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So. Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day! 7 years ago (OMG how time flies…barf) I was in Dublin for Paddy’s Day (as they shorthand it in Ireland), and yea…it was as crazy as you’d imagine it to be! Not so much a drunken mess, but just the sheer amount of people…yowza. It was a fantabulous time, and I’ll never forget it!
As the years pass, it seems the crew of hardcore Paddy’s Day party-goers dwindles in my crowd – job responsibilities, babies, and aging in general all seem to keep everyone at home on one of the most fun days of the year ~tear~ Thankfully, I have an excellent partner-in-crime who I can always count on to celebrate with me! This year it was just the two of us, so it was more low-key than usual, but I still made sure to dress the part – which includes green makeup (and nails), of course!
I usually do a lot more green on the eye, but since it wasn’t a rip-roaring party I went subdued and just wore a simple flash of green liner on the top lash line. I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liner in Covet (an emerald green with silver microglitter) on top of MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline – the black gave the green more depth and helped the line look more crisp. I added MAC All That Glitters shadow all over the lid, as I find it gives the most beautiful shine to the eye without ever seeming like too much, and then a dab of Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill shadow in #6 Khaki Pulse to the crease to add a little bit more depth. *Side note – anyone notice that I’m trying to grow my eyebrows out? It’s so frickin’ hard dude! I want to pluck all the random stray hairs but I’m trying to be patient ~sigh~ They are coming along though
Since it was going to be a long day, I wore MUFE’s HD Blush in #12 First Kiss on bare cheeks, layered foundation on top, and then added a touch of MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Early Morning to make sure my blush had good staying power. I quite liked the way it made my skin look kind of lit from within. I don’t usually layer cream and powder blushers but I really need to get on that! I topped off my cheekbones and other high points of the face with MAC’s Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl, which gives the best glow – I finally got my hands on the Year of the Snake version last week and I LOVE this product. Review will be forthcoming!
I finished with a very simple lip using Benefit’s Ultra Plush gloss in Hoola. I didn’t want anything competing with the green liner, so this gave the barest hint of shimmer and warmth, but that’s about it.
Of course, the look isn’t finished – gotta get some flash on the nails too, right!? Because I’m not a fan of green nail polish as a whole, I don’t actually own any that are going to give me serious pizazz. But I have shades with a green tinge… haha. I made it work, I think! I just read about sideways manicures, so I tried it out – easiest nail art EVER. And also my new favorite!!
The shades I used were a-England Tess d’Urbervilles as a base, and Chanel Peridot on top. This was probably more subtle than I should have gone with – the nature of Peridot with it’s duochrome nature just makes the a-England shade look like a shadow. Nonetheless, I loved the effect, and loved how darn easy this one (no nail stickers required – freehand works perfectly!), so I’ll definitely be trying this again and again with other shades. Fun!
I always have intentions to get these kinds of event posts up before the actual event, but who am I kidding? That’s never going to happen – I’m too busy prepping for the occasion to actually have time to post! LOL Anyway, all the other bloggers have got this covered for me And it’s not like I did anything particularly unique, and both the makeup and nails could be done any time of the year, right?
How did you celebrate Paddy’s Day?? Did you do any themed makeup and/or nails?
Many of the cosmetic purchases I’ve made lately have had one thing in mind: have I tried this before? As a person who likes change, I gravitate toward the unknown (for the most part). My aim with makeup lately is to try either a brand I’ve never used before, or check out a product within a brand that I’ve not yet investigated. My most recent purchase in this regard was Chanel’s Vanités quad, from the Sophisticated Eye collection (fall 2011).
It’s strange: while I don’t tend to wear a lot of color on my eyes (preferring to do so on my lips, or even cheeks!), I often choose eyeshadows that have more of a *pop.* When perusing the Chanel quads, the only one that really grabbed me was Vanités. Having recently read a glowing review on the quad, being in the market for a nice lilac shade, and feeling spend-y, I picked it up and immediately brought it home to try out.
My first thoughts were that the quad was lovely. Indeed, the violet tones are quite captivating – and check out that gorgeous gold-flecked mauve!!
However, once it came time to actually try the shadows, I was sorely let down. Keep in mind that I do not have any experience with Chanel quads (and in fact, was unable to try this in-store as there were no testers available), so I wasn’t prepared what to expect. After reading further reviews, Chanel quads it seems tend to be on the dry, stiff side, something to which I can agree with (and also – gritty-feeling) and that I would have likely avoided if I had known. Also of note is that the quads here in Canada are of the baked variety, while I hear in the States they are different. So, all points to keep in mind.
