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This week’s She Said Beauty look was a really basic one — greyscale smokey eyes, as a bit of a change-up from the traditional Summer smokey eye. (Read: brights, brights, and more brights.)
I wasn’t totally crazy about this look in the end, and I think that’s just because I wasn’t crazy about the products involved. A lot of them were [boring] basics, and the others weren’t really anything to write home about, which left me kind of… underwhelmed.
Read the tutorial for the look here, or keep going for more photos.
Eyes: Sephora Collection Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey, Imju Fiberwig Extra Long Mascara in Black, MAC Eye Shadow in Blanc Type (Matte2), FaceFront Cosmetics Pressed Eye Shadow in Greyscale and Fate by Chance, MAC Pigment in Fairylite (LE, try Naked as a dupe).
Lips: GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Darling
Cheeks: MAC Powder Blush in Harmony (Matte)
MAC Cosmetics opened up a Tumblr a while back, but (and, please, correct me if I’m wrong,) I kind of feel like no one actually reads it.
Despite the fact that they post a lot of behind-the-scenes material, from tutorials to various Fashion Week looks, I very rarely hear anyone talking about the material that goes up on their photo blog. I don’t know; maybe I’m just hanging out in the wrong circles, but I feel like brands’ Tumblr pages rarely “take off,” especially when you put them in comparison with their Twitter or Facebook accounts.
Anyhow; here’s a quick look at their behind-the-scenes photos for the MAC Ruffian collection (via). Enjoy!
And a quick spread of the products (yes, there really are only six of them), in case you were curious about names & etc…
The product: tokidoki 24 Karat Skate Deck Palette
My Skate Deck palette is missing one shade (Goccia, on the bottom row), but I’ve swatched the rest of them. The tokidoki eyeshadow formula isn’t one that I go crazy over, but it’s not half bad — better than most drugstore eyeshadows, but not on par with a brand like MAC or NARS.
I’d put the formula at a solid ”just okay,” making it a good choice if you’re looking for fun, glittery shades (think Urban Decay on a smaller budget,) but I wouldn’t choose it for staple shades.
–> The top row
The top row of the Skate Deck palette contains…
- Unicorno - a matte white (base colour) accompanied by finely-milled silver shimmer.
- Stella - chunky silver glitter in a sheer, shimmery silver base.
- Ametista - a pink-violet of medium intensity, paired with fine silver (and a bit of gold) shimmer.
- Cuore - a super-sheer white-pink with finely-milled, shimmery white reflects.
- Duna - a light, smooth, shimmery gold with a bit of fine silver shimmer for depth.
- Sabbia - dense gold shimmer in a translucent white-yellow base.
Stella is definitely the most interesting shade in this palette, (and would make a gorgeous faux-gloss lid,) but I think Duna is my favourite — it’s just such a gorgeous shade, with the perfect warm gold/cool brown balance.
A few of the bottom-row shadows stain (more on that in a bit,) but none of these top-row shades do.
Swatched L-R: Unicorno, Stella, Ametista, Cuore, Duna, Sabbia.
–> The bottom row
The bottom row of the Skate Deck palette contains…
- Goccia – missing, but it should be a dark, vibrant shimmery blue.
- Adios Star – a basic black with a small amount of chunky silver glitter.
- Tempesta – a blue-violet with fine blue and silver shimmer.
- Granata – a medium-sheer mossy green with yellow undertones.
- Camo – an intense, satin-finish chocolate brown.
- 24 Karat – a pigmented, dark yellow-gold with gold shimmer.
I’m pretty much the last blogger on this bandwagon, but that’s okay. (I’m sure you’re all used to it by now.)
For their Summer 2012 colour collection, Annabelle is releasing (has released? is planning to release? I have absolutely no idea what’s in drugstores right now) two limited-edition products: a Caribbean Sun Biggy Bronzing Powder, and a rather exciting ten-shade Hawaïan Hues Eyeshadow Palette.
Reviews and swatches upcoming, but for now, enjoy these photos of the products! It’s a small summer offering (probably because the palette, instead of just being a single or duo eyeshadow, covers everything from light grey to golden-yellow and shimmery blue-green), but it’s just… I don’t even really know what to say.
The products are just so summery. It’s like someone took “summery” and threw it in a pot and simmered until it boiled down to two super-summery products rather than ten mildly-summery products.
Terms like “super-summery” are generally a cue that I should stop blabbing, so I’ll leave you at that. The products will be $12.95 CAD each, and the eyeshadow palette (but not the bronzer) is paraben-free.