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5 Smoldering Cool-Toned Taupe Eyeshadows

The world could always use more cool-toned taupe eyeshadows (that are permanent!), and here are five of my current favorites:

  1. Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray — a shimmery taupe
  2. Dior Aventure — a gray-taupe with a frosted finish
  3. Giorgio Armani Shadow — a cool-toned, purple taupe
  4. ColourPop Meow — a frosted, purply taupe
  5. Inglot #434 — a rich, deep taupe with cool undertones

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Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink, D862 Fairly Pink, I824 Ocher Pink Artist Shadows

Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, cool-toned light pink with a pearly, almost metallic, sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, dense texture that was a cinch to work with. It wore well for almost nine hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Sugar Plum (P, $5.00) is less metallic. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $3.99) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) is lighter MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is similar. bareMinerals Muse (P) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D862 Fairly Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a sparkling, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish with sparkle. It had good color payoff, though not quite opaque, that was buildable to fully opaque color very easily. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. It adhered well without a fuss, and the color itself lasted well for almost nine hours, but I did have some fall out over time. Colour Pop Bubbly (P, $5.00) is a cream product. MAC Noble Descent (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Paper Roses (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Rose des Vents (94) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is similar. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) iis similar. MAC Love Power (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Le Metier de Beaute Gamine (LE, $30.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a copper-red with warm undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had excellent color payoff–a little goes a long way–with a buttery, dense, and smooth consistency that applied like a dream. This shade really exemplifies what makes the Artist Shadow range so fantastic. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Satin (LE) is slightly warmer. Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is darker, cream. MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Sonic (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is lighter. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Kat Von D WTF (LE) is more muted. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (P, $9.99) is redder. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Saffron (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Coppering (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Make Up For Ever I318, I212, ME232 Artist Shadows

Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a lightly brightened, pastel green with warm, yellow undertones and a subtle sparkle and pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth, creamy consistency that bordered on feeling more like a cream eyeshadow than a powder one. The texture remained blendable on the lid, adhered well to bare skin, and wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. Make Up For Ever I330 Linden Green (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had full color coverage with a lightly creamy, blendable texture that was easy to use. On me, it lasted well for nine hours before fading. Hello Kitty Dear Daniel (LE) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker. NARS Rated R #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Winkle (P, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals On the Rocks (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Eve ME232 Turquoise Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, blue-teal with a hint of gold shimmer and frosted finish. It was incredibly pigmented and a little goes a long, long way. The consistency is soft, dense, and buttery and goes on the same way. It started to fade after nine and a half hours of wear. Makeup Geek Poolside (P, $5.99) is darker, more muted. Kat Von D Bukowski (LE) is bluer. Disney by Sephora Blue Lagoon (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Sephora Collection Surfin’ USA (14) (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is bluer. Urban Decay Peace (DC, $18.00) is bluer. Maybelline Tenacious Teal (P, $6.99 is bluer.) Make Up For Ever #83 (DC, $20.00) is darker. Inglot #415 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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5 Shades of Peach for Spring

Peach is often like the lighter, softer version of coral, as you can find pink-leaning peach shades or more orange-leaning peach shades, so there is usually a shade that will work for someone! There are even more peachy-beige kind of shades that are more neutral. I love peach on the eyes, whether as an eyeliner or on the center or inner lid. The center of lid is great to really brighten, especially if you use darker, more contrasting shades on the inner/outer areas of the lid. The inner tear duct is a nice place for a pop of more shimmery peach that I find helps to open up eyes.

  1. Bite Beauty Leche — a satin-finished, medium peach lip color
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight — a peach with champagne shimmer and warm undertones that works as a highlighter or subtle blush
  3. L’Oreal Highlighter (230) — brighten eyes with this peachy-pink eyeliner
  4. Make Up For Ever #I524 Pinky Beige — a light-medium peach with a pearly sheen to brighten eyes
  5. YSL Tender Peach (26) — a glossy, pink-tinted peach lipstick

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5 Shades of Lavender for Spring

It’s awesome to see that in 2015, finding the right shade of lavender is easier than ever, whether you prefer it on your lips, nails, cheeks, or eyes. Here are a few of my favorites for spring!

  1. ColourPop Brills — a pinky-lavender lipstick with a satin finish
  2. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer — a pop of pinky-lavender for cheeks
  3. MAC Full of Joy — a pale lavender purple with a satin finish for cheeks
  4. Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck — a muted lavender with a hint of pink with a cream finish for nails
  5. Make Up For Ever I918 Lavender — a cool-toned, pop of lavender purple for eyes

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Make Up For Ever D552, ME644, I628, ME614, S502 Artist Shadows

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, pewter-gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s like a mix of gold, taupe, and gray, and I find it’s very brightening on the lid. The shade is richly pigmented with a soft, almost creamy consistency, that goes on like butter over the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It’s very smooth and had excellent color payoff that was easy to work with and blend on the skin. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture is ridiculously smooth and soft with a buttery, dense feel. It slides over the skin smoothly with intense pigmentation. It really was a dream to work with, and even better, it lasted for nine and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deepened brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was very soft and dense, and it was just slightly prone to thickening on the skin in the way that almost-cream-like-powders can. The pigmentation was incredible as a little went a long way. The color did last well for almost ten hours, though! See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned beige (there’s an almost gray cast over it) with a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dense but not really thin either. It felt a lot like a cream-powder hybrid to the touch. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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I628 Reptile
I628 Reptile
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