Purple, Pink, Delightful, Mermaid, Blue, Teal
Reader Edda recently started selling her own cosmetics line, EO Cosmetics, on Etsy, and she asked me to review some of the mineral eyeshadows. I told her to send me colors she thought she liked, and she excelled at that! The five sample colors she sent are all bold and vibrant, and they’re definitely colors I’d use in a look. My favorite was Mermaid, which is a pastel-ish like teal with a slightly golden shimmer. Mineral eyeshadows work best wet, in my experience, because otherwise they just fall out everywhere since they’re loose. I pretty much treat them like MAC pigments, though EO’s are very finely milled, so they almost feel wet when you use them. Each color I tried was incredibly pigmented, which is a huge plus. Pink is a shade I’ve always wanted, but I haven’t found this shade as pigmented as EO’s.
How do you feel about mineral eyeshadows? Do you use them? Have you ever tried them?
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L’Oreal HIP is a line that’s been out for awhile, and if you’re an avid MAC fan, you might have heard them being compared to the popular brand. HIP stands for High Intensity Pigments. I have to confirm that the similarities between some of HIP’s products and MAC’s. Pictured above are three new additions to the HIP line: Eyeshadow duos in Sculpted (purples) and Magnetic (blues), as well as Jelly Balm in Luscious.
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ELIZABETH ARDEN FOR FALL 2008 | Double Intrigue Eyes
This season Elizabeth Arden launches Color Intrigue Eyeshadow Duos ($24.50) in seven different color combinations. Each compact is imprinted with one of Miss Arden’s most famous beauty maxims, “To be beautiful and natural is the birthright of every woman.” Alongside the eyeshadow duos is Advanced Eye-Fix Primer ($21.50) that soothes eyelids while giving you a great base to apply these shadows over. Pair the new duos with Color Intrigue Gel Eyeliners in or Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara ($20.00) in Midnight. For the face, Elizabeth Arden Shimmer Powder ($29.50) comes in handy.
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For Autumn/Winter, Givenchy’s Dandy Collection is a nice mix of smokiness and ultra glossy lips. Givenchy continuously does an amazing job on packaging. The eyeshadow quartet is so portable and compact, and the polka-dot theme for both product packaging and the eyeshadow itself is adorable. However, don’t count on the cuteness of the black and white polka dotted eyeshadow, because the polka dots vanish upon first swipe. Givenchy shadows are well-pigmented, but what always amazes me is how utterly soft they are–like butter. The above quartet is #43 Smoky Shimmer ($49.50), and I like the polka dotted shadow the most, actually. It’s this grayish black, really sultry. A nice way to tone down a smoky eye if you don’t want to use black.
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Just a VERY short post, as I’m going to try to review eyeshadows and the like after I’ve attempted a look with them. Why this new policy? After being utterly disappointed in Dior’s Earth Tones quint in practice, swatches are proving they aren’t enough sometimes. Same with MAC’s mineralize eyeshadows–I just can’t seem to come around to them.
Bobbi Brown’s Metallics launches soon, and with it, metallic lipsticks and metallic eyeshadows. I know people will squeal and lust after the new metallic eyeshadows, because they’re very in line with Bobbi Brown, yet exciting and different. Pictured above are Java, Burnt Sugar, and Iced Blue. They aren’t all over-the-top, super shimmery metallic finishes; Iced Blue turns out a very icy blue indeed – almost like a white with some blue in it. It is frosty, and it definitely grabs your eye. Burnt Sugar and Java are much more subdued, with a subtle metallic finish – almost a soft sheen of reflection. I’m eager to check out the full launch when it hits stores!
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Global Goddess ‘Goddess Glow’ South Pacific Shimmer ($32.00) looked like a really pretty glowy blusher-highlighter. I was drawn to it because of the designs found on top of the powder, but unfortunately, the design really is just on top. The white line pattern disappears as soon as your brush hits the product. I found that this just gave me a subtle shimmer, which is nice, but it’s not something I haven’t seen before. I think I was disappointed, because I saw it having a lot of potential, and in reality, it doesn’t do anything different from products I already have. (The shimmer, also, seemed more whitish-silver, so it didn’t complement my warmer skin tone; but perhaps it would work better on cooler skin tones.) This product definitely gives you shimmer, and it really just lets me down because of the design fading away instantly–otherwise, it’s your average highlighter.
Global Goddess ‘Sizzling Serengeti’ Tribal Eyeshadow Quad in Arusha ($42.00) made me drool for months! The cool tribal pattern looks fun and lovely, and while the designs are imprinted, so they will stick around longer, the quality itself is lacking. The color pay off is decent, though the colors are somewhat subtle by nature, so I wasn’t expecting a neon purple or anything. My problem with this quad is the eyeshadows do not go on smoothly. I used a creamy neutral base before applying these, and I think I had more eyeshadow under my eye than on my eye. I’m not a makeup beginner — I know enough to be able to slap shadow on my eyes, y’know? The fact that I was using a quality brush (MAC 239, which I love and use all the time) and could barely get this to work is just not what I was expecting.For a product with this price tag, I was expecting quality closer to Chanel, Dior, etc. – not below average quality like I got.
BUT! despite these products not impressing me, the founder of Global Goddess, Shalini Vadhera, wrote Passport to Beauty, which I have been reading lately, and it is definitely worth checking out. It is filled with beauty tips from around the world, broken down by region/culture. There are a lot of home remedies/natural beauty tips, so it’s been a great read thus far. Now the book, I definitely recommend to you!