Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadows in Sage & Lavender, Swatches!

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

These Almay single shadows came out years ago, but weren’t ever launched in my area in Canada. I saw reviews and swatches for them on US sites ages ago and have wanted them ever since. I gave up when I learned they were long discontinued. And then, in a strange twist, I found them in my local discounter. I’m not sure where this place gets their salvage stock, but I am so grateful. I’ve managed to find things I would never normally, at almost negligible prices! These were $2.50!

The entire line of these are soft, muted shades that wouldn’t be too unusual to find in nature. In fact the whole line’s marketing is based on trying to look pure and natural. They boast that the product is 98.2% natural which in effect means squat (it’s not regulated). It also is labeled to be hypoallergenic which is equally as meaningless (also not regulated). Thats aside, I do like the packaging, stiff cardboard covered in paper. There is a window of plastic over the center so you can see the shades, and it has a magnetic closure. Being flat, light, and perfectly square, these would store tidily. Click for larger pictures.

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow, Back

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow, Back

Sage is a pale, muted sage green with shimmer. Thankfully it remains mostly neutral instead of leaning too warm. It also has a bit of a metallic golden flash to it, very interesting and unexpected from this tiny single shadow. Somehow looks almost mint green on my eye in some lights.

Lavender is again muted, a pale shimmery lavender. It looks pinkish in some lights and has a silvery pale metallic look. It also leans a bit taupe and is again thankfully neutral. Some swatches of both under flash and sun.

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow Swatches, Sage, Lavender

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow Swatches, Sage, Lavender

The texture of both of these are soft and buttery smooth, and they apply like a dream. The texture reminds me of a light application of the good Wet n’ Wild eyeshadows. Reading old reviews about these shadows, they complain of lack of pigment. Look at those swatches above. That was one swipe down my arm with no base, just bare skin. Do they look unpigmented to you? They don’t to me. These are pale, natural looking, neutral shades, which is pretty much what they advertised. I’m not sure what those who were complaining about lack of pigment were expecting. I see some beautifully smooth pale neutral shades. I can’t wait to pair these with some matte brown definition in the crease.

I’ve worn these all day today, a hot summer day. They haven’t budged and are wearing comfortably. These are a generous 2.25g/0.09oz (almost twice as much as MAC’s eyeshadows, for comparison). Sad these are discontinued, but glad to have finally tried them at such a low price! Better late than never I guess!

Brown & Blue Eye Look with Almay Smoky for Blues, Swatch & Review!

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues

Almay has had this particular palette in various incarnations for years. I had one some time around the early 00’s in a different layout, it was 3 equal sized rectangular pots. It was so long ago I can’t even remember how I used to apply it, but when I was given one of it’s latest incarnations I thought I’d give it a go again.

Almay intense i-color smoky-i for blues is still a 3 pan palette, only now the darkest blue is a large pan at the bottom. In a previous version it was laid out differently with the dark blue in the middle. Current palette, from top to bottom

-a pale, frosty, silvery, icy blue

-a warm medium brown with golden and copper shimmery flecks

-a metallic navy blue with matching blue shimmer inside

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues Swatch

The back of the package advises you to apply the dark blue all over lid, the brown in crease, and to use the pale blue as brow and inner corner highlight. Admittedly I did try that out first on a trial run just to see how it would look on me, but I can’t say it worked out well, it was just way too much blue on my large lid. Click pics for a larger size!

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues Back

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues Back

 

I wanted to work out a more wearable daytime look and improvised. Included in the look I tried today is the Almay palette, Wet n Wild Brulee, the discontinued and unwieldy to use but unique L’Oreal HIP Kohl Eyeliner in Navy and my impossible to find likely discontinued Maybelline Full n Soft in Black.

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I used the brown shade on my lid, the pearly pale blue on my inner corner, and the darker blue in my crease and outer corner. Brulee is on my brow bone as I don’t like putting frosty shades there. The HIP liner is in my waterline and on top lid. The shadows textures were smooth, easy to apply and blend and wore comfortably. Shortly after application however, I noticed the same issue I’ve had with my other Almay palettes in that the pigments fade drastically, and fast. In the pictures below, a lot of shadow is applied yet the end result is more subtle than you would expect. The darker blue in particular applied with a far more matte finish than as shown in swatch and in pan.

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues on eye

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues on eye

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues on eye

Almay Smoky Eye for Blues on eye

Overall I could still make this work for day as it fades to a less dramatic hue, and it still blends well and adds dimension.  This would probably look nice on a day I was wearing a dark brown or navy top.

I can’t apply blue eyeshadow without thinking of this iconic example! No one could wear it better than Elizabeth Taylor!

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens Swatch and Review!

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

It’s been a busy couple of days! On one of my stops this weekend I happened upon this offering from Almay that I had my eye on for a while. I love golden olive type greens almost as much as I love my purples, and when I saw I could grab the lengthily named Almay intense i-color bold nudes powder shadow trio for greens (414) for all of $2.99 I couldn’t pass it up! As you can see by the packaging, the palette is intended for those with green eyes, but as always I went ahead and ignored that. I’m not sure how they consider the green shade as “nude”, the same dilemma I had with the Almay bold nudes for browns (the purple palette I reviewed here) so I thought it might be wise to ignore that part too!

