This is my selection for take #3 of the Singles cruise. Refer here for the original introduction!
I got another colourful but not ultra bright selection of colours.
Here are the swatches. Every single shade was amazing this time round.
Light: Pale frosty white
Medium: Warm chocolate brown
Dark: Jewelled dark purple
Pop: Shimmery mid blue.
I actually did 2 different looks this time round!
Look 1: slightly more dramatic. Frosty white at inner corner and just a bit on the browbone. Pop of blue in the centre of lid, warm brown on the outer corner and in the crease, purple to line all around the eye. Click on the pic to see a close up.
Look 2: White in the corner, blue in the middle of lid, purple at the edge in a smoked wing kind of shape. All confined to the mobile lid only. Brown to shade the lower lashline for some warm contrast. This looks is cuter and most of the colour is hidden by the mobile lid, which makes it much more wearable.
Here’s a full face of look 1 (which I went with in the end because it’s harder to adapt Look 2 to Look 1 xD)
(Sorry I was having a particularly shitty skin day, hormonal acne :(((((( Plus I didn’t put on any lipstick hahaha.)
I still find this singles cruise exercise with pretty fun! I’ll likely do more, but my arrangement of depotted singles in my palettes have already been super messed up haha.
Seriously. I am both liking and hating it – I finally get to know my colourful shadows a little more intimately, but they’re not exactly super wearable.
Light: Matte White
Mid: Bronze. As in literally the colour of a bronze medal. From Sleek’s 2012 London Olympics inspired palette.
Dark: a cube from The Body Shop quad called Mint Slice. It’s a gorgeous deep green that’s kind of minty, like mint sauce (but a lot darker.)
Pop: Matte pastelly bright blue
Here are the swatches. The white isn’t so good, obviously. The blue is actually pretty creamy and reasonably pigmented. The bronze shimmer is nice, of course. The green is kinda sheer and sheers out way too easily.
Here’s the look! Very um, tropical. Peacocky. You know. Sorry my skin is absolute shit lately. :((((
I used NYX Milk as a base to make the pastels pop. I used white in the inner corner, the blue on the lid and the green on the outer corner. The bronze went on the lower lashline and also in the crease. I tightlined with a black shadow too. The green really annoyed me because it’s SO difficult to work with. Hrrrrrrrmph.
It’s a look that I definitely wont’ do normally, but I think it turned out ok overall. Of course, that’s what makes thhe singles cruise fun!
Last day of my Week One and Done! I loooooooove the Giorgio Armani eyes to kill shadow pots. They’re gorgeous little pots of beautiful goodness. The L’oreal Infallible shadows are supposed dupes (never tried them) and both are made by the same parent company, but what the L’oreals lack, I think, is the complexity of colour that makes the ETKs so attractive. I wouldn’t buy them at retail price, but I definitely snap them up when I see them destashed.
The problem with them is that most of them are very metallic and opaque – not really my everyday style. And they come in very saturated colours, which make them harder to use in looks as compared to like, muted shadows.
This is actually the ETK I’ve acquired the most recently, and my favourite (or maybe second favourite – a lot of them are gorgeous!) This happens to be a semi-neutral, making it probably the most wearable shade out of all the ETKs (excluding the highlight colours.) Also, I fucking love red eyeshadow, and this pink has a hefty dose of red to it. [I used to have its more daring counterpart, Lust Red, but I lost it somehow before I had even used it. Grrrrrrr.)
This is a shadow that’s not as easily one and done as the others, due to its intensity – it is INTENSE. I have to be careful not to go too far above my lid, and blend it out, because it really is BLING. All metallic bling bling. And super saturated. Work safe, if you are careful. It’s not as red as Fiery Red, which makes it prettier and less avant garde. I love it!
Another day, another reminder of how the swatches of the products look like. Kiko Supreme shadow in 03 is the 2nd from the left. It’s a muted grey-olive with gold shimmer.
It’s a cream shadow and has an interesting bouncy mousse texture, like the Dior Fusion monos or Chanel Illusion D’Ombres. It was a limited edition collection for Christmas some years back. Although mine has shrunk significantly, it’s still super creamy and easy to wear and blend, and still lasts a good while.
This is another shadow that’s pretty neutral, so nothing much to say here. What I like about it is its versatility – built up, it can be pretty dark actually, but the base is rather sheer so it can also be sheered out to a light veil of colour with gold shimmer.