Here are the shadows when swatched:
These swatches took many layers to achieve this much pigmentation, aside from the darkest shade, which was fairly pigmented in one swipe. I tried to take photos of me wearing this quad, but it almost looked like nothing was worn, and certainly not enough to show shade and depth.
I realize that Chanel’s makeup philosophy leans toward a soft look; also, the brand caters more to fairer skintones rather than my darker ones. So it is to say that though I was disappointed in this quad, I was not at all surprized. Additionally, oddly enough when I looked at the ingredients of the shadows, they contained lanolin – though in the American versions, they do not (alternately, Chanel’s blushes in the US contain lanolin, but in Canada they do not). So, combined with the disappointing pigmentation, gritty texture, and inclusion of an ingredient I am allergic to – I took the quad back.
For reference purposes, I did take a few comparison swatches against shades I already own:
You can see that none are dupes, though the mauve shade and MAC Shale are similar, and the lilac shade and the lighter shade in the Hourglass Exhibition duo are close as well. I believe the nuances of these shades would be more pronounced with a better formula, and most definitely with a paler skintone. On me, sadly, they just fall flat.
Have you tried Vanités, or another Chanel quad? Have your experiences been positive or negative? Has anyone tried both the Canadian version and the US version and can comment on how they compare?
I was going to leave my eyeshadow collection ’till last to swatch in my ‘find the gaps’ series of posts, but the superstorm (which…is kind of lackluster – yea, there’s lots of snow, but I want some action, darn it!) seemed like the perfect time to just get ‘er done – so I did! Oh man…for those of you who have larger collections than mine, I feel sorry for you if you attempt to do this – it is a BIG EFFING ORDEAL. I started last night and got just over halfway through before both (!) arms had had enough. I continued today and after needing to re-swatch several shade categories to get them *just right*, my left arm is just burning (as you’ll notice in the photos – red spots galore!). So: enough. I’m ready to rock ‘n roll. Now – let’s get into ‘er!
Note: All shades are permanent within their respective brands except where otherwise noted.WHITE EYESHADOWAvon True Color Quad in Smokey Eyes (satin white) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Uzi (shimmer w/glitter) (LE) ‘HIGHLIGHT’ EYESHADOWMake Up For Ever Star Powder in #920 (iridescent) KATE Real Create Eyes BR-2 Palette (white gold pearl) MAC Eyeshadow in Vex (frost) NUDE EYESHADOWMAC Eyeshadow in Next to Nothing (Cult of Cherry Tempting Quad – frost) (LE) Laura Mercier Eye Color Duet in Suspense (matte cool beige) (LE) Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Trench (satin) BEIGE, CHAMPAGNE & PEACH EYESHADOWUrban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (shimmer w/glitter) Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #13 Warm Beige (frost) Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Emerveille (shimmer) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Snatch (shimmer w/glitter) Kate Real Create Eyeshadow BR-2 Palette (soft peachy shimmer) MAC Eyeshadow in Arena (satin) GOLD EYESHADOWMAC Pigment in Melon (frost) Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Color in Gilded Moonlight (pearl) (LE) Clinique Touch Tint for Eyes in Gold Glimmer (shimmer) (discontinued) COPPER & ORANGE EYESHADOWMAC Eyeshadow in Amber Lights (frost) Ardene Eyeshadow in 8B (pearl) BRONZE EYESHADOWMAC Pigment in Cocomotion (frost) (LE) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smog (shimmer) MAC Eyeshadow in Tempting (lustre) Clinique Color Surge Super Shimmer Eyeshadow in Rum Spice (shimmer) BROWN EYESHADOWMAC Eyeshadow in Dark Edge (Cult of Cherry Tempting Quad – satin) (LE) KATE Real Create Eyes BR-2 Palette (deep brown shimmer) Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #17 Espresso (matte) Laura Mercier Eye Color Duet in Suspense (matte burgundy brown) (LE) TAUPE-BROWN EYESHADOWS Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Suspect (shimmer) NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Rajasthan (beige-gold taupe) (shimmer) (LE) KATE Real Create Eyes BR-2 Palette (taupe shimmer) TAUPE-PURPLE EYESHADOWS NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Grand Palais (silver-taupe shimmer) Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Exhibition (mauve shimmer) MAC Eyeshadow in Shale (satin) bareMinerals High Shine Eye Color in Meteorite (frost) Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eye Shadow in Corinthian (shimmer) RED & PINK EYESHADOWL’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Golden Mahogany (frost) Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Abstraction (shimmer) Avon True Color Quad in Smokey Eyes (matte light pink) MAUVE & ROSE EYESHADOW Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Bordello (shimmer w/glitter) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Last