Friday, 28 March 2014

SPRING: Eyeshadows (feat. Chanel, MAC & more)

Swatched L-R: (Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Epatant, L'Oreal ColorAppeal Eyeshadow in Golden Rose, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Sippin' n Dippin', MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study, NARS Eyeshadow in Nymphea, L'Oreal Color Infallible in Goldmine, Bourjois Color Edition 24H in Or d├ęsir, Rimmel Glam'Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in Precious Rose)

Continuing on with my Spring series, today I'm showing you some eyeshadows that will work beautifully with a Spring-time look. I'd rather wear subtle and delicate-looking eye make-up for this season, especially when the weather gets warmer. I don't want a heavy slate of make-up on their face when the sun's shining. The eyeshadows featured in this post are ideal for when you want to achieve a minimal but fresh make-up look. Ranging from cream to powder and matte to shimmery, there's something for everyone here. I've also made sure to include both low to high-end picks, as I know everyone has a different budget. It's nice to have a choice. So without further ado, let's dive in!

Kicking things off, we have Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Epatant (4g / £24.00). This beautiful cream eyeshadow has a very unique colour - I'd describe it as a taupe with a hint of khaki green and a golden shimmer. It reflects and plays on sunlight wonderfully as you can see in the swatch above. If you're looking for luxury, you'll get it with the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre range. The texture of these are velvety smooth and a joy to apply on the eyes. You can wear them on their own or as a base for a powder shadow over the top. To really see the true beauty of these, I'd recommend wearing them on their own. If you're looking for something pretty but neutral, L'Oreal ColorAppeal Eyeshadow in Golden Rose (24M / £5.99) could be a winner. You guessed it - it's a rose gold colour, with flecks of gold shimmer sheen. To bring out blue eyes, go for this. Still going with the theme of unique and unusual colours, I've chosen this offering from Benefit. Their Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Sippin' n Dippin' (4.50g / £15.50) is a rusty peach shade, which has gold and purple-pink tints, depending on how you look at it. It's unlike any eyeshadow I have in my rather large collection. I wouldn't wear this particular shade as an eyeliner, but it's silky-smooth formula gives you lovely ease of application. My favourite of the bunch I've shown today, is MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study (5g / £15.00). If you haven't guessed by now, MAC is my all-time favourite make-up brand. Bare Study can be worn in a variety of ways- as an eyeshadow base, an all-over lid colour, or a cream highlighter for the browbone, or anywhere else you would highlight on your face for that matter. It's an oyster colour, with an absolutely divine pearl sheen. I could not recommend this wonderful product enough to you all. If you're new to the world of Paint Pots, start with this. It's a essential for your collection.

For ultimate girly girl eyes, I'd recommend NARS Shimmer Eyeshadow in Nymphea (2.2g, £17.00), which is a baby pink shade. This is one of the only two NARS products I currently own, and I have to say I'm impressed. It offers brilliant pigmentation, and their eyeshadows have the most wonderful, buttery texture. If you're looking to splash out this Spring, try out something from their eyeshadow line. Props on how tiny and cute their packaging is too. Looking for something amazingly sparkly? Try L'Oreal Color Infallible in Goldmine (3.5g, £6.99). It's a golden cream shadow, with lots and lots of gold sparkle. Another one with a soft and velvety texture, it applies nicely to the eyes. You can wear it on it's own or use as a base. Lovely! My second last pick is the Bourjois Color Edition 24H eyeshadow in Or d├ęsir (18M, £6.99). This line of shadows have a cream to powder texture, which I would say is pretty accurate. Whilst in my experience, they won't last a full 24 hours, they do last a good half a day. These can be blended out beautifully with a synthetic eyeshadow brush, and are great for when you're in a rush but still want to wear some form of eye make-up. They can easily be applied in less than 30 seconds and blended out with your fingers. Great for people on the go. Finally, we have the Rimmel Glam'Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in Precious Rose (2.4g, £4.49). Another beautiful baby pink shade, this one is obviously more affordable than the NARS eyeshadow. This shade will compliment green eyes especially, but of course anyone with any colour of eyes can pull this off. Comparing it once again to NARS shadow, it certainly isn't as opaque, but it still has decent pigmentation. I've purposefully shown you the two pink shades in particular so that you have an affordable and expensive option. Although they vary greatly in price, they are both fab eyeshadows for this time of year. 

What do you think of my Spring eyeshadow picks?
What's your favourite eyeshadow for this season?
Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I think the L'Oreal mono eyeshadows are really underrated for how good they are.. And I'm totally in love with Mac Bare Study

    Ellie xx |

    1. MAC Bare Study is sooooo beautiful! Love it. :) I only have two of the Rimmel Mono Eyeshadows, but I do like them


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