I fell into being pigheaded about applying eye cream again…as usual, it’s how a lot of us feel for example about flossing. I was using this non-greasy wonder by Shiseido Ibuki, but not everyday only because I’m bad with eye creams like that. In my thoughts about how to get around this bad habit I made an awesome discovery…and it may not apply to all eye creams on the face of the earth but in my case this one does the job! Provided you have an oil-free, non-greasy, hydrating eye cream, have you ever wrapped your head around the idea of using it as an eyeshadow primer? Hear that? DING!
“A cooling eye cream that addresses dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. Eyes become instantly more vibrant. Helps the appearance of eye area achieve resistance to stress factors resulting from the lack of sleep.” PRICE: Php1800.00
I’m actually not 100% sure if this eye cream is oil-free, but whatever…IT WORKS! What gave me this “eureka” was when I was applying NARS Pro Prime eye primer over a friend’s eyelids, and mine…and that gave the similar sort of feel over the lid to this eye cream…a quickly absorbed, slightly tacky, but not too sticky finish. I thought “Hey, this texture reminds me a lot of…my eye cream…” and I thought let’s give this baby a test using an Urban Decay Single Eyeshadow I have called “Loaded” which is a vibrant metallic peacock turquoise. Although Urban Decay’s LOADED is a great shade it is still quite dusty even if it is a reformulated eyeshadow of Urban Decay. I’ve also always felt that LOADED could have more “bang” to it when applied over the lid and it would only work with a primed eye. Check out this comparison. Can you imagine how much more OFTEN you’d be applying eye cream without being too conscious about it if it worked this way for any eyeshadow…even dusty ones?
I have a bare face (no foundation or concealer) and I applied the same amount of eyeshadow on both lids, but one lid is lightly primed with the Shiseido Ibuki eye cream (given a minute or 2 to absorb) and the other a bare lid. I even tried to add more eyeshadow over the bare lid to match the payoff on the primed eye and it still, of course, couldn’t match up. Please note that not all eye creams may work this way…especially if they aren’t oil free. The eyeshadow didn’t ball up and so far after about an hour and a half it’s not creasing on me. If you have extremely oily eyelids this eye cream as primer workaround may not have the same effect on you and you may need to use a specific eye primer or tone your lids beforehand. However for normal to dry eyelids I believe the Shiseido Ibuki eye cream is a winner not just because it’s an excellent, non-irritating type but because I discovered its second purpose for me, and now I’ll be using this way more often because of what it can do.
The super pigmented delights that are the Shawill makeup products more often than not catch my interest when I hover over Watsons SM beauty floors. The products are alarmingly affordable which may lead you to question the ingredients but the blushes I bought almost 2 years ago never broke me out and I was almost always drawn to their undoubtedly chrome-y metallic, velvety eyeshadow ranges. Once in awhile I do like to have a dig in the department store beauty floors, simply because it’s a vast well of dupes for more expensive items waiting to be discovered. Several months back I came across a local blog, if you’re reading this forgive me but I forgot to write your URL down (leave it in the comments), that mentioned a Shawill Mono Eyeshadow dupe for MAC cosmetics’ popular Club eyeshadow which I’ve reviewed before over here. She wasn’t kidding, the MAC Club duochrome’s close dupe is Shawill’s Mono Eyeshadow #006 and #002 is a close dupe for MAC’s Warming Trend or Satin Taupe. Take note, they’re successfully mirroring the mentioned MAC eyeshadows at a delightful Php69.00 each and are available at select SM Watsons beauty floors. Both have a finish that’s a cross between a MAC veluxe pearl and satin.
Both shots, Left to Right: Shawill Mono Eyeshadow in 002 and 006
The eyeshadow texture is a velvet, pigmented consistency that glides smoothly over skin, however beware that if you drop this it is soft enough to crumble and break apart. You can see how the Shawill #006 transformation from the first photo to the next proves it’s a successful MAC Club dupe. The way 006 shifts from khaki to a deep chocolate brown depending on the angle copies MAC Club almost exactly, the green aspect of MAC Club is more teal than a medium khaki. The simple taupe shade that is 002 seems to be pretty close to either MAC Satin Taupe or the once available shade that is Warming Trend.
