Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner review.

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

These days it seems as if every makeup company under the sun is formulating their line of multi-tasking products.  Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner ($29 USD/4g) is the newest creation from the queen of neutrals.  A cream eyeshadow with 12 hour wear, multi-dimensional results, and liner all in one, was exactly the kind of product that was sure to attract my business.  Will this pot of bronzy goodness stand-up to other cream shadows flooding the market?  You’ll see 🙂

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

According to bobbibrowncosmetics.com:

Shadow and liner get together to deliver definition and drama — a multidimensional eye with rich color and buildable sparkle. Smudge, smoke, line or define for long-wearing, standout eyes in five eye-catching shades: Night Sky, Thunderstorm, Sunlit Bronze, Smokey Topaz and Midnight Forest.  If you want a bold multidimensional eye look that won’t budge, look no further.

The Pros to Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

  1. Gorgeous sheer brown color infused with copper and gold shimmers.
  2. Fantastic blackened glass container.
  3. Despite the abundance of sparkles, the formula does not feel gritty to the touch.
  4. Very sheer texture for those who prefer a minimal eye look.
  5. Some may be able to use this as a topper shade.
  6. Formulated without mineral oil and parabens.
  7. Made in Belgium.

The Cons to Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

  1. The brown sheer base color coupled with the high sparkle content yields uneven and muddy looking results.
  2. Multiple layers are required to achieve opacity.
  3. Felt heavy on the lids after the third layer.
  4. Sparkles do not adhere well to the skin; sparkles easily migrate and fallout is inevitable.
  5. Does not mix well with other cream shadows.
  6. Small opening is a bit of a hinderance for finger application.
  7. Too sheer to be used as an eyeliner.
Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze swatches

L-R:
Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner with primer and without primer (no flash).

As you can tell by the photos above, Sunlit Bronze is not the “bold” color I was anticipating.  The color did improve slightly over a primer, however not even my beloved Nars Eyeshadow Primer could keep these sparkles in their proper place.

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Waering Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

The above photo shows Sunlit Bronze after the application of three layers.  In all fairness, I prefer my cream shadows to be pigmented with minimal layers required.  This current Bobbi Brown offering looked muddy and created ridges on my lids were none existed beforehand.  The overall effect appeared patchy and felt uncomfortable.

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Comparisons:
Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze, MAC Rich Ground Fluid Line, and Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire.

  • All swatches were applied with my Meme Angled Eyeliner Brush.
  • Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze’s (two passes) sheer base combined with the abundance of sparkles yielded uneven results.  Classifying this product as an eyeliner is a rather colossal stretch on the company’s part.
  • MAC Rich Ground Fluid Line (one pass) is a gorgeous pigmented copper brown.  The smoother than silk formula is long-lasting and can be used as an eyeliner, eyeshadow base, and stand alone eyeshadow.
  • Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (one pass) is a dark warm espresso brown with golden shimmers lightly scattered throughout the color.  This smooth, long-lasting cream shadow can also be used as an eyeliner, eyeshadow base and eyeshadow.  Best of all, these shimmers are refined and contained.
Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze fallout after being lightly brushed with a tissue.

The above photo demonstrates how easily the sparkles were disturbed with the mere passing of a tissue. Some may be able to use Sunlit Bronze as a topper shade, however, do be aware these sparkles will eventually migrate throughout the day.  As you can imagine, the only logical place for these sparkles to settle would be on the face.  Personally, sparkles on my face is an absolute deal breaker.

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner ingredient list.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Sephora, and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you the obvious, Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner does not fit the quality I have come to expect from the Bobbi Brown brand.  This gel/shadow hybrid is not the most balanced formula to have been created.  Considering how much I adore BB’s other gel liners and shadows, the patchy results and sparkle fallout were an unexpected surprise.  If you seek a sophisticated sparkle shadow, there are plenty of other quality choices on the market.  My personal favorites are Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro colors; now that brand knows how to get it done 🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is a Golden Opportunity to Shine.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Every year, the holiday season seems to ignite a strong desire to wear gold.  Be it on the lids, the cheeks, the tree, the body–gold seems to be everywhere.  Naturally, when it was time to pick a gold toned eyeshadow, I turned to Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold ($34 USD/5g) to fill this brightening position.  The intense yellow gold tone shade easily sets the stage for celebration and all good things to come.  Get ready ladies, this gorgeous shadow will not only leave people intrigued, but it will be the last one standing well after the party is over.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold swatches.

  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is composed of a clear base with warm golden ultra-fine shimmers.  This color applies with the greatest of ease with fingers or a synthetic brush.
  • Another alluring feature is the longevity; just like it comrade, Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood (reviewed here), once this beauty sets it does not budge.  I was able to wear this color without any gold shimmer fall-out or creasing for the entire day.  This can be due to the dense cream formula, which is smooth to the touch.
  • 9 Gold proved quite versatile taking on the role of topper shade, stand alone eyeshadow, eyeliner, or mixed with loose eyeshadows to create a unique color.  The below photos show the various ways 9 Gold was utilized.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold worn on bare lids.

  • For the above photo, 9 Gold was applied, with my finger, as a stand alone color to the entire lid area. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo 4 Wood (reviewed here) was used along the lash line and in the crease. This simple eye was not only quick, but a definite stand-out.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold worn with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo in 4 Wood.

  • For this above photo, Giorgio Armani 4 Wood was used heavily in the crease and outer corners with 9 Gold applied directly over the entire lid.  For this look, I prefered to use a synthetic brush, so as to not disturb 4 Wood’s powder consistency.  Another look that took no time, yet appears to have taken forever to have put together.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold worn over Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 2 Wengewood.

  • For this look, 2 Wenge Wood was applied to the entire lid area with my finger.  Using a synthetic brush, 9 Gold was patted lightly all over Wenge Wood, for a gold scattered effect.  This look was one of my favorites; the newly created color transformed Wedge Wood’s gray tone into a complex Khaki–gorgeous!!! This combo was a match made in makeup heaven.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Bare Minerals Sex Kitten.

  • For this final look, 9 Gold was mixed with Bare Minerals Sex Kitten loose eyeshadow on the back of my hand and applied to the lids with a synthetic brush.  This method not gives this color amazing longevity, but incredible depth and dimension.  I tried to add 9 Gold over Sex Kitten and the effect was nowhere near as attractive.
  • This autumnal shimmer shade would suit all eye colors and makes the perfect color to wear for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  Pair this eye look with a killer red lip, and you are sure to turn heads 🙂
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Comparison Gold Shades:
Chanel 817 Apparence, 89 Vision, Giorgio Armnai 9 Gold, and YSL 7 Gold Star.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold.

