Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Eyeshadow Newbie Notes

Day by day, I'll make mental promises to myself that 'I'll do minimal makeup'. Time goes on, and soon enough, I will have reached for the primer, tinted moisturizer, bronzer, blush, highlighter, mascara, powder, and brow gel. Yup, I'm a promise keeper, but Just mascara on the eyes? Well, yes. More than that and I feel like my over all complexion looks too over the top. Well, this past week, I've been breaking the same promise tending to my face makeup, but for my eyes. So...I've been reaching for eyeshadow. Shocking, I know, but I've also been liking the way it looks.

Now, don't get too excited, as there are no smoky eyes going on here. I'm keeping it subtle, but I'm still here to show you the products that have been adding some pizazz to my daily makeup routine.
Eyeshadow newbies and experienced pros alike all seem to have this one tool in their kit - the MAC 217 Brush. Whether cream, powder, or pigment, this brush does it all at ease. Perfect for blending, crease work, or just all over color, there would be no Lillian and eyeshadow pair without the MAC 217. Another note: although MAC brushes are really expensive, they clean up in a zap and look pretty darn great afterwards as well.

Probably the most subtle out of the bunch is the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit. Long ago, it was an essiebutton influenced purchase, but it sat unloved for a while. As of late, I've been reaching for it quite a lot. A taupey shade that just adds a slight bit of definition to the eye, without being too much. With a bit of shimmer shot through, it's super long lasting and the consistency is like butter, making it an uber friendly option for shadow shmucks.

 Beauty bloggers alike lurrrvee the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I purchased this for my mom about a year ago, but she felt the 'shimmer highlighted her wrinkles' (her words, not mine), so now it's mine. Although I do feel a bit like I wasted $50 (come on mum!) I've been getting my use out of it. The shades 'Naked' and 'Sin' are especially dreamy - 'Sin' just lightly dusted all over the lids and into the crease, and 'Naked' as a subtle crease shade for some added definition.

The budget option if the bunch is the Wet 'n Wild Comfort Zone Palette. Although the shades have quite a bit of shimmer, I don't mind it in small doses and, just blended over the lids, they're gorgeous. I especially love the rose gold type of shade on the right side and the one below it, the bronze, for a night option, as it serves as a simple smoky eye. Even better, at just $4.99 it's wallet and aesthetically friendly.

The classic Stila Kitten is quite the multipurpose product. Although its super shimmery, the slightly pink tint makes it quite flattering on my skin tone and, just blended with a fluffy brush, it adds slight definition and sheen. That's one way, but the other is used as an inner corner highlight - catching light without the stark, white, eyeshadow look. Packed on, it can be quite dramatic, but still feminine and pretty. I don't reach for this as much as the others, but it's nice, nonetheless.

So, the diaries of an eyeshadow newbie have been told. I'm still working up the courage for an evening smokey eye, but I need some more lessons first *cue Lisa Eldridge*.


  1. Love this post! I'm quite new with eyeshadow as well, but I find the MAC 217 is basically the only brush I need to get a minimal but great eyelook! The benefit crease shadows are amazing and quick, I also really like the Maybelline Color Tattoos! As for powder shadow, my fav is the Naked Basics, but I haven't yet tried the Naked One. xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate | bloglovin'

    1. Aww - thanks! MAC 217 = god send. I've tried the Maybelline Color Tattoo in bad to the bronze and I didn't get on with it. At the moment, I really want to try the pink gold one. Maybe I'll have to give the Naked Basics palette a try, as well.

  2. I love my naked palette! It took me a long time to just spend that much on eyeshadow.. but it's well worth it!!
    great post xxx


  3. Love the colours, all those palettes look so lovely! xxx
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  4. I love Stila Kitten eyeshadow. Have you tried the Stila In the Light palette?


    1. I have the Stila In the Know palette and I don't get that much use out of it. No, I haven't tried the In the Light. I've seen it, plough, and it's really pretty!


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