The back of the package had a little diagram showing how they expect you to apply it. This same diagram and set of instructions is found on the back of the palette itself.

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As mentioned in a previous review, I like the little line of eyelashes on the outside of the plastic lid! The eye shadow itself is arranged in how you’re intended to apply it on your eye. Nice and tidy, sturdy packaging.

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

 

The palette itself in indoor lighting, and in bright sun light.

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The formula was silky soft to the touch, buttery but not too soft that it kicks up a bunch of powder when you go to apply. The highlighter shade is a creamy, opalescent pink leaning nude. I normally don’t like these shades as they usually look too frosty on me, but this blended into my skin so well I could use it as a luminizer. It didn’t look like a colour itself, it looked my it was my skin, only shiny. Also worth noting, this pale shade was hard to photograph in the sun as it reflecting off the light so much my camera couldn’t pick it up! The brown shade isn’t too warm that I can’t wear it and has just enough pigment to blend out smoothly as a crease shade.  The green shade is a lovely mossy olivey tone. Each one of these shades were so velvety to the touch while I was swatching with my fingers, I was a bit surprised the texture was this nice. All of the shades also had a golden shimmery touch to them, but no outright glitter. Shown here in sunlight and in indoor lighting.

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens Swatch Sunlight

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens Swatch Sunlight

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens Indoor Light

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens Indoor Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application was creamy, smooth and blended out well. I applied them mostly as shown on their label with the exception of less highlighter on the brow as I think it looks dated. I did use it in my inner corner. Also used was a few coats of Smashbox Eye Brightening Mascara reviewed here and my treasured MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl reviewed here. The green portion seems a bit brighter in the pictures, more lime like. It is definitely more mossy/olivey in person. In shade, the colours did look very neutral, something I also noticed with the Almay purple palette. These wore on my skin very comfortably and held up well to my oily lids.

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

Almay Bold Nudes for Greens

 

Overall I quite like this palette, especially for the bargain I found it at! For a different green eye shadow look I did recently, check out my Irish Eyes look I did for St Patrick’s Day!

 

Pantone’s Color of the Year Radiant Orchid and Purple Eye Shadow, Almay Edition!

Pantone's Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid

Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid

I was walking by Sephora the other day and they had a huge display about Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. And when I say I was walking by Sephora I mean I went on in and grabbed a couple of perfume samples. Not sure who gets to make these decisions or how they manage to do so, but happy to see that the color of the year is a shade of PURPLE! I love purple. This gives me a lovely reason to use up more of my purple eye shadows, and I’ve got a half dozen quads or trios that I can think of off the top of my head. I decided to do a series on them with quick swatches, an eye look and review. I’ll try to make them each a bit different.

 

Almay intense i-color bold nude

Almay intense i-color bold nude

 

Today’s edition will be with a product I find to be oddly named: Almay intense i-color bold nudes kit in bold nudes for browns,  numbered as 411. Unsure how purple is a nude, also unsure why only brown eyes gets to wear purple eye shadows so it’s a good thing I ignore that advice.

 

This Almay “bold nudes” trio of purple eye shadows which are in no way nude are decently pigmented and seem to wear fairly well on my oily eyelids. I’ve been wearing their shadows for years with respectable results. They are packaged in a white, reasonably sturdy compact with the shades arranged from top to bottom as they would expect you to apply it on your eye. It also has instructions as to the same on the back of the package. I found the line of eyelashes on the outside of the compact matching up with the base lid shade to be a cute detail.

 

ALmay intense i-color bold nudes

Almay intense i-color bold nudes

 

It includes:

 

  1. Base shade, (bottom) a medium lavender shade with grey undertones, also the color fades on the grey side when it does fade. I prefer my lavenders to lean grey instead of pink, I find it to be more flattering to my cool toned skin. The instructions on the back want you to apply this shade all over the lid. I find this to be the best pigmented of the three.
  2. Crease shade, (middle) a deep purple with brown undertones and tiny microscopic blue and red glitter that you can only see in very bright sun. The instructions on the back tell you to blend this shade into the crease. Needs building for full pigment.
  3. Highlight shade, (top) is a slightly shimmery cream shade, just the tiniest bit chalky. It does lean a bit frosty, but its a warm rather than cool toned frosty. The instructions on the back tell you to sweep it on to your brow bone to highlight.

 

Almay intense i-color bold nudes swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes swatch

 

I promptly ignored each of these instructions although what they have described would also look nice. I like to do a smoky eye with trios such as this, starting with the deepest shade on my lid, the medium one to blend it out into the crease, and the lightest in the corner of my eye and a small bit on the brow bone. Also included in this look are Maybelline’s gel eye liners in Eggplant along the top lid and Black along the inner rim and NYC’s City Curls mascara. The first 3 pictures are in late aftermoon outdoor light, and the last in indoor light for reference.

 

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch indoor light

Almay intense i-color bold nudes, purple, on eye swatch indoor light

 

These Almay eye shadow compacts come in a wide variety of shades, contain 0.12Oz/3.4g of product and retail for around $10-12 CA in my area. I only buy them on sale and find them to be a pretty good value for performance, quality and quantity.