Comparison Gold Shades at a slightly blurred angle:
Chanel 817 Apparence, 89 Vision, Giorgio Armnai 9 Gold, and YSL 7 Gold Star.

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 817 Apparence is a lovely light gold color that is used primarily as a delicate topper shade.  My prefered method of application, is with a fluffy brush and lightly sweeping the color over any matte base.
  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 89 Vision is an intense gold with a slight red undertone (camera was unable to capture this effect).  This is another topper shade that is definitely not subtle.  Although touted as long wearing, Illusion D’Ombre shadows do not hold their composure throughout the day.  Due to my deep-set eyes, 89 Vision, tends to migrate into the crease and brow area.
  • Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is more yellow and dense than the Chanel shades.  The longevity and versatility are unmatched in my eyes.
  • YSL 7 Gold Star is technically advertised as an eyeliner, but just like Armani, it too is versatile.  This bronze gold is used as a stand alone eyeshadow color, eyeshadow base, eyeliner and inner waterline color.  However, this cannot perform the task of topper shade, due to the saturate base color and lack of shimmer.

**Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale and giorgioarmnaibeauty-usa.**

THE VERDICT:  If  Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold is one of the most versatile products you can own.  Is this a must-have?  Oh yes, especially if you value shimmer, sparkle and attention.   🙂  What is your favorite look and more importantly, how will you wear your 9 Gold?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial.

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The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce.
(photo courtesy of funny-pictures.picphotos.net)

There was a time when I dismissed The Vampire Diaries as just another young teen drama–that was until saucy Vampire Katherine Pierce entered the scene.  I mean look at her, how can anyone resist her charms, be it by compulsion or otherwise?  What sets Katherine apart from her virtuous Doppelgänger Elena, is her inflated ego, a cut-throat demeanor, impeccable style and fierce makeup 🙂  Her distinct cut-crease eye makeup is present in almost every scene.  So for this post, I bring you my rendition of Katherine Pierce’s eye makeup…now if only I could live forever, be forever young and feast on lasagna instead of resorting to exsanguination 🙂 One can dream…

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial Products:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo, Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Merle Norman Inner Liner, L’Oreal Infallible Pencil Liner, and Prestige Liner Pen.

  • **Nars eyeshadow base was used as an eyeshadow primer.  Apologies for the slight lighting variations; the perils of photographing in front of a window, dependant on natural lighting. 🙂
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Outline your desired shape with a cool tone brown.

  • Start by choosing a cool tone brown eyeshadow.  Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo 4 Wood Eyeshadow (reviewed here) was applied using an angled brush (Memebox Meme Angled Brush) to outline the upper lash line and draw a line above my natural crease.  This method opens-up the eye area and gives the illusion of a larger lid space.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Take a blending brush to blend out the harsh line.

  • Take any densely packed blending brush (Memebox Meme Eyeshadow Brush) and blend out the crease line, picking up color as you see fit.  Be mindful not to let any of the color seep on the lid area–Katherine loves a defined crease with a brightening lighter color on the lid.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Take a softer brush to add a warmer transition color over the edge of your cool brown shade.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Apply a matte flesh-colored eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone.

  • Apply a matte flesh-colored eyeshadow (MUFE M-510) to blend out the edges of your transition shade and to highlight the brow bone area.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Take a golden shade and apply the color to the middle of the moblie lid.

  • Apply a golden/champagne shimmer shade to the mobile lid area (a combination of MUFE ME-512 and I-648 was used).  The contrasting eyeshadow finishes are quite distinct and really makes eyes stand-out.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Apply any black liquid liner to the upper lash line.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Trace the liquid line with a deep black pencil liner.

  • Next, a liquid liner (Prestige Line & Style Ink Pen) was applied as a preliminary guide for my pencil liner (L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner), being mindful not to cover the cool brown eyeshadow that was initially placed along the lash line.  This step can be omitted if you have a steady hand with your pencil liner; however, I find the two formulas produce a truly deep black color that is unbeatable.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Tight line the upper waterline with your gel liner of choice.

  • Tightline the upper waterline with any gel formula of your choosing (Inglot AMC Gel Liner #90).  Omitting this step would be a cardinal sin…gaps between the lashes is so not Katherine 🙂
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Sharpen the edge of your winged liner with an angled Q-Tip.

  • Sharpen the edge of your winged liner with an angled Q-Tip dipped in lotion.  This step is essential in creating a gap between the upper and lower portion of the eye.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Apply a flesh-colored pencil to the lower waterline right to the edge of the eye, extending the color under the winged liner.

  • Next, is the quintessential Katherine makeup trick.  A flesh-colored pencil (Merle Norman Inner Liner) was applied on the waterline and extended outwards under the winged liner. Applying the color at the inner cusp, where the upper and lower lids meet, gives the illusion of a more youthful and lifted eye.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Blend-out the flesh color under the winged liner.

  • Blend out the flesh color pencil thoroughly, with a small eyeshadow brush (Meme Liner Brush).  To ensure the pencil base stays in place, I like to add an accompanying eyeshadow color on top (MUFE M-510).
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Apply the cool tone brown to the lower lash line.

  • Take your angled eyeliner brush and pick up some of the cool brown color (GA #4 Wood).  Line the lower lash line ¼ of the way, concentrating the color at the edge.  Following the natural curvature of your lower lashes, extend the color away from the eye.  This technique was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s and if you look closely, Katherine employs this method for all of her looks.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Add a bronze color over the cool tone brown.

  • Add a bronze colored eyeshadow (Cargo Waterproof Bronzer) directly on top of the cool brown color on the lower lash line.  This step is optional, but as I have stated in the past, I believe adding a bronze hue on the lower lash line is very flattering.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial: Finished look with mascara.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Finished look with mascara.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial: Finished look with mascara.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Full face finished look.

