.
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Typically the Winter season brings muted colors and dramatically dark makeup. But a makeup artist showed me how to make winter brights work… despite the gloomy weather.
The Shiseido Luminous Eyeshadow Trio in Tropicalia is the perfect set of colors to prove that point. The bright ‘summer’ colors actually work beautifully in wintertime, for more dark dramatic looks. Pairing the fuchsia with browns and burgundies… the yellow with black/gold/brown… and the green with black or bronze makes all the difference. And what’s amazing about this trio is that the colors are so pigmented… that they work well no matter the season.
I admit that I was a bit skeptical when I first tried this trio. I really didn’t think that the colors would work. But then I swatched them, and was convinced.
I swatched these with my fingers. One swipe. I feel like, if I can pick up that much pigment with my fingers, then I’m golden.
The current condition of my skin is keeping me away from FOTD’s for a while. But I promise to dig into this trio soon, and show you how amazing it can be in any combination, for every season.
You can find out more about Shiseido Luminizing Eyeshadow Trios HERE.