Tag Archives: Eyeshadow

Sleek – Oh So Special Palette (658)

15 Apr
L-R Top Row: Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate
L-R Bottom Row: Pamper, Gateau, The Mail, Boxed, Wrapped Up, Noir

If you’re a neutral shadow girl, like me, this is the palette you need to get right now. Every single colour is gorgeous, but none of them are over-the-top. This is a great daytime look palette – one of my faves is to use Gateau on the lid, Wrapped Up in the crease and Bow to highlight the inner corner. I’ll usually add some of Celebrate or Noir on top of a kohl liner to thicken up the lashline or create a bit of a smoky finish. Super easy, and beautiful every time.

I swatched without base so you can see how the shadows hold up on their own – with base the colours pop even more. I love that this palette has a mix of matte and shimmer – similar to the Naked Palettes from Urban Decay. There’s enough variation in colour and finish to create endless looks and really have some fun playing around.

If you’re in Canada (or the US, probably) you can pick this palette up on the Sleek website, or, of course, on eBay. It’s dirt cheap and the quality is fantastic. Two thumbs up!

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Nars 413 Blkr Eyeshadow Duo

4 Feb

This duo was part of the 413 Blkr collection, exclusive to Nars’ flagship US store, located at 413 Bleeker Street in New York. You can only buy it at that location or online. There are a few other things in the collection, but this is what really got my attention.

The colour on the left is a lovely undertoned slate-mauve that’s beautiful with some black liner for daytime. the colour on the right is a matte black with red shimmer – very similar to MAC Beauty Marked. I honestly doubt I’ll get through it very quickly, but the duo is so pretty!

Get ’em before they’re gone!

MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadows

20 Feb

Clockwise from Bottom Left: Keep Your Cool, Sweet Satisfaction, 
Lie Low, Make Your Mark, Legendary Black

 Anyone who knows anything about me will know that I LOVE eyeshadow. I mean, I love makeup in general, but eyeshadow is my particular weakness. I’m always looking for unique shades, textures and finishes. I like blending, pairing and experimenting with it as eyeliner.

So I’ve been eyeing (excuse the pun) these shadows for quite some time, and have finally collected a few to share with you guys!

I got these five:

L-R: Sweet Satisfaction, Lie Low, Make Your Mark, 
Keep Your Cool, Legendary Black

  • Sweet Satisfaction: This is a great neutral daytime shade, one that can be used to blend out a darker shade, on the lid with a darker crease colour, or as an all-over base. 
  • Lie Low: Lie Low is a fabulous warm-toned neutral brown that I think particularly suits us pale ladies. I like it over the entire lid – either blended out with Wedge in the crease for a daytime look or paired with a darker shade like Make Your Mark in the crease for more drama.
  • Make Your Mark: It’s a darker shade, which reminds me a little of Carbonized from the MAC Me Over collection. Aside from being a great crease shade, it can be used to line the upper and lower lashline with a lighter lid colour for daytime, and can even be smoked out around the lashes for an evening look. Beautiful!
  • Keep Your Cool: Keep Your Cool reminds me of Smut – it has a similar blending of various shades, making it a complex, warm-toned, mauved grey/brown. Like Make Your Mark, this can either be used to play up the eyes or for understated lining during the daytime. 
  • Legendary Black: This isn’t really black at all. At least, not in my opinion. It’s almost more of a blackened bronze colour. This one is very difficult to describe – but I think it’s worth getting simply because I haven’t seen another shadow like it before. I like this one over a dark liquid liner or to smoke out at night.

As the name implies, these shadows were created for the Pro line and are intended to last alllll damn day (and night). As someone who struggles with creasing, I will try anything that might save me from becoming a hot mess by the end of the day! So far these have been great. 

Though these shadows are a bit pricey, at $24.00 CAD per shadow, they’re also HUGE. If you remember the Mega Metal shadow collection MAC came out with, you can use that as a comparison point – these are exactly the same size.

For those of you who prefer numbers, these contain 3.4 g or 0.11 US oz. Compare this to their regular shadow that cost $18.00 CAD (or $14.00 CAD for a refill pan) and contain 1.5 g or 0.05 US oz. This means they have more than double the product for an extra $6-10. A deal by anyone’s reckoning!

These are Pro shadows, but they’re available at some MAC regular storefronts as well as their online site. I highly recommend checking them out!

Ratings:
Packaging: 4/5
Product quality: 5/5
Worth the price? Definitely!
Would I purchase again? Yes.

Cruelty-Free? Yes – appears on PETA’s Cruelty-Free list.

Where to find it: MAC in store and online.