It’s rather cool toned, but I find that it looks best with a warm corally blush instead.
I like this shadow – it’s neutral enough to go with everything, easy to apply and blend with fingers on the go, and wears decently even without primer (although primer definitely helps.)
Disclaimer: I have NO idea how old the quad this belongs to is. 5 year, maybe more, is not an impossibility.
I freaking love this eyeshadow. It’s odd, but not TOO odd.
This is not a shadow for everyone. It’s a definite RED. I don’t know why I look so pale in these pics, but yeah, and the red really contrasted with that paleness and look pretty avant garde. And slightly sick, which as you know is totally my jam. I paired it with reddish brown liner, a wine-ish blush, and a rosy lip, for a very cohesive colour scheme. Like, sick all over, TOTALLY MY STYLE.
The only thing I don’t like about this eyeshadow is that it is horrendously difficult to apply it with a brush. You ALWAYS get very patchy colour, unless you use it wet. Applying with your finger however is a dream, intense and shimmery (but not super opaque, but that’s not my style anyway.) I blended the edges with a blending brush – also no wizardry required.
This is a look that makes it look like you tried really hard but it was SO EASY. I really love this shadow and I hope everyone can love red shadows like I do! 😀
Quick reminder: I’m only using one eyeshadow. Here is the swatch:
True to its name, Golden Taupe is very golden, and definitely a warmer taupe, but still a greyish brown. It has sparklesssssss.
Frankly, this is a one and done eyeshadow that everyone can get away with because it’s neutral. But it’s pretty and it’s in stick form – making it SO easy to use. No brushes needed, and can be built up near the lashline for more definition, if you don’t have a separate liner, lasts for a long time with or without primer. A great choice for vacations!
Dismember is from their DotA collection, one of the first few collections to come out. While I heard that her old shadow formulations were a little lackluster and the new ones are far better, I have no complaints about Dismember 🙂
Dismember looks like a dirty beige when swatched on my hand. Like literally dirty. If you tilt it a little though you see a beautiful shift of what the website describes as red, but is more a pinky red, with an emphasis on the pink. The glow is rather subtle, so overall the shadow still looks pretty matte.
I LOVE IT.
It’s also very easy to work with for a loose shadow – the above was done with normal eye primer, and then Dismember patted on with a short, flat and dense brush (no swiping.) I used the same short stiff brush to stamp eyeshadow onto my lower lids to give me a slightly-sickly glow that I LOOOOOVE. The edges were blended out a little with a blending brush – no wizardry needed, it was not hard to diffuse the edges sufficiently.
Overall, I love this eyeshadow as a one and done look – the dirty beige and red glow makes a very complex shadow that makes you look unearthly and slightly dead, a look I absolutely cherish. If you are looking for a reddish shadow that passes muster in a conservative workplace, definitely get this. It’s so sneaky.
I am naming this week One and Done, because I plan to use just ONE eyeshadow per day, for a work week (5 days.)
I love eyeshadows that are interesting and just a little complex, enough for it to be a one and done look. It’s also super easy in the morning, no need to worry about matching undertones and blending and nonsense.
Rules of this week:
ONE eyeshadow a day only.
If I need a bit of liner, it’s allowed. I’ve only allowed myself to use brown liner, and as thin a line as possible.
If I need to blend out the edges, I’m allowed to use a super boring cream-coloured shadow that I use only for this purpose. I WON’T put anything in the crease or the outer V or anything, this is just to soften any potentially problematic edges.
Here are my one-and-done shadows:
Clockwise from bottom: Kiko long lasting stick eyeshadow in 38 Golden Taupe, The Body Shop Shimmer Cube (it comes in a quad, but I REALLY like this particular one, which is called Fiery Red.) Life’s Entropy Eyeshadow in Dismember, Kiko Supreme Eyeshadow (LE) in 03, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in 7 Sweet Fire.
Swatches! L-R: Kiko Golden Taupe, Kiko Supreme eyeshadow, Life’s Entropy Dismember, The Body Shop Fiery Red, Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire. All swatched on bare skin except Dismember, over primer.
Generalizing, I would say that good one and done eyeshadows are midtoned colours, so they look good all over. They also tend to have some kind of shimmer, because all matte is kind of boring and flat. I tend to like one and done shadows in interesting colours – none of your standard brown brown brown.
Kiko Golden Taupe is the most traditional in my selection, but I like the golden tone of it. Kiko 03 is a dark olive brightened with gold shimmer. Dismember is SUPER interesting – the base colour is beigey, but the red shimmer and gleam is beautiful. Fiery Red is not a red at all – it’s a burnt corally kind of colour. I think the base is orange but it has pink shimmer, which also makes it super complex. Sweet Fire looks terrible in the photo, but it’s a super gorgeous pink that’s as frosty as it looks here, with red sparks. I think the conclusion I can draw is that I REALLY LIKE RED EYESHADOW, lol.
Anyway, tune in over the next week to see how these shadows look all over my lid.
This week I picked a gorgeous palette that gets little use because… I’m an idiot D:
The illamasqua Empower palette is gorgeous. It’s what I would call the SFX palette because it’s full of duochrome and shimmer and glitter. PACKED.
There is 1 matte shade that’s a bit dark to use as a base, but a bit light to use as a crease and it doesn’t really show up. So I guess it’s best to call it a blending/transition shade. There is the famous blue brown duochrome in a beautiful iteration. This is very warm and chocolatey, definite green shimmer. It’s also SUPER silky. Too bad, like all blue-brown type shades, it requires a black base for the green to really shine through. On it’s on it’s a brown with sneaky green shimmer (but a very gorgeous brown!)
There’s also a white-pink shade absolutely packed with silver and purple microglitter. It’s sort of duochromey too since it’s a white base with lavender/pink shimmer (and the microglitter, don’t forget.) This shade can feel a bit gritty when you touch it with your finger, but it feels alright going on. I tend to use my fingers for this because brushes lose the microglitter. Lastly, we have a silky cream, the kind that doesn’t set, that is a dark grey base packed with silver shimmer. For a non-setting cream, it wore pretty well throughout the day for me with some smudging at the outer corners (like almost everything for me) but it looked more like a grungy smokey eye than my-eye-makeup-smudged.
The sad thing is, it’s a little too grey and washes the teal out, so it necessitates a separate black liner/base for the teal to shine through. Thus, I have no idea how the palette works together as 4 colours.
But SO MUCH SHIMMER. I approve.
I also happen to be doing a 1 lipstick a day challenge for May, so my lip colour will be different every day of this month! Yippee.
I decided to pair this week’s very SFX look with no blush and MOAR special effects in the form of my pearlescent highlighter.
Look 1: ALL TEH COLOURS! Lavender pink in inner corner, grey cream to line, teal brown on lid, transition shade…. used as a transition shade.
The brown in the teal brown kind of brings out my undereyes :S Also partly because I was using my finger to apply it, lol.
Look 2: PARHPUL. Lavender pink over messy base of the grey cream, and the teal brown just on the outer corners. I was not too big a fan because the purple is super pretty but I’m not sure purples of this shade look good on me. I think I had another eyeshadow that looks similar and it made me look really sallow.
Note: From n ow on, I will post the weekly make up baskets at the end of the week. I take photos of my looks nearly every day, since I have to do the daily lipstick challenge, but I’m too tired when I come back home and I generally just want to laze around instead of blog, so….
This week I picked a quad! This is the Sonia Rykiel quad in 09. True to its Japanese origins, it doesn’t have any kind of nice name 😛
There is a frosty ice blue, a very Japanese, refined version of the infamous bluebrown kind of shadow, a slate grey and a warm chocolate brown. They are very, very silky, but not very pigmented. All of them are mega shimmery, so I picked Girl Crush to be my crease shade.. The overall look is leaning cool, mega shimmery but not very colourful look, which is perfectly fine by me.
I picked Ellis Faas L406 to be my lips shade, mainly because I clicked out WAY too much and now I have a blob to use :S I think I do like this after all, kind of. Wouldn’t repurchase though.
Side note: NYX cream blush Natural (2nd swatch from right) is SO GORGEOUS AMIRITE. It’s SUCH a gorgeous shade of pale pretty pink.
The first day I think the super sparkly smokey-ish eyes and reddish lip was a bit overkill. I definitely had to tone it down the next few days.
Overall though I’m really liking the Japanese eyeshadows! So silky, smooth, and they blend themselves.