I love the process of putting together an eye shadow look. To me, it is almost like completing a paint by numbers picture. However, more likely than not, on my most days, I tend to just quickly throw on one eye shadow and some eyeliner. I used to keep hearing about MAC’s Woodwinked as the perfect example of an eye shadow that can create a multidimensional look. I haven’t tried it still, but the shadows I list below are my go-tos when it comes to creating a quick look patted on with my fingers or applied with a brush and then quickly blended. As you can probably tell from my selections, bronzes and browns tend to be my favourite colour for this type of application.
shu uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in ME Light Beige 825
shu uemura eye shadows tend to be a hit or miss for me. Some of the matte colours can be kind of chalky and not as pigmented, but this particular metallic shade is a winner for me. The texture is very soft and buttery, very similar to the Urban Decay shadows. This shade is a metallic bronze shade, which almost borders on being rose gold. Even though it is metallic, it is very subtle. Paired with a brown eyeliner, it makes the perfect combo for an everyday look.
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BR306
This was my first every blogpost and I still love this cream eye shadow. This is one of the darker colours in this blogpost, but this warm-toned brown colour makes it super wearable. This comes in a gel texture, more similar to the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoos. I would say the application glides on even more smoothly on the lid then the Maybelline one. With primer (I always wear primer), these stay on pretty much all day and they blend out beautifully.
MISSHA Dual Blending Cushion Shadow (I have linked the original version) in Lines Friends Edition
Yes, cushion makeup also comes in shadow form. Although, I don’t feel that this is really a cushion in the original sense because the cushion isn’t picking up a liquid. It comes with a sponge applicator which dips into a powder eyeshadow in the lid. It comes with two shades, but I am in love with the metallic bronzy shade. I am just in love with how fast the application is. You untwist the cap and just dab it onto your eye and that’s it! The only thing is the shadow creases a little on me. I guess, nothing can be totally perfect.
H & M Color Essence Eye Cream in Sirocco
I have talked about this cream eye shadow in other blogposts, but it is still my favourite. The colour is a cool brown with a more low-key metallic sheen. The texture is kind of between a mousse and gel and great for dabbing on the eyelid with your fingers. It blends out great, and with primer, lasts all day on me. For the price and quality, this is a total winner!
Last but not least, I am just going mention two favourites that I probably share with a lot of other beauty lovers. A constant standby in my makeup collection is the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo in 25 Bad to the Bronze. All around, considering the price and quality, this is probably the best cream eyeshadow I have tried. It has good pigmentation, blends out well, and lasts all day on me even without primer (which is a feat in itself). Another longtime favourite is Sidecar from Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. A little bit too glittery, but this taupe-bronze colour is a great option for the one eye shadow look as well.
Do you have any suggestions of other eyeshadows I could add to this collection? I would love to know.