Before we get on with the post I have a bit of exciting news – The Beauty Collection is now self-hosted, with a pretty new .com.au domain! It’s exciting stuff, we’ve had a makeover but we’re still in the process of clearing everything up so I apologise if things are looking a little messy! Things will hopefully be sorted out over the next few days. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new look so be sure to let me know in the comments below 🙂 Onto the post!
Some mornings I just don’t have the energy or the time to be very creative with my eyeshadow (not that I normally am, just try and catch me on a day where I’m not wearing some bronzy-brown neutral) so on those days I have a few select shades that I always tend to reach for – the One Wash Wonders that look perfect all on their own, simply blended all over the lid and paired with lashings of mascara.
I love a good cream eyeshadow and I’ve mentioned the Estée Lauder Stay-On Shadow Paint in 01 Chained around these parts before because I LOVE it – I get a bit of it on a fluffy brush and blend it out all over the lid and bam, perfect subtle bronze eye that stays all day long. Another creamy wonder is the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Frozen Quartz which I spoke about not too long ago. It’s a rose gold shade that seems to suit my complexion perfectly and makes it look like I’ve put more effort in than I really have (also a great base for other eyeshadows on days where I’m less lazy).
The drugstore has some great options for the one eyeshadow look too, I’ve found. L’Oreal’s Color Riche L’Ombre Pure shadow in 201 Cafe Saint Germain has been getting a serious work-out lately and I have been very impressed – it’s got a seriously impressive formula and the slightly purple-y taupe colour is to die for. A slightly warmer toned offering which, unfortunately isn’t available in Australia is the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush. This pressed pigment is intensely pigmented but gorgeous on the lids with it’s gorgeous shimmer. A well-hid favourite of mine for quite a while now has been the Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in Backstage. You’ve heard it from me before but there’s just something about this shimmering taupe colour that always gets the job done when I’m feeling a little uninspired with my eye makeup.
Makeup Geek shadows are in a league of their own, it’s incredible that I haven’t spoken about them more here on TBC. My pick from my range of colours when I’m feeling lazy is always the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in Grandstand. The formula of the foiled eyeshadows is just seriously incredible and this has got to be my favourite of the four that I have. There’s something about it that looks so multi-faceted on the eye which means it’s perfect for those one shadow looks.
Stila’s Kitten Eyeshadow is a bit of a random one in with this bunch of bronzy-neutrals but there’s a reason why this shade is so well loved (apart from the super cute name). The champagne colour seriously brings out my blue eyes and makes them pop and it’s super subtle too. My ultimate high-end pick for this category is the Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Pale Barley. Believe the hype, people. I’ve made a rather substantial dent in the one tiny corner I’m using, in the hopes of not hurting the beautiful design because it’s seriously beautiful stuff. It’s subtle, with golden shimmer and even though it may not look like much in the pan, it’s completely unique – at least in my collection – and looks beautiful on the eyes.
Who says you need to use 15 different eyeshadows and brushes to define your eyes? Pat on a colour with one brush, blend it out with another and you’re done – any excuse to stay in bed a few minutes longer, hey? 😉
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