I’m not really an eyeshadow palette lover. I have to like at least 90% of the shades in a palette, without getting duplicates of colors, I already own in my collection. So it’s quite unlikely, that I will ever find an eyeshadow palette worth investing in, I’d much rather buy single shadows. Therefore I’m very critical when it comes to palettes, so I just wanted to focuse on a few new or up-coming releases and share my opinion. I’ll also share some alternatives to these products.
I don’t have and I don’t want to have an enormous makeup collection, therefore I like to buy products, that can be used in multiple ways. In my opinion eyeshadow sticks are one of the most versatile products. I’ll mostly be talking about the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, just because they’re affordable and come in a big variety of shades. But of course use whatever products are accessible to you.
All over the lid & on the waterline – Probably the usual way people use eyeshadow sticks. Just apply it on you lids and blend it with your fingers. Or use it for a pop of color on the waterline.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in Lavender and Rocky Mountain Green all over the lid and on the waterline (also used: Neve Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Quadrifoglio, Grass & Future)
Eyeshadow Base – Any kind of cream product will provide a great base for powder products to stick to, it can drastically increase the intensity of any powder eyeshadow you put on top. I guess the shade Milk, is best known to work great as a base to brighten up colorful eyeshadows. But you can essential use any shade, that you think looks nice with the makeup look you want to create. I have also used Black Bean as a base for black shadow, or Pure Gold as a base for a simple golden smokey eye. It’s also interesting to use sheer shimmery eyeshadows on top of eyeshadow sticks, to transform the color completely, it gives a duochrome effect.
left: Yellow Eyeshadow with and without white base (NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk)
right: sheer blue and green shadow over NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust
Mascara – Coat a spooley with the product and comb through your lashes. I like to use a regular black mascara first to thicken my lashes first and then go in with the eyeshadow stick afterwards to spice up the look. Of course you could use it on your brows too, if you want.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pure Gold as mascara (really hard to capture on camera but looks pretty cool irl)
Liner – Coat a small angled brush in the product and draw it on, just like you would with a gel liner.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pots and Pans as winged liner
On your cheeks – Just because it’s marketed as an eye product, doesn’t mean you can’t use it on your face. I like to use the shade Lavender as a highlighter base and apply a very light champagne eyeshadow on top to create a purple highlight, which is really on trend right now. The shade Strawberry Milk could be used in the same way. On my skin it’s too dark to act as a highlight, though. I could use it as a very luminous blush, if I feel like it.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Lavender and Neve Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Etoile as highlighter
Lipstick – Because in most cases eyeshadow sticks are opaque and apply evenly, they can easily be used as a lipstick. Just a disclaimer, as far as I know, non of the eyeshadow sticks I own are marked as “lipsafe”. Of course I wouldn’t recommend using a product, that’s not approved for lip application for daily wear, but for a picture, a night out or a costume party it shouldn’t harm you.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean; p2 Eyeshadow Stick in #cool (LE) and MUR eyeshadow in Green Envy; NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust and Maybelline Lipstick in Tantalizing Taupe
Hope you enjoyed this post, have a wonderful day.
I’ve known that a panning community exists, but until recently I didn’t know much about it. However I discovered a new YouTube channel (Kelly Gooch) and I watched all of her videos, including her Project Pan videos and suddenly I understood, why panning is so popular.
There aren’t a lot of products in this pan. Because I don’t use makeup on a daily basis, I won’t be able to finish a ton of products. I’m also transitioning to cruelty-free, therefore a majority of this pan are non-cruelty-free products I enjoy using, but I want to get out of my collection. I’m hoping I can finish all of these products until the end of the year.
I love watching Anti-Hauls on YouTube and thought it would be fun to do it, too. You don’t know what an Anti-Haul is? It’s essentially a list of products you don’t want to purchase, with explanations on why you don’t want it. Kimberly Clarke came up with this idea.
There are actually tons and tons of brands I wouldn’t buy from, because of one main reason: The brands are not available in my country and shipping and custom fees are ridiculous.
However, it would be quite repetitive and boring, to include products because of this reason, so I just pretend shipping and custom fees don’t exist.
I recently tried a new combination of products as a cheek highlight and I’m in love.
Since I have the Neve Cosmetics Elegantissimi Eyeshadow Palette, I’ve been using Etoile as a highlighter. More recently I also bought some new NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils including the shade Lavender. On day I wondered if Lavender would look good on my cheeks so I just tried it. The color looks really nice on the cheekbones, but wasn’t illuminating enough for my taste, so I put Etoile on top. This combination is absolutely beautiful, it’s super reflective and you can really pick up on the lilac hue, when the sun hits the face.
This combination will only work on pale and light skintones though.
I included some pictures wearing this highlighter combination, it’s quite hard to capture something like this though.
What’s your favorite highlighter?
I loved the Shades of Magic Trilogy by Victoria Schwab and came up with makeup looks inspired by two characters.
Rhy – I thought about what kind of makeup Rhy would wear. I image Rhy’s makeup to be glamerous and always on trend. So I wanted to do a “floating” liner, a look that’s really popular on instagram right now. For the color scheme I choose red and gold – the colors of his kingdom. And of course I had to wear a blinding highlight.
Kell – For Kell’s look I wanted to keep the red and gold color scheme, because he’s a part of the royal family, too. However I wanted a cleaner look, so I left the lid “blank”. Of course I can’t forget his signature attribute, his completely black right eye. This two toned cut crease is what I came up with.
If you are a makeup addict, it can be hard to stop yourself from buying new products all the time. So I like to remember, that I don’t need a lot of products to create a complete look. That’s why I wanted to create a look with just one palette.