The Vampire Diaries airs on the CW Network on Thursday 8/7c.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this Katherine Pierce inspired makeup look has proven to be quite a hit.  I have worn this look many times and on each occasion, random people felt “compelled” to compliment my eye makeup.  Won’t you try it and see for yourself.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

 

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Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow is Perfect in Every-Way.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

By now, most of you have realized I cannot go a week without the mere mention of one of my favorite cosmetics lines: Giorgio Armani.  If I had my choice of creating a matte eyeshadow formula, most assuredly I would hijack the Armani recipe.  The pigmentation, longevity, blendability and versatility are incredibly impressive.  Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32 USD/ 1.5 g) is another wonderful color that is sure to be a staple in anyone’s collection.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow swatches.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow swatches.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood’s color description is exactly as the name implies, the matte bark-like cool tone brown makes the perfect crease color, eyeliner color and a fantastic brow color (for those with dark hair). This particular shade may not seem like anything special, but it has proven to be quite versatile in my routine for the past week. The next set of photos will demonstrate all the ways you can use this remarkable color.

**For all the following looks, Nars Eyeshadow Primer was used as a base along with Inglot #90 AMC Gel Liner on the upper waterline .

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used as an eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used as an eyeliner.

For the above photo, #4 Wood was applied along the upper lash line using my dampened Meme Angled brush (reviewed here).  A thin line of black liquid liner was used close to the lash line to create more dimension.  In addition, MUFE Artist Shadow M-600 was used in the crease, M-510 on the brow bone and I-524 on the inner corner.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used thickly along the lash line as an eyeshadow.

For the above photo, #4 Wood was applied thickly along the upper lash line using my finger and blended with my Billy B #12 Brush (reviewed here).  L’Oreal Infallible Gel-Pencil liner was used directly on top of Wood, focusing the color closest to the lash line.  MUFE M-600 was mixed with #4 Wood through the crease, along with M-510 on the brow bone.  I am quite partial to this technique, as it flatters my eye shape the best.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used in the brows and outer corners.

For the above photo, #4 Wood was applied to the outer corner, lightly in the crease and through the brows. A small amount was also applied close to the outer half of the lower lash line with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer applied directly on top.  Merle Norman Inner Eyeliner was used on the lower waterline and extended outwardly underneath the winged liner.  MUFE Artist Shadow ME-512 is the golden shade on the lid.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used along the lash line, outer counters and in the crease.

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

For the above photos, #4 Wood was used in the same manner as the previous look, but with a little more depth.  A full detailed tutorial will be coming soon on this look.  I like to call it, The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Makeup Look.  Can you tell I’ve been catching up on “my stories” as of late?  🙂

My only criticism lies with the packaging. However, sturdy and cute the compact may appear, storing all of my Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows has been challenging. The oddly shaped compacts cannot be stacked, or even placed on their sides; the only option is to lay them flat with their labels showing.

Regardless of how much it will pain my soul, depotting these shadows might be my only option. Olivia from the Unknown Beauty Blog has a great tutorial (here) on how to depot eyeshadows without heat.  Her method also conveniently ensures the compacts stay intact should you ever feel the need to reuse them for travel. Bravo Olivia!!!

Giorgio Armani Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom, Saks, amazon.com, Bloomingdale, and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani #4 Wood Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow is one color I would not want to be without.  The amazingly smooth texture and phenomenal wear more than justifies the purchase of any of these amazing shadows.  Have you indulged in any of the Eyes to Kill Solo shades?  If not, what the heck are you waiting for? 🙂  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood review and photos.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood.

Lately, Giorgio Armani has been making quite an impression here at IMCT.  My HG Sheer Blush 10 Beige, my beloved Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows (reviewed here, here and here) and my one lone nail lacquer (reviewed here), have been on constant rotation in my routine.  Naturally, when Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood ($34 USD/ 5g.) began making the rounds on the blogging circuit, I somehow knew this product would be another success.  Did I need to buy another brow product?  No, but this is not about need, this is a case of, I want, therefore, I shall have.  Sounds a little scary…yup, I can sometimes get that way.  I’m just so happy this impulsive purchase worked out for the best 🙂

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood swatches as an eyeliner, eyeshadow and brow color.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood after a 30 minute workout and under warm running water for 5 minutes.

The Pro to Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood:

  1. Gorgeous cool gray/brown with a hint of violet pearl.  According to Armani’s lead makeup artist, Laura Cantello, the addition of the violet pearl keeps the color from appearing too dull and flat against hair’s natural lustre.
  2. Delicate violet pearl is completely unnoticeable once applied to the brows.
  3. Can be used as an eyeliner, eyeshadow, and brow color.
  4. Fingers work beautifully to apply and blend out the color for eyeshadow use.
  5. Soft buildable texture dries down within a minute, giving you plenty of time to make any necessary corrections.
  6. Once the formula sets, it does not budge.
  7. Can be applied lightly or heavily depending on one’s desired effect.
  8. Synthetic brushes work best to apply the color to the brows and the upper lash line.
  9. Lasts for 12 hours+ and stays put even during a workout.
  10. Removes easily at night without tugging or pulling the skin around the delicate eye area.
  11. 2 Wenge Wood is perfect for those with dark-brown and black eyebrows.
  12. Housed in a sturdy glass jar to ensure product does not dry out easily.
  13. Substantial amount of product, will last a lot longer than Stila Brow Pen or Suqqu Eyebrow Pen (seen here).
  14. Formulated without parabens.
  15. Comes in nine shades–although 9 Gold is strictly for eyeshadow use.
  16. Made in France.

The Cons to Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood:

  1. Not as quick and convenient as a brow pencil or pen.
  2. Color tends to remove easily if not given the chance to set.  Give the product a minute before using a spooly brush to blend out the color.
  3. Can be easily overdone if one is not careful when applying the color to the brows.
  4. Beautiful subtle violet pearl does not show-up when applied as an eyeshadow.  The color translates into a slate gray.
  5. Contains paraffin (aka: mineral oil) and loads of silicones.

**Nars Eyeshadow Primer is the base for all the eye looks along with Inglot #90 AMC Liner on the upper waterline.  **Apologies for the lighting variation.  As you may already know, I take my photographs in front of my oversized window, therefore, I am very dependant on sunlight…however, pesky clouds occasionally insist on crashing my party.  

Before: Eye and brow without any makeup.

Before:
Eye and brow without any makeup.

giorgio armani eye and brow maestro

After:
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood used on the brows and as an eyeliner.

For the above photo, Wenge Wood was applied to the brows and upper lash line using my MEME Angled Brush (reviewed here).  I paired this look with MUFE M-600 in the crease and M-510 on the brow bone–all the while, keeping the lid free from all other colors.  YSL 7 Gold Star was used on the waterline with MUFE ME-654 on the lower lash line.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood used on the brows and as an all over lid eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood used on the brows and as an all over lid eyeshadow.

