See below for the steps on how to create this eye look. Sorry the image is not super clear
I used the following products shown below
- After priming the eye area, I used Sleep palette eyeshadows (unfortunately i don’t know the names of what I used)
- Topped it off with Illamasqua’s “ore” pigment
- Defined the outer corner into the crease with a darker color from the sleep palette (dark brown)
- Maybelline gel liner
- smoky lash mascara from makeupforever
- chanel nude eyeliner “clair” on waterline
- Ardell lashes “demi pixi”
FYI: This collection has launched worldwide and will launch Aug 14 in Bahrain.
The other thing which I got from the MAC heavenly creature collection is the “EARTHLY” eyeshadow!
Earthly eyeshadow is basically a swirl of beige, peach and cool brown with some gold.
To be honest.. I dislike this product! What you see is NOT what you get!
The packaging shows you colors of beige, brown & gold… however…. what you GET is actually a taupe grey color!
Once those colors are mixed- the color becomes tinted with grey and very little brown is shown.
I purchased the product thinking that with the mixture of such colors i would get a beautiful brownish gold color- but what i actually got was a metalicish Grey!
If you like greyish eyeshadows with a pearly metallic sheen- then get this one! If you want it so somewhat be brown/gold… then this is the wrong one to take!
Looked amazing on the pan.. but once it was blended.. looked disappointing!
Couldn’t try it in store as they were super neat & the customers did not touch them!!
However, the color payoff is not bad and good pigmentation!
As you know, I have purchased a few products from the MAC “In Extra Dimension” Collection recently…
I also got some eyeshadows. And I’m going to give you my feedback on the eyeshadow ” WARM THUNDER” !
Those eyeshadows come in the normal MAC eye packaging- but it is double the size of the permanent MAC eyeshadows…. So I believe this will stay for a very long time. So thank god they are big in size as they are limited edition. The eyeshadows are eye catchy!
Other than the 3D texture, it is considered a new formula- can be used WET or DRY. It does stay up to 6 hours- but I love applying a primer before to make it last even longer. The Finish of this product is more frosty but not very metallic (like what they claim it to be).
I describe this color as a dirty greyish silver. It is not silver and not grey- but both mixed together. What I noticed is the blue undertones that this shade has- when applied on the eye it does give a light blue tinted sheen.
The color is vibrant (good pigmentation) ! And I have realized that there is slight shimmery particles that don’t show unless zoomed in.
I love how buildable the color is.
The color brightens up the eye- and It looks darker in the pan that when it is actually applied on your eye.
You can wear this color on its own, or add a hint of soft brown around the edges!
So I recently purchased some products from the MAC “In extra Dimension” collection! Don’t worry I will review them all soon- hopefully!
I got this one product which I absolutely fell in love with… Other than their amazing highlighters.
I’m not a fan of colored eyeshadows- meaning I’m more of a neutral shades person- I love the browns and sandy shades the most.
BUT THIS PURPLE SHADE TOOK MY BREATH AWAY!!
The eyeshadow is called “RICH CORE“… the color lives up to its name.. VERY RICH INDEED! Keep in mind that it is LIMITED EDITION!
It is double the size of normal MAC eyeshadows. And the 3D texture is what grabs the attention! I love the presentation of this collection’s eyeshadows….
A special formula- liquid power … with the 3D prismatic effect it will instantly sculpt what ever you want. The formula consists of some shimmer. It is cool, creamy and silky and I believe it will create a beautiful defined finish. Yes.. they blend easily!
I describe this color as a rich yet dirty eggplant color. A plum like/purplish color! The color gives of a burgudy sheen too. So it has some brownish undertones that reflect within the purple. When you take a closer look, you will realize there are tiny shimmery particles which- don’t show as much unless you zoom in.
I wore this color the other day & I have recieved a lot of compliments! You just have to make sure you blend the edges… and build the clor of course. One coat is not enough.
When applied- it is like I have mixed two MAC eyeshadows together– Satin taupe + Sable… to get this result.
Below is another hand swatch where the rich color is shown clearly!
Image taken from Temptalia
So I decided to teach you the steps of this quick eye look I did yesterday- instead of just posting a pic on twitter
It’s not that hard- needs a bit of blending though!
I used MAC eyeshadows only! And I didn’t use false lashes this time.
HOW TO GET THE LOOK
1. Applied urban decay’s eye primer potion on full lid (to help anti-creasing & to hold eyeshadow for hours)
2. With 217 Mac Brush (Sigma E25), applied “ricepaper” MAC eyeshadow on lid up to the crease.
3. Again with the same brush, topped ricepaper with “Tete a Tint” MAC eyeshadow on top to have a mixture of some peachy skintone shade.
4. Applied a thin line of gel liner (bobbi brown’s ink black) with Sigma E10 brush (without winging it like a cat eye)- kept it short .
5. With a MAC 263 Brush (Sigma E65), applied “carbon” MAC eyeshadow on the outer corners (we call it a V or a ” of the eye.
