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MAKE Beauty Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadows

February 8, 2024

MAKE Beauty Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadows

MAKE Beauty is a beauty line I’ve been loving but haven’t written about on the blog yet and it’s a line I think is definitely worth checking out. The products MAKE has been creating remind me of the good old days of when there were innovative beauty launches. They have also launched some really beautiful staples, but with a unique twist whether it’s the packaging or formula.

Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadows

Their latest launch is the Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadow ($24 each). These are beautiful reflective shimmer eyeshadows that have a creamy feel but blend like a powder. They’re very metallic but the shimmer is unique in the sense that you will get a different shimmer effect depending on how much you apply. With a soft fluffy brush you get a soft luminous glow. If you apply with fingers or a dense brush you’ll see a more foiled metallic sheen.

MAKE Beauty Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadows

Once on the lids there’s no fall-out (true to their description!). When I apply with a brush there is a little bit of fall out onto the cheeks but most of the product adheres to the lids. Lasting power is impressive – the texture is creamy which makes it adhere to the eyes for very long wear.

MAKE Beauty Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadows

MAKE Beauty Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadow swatches

There are 12 shades available. The team sent 6 as press samples and I was so impressed with the formula I ordered a few more (and they shipped pretty quickly). These shadows look speckled with different pearly colors mixed in for a stunning finish.

  • Glaze* is a beautiful warm champagne pearly shimmer
  • Gleam is a beautiful pink mauve metallic shimmer
  • Quartz* is a cool-toned taupe shimmer, almost pulls purply on my skin
  • Dream Dust is a beautiful golden brassy shade
  • Blaze* is a warm coral shimmer
  • Stardust* is a stunning deep emerald
  • Purple Haze* is a luminous orchid plum
  • Onyx* is a gunmetal metallic

On me they pull more metallic than sparkly. Shimmer is more on the fine side vs chunky, so while they have very strong shimmer they aren’t like glitter toppers.

I did two looks below wearing three shades. You can wear them alone as one-and-done kind of shadows or mix/layer multiples.

Dream Dust Look

MAKE Beauty Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadow Dream Dust Look

MAKE Beauty Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadow Dream Dust Look

Also wearing:

Glaze + Blaze Look

MAKE Beauty Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadow Glaze and Blaze Look

MAKE Beauty Multi-Chromatic Metal-Reflecting Eyeshadow Glaze and Blaze Look

Wearing the same items above, but with Glaze and Blaze layered together.

New Eyeshadow Brushes

MAKE Beauty Eyeshadow Brushes

They launched two brushes with the eyeshadow and I think they’re very well made. The All Over Eyeshadow Brush ($24) is a very soft medium-sized brush. The Precision Eye Smudger ($24) is a small domed brush, also very soft and dense. The handles feel a weighted which gives it a luxurious feel. So far I only have one other brush the Powder Brush ($30) and I use it all the time. I really hope they expand the brush line and consider making a travel brush set because they are well designed, well made and really nice to use.

Overall lots to love. I think the eyeshadows are beautiful and the formula is very unique. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but my top 3 are Glaze, Gleam and Dream Dust.

I have a pretty substantial brush collection and think the new eyeshadow brushes they launched are worth splurging on.

You can find these available now at



Press samples have a * next to them. All other items purchased by me.

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Top 5 Everyday Eyeshadow Palettes

September 10, 2021

Top 5 Best Everyday Eyeshadow Palettes

Today I’m rounding up my Top 5 Everyday Eyeshadow Palettes! These are the ones I’ve been reaching for the most this year I feel are best suited for everyday wear. Would love to hear what your favorites are in the comments!

Chanel Candeur Et Experience

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Candeur Et Experience

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Candeur Et Experience 268 ($62) is probably one that has surprised me as being super wearable. It has a red shade which I normally don’t wear but the combination of the other browns with the red makes for a really good everyday eye look for me. It’s the one of the top 3 eyeshadow quads that get the most compliments. Pigment is medium but buildable for a soft look. Lasting power is good and stays put all day.

