Pantone has announced that emerald green will be the color of 2013, which means expect to see about 234879234 new shades of emerald green released in beauty (and, well, everything else) next year. The good news is, for me, I adore emerald green! Here are five favorites to the tune of emerald green
385 is a subtly, cool-toned, medium-dark green with a matte finish.
372 is a medium-dark, blue-teal with a matte finish.
345 is a pale aqua blue with a matte finish. It was a touch sheer.
340 is a deep, dark blackened teal with a matte finish (but I swear, there were very tiny particles of micro-shimmer throughout — I swatched all of Inglot’s mattes first, so there was no residual shimmer from previous swatches).
338 is a darkened cornflower blue with a matte finish.
389 is a blackened blue with a hint of purple with a matte finish. This shade was a little sheer and harder to work with.
321 is a dark, purple-blue with a matte finish. Like #340, it seems like it has a little bit of micro-shimmer.
These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch. They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush. A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows). The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these. The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.
#345 and #389 were on the sheerer side, with #345 being more noticeably sheer than #389, but #389 was harder to work with as it had a drier texture and dragged a bit when swatched. I think it would be fine in practice, given it still has good (just not great) color payoff.
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