MAC – Eyeshadow in Bitter

20 Oct
Every makeup enthusiast needs a bright lime green shadow. Right? That’s what I thought. I decided to try this one out, because I like that it is a little more yellow toned than a lot of greens out there. It’s a velvet finish, too, so it’s not quite as flat of a colour as a lot of the matte bright shades.
I have to admit, however, that it was much cooler as an idea than an actual purchase – I’ve played with it, but haven’t yet found a look I’d want to wear out of the house! It can work well as a liner – I like it as a second line above an intense black liner. It looks particularly stunning on ladies (and fellas ūüėČ with darker skin tones, because the contrast will really make it pop!
The final verdict? Easier to work with than a matte bright, gorgeous if used sparingly, but definitely not for everyone!
Ratings:

Packaging: 4/5 

Product quality: 4/5
Worth the price? If you are a fan of bright colours or a pro, this will be totally worth it.
Would I purchase again? I honestly don’t see myself getting a lot of use out of this one, so probably not.

Cruelty-Free?¬†Yes – appears on¬†PETA’s Cruelty-Free list.
Where to find it: MAC in store and online.

Nars – Eyeshadows (Duos and Singles)

20 Sep

Nars Shadow Duos

It’s taken me awhile to warm up to Nars. The first shadows I bought were hard to work with and had crappy colour payoff. I persevered, however, and discovered that over time, they seemed to loosen up and I could collect more powder per brush stroke, and the payoff improved. I’ve been experimenting with different Nars shadows – both singles and duos since. Here are the results.

 L-R: Elsa, Brumes, Underworld
  • Elsa: I just got this one, and honestly I haven’t used it much yet. The shades are light blue and lilac, with a frosty finish. I think they’d be great over other colours to add a subtle shimmer, or as a subtle wash.
  • Brumes: This is one of my favourites. Both colours are matte, one is a greyed mid-tone brown, and the other is a bluish-grey slate colour. I like using them instead of pencil or cream liner along the lash line for a softer daytime look.
  • Underworld: I love the name of this duo – and it’s perfect for the shades. One is an ethereal pale silver, the other is a rich, deep blue shimmer. They’re great together, but can also be worn alone or with other shadows. I love the sheen the silver carries, and it wears into the lid well.
Clockwise from top: Cheyenne, Kalahari, Bohemian Gold
  • Cheyenne: The burgundy in this duo is beautiful and it works well with purples or mauves. I find shades like this look stunning on hazel and green eyes, since the red undertones will draw out the green in the eyes. The orange tone doesn’t appeal to me all that much – I don’t tent to use oranges – but if you’re into them, this is a nice one.
  • Kalahari: This is the first Nars duo I ever purchased. I didn’t like this all that much at first as I found that it was hard to get good payoff. But over time using it seemed to loosen up the powder a bit and it’s easier to work with now (this has been the case for a few Nars shadows). These really need a base to make the most of their colour, though. The shade on the left is a neutral bronze brown that I love alone or paired with slightly darker shades. The other shade is a lovely bruised plum that has a hint of purple and looks amazing on hazel eyes. Again, great as a neutral daytime shade!
  • Bohemian Gold: This is an interesting duo. The darker orange (though, as I said, I’m not big on oranges) has a slight pink duochrome and is quite a unique shade. The lighter peach shade, however, I absolutely love on the lid with a black line for a simple, elegant look. It’s deceptive in the pan, though. It seems quite neutral, but when applied the orange pops out and it looks more peach than expected.
Clockwise from top: Wicked, Star Sailor, Caravaggio
  • Wicked: I’m assuming this is based on the book/musical, since it has a light green and shimmery white. Honestly it’s more of a gimmick duo than anything else, and it doesn’t really stand out from the collection.
  • Star Sailor: This duo reminds me of olive and moss. The lighter shade is a gold mustard, while the other is a deep green/brown shimmer. Wearable, and would complement hazel and brown eyes beautifully.
  • Caravaggio: Super bright! If you want dramatic shades and are someone who likes to make a bold statement with your shadow, this is for you. The purple can be toned down if layered or paired with mauve shades. Be careful with the pink if you have pale skin, because anything that’s deep pink or red-based can make eyes look tired and irritated.
 Clockwise from top: Ondine, Night Fever, Night Porter, New York, Nepal

I only have a few Nars single shadows because I tend to think they’re quite pricey, despite being a good amount of product. There are a few nice shades, however:

  • Ondine: Light lilac/mauve with gold shimmer. This one reminds me of MAC’s Trax, only much cooler and without the slight berry tinge.
  • Night Fever: Black with red shimmer. This is nearly an exact dupe for MAC’s Beauty Marked. Similarly, this must be pressed onto a tacky base (like a paint pot) to show up the red in it, and does better on a black base.
  • Night Porter: Like Night Fever, only with green shimmer instead of red and more green tone to the base colour. Dark forest green that can be used for a green smoky eye – quite a unique shade.
  • New York: I absolutely love this shade. It’s one of the only matte Nars shadows I have, and it’s a truly gorgeous muted plum red earthtone.
  • Nepal: This was the first Nars shadow I ever purchased. It’s a pretty neutral colour – pink/beige shimmer. I like this all over the lid with a dark, strong line for a classic look.