Wearing: Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation in B50, Poudre Universelle Libre in 30, Les 4 Ombres in Candeur Et Experience, Joues Contraste Blush in Alezane, Rouge Allure Velvet in Low-Key

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Candeur Et Experience

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Candeur Et Experience

If you want a more neutral-cool or cooler toned option, try Chanel Les 4 Ombres Clair Obscur (all matte cool neutrals) or Tisse Rivoli (neutral-cool shimmers)


Charlotte Tilbury Bella Sofia

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette Bella Sofia

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Bella Sofia ($53) is one of my all-time favorites for an everyday look. It has wearable brown and bronze tones I think are flattering on a wide range of skin tones and eye colors. Colors include a soft pale champagne shimmer, warm coppery brown shimmer, deeper brown shimmer and a gold sparkle topper. (The name of this used to be Dolce Vita but they changed it to Bella Sofia.)

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Quad

Charlotte Tilbury Bella Sofia Eyeshadow Swatches

If you want no sparkle/glitter try her Super Nudes Easy Eye Palette (soft velvety luminous matte) or The Sophisticate (all matte, neutral-cool tones).


Makeup By Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup By Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette ($48) is one of my newest discoveries and I cannot believe how long it took me to finally try it. It 100% lives up to the hype with soft blendable mattes. All the colors perform well (no chalky finish in any of them). It has a good range of neutrals with different undertones and browns in super flattering colors.

If you like all mattes and neutrals, get this one.

Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette swatches


Patrick Ta Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palette

Patrick TA Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palette review

Patrick Ta Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palette ($68) is neutral bronze champagne perfection. It has everything you need for a complete eye look including 2 cream browns that work really well as a base. The remaining colors include a mix of mattes, shimmers, sparkle toppers. This is the second most complimented palette I own. You can create a lot of looks with this one and I think it’s very wearable even with the sparkle glitters.

Quality wise this one is not the best that I have tried. Other brands like Natasha Denona, Tom Ford and Anastasia Beverly Hills have a better more finely milled quality and texture, but the one from Patrick Ta is still very good and wearable.

Patrick TA Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palette swatches


Too Faced Born This Way Natural Nudes

Too Faced Born This Way Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Born This Way Natural Nudes ($48) is another favorite I tried this year and I also think this is lovely! I was worried the metallic shimmers and sparkles would be too trendy for me but they are really wearable when layered on top of the mattes. There is a definitely a noticeable sparkle with the lighter shades but they adhere well and I think they are very wearable. I love this one because it has a great range of colors from light, medium and deep.

Too Faced Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Born This Way Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Worn in my Rose Hermes Silky Blush Review:

Hermes Rosy Lip Enhancer Rose Abricote + Silky Blush Powder Rose Tan


A few of you have asked whether I prefer the Patrick Ta or Too Faced and I would say it’s a tough pick. They’re both unique in their own way. I like that the Patrick Ta Palette has 2 creams that are really good in quality and pigment. I also like the color range. The Too Faced has a bit more variety with the pink and rose tones mixed in.

Out of the two I would say the one from Patrick Ta is a bit more conservative on the sparkle side while the Too Faced is a bit more glitzy/trendy. Both have some intense sparkle toppers so your mileage may vary depending on how much sparkle you are comfortable wearing.

There are lots of other great eyeshadow palettes I own and still wear. It was tough to narrow it down to my top 5 but after careful thought I picked the ones I find myself reaching for the most this year. Runner ups I would also consider everyday kind of eyeshadow palettes include:

What are your favorite everyday palettes?




Let me know what category or brand you want to see the Top 5 roundup for next!

Lips Victoria Beckham Beauty

Victoria Beckham Beauty Haul

December 10, 2019

Victoria Beckham Beauty Review

I have a Victoria Beckham Beauty haul to share today! Everything looked so beautiful in a polished yet effortless kind of way and I was really curious to see what they looked like in person. This is the first time I’ve tried anything from a Victoria Beckham Beauty line. Past launches with Estee Lauder always sold out so fast, I felt like I blinked and everything was gone. Her current collection can be found on her website Victoria Beckham Beauty and also at Violet Grey.

