This time of year I love working jewel-tones into my eye looks. I think it's a way to incorporate color that's deep and rich, not necessarily over-the-top and wild. I looked through my collection for some of the palettes that I thought did a nice job of working-in beautiful tones like amethyst, sapphire, ruby, emerald, amber... and the list goes on! So here are the palettes and swatches, and keep in mind- you can click the pictures to enlarge them.
Sonia Kashuk Jewel of an Eye - Eye Couture Shadow Palette ($19.99, Target)
Sonia Kashuk has some great 12-color eye palettes, and this limited edition Jewel of an Eye kit is no exception! Big thanks to my girl KristinGehm for sending this to me! I think SK does an awesome job with her shimmery shadows. Not that I don't like Eye on Neutral matte, but I think the buttery feel of this palette and Eye on Neutral shimmer is above and beyond a LOT of the shadows out there (drugstore and high end!) I especially love the purples and coppery/red shades in this palette, but I think all of the colors have equally nice texture. It doesn't take a lot to get the intensity you want on your eyes, and they're so easy to blend. I know it's a fall release, but shades like this can really be beautiful year-round! One small complaint is that there's no light neutral shade that's light enough to be used as a highlight on my skin. And of course, if you want any matte shades, you'll have to bring in something else.
Maybelline Eye Studio Autumn Dream Quad ($7, Drug/Discount Stores)
LOVE this quad! In fact, I have a tutorial coming this Friday that I'm SO excited about using this! I realize it's limited edition so it may be hard to come by, but if you can round-up some similar shades, you can totally get the look. Anyway- I love the color combos in here. The purple is SO gorgeous, as well as the jade green. The navy doesn't show up super blue on my eyes, but it's great to have that deep color to create shadows/contrast. I find the lightest shade to be extremely shimmery, but it's fun to layer with the other colors to achieve different looks. There's nothing matte in this quad, but in my tutorial you'll see how I use this (and only this) to create a pretty fun look!
Cover Girl Queen Collection Quad in Brass n Sass ($5, Drug/Discount Stores)
If your drugstore has the Cover Girl Queen collection and you haven't tried the eyeshadows... what are you waiting for?! It doesn't matter what your skin tone is- these shadows have very impressive pigmentation (thanks to my friend David for giving me the heads up on that!) The deep blue is just stunning and the bit of shimmer really makes the color pop. The other shades have more of a satin finish. They're all so smooth and really apply nicely. I believe there are some nice singles in the Queen line as well!
Coastal Scents Fall Festival Palette ($12.95, CoastalScents.com)
Here's another palette that I'm busting out for fall! This kit contains 12 Hot Pots, which are the same size as MAC eyeshadows. I love the selection of neutrals, as well as a few fun pops of color in the middle row. You get a really nice quality matte cream color in the top left, and the black in the lower corner has a bit of sparkle if you look closely, but it's never detectable on the eyes. That cranberry shade on the bottom row is just the bomb. Another fun palette of this size from Coastal Scents is the Forever Natural palette, and the GO Palettes (especially the ones in Moscow and London) contain some beautiful jewel tones as well! And if you want to test absolutely every Hot Pot that Coastal Scents makes, get the 252 Ultimate palette... there's actually map showing how each shade corresponds to the Hot Pots that are sold individually- so if you fall in love with a particular color, you can get a backup! So cool!
Do you like wearing jewel-toned eyeshadows? Any favorite palettes or singles that I should know about? Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)
- Tomorrow's blog will be on the Ladies' Home Journal Gloss Daily site! It'll pertain to another aspect of updating your makeup routine for fall :)
- I'm drinking out of my squirrel mug and loving it.
- Got a Glade candle in the Toasted Marshmallow scent. It's nice and seems to be putting out *some* scent, but not near as much as the Bath & Body Works or Better Homes & Gardens candles do.
- Gonna do my mini-trampoline workout tonight. I love that thing!