More Make-Up Talk! Neutral Eyeshadows

Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 08:19 am
Oh Goodie, time for more makeup talk!

The subject of neutral-toned eyeshadows came up on another thread. You'd think this would be pretty easy, right? Wrong!

It's surprisingly difficult to find a neutral-toned eyeshadow that looks right with your skin tone. I have lots and lots of shades that are too sparkly, too orange, too drab, etc.

Lemme snap a few photos... more in a sec!
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Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 08:25 am
I'm really happy with this:


L'Oreal for brown eyes. The pic is a little muted.
Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 08:47 am
Packages for blue eyes tend to be too baby pink or have blue (eek). Charlize Theron had great makeup a few years ago (it was some interview I was watching). Powder pink shadow, just perfect. I am on a mission to duplicate same.
Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 08:52 am
Start here! ELF has this Great new eyeshadow primer, comparable to WAY more expensive primers and not visible once it's on.

If you want to play with powder eyeshadows, this wonderful stuff will help them stay on all day, and it costs $3.

Also from ELF, here are 3 of their eyeshadow quads at $1 each, and one duo eyeshadow cream. These look too sparkly in their compacts, but are rather nice once worn. LOVE that deep reddish shade!
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Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 08:56 am
Want to experiment with neutrals? Get ya one of these from eBay!

These pans are tiny... see how large that quarter looks? But really, I've used this for quite a while and barely made a dent in any of the pans. Here's where you'll want to use a primer underneath: These will wear right off without an eye primer.

I like these because almost all of them are matte, thank goodness. Coastal Scents used to carry this palette, but it's been replaced with their "Warm Neutrals" palette. Cheaper on eBay anyway. There are 88 neutrals in here!
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Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 09:00 am
Y'know what I've tried, with some success I might add, is to use a blush shade as eyeshadow for a nice pink, or an off-color powder foundation.

I have lots of these from Everyday Minerals, back when they had 5 free samples for shipping only.
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Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 09:03 am
These were a pleasant surprise, I think $4 each from Walgreen's. Wet n Wild "Eye Expressions" palettes.

These are creamy, if you like that better. I can use these without an eye primer, but they'll crease less & stay on better with a primer.

The biggest surprise of these is the blush shades. They look horrid (sparkle city!) in the palette, yet when I put a tiny bit high on my cheekbones, they look great!
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Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 09:05 am
I just order this online from Ulta...


It was $45, and comes with all the brushes you'd need and everything. Free shipping.

As far as mineral makeup, I think I'll like them for my eyes, but I was not happy with the mineral face powder I purchased (same brand)

A couple of months ago, a co-worker came to a meeting and I said "wow Dolores, you look really great. Did you just come back from a vacation?" She looked rested and glowed, like she'd just gotten an extra bit of sun. She laughed and said she'd gotten the Bare Escentuals makeup.

I think it came in 3 tones, fair, medium and dark. She's Hispanic, so had the medium on.
However, when I got some, and put the fair on over my foundation, it just did not give the same rested, healthy effect.

I think with these eye shadows, with a good primer underneath, I may have something.
Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 09:09 am
And here's my favorite make-up toy, I think, Ever! ELF's mini makeup kit, usually $15 on their website; I wait for a 1/2-off sale and get it for $7.50.

Nice neutral shadows on the left, and on the top left a go-with-everything eye highlighter. Verra nice lip colors on the right, plus a contour powder, blush, eyebrow powder, and 3 "Smoky Eye" shadows (which I never wear). Throw out the tiny brushes, or give them to your hamster, he'll be able to hold them in his tiny hands.

I got one of these for my mother, who usually wears very pricey makeup, and she LOVES it! All folds up cute and small for travel, with a large mirror. Great toy!
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Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 09:16 am
Ooooh! I don't know about you, but I've always been a fool for a "kit"! I'm curious already to see what you'll think of these shades, when you try them.

These shades look really dark in the pix. Still, I love how the eye photo looks: Pretty much the look I'm always aiming for.
Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 09:18 am
And speaking of Minerals, I really dislike virtually ALL of ELF's mineral shadows. They have that sheen which accentuates every single wrinkle around my eyes (and I have lots). I plan to give them away to a 19-year-old friend.
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Reply Fri 6 Nov, 2009 09:20 am
I'm really happy with this:

I haven't tried L'Oreal in ages, though I used to love their stuff.

Think I'll rush out and buy this: You can see from the photos I hardly have ANY neutral eyeshadows!
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