I ordered directly from her website and everything arrived relatively fast for standard shipping. Products came in a white drawstring bag and everything was well packed/protected. I have on item in the haul that I’m not reviewing yet which is her Cell Rejuvenating Moisturizer because I need more time to test. First impressions are positive from me but more on this later.

Lip Definer

Victoria Beckham Beauty Lip Definer

Her Lip Definers were the products that interested me the most. I ordered Shades 01, 02, 03 and 04. They’re smooth full coverage lip pencils in shades designed to enhance the natural lip color. They’re described as waterproof and I found them very opaque and long-wearing. Colors I bought and some lip pairings I’ve tried:

When I used these pencils alone to line and fill the lips the result was too opaque, dark and rich for my skin tone. But this is the case with most lip pencils. The best way to wear these is as a lip pencil to outline and define the outer edges of the lip and pair with a lipstick or gloss. I am still experimenting with the combinations but overall I think the colors are really beautiful and easy to wear.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Lip Definer

Victoria Beckham Beauty Lip Definer

Comparison swatches to MAC Lip Pencils in Whirl, Stripdown, Boldy Bare, Dervish, Chanel Lip Definer in Nude, Pat McGrath Permagel Lip Pencil in Contour, Done Undone, Suburbia, Bare Rose, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and Marc Jacobs Poutliner in Primrose

Neutral Lip Liner Swatches

Bitten Lip Tint

Victoria Beckham Beauty Bitten Lip Stain

I have mixed feelings about the Bitten Lip Tint. It has a berry tint that looks beautiful on the lips but being a stain that is semi sheer – one coat was a bit streaky. Two coats evens out better. It’s non drying and has a very slight sheen to it. Once on the lips it stains the lips purple. As it faded it left an unflattering purply brown look on my lips but it did last a very very long time. It’s a gel tint with a sponge tip applicator – however there is no room inside for any air flow in or out of the tube so when I put the sponge back into the tube to close it, the air from the inside popped the top insert out. It was easy to push back in so its not a deal breaker.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Bitten Lip Stain

Satin Kajal Liner

Victoria Beckham Satin Kajal Liner

The Satin Kajal Liners come in 3 colors and I tried Bronze which is more of a golden brass shimmer rather than a bronze to me and Black which is a true black. They’re ultra soft and pigmented. There’s a sponge tip on one end to smoke out the color. When applied along the top lashes it blended beautifully and it stayed put all day. However I tried it on the bottom of the eyes and it smudged on me. I think they’re nice to try but if you absolutely need something long wearing I think the Sisley Phyto Khol Eyeliners are far superior.

Victoria Beckham Satin Kajal Liner + Lid Luster Mink swatches

Lid Luster

Victoria Beckham Lid Luster Mink

The concept of the Lid Lusters appealed to me but only one of the colors looked like something I could see myself wearing. They’re pressed pigments with lots of sparkle and pearl and they blend beautifully! Mink is a sparkling ultra shimmery deep silver taupe with brown tones. It applied a lot cooler-toned than I anticipated but is still really lovely. I think the formula is better than Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadows and those are among my favorites. I do wish they had more colors to pick from. Hopefully they will expand the line. They glide on so easily and I had no fall out issues with the sparkles.

Natasha Denona Biba Palette Eyeshadows + Victoria Beckham Lid Luster in Mink + Satin Kajal in Black

Victoria Beckham Lid Luster Mink

Swatch comparisons to Hourglass Scattered Light Shadows (review here and here), Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Intense Moonlight, By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon (review here)

Taupe Shimmer Eyeshadow Swatches

Look wearing Lid Luster in Mink and Lip Liner 03:

Victoria Beckham Beauty Review

Overall thoughts are that I think she has a beautiful beauty line to start. I would have loved to see some coordinating lip sheers or lipsticks to go with the lip pencils with the initial launch. I think the Lid Luster formula is really phenomenal and I hope she expands the color range!

You can find her current collection can be found on her website Victoria Beckham Beauty and also at Violet Grey. Have you tried anything yet? What did you think?


