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For me, it’s a lot of trial and error.  I love coral and peach blushes with blues, greens, and teals–as well as pinks and golds, depending on the overall look.  Browns and neutrals go well with most blushes, and if you have a very light eye and lip, a heavier, darker cheek works nicely.  I love beige, brown, and nude shades to pair with neutral and smoky looks.  Cooler-toned blushes like plums and cotton candy pinks work better for me when I pair them with a cooler-toned lip (and tend to coordinate with gray, pink, and plum eyeshadows).

— Christine

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Urban Decay Peace Deluxe Eyeshadow


Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Peace ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) describes this as a “shimmering turquoise,” though I’d describe it as a brightened sky blue on me. It’s the color of turquoise beads, which are rather blue, so depending on your interpretation of turquoise, this may be more or less what you expect. With a Deluxe Eyeshadow finish, it’s ultra smooth, almost creamy (but it is a powder), and highly pigmented.

It’s like a shimmery version of Urban Decay Electric, as well as a slightly darker Painkiller. Inglot #415 has a golden sheen, which gives it less of a true blue look. Make Up For Ever #83 is a darker blue.

The downside to this product was actually the packaging–the clear, plastic lid that covers the top of the eyeshadow compact keeps popping off.

Urban Decay Peace Deluxe Eyeshadow

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10
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10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Browns (Part 1)


MAC Tete-a-Tint Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Browns (Part 1)

As promised, here are even more brown MAC Eyeshadows ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) — I have a few more palettes to work through, including more neutrals (which include more browns, too).

Tete-a-Tint is a soft, medium-dark peach-brown with a Matte2 finish. It is now discontinued. Inglot #337 is similar but less warm–more of a brown than tinted with burnt peach.
Amber Lights is a rich, warm-toned coppery bronze with a frost finish. Inglot #405 is similar, perhaps more bronze than golden.
Soft Brown is a muted, medium-dark tan brown with a matte finish. Inglot #337 is closer to Soft Brown than it is to Tete-a-Tint.
Bamboo is a soft, yellowed brown with a matte finish.
Motif is a pale yellow with a duochrome of pink iridescence. It has a frost finish.
Arena is a softened, medium beige-brown with a satin finish.  Illamasqua’s Furore is similar but a little more orange.
Espresso is a neutral, dark brown with a matte finish.
Mystery is a cool-toned, gray-brown with a satin finish.
Smut is a cool-toned, charcoal brown with burgundy shimmer and a velvet finish.
Satin Taupe is a dark taupe with a frost finish. Bare Escentuals Meteorite is similar.
Romp is a medium-dark, golden brown with a frost finish. Urban Decay Rush is similar to Romp, but it’s less golden.

Shades like Amber Lights, Romp, and Satin Taupe are some of MAC’s standout eyeshadows within their entire permanent range. Whether the colors are ones you’d wear or not, these are highly pigmented, smooth-textured, and so easy to blend. I have found that the neutral range of mattes is a cinch to work with; they really aren’t fussy–not powdery, chalky, or poorly pigmented. Soft Brown is one of MAC’s bestselling eyeshadow shades. Arena works so lovely as an all-over lid color because it has a subtle sheen but still remains rather sedate. Mystery and Smut are nice browns for those with cooler undertones. The only shade that falls a little short is Motif, which has a slightly gritty texture and less than perfect color payoff.

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Browns (Part 1)

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9
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10
Longevity
4
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Laura Mercier Fall 2011 Canyon Collection


Laura Mercier Fall 2011 Canyon Collection

This season, Laura’s inspiration comes from the beauty of the earth, with its burning sunsets of ambered gold, lush green foliage and rustic copper canyons. The overall look is balanced between eyes, lips and cheeks. Cheeks are dusted in sunset inspired hues. Eye Colours in canyon clay, pine bronze and cedar are paired with soft golden highlights. The look is finished with lush lips in shades of russet, rose and sienna.

Cheek Melange ($40.00)

  • Canyon Sunset Sunset inspired hues for adding a warm glow (Limited Edition)

Eye Colour ($22.00)

  • Canyon Clay Sateen finish (Limited Edition)
  • Chocolate Luster finish (Limited Edition)
  • Pine Bronze Sateen finish (Limited Edition)
  • Cedar Sateen finish (Limited Edition)

Lip Glace ($22.00)

  • Quartz (New, Permanent)
  • Mauve Plum (New, Permanent)
  • Desert Rose (New, Permanent)
  • Brick (Limited Edition)

Creme Lip Colour ($22.00)

  • Bing Cherry (New, Permanent)
  • Espresso (New, Permanent)

availability: vailable on counters in July 2011 at www.lauramercier.com, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and select Belk, Blue Mercury, Lord & Taylor, and Macys.

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Giorgio Armani Copper/Black Grey (15) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow


Giorgio Armani Copper/Black Grey (15) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Copper/Black Grey (15) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Copper/Black Grey (15) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is slightly cool-toned bronzy brown with a hint of taupe in it.  There’s a muted quality about the overall color that makes it a really wearable but rich brown.   It works well whether it is used dry or wet–when used wet, it seems like the color has a warmer undertone.  The finish is a reflective, metallic sheen with a bronzy-gold micro-shimmer.

The texture of the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows is interesting; it’s a really compacted loose powder, but it’s so finely milled that it almost feels like a hybrid cream-powder. Each pot contains 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a good amount, given that most pressed eyeshadows average around 0.05 oz. I have worn around half of the range alone on lids with 12+ hours of wear without creasing, smudging, or fading.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow #15
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#15
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
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