For the above photo, Wenge Wood was used to define the brows and applied as an eyeshadow (with my ring finger) on the lids using 2 light coats.  MUFE M-600 was softly applied in the crease along with M-510 on the brow bone.  Milani Eyeliner was used on the upper lash line with MUFE ME-654 on the lower lash line.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood used on the brows and as an eyeliner/eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood used on the brows and as an eyeliner/eyeshadow.

For the above photo, Wenge Wood was applied with my Meme Angled Brush thickly along the upper lash line and blended mid-way on the lid with my Billy B #12 Brush.  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeliner Pencil was used along the upper lash line, with MUFE M-600 in the crease and M-510 on the brow bone.  Givenchy 9 Brun Cachmire was combined with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer for the lower lash line color, along with ME-512 on the inner corner and YSL 7 Gold Star on the lower waterline.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood ingredient list.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro is found at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale, certain Sephora locations and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro

Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood on the brows and GA Eyes to Kil Solo 5 Vulcano on the eyes and GA Sheer Blush 10 Beige on the cheeks.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood is worth your time and money.  This fantastic product not only delivers on the longevity claim, but the color and texture proved incredibly versatile.  Which shade do you plan on getting?  I hear the gold shade calling my name 🙂  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Smokey Eye Tutorial.

Smokey Eye Tutorial using Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Smokey Eye Tutorial using Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano.

Traditional, smokey eye tutorials feature brown, gray, and black eyeshadows.  I have found that the aubergine tone of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano is the perfect color to make any eye color pop.  The matte formula and velvet finish of this color, make this smokey eye look quite unique and unforgettable.  I hope you enjoy.  (Please excuse the slight lighting variation; the sun was going in and out on this day.)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened Meme Angled Brush.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened Meme Angled Brush.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

  • Step 1:  Apply an eyeshadow primer (I used Nars).  Dampen any angled brush (I used my Meme Eyeliner Brush) with water (I use Witch Hazel) and dip the brush into the pan using a good amount of pressure.  You want to saturate the brush tip with an adequate amount of color.  Apply the color thickly along the lash line and create a wing at the ends.  This will act as a guide for the black liquid liner that will be applied later.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano smudged on top of the dried liner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano smudged on top of the dried liner.

  • Step 2:  Use a dry dual ended brush (I used Billy B #12 Brush) or a sponge tip applicator and smudge a light amount of Vulcano over the liner.  I like to stop midway on the lid.  The goal is to create a hazy layer over the darken line to make the eyes appear larger.  This technique will not disrupt the liner, because once Vulcano sets it does not budge.
Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-510 with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-510 with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever M-510 applied to the rest of the mobile lid and on the brow bone.

Make Up For Ever M-510 applied to the rest of the mobile lid and on the brow bone.

  • Step 3:  Apply a matte flesh-colored shadow (I used MUFE M-510) to the rest of the mobile lid using a soft eyeshadow brush (I used Chikuhodo Z-5), blending some color onto the edge of Vulcano.  This lighter color will not only brighten and even out the rest of the lid, but it will also blend out any of Vulcano’s harsh edges.  Apply the same matte flesh color to the brow bone area.
Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-600 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-600 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

MUFE M-600 applied to the crease.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-600 applied to the crease.

  • Step 4:  To add depth to this look, add a warm brown matte color (I used MUFE M-600) to the crease area using a soft eyeshadow brush (I used Meme Eyeshadow Brush).  The warmth of the crease color perfectly enhances Vulcano’s aubergine tone.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-524 applied to the inner corner of the eye.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-524 applied to the inner corner of the eye.

  • Step 5:  Add any brightening pink-based eyeshadow/highlighter (I used MUFE I-524) to the inner corner.  This will open up the eye area and the iridescent texture proved to be an interesting and attractive contrast against all the matte shadows.
Prestige Line & Style Ink Pen applied to the very base of the upper lash line.

Prestige Line & Style Ink Pen applied to the very base of the upper lash line.

Reapplication of Giorgio Armani ETKS #5 Vulcano over the black liquid liner.

Reapplication of Giorgio Armani ETKS #5 Vulcano over the black liquid liner.

  • Step 6:  Apply liquid liner of your choice (I used Presitge Line and Style Ink Pen), using the first layer of Vulcano as a guide; being diligent not to completely cover the line.  Should you become overzealous with you liquid liner and cover too much of the original line, reapply  more Vulcano with your dampened angled brush directly on top of the black line.  The darkened aubergine color against the black liner will give your eyes a doe-like effect and really make them appear larger.
Tightline your upper waterline using Iglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #90.

Tightline your upper waterline using Iglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #90.

Sharpen the outer corners of you wing but using a pointed Q-Tip dipped in your lotion.

Sharpen the outer corners of your wing by using a pointed Q-Tip dipped in your lotion.

  • Step 7:  Take your gel liner (I use Ingot #90) and tightline your upper waterline, making sure to cover any gaps in-between the lashes.  Use a pointed Q-Tip dipped in lotion to sharpen and clean up the edges of your wing.
Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire and MUFE I-648 applied to the lower lash line.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire and MUFE I-648 applied to the lower lash line.

  • Step 8:  Apply a light bronze color thickly along the lower lash line.  It is my personal belief, using a bronze shade on the lower lash line really accentuates the eyes, more so than using the same color that was applied on the lids.
Finished look with mascara and Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire added to the lower waterline.

Finished look with mascara and Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire added to the lower waterline.

Smokey Eye Tutorial Final Look.

Smokey Eye Tutorial Final Look.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this smokey eye look will make your eyes stand-out.  Use any eyeshadow color or brand of your liking or cream products if you have really oily lids.  Regardless, I hope you found the technique helpful to create your own unique smokey eye.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is an Explosion of Color.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano ($32 USD/ 1.5 g) is one of those colors that immediately captures your attention.  The darkened aubergine/brown is so versatile, it will instantly be a staple in any collection.  As far as the name is concerned, was Signore Armani inspired by the island of Vulcano or the 3.8 million dollar Icona Supercar?  My husband contends it was the car (typical), but I envision Giorgio’s softer artist character moved by the intense, breathtaking colors of Vulcano’s terrain and raw scenic beauty.  Regardless of his inspiration, both images are smoking HOT, just like this color 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

Vulcano, Italy. (photo courtesy of volcano.oregonstate.edu.)  Photo by Chuck Wood.