Hourglass Cosmetics

New Hourglass Scattered Light Shadows + Nordstrom Eye and Lip Duo

July 22, 2019

Hourglass Haul New Scattered Light and Nordstrom Eye/Lip Duo Spark | The beauty look book

There are some new items from Hourglass that just launched! I hauled three of the four new Scattered Light Eye Shadows ($29 each) in Ray, Rapture and Burnish along with the Nordstrom Eye and Lip Duo ($48, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale exclusive).


New Scattered Light Eye Shadows

Hourglass Scattered Light Rapture, Burnish and Ray

I’ve been such a huge fan of the Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadows. I bought all five original colors reviewed here and use them on a weekly basis. They make for the prettiest shadow toppers to add some pop and dimension. Sometimes I’ll mix a couple together or just layer on top of powder shadows. In case you missed the original review, these are glittery pigments that adhere well to the lids. They’re ultra sparkly I was beyond excited to see new shades make their appearance online. I bought three of the four (skipped the green one):

  • Rapture is a cranberry with gold shimmer
  • Burnish is a shimmery gold bronze
  • Ray is a medium smokey bronze champagne with loads of glitter

Out of the three Ray is the most sparkly and glittery. Rapture and Burnish seem to have smaller finer sparkles, even smaller compared to the original five shades. I tested all three and absolutely love them. There are similarities between some of the original shades. Burnish is less yellow than Foil. Rapture is more red/pink than Blaze.

Hourglass Scattered Light Rapture, Burnish and Ray swatches

New Hourglass Scattered Light Ray, Burnish and Rapture

Swatches of all the scattered light eye shadows I own. 100% worth the splurge.

Hourglass Scattered Light Eye Shadow Swatches via The Beauty Look Book


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Eye and Lip Duo

Hourglass Nordstrom Eye Lip Duo 2019

The Nordstrom x Hourglass 2019 Anniversary Sale Set has an exclusive lip gloss called Spark and I was really interested to see what it looked like (my Nordstrom did not have this in store). It’s a pale milky peachy pink cream that’s high maintenance for my pigmented lips. If you’re light or fair skinned or can wear ultra light colors you’ll have no issue with this. Since I have a darker natural lip this ended up being super streaky on me. It will blend out and smooth out with a pencil underneath or mixed. I feel like this one would have been amazing had it been a shimmery color (kinda along the lines of Impact or Cosmic). For me Sublime is easier to pull off without the streaks.

I tried the Caution Extreme Mascara again and this round find that I really like it. I wasn’t 100% thrilled with it when I first tried it a year ago. I feel like it’s working a lot better for me this try.

Hourglass Nordstrom Eye Lip Duo 2019 Swatches Spark and Caution Mascara

For foundation reference I’m wearing Armani Luminous Silk in Shade 7. For the Hourglass Foundations I’m in between shades, closest match in the Vanish Seamless Liquid is Beige (review here). Spark is swatched below on bare lips.

Hourglass Nordstrom Eye Lip Duo 2019 Swatches Spark lip gloss

If I could do this over I would have passed on this set and just bought the mascara. The gloss is too pale for me and too similar to Sublime/Child in the same formula and for me the best neutral nude in this color family is still Pat McGrath LUST Gloss in Faux Real or Bobbi Brown Lychee Baby.

Comparisons below:

Nude Lip Gloss Swatches


Hourglass Haul Picks new Scattered Light and Spark Lip Gloss

Overall love the new Scattered Light Eyeshadows and hope more come out. The Spark Lip Gloss is a pass for me. It’s one of those shades that will streak after I apply if I touch my lips together or drink from a cup. I am willing to try to make it work with lip liner and extra blending, but for me I think there are easier to wear colors that are similar.

The new Scattered Light Eye Shadows should be available at all Hourglass counters soon. Available now at Nordstrom, Sephora and Hourglass Cosmetics. The Eye Lip Duo is exclusive to Nordstrom for the Anniversary Sale.



Did you check out either of these new launches?


