Sunday, September 8, 2013

Eyeshadow Collection Part 2 - Cool Palettes + Favorite Shadow Bases & Primers

And now, part 2 of my eyeshadow collection - Cool (and cool-ish neutral) shades(click here to read about my Warm-Neutral palettes):

The mother of cool eyeshadow palettes and a recent favorite, Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette:

I have used this palette almost every single day since I bought it during a back-to-school Ulta haul in July.  The colors that I find myself reaching for the most are Bootycall (absolute FAVORITE from this palette), Tease, Snakebite, and Busted (love this to smudge over eyeliner).

Next, my not-so-full (and therefore needing to be filled!) cool Z-Palette:

Here are my favorite MAC cool shadows (with a couple of UD and Prestige shadows as well):

 From left to right:
 - Top row - Seedy Pearl, Copperplate
 - Middle row - Girlie, Club
 - Bottom row - Star Violet, Prestige Long-Term Relationship Total Intensity eyeshadow in Addiction (great recent drugstore find!)

From left to right (still all MAC unless indicated):
 - Top row - Quarry, Espresso, another Shroom (have one of these in both of my Z-Palettes)
 - Middle row - Smut, Satin Taupe
 - Bottom row - Urban Decay eyeshadow single in Last Call, Steamy

And here's a little blast from the past...

These three shadows are from an oldie but a goodie - the Stila Smokey Eye Palette...the one that talked to you when you pressed a button on the lid!  Remember those?  I have had these shadows for years and I STILL love them for a traditional gray smokey eye.  (tip:  If your older shadows or other powder products seem to get a "film" on them as they get older, simply take a small, thin knife and gently scrape off the top layer.  They will be good as new!  The oils in your skin and any other products like primers or even water that may be transferred from your brushes to your shadows or blushes cause that film.  No big deal.  Scrape it off, big girl.) 

Next, a mega-holy-grail:

Eyelid shade from WnW Silent Treatment 3-pan palette - I LOVE this!!

And the mother of all cool/neutral shadows for me - the eyelid shade from Wet 'n Wild's Silent Treatment 3-pan palette.  Many say it's a dupe for MAC's ubiquitous Satin Taupe, but on me it is not.  Satin Taupe (which I also love) works as a crease and lid color for me, too, but this silver-y taupe shadow from Wet 'n Wild makes a beautiful lid color that is just a tiny bit lighter and brighter than Satin Taupe.

Next, to make these shadows as pretty as they are in their pans and to make them stay on all day without creasing or smudging, I love these products as primers:

Of these products, here are the ones I reach for most often:

 - NYX's White Eyeshadow Base (top left) has become my go-to eyeshadow primer over the last few months.  This totally matte shadow base really makes eyeshadows vivid and rich.  Even moreso, I think, than this next old favorite:
 - MAC's Paint Pot in Painterly (top right) - still love this, especially for a matte, neutral eye
 - Milani Shadow Eyez Champagne Toast eyeshadow pencil (bottom) - I use this just on the lid and on top of one of the other two above primers if I want a shimmery shadow to be even more brilliant (it's especially gorgeous under MAC's Woodwinked!)

I also love the Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows to use on top of one of my matte primers and underneath a matching eyeshadow color:

 - From left to right (top row) - Bad to the Bronze, Pomegranate Punk (great under MAC's Star Violet!, and Barely Branded
 - Bottom - Benefit's Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans (awesome under a dark, smokey eye)

And last but not least, my if-I-got-stranded-on-remote-island picks (Who would care about eyeshadow in that situation, you might be saying?  ME, of course...): 

Shadows, from top to bottom:

 - First column - NYX White Shadow Base, Wet 'n Wild Brule, Eyelid Color from WnW Silent Treatment 3-pan palette
 - Second column - Sable, Jest, Satin Taupe, Quarry, Espresso
 - Third column - Woodwinked, Shroom, Omega, Smut, Copperplate

Boom. You're ready for Mr. Handsome to come and rescue you off that remote island, and you can just go straight to dinner with him when you get back home BECAUSE YOU ALREADY HAD ON YOUR AWESOME-EST EYESHADOWS.

What are your eyeshadow and primer favorites?  I would love to know your stranded-on-a-remote-island eyeshadow palette choices, too!!


  1. i find myself reaching more for cooler tones in the cooler months, so my NP2 doesn't get as much year-round love as i would like.

  2. I am the same way! I saw some beautiful cool-toned Smashbox palettes at Ulta today, by the way (I think they were called "Fade To Black"?). They were GORGEOUS. One of them may have to be mine soon...:)