I’ve never actually heard anyone say “Where there’s muck there’s brass” in real life, but I couldn’t resist it.
I’m on a pigment kick, as you can tell, and I’ll probably do more looks with pigments in the coming week or so, just because I’ve collected so many of them through the years and should probably use them more.
Brass is a lovely metallic medium-deep brown with an amber sheen which can be worn in the day as a rich brown, or swept all over at night for a fantastic warm smoky eye.
Here, I applied matte shadow to both corners of lids (dark browns in the 88 Warm palette), and applied Brass only down the center for some sheen. This is a trick I’ve been using quite often to keep metallic shadows a little less dramatic for day.
Step 1: Apply a brown base (e.g. MAC Constructivist Paintpot) from lash line to just above the socket line. If you don’t have much lid space, stop right at the socket.
Step 2: Apply a deep matte brown to the outer corner, extending up along the socket 2/3 of the way in. Then color the inner corners as well, and sweep along lower lash line from outer corners 2/3 of the way in.
Step 3: Pack Brass pigment down the center of the lid in a firm patting motion to maximize the sheen.
Step 4: Apply black kohl along the water- and tide-lines to re-define the eye shape.
Step 5: Apply black mascara to top and bottom lashes to finish the eyes.
Other products used:
I Nuovi Thumbelina on cheeks (soft satin-peach blush)
MAC Hug Me lipstick, below (or any peach-based nude)
Current: Matte Mauve Nails with Fimo Art (L.A. Girl Matte Lilac)
Been meaning to do matte nails for awhile now. Yeah, I know I’m just a little late on the scene, but I usually love my nails glossy, so I just never reached for my matte shades.
While cleaning out my cabinets, I re-discovered this bottle though. L.A. Girl’s Matte Lilac polish.
It’s a deeper mauve when viewed without flash, and reminds me of MAC’s Up The Amp lipstick in color and tone.
I still find it odd not to see a sheen, and not to be able to apply a top coat over this, but I really like the shade regardless.
Ah… this brings me back to my childhood days when I painted my nails with poster paint.
And then of course, I spent the night applying nail art (lollipop and cupcake Fimo art, above). I filled a little 5 gram jar with different designs, and I like applying designs only on 2 fingers, instead of all. It’s a little off-kilter and asymmetrical, which I absolutely love. You can do it just as easily with nail stickers if you’re worried about 3D bits falling off..
The problem with applying things on matte nails is that you can’t go over it with a layer of clear top coat for extra security, but for how cute this looks, I’ll let it go.
This is a pearlescent look featuring 2 shades: a pearly pastel pink, and a deep gunmetal grey.
Step 1: Apply a primer all over the lids. I used the silvery shade in E.L.F.’s Duo Cream Shadow in Black Licorice.
Step 2: With the deep gunmetal grey, start contouring the eye, concentrating color on the outer corners, and up along the socket line. Go a little higher than your socket line for more drama, and also along the lower lash line.
Step 3: Pack the pink all over the inner half of lids, and spread up along the socket line to soften the grey a little. Go down to the inner corners of the lower lash line as well.
Step 4: Take a beige matte shadow or loose powder, and blend it around the edges of the colorful shadows to clean up the shape a little.
Step 5: Apply black Kohl along the water- and tide-lines.
Step 6: Apply dramatic, flirty false lashes and go over the lash band with black liner if necessary. (I used Eylure “Girls Aloud” Nicola lashes.)
And the finished look below:
And just to finish off, I’d use a matte pink blush (MAC Well-Dressed) and a lavender-pink gloss, like MAC Lavender Wind Lipglass, below. A creme shade like Going Casual Cremesheen will do as well.
Since I seem to have been on a purple kick lately, this is a run-down of some of my favorite purple shadows. I don’t own many because as an adolescent, I could never figure out how to apply them in a flattering way.
Unless it’s a pale, translucent highlight shade, (e.g. MAC Crystal or I Nuovi Fairy) purple always looks better packed on strong. When applied too sheer, rich medium-to-dark purples can look muddy, too grey, too brown or too red.
With that out of the way, let’s move on to the ones I really like.
