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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.

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Irish Eyes! Maybelline New York Eyeshadow Quad in Emerald Smokes Review and Swatch

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

It’s not too often I can think of a reason to wear emerald green eyeshadow and have it be completely right for the day so I grabbed this opportunity to test and review Maybelline New York’s eyeshadow quad in Emerald Smokes. I grabbed this a few months ago on clearance for $1.44!  Maybelline has changed their packaging since, which I suspect is why it was on clearance as it hasn’t been discontinued. Not sure if they have also changed the formula as well. They have more squared off packaging now as compared to the ones with tapered ends as shown below.

Maybelline Emerald Smokes
Maybelline Emerald Smokes

The quad has 4 green shades, marked 1 through 4 as follows:

1) Base – a pale shimmery golden ivory that leans just ever so slightly to green. This blends into my NC 20/25 skin fairly well but I’d imagine it might not translate well on very dark skin tones.

2) Lid – a shimmery golden olive/khaki green shade, which is always a favourite for me. I think almost anyone could make a wash of this shade work with their skin.

3) Crease – a deep shimmery forest green. This shade leans cooler than the rest of the pan and might be harder to pull off for some skin tones.

4) Liner – a deep, dark green black with gold glitter flecks.

The pigment was best with the lid and crease shades, and the base and liner shades had some fallout but nothing I couldn’t make work for me.

Emerald Smokes Outdoor Light Swatch
Emerald Smokes Outdoor Light Swatch
Emerald Smokes Indoor Light Swatch
Emerald Smokes Indoor Light Swatch

There are directions on the back on how they want you to apply them. I usually ignore them, but for the sake of giving the product a more thorough review as it is presented I went along with it. The only change I made was to not apply the “base” all over the whole lid first as I thought it would wash out and muddy the other shades. I still applied this lightly as brow highlight and in the inner corner.

Emerald Smokes on Eye, Outdoor Light
Emerald Smokes on Eye, Outdoor Light
Emerald Smokes on Eye Outdoor Light
Emerald Smokes on Eye Outdoor Light
Emerald Smokes on Eye Outdoor Light
Emerald Smokes on Eye Outdoor Light
Emerald Smokes Indoor Light
Emerald Smokes Indoor Light

The bottom picture is taken in indoor lighting for reference.

I applied these over a light base of Maybelline Fit Me foundation for both eyes and swatch, and used a couple coats of my beloved, impossible to find Maybelline Full n’ Soft mascara which I really hope isn’t discontinued. There is a small amount of MAC’s Powersurge Eye Kohl in the inner rim.

Overall these eyeshadows surprised me. I did not expect green shades to be as flattering as they were. The applied and blended out relatively well. I have had this on for a few hours while doing some things around the house, and no creasing on my oily lids yet! The swatches on my arm removed easily with a makeup remover wipe. For the price I paid, I am really impressed. If you are interested in having shades like these in your collection and find it on a deal (I would never pay the $8.99 CA they are usually) then give it a try!

Have a great St Patrick’s Day everyone!

Sláinte!!

Maybelline Emerald Smokes Indoor Light Pan
Maybelline Emerald Smokes Indoor Light Pan