Anyone reading this (and anyone who knows me) knows that I have something resembling a weakness for make-up. I've been sorting through my stash this week and organizing it (and yes, getting rid of a few things). Just about everything in my house could use a little more organization at this point, but the recent MAC purchase pushed my current make-up storage system past its limits. I still don't have a good solution -- how does one store
40 48 MAC eyeshadows in a way that they are easily accessible? But as I sorted, I remembered I wanted to mention a few of my recent favorites.
Could this Pink Leopard bronzing powder BE anymore adorable? I think not. Shimmering shades of light and dark bronzer combine with a soft, warm pink for a perfect glow. Applause to Too Faced for thinking outside the shimmer brick to come up with this delightful product.
Everyone raves and raves about Nars Orgasm blush. Well, okay, it's nice. But it isn't my holy grail blush by a long shot. That honor goes to another Nars shade -- Deep Throat. (Sensing a theme with these names?) It never gets streaky, it is very buildable, so I can do a little or a lot (but who does a lot?), and the not-quite-peach, not-quite-pink shade is perfect for warming up my cheeks. Note, I didn't get the set shown here, but I eventually bought the gloss pictured -- Striptease. Again with the names. Anyway, it is a very light nude shade, too light for me to wear alone, but looks very nice over Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Crazed.
Speaking of Nars, I've recently become a huge fan of this line and tried a few of the eyeshadows. My favorite so far is Ondine, a midtone plum with soft gold shimmer.
Oh, how I resisted cream and gel liners. No thanks, I said. I'm doing just fine with my angled liner brush and wet shadows. Silly me. I had no idea what I was missing until I tried Stila Smudge Pots. The Grey colorway is terrific as a base liner for a smoky eye. I can apply it and then go over it with a smudge brush dabbed in any number of colors -- black, dark grey, dark purple, even dark green. It's dark enough to give great definition, but not too dark to overpower whatever color I layer on top. Oh, and it looks great on its own.
Based on my success with my Smudge Pot purchase, I revisited a purchase from last fall and I'm newly smitten. DuWop's Smoke duo is great -- I have it in the Black Gold colorway, although the featured purple set is now calling my name. The only caveat I have is that the shadow brush included is useless -- too thick and flexible to do good eye work.
Okay, last one, I promise. I cannot say enough good things about Stila's Convertible Eye Color. One end of this product contains a highly blendable eye pencil that goes on smoothly with no tugging or pulling. Unscrew the middle portion and you find a shadow that compliments the liner perfectly. Finally, the other end holds a smudging tip. The Stone colorway is my go-to eyeliner and I would love it if they'd release the shadow as a single shadow -- it might be the prettiest neutral shade they make, but you can only get it something like 0.04 oz at a time in this packaging. One other indication of how much I like this product: of the 9 colorways, I own 5.