Call (metallic) NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Grand Palais (matte dusty rose) PLUM EYESHADOW NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Habanera (sparkling plum) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Rockstar (shimmer) Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Exhibition (eggplant shimmer) PURPLE EYESHADOW Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Psychedelic Sister (shimmer) MAC Paint in Infamous (metallic) (discontinued) BLUE EYESHADOW MAC Paint in Blue Boy (metallic) (discontinued) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Radium (shimmer) MAC Eyeshadow in Blue Edge (matte w/shimmer) (discontinued) AQUA & TEAL EYESHADOWS NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Rajasthan (blackened teal shimmer) (LE) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Loaded (metallic) theBalm Shady Lady Eyeshadow in Jealous Jordana (shimmer) Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 8E (matte) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Haight (shimmer) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Money (shimmer w/micro-glitter) (LE) NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Habanera (mint frost) GREEN EYESHADOW Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Kush (shimmer w/micro-glitter) Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eye Shadow in Jade (shimmer) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Mildew (shimmer) MAC Eyeshadow in Sharp (Cult of Cherry Tempting Quad – satin) (LE) Lise Watier Couleur Folle Eyeshadow in Folie Pomme (iridescent shimmer) Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #57 Chartreuse (satin) YELLOW EYESHADOW Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #24 Yellow (matte) MAC Eyeshadow in Bright Future ( KHAKI EYESHADOW Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow in #24 Smokey Copper (shimmer) Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow in #6 Khaki Pulse (shimmer) Clinique Color Surge Soft Shimmer Eyeshadow in Autumn Moss (satin) TAUPE-SILVER EYESHADOWS Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Maui Wowie (metallic w/glitter) Bobbi Brown Chrome Eye Shadow in Pewter (frost) (LE) theBalm Shady Lady Eyeshadow in Insane Jane (shimmer) Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #2 Steel (shimmer) GREY EYESHADOW Avon True Color Quad in Smokey Eyes (medium grey & dove grey) (shimmer) BLACK EYESHADOWS MAC Pigment in Dark Soul (frost w/glitter) Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Perversion (matte)
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…So. To be honest, when I started swatching all my makeup, I was originally just trying to find a way to justify new purchases – if it could be considered a shade I didn’t already own, then I would feel free to go for it. However, now I’ve discovered that being so fully aware of what I own, has made me really excited to play with my current collection, instead of seeking out new products. I especially noticed this with this eyeshadow post – there are so truly fabulous shades in there! While there are still of course colors I’d like to pick up to fill the gaps (namely – a lilac and a skintone [MY skintone, to clarify] shade, among a couple others), overall I’m WELL aware I have a ton of shades to rock out and don’t really *need* anything else at the moment. I did notice I have a lot less color than I imagined, but that’s actually OK because I don’t tend to wear it a ton and try to avoid buying a lot of it only for it to go unused. I think my stash is fairly representative of the kind of makeup I wear day to day! So SCORE for being logical in my purchases
I am kinda worn out from the work necessary to do this post, so I’m done now LOL. But – I have questions for you!
Do you see any gaps that I could fill? What shades make up the bulk of your eyeshadow collection?? Also – anyone bother to count how many shades I have? I’m too tired now to bother LOL
This seems to be the year of yellow eyeshadow for me – this will be my third go-around with the shade, and each time just keeps getting better! The latest version has truly blown my socks off, which is kind of amazing since yellow isn’t exactly the *easiest* shade to wear. But somehow, it’s happened, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #24 ($26CAD), a matte vibrant yellow, is part of four new shades of the Aqua Cream line-up – along with an Acid Green, Pastel Blue, and Purple. As I’m sure you’re aware, Aqua Creams are a long-lasting, waterproof, majorly pigmented cream shadow that will not budge all day long. I now own four shades, and by far #24 Yellow is the best one yet. The consistency of this product is AMAZING! It’s so unbelievably creamy and easy to apply. I think they may have improved their formula, as some of my other ones can be a bit tricky to blend. This is NOT the case with #24 – it smoothes on easily and doesn’t set too quickly, but then once it’s set, it wears like iron for hours. I had it on yesterday, in the mega heat and humidity (we had TWO thunderstorms!), and it didn’t budge an inch from 9am till 9pm.