I’ve only got a proper example today of Shawill #006 on my eye, the other photos were not worthy of posting due to bad lighting. What I love about the effect that mimics MAC club is it does happen to be one of the most easy to use single eyeshadows for parties out because it makes it look like you’ve put on not one but two colors. See how #006 appears brown in the crease and khaki over the lid? That’s value for Php69.00 I must say. By the way, sometime this weekend or next I’ll be browsing through new, fresher themes and layouts for the blog. I’ve just been too much of a coward to take the leap, backup my data and face the possible kinks that might involve giving this blog a makeover, but it’s been way beyond the due date for one so I’d better get to it. Don’t worry the layout will still stay minimal, white and fresh still with a right sidebar…I just need it to give it a bit more room to breathe, new typefaces, and revamp it a little for everyone’s sake. I’ll put up a post noting when I’ll be “renovating” so anticipate intermittent downtime once I do, and please pray nothing goes wrong, thanks. Meanwhile, before my cautionary post goes up and I finally sit on a layout I like…onward with the features and keep reading!
Beach days are slowly floating away, but these rich colors are here to stay. Some of my blogger friends wondered why I didn’t keep my previous Shiseido Eyecolor Trio “Pink Sands”…well for one, I wanted to give something special to you guys for Spring, so I gave it away, and 2 because I preferred the palette in this colorway, RD 299 Beach Grass…reminiscent of those tropical summer sunsets.
If you’ve ever found yourself giving up on shimmer in your thirties (yea, watch me embrace my big three oh! lol) or even your late twenties that’s because many shimmery eyeshadow compacts out there are haphazardly bad to work with. They’ve often got tons of fallout and knockout chunks of sparkle that on occasion may not be sophisticated or even enhance wrinkles and fine lines. It’s all forgivable to just sit on those shimmer shades and slap on everything matte to be safe but let me throw this curve-ball at you. There’s actually nothing like a bit of properly placed, high quality satin shimmer to draw out a bit of youth around those weary eyes. Lisa Eldridge hardly ever holds back on shimmer in her tutorials on herself, and she’s in her early 40s! The key is to use an eye primer you don’t get fall out, find the sort of eyeshadow shimmer texture that will not fail you and not put it beyond a certain point, and do your base AFTER your eyes so you can clean up around the eye. Read more to sort of (coz it’s not video…meh) see this eyecolor trio in action!
I don’t own a ton of MAC eyeshadows. I only had Brule and Club to my name and now this one which makes 3. I was in search of a wearable eyeshadow that could work the lid scene on its own and not darken the situation. Something you could apply evenly with a single ring finger for both lids…something like the ultimate workhorse champagne beige hue. Behold MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow which ironically isn’t all that glitters…
MAC All That Glitters isn’t at all nearly gold enough to be called rose gold. It’s a true rosy champagne beige with a satiny sheen. It’s kind of like MAC Cosmetics’ version of Stila’s Kitten eyeshadow which is pretty,too, but Stila’s Kitten is so soft and crumbly and with too much fallout for a rush job Vivianna of Vivianna Does Makeup raved about this eyeshadow as the sort that gets people commenting even though sometimes they can’t find the words to describe what’s on your lids. It’s also an obviously wearable bridal shade. I got mine for Php900 from the Rockwell MAC Cosmetics outlet.
Never have I come across a neutral makeup palette set so appropriately named and wonderfully petite. There are two matte shades (one good for brows), two satin metallic shades (one to highlight), and 2 richly dark shimmer spiked shades. The title basically also evokes “Naked” in 5 words. It comes with one #3 soft blending brush and the cherry on top is the NARS Pro Prime Eyeshadow Base, a favorite among the world’s top makeup pros which Lisa Eldridge also likes using. It could have also been called the Half-Naked palette, it has less fallout than Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow range and there are half the number of shades. I think Eve would have approved.
Mom picked up this NARS palette for me via Duty Free shopping in Thailand, she converted the cost and said it amounted to about Php2400-2500. I think what makes it worth the 2k mark is the brush and NARS Pro-prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base that comes with it. So many people love this eyelid primer. What also never fails to impress me about NARS stuff is they always include a good mirror, even for their single eyeshadows and blushes. This palette is tiny, it’s about 2″ x 4.5″ inches in size, similar to the size of an iPhone 4s but slimmer and lighter.
The “And God Created the Woman Kit” has a very wearable selection of shades and I did my brows using the middle shade from the 2nd row (. Read more to get the complete shade names and details about how I progressed to this evening look beginning with a daytime version using only 2 shades.