6. Blend the carbon with a 217 MAC brush or a (sigma E25) to form a blended V.
7. keep on blening until it is connected to the black gel liner applied
8. make sure no harsh line are shown
9. Add some “embark” MAC eyeshadow between the outer V and the mid lid- and also blend som under the brow bone (NOT on the brow bone)
10. Apply “nylon” MAC eyeshadow on your brow bone and blend with a MAC 224 brush
11. apply mascara + inner black eye pencil
I’ve had this palette for a while and I keep on forgetting to write about it!!
It’s soooooooo useful!! I LOVE IT!
It’s from a brand called ‘Z- Palette’ : used for professionals to place the different shapes & sizes of eyeshadows/blushes.
I get so frustrated as I am a heavy MAC eyeshadow & blush palette user – and MAC’s eye palettes does not fit any type of eyeshadow nor does the blush palette. Some eyeshadows are bigger or some are squared. The best way is to buy the Z-palette for all those weird different shapes that don’t fit. For example: Nars blushes are squared in shape – don’t go into MAC’s circle palette.. so is bobbi browns!
Why use a palette in the first place?
To be honest, it’s wrong and confusing to keep eyeshadows in their little tubs. That way you want be able to see the range of colors & it won’t be easy access. Laying them down all next to each other makes you know the different shades & also makes you actually use them… some of the shades hidden in their own packaging will make you forget them and will never use them!
I love the Z-Palette… and I find it sooooo useful for everything. It even comes with mini magnets for you to cut and place under metal pans of the shadow/blush to stick in the palette.
The palette has a plastic transparent cover which protects your shades. What I love about it is that it’s see through (easy to choose)!
This is how my crazy palettes look like- I KNOW THEY ARE MESSY but that is how I work- quick & on the go…
I ordered mine from www.zpalette.com
The website features a lot of different sizes (mine is the large) .. they also come in different border styles. Mine is plain black- they come in like the pics below:
There’s more to the eye primer potions from URBAN DECAY!!
I have been constantly talking about the eye primer potion – original.. The one you apply on your lids before applying eyeshadow – so your eyeshadow won’t crease in the middle, and to help it stay put for over 12 hours!!! I absolutely love the primer potions.. I have it in a couple of tubes- big, small, squeezi tubes, and professional sized ones.. That is how much I’m obsessed by it- CUZ TRUST ME IT’S REALLLLLY GOOD!!!!!!
Well, urban decay also offers the primer potions in different shades!!!!! You have probably not heard of them- but the ones I have been constantly talking about is the original one- transparent color. Looks like beige but is actually transparent. I have reviewed “EDEN” – their matt beige primer in a previous recent post!
I have the Eyeshadow Primer Potion in “SIN”
I’m obsessed with this product! I salute UD for producing this. It’s an eyeshadow in a tube!! This is the fastest applying eyeshadow in the world. 2 dots- and smudge- WOW!! This stuff really makes me happy!
SIN: the color can be described as a shimmering champagne. It’s highly frosted with some tiny shimmers.
This formula will allow your eyeshadow to pop. You can apply eyeshadow on top of it, but I just love to use it on its own!! If used under eyeshadow- it tends to glimmer underneath the shadow- adds glamour! It looks so glamorous on its own- just a black liner + mascara & you’re good to go!
THIS COLOR GOES AMAZING WITH RED/BURGUNDY LIPS. TRUST ME
The pic below shows a swatch sample on my hand, you can see the color
Just apply a few dots on your eyelid & pat it or blend it with your fingertips!
You can order it online, usually from amazon- or get it from SEPHORA dubai.
I have wrote about this new collection a while ago, you can check it out HERE.
I just brought the sand eyeshadow palette- which was sold out when I was in Spain (once it was released) then out of stock back in Bahrain. I have been dying to get my hands on it for a while now!
So mission accomplished, I got it & I’m really really really impressed.
The Sand Eyeshadow Palette is based on neutral colors- the beige, the browns, the rose beiges, & the sand golds.
Those colors- I love!
So the palette comes in a brown turtle shell packaging- & the eyeshadows come in quads, 4 above and another 4 in the bottom (slider). I love how each 4 are organized together to match each other. So the upper 4 (you can do a look with using those 4) & the same with the other 4.
The photo below shows how the colors look like with DAYLIGHT
I would really really really recommend this product to a person who likes to do “the crease effect” & the outer “V”. If you have no clue about eyeshadows- or how to blend them or define them- this product is not for you!! Sorry! Those colors complement each other. One can be used for the lid, one can be used for the crease, another for the brow bone highlight etc. They come in handy, as they are all together instead of buying piece by piece eyeshadow!
Ok let’s review the colors.
The first 4 colors- upper deck: Ivory, Hot Stone, Taracotta, Desert Sand.
Desert sand is the metallic color here.
An easy look you can do here. Taracotta on full lid, hot stone to define the crease & “V”, ivory for the brow bone highlight, & desert sand on top of the ½ the start of the lid & to blend.
The swatch for the colors is below:
Just keep in mind “tarcotta” doesn’t show a lot since it’s 100% like skin color.
If you wanted to get some pieces from MAC, they have some similar ones- for example, IVORY=VANILLA(MAC), HOT STONE=MYSTERY(MAC), TARACOTTA=KID or TETE A TINT (MAC)
The 2nd set of 4 colors- lower deck: Antique Rose, Black Chocolate, Sandy Rose, Gold Bar.