Vulcano, Italy.
(photo courtesy of volcano.oregonstate.edu.) Photo by Chuck Wood.

Icona Vulcano Supercar. (photo courtesy of motor authority.com)

Icona Vulcano Supercar.
(photo courtesy of motorauthority.com)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano dry and wet swatch.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow dry and wet swatch.

Vulcano is an intense brown with a strong warm aubergine undertone.  This color looks particularly striking against brown eyes.  As with my other Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadows (reviewed here and here), Vulcano’s formula adheres to the skin instantly without any fallout and blends beautifully.  The matte texture also ensures the color will not fade throughout the day.

IMHO, Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo are the best matte shadows I have encountered.  Unlike matte eyeshadows of lesser quality, Vulcano’s color intensity lasts well over 12 hours with a primer.  This is the ideal shadow for those with demanding jobs and require their eye makeup to last perfectly all day. However, despite Vulcano’s excellent longevity, it is easily removable at night with any makeup remover of your choice.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used smoked out on the upper lash and slightly in the crease.

For the above photos, I applied Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano at the lash line with my Meme Angled Brush (reviewed here) and blended the color mid-way on the lid with my Billy B #8 Brush (reviewed here).  Using my Meme Eyeshadow Brush, Vulcano was also added to the outer “v”.  Personally, stopping mid-way on the lid as opposed to applying the color all over the lids, keeps this intense hue subdued, yet dramatic.  If used in excess, the warm aubergine undertones can drain a perfectly healthy complexion and can morph from chic to shrill in a matter of seconds.  This is the type of color that requires a light touch and a healthy dose of moderation 🙂  **BTW, a detailed tutorial on the look will be up next week.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used as an eyeliner and in the outer corners.

For the above photos, #5 Vulcano was applied with a dry angled brush and used as an eyeliner. Using my Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush, Vulcano was also applied to the outer corners for added depth.  Should you feel the need for more intensity in your day, Vulcano applies like a dream with a dampened angled brush.  Not only will the velvety looking liner last as well as any gel liner, but the warm aubergine tones become more prominent when used in a dampened state.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow used in the outer corners over #9 Tadzio.

For the above photos, #5 Vulcano was applied to the outer corners and slightly in the crease on top of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo in #9 Tadzio.  This is the perfect accent color to pair with any taupe or mauve based eyeshadow in your collection.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow:

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Ingredient List for Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcano Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadows can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale, and giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Giorgio Armani #5 Vulcamo Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow is sure to ignite inspiration in anyone.  This deeply pigmented beauty is so versatile and long-lasting, I dare you not to fall in-love at first sight.  This is one Italian Stallion you will not be able to resist 🙂   Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804, I-648, and M-510.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 and I-648.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 and I-648.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-510.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-510.

There is no denying how much I adore Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows.  The pigmentation, cream-like texture, long-lasting wear, color choices and blendability are amazing.  So rather than bore you with repetitious accolades, I decided to simply show you how each of my newest additions wear.  I hope you enjoy 🙂

Swatches L-R: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804, I-648 and M-510.

Swatches L-R:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804, I-648 and M-510.

  • ME-728 is a gorgeous copper with a strong red undertone.  Unfortunately, my camera did not capture the beautiful warm tones that were so evident in-person.  This shade was so pigmented, a very light hand was required during application.  Admittedly, the metallic finish was very distinct against my skin tone; definitely not office appropriate.  As with most of these shadows, the more they are blended the creamier the finish.
  • I-804 is a straight-up golden pink color, very reminiscent of Nars Orgasm.  This gorgeous shade can be used in the crease to add warmth, but my purpose for this shade is to use it as a blush.  I prefer to dip my blush brush in the color and then spray my brush lightly with water and apply the color to my cheeks.  The results yield a beautiful luminous pink hue that is natural without the need for a highlighter (I did not just say that).
  • I-648 is a neutral golden shade that can be used all over the lid for the fastest look ever.  This shade pairs beautifully with most colors.  The smooth non-glaring finish would suit all ages and is completely work appropriate.
  • M-510 is a yellow based vanilla matte shade that applies smoothly without looking chalky.  This shade is used for a brow bone highlight, an all over lid color and to tone down stronger colors.  I can foresee hitting pan on this darling very soon.

** All colors were applied over Nars Eyeshadow Primer.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 , I-648 and M-510.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 , I-648 and M-510.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 , I-648 and M-510.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 , I-648 and M-510.

For the above photos, ME-728 was applied all over the lids with my ring finger.  I-804 was applied directly on top with I-648 placed on the inner ¼ of the eye for a gradient effect.  ME-654 (reviewed here) was used lightly on the outer corners and crease.  As a finishing touch, M-510 was used on the brow bone.  A combination of ME-654 and ME-728 was applied to the lower lash line.  I-804 was used with a dampened brush on the cheeks as a blush.

Wearing Make Up Forever Artist Shadows M-510 with M-600.

Wearing Make Up Forever Artist Shadows M-510 with M-600.

Wearing Make Up Forever Artist Shadows M-510 with M-600.

Wearing Make Up Forever Artist Shadows M-510 with M-600.

For the above photos, M-510 was applied all over the lid and brow bone with my Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here), followed by M-600 (reviewed here) added to the crease.  A combination of ME-654 and I-648 was applied to the lower lash line with YSL 3 Noir Bronze (reviewed here) used for the liner.  I-804 was used dry on the cheeks as a blush.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows I-648, M-600, M510 with I-524.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows I-648, M-600, M510 with I-524.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-510, I-648 and M-600.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-510, I-648, M-600 and I-524 in the inner corner.

For the above look, I-648 was used all over the lid with M-600 in the crease and M-510 on the brow bone.  A light dab of I-524 (reviewed here) was applied to the inner corner.  I-804 was used dry on the cheeks as a blush.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-510, I-648 and M-600.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows I-648, M-510 and M-600.

For this final look, I-648 was applied with my ring finger on the lid with M-510 applied directly on top with a little extra applied to the inner corners.  The effect was luminous without appearing overdone.  To define the eye, I used my Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush to apply ME-600 to the crease and M-510 on the brow bone.  For the lower lash line, I used my Meme Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) to apply ME-654 and I-648.  This look reminded me of something a bride would wear on her wedding day; simple, elegant and polished.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows can be found exclusively at Sephora.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows are amazing.  Enough said!  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Sephora.com, Inc.

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524 and M-600.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, and M-600.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, and M-600.

