It is Friday and you know what that means… I’m back on Great Day Green Country and it is time to ring in spring. After a frigid and icy weekend, we have 60s and 70s for the next four or five days (yes, there is a patio in my near future – likely around happy hour today). And what better way to celebrate the warmer weather than some spring shades. Today, I am rounding up the six products to warm things up on your vanity:
For Spring, Shiseido added eight new shades to their Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color lineup. These candy colored shades were lovely to look at but a little intimidating to apply. The exception is Yuba, a warm yellow gold, that I have been reaching for as an eyeshadow base for weeks. Esmaralda (a striking teal) and Konpeito (a golden rosy red) sat untested on my bathroom counter. But that’s not the end of the story…
First, a little about the texture of these gems. Previously, I had only really fallen for drugstore cream shadows. But this luxury version delights with their lightweight texture and elegant finish. The luminous pigments look natural, not glittery. And their staying power blows the budget versions out of the water.
Back to the neglected pots of bold shadow. While
perusing devouring the latest Allure Magazine, I came across an article about rose eyelids. I ran immediately to my makeup and grabbed Konpeito. Using my fingers, I blended a wash of color from crease to lash. And I’ll be darned if it wasn’t the prettiest, softest feminine look. Then, inspired by my boldness, I grabbed Esmaralda and discovered a much more opaque shade. While I wouldn’t rock this on a daily basis, the bold teal made for a fresh and inspired eye.
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What’s not to love about Laura Mercier? Her color is all about flawless skin and wearable formulas and shades. Spring is no different. Inspired by Spring Renaissance, expect youthful and fresh colors with lots of shine and glow. Laura achieved this with warm shades, luminous skin and corals and peaches.
For a cream eyeshadow, I look for luxurious creamy texture, great staying power and ease of application. It is like By Terry read my mind. Ombre Blackstar is ultra-smooth, highly-pigmented cream eye shadow in a pencil-like form. This crayon has a soft texture that can be applied to get an opaque, rich finish or blended out for a wash of color. The staying power is thanks to what By Terry calls a “temporary tattoo” coverage effect. The waterproof formula seriously does not budge.