I’m thrilled to see more neutral eyeshadow colors out this year and I love the new Makeup By Mario Ethereal Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($68, available at Sephora and Makeup By Mario). It has 12 new shades with a mix of mattes, sparkly toppers and one finely milled shimmer.
I like a good sparkle topper and think the sparkles work well when applied with fingers in a patting motion. I did experience a lot of sparkle fall out when applying it but it’s easy to clean up and throughout the day I didn’t have much fall out after.
The mattes are super smooth, easy to blend, pigmented and I love every single color. There’s one shimmer shade which is a dark brown with silver and brown toned shimmers. I think it makes for a nice soft smokey eye. All that said I don’t think this palette is for everyone. The shimmers are pretty sparkly. If you’re more into the finely milled shimmer vs micro sparkle, definitely opt for the Natasha Denona Glam Palette instead (reviewed here).
Mattes include a soft creamy shade, soft warm beige, matte brown, matte grey, matte rose, soft cool brown and a deeper brown. Sparkles include a glittery champagne, a soft silvery rose sparkle, a glitzy pale gold, a sparkling taupe. The smooth shimmer is a deep brown taupe.
A close up of the eye look below and I also have a quick demo on Reels @beautylookbook.
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I also wanted to include a look at all of the MoistureGlow Plumping Lip Serums I have. I’ve accumulated nearly all of the shades since I’m a lip balm lover. These have a subtle plumping effect and a cooling sensation. There’s no tingle on me. I already have full lips and didn’t notice added plumpness from these like I do with the Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump or Dior Addict Lip Maximizers.
Pigment is medium on most of these shades. They have a really soft texture – they almost feel like they’ve melted when you apply them on the lips. A lot of times they feel so soft I have to use a lip brush to apply and blend – but it’s not a deal breaker for me.
These are similar to the Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Balms & Juicy Plump (in my opinion). Colors are really flattering in both lines. Formula is nice and glossy. I think the Tarte ones stay put on the lips slightly longer because the texture isn’t as soft. I have a slight preference for the Tarte balms because of the packaging and slim applicator style. The Tarte balms blend better without a brush. But both are still very good.
Swatches of all the colors I own:
- Bare Glow is a neutral peachy pink with subtle shimmer
- Apricot Glow is a warm soft peach with shimmer
- Rose Glow (my favorite) is a flattering soft pink with shimmer
- Bronze Glow is a neutral warm brown with a bit of shimmer
- Mauve Glow is a neutral mauve pink brown with shimmer
- Plum Glow is a plum with silver shimmer
- Nude Glow is a sheer pale beige
- Rosewood Glow is a medium neutral-cool rose mauve
- Petal Glow is a pale muted pink
- Blush Glow is a slightly deeper/warmer version of Petal Glow
- Honey Glow is a honey brown
- Cinnamon Glow is a deeper pink brown cinnamon color
I swatched a few on the lips for you, out of all the colors I’d say my favorites are Rosewood Glow and Rose Glow.
Overall I love the new palette. I think I’ll get a lot of wear and use out of this one. As much as I love neutrals, I’ve found this year I actually prefer neutral-warm tones like the Patrick Ta Major Dimension Palette, Too Faced Natural Nudes and Too Faced Sunset Strip palettes.
That being said I’m happy to see more variation in eye palette tones. Have you checked this one out? What did you think about the shimmers? Right up your alley? Or too much? Would love to hear your thoughts!
I’ve linked the other makeup I’m wearing below too: