Who am I? For so long now, I shied away from warm-toned eyeshadows. I never truly understood the hype around the rich burgundies and beautiful reds that I saw in so many eyeshadow palettes. Probably because I could never make them work for me. They always looked too intense, too deep and out of place. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a lot of lid space or just didn’t know how to work with them. But suddenly, one night while trying to step out of my comfort zone I had a revelation. Even I, a neutral girl at heart, can pull off warm tones.
Since then, I’ve been bringing them into my routine more and more – stepping a little further out of my comfort zone each time and honestly, I’ve been loving it. Although there aren’t a lot of warm tones in my collection, I’ve found a couple to play with so I thought I better share the shadows that have been easing my transition into loving warm tones.
This was the palette that started it all for me. Of course, when it arrived, even I could appreciate it’s beauty in the pan. And even though I had a bit of a play with it, I was far too chicken to get too adventurous with it on my eyes. But the other week I had one of those nights where I wasn’t going anywhere and just played with new makeup (aren’t those nights great?) and gave it a go. Plenty of blending and building the shades up slowly and even I’m in love with this shade range now.
Because there are a couple of neutrals mixed in here with the gorgeous reds and terracottas, it’s easier to work with and a great place to start for beginners. The formula is beautifully pigmented but applied a little sheerer so you can build up the colour. Much less scary than accidentally going overboard with those more intense shades.
I’ve been seeing this palette everywhere lately. So I got very excited when I got the chance to try it for myself. As you can see, there’s a serious similarity between this and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. I could never justify purchasing the ABH so this BYS budget alternative is perfect for me. It’s primarily matte, with some warm browns, some oranges, some purples. It’s actually got a bunch of options but I’ve been focusing on those middle shades (as well as the beautiful champagne-y shimmers).
I wasn’t sure what to expect on the formula front but I’ve been genuinely impressed. The mattes are a tiny bit stiffer than I’m used to but still work fine if you’ve got a good blending brush in your arsenal. They also can leave behind a bit of fall out. Nothing that can’t be fixed by setting your under eyes beforehand and simply brushing it off. These shades are seeeeriously pigmented too, so it’s important to work in layers and build up the shades. Overall, this is well worth all the attention it’s been getting. The formula isn’t as perfect as some of the higher end alternatives but if you’re like me and want to try something new without spending a fortune, definitely check these out.
Now I’ll admit I don’t think I’ll ever be a fully-fledged, warm-toned lover. But I’m all for pushing myself out of my comfort zone every now and again. This could be the start of a new love…
Are you a fan of warm-toned eyeshadows?
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!