I’d recommend proceeding with caution when purchasing Nars shadows. They don’t always give the best payoff, and some are strictly for the adventurous type! They’re quite pricey – though you get a fair amount of product for your dollar – so they’re not for those who prefer to keep their makeups to the basics and the best value for money. Given their price, I wouldn’t recommend stretching your beauty dollars for these over other high-end brands. At the very least, I recommend playing with them a bit in the store and viewing swatches in daylight before committing.

Ratings:
Packaging: 5/5
Product quality: 4/5 (quality of shadows varies – some are great, some are hard to work with)
Worth the price? Some I’d say definitely, but not all of them, since they’re very pricey. Purchase with caution if you’re on a budget!
Would I purchase again? It’s hard to say. They do come with a lot of product, so they’ll last a long time. Which is good, considering the cost.
Cruelty-Free? Still looking into it.

Where to find it: Sephora in store and online. Nars online. The Bay department store (Nars Counter).

MAC – Blogger’s Obsessions Eye Shadows

12 Aug
 L-R: Parisian Skies; Hocus Pocus; Sparkle Neely, Sparkle!, Jealousy Wakes
If you’re not a die-hard MAC fan who subscribes to their emails, reads popular beauty bloggers and pops by the store frequently (i.e. enough that they know your name), you might have missed this collection entirely. There’s a reason for that. It was only released online – appropriate, really, when you know the background of this particular collection.
MAC selected a handful of well-known (and well-loved) beauty bloggers and let them do what we all really, really wish we could – create their own MAC product. Not only did they get to come up with a shade and name for their creation, they actually got to go to the MAC factory to participate hands-on in the process of bringing their product to life.
This collection is the result of that hard work and vision.
In the end, though I was tempted by everything, I decided just to get the eyeshadows. There were some lovely shades of Lipglass, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, I have a lot of Lipglasses and almost never wear any of them because they’re just too darn sticky!
The eyeshadows, on the other hand, are all absolutely gorgeous (I have to admit – I got backups of Hocus Pocus and Sparkle Neely, Sparkle!). Here are the shade descriptions:
  • Parisian Skies (S) – This is an amazing shade. It really is like a blue sky that is just slightly overcast – muted blue with grey undertones. This one was created by Lesley Ellen Mirza, resident blogger at Lipstick Powder N Paint.
  • Hocus Pocus (VP) – If I had to pick a favourite from this collection, Hocus Pocus would be it. I have a hard time describing this colour. the MAC description calls it “dark sooty grey with silver pearl,” but I feel like I see hints of really dark green in there as well. It’s a great colour for the crease of lashline, and is absolutely gorgeous to create a smoky eye. The creative genius behind this particular product is Lianne Farbes, who blogs at The Makeup Girl.
  • Sparkle Neely, Sparkle! (VP) – At first glance, this colour didn’t really do much for me. It seemed a bit too red/orange for my colouring and I don’t like sparkles. But I looked around online and found some swatches and looks and it looked really great in the pictures, so I decided I’d give it a chance. Boy, am I glad I did! The sparkles don’t really show up (which, I suppose, may be a disappointment to many, but which made me really happy!) and the brown looks much cooler on the eye than it does in the pot. It’s become one of my go-to colours for neutral daytime looks – I even got a backup! Creator Amber Katz can be found at Beauty Blogging Junkie.
  • Jealousy Wakes (VP) – I’m afraid I have to cheat on the description of this shadow too, because it’s really hard to describe! It’s described as “emerald green with teal and gold pearl.” Spot on. I’m not huge on bright colours – particularly greens – but this is definitely one worth adding to the collection because I can guarantee you haven’t already got one like it! You can thank Christine Mielke from Temptalia for this one!
 
 L-R: Parisian Skies; Hocus Pocus; Sparkle Neely, Sparkle!; Jealousy Wakes
There are still some of these left, so head on over to MAC – quick!
Ratings:
Packaging: 4/5 (as always Рpoint off for not being easily de- and re-pottable!)
Product quality: 5/5
Worth the price? Definitely!
Would I purchase again? Oh, if only I could!

Cruelty-Free?¬†Yes – appears on¬†PETA’s Cruelty-Free list.
Where to find it: MAC in store and online.