As you can see below, #24 is pretty much a bright canary yellow, which can be a challenging shade to wear for most skin tones. However, the wonderful blendability of this shadow enables you to apply just a sheer wash of it on the lid, and because it’s a creamy finish vs powdery, it looks much more natural. I would suggest wearing a dark liner when wearing yellow however, as it helps to ground the shade a bit. I did a look wearing this that I will be showing you later in the week – I combined it with a few other shadows – and it turned out pretty darn good I think!
I’ll be honest – when MUFE sent this shade to me, I thought: “Oh man, really? How am I going to wear this??” but it turns out, it was SO much easier than I ever dreamed! And I am being completely truthful with you when I say I will be wearing this again and again this Summer – its just so warm and lovely and makes me think of sunshine and golden rays of light. It certainly requires a *little* bit of extra creativity – you can’t just slap it on and go – but the slight bit of extra effort it takes to pull a look together with this shade is SO worth it. Truly, don’t let the color in the pan and the swatches scare you – this is one fabulous shadow!
Stay tuned for my look with this shade later this week!
Would you consider wearing yellow eyeshadow? What looks would you create with it?
*Product sent for my unbiased consideration by the PR company/brand.
(Please consider this as my June favorite – I’m delinquent, sorry!!)
I don’t know why I haven’t reviewed this product yet! You saw how I’ve hit major pan in this shadow, which is proof enough that I love it and use it all the time (I only bought it just over a year ago). Yet for some reason it’s slipped under my radar of shades to show you – but no more!! MAC’s Arena eyeshadow ($18CAD) is well deserving of it’s own post, so here we go! (Excuse the serious use/PAN shots of this shadow – you can see how much I wear it!)
I think initially I picked up Arena because it was one of Karen’s ‘MAC Unsung Heros‘ from her Makeup and Beauty Blog. She and I have very similar coloring, so I tend trust her swatches and judgement on a lot of shades. I think mainly I was in the mood to buy a MAC eyeshadow, and this seemed to fit the bill as it sounded like it was a nice, natural-looking shade that opened up the eye. And sure, the soft golden peach shade has a lovely satin finish that allows it to brighten the eye area subtly without looking too shimmery or flat. But the main way that I wear Arena is under my brow bone and sometimes in my inner eye corners, to give a great glowing highlight to my eyes without being obvious at all. Particularly in the Summer months, this is my go-to highlight almost every single day, as it shows especially well on my tanned skin, and compliments any brighter shades I wear really well.
The texture of Arena is quite soft and smooth, and not too powdery. It glides on the eye easily without requiring much effort – it’s of medium pigmentation, not too sheer that it requires multiple applications, but not so dense that it has to be applied with a light hand. For the ultimate quick polish of the eye area, this baby pretty much does all the work for you! You can see in the shot below that my brow area is highlighted, but it almost looks as if the light just happened to be hitting my eyes just right, rather than looking like any makeup at all.
I think for the first time ever (that I can recall), I would actually repurchase this shadow when it runs out (because it will, which is also a first – I’ve never finished a whole shadow before to NEED to repurchase!). Its just too perfect and too easy to use. This and a bunch of mascara and I’m ready to face the world (OK, and maybe a lil blush and lipgloss…but you know what I mean!). Even for skintones unlike my own, I think Arena is a wonderful addition to anyone’s stash because you can wear it as an all-over shade and reap the eye-opening benefits – if you’re quite fair, the flattering peachy golden tones will look wonderful, especially for gals with blue eyes. Gotta say, it’s just a little pot of awesome!
Anyone else dig Arena? What’s your go-to brow highlight?
I know that in the beauty and fashion world, we’ve come to a point where shades and styles are almost season-less: we wear red lips in Summer, shorts in Winter, and bronzed skin year-round. But I still associate certain color palettes with particular seasons, and pastels and Spring just ‘go’ together for me.
Though for most of my beauty-loving life I’ve favored rich, deep, jewel-toned shades in makeup and nails, lately I’ve been loving pops of bright color. Every shade I’m drawn to these days are some happy forms of orange, or pink, or blue, and my stash, previously devoid of these brights, is slowly showing some change. My starting point for make up came from MAKE UP FOR EVER with three perfectly pastel shades: Chartreuse (#57), Light Blue (#118), and Pearly Orange (#25) ($23CAD ea.).
