Can’t live without… pearly off-white eyeshadows

Friday, July 1, 2011

If there’s one product I can’t live without, it’s a pearly eyeshadow.

Whether it’s the fall and I’m pairing it with a chocolate crease colour and a berry gloss, or the winter and I’m wearing it with winged black liner and red lipstick, or the spring and I’m throwing it on with soft brown eyeliner and a coral stain, it’s one of those products that I think is absolutely mandatory, no matter your skintone.

Swatched L-R: GOSH Eye Shadow Duet in Golden/Chocolate (golden side only), Lancome Crème Lustré, Lancome Moonstruck, Lancome Honeymoon, Dior Holiday ’09 (lightest shade only), Annabelle Creme Caramel trio (lightest shade only), MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl.

I’m usually partial to almost-white pearls with creamy champagne shimmer, but there’s just such a phenomenal range of possibilities: cool whites with almost-blue reflects, ivory bases with melon-y shimmer, pinks that flash peach… and don’t even get me started on their uses! In a pinch, you can use your pearly highlighters on your cheekbones, your cupid’s bow, the centre of your lower lip – they’re that versatile.

L-R: GOSH Golden/Chocolate; Lancome Crème Lustré, Moonstruck, Honeymoon; Dior Holiday ’09; Annabelle Creme Caramel; MAC CCB in Pearl.

Liberal curves layer applied tos how off undertones.

Anyhow, the swatches in this post are a few of my go-to off-whites. I took the photos quite a while back, and some of my (new) favourites are missing, but I think we have enough swatched here to show off the range of possibilities ;)

L-R: GOSH Golden/Chocolate (disc; try Coffee/Cream); Lancome Crème Lustré, Moonstruck, Honeymoon; Dior Holiday ’09 (LE; try Incognito or Earth Reflection); Annabelle Creme Caramel; MAC CCB in Pearl.

What are your favourite shimmery off-whites?

Violet swatches to brighten a Monday morning

Monday, January 10, 2011

Swatches in indirect sunlight. Order listed below. Click through twice for high-res (1000 px wide) image.

Does anyone know what today is?

Yep… it’s the start of winter term, for those of us who haven’t already had to go back to that torturous place University. A few more months of trudging two blocks through a foot of snow in under ten minutes. A few more months of hauling five pounds of textbooks (and five pounds of scribblers or a laptop) from building to building. A few more months of profs who may-or-may-not absolutely suck!

Needless to say, I needed some major brightening up this morning – so I thought I’d share some swatches of my favourite violet shadows* (because honestly, is there anything better? I say no.) Hope you enjoy! Spot any old favourites (or new cravings)?

Order listed below. Indirect sunlight with flash supportClick through twice for high-res (1000 px wide) image.

Swatches from left to right: Annabelle Insomnia Domed Eye Shadow Quad, Marcelle Dimensional Mauve Graphic Eyeshadow Quad, Lancome Angora Maquiriche Eye Colour, Laura Geller Orchid Eye Stay Duo, Rimmel Royal Violet Glam’Eyes Eyeshadow, Annabelle Violet Vibe Mineral Eye Dust, Annabelle Ultraviolet Mono Eye Shadow, Make Up For Ever #92 Eyeshadow, Korres Plum Eyeshadow, Laura Geller Lilac Eye Stay Duo, a violet from the huge Flirt! holiday palette, Senna Destiny Sparkling Eye Colour.

Order listed above. Direct sunlight. Click through twice for high-res (1000 px wide) image.

Annabelle Insomnia is an LE quad, but I wanted to swatch its lightest violet shade because it’s an interesting one — I didn’t like how sheer it is, but it does have a cool multicoloured-glitter thing going on! You can check out the rest of the swatches here.

Marcelle Dimensional Mauve is also LE, but it’s my lightest violet so I thought I’d include it as well. Swatches of the rest of the quad here. (The darkest shade is actually a pretty good match for Korres Plum, but reflects more blue-violet than red-brown.)

Lancome Angora is a silvery lavender; very cool.

Laura Geller Orchid is part of a duo (Lilac, swatched 3rd from the end, is the other half). Very pink in comparison!

L -> R: Insomnia, Dimensional Mauve, Angora, Orchid, Royal Violet

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