I love that there is a mix of mattes and shimmers and the palette. All of the shades are so beautiful, and I knew instantly that I would be able to get lots of use out of these colours. It also comes with a mini Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, which is always nice to have included in a palette. I really like the formula of this primer, it keeps my shadow on fairly well on my oily lids, but I still have too much love for NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. The formula of the matte shadows definitely outshines the gorgeous shimmers because they blend amazingly and are so pigmented. They are a little powdery, but as long as I tap my brush before I apply, it’s totally fine. The shimmers are absolutely stunning, but there is a lot of fall out (as I expected) so I do my base last when I use these shadows. Simple fix, but it a little bit of an annoyance.
I’ve been wearing this tonal makeup look a lot over the last couple months. Although all the products used are in the same colour family, this makeup doesn’t seem matchy. It’s very simple to do, works well for everyday but feels more adventurous than my usual neutral eyes.
The star of the show is definitely Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M600, a matte cool pink-brown shadow. I like to layer my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded on the lid and inner corner before applying the shadow. It is a creamy pale beige with a hint of pink and I find using this before shadow allows a bit of shimmer to peak through. The rest of the face is matte, so this step brings some focus to the eyes.
I warm up my complexion with some of The Body Shop Bronzing Powder in 01 which adds a natural glow to the face without being orange or containing any shimmer. This is hardly even detectable on the cheeks but it does pair really nicely with Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed. This nude pink blush pairs so well with any look because it appears to be a natural flush. I can’t stop wearing this blush, and it pairs so wonderfully with this eyeshadow because it’s the exact tone, only a few shades lighter.
Lastly, a swipe of a tinted balm is my lip product of choice. I recently picked up NYX Butter Lip Balm in Brownie and think I’ve worn it everyday over the last 3 weeks. It smells delicious and offers a slight colour payoff, but keeps my lips feeling hydrated in this cold weather. It also happens to perfectly match this lip and eye combo!
If I had to choose only one beauty product to use for the rest of my life (but please don’t make me) , I can confidently say that would be mascara. Longer, more defined lashes make a massive difference to my eyes. It’s one of the first makeup products I started using and I pretty much wear it daily. Unfortunately, I can’t stick to just one formula or brand. I typically opt for dramatic formulas offering both volume and length though. Even still, there are far too many to choose from! I always have a few mascaras on rotation, and so today I thought I’d share my current staples with you:
Essence I Love Extreme is a very dramatic, extra dark formula that costs only a couple dollars. In the warmer months I did find it to transfer quite a bit, but as I’m no longer oily it’s great (I also think because I’ve let it dry out I prefer it now). Alternatively, Covergirl Clump Crusher (Water Resistant) is a much more natural looking lash as the wand separates and lengthens without looking over the top. I do tend to use this on an every day basis because I know it will work with just about anything I have going on. It really doesn’t budge and can be layered up to create more drama. L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga is the most dramatic of the mascaras I have right now. When I want my eyes to be very defined but can’t be bothered with shadows or liner, I opt for this because it goes on thick in just one swipe. For the sample sizes, I’ve been using Urban Decay Perversion a lot, it’s a good formula, but to be honest I don’t entirely love it. I always layer the Covergirl Clump Crusher overtop to make sure it doesn’t melt off. And lastly, Smashbox Full Exposure has become my newest love. It defines and yet has a fluttery look that I can’t quite describe. Once this mini runs out, I will probably have to purchase, however I would love a great drugstore alternative.
Not only are these all my go-to products, but it’s a pretty simple look, which makes it really wearable for everyday. In this look I’m using all of the contents, but there are times when I use only a couple products. I must say I’m very happy with the versatility of my makeup bag at the moment!
Be sure to head over to my post on Davina’s blog to see what products I’ve used!