Fun with eyeshadow bases!

Hello everyone!!

Hope your all having a great week so far! Lately I’ve been obsessed with altering the final look of an eyeshadow by experimenting with different bases. It is an interesting way to get new finishes and shades. The same shadow looks really different when used over a matte solid color base versus a metallic one! A matte shadow can become a shimmery shade with a metallic base and you get interesting duo chrome finishes when you put a metallic shadow on top of a contrasting metallic base…the combinations are endless and fun πŸ˜€

Here are some pics of my experiments with bases.. First lets take a look at what happens to a matte basic shadow when coupled with 2 different types of bases.

Transformation of a matte beige eye shadow
Transformation of a matte beige eye shadow

As you can see a simple matte beige shadow becomes a a purple mauve color with a brown base and a champagne/rose gold shade with a gold base. Β It is fun to change the undertone of a shadow by messing around with the base..don’t you think so ? πŸ˜‰

Transformation of shimmery blue shadow
Transformation of shimmery blue shadow

In the case of this shimmery blue shadow, you can see that the brown base deepens and intensifies the blue (almost making it look matte) whereas the golden metallic base brings out the silver shimmer in the shadow more. I have seen many tutorials for smokey eyes where a black base is used to deepen and intensify the smokey shade on the lid πŸ™‚

Transformation
Transformation of a metallic peacock blue shadow

This last one is one of the reasons I got hooked to experimenting with bases. The original shadow is a metallic peacock blue green shadow which on top of the brown base looks like a brown- blue- green duo chrome metallic shadow. The snap above does not do this any justice ..it looks fabulous in person I promise πŸ˜€ The same shadow over a metallic gold base looks like a foil shadow or a very very intense metallic shadow. That is 3 very different shades you can get with just 1 eye shadow!!

Hopefully I’ve gotten you guys interested enough to experiment with bases and transform the shades your kind of bored with into something new πŸ˜€

Do let me know how your experiments with bases go!

Until next time…ciao!!

 

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Cool tone eyes ~ Purple and Silver !

Hello folks!

I am not sure how many of you guys remember the 2014 holiday eyeshadow palette from Smashbox called the Smashbox on the rocks photo op luxe palette. I hear that they are popping up at Nordstrom Rack at a really awesome price! I had purchased the palette during the holiday time at full price and even then I had felt that it was value for money. In case you missed out the first time round, then this is your chance to get it really cheap πŸ™‚ For more details on the palette check out my REVIEW.

This purple and silver eyelook was done using the On The Rocks Luxe Palette. (Excuse the wild brows! I am growing them out to get them shaped better!)

Silver and purple eyelook
Silver and purple eyelook

Again, as with most eye looks I do its nothing complicated πŸ˜€

I used the following shades:

Shades used from the Smashbox Palette
Shades used from the Smashbox Palette

I applied the silver shade called Asteroid all over the lid. This was followed by blending the shade Lilac into the crease. I added a little bit of purple mist into the crease and outer corner of the eye but made sure it did not go beyond the Lilac shade in the crease. Purple Mist is a really nice shade with some gold flecks in it (unfortunately the camera is not able to pick it up). I used the shade lavender sparingly as a brow bone highlight.

Hope your all having a great summer!

Until next time…ciao!!

Smashbox on the Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette

Hey guys!

Hope your holiday shopping is coming along great! This is the best time of the year to get some high end and even drug store makeup products at awesome prices. I usually go through a lot of confusion on what to get for myself during the holiday madness since there are usually a ton of value for money makeup gift sets floating around. Since I currently have an overflowing makeup drawer I decided to pick up only one item from this years holiday makeup collection and so it was even harder than usual πŸ˜€ I knew I wanted eyeshadows and I was torn between getting the Sephora exclusive Everything nice palette from Too Faced and the Smashbox on the rocks Luxe Palette. I found the face products in the Everything nice kit a bit too shimmery for my taste and since I heard really good reviews on the Smashbox palette I picked it up as my gift for myself πŸ˜‰

Smashbox on the Rocks Luxe Palette
Smashbox on the Rocks Luxe Palette

I really love the holographic design on the packaging! The palette is housed in a cardboard box with some foam cushioning on the top making it quite sturdy. The palette also comes with a nice big mirror along with 28 lovely eyeshadows!

The 28 eyeshadows in the Smashbox on the Rocks Luxe palette
The 28 eyeshadows in the Smashbox on the Rocks Luxe palette

This is my first Smashbox eye shadow palette and boy am I impressed! These have a lovely silky texture. They are not as soft and crumbly as the LORAC Pro shadows but have the same silkiness. I am also extremely happy with the pigmentation of these shadows especially since a little goes a long way. Here are more pictures of the palette:

The Neutral side of the palette
The Neutral side of the palette
The colorful section with some bling!
The colorful section with some bling!
The Smokey side of the palette
The Smokey side of the palette

As you can see, the palette is quite versatile, color wise and texture wise. It has neutrals, brighter but wearable shades, smokey shades, mattes, shimmers and also a glitter shade. This is quite awesome to gift to someone who is just starting out and wants to try a hand with a variety of shades and finishes and just about anyone who wants more than a neutral palette!

I got my hands on this palette a couple of weeks ago and although I have not been able to use all the shadows on my eyelids, I did swatch every shade at Ulta before I bought it and they were beautiful! The only shade I am not totally digging is the shade moonlight which is a chunky glitter shade in between the pink and peach shade in the smokey side of the palette. This shade is probably meant to be used as a topper for your eyeshadow look since it has little to no color payoff on its own. Β The rest of the shades swatch well and the few I have applied on my lids performed exceptionally well. I did not notice any fading or creasing with them and they blend really well too.

Now lets get to the price tag shall we..this is where things get even better! I got my palette for 42$ which I think is a steal for 28 shadows (1.25g each) however I notice that the prices have been slashed recently! This palette is now available at Ulta and the Smashbox website for 29$ which is fantastic! πŸ™‚

The only con I can think of is the packaging. The smaller on the rocks eyeshadow palette is packaged in a much more sleek fashion and I would have loved it if they did the same with this one too. It can be a little heavy and bulky to travel with but since it is a sturdy case I might try travelling with it when I go home for Christmas next week πŸ™‚

Sorry for the lack of swatches (long story) but do check out the review of this palette by Bailey B on youtube where she shows the swatches up close. It was her swatches that convinced me to check this palette out!

Here is the link:Β https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl6_9tC7MLs

Hope your all having a great week! Until next time…ciao!!