10 Shades of Cool-Toned Neutral Eyeshadows

After I’ve reviewed a lot of palettes, one of the questions I get asked every so often is to provide recommendations for more of a do-it-yourself option. This post are some of my top picks for a cool-toned, neutral-themed “palette,” so-to-speak, though to balance, there should be a few more your-skin-but-better kind of shades (will depend on your skin tone) for highlighting, all-over, and transitioning. I chose shades that are permanently available individually that were under $20 each. I also skewed towards medium/dark shades, as the right shade of lighter/light-medium or all-over lid color will depend on skin tone. For some additional shades of browns (which I don’t have full reviews for/good photos, so they’re hard to include visually), also consider MAC Concrete, Mystery, and Copperplate.

  1. MAC Typographic — a soft, blendable dark gray with a matte finish
  2. Urban Decay Mushroom — a shimmery, cool-toned taupe
  3. Make Up For Ever #79 — a deep, purpled plum
  4. Inglot #326 — a deepened, cool-toned brown with reddish tones and a matte finish
  5. Maybelline Tough as Taupe — a creamy, cool-toned taupe with a mauve tint–I know, you can’t stick it into a palette, but it’s such a great budget-friendly cool-toned shade
  6. Inglot #434 — a shimmering, purplish taupe
  7. Makeup Geek Galaxy — a cool-toned, shimmery gray
  8. Inglot #350 — a cool-toned, light-medium beige with a matte finish
  9. Inglot #324 — a light gray with a matte finish
  10. Urban Decay Blackout — deep, dark matte black

What cool-toned neutral eyeshadows would you recommend?

5 Shades of Radiant Orchid for Eyes

You know what I look forward to? Seeing some radiantorchideyes eyeliners. Those are few and far between, particularly for permanently available options. I also look forward to seeing some intensely pigmented, radiantorchideyes-hued matte eyeshadows–or at least, that’s my hope.

What are your favorite orchid-hued eyeshadows/eyeliners?

5 Shades of Radiant Orchid for Lips & Tips

Now that 2014 has kicked off, and I’m sure you’ve heard that Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid.  I know we’ll see plenty of new introductions of the color throughout the year, but I know that we’ve seen the color before–and you may already have some in your stash!  Here are a few of my picks for wearing radiant orchid on your lips or your tips…

What are your favorite orchid-hued lip colors and nail polishes?

Top 10 of 2013: The Round-Up

All in all, with my top ten lists, I’ve now shared 100 of my favorite beauty shades and products that I’ve discovered during 2013! I have rated and reviewed over 2,445 shades/products since January 1st. I’ve enjoyed reflecting back on what I’ve tried and reviewed, and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my picks–because I know I’ve loved reading yours. They always give me suggestions on what products and formulas to try next year!  In case you missed any, here are my top tens:

Thank you for an incredible 2013! There’s really no adequate way to express my gratitude for having your support and readership. Sometimes I can’t believe how much this blog has grown. You have no idea how much your comments mean to me, how you continually motivate me to do better each and every day, and for how knowledgeable, kind, and supportive you are. I wish you much happiness and good health in the upcoming year–may 2014 be better in every way for you! 🙂

Top 10 of 2013: Best Eyeshadows (Cream & Powder)

When it comes to eyeshadows, by and large, most of the ones covered these days are found in palettes! There are definitely plenty of reviews of singles, but palettes outnumber them easily. To compile this list, though, I only think it’s fair to focus on the singles (that’s why there’s a whole top ten for palettes, so they’re not left out!) that made my heart pitter-patter and go all aflutter.  As always, I tried to go across formulas and colors, picking the best of the best, though I couldn’t help myself from choosing two from Dior’s new cream formula.

What eyeshadows captured your attention this past year?

10 Most Disappointing Beauty Products of 2013

Not everything released in the past year was impressive, and some products were downright disappointing! When I worked on compiling this list, I thought about cringe-worthy products; ones that I can’t wrap my head around at all. These are products that truly disappointed me with their performance and quality.  Every single brand mentioned below has products I love but not every product can be a winner.

What were the most disappointing beauty products you tried this past year?