Although my favourite Make Up Must Have is of course, a Lipstick, lately I’ve been getting a lot more interested in Eye Shadow! I’ve always been inspired by Marilyn’s Eye Make Up, with the main focus being the Eye Lashes and Eye Liner. She mostly wore a natural white base on her eyelids with a slight dark shadow between the crease, that I usually leave out. However, I’ve decided to branch out with colours and mix and match with Eye Shadow as much as I do with Lipstick!
As well as wearing a white eyeshadow base, I also wear nude and gold shades and therefore, as soon as I saw the new Maybelline Nudes Eye Shadow Pallet, I knew that I had to try it! I love Maybelline, I’ve worn their make up for years and I especially love their Mascaras. Before this, I’ve only actually had one Eye Shadow Pallet, I usually buy just the one colour, so I’m by no means an expert. Therefore, I can’t tell you how happy I was to see instructions on how to match each colour and where to apply it on the back of the compact!
The instructions give you three ways to wear the shades; Quads, Trios and Duos. I wanted to try as many shades as I could so naturally, I chose to follow the Quad Instructions. I picked the middle four shades to use, mainly because I didn’t want it to be too dramatic and I’m more used to using golds and lighter nudes, I have yet to master a Smokey Eye! For the Quads, the lightest colour is used to cover the entire eye area, the sparkly gold is used to shade the eyelid, the chocolate shade is used to contour the crease and the darkest shade is used to line around the eye.
Overall, I found the Eye Shadow fairly simple to apply, I used my Eye Shadow Brush and made sure to blend each of the shades subtly together. I found the crease contouring and lining around the eye the hardest, simply because it was the smallest space to apply. However, as I always apply my Winged Eyeliner after my Eyeshadow, that covered the lining around my eye anyway. I can’t wait to try the other colours and discover which shades suit me and dare to try shades I’m not used to!
The second Eye Shadow Pallet I bought was Revlon Photoready in 520 Watercolours Aquarelle. I think after watching Cleopatra (1963) I’ve subconsciously been inspired to try colourful Eyeshadows, after all, the eyes are just as important as the lips! I was browsing around and saw this compact, what I loved the most was the display of the colours as they are placed where the shades should be applied to on the eyes.
It was also helpful to have the instructions on the back once more, I guess all Eyeshadow Sets do this as it’s a very good idea for a novice like myself. Firstly, I applied the lightest shade, the primer, all over my eyelid and right up to my brow bone. After that I added the main shade to the lid, then I applied the center shade on the crease and sweeped the top shade on the brow bone. Lastly, you can add the sparkle shade to complete the application, however I forgot to do that, silly me! After applying so much Eyeshadow, it’s definitely handy to brush over your face as so much falls down onto your cheeks.
To finish my look, I applied my new Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Siren In Scarlet. I’ve got many Maybelline Lipsticks and I think they’re wonderful, so I knew I would like this. I think Matte is my favourite finish on a Lipstick, I like the option of adding a gloss and I think Matte lasts the longest and applies the best. I always use Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain 010 and Rimmel have re released these with a Pore Blurring Effect and a 24 Hour Moisture Hydration too!
I really can’t decide which Eye Shadow I prefer, although I wear Nude Shades more, I absolutely love the colourful shades and will hopefully try some more in the future! Which do you prefer?
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