Base Makeup Charlotte Tilbury Eye Makeup

New Charlotte Tilbury Magic Powder, Magic Away Concealer + Stars In Your Eyes Palette

October 14, 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Magic Powder and Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

Today I’m covering a few new launches from Charlotte Tilbury including her Genius Magic Powder ($45), Magic Away Concealer ($32) and swatches of the new Stars In Your Eyes Palette ($75). I’ve been the biggest fan of her Airbrush Flawless Finish Pressed Powder in #2 for years now. It’s one I still swear by today and I was really excited to put her new face products to the test. I hauled everything from Nordstrom and two of the three products I hauled are hits.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Magic Powder and Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

Magic Powder + Magic Away Concealer

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Magic Powder Review

Up first is a look at her new face products. The Magic Powder is a loose powder for under the eyes and all over the face. It’s a soft light-diffusing powder to blur the skin. I find that the Airbrush Flawless Pressed and Magic Powder Loose colors don’t match with the same numbers. #2 in the pressed is a perfect match for me while #2 in the loose is significantly lighter in color but it does have a translucent feel to me. The powder itself has a really nice matte effect without looking flat or cakey even though the color is pale. The jar seems well made and has a twist lid inside so you can keep powder from flying around when you store it. The only downside is the smell – it has a very strong plastic smell which I thought was the packaging, which could be the culprit. But if it is, it is also in the powder and it’s pretty bad. The good news is that once it’s on the face and sets, the smell dissipates after a while. Still it’s a scent I don’t think any makeup product should have. A quick look at the product description says it’s made of veggie powder and natural oils to absorb oil and condition the skin at the same time. This could be the reason it smells. For now I’m going to stick with the pressed version and other brands of loose powders. My favorites rounded up and reviewed here.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Powder vs Flawless Pressed Shade 2

Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Pressed Powder, Magic Powder, Magic Away Concealer, Magic Foundation swatches

The Magic Away Liquid Concealer is a hit! I ordered two shades 6 and 7 sight unseen based on the fact that I mix the Magic Foundation in 6 and 7. Both concealer shades work for me, 6 is a good brightening color but 7 is an exact match for my tan skin right now. It’s a smooth finish, full coverage concealer with a sponge tip applicator. I actually prefer tube or wand applicators but this one works to blend out the product right on the face without having to use another sponge. I’ve been a die-hard fan of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for under eyes because I need something that is a little bit dewy. This comes in very close second. The Charlotte Tilbury has full perfect coverage, stays put, blends easily and does remove the subtle darkness I have under my eyes some mornings. Shade 6 applied below:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer 6

Left is applied heavily straight from the tube, you can apply as much or as little as you want. I did a heavy face swatch so you could see the color and texture. Right side is completely blended out with a sponge. Also wearing a mix of Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 6+7 mixed all over the face, Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown and NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Swing on the lips. Top from Madewell.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer 6

I’ve swatched the concealer below next to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Macadamia and Ginger. I’ve also included one of the new MAC Studio Fix 24 Hour Wear Concealers in NC35, NC38 and NC40 (reviewing these soon, but I find this formula runs a tad bit lighter than the foundations).

Concealer Swatches NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away, MAC Studio Fix 24 hour wear

Stars in Your Eyes Palette

The Stars in Your Eyes Palette is new for the season and it is one of the most beautiful warm palettes I’ve tried. I still don’t consider myself as really loving the red/warm eye shadow trend that’s been going on for a while, but this one is very wearable, doesn’t look too warm on my skin and has excellent color payoff. There is a mix of matte and shimmers. I think it’s a significant improvement compared to last years which I bought and still use but find high maintenance because it takes me a lot of layering to get the pigment I want. This year’s is perfect in every way for me.

Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

This one has four sets of color-themed trios designed to Prime, Enhance and Smoke, but you can mix and match any of the combinations.

  • Love Eyes has a matte cream, shimmery rose gold, matte warm rose
  • Power Eyes has a shimmery soft gold, pale champagne shimmer, shimmery bronze
  • Happy Eyes has a rosy shimmer, warm soft brown matte, deeper soft brown matte
  • Confident Eyes has a shimmery mauve, shimmery plum and matte plum purple

Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette swatches

Below wearing a mix of Stars in Your Eyes Palette Love Eyes and Happy Eyes, First Love Chic to Cheek Blush and NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Swing, same base as mentioned above:

Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

As much as I love the pretty rose gold packaging it makes photographing product difficult. Colors will look slightly different in photos depending on what you see in the reflection, so I’ve included two photos, one with flash, one without.

Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review + Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Magic Powder and Stars in Your Eyes Palette Review

Overall I highly recommend the Magic Away Concealer. I think it’s worth a look if you want a full coverage, smooth creamy concealer. It doesn’t cake or crease on me under the eyes and it also has enough pigment that you can use it to cover spots like sun spots or dark circles. I find it has better coverage than her other formulas. The Stars in Your Eyes Palette was a pleasant hit given last year’s formula was just ok for me. I’m thrilled that even though it’s warm toned it’s not too red or warm and easy to wear. The Magic Powder was something I had such high hopes for. The shades are a bit odd to me because the numbers don’t match in different formulas and the smell is so bad, but as a product it works on my face just fine. For now if you’re in the market for a new loose powder I’d say my top picks are the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder and Laura Mercier Translucent Loose (both compared here).

You can find the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, Powder and Stars in Your Eyes Palette at Nordstrom. Also available online at Charlotte Tilbury.

Have you tried any of these yet? What did you think?


Eye Makeup NARS

NARS Eyeshadow Singles and Duos Relaunch Review

October 3, 2018

NARS Eyeshadow Single and Duo relaunch

NARS just redesigned their Eyeshadow Singles and Duos in a new formula and packaging. Some shades have been repromoted and new colors have been introduced. The formula is softer and smoother with a more buttery feel and now comes with magnetic removable pans. I still have yet to find a palette to put them into so I’m keeping them in the original compacts for now. Today I have a review of the following items:

The new shadows are improved over the original but I really liked the original formula. Differences are in packaging design and texture. The revamped version is softer and velvety with a texture that seems to glide on the skin better. Pigment and color payoff is similar to me, I do think with the shimmers the softer velvety texture makes for a richer finish. All the colors layer and blend with each other beautifully.

First a look at the new vs old packaging. I like the concept of removable pans to make my own palette. I think all brands should have this option with singles! I’m still trying to find a good palette solution for these –  they do have one they launched a while ago but it hasn’t held up the best for me.

NARS Eyeshadow Single and Duo relaunch vs original pans

The Single Eyeshadow comes in 42 shade options. There are a different finishes of matte, shimmer, satin. Some retailers split these into Soft Essentials for Mattes, Precious Metals for shimmers and Pops for bright colors. The ones I tested were all excellent in color payoff, texture and smoothness. I’m partial to the shimmers for their buttery soft texture that glides onto the lids perfectly. Color I have include a mix of press samples and ones I purchased on my own.

NARS Single Eyeshadow Review | The Beauty Look Book

Top Row:

  • Cabo San Lucas* is a sheer mauve with a soft satin sheen
  • Noumea* is a warm matte red brown
  • Bengali* is a matte cool deep brown

Middle Row:

  • Virgin Gorda is a shimmering rose nude
  • Ashes to Ashes* is a soft satiny shimmer taupe grey
  • Fez is a warm bronze shimmer

Bottom Row:

  • Verona* is a cool purple silvery shimmer
  • Isla Bonita* is an ultra pale minty silver
  • Lahore* is a shimmering taupe grey

Swatches below, to me Ashes to Ashes and Lahore almost look identical on my skin. Lahore has more pigment and shimmer, but the colors look really close. If you have a pink undertone you will probably see the difference more. I’m tan olive.

NARS Single Eyeshadow Review | Cabo San Lucas, Noumea, Bengali, Virgin Gorda, Ashes to Ashes, Fez, Verona, Isla Bonita and Lahore swatches

The Hardwired Eyeshadow Singles are ultra shimmery and metallic. I had my eye on a few so I stopped by the store to see them. The ones I wanted looked ultra glittery while the ones I had were more of a refined metallic. I may go check them out again as my experience with the four I have blew me away. They’re so pigmented and non-gritty like you’d expect. The shimmer is ultra fine and adheres to the skin really well. Photos can’t capture how beautiful these are.