Lately, my eye makeup application has been simple and fast.  Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, and M-600 ($44 USD/for a three pan compact 3 x 2.5g) have been my go-to colors.  The creamy texture, amazing blendability and phenomenal lasting power allowed me appear put-together in a matter of minutes.  In fact, there were days where fingers were the only “tools” used to apply these babies.

According to Sephora these shadows:

Effortlessly create endless eye looks that range from beautifully natural to highly artistic with this unique eye shadow palette. With its breakthrough, gel-powder formula blended with ultrafine pigments, Artist Shadow leaves a smooth, even result that gives lids super-saturated, lasting color. An easily-blendable formula that features diamond, iridescent, matte, metallic, and satin finishes, it is an accessible shadow for the professional makeup artist and the everyday woman.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, and M-600.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, and M-600.

  • ME-654 is a warm reddy base bronze color.  This color makes an amazing all over lid color, crease color and outer corner color.  The creamy texture can also be used on the waterline–I simply take my pinky finger and lightly smudge the color on the lower waterline.  The supple texture becomes more evident the more it is blended.
  • I-524 is a beautiful delicate pinky beige color that instantly brightens the eye area.  I can actually wear this color on my lids without looking too ostentatious.  This shade also works very nicely as a facial highlighter; the more it is blended the creamier and smooth the finish.
  • M-600 s a highly pigmented pink-brown color.  The smooth texture glides on the skin without skipping or migrating; the ideal crease and outer “v” color.  I love using my Chikuhodo Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) with theses matte shades.  For those days when time is of the essence, this shade works nicely as a stand alone color with some liner and mascara.

Due to the unique creamy gel/powder formula, the satin, iridescent, and metallic shades require a dense firm brush for application.  In my experience, a softer brush collects less product, resulting in a diluted application.  That is why fingers work so well with certain colors.  Due to the lighter/airier texture of the matte colors, any brush can be used to obtain beautiful results.  Shades ME-654 and I-524 reminded me of two shades in the Chanel Mystic Eye Quad, but with better color payoff and longevity.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, M-600 and ME-512 in the inner corner.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, M-600 and ME-512 in the inner corner.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, M-600 and ME-512 in the inner corner.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, M-600 and ME-512 in the inner corner with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Entourage.

For the above photos, I-524 was applied on the lids with my ring finger and ME-654 was placed in the crease using my Memebox Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here).  Utilizing the same brush, M-600 was used to deepen in the outer corner and further define the crease.  I hope you can see how each shade is distinct and blends beautifully into each other, without looking muddy.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-600 in the crease, ME-654 in the outer corner and M-512 on the brow bone and I-648 on the inner corners over Josie Maran Beach Sand Eyeshadow.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-600 in the crease, ME-654 in the outer corner and M-512 on the brow bone and I-648 on the inner corners over Josie Maran Beach Sand Eyeshadow.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-600 in the crease, ME-654 in the outer corner and M-512 on the brow bone and I-648 on the inner corners over Josie Maran Beach Sand Eyeshadow.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-600, ME-654, M-510 and I-648 over Josie Maran Beach Sand Eyeshadow.  Lipstick is YSL Rouge Pur Couture Mat in 206.

For the above photos, I applied ME-654 on the otter “v” and waterline with M-600 in the crease, on top of Josie Maran Beach Sand Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow (reviewed here).  M-510 was used on the brow bone and I-648 was used on the inner ¼ of the lid (two shade that will be shown next week).  I love how the upper portion of my eye is free from any shimmer, appearing clean and bright.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette.

If I have to dish out one criticism, it would pertain to the packaging.  Even though MUFE designed a small hole behind each eyeshadow pan for interchanging shades, I would have preferred a small divot beside each pan (similar to MAC’s design) to remove the shades easily with fingers rather than relying on a pin.

Make Up For Ever Artist Intense Shadows can be found exclusively at Sephora.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you what it told you the last time (reviewed here)..Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows are wonderful.  If you love creamy, smooth, long-lasting, and pigmented eyeshadows than these beauties are for you.  With 210 shades to choose from I dare you not to fall in love.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

**BTW, I used Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Encre de Peau Foundation for the second look.  The lightweight coverage was extremely comfortable to wear all day.  The color choices are a bit off and the application was a little tricky.  I will keep you updated, however, worth getting a sample and seeing for yourself.  Definitely, a Sephora F&F contender  🙂

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow review and photos.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

If you have been with me for a while, you would have noticed the lack of eyeshadow palette reviews.  My preference lies with selecting single shadows that suit my needs, skin tone and lifestyle.   Inevitably, prefabricated palettes always house one or two shades that never get utilized.  So when Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ($21 USD/ 2.5g) appeared on the scene, I immediately sought an opportunity to indulge.  After all, I had to celebrate the end of summer vacation some how 🙂

According to Sephora:

With its breakthrough, gel-powder formula blended with ultrafine pigments, Artist Shadow leaves a smooth, even result that gives lids super-saturated, lasting color.

“I wanted to combine intense color payoff with super-blendability—and this breakthrough shadow has both!”—Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER founder.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

The Pros to Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:

  1. Amazing color selection, 210 colors available.
  2. Sold in refillable pans to be added to a magnetized compact.
  3. Comes in 5 finishes: matte (M), metallic (ME), satin (S), diamond (D), iridescent (I).
  4. Texture is smooth and buildable.
  5. ME-512 Golden Beige is one of those shadows that appears creamier the more it is blended. Great as an inner corner highlight, brow bone highlight and facial highlighter.
  6. S-556 Taupe Gray is a muted gray with a lavender undertone.  Can be used as a main lid color, blend out color, crease color and contour for the face (my favorite).
  7. Both ME-512 and S-556 applied without any fallout.
  8. ME-512 has amazing texture and color payoff when applied with brushes, sponge applicator or fingers.
  9. Slightly heavier texture (possibly due to Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate) allows the pigment to adhere to the skin seamlessly for long-lasting results.
  10. Lasted 10 hours+ with a primer.
  11. Sephora has a great system 1 eyeshadow with the compact cost $22, 2 eyeshadows with the compact cost $34, or 3 eyeshadows with the compact cost $44.  I say go for the three pan compact.
  12. Sturdy plastic thin compact with clear top is travel friendly and allows you to see exactly what colors are housed in the compact.
  13. Each eyeshadow is stamped with its number at the bottom of the pan.
  14. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil, however loaded with silicones.
  15. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:

  1. The S-556 satin formula is packed firmly into the pan and requires extra pressure to get the pigment to adhere to a brush or fingers.
  2. S-556 layers beautifully over any cream shadow, but requires multiple layers when used as a sole lid color (fingers are best used for maximum color impact).  I think this shade is designed to be a supporting character rather than the main attraction.
  3. A dampened brush cannot be dipped directly into the pan, otherwise a hard surface develops on the eyeshadow.
  4. Sephora does not carry the full line of 210 shades in-store (online only).  In addition, not all Sephora locations carry the same selection of shadows.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 on the lid with ME-512 in the inner corner and as a brow bone highlight.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 on the lid and hallows of the cheeks with ME-512 in the inner corner, on the brow bone highlight and cheeks at 10 am.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 after six hours at the beach.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 after four hours at the beach at 7pm.(sorry for the dim lighting, I took this shot in the car).

