Makeup Monday–The Eyeshadows, Plus My New Favorite Trick

by Ginger on May 20, 2013

in Makeup and Beauty

Oh, eyeshadow. Of all the makeup items I own, eyeshadow is probably the 1)most abundant and 2)one I’m least skilled with. And yet, I love it so. I find it very hard to resist the siren call of a nice eyeshadow, particularly, as you can see, a trio or palette.


These are my current most used eyeshadows. There are a couple of others tucked away in a drawer, but these are the ones I end up reaching for the most.

EyeshadowopenAs close as I can get from left to right, top to bottom:
Urban Decay Naked palette, Urban Decay Glinda Palette, Urban Decay Feminine Palette, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in RSVP, Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow Trios in Almond Satin, Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow Quads in Amethyst Smokes, CoverGirl Exact Eyelights for brown eyes (which, as an aside, came with an eyeshadow brush that remains one of my very very favorite), Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten, (ignore the Smashbox trio there, because I only use it for eyeliner, and I don’t think it’s available anywhere anymore), Yves Rocher Matte Tri-tone Eye Shadow in Rosewood, Stila Eyeshadow in Azure (it broke as soon as I opened it. This is the softest eyeshadow I’ve ever used. But it still works), Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin, and Studio Gear Color Studies in Taupe.

You can kind of tell from the photo, but I like some shimmer in my shadows–yes, I wear shimmer eyeshadow almost every day, even to work–but there are a few mattes in there. I would recommend every last one of these (except the Smashbox), but my current favorites are the Naked Palette, the Studio Gear trio and Stila’s Kitten.

Now, what I really wanted to talk about though, was the trick I finally figured out. See, I’ve never been able to figure out how to wear REAL colors–I would try and use, say, that teal up there, and it would just turn into a muddy mess on my eyes. No bueno.

I fixed some of that with primers.


I mostly started using primers to stop a couple of (unphotographed) shadows from creasing like crazy. And they totally help with that, and I love that. But they also serve to make the colors more vibrant on the skin. However, I still never was able to get as close as I wanted to the pan color.



This little guy, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk which cost all of $4.49 is my new favorite trick. Instead of using one of those other eye primers, if I want to get VIBRANT color? I use this guy. It goes on waxy, but it just makes the color POP. Here, lemme show you. Let’s take these three colors:



Magic (pink) from the Glinda palette, AC/DC (a nice purple with grey tones) & Hijack (a beautiful sparkly teal. It’s not as green as that photo) from the Feminine palette.  Let’s see what Milk does.


At the top, eyeshadows with no primer underneath. In the middle, a regular eye primer. And at the bottom? Milk.


Another view, this time from left to right: Milk, Primer, nothing.

I mean, CMON, that’s a pretty major difference with Milk. That sucker is AWESOME. I mean, I kind of feel like an idiot for being surprised that a bright white base makes the colors pop (and you KNOW my loving artist husband shook his head at me), but I don’t care. I can admit that I’m only really figuring out makeup at 33.

Alright, now go check out the other Makeup Monday posts over at Maria’s!

Steph May 28, 2013 at 10:39 pm

It’s amazing what a primer can do! I just bought Milani’s limited edition shadow stick in Almond Cream hoping it would do something similar to Milk. For me, the NYX jumbo eye pencils crease like crazy. I have hooded, oily lids, so generally only true eye primers do the trick.

Milani’s pencil surprised me, and it worked really well. However, I can tell on a really hot, or long day, it wouldn’t last as long as Urban Decay’s primer potion. For me, that’s HG.

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