1. MAC Crystal (Frost): The color with the least pay-off of the bunch. It would not make the list if not for the fact that it’s a gorgeous silver-lavender duo-chrome.
2. MAC Shale (Satin): Beautiful, soft duo-chrome purple-brown that would look good worn on its own. Has a tendency to just look brown, so make sure you pack this on over a primer if you want the purple tones to come out.
3. I Nuovi Fairy (D26): One of my long-time favorites (11 years, pretty much) this shadow is composed almost entirely of pale-mauve sparkly particles, with zero base pigment, like MAC Lustre shadows. It goes on, adheres, and builds up well. But always remember to apply these before other shadows if you want intensity.
4. Bourjois #12 Taupe Modulable (Ombre Stretch): Strangely, this is nowhere close to a Taupe shade. Another naming boo-boo. This is a rich, deep, satin plum with a satiny finish that works great as a definer at lash line and sockets. It is deeper than MAC Shale but not duo-chrome.
5. I Nuovi Ultraviolet (Dust): This appears like a grey-purple with violet highlights in flash, but the actual shade has more red-toned mauve highlights. It can be a pain getting this dust to apply evenly (not enough binder ingredients) without a mixing medium or good primer, but it is one of the most gorgeous purples around.
6. Too Faced Super Nova (Baked): The site describes this as “peach-pink”. That sucks, considering it applies a deep, smoky plum with purple highlights (above). Bad description notwithstanding, this is a lovely shade for a smoky eye, but note that without a primer, the shadow will be sheerer, more matte and harder to apply evenly.
7. [My eyeshadow blend]: I created this by mixing a matte black pigment with purple sparkles and some binders. It’s my go-to when I need some purple and some drama, because there is no talc, and hardly any other fillers, so it goes on really dense and creamy.
8. 120 Palette Edition 2: This is a soft shimmery violet (blue-purple) which has enough of a sheen to serve as a highlight and enough base to not wash out contours, if used alone.
9. 88 Matte/Original Palette: This soft, matte pastel purple (very first purple in the center column) is one of the easiest ways to get that sugar-confection look.
10. The Body Shop Ruby (Shimmer Cube 07): Shimmer Cube 07 is a hit because all 4 shades are lovely. And Ruby (the shimmery black-cherry cube looking nothing like Ruby…) is rich, sparkly, and easy to apply.
I have 4 of the Revlon Matte Eye Shadows (Tempting Teal and Rich Sable pictured above) bought a little over a year ago before I got into the 88 Palettes, and I have to admit I don’t remember to use them very often nowadays.
Drugstore brands are all incredibly marked up here in Asia (expect about at least double the price you would pay in the United States), so you can get only 2 Revlons for the price of the entire 88 Matte/Original Palette.
So for those of you on a budget, and undecided about what matte shadows to try, I decided to do a really quick comparison of how these 2 brands perform.
On first touch, the 88 Palette will feel more pigmented on your finger, and the Revlons harder and with less payoff. But a good, firm brush will pick up equal amounts of both brands.
The Revlon has a tendency to go on patchier than the 88 Palette. That is true of most matte shades when worn without a primer or base. Even after I went over with a second coat of color to even things out, the Revlon was still more visibly patchy.
Blending shades into each other would be an issue with the Revlon.
Again, you can see here that the Revlon shadows do not adhere as well, and remain a tad sheer even when slowly built up over a base. The pale shades also tend not to show up as well as the darker ones.
The 88 Palette builds up and shows up better on the skin.
I personally prefer the 88 palette. (Sorry, Revlon.)
For the price, the texture, the relative ease of application, and the sheer range of shades, I would go for the 88 Palette.
Texture-wise, Revlon feels finer-grained, but isn’t all that easy to work with, and despite all their claims, these shadows don’t go on as pigmented as they should.
The con for the 88 palette is that if you like one or two particular shades, you can’t just refill those pans when you run out. You’ll need to buy the whole palette again. And this also means you can’t just pop into the nearest drugstore to grab it when you run out. You need to go online with a credit card, and wait for your order to be processed and shipped.