Sandy rose is the metallic color here, and Gold Bar is a sparkly color.
You can do a really easy look here. You can use the lighter color like antique rose for the lid, black chocolate to define the eyes in the crease, Gold bar for the upper brow bone highlight & tearduct, and sandy rose on the beginning of the lid.
The swatch for the colors is below:
If you wanted to get some pieces from MAC, they have a similar one for Black Chocolate. BRUN (MAC) is 99% similar.
Remember, To perfect those looks using 4 colors, you must blend blend blend blend. MAC 217 brush is the tool you should never forget.
Eyeshadows are not only a color. Their texture & finish is what makes them stand out.
My focus will be on MAC eyeshadows- since most of us buy them & for the huge range of eyeshadow types they have.
MAC eyeshadows are highly pigmented, with high quality, can be greatly blended, & long lasting power. In order for you to know what eyeshadow finish/type you have, flip the eyeshadow tub, it will write “frost/satin” etc next to the name.
MAC eyeshadows have different finishes- described below:
Frost shades have mini spots that will reflect the light- so it will give a frost effect. It will tend to look slightly metallic. They are buildable- you can make it more dramatic by blending & increasing, then blending again. But the frost will build up also- so just keep in mind.
Will look great if light shades of frost used as brow bone highlight.
MAC eyeshadows frost examples: Bronze, Humid, Nylon, Satin Taupe, Pink Freeze,Crystal, Paradisco
The Matte finish gives off a true color or “HIGH PAYOFF COLOR”. It has no shine or reflective shimmery pigment. Also, eyeshadows come in “MATTE 2” finish- meaning they have more cream & are easier to blend.
It is amazing to use for full lids & crease definition.
MAC eyeshadows matte examples: Wedge, Charcol brown, Malt, Swiss chocolate, Blackberry, Carbon
MAC eyeshadows matte 2 examples: Blanc Type, Brown Script, Typographic, Copperplate
The lustre finish has a slight glittery effect. It sort of has a smooth & pearly.
MAC eyeshadows lustre examples: Honesty, Retrospeck, Gleam, Mythology
The satin finish is a soft & subtle non frosty but light refractive color. A good color intensity & appears to be silky smooth.
MAC eyeshadows satin examples: Shroom, Orb, Brule, Cork, Mystery, Print, Brun
The veluxe finish is highly pigmentsed with a slight matte finish but has some creamy consistency within. It is so smooth.
MAC eyeshadows veluxe examples: Samoa silk, Brown down, Kid
The veluxe pearl finish is sort of similar to veluxe finish but this one has a slight metallic shimmer in them.
MAC eyeshadows veluxe pearl examples: All that glitters, Knight Divine, Hocus Pocus, Woodwinked, Expensive pink
The velvet finish gives a soft color than what it actually appears to be. It feels velvety.
MAC eyeshadows velvet examples: Vanilla, Smut, Mulch, texture, Trax, Sable
Trust me girls, INGLOT has some pretty amazing finds! They tend to have a lot of colorful shades (not my type), but also have beautiful neutral or various shades of browns & golds!
You must know this–The “pearl” shadows in INGLOT have a fine shimmer but with a bright pearly sheen.
I’m in love with the PEARL 409 shade.
Eye-catching color. A pigmented Blackish brown shimmer with a gold sheen- more like an opaque bronze. Great lasting power, gives you an elegant look without looking like it’s too overdone.
The price is much cheaper than MAC of course, but the quality is beyond amazing. What I like about this is that you don’t need to mix it with other colors (crease + lid + outer crease)etc. You can just use it all over the lid, blend the outer corners with a brush (no color on brush) & voila!!
Check out my swatch test below:
Girls, it’s really important that you organize your eye shadows. I have over 4 MAC palettes (just for the eyes), but they might be quite expensive & their eyeshadows tend to be pricey. Some other eyeshadows from INGLOT or smashbox or NYX do fit in MAC palettes. The disadvantage about MAC palettes- they fit 4 or 15 only. If you need more, then you must buy a new palette.
IF you are looking for palettes that are more affordable & want to customize them on your own- there is a fantastic easy solution.
Nearly 2 months ago, Inglot launched a freedom system for eye palettes, where you choose among your favorite eyeshadows. You can choose from over 210 eye shades to personally create yours. It’s important to choose your own colors since you WILL use them cuz you CHOOSE them, instead of buying ready palettes with 3-4 colors that you will never touch.
You can choose for a 2,3,4,5,10, 20 color Palette or a 40 color one.
I absolutely love that it’s a MAGNETIC palette, making it easy to move & stack. I suggest the 10 or 20 shade palette instead of the little ones. You can choose either the round shades or the square shades. Some lip shades are available to be placed in the palette (only round).
Whenver your shades are nearly empty, you go for a refill. The more shades you buy in the palette, the less the price for each becomes.
The price per eyeshadow (1-2) is $7 each; if you buy (3-9 shades) you’ll pay $ 5 each. And if you get 10+ shades, each will cost you $ 4.50.