For the above photos, S-556 was applied on the lids (with my finger) over Nars Primer (reviewed here) with ME-512 applied to the inner corners, brow bone and cheek bones (my window light is filtering the effect).  This combo lasted all day without any creasing, fading or color transfer to the crease.  MUFE Artist Shadows survived a 10 hour day with 4 of those hours spent on a hot beach.  I was beyond impressed and my husband really loved this minimal eye look.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 used as a facial contour color.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 used as a facial contour color.

As soon as I saw S-556 I was hoping it would be a suitable dupe for Chanel Joues Contraste in Notorious, and to my eye, it was pretty darn close.  I used my Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush to apply S-556 to the hollows of the cheeks after my bronzer, but before my blush.  Oddly enough, despite its sheer texture, S-556 applied quite vibrantly on the face with very little pressure.  The results were quite natural and I am happy to report the color did not budge or fade throughout the day.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

For the above photos I applied S-556 to the outer corners on top of Josie Maran Beach Sand (reviewed here).  ME-512 was applied to the inner corners and brow bone.  I found S-556 to be the perfect shade to tone down the metallic effect of the base.  The resulting hue was filled with complexity and appeal.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 over Givenchy 7 Gris Organza Cream Shadow with ME-512 in the inner corner and brow bone.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 over Givenchy 7 Gris Organza Cream Shadow with ME-512 in the inner corner and brow bone.

For the above photo, I wanted to see how well MUFE Artist Shadow S-556 would layer on top of my beloved Givenchy 7 Gris Organza (reviewed here);  the results were just as durable and smooth as all other instances.

Ingredients for Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:

Mica,Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Dimethicone, Koolin, Zinc Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitain Sesquioleate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, [+/-CI77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI77499 (Iron Oxide), CI1140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI77742 (Manganese Violet), CI77007 (Ultramarines), CI77491 (Iron Oxides), CI77492 (Iron Oxides), CI77288 (Chromium Oxide Green), CI75470 (Carmine), CI42090 (Blue 1 Lake), AI5402/01

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows can be found exclusively at Sephora.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows are a wonderful investment.  The option of choosing your own colors and finishes out of the 210 colors available, makes this launch a complete success.  My purpose for selecting these two shades was to form a small contour kit and I am beyond happy with the results.  My only regret is that I did not invest in the three pan option to add a “bronzer” like color to my little creation.  Oh well, I will have to rectify that oversight on the next visit 🙂  What color(s) are  you eyeing?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold review and swatches.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold ($18 USD/ 4.7 ml) are the newest creations from the “Luxury with a Conscience” creator/brand, Josie Maran.  Her line of paraben, sulfate, phthalate-free products are among the best in the business.  These new “bi-phase” liquid eye shadows promise to deliver hydration, long-lasting wear and healthier looking lids.  Could I resist these claims?  No.  Will I fall in love?  You’ll see.

According to josiemaran.com:

50% Coconut Water, 100% Hydration. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your eyes, this pigment-packed liquid shadow instantly makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers: one layer of fresh Coconut Water, and one layer of Argan-infused pigments that instantly give eyes a more youthful appearance.  Comes in six colors:

  1. Playa del Pink– shimmering light pink
  2. Rio de Rose Gold– shimmering pink gold
  3. Polynesian Purple– shimmering violet
  4. Rainforest Green– shimmering emerald
  5. Beach Sand– shimmering light bronze
  6. Bora Bora Bronze– shimmering deep bronze
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold swatches.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold swatches.

The Pros to Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow:

  1. Gorgeous metallic foiled colors.
  2. Unbelievably pigmented, very little product is needed to achieve supreme color payoff.
  3. Incredibly lightweight cooling texture.
  4. Lasts 12 hours+ with a primer.
  5. Zero color transfer or creasing with a primer.
  6. Applies smoothly with a variety of tools (fingers, brushes and/or applicator).
  7. Smooth, intensely pigmented, long-lasting formula makes for an outstanding eyeliner.
  8. Can be used as a base for powder eyeshadows to add dimension.
  9. Beach Sand looks amazing on medium to darker skin tones.
  10. Rio de Rose Gold would look amazing on lighter complexions and those with smaller lid space.
  11. Amazing amount given, considering you only need a tiny amount for one application, one bottle is sure to last for years.
  12. Removes cleanly with minimal effort.
  13. Formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

The Cons to Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow:

  1. An incredible amount of shaking is required to completely dislodge the pigment from the base of the bottle to mix with the liquid portion.  When you hear the tiny agitator beads (similar to those in nail polish) moving around in the bottle (which takes awhile), then you know the solution is properly mixed.
  2. Not the best choice during busy mornings, due to the amount of shaking required.  Personally, hitting the bottle forcefully against my thigh several times, works to loosen and combine the “bi-phase” formula.
  3. High metallic/foiled finish (especially Rio de Rose Gold) would not suit mature lids or an office environment.
  4. Dry time is 5-10 seconds…you must work fast for color placement.
  5. Applicator dispenses too much product for my liking.  I prefer to place the color on a synthetic brush and then apply it to the lids.
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow "bi-phase" liquid.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow “bi-phase” liquid.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow stuck at the base of the bottle.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow stuck at the base of the bottle.

This formula reminds me of Chanel’s discontinued Ombre D’Eau Fluid Liquid Eyeshadows.  The above photos clearly show the “bi-phase” liquid; the pigment portion is basically stuck to the base of the bottle for every use.  Without the proper amount of shaking, only a fraction of pigment is moved, which results in a diluted and poorly functioning color.  Only when you hear the agitator beads moving is the pigment fully integrated.  After a couple of minutes, even my husband became frustrated with the shaking.  His exact words were, “My goodness, this reminds me of trying to get ketchup out of the glass bottle.” 🙂

**Update:  Unscrewing the top and swirling the applicator wand several times in the bottle before application helps free the agitator balls from the pigment.  

