The basic smokey eye | Graphites in the evening

Monday, February 6, 2012

I think one of the reasons why I’m so crazy about Graphites (Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette$40) is because it’s so low-maintenance – one quad, two brushes, and you’ve got an entire smokey eye at your fingertips.

I did this look to test out wear time, but ended up taking photos of it anyways. (Don’t look at me like that; my total lack of self-control is surprisingly okay with me.) I used Ellis Faas E209 as a base, and it confirmed my suspicions: awful packaging, but the wear time is so much better than most eye primers or cream shadows, on my lids.

For colour, this is mainly the satin black in the palette – foiled onto the outer corner, then buffed and blended liberally across the rest of the lid. A bit of the dark grey to soften the edges, a touch of the pearly hilight in the inner corner, and then a smidgen of that gorgeous, dimensional light silver in the middle of the lid & blended to the sides.

On the cheeks, I believe I’ve got on Estée Lauder Blush All Day in Plum – my first-ever blusher, actually; long since discontinued but one that I still use with alarming frequency. I’m not entirely sure what I have on my lips, but Burt’s Bees Pink Blossom (review) or one of these Clinique Chubby Sticks would be my best guess – I’ve been reaching for both quite a lot recently.

P.S More Graphites

For starters, the teaser for this post can be found here, and the review, here. I’ve used the palette in quite a few looks, by now; I can’t think of any other palette that I’ve posted on more than twice! (Yes, alright, hush; it’s completely normal for a beauty blogger to have a product attention span that’s this alarmingly short.)

Anyhow; if you want a testament to the flexibility of Graphites, check out this faux-gloss tutorial, this soft grey smokey eye, and this gold and black smokey eye. (The last is a favourite of mine – I love a good black & gold combination!)

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51 Responses to “The basic smokey eye | Graphites in the evening”

  1. Ugh! I love your face. :)
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  2. GORGEOUS! I love how clean your photos are and how the shadows bring out your beautiful eyes. :)
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  3. Yeah, I'm really loving these shots! So mysterious like.

    And seriously. The beauty blogger fickleness is killing me. I need to focus!
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  4. mostlysunnybunny, on February 6th, 2012 at 10:41 am said:

    Yum yum, definitely gorgeous! I love gold and black. Wait, I take that back, I love gold with everything else! I always highlight the center of my lids with gold when I do a smokey eye. It's instant dimension and glam!
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  5. This is the type of smokey-eye look I'd go for! And yes, you're quite normal to have that kind of attention span to eye palettes… i assume you have tons in your stash that it's gonna be some work if you'd post bout it twice, heee :D

    Love the last pic. The pearly gold color on the inner corner going down the inner bottom is just gorgeous.
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  6. dani@callitbeauty, on February 6th, 2012 at 1:49 pm said:

    LOVELOVELOOOOVE! I'm obsessed with that outer corner <3.

    p.s.
    Now tell us how you took photos of your FOTD at night! :p
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  7. messywands, on February 6th, 2012 at 6:07 pm said:

    I know right?
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  8. Shh, shhh, I love both of your faces more.

    (Seriously, though. FOTD posts on Glitter Geek and Messy Wands are like a swift kick to the self-esteem! It would be tragic, except they're so pretty that I don't even feel pain anymore.)

  9. Haha, thank you! And yes, I absolutely have to echo your love for gold. I think particularly on Asian skintones, because we tend to have that yellowness underneath – it's just lovely.

  10. Ha! Thank you for reasserting my normality :P But yeah; there's just SO much stuff to try – I always try to figure out what my favourite bloggers use again and again as well, because then you really know it's good!

    (P.S. Want to know a secret? I didn't actually put anything on my inner lower lashline this time 'round – that's just a trick of the lighting! :o)

  11. <3 Thank you, my dear!!

    I'm trying to come together with a post, but I'm not sure it can be done! *worried look* The constituent parts of the process are all really easy, but ugh, there are just so MANY of them! :/

  12. fabulouslyfrugirl, on February 6th, 2012 at 7:12 pm said:

    I really love this look. It's smokey but not too over the top, I'd love to try something like this out.

    Would there be similar colours you'd recommend for this using the Sephora moonbaked shadow palette? I have a very limited stash.

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  13. So pretty! I think every time after you do a look with this palette, I say I'm going to copy you and end up ignoring all my eye shadows. I'll try to remember tomorrow morning. :)
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  14. Obsessed with that first shot! And your face in general. Can you share some pretty with the rest of us, Rae? Please?
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  15. I agree Eliis Faas' packaging is so very lovely to look at but is awful if you're going to actually use it :/
    can't wait for your errmm..nighttime photo taking post :P
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  16. Oooh, very very nice! You have me wanting Clarins eyeshadows now so I must go check them out soon

  17. Your smokey eye looks modern and chic and CLEAN :) I love it so much! I think I can try this! Thanks fro your inspiration! :)
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  18. Your version of the smokey eye is so natural and flattering on you.
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  19. Happy Chinadoll, on February 6th, 2012 at 11:16 pm said:

    Very pretty. I love how your smoky eyes looks.

  20. Jamilla, on February 7th, 2012 at 12:03 am said:

    A delectable look!

  21. That's some pretty awesome blending!!

  22. Bun Bun Makeup Tips, on February 7th, 2012 at 8:36 pm said:

    I love black and gold combinations too! Are you gonna show us how you took those awesome pictures? :D
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  23. Thank you! Glad you liked the look :)

    You wouldn't be able to dupe this exactly with the Moonshadow palette, as it features much chunkier shimmer and lacks a black or dark grey, but you could probably get something similar – try the silver (bottom row, first shadow) in the center of your lid for the majority of the colour, the dark brown (bottom row, second shadow) to add depth, and the ivory or gold (top row, first or third) in the inner corner. Hope that helps!

  24. Liiiiiizzzzz.

    Did you do it? Didja? (I bet you didn't. *pokes*)

  25. Ha! Nope, sorry, not for the sharing. I don't have enough as it is! :P

  26. >.< I keep trying to put one together, but it's just not happening! Too many elements to cover – each one is easy to do, but there are just a lot of components.

    Will possibly try to see if I can film it instead; that *might* be easier.

  27. Thank you, my dear! Do check out a Clarins counter sometime; I'm quite happy with the quads I have : )

  28. Aww, thank you! I'm so glad you liked the look, hon :)

  29. Thanks, Rola!

  30. Thank you! :)

  31. Thanks, Jamilla :) x

  32. Thanks, Jess!

  33. If I can manage it! *breaks down in tears*

  34. Loving the new photography style, so elegant! And the smokey eye with Graphites is perfection.

  35. <3 Thank you, darling. Probably won't take all of the photos this way in the future (some looks just need some sunlight, you know?) but it'll definitely pop up now & again! Esp, in the winter, most likely.

  36. bloominbeauty, on February 8th, 2012 at 8:14 pm said:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the style of this post! :)

  37. Aww, thanks honey! ;o)

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  40. This is SO BEAUTIFUL!!
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  47. you have no signs of eyebags. i'm soo jealous. lol. i think its because my eyes are so big and bulgy. even though this is a smoky eye this look is so beautifully subtle on you.
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  48. Ridiculous! You barely have undereye bags, Jackie. (Yes, I blog-stalked you a bit to confirm this. And oh my god, face envy!! I would kill for your lids.)

    Really glad you liked this look – thank you! ;o)

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