  • Earthshine is a pale lavender with green, blue and violet flecks
  • Stud is the perfect silver taupe shimmer
  • Lunar* is a high shine lavender
  • Eclipse* is a duo-chrome purple that flashes pink

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Earthshine, Stud, Lunar and Chile

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Earthshine, Stud, Lunar and Chile swatches

The Duo Eyeshadow has been relaunched in a lot of repromoted shades. Based on a comparison of old vs new, the colors with the same names are very similar but I see slight differences. Pigment wise the newer ones adhere better to the skin and have a softer smooth texture. Color payoff is similar though, my experience is that the color is really good and lasts a long time.

Colors I bought include the following below. I did receive some press samples but they weren’t colors I felt like I’d use so I gifted them away and bought ones I knew I would:

  • Kalahari* is the perfect neutral medium tone plum and bronze
  • Alhambra has a shimmering pink and shimmering gold
  • Cordura has a shimmering bronze and deep chocolate with gold flecks
  • St Paul de Vence has a perfect soft pink and warm pink matte (I feel like since I missed out on the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk quad this could be a good alternative)

NARS Duo Eyeshadow New Kalahari, Alhambra, Cordura and St Paul de Vence

NARS Duo Eyeshadow New Kalahari, Alhambra, Cordura and St Paul de Vence swatches

NARS Climax Mascara, Tinted Eye Base Light and Medium

The Tinted Smudge Proof Eye Base now comes in tinted form. I ordered both Light and Medium as I wasn’t sure what color I’d be. Medium is my match and I’ve swatched it next to a few Radiant Creamy Concealers in Custard, Macadamia and Ginger for reference. I wasn’t a fan of the original clear base simply because it’s not meant for my skin type. I know many love matte bases for eyeshadows but I don’t have oily lids so most tend to dry out my skin. I prefer something creamy and emollient. These new Tinted Bases are ultra pigmented and a little goes a long way. They have a velvety matte dry down so while it will help the shadow stay put all day long I found them too dry for my skin type. It is an excellent product to even out the lids and help create a nice canvas for powder eye shadow and once it sets it is indeed smudge-proof.

NARS Tinted Eye Base Light and Medium vs Radiant Creamy Concealer Custard, Macadamia and Ginger swatches

Last but not least a quick mention of the Climax Mascara*. I’m going to do a roundup soon of mascaras I’ve been trying and this one is excellent. It volumizes, doesn’t clump, holds the curl and is almost smudge-proof. Indoors in air conditioning it does not smudge on me. But outdoors for extended periods of time here in Florida we are still having humid weather with temperatures in the high 90s sometimes exceeding 100. In those cases minor smudging occurs. But overall this is an excellent formula.

A quick look at some of the originals I still have versus new version. I think the colors are really close but there are slight differences. The original Alhambra is a tiny bit peachier. Original Kalahari is cooler-toned. Original Ashes to Ashes is the slightest bit warmer in undertone.

NARS Original vs New Eyeshadows Alhambra, Kalahari, Ashes to Ashes

NARS Eyeshadow Single and Duo relaunch

Overall thoughts are positive. I think there has been an improvement in the new formula although I never had issues with the original ones. I really like that the pans are removeable and hope they come out with a large empty palette like MAC does that I can use to put the shadows in for travel or to make my own palette. I’m going to give the Hardwired shades another look, especially Pattaya because the formula is really good. I personally don’t love the Eyeshadow Bases but they aren’t bad – they’re just not what I like to use because of the matte finish.

You can find the NARS Eyeshadow Singles and Duos out now. Some shades seem to have been selling out quickly so you may have to shop around to find the colors you want. Available at NARS Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and all other NARS retailers.

Some items featured are press samples, others purchased by me. Press sample shades have a * next to them.

Bobbi Brown Eye Makeup

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eyeshadow Palettes

September 19, 2018

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eyeshadow Palette Review Rosy and Bronzed

Bobbi Brown has two new limited-edition Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eyeshadow Palettes ($59 each, made in USA) and they’re exclusive to Nordstrom. I’ve been eyeing these for months as they launched first in Asia and I was almost convinced we would not receive them in the US but we did! There is a pink version called Rosy Nudes and a medium bronzey version called Bronzed Nudes. Both are beautiful for a neutral with a twist eye look. If you’re one who doesn’t wear a lot of eyeshadow, are just getting into makeup, or want something easy to wear every day both are great options. I particularly appreciate neutrals these days because the warm red copper orange trend for eyes is still going very strong. As pretty as they are on many complexions, I often find them difficult to pull off.

