Today I thought I would chat you through nearly all of my all-time favourite eye shadows! I say ‘nearly’ simply because this was from rooting around my palettes so I haven’t got any single eye shadows in here nor ones I’ve just collected from various places over the years and I’ve chosen to only include powder formulas. Why? Because I genuinely love all my cream eye shadows and it would just be showing you what you’ve already seen and I think you’d find that just a little bit boring!
The first two shades I adore are from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (available from Feel Unique) and are the colours Naked 2 and Faint. I’ve decided to include these two in the same one because I tend to wear them together – in which they look stunning, may I add! Naked 2 may look boring from the outset but it is a gorgeous grey-toned skin colour that I love to use to even out the colour of my eye or make it look more like skin instead of pure white! I also love Faint, which is this warm-toned brown. This looks beautiful for an everyday smokey eye because it darkens it but not too much, to the point where even I can get away with it for school! Both of these shades are so creamy, easy to work with and, best of all, the most pigmented things that have ever been put on my face, I should think. I just find neutral tones really hard to keep pigmented/opaque throughout the day, but Urban Decay have done it!
The next colour I love is Feather from Collection’s Little Mix All About The Eyes Palette (which has somehow disappeared off the face of the earth!). I don’t really use this as an eye shadow because I’m not always a fan of the stark-white-on-the-lid-look but I do love it as an inner corner/brow bone highlight. If I have a really dark eye on for a night out, I love to use this as my highlight because it really brings a bit of light to my eyes and it always manages to compliment any makeup look! The glitter in it isn’t too chunky, either, so I don’t have any issues with that at all.
From the same palette, I used the colour Sunkissed nearly all summer! This is a beautiful bronze/orange-toned brown with a little bit of shimmer in that I just die for! You may find this easier to apply with a finger as oppose to a brush and packing it on in this way, but I’ve found either one gives as good a finish as the other. I think this also compliments my blue eyes really nicely because of that bronze/orange undertone is has.
A third and final colour from that palette that I love is Golden Sand. This is another shade I wore to death in the summer but I think it could also look stunning with a red/berry toned lipstick now it’s coming up to Christmas (it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas!). This, again, has shimmer (there’s a theme here!) and is just a gold/yellow toned colour this time around. I was a bit hesitant to use this at first but, when paired with the perfect colours, it can look gorgeous. It’s okay to branch out of your comfort zone every now and then, even if it is just with eye shadows!
Heading over to my Sleek i-Divine Palette in Oh So Special (which was a surprise to no one! Available from Boots and Superdrug), another favourite of mine has been Organza. For long time readers, this will be no surprise to you but I had to include it! This is a shell-toned pink colour with *a lot* of shimmer in it (it’s almost entirely shimmer, which makes my heart skip a beat every time!), the glitter being mainly pink and silver and so complimenting each other effortlessly. I’ve recently found, though, that it’s much more pigmented when packed on with a finger and so I do tend to use that instead of a brush, now. If you’re scared of wearing anything too vibrant but want to play with a little bit of colour and/or shimmer, this is the eye shadow for you!
This next shade will, again, be no surprise to long time readers! The Mail has been my favourite transition shade for over a year now, and I don’t see myself changing my mind anytime soon! I use this shade in the crease for nearly every makeup look I do and the orange undertones in it really help to bring out my blue eyes. Otherwise, this is just a general light brown shade! As I said with Organza, this is another shade you can pop on if you are just trying out a new makeup look because it is so subtle but so beautiful when applied.
The final colour I will be talking about from Sleek will be Gift Basket. Last Christmas, I went mental for this colour because it went so perfectly with winged liner and a red lip! This is a warm-toned, medium brown colour with, of course, shimmer in it. Again, I find this better when applied with a finger and I also feel like packing it on this way also makes it last a bit longer, too. If you are looking for a really simple eye shadow you can just pop on the lid and get on with your day with, this is it! You don’t need to look any further at all!
Just popping over to my Makeup Revolution Ultra Flawless Matte’s palette (available from Superdrug), I want to speak to you about the obvious importance of the colour Earth! As the name suggests, this is an earth-y toned dark brown shade that, when first glancing at it, can look quite dead and flat. However, when popped on the outer edge of the crease for a slightly darker daytime look, it can look stunning! I think this is just one of those colours you need some serious control and know-how in order for it to work. I don’t use very much at all but it can look beautiful!
Quickly looking into my W7 Neon Nights Palette (available from Ebay), I love this metallic, shimmer deep pink shade. This looks absolutely stunning when used for a colourful smokey eye and is one of those colours that will entice me out of my dark cave to use colour! The metallic-ness really does show up under lights and it’s just nice to have something a bit different on my face! I think at one point I referred to this as a ‘Cheshire Cat colour’, which is still the best way to describe it, in my opinion! This has the same effect when applied with a brush or finger.
I know you’re all probably bored of hearing about transition colours by now, but I absolutely adore the shade Buck from the Urban Decay Naked Palette (available from Feel Unique). This is another warm-toned brown, but it does look very different to the other browns I’ve previously mentioned, I can assure you! As with the others, I love popping this into my crease for a really smooth and flawless look. I will use this with most eye shadows, as well, so it is very versatile. The only difference with this is I probably would keep this to just a daytime transition colour because I don’t have any darker eye shadows (shock horror!) that would compliment this for a smokey eye. But that’s my problem that can only be fixed by buying more eye shadows!
From the same Naked palette, I’ve also been loving Smog which is a bronze-y brown, shimmery colour that is another ‘chuck-on’ colour. I think this does have some gold glitters in it but, basically, all you need to know from this blog post is anything with bronze or orange undertones in, I love! It does genuinely help to bring out my blue eyes and it’s a trick I will literally take through the rest of my life with me! This is perfect for a day when I can’t really be bothered and this just simply involved packing it on and blending out the edges. The difference I find between this and Gift Basket is that this is a bit more wearable for day to day, particularly at school.
Finally, from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (available from Feel Unique), I love the shade Chopper. I’ve recently forgotten about this but when I was having a huge look through, I remembered how much I loved this colour! This is a pearly shimmer shade with some shell pink undertones which doesn’t sound overly exciting but it becomes more pinky as the day progresses and as it oxidizes (if eye shadows do oxidize…!) and it does look beautiful. This shadow paired with a bit of eyeliner is a perfect day-to-day eye look!
And there we have it! If I’ve learned anything from this blog post, it is that I use way too many similar eye shadows and hopefully if I write an updated one of these it will involve a much better variety of colours! Nonetheless, I hope you have enjoyed this blog post because I love writing much chattier ones that do still revolve around beauty! Let me know which of these eye shadows you also love and what your personal favourite eye shadows are!
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,