Pearly Orange is described as an ‘apricot orange sheen’ and I think this is pretty accurate. You can wear this shade on either eyes or cheeks – I find on eyes the shimmer is less noticeable than on cheeks. It provides a more sheer veil of color and is a great way to wear this year’s color of the year (Tangerine Tango) in a soft, subtle way.
Chartreuse, another sheen, is not as yellow as some shades with the same name – it’s more wearable than those versions and gives a soft veil of color to the lids. I think this color would look particularly lovely on someone with blue eyes! The sheen in this shade is quite subtle.
Light Blue is described as ‘vibrant’ and that is the case with this sky blue shade. Though it doesn’t specify online, I think this shade is a matte – there is no discernible shimmer to my eye that I can see.
MAKE UP FOR EVER eyeshadows/blushes are pigment-rich and wear ages even without a primer. I did find that the two ‘sheen’ shades had less density and I had to build the color up a bit. On a more fair skintone, this probably won’t be much of an issue. A tip Dany (MUFE creator) suggests for darker skin is to first apply a light-colored base shade so that the following shade shows up better and allows for more dimension. I haven’t tried this trick yet but I see it being quite effective.
I found that the more sheer nature of these shades actually suited quite well, as pastels worn as a wash of color look perfectly pretty and romantic. I’ve tried each of these colors and all wore all day without primer and with only slight fading. I tried #25 Pearly Orange today as a blush and it was a little bit shimmery for my taste, but in the evening I think it would be lovely.
Another great way to wear these shades is a technique suggested by MAKE UP FOR EVER:
1) Apply a nude shadow from lash line to crease
2) Sweep a pastel eye color from inner corner of eyelid to the outer corner of the eye , extending just above the crease while keeping outer corner open
3) To add an extra pop of color, try also applying shadow to lower lash line
4) Add mascara!
I have yet to try out this technique, but will do so this week and post pictures! I think it will look really fun
What do you think about pastel shades? Have you tried them before? How do you wear them?
*Products in this post were provided by the PR / brand for my unbiased consideration*
It’s all going downhill from here. There is just no way I can go back to buying plain ‘ol, now that I’ve delved into the world of serious luxury. I’m calling it here and now, my friends: The desire only increases as time wears on. I started, as many did, with MAC….moved my way into bigger and better brands like Urban Decay and Benefit…then NARS and Bobbi Brown…then slowly entered the world of Chanel… and now here I am. Shopping for makeup in other countries because I wanna, I gotta have it! It’s not only about a price point…it’s just that as you get exposed to more and more brands, the more you want to try. And I specifically want to try the best. Which brings me to my very ~precious~ purchase du jour – Le Metier de Beaute’s Corinthian eyeshadow.I have to congratulate myself here for a minute, because I ordered Corinthian based on swatches I saw online, not realizing that this particular shade is one of the brand’s most loved and hardest to keep in stock. So I clearly have good taste
I have been itching to try something from Le Metier for about a year now, but just couldn’t bring myself to pay not only a higher price tag, but also the shipping that would go along with it. Additionally, I believe the last time I tried to buy something from the brand, it was restricted from delivery to Canada. Thankfully, the stars aligned for me a few weeks ago when Neiman Marcus had a free shipping code (that was actually applicable to us North of the border) and I realized that Le Metier would indeed ship to me. I immediately scoured the internet to figure out what purchase(s) I wanted to make, and decided upon Corinthian after seeing a variety of lovely swatches which showcased its beautiful bronze/taupe/silver/purple tones. Last week my ~precious~ made its way into my greedy hands, and I immediately dove right in before even taking any pictures for the blog (sacrilege, I know). Thankfully, because this shadow is ridiculously butter smooth and soft, you can’t even really tell it’s been touched (must be the quadruple-milled aspect *seriously*).
The pigmentation of this shadow is really amazing – it hardly seems like it’s picking up on your brush, and yet you apply it and there it is – complete with a gorgeous sheen that borders on shimmer but never quite gets that obvious. I know that Le Metier’s philosophy is one of layering – and I can see how these shadows would achieve that. Somehow it leaves a veil of color that shows up perfectly on skin, without being heavy but not lacking in pigmentation in the least. I found wear time to be good – nothing above average but good enough (6-8 hours before any fading) that I felt satisfied in the cost (which by the way is approx. $30CAD).