Pigment is good on these palettes. It’s soft and sheer to medium. Color is truly natural but buildable. If you want intense pigment these palettes are going to be too natural looking for you. I find using an emollient cream shadow as a base helps the color show up better. I really love the Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes as my base. I don’t have oily lids so I can use a creamy base as my shadow base all over the lids without it getting greasy looking by afternoon.

How cute are the compacts?

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eyeshadow Palette Review

A look at both in direct sunlight so you can see the shimmers better:

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eyeshadow Palette Review Rosy and Bronzed

Beauty Look Book Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Palette Bronzed Nudes

Rosy Nudes has pink nude options. There are mattes, shimmers and sparkles in the palette. There are variations of soft pink nudes and shimmers mixed in with a set of deeper tones for crease and definition. Each palette has a small pamphlet inside with combination ideas with step by step application instructions – so if you’re confused on how to apply shadow, it’s a good starting point. I don’t have a go-to technique, sometimes I start light to dark, other times I start with a medium color and then build and blend from there.

Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Review

Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Review

Colors include:

  • White Smoke – pale matte powder pink
  • Watercolor Pink – shimmery soft peachy pink
  • Nudest – light matte pink
  • Sunrise Glow – shimmery champagne pink peach
  • Nude – nude pink matte
  • Dusk – shimmery rosy shimmer
  • Milk Chocolate – sheer matte cool brown
  • Tan – matte tan
  • Chocolate Smoke – sparkling light brown
  • Rich Caviar – deep plum brown

Bronzed Nudes is my favorite of the two. It has the perfect neutral bronze tan shades to create a natural everyday eye. I’ve been reaching for this one more frequently. It’s one I can see myself wearing year round.

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Review

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Colors include:

  • Bone – matte sheer beige
  • Golden Glow – soft shimmering gold beige
  • Frappe – matte tan
  • Pink Copper – sparkling light copper
  • Burnt Amber – shimmering tan
  • Buff – warm beige matte
  • Copper Chocolate – shimmering warm bronze brown taupe
  • Chocolate Truffle – shimmering taupe
  • Milk Chocolate – sheer cool matte brown
  • Black Chocolate – matte blackened brown

Pigment is good on these palettes but it’s soft with natural-medium coverage. Color is truly natural but buildable. If you want intense pigment these palettes are going to be too natural looking for you. I find using an emollient cream shadow as a base helps the color show up better. They layer well together but if you have dry lids I recommend using something to moisten the skin a tiny bit.

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eyeshadow

Below wearing Bronzed Nudes along with the following:

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Review

Closer look:

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette swatches beauty look

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eyeshadow Palette Review

Overall nice easy to wear colors. I still think the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette is probably one of the best everyday neutral palettes I’ve found, but using it everyday can get boring real fast for me. These Bobbi Brown ones offer a nice variety and I think they’re a great way to start if you’re just getting into shadows.

Given that there are so many options out there a few thoughts on some other palettes I’ve tried recently:

Bottom line I really love the Bronzed Nudes. All the shades are colors I gravitate towards. I have a soft spot for Pink Copper which I wish was made in full size. Both palettes are nice basic staples that you can wear without having to think about how to wear them. All this said she has launched quite a few nude palettes in the past. I haven’t kept track of them in quite some time so you might want to shop your stash if you own any of her eyeshadows. I keep swatching the Nude Drama Palette every time I go into Sephora but haven’t caved on it yet.

You can find the Nude on Nude Eyeshadow Palettes in Bronzed Nudes and Rosy Nudes Palettes available now at Nordstrom. They just started Triple Points today for card members and refreshed their Gift With Purchase page. I have a whole cart full of things I’ve been wanting to try and have to narrow down/edit my picks.

Bobbi Brown Nude Palettes provided for review. Other Press Samples featured indicated with a *.