Happy Friday to you! Yesterday on Beauty Broadcast live I was talking about these Maybelline Expert Wear duos and how I'm actually kind of enjoying these little shadows! I wanted to show pictures on the blog so you could really see the swatches (web cam quality on the live show isn't great for that). The key to getting the most out of these shadows is using a good base. I tend to use some sort of eye primer/base with pretty much any eye look I do since it always seems to improve staying power. These particular shadows really benefit from the base because it helps the color pop so much more. If you have any of these at home- swatch them without a base and then with a base... the difference is impressive, and much more drastic than what you see with super high quality shadows that already have a perfectly smooth/buttery texture.
Since I'm kind of paranoid, I'll first use an eye primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance, ELF, Milani (the list goes on...), and then use a skin-colored base like this one from Sigma in Persuade. It's a matte color, and just gives these powder shadows something to cling to. You don't want to apply too much of this product, or you may deal with creasing. A small amount, however, does seem to prolong the shadow's staying power. I used it for all the swatches below...
This was the duo I mentioned in my most recent haul video. Something about this just caught my eye, and the shades really look pretty on the eyes. Someone asked about great shadows for green eyes- I think this kit would be very flattering! Both shades are shimmery, and I like that the pink has a bit of golden shimmer. Glad I picked this one up!
This is one that I've had in my collection for awhile, and it's a pretty sheer, satin-finish duo. Even with a base, these shades aren't too intense, but if you want to use that lighter shade as a transition/blending type color, it's great for that purpose. I don't see this duo as a total must-have... the browns in the Sunbaked Neutrals 8-shadow kit (blogged about it here) seem to be better quality.
This was the duo that had me saying, OMG!! Such a big difference with a base underneath. The turquoise has a satin/almost matte finish on the eye, and the navy has a beautiful shimmer. This duo and the next one are my most recent purchases and I'm really glad I picked them up! This was what I was wearing in my Beauty Broadcast Live "Face of the Day" yesterday.
Aside from Shocking Seas, I think this is my other favorite. So great for natural, everyday wear. The pearly, somewhat pinky shade is gorgeous and the taupe is fantastic as well. You could do the pearly shade on the lid, and browbone, and taupe in the crease and smudged under the eye. Heck, you could do a one shadow look with just the taupe and look fabulous. Again, this one benefits so much from a base underneath.
Have you ever re-discovered products in your collection that weren't so great for you before, but a new technique made them perform better? Do tell! :)
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