The shade of Corinthian is also (obviously) quite striking – a mix of pale bronze and taupe with hints of purple and silver sheen depending on the light. I know taupe is a BIG DEAL shade in the beauty community, but I’m getting on the bandwagon late so forgive my ignorance of how versatile and fabulous it is. This particular shade would work for every single skintone I think, pulling out whatever undertone was in the wearer and accomodating to it. I compared it to my bare Escentual’s Meteorite, and while they’re quite similar actually, Corinthian has a touch more bronze and wears much more naturally, whereas Meteorite is highly metallic. I feel justified in owning both (of course I do).
Needless to say, my first foray into Le Metier products certainly didn’t easy my desires – if anything, I’m just biding my time till I order some more! Thankfully, the Lip Cremes and Lip Glosses contain Lanolin, which I’m allergic to, so I’m putting those right out of my head now. However, the rest of the line is fair game, my friends
What do you think of Corinthian? Are you a slave to taupe as well? Have to tried Le Metier de Beaute products before? Which are your favorites?
When I was in High School, I desperately wanted my prom dress to be yellow. I think it’s such a happy, fun color and I’d be OK to be surrounded by it at all times. However, when it comes to makeup, yellow and I are on strange terms. I do not like it on nails (except very pale versions) as it looks sick to me. And as an eyeshadow, I have yet to master how to wear it without it totally washing me out. It’s sort of counter-intuitive to me, because with my golden coloring, I expect this shade to totally rock my beauty world. Alas, ’till this point it has not. But there is a silver lining! After playing around with Make Up For Ever’s Eyeshadow in #2, I think I might be able to make peace with yellow
The second shade I was sent that follows the Pantone Spring color forecast, #2 is a matte, brilliant yellow – matching the shade Solar Power, according to the report. First of all, I have to say that I’m really digging the packaging of the MUFE eyeshadows ($22CAD) – this is my first, and it looks very cool. MUFE shadows are very pigmented, which is supposed to help them wear well. The matte shades (like this one) are stated to have maximum coverage. My inital thoughts upon swatching the shade were tentative – while it is fairly pigmented, it also looked a bit powdery, and I wondered how that would translate to eyes.
I applied #2 to my eyelids, and my first reaction was ‘yuk!’ It just seemed to clash with my skintone somehow. However, as soon as I added some mascara (this is a MUST with a shade like this), it looked infinitely better. I think if I played around with it a bit and added some other makeup, including liner and bronze shadows, it would be a knockout look.
I do own one other yellow shadow, MAC Bright Future (from the Style Warrior collection), which I received in a swap late last year. It didn’t feel like a proper shade to wear in Winter, so I haven’t really tried it yet. In comparing the two, they’re similar, but MAC’s has got a touch of sheen to it, and is less pigmented, with a creamier formula (below: Bright Future on top, Eyeshadow #2 on bottom).
Even though I have trouble with yellow as a color in cosmetics, I can remember looking at this picture in YM magazine (OMG do you remember that mag? It was my absolute FAVE), in which the model was wearing yellow on her lids and looked totally divine. That’s never really gotten out of my head over the (many) years, and with this shade, I think I’m going to finally try and work the sunshine angle once and for all. Do you have any suggestions on how I should wear it best?
Last installment: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #15!
*These products were provided for my unbiased consideration by the PR company/brand.
Now, now…don’t get excited, my MAC shadow collection is quite small – by no means am I a collector, and in truth over half of them were picked up through swaps, and not with my own cash, so… Anyway, I have enough though (15 shades) to have a dedicated post to them, and I know how popular MAC is, so I thought ‘Why not?’ Let’s get crackin’!First, we have our warm-toned shadows – the first four are from the 2008 Cult of Cherry Collection, the Tempting Quad (which I got in a swap); the last four are singles.Tempting Quad (LE), from left to right: Next to Nothing, Tempting, Dark Edge, and Sharp. Even though Next to Nothing is supposed to be a ‘yellow beige,’ which should be flattering on it, it just isn’t. The pink pearl changes to hue to make it too pink for my skintone. Tempting is a lovely, lovely shimmering bronze color which reminds me of Urban Decay’s Smog, but is more sparkly – I wear this a fair bit. Dark Edge doesn’t have great texture – it’s a bit chalky and hard to blend – but I desperately need a medium brown shade so I do get use out of it. As for Sharp, I don’t tend to wear bright shades like this, but I’ve played around with it a bit, and paired with the tones in this palette it actually can look quite nice (try it in the inner eyelid for an interesting pop of color). I used to own MAC’s Bitter (swapped it!), which is quite similar to Sharp, but more green. The only shade still available from the four is Tempting. Next, a few singles (left to right): Bright Future (from the 2009 Style Warrior collection), Amber Lights, Arena, and Vanilla. I snagged Bright Future in a swap fairly recently, but haven’t worn it as it seems like a Summer/Fall kind of shade. I don’t own a yellow shadow like this, so it’ll be fun to play with when the time comes. Amber Lights is one of my going out shades – it’s super metallic so not terribly appropriate for the office. The copper shade is really pretty and looks great on, but it irritates my eyes a bit due to the intense pigmentation and the frosty formulation, which is a bummer. Really good quality though. I bought Arena (a skintone satin finish) this past year, and in the Summer I wear it almost exclusively as my brow bone/inner eye highlight – it’s got the nicest sheen without being over the top. In the Winter, I’m too pale for it to work the same way, so if I’m feeling lazy I’ll just wear this as a lid color and be good to go. Really nice, soft texture on this one. Lastly, we have Vanilla, which I got in the same swap with Bright Future. This pale cream shadow has crappy pigmentation which you have to build up, and I am not a fan of the dry, hard formula at all. I’ve been using this as a brow bone highlight when I’m wearing shimmery shadow, but I’ve got it back up for swap and am hoping to buy a similar shade in a WAY better formulation soon.
