I have been bitten by the Berry/Plum/Cranberry bug and have been on the hunt for the perfect berry eyeshadow! And this was proving difficult. Mainly because most palettes that have these fabulous shades also house a lot of neutral (boring!) shades.
Also I didn’t want to spend money on palettes that are $45++ for just one or two shades.
So I looked at the drugstore. Spending $5 on a dinky Wet n Wild Color Icon palette was more acceptable to me. Luckily WnW did a great job (review coming).
I bought Rose (as in pink champagne) in the Air palette. The shade I was lusting after was Shade #8.
The shade that everyone says is a dupe Love Letter in the ABH Modern Renaissance palette.
Ummm..no, not for me. It could be my Indian NC 40 skin-tone, it could be my inexperience, it could be my crepey eyelids, but I am not thrilled with shade #8.
It isn’t very pigmented and if I blend a little too enthusiastically the pigment starts to disappear. I can actually start to see my skin!
I had also bought the palette Not Your Basic Peach. That shimmery plum, shade #8, was calling out to me.
Alas it is a dud ! The shimmer/micro glitter disappears and the shade is not pigmented enough for me.
I tried to make it work but was disappointed every time ! So I decided it was time for me to invest in the big gals! I marched into Sephora determined to find palettes with the berry/wine shades I wanted.
I soon realised that no palette would give me what I wanted. I would have to make my own palette.
The Makeup Forever Artists Shadows. 1=M847 Burgundy, 2 – M928 Eggplant and 3- D826 Fig.
I was missing a berry/red shimmer so I picked up Tarte’s Revel described as a Deep Red. On my eye it comes off just like the above swatch, ie not deep red.
And then I picked up the queen of the lot, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Love Letter.
It cost me $65 for just 5 shadows. Not the best example of money saving tips. The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette is $65 for 18 shadows !!
But almost every palette in Sephora has 1-2 shades I want and the whole lot of shades I don’t. Wasted shadows not to mention the space they take up on my vanity.
A Novice’s Verdict: I LOVE these. I am a beginner and I am thrilled I invested in single high end shadows. I got the shades I wanted and they all have great pigmentation. I don’t struggle to blend and they retain colour even after a reasonable amount of blending.
Now the MUF Fig was a bit subtle with a brush so I added more with a finger. It settled into a lovely lavender-purple colour in real life. Sadly not seen in the picture:(
I usually look like I have been in a bar fight when I wear purple tones but not with this one. And it is also subtle enough for a work do !
I wore both shadows over Kat Von D’s whiteout primer which I set with a white matte eyeshadow.
I used the Shu Uemura brush on the movable lid and used the Wayne Goss 06 to sweep a matte shade to diffuse the edges and add some depth.
Also I found a way to beat eyeshadow intimidation. I don’t try and be like beauty gurus who work with 15 shades for single look. That would paralyse me and I would never use the shadows.
I put a single shade on my lids and then blend it out with any matte transition shade I have.
There is nothing more wasteful than buying things and not using them! Right ?