Review and Swatches: NARS Phoebe Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

nars phoebe (3)I had seen the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows being favorably reviewed in various blogs but it was not until I saw Phoebe on Jaa’s Blog that I really paid attention. A word of warning before you click over that way: Jaa has got the best pictures of makeup on the blogosphere. Whatever craving you already have, will be magnified.

nars phoebe (2)Anyway, I didn’t think there’s anything else I can add to the already stellar review of this particular eyeshadow online, but it’s just such a FIND that I can’t let it go unmentioned. Saying that Phoebe is a purple, misses the complex shifting it does with various applications: brown, reddish brown, purple, plum, bright purple.

In the picture below, I only have Phobe over primer (a MAC beige paintpot whose name escapes me at the moment), applied all over the lid and buffed towards the crease, wet application of Phoebe along the upper lash line, and buffed as liner on the lower lash line. It can be an everyday work color, yet you can push it to a glam slam (like Jaa did). The lasting power is very good with primer, and obviously it’s a great friend to travel with. It’s been a long time since I’m completely wowed by makeup, and if the rest of the Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are like this, good job NARS!

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Color Palette: Sixties Inspired?

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Androgen – Forbidden Flower – Delicate Hummingbird – Blue Roan

There’s a color palette that I’m loving the past few months. It’s a combination of mauvey purple on the lids (I used Rouge Bunny Rouge ‘Delicate Hummingbird’), with a navy eyeliner (Rouge Bunny Rouge ‘Blue Roan’), bubble gum pink on the cheeks (Illamasqua ‘Androgen’ which translates warmer on my yellow tones) and peachy beige lips (Edward Bess ‘Forbidden Flower’, as close as can get as my HG nude beige color). It’s a fun color palette that is still work-appropriate.

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FOTD: Shimmery pink eyes with shimmery orange lips

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There’s a look I’ve been loving that I stumbled on by accident: a shimmery pink wash of eyeshadow all over the lids combined with a soft orange shimmer lip color. The shimmery pink is ‘Burnout’ from the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette. In the pan it looks rose gold; on my lids it is quite pink. The lipstick is Milani ‘Toasted Orange’. This color can be worn opaque and orange; but another way to wear it is a bit sheer, almost coral. Coupled with a dark cat eye on the upper lash line and a smudge of something taupey on the bottom lash line, it is such a fun but but not over the top look. I usually forgo blush with this look.

Bronze on the eyes

MAC Call Me Bubble eyeshadow palette

Shopping your stash has something to recommend when you’re on a no buy. Duh! I have recently played around with looks centering around Brash, the orange-y bronze in the MAC Call Me Bubbles eyeshadow quad. Brash was pretty much why I bought this palette, a part of me also convincing that this quad can be a face palette as well (sans lip product). Call Me Bubbles, the color on top left, can work as an overall highlighter, and Full of Flavor, lover left, as blush. I’m still not remorseful over this palette, and it is a nice one to play with and Brash always brings such a dreamy quality to my eye looks.

Just straight up bronze all around (sometimes with a little bit more definition at the outer corner with a dark matte brown), or with a mint green mixed in the inner corner (instagram-inspired).

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Review and Swatches: Urban Decay Naked3 is a Plum Purple Palette!

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Confession: I was one of those people pooh-poohing the Urban Decay Naked Palettes gold rush. I mean, brown, dark brown, light brown, greyish brown and brownish grey??

However, one day I was lounging around Sephora in Kuala Lumpur, and lo and behold, there they were, the three Naked sisters, and automatically my eyes caught on Naked3. Everybody and their grandma have raved about the rose gold of this palette, but no one told me it was a plum palette?! Plum and purple!! The brown-eyed girl’s best friends!

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Urban Decay Naked3 Palette: the 6 lighter colors
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Urban Decay Naked3 Palette: the 6 darker colors

I immediately picked up one for myself (and several for others). Here are some swatches and eye looks. This is a very flattering palette for brown-eyed ladies: it is neutral but NOT boring brown or grey; it has a  good selection of shimmer and matte shade; the texture is great; longevity is very good even without primer; and there’s a few shades that you can use on its own, so very good for those rush morning days. That the brush is excellent, is a bonus.

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On the top row are the first 6 lighter colors, bottom row the last 6 darker colors
Urban Decay Naked3 swatches
Random combinations of one lighter and one darker colors. Purples, yes?

For those still hesitating because you don’t need another brown palette, you are quite right, you don’t. This is a plum neutral, however. It is not warm, not red (not even pink), and not TOO shimmery (just enough shimmer which you can tone down with the mattes included in the palette). Overall an elegant neutral for day and night.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette

 

An International Giveaway (and Moarrr from the Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette)

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EDIT 6 JANUARY: The giveaway is closed, and the winner is Makeup Train! Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll email you to ask for details of where to send the palette. Thanks!

One of my favorite looks is the grey smokey eye. There is no grey in the Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette), but alas, there is a black and a beautiful icy blue (marked with the orange arrows above). Voilà!smokey grey3

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“Ok, you’ve convinced me. This is a versatile palette. But surely it can’t handle the current trend too, the rose gold explosion?!”  Aah but it can, it can! There’s a few golds and a few reds in the palette, so why not? Through a precise and calculated technique, i.e. randomly dipping a brush in one color then another, I found that you can arrive at various shades of rose gold. The first experiments yield more of a sunset orange. But after several tries, I found that the peach and red (marked with blue arrows) yield a sufficiently rosey gold; mix it with the other golds (also marked with blue arrows) to make it more vibrant.

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And it’s giveaway time! I would like to send one of this Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette) to an international reader (someone not living in Indonesia; shipping cost via the postal service is included). All you gotta do is comment on this post, about anything, and I will use a random number generator to choose one winner on Monday, 6 January 2014 at 9pm my time (GMT+7).  Be sure to include your email in the comment.

I hope everyone will have a cozy time with their loved ones as we count down to the new year. See you next year!m

EOTD and Swatches: Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)

Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)

I have palettes and makeup galore enough for 10 lifetimes. Of a whole household of women. Trust me. And I love them all equally, so it sometimes take a while to rotate amongst them. But this past week has been a Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadow Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette) Week.Here are a couple more eye looks. For both looks, NYX HD eye primer and Illamasqua fine pencil in Peace (for eyebrows) were used.

Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)

The first stars the amazing color on the rightmost of the second from bottom row, placed in the outer v. It is a  maroon red, that translated into a golden dark brown with a hint of red. I mix it with the gold from the first row up top, second from the left, for the inner corners. Other colors playing sidekick are marked by the star shape (a black to intensify the outer v and for the bottom lash line; and a light peach for highlighting under the brows). Bourjois Volume Glamour Ultra Black mascara is on the lashes.

Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)

The second look stars the pink right smack on the middle of the second row from the bottom, placed in the inner corners. It’s a bright pink on the pan, but translated to a soft pink with a slight purple sheen on my skin. Mixed in with the bunch are the colors marked with the heart shape (a very light pink for the rest of the mobile lid, mixed with black in the outer v; black mixed with the purple for the bottom lash line; and a silver white as highlighter under the brows). Bourjois 1001 Cils mascara in blue completes the look.

Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)

Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)

 

Sariayu 25 Best Choices Eyeshadows Palette (25 Years Anniversary Palette)
Top row colors were used for the first look; second and third row colors for the second look.