Next, let’s look at the cooler-toned shadows in my collection, all singles:Left to right, we have Jealousy Wakes (from the Blogger Collection put out last Spring), Shimmermoss, Electra, Vex, and Shale. I wrote my review on Jealousy Wakes here. Sadly, I don’t use this shade much, not because it’s not a pretty color (emerald green), or even a workable color – but more so because, like Vanilla, its got a stiff, gritty texture that’s not the easiest nor a pleasure to work with. I got Shimmermoss (which is being discontinued) in another MUA swap this past year, and its a nice color with good texture, but the combination of light, pastel and shimmery isn’t really my thing. If I were more adventurous, I’m sure I could find a way to make this work, but alas – I’m kinda lazy My aunt gave me Electra years ago, and it is pretty much the silver version of Amber Lights – awesome, smooth texture and pigmentation, but whoa, it’s way too cool and frosty for my skintone (it’s a straight silver), and I cannot seem to make it look good no matter how hard I try. One total win that I received in a swap is Vex, which was on my wishlist! This is a really neat pearlescent color, with a slight duochrome effect – flashing between pink, purple and green. The effect doesn’t show up much on my skin, but it adds a glow to any makeup look I’m wearing, and I think is the type of shade that would work on any skintone, as it’s more on the sheer side and blends nicely.
Last, we have one of my favorite overall shadow shades, Shale. I bought this in Grand Cayman in 2008, and it’s one of the best subtle smoky shadows ever. I firmly believe that certain purple shades look fantastic on all skintones and eye colors, and I think this could be one of them. It borders on taupe/grey (which is more apparent in the photo above; in the pic below, you see the purple tones more), and blends into the skin seamlessly to create a sultry eye with hardly any effort. Love!Finally, I have three paints, one in pot form, the other two in tubes….that are from so long ago that I probably should feel bad about still having them. Dude, I bought these in like, the year 2000! They don’t even make Paints (in the tube) that have color nowadays. But they still work and are truly gorgeous colors so I just I can’t part with them.For some stupid reason the names of these shades aren’t written on the tube, so I had to do a little searching online to find them. I’m fairly certain the blue one is called Blue Boy, a shimmering electric blue; the purple one I think is Infamous, a vivid purple with shimmer, from the Fall 2000 Lady Danger collection (if anyone knows otherwise for either, please tell me!). Obviously these have been long since discontinued. Both paints sheer out quite a bit if you blend, as like other Paints/Paint Pots, they’re intended to be worn underneath your shadow. However, I bought them for their beautiful color, so I usually pat them on rather than blend, which helps to preserve their intensity.The one Paint Pot I own is in the shade Soft Ochre, which is a yellow-beige cream. I almost forgot to add this to the collection (hence why its not in the main photo at top). It’s close enough to my skintone during the Winter months that I can get away with it (though I don’t wear it alone as it’s still quite pale), but in the warmer months I’m far too dark to pull this off. I’ve been wearing this as my base most days of the week, to keep my shadow in place – for special events I use a lid primer for better hold.
Et voila! There’s my paltry MAC shadow collection, for your viewing pleasure (sorry that half the shades are no longer available!). I don’t forsee my collection drastically expanding any time soon; the oversaturation of MAC collections being put forth the past few years has turned me off the brand to some extent. I’ve actually swapped several of my shadows away, reducing my collection that much more. Unless something is released that really catches my eye and is an exceptional product, I don’t even bother to stop by our local MAC counter anymore (which happens to be directly across from Sephora). So sorry MAC, but more isn’t always better!
