Shadow Palettes

The following is a review of three eyeshadow palettes: NARS Andy Warhol Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette, Lancome's Colour Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow, and Lancome's Eye Brightening All in One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette.

NARS Andy Warhol Flowers 3 Eyeshadow Palette

This is an older collection but I couldn't resist this pretty palette! Shadows which are not separated into their own case, freak me right out. I haven't used this for long enough to know if or what the palette will look like if they do mix together but in the meantime, they are highly pigmented, slightly shimmery, long lasting and pretty.I didn't notice much fall out when applying them and they each blend beautifully.

*The colours appear deceivingly lighter in this image. The reddish-brown flower (bottom right) is actually chocolate brown with a hint of mauve and gold shimmer.

The two flowers that look similar to the colour of a penny (I'm Canadian eh) go on soft and warm. They have a slight shimmer but are not metallic and could be used all over the lid. The white flower (in the upper left corner) is much more metallic and in some light appears almost silver. It goes on sheer (not at all chalky) with a pearl-like, reflective finish. It would be gorgeous on the brow bone or on the inner corner of the eye.

Lancome's Colour Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow

*This palette appears lighter in the photo than it actually is.

The top left shadow " Kitten Heel" has a shimmery finish. Its colour is comparable to the cult classic favourite blush made by NARS, "Orgasm". It is a slightly reddish orange shadow with gold shimmer but goes on as softly as a highlighter.

Beside this shadow is the colour "Honeymoon" a sort of champagne with pink and green shimmer. It is even sheerer and could be used as a highlight, on the brow bone, cheekbones or inner corner of the eye. The bottom left colour is "Madison Ave", it's a warm colour with a shimmery-gold finish. It's still natural but has much more pigment in comparison to the other two and would be best used as a liner or within the crease.

The last and only matte shadow in this palette is a pinky brown called "Platform". The colour is buildable but took a lot of applications before it appeared on my skin and it had a slightly chalky feel. This will be a great palette for summer when I want to achieve a natural, barely there, glowing look against tan skin. During the winter it failed to appear on (or enhance) my very pale skin.

*This palette's colours are now sold individually.

Lancome's Eye Brightening All in One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette

301 Mauve Cherie. This is very much a holiday palette. The top champagne colour (simply named 1) is said to be an "all over base". It's a very pretty, pure white with extremely shimmery/pigment that blends nicely and stays in place but is definitely not subtle. This is what I'd wear (in moderation) if I was headed to a nightclub.

Colour 2 appears to be a metallic, cranberry but goes on dark purple and though it's beautiful, also packs a punch... loaded with fall out. After applying it became very apparent that this palette is for creating a smokey eye... something I'm always happy to achieve.

Colour 3 is only slightly darker and is used for the crease. It, like the other shades blends nicely and is a nice transition from the colour on my lid.

Colour 4 is supposed to be a highlight but goes on so dark it could be used as a liner. I would never use this as a highlight... or leave the house wearing it as one. Even after a lot of blending I found it looked extremely harsh on the brow bone and caused my eyes to appear smaller.

Colour 5 is called a liner and it worked well on its own but wasn't dark enough to show up against the other colours. It was also guilty of some serious fall out but I liked it. I would use it as a liner with other colours from a different palette.

* All of these colours together did not help me create a smokey eye.

I looked coyote ugly and as if I'd been punched in the face (twice) after a week of binge drinking.


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