Sydney Grace Lunar Illumination is a neutral-toned, medium-dark lavender with a metallic finish. It is an eyeshadow that is permanent in these palettes: On the Horizon (Light), On the Horizon (Deep), and Temptalia Collection.
Lunar Illumination is a rosy lavender with a golden, high-shine, metallic sheen. It's more of a neutral-to-warm lavender base with a warmer, golden sheen that gives it a warmer look, particularly with a lot of light, and a slightly cooler, grungier tone in low light. It has a firmer press compared to some of the other shimmers in the palette, which what helped it have a really smooth sheen and look more "melted" on the lid. You may find lightly pushing (not jabbing!) picks up more product than simply sweeping, and it does soften slightly after one or two uses.
Inspiration: From the beginning, I wanted a moody, purple-taupe with a very intense, high-shine finish, and we ended up with a murkier, almost grayish-lavender base with a more golden sheen.
Behind the Name: The shade name is in reference to Lunar New Year, which is one of the traditions I grew up observing (and still observe) as part of my Vietnamese heritage.
It was envisioned as a "high-shine, very smooth/reflective purple-taupe with pink and gold sparkle." The first round of loose color samples included two versions, and I opted for A, which was pretty much exactly what I had in mind. The third loose color sample was a little too cool-toned, while the fourth, hand-pressed version got quite a bit darker and grayer than the prior version. The fifth, machine-pressed version brought the color back to the loose color sample, and it was approved in late January 2021.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
Our pressed pigment shadows are smooth and pigmented. We use very high quality ingredients and formulate our shadows to have very high pigmentation, great color payoff, and little fallout. Blends like a dream and lasts all day long. We offer a money back guarantee, because we know you will love them! Each shadow comes in a 26mm metal pan and contains approx. 1.8 grams of product.
Silk Mica (Mica (77019), Boron Nitride, L-Lysine Mica (Mica 77019 and Lauroyl Lysine), Caranuba Mica (Mica 77019 and Caranuba Wax), Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate ((+/- Mica (Mica 77019), Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Green (CI77288), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 778161), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (77007), Silica, *Synthetic Flurophylogopite, Zinc (CI 77947), Bronze and Copper Powder (CI 77400), Nylon 12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol)), aluminum powder
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