I’m using is the Elegantissimi Palette by Neve Cosmetics. It’s a neutral mostly matte eyeshadow palette with massive pans, therefor it’s easy to use on the face, because you can easily get into the pans with bigger brushes. Another bonus is that this palette is affordable, cruelty-free and vegan.
For contouring I’m using Smoking, the midtoned grey in the palettes. I applied it light handedly with a fluffy brush, since it’s very pigmented. For bronzing , I used a mix of Noisette and Croissant on the same fluffy brush, concentrating it on my cheeks, because I often use bronzer as blush anyway. For a ‘glow from within’ kind of highlight, I use a smaller dense brush and applied Etoile on top of my cheek bones.
I mixed Smoking and Espresso to fill in my brows. For my eye look I used Bonbon, Noisette and Smoking in the crease, Espresso in the outer corner and on the lower lashline, Croissant all over the lid and Etoile and Coco in the inner corner.
Every color in this palette is lipsafe, so I could’ve used any, but I wasn’t feeling it.
For Mascara I used Yves Rocher’s 360° Mascara.
I love playing with colors and hope these looks will inspire you.
I filled in my brows with a dark brown eyeshadow (Espresso by Neve Cosmetics) and a small angled brush.
For my eye look I used NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk on my entire lid and blended it out with my finger. Then I took a blue eyeshadow (Night Life by Neve Cosmetics) on a big fluffy blending brush and lightly applied it in my crease. I repeated this step with a slightly denser, smaller blending brush, to build up the color, taking it into the outer corner as well. Then I took a white eyeshadow (Coco by Neve Cosmetics) and tapped that on the rest of my lid with a finger. I took a bright cool-toned pink (Diva by Neve Cosmetics) on a small angled brush on my lash line and smudged that out with a smudger brush and a pale purple eyeshadow (Future by Neve Cosmetics). To finish off the eyes I applied mascara.
I used another Neve Cosmetics eyeshadow in the shade Etoile as my Highlight, for application I used a dense brush. For blush I mixed the eyeshadows Diva and Magma (also Neve Cosmetics) and applied it very light-handedly with a fluffy brush.
On my lips I wore NYX Butter Gloss in Cupcake.
Every product used for this look is from Neve Cosmetics.
I patted the green (Grass), yellow (Bananas) and white (Coco) onto my lids with my fingers. I used a light green shade (Alien) in the crease to blend everything out. I took a bright orange (Magma) on a small angled brush on my lash line and smudged that out with a smudger brush and a pale orange eyeshadow (Bonbon). To finish off the eyes I applied mascara.
I used Etoile as highlighter again. For blush I used Red Carpet on a fluffy brush.
I used a lipliner/lipstick combo (duebaci Money) on my lips.
Since this is a very sharp look, I first mapped out the outline with a dark green eyeshadow (Quadrifoglio by Neve Cosmetics). Then I applied a pale purple and a green cream shadow (NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in Lavender & Rocky Mountain Green) on either side on my lids, and blended them together with a finger. For a better transition I used Grass by Neve Cosmetics to blend, too. I also used Future and Velvet by Neve Cosmetics in the inner half of my crease and lower lash line. On the outer half of my lash line I used Quadrifoglio.
On my lips I used an Essence lipliner in Satin Mauve and a NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee.
Overview of used brands:
Neve Cosmetics – doesn’t test on animals, big selection of vegan products (all products I used by this brand are vegan)
Essence – doesn’t test on animals
NYX – doesn’t test on animals, but their parent company (Loreal) does
DISCLAIMER: I’m not mentioning the mascara I used in any of these looks. Because it’s not cruelty-free. I want to use it up before opening up another mascara.
I answered the A to Z Bookish Survey recently and was inspired to come up with an A to Z Makeup Survey. Hope you like these questions and want to answer them, too.
Are you wearing makeup right now?
I use an eyeshadow and a small angled brush to fill in my brows and set them with clear brow gel. I just recently started using the Neve Cosmetics eyeshadow in Espresso to define my brows. The brow gel I use is the Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara.
Colorful or neutral makeup?
Colorful. Neutral makeup just doesn’t excite me that much.
Dud – A product, that just doesn’t work for you.
I mentioned this in my YouTube Made Me Buy It post before. I just don’t like the Maybelline Color Tattoos and I don’t get why they’re so hyped. The formula feels greasy and is patchy. No matter how long I try, I can’t get it even and opaque on my eyes. Maybe it’s just the color I got though, I don’t know. The only shade I’ve tried is Mauve Crush.
Erase – What’s your favorite concealer?
I don’t really care about concealer to be honest. The only one I’ve tried is the Essence Stay All Day 16h Long-Lasting Concealer, which comes in two shades, both are way too light to use it for concealing dark circles or other discoloration on my face. However I like it and use it every time I do my makeup, to cancel out any veins on my eyelids. It’s very cheap, which is why I bought it.
First makeup item you ever bought?
Probably a mascara, I remember using one by Essence in a grey tube.
Glitter or no glitter?
Glitter! I love glitter it’s so much fun.
I bought some more NYX products! I love this brand. They constantly release new unique products and shades, that other drugstore brands lack.
Cosmic Metals Lipglosses in Fuchsia Fusion + Out of this World
The shade Fuchsia Fusion is super vibrant, so if you love hot pinks, like I do, you’ll love this. Out of this World is an emerald green, I’m really digging green lips atm. When you first apply these to your lips it feels very creamy, nearly like a whipped formula. Once they’re on your lips they feel like the Butter Glosses. I don’t know how long they wear, I just swatched them.
Jumbo Eye Pencils in Black Bean, Lavender, Strawberry Milk, Rocky Mountain Green, Potts and Pans + Pure Gold
I really like Jumbo Eye Pencils. I tried out Rust and Milk before and they work very well for me. These come in so many different colors, I wish I had all of them! Every color I’ve tried so far applies opaque and evenly.