How many MAC shadows do you have in your collection? Are you an avid MAC fan or have you become overwhelmed at the number of releases each month? What products do you love/hate?
I started to write a post about some of the products I’m planning on using throughout the holiday season that are festive and season-appropriate. However, during a two-hour meeting this week, as usual my mind started to wander…and I thought, “What about the holiday looks that are a bit unexpected?” Sure, the typical red lips/nails and gold/silver eyeshadow are typical for this time of year, but you guys already know that stuff. I’ve been making an effort to use my creative muscles lately, and as a result, I came up with a few different looks I’d like to try out this season!
Not Flushed Cheeks, but….
Of course, you know all about bronzer and the wonders it can do year-round to keeping your skin from looking sallow – which can be a particular problem during the colder months of the year. However, I’m partial to wearing blush, especially in the Winter as I really love the flushed, just-out-in-the-cold look. Additionally, a little bit of shimmer never hurt anyone during the holidays. To get the best of all worlds, why not try a shimmering bronze blush? My particular fave which I wear consistently throughout the year is CoverFX Bronzed FX in Garnet – a gorgeous terracotta shade with golden shimmer:You can see how much wear I get out of it – I’ve even hit pan, which is a huge feat when it comes to blush. It looks great in pretty much every season, but I really love it in the cooler months, and the shimmer isn’t over-the-top so its even wearable during the day. With a touch of champagne, gold or bronze eyeshadow and a nude lip, this bronzer/blush/highlight gets you holiday-ready in a flash.
Not Red Lips, but…
Rather than opting for the traditional red lip during the holidays, what about going with a more dramatic look of deep burgundy? I’m picturing it with a shimmering gold or bronze gloss on top, which would give it a luxurious, plush feel. I picked up this Sephora brand gold gloss last week and its give the perfect hint of golden glow:Or, have the best of both worlds with a lipstick like MAC’s “O,” which is described as a purplish-red with golden pearl. I’m loving the whole look Michelle Trachtenberg has going on in the photo below:With the thick black liner and gold necklace as well, this whole look says holiday to me!
Not Gold or Silver Eyeshadow, but…
Pewter or rose gold shades. Particularly for skin tones like mine (leaning more olive/caramel), silver can look terribly stark. I have Bobbi Brown’s Chrome Eyeshadow in Pewter, a Limited Edition shade from a couple years ago, and it’s the perfect color, as it has somewhat yellow tones that look better with a warmer complexion – though it looks good on most all skin tones, too.
Rose gold tones seem to be all the rage right now, in everything from cosmetics (hello, LM Rose Rendezvous!) to accessories (still loving my Michael Kors watch!). And again, this is an uber-flattering shade that looks good on pretty much anyone because it works for both cool and warm skin tones. Sadly, I don’t have anything in this shade but I’m hoping to change this soon!
Not Red Nails, but…
Glitter! While it’s can be an obvious choice during the holidays, a way to make it fresh is to try some of the more untraditional colors like hot pink or aqua. I picked up Zoya’s Kissy and fell in love big time:Oh, so pretty!! Here I have it layered over China Glaze Ahoy, as it’s glitter in a sheer pink base. The glitter is sort of holographic and is super eye-catching. The only problem with this is that because it’s bar glitter, its pretty gritty, and if you’re not careful it can catch on your clothing!! I ended up putting three coats of top coat on so that it felt relatively smooth. NOT so fun to take off! But still well worth it in my books.
Another fun shade I picked up this season is Color Club’s Beyond the Mistletoe (purchased from Nail Polish Canada – fast becoming one of my favorite nail polish sites ever!), a pale glittering holographic aqua. I have yet to wear this but I am beyond excited to do so – it’s truly gorgeous. This also needs to be layered as it’s relatively sheer, though it could be worn on its own with several coats.
Now of course, I’ll still be rocking the red nails (I have a fabulous one on now I’ll show you soon!) and lips, and getting good use out of my gold MAC Amber Lights eyeshadow, but I always like a change, and doing things that are unexpected. These are just some ideas I had that I’d thought I’d share with you – hope you liked them!
Do you have any traditional looks you rely on during the holidays? Or any new looks and ideas you’ve tried or are hoping to try out? I’d love to hear about them!