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand.

Beach Sand is a color I can see myself using on a daily basis.  This shade also makes an outstanding base for powdered eyeshadows for added depth, dimension and longevity.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold.

Rio de Rose Gold’s warm metallic tones proved to be too overpowering for my eye shape and skin tone.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold as a base and Beach Sand applied directly on top with Make Up For Ever S-556 Artist Shadow.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold as a base and Beach Sand applied directly on top with Make Up For Ever S-556 Artist Shadow.

As a solution, I applied Beach Sand over Rio de Rose Gold and the resulting hue was more befitting for a woman of my age (28 🙂 ).  MUFE Artist Shadow S-556 was also used in the crease and outer corners.  Love the results!

Ingredients for Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow:

Water**, Glycerin**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice**, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Pentylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 40-B**, Sodium Olivoyl/Cocoyl Amino Acids Fructoside, Propanediol, PVP, Lactic Acid**, Benzoic Acid**, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019)**, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)**, Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510). *Organic. **Natural.

Josie Maran Cosmetics can be found exclusively at Sephora and QVC.com

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadows are lovely.  If you are someone who seeks a feather lightweight formula, more natural ingredients, a metallic finish, and long wearing results then these babies are for you.  Personally, I adore Beach Sand and am willing to tolerate the hassle of shaking/beating my bottle, some may not.  What say you, yea or nay?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. This post contains a store affiliate link. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows review and swatches.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows L-R: Bella Sand, Bella Copper, Bella Ivory, Bella Taupe.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows L-R:
Bella Sand, Bella Copper, Bella Ivory, Bella Taupe.

My eyeshadow collection has gone through a major editing process.  Although I love eyeshadows and all they entail, I have reached a point in my life where amassing every new eyeshadow collection on the market just does not do it for me anymore. I’m all about quality, however when it comes to cosmetics, quality comes at a costly price.  Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows ($3.99 USD/1.4g) are the newest creations to have hit the cosmetics market.  The innovative gel power formula provides high quality pigmentation at affordable prices.  According to Milanicosmetics.com:

A gel powder – what would that even look like? We’ll tell you: It looks like rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. What makes it a gel powder? Well, the formula starts as a gel and then is transformed by a special process into a stunning powder eyeshadow with pure color and power wear.

The unique process allows you to blend this incredibly innovative, weightless formula easily with your fingertips to light up your eyes. Even more to entice: It can used wet or dry, resists creasing,and comes in satin matte, shimmer and iridescent metallic finishes. You just have to try this gel powder. It’s that different.

Could these sparkling little thumbprint cookie-like creations be the drugstore gem I been searching for?  You’ll see 🙂

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows L-R: Bella Sand, Bella Copper, Bella Ivory, Bella Taupe.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows L-R:
Bella Sand, Bella Copper, Bella Ivory, Bella Taupe.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows L-R: Bella Sand, Bella Copper, Bella Ivory, Bella Taupe.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows L-R:
Bella Sand, Bella Copper, Bella Ivory, Bella Taupe.

 The Pros to Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows:

  1. Extremely affordable and accessible.
  2. Come in 30 shades:  13 satin mattes, 11 shimmer, and 6 metallic shades.
  3. Can be used dry or wet.
  4. Bright color selection.
  5. Easily blendable.
  6. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  7. The metallic shades are vibrant and pigmented.
  8. Satin mattes can be worn by all age groups.
  9. Ideal for those who prefer less pigmented eyeshadows.
  10. Can be built-up for more intense color payoff.
  11. Lasts 6 hours with an eyeshadow primer.

The Cons to Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows:

  1. Eyeshadow fallout was present in all four colors even after I tapped my brush to eliminate excess shadow.
  2. With the exception of the Bella Copper, these shadows require a fair amount of color build-up for noticeable results.
  3. Fading (not creasing) occurred by the seventh hour.
  4. CVS sells these eyeshadows (where I purchased mine) for $4.79.  Milanicosmetics.com lists these for $3.99.
  5. Fingers are best used for more vibrant results; brushes somewhat dilute the color intensity.
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows Dry Swatches L-R: Bella Sand, Bella Copper, Bella Ivory, Bella Taupe.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows Dry Swatches L-R:
Bella Sand, Bella Copper, Bella Ivory, Bella Taupe.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows Wet Swatches L-R: Bella Sand, Bella Copper, Bella Ivory, Bella Taupe.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows Wet Swatches L-R:
Bella Sand, Bella Copper, Bella Ivory, Bella Taupe.

I found Bella Copper’s metallic finish to be the most pigmented, followed by Bella Taupe and Bella Ivory. Bella Sand was a complete disappointment, even when applied wet the color was barely visible on my lids.**fingers were used for all swatches.

  • Bella Sand is a beautiful light golden shimmer shade.
  • Bella Copper is an intense copper metallic shade.
  • Bella Ivory is a brightening champagne satin matte shade.
  • Bella Taupe is a cool tone taupe satin matte shade.
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows.

For the above photos, I applied Bella Copper with my dampened ring finger to the mobile lid; this resulted in a bright metallic copper finish that was a bit over-the-top for my liking.  I rectified the situation by applying Bella Taupe directly over Bella Copper; a combination more suitable for everyday wear.  Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer was used in the crease, with Bella Ivory as a brow bone highlight (the finish is more like a frost than a satin matte).

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) was used for the liner.  My lower lash line color was my usual combination of Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (here) with Cargo Waterproof Bronzer.  Finally, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Gelee (reviewed here) was applied to the inner corner of the eye.

Ingredient List for Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows:

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica,Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer,Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Nylon-12, CaprylylGlycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Polyisoprene, Talc, PentaerythritylTetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. +/- May Contain: Tin Oxide, TitaniumDioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ManganeseViolet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510),Carmine (CI 75470).

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows can be found at CVS, Walgreen, Walmart and milanicosmtics.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are on a budget and prefer subtle, yet, buildable eyeshadow colors, then Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows are for you.  Personally, I found the overall quality to be good, not the best, but certainly not the worst.  To quote Jim Carrey in Lair, Lair, “I’ve had Better.”  Love them or leave them..do tell.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.