God, is it just me or has it been forever since our last EOTD?
(Don’t answer that. I don’t want to know.)
Anyhow, here’s a quick one for you! I was just test-running one of the new LE Marcelle eye quads for pigment and shade, so it’s nothing special. The quad itself, though? Pretty awesome, but that’s a story for another day. This day, to be exact!
Okay, so I’ve mentioned that these are gorgeous. I know. But I feel like I should say it again: these. are. gorgeous. Seriously; it’s a little bit ridiculous. I absolutely adore the aesthetic of the Trend collection, and the products themselves are just… [happy sigh]
What they are: Marcelle Graphic Eye Shadow Quads in Dimensional Blue and Dimensional Mauve
with the lovely blue shimmer overspray taken off
Each quad is made up of four triangles of colour, but I was worried that this would only have three shades — the top and bottom triangles look remarkably similar. I am pleased to report that these are indeed different shades, but unfortunately, that neither strikes me as particularly wonderful. The lower grey pulls violet and its hard texture causes it to stubbornly remain very sheer, while the upper grey pulls more towards a neutral-warm taupe, and goes on with more pigment due to a softer texture. I forgot to take comparison shots of the two swatches while the sun was up, but here is one nonetheless: (more…)
What it is: Clinique Strawberry Fudge Holiday Compact
The blusher: This compact features a Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover, a subtle neutral-warm shade. The pigmentation is very versatile (it can be worn quite sheerly, or layered for a lot of intensity) and, while it is indeed “soft,” it’s not so soft that it’s crumbly and dusty.
(Yes, I know it’s ridiculous that I was worried about that. Shh!)
Sunlight. First two swatches on the left are both New Clover, first heavily and then lightly.
The shadows: I’ve raved about these already, but I’m more than happy to do it again! I’m a total sucker for a pink shadow with gold shimmer, so of course this hits the spot for me. Clinique actually did a great job coordinating these shades; they can definitely be worn day or night: more of the pink during the day; more of the dark brown at night. Plus, because they’re all neutral with a bit of a “lean” (the light brown to warm tones, the dark brown to cool tones) I think that most light and medium skintones should be able to pull this off without any worries at all.
Flash in indirect sunlight. First two swatches on the left are both New Clover, first heavily and then lightly.
… because Marcelle’s Winter Trend collection just took me by surprise. I mean, yah, I thought it would be nice after reading Isabel’s post on it (here) — but not nearly this nice.
I promise to get on reviews and swatches ASAP; I was hoping to have them all done today but only had a few moments of sun left after bringing in the mail. You know, it’s a funny thing: yesterday I was daydreaming about thinking blissfully about stoically contemplating fall lipsticks, and how I’m sorely lacking them… and today, two perfect fall shades arrive. (The Rimmel I’ve been loving is gorgeous, but like a certain brand of chips, you can’t just have one.)
I guess it was meant to be!
To complete our insomnia coverage, I wanted to bring you ladies two more EOTDs. A few of our you asked for wearable looks using the Disturbia and Insomnia quads, and I felt obliged to comply!
I promise; this is the last insomnia post… I feel like we’ve been posting about it forever; the collection itself felt so large! Not, like, MAC VV large, but still: large for the drugstore. And I guess it was; Annabelle collections usually feature just four Mono eyeshadows, rather than three quads for a total of twelve domed shadows, two liners, a lipstick, and a new cheek product. But hey, I’m not complaining!
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