Tour my pink eyeshadow collection!

Hi friends!

I’m having a little love affair right now with pink eyeshadow. Not sure why to be honest, but I’m feeling all the rosy, blushy vibes and it isn’t anywhere close to springtime yet! I’ve been experimenting with all different tones on my eyes too, from brighter pinks to blush pinks to cool pinky-mauves. And since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, I thought what better time to give you guys a virtual tour of my current pink eyeshadow collection.

There’s a nice array of tones, textures and price points here so let’s get started! I’ll start with the more expensive shadows, and go down the line to the most affordable.

URBAN DECAY NAKED3 PALETTE

  • Who’s this for? Anyone who loves cool-toned pinks and who wants the variety a large-scale palette like this offers.

A classic to start with, of course. This was the first palette I got years ago that really introduced me to the spectrum of rosy neutral tones. These shadows are so beautifully blendable and wearable just as you would expect from Urban Decay; you can go light or create darker, smokier looks. It’s so versatile and you have a variety of different finishes to play with (mattes, shimmers, metallics). My favorite shades are probably Limit, Nooner, Burnout & Buzz.

Shop the Naked3 Palette here.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY PILLOW TALK PALETTE

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking to splurge on luxurious, high-quality but very wearable blush pink shades.

Full disclosure, I literally just got this palette over the weekend! I thought this was limited edition when it first debuted last September, but I guess it’s not? Anyway, it’s currently in stock on Charlotte Tilbury’s website (I don’t think Sephora carries this particular palette). It’s the prettiest little quad with soft pink shimmers & mattes, perfect for daytime wear. (I also think this would be beautiful bridal makeup.)

So folks, I’ve used this palette everyday since I got it and I don’t know what sorcery that Charlotte conjures but these shadows are a-maz-ing! The mattes apply like creams: instant pigment, instant intensity, and they basically blend themselves. You can’t really mess ‘em up. Totally, totally beautiful!

Shop the Pillow Talk Palette here.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette & Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette
Left: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette. Upper right: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette.

Read this: Charlotte Tilbury is now in Sephora! My shopping guide.

MAC IN MONOCHROME COLLECTION / SOFT TEDDY & DEAR TEDDY SINGLE SHADOWS

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking for soft & wearable blush pinks & shimmers similar to the Charlotte Tilbury shades, but do not necessarily want a palette.

I was fully inspired to purchase these two single shadows after reading the beauty & fashion blog Style on Film, who showcased the whole MAC In Monochrome Velvet Teddy Collection in a recent blog post. We have a very similar complexion, and when I saw these two shadows on her eyes I knew I needed to have them!

Soft Teddy is a beautiful matte mid-tone blush pink. Very wearable; it’s much more of a neutral than a true pink so don’t be afraid. Dear Teddy is a deeper pink frost with purple shimmer and a little glitter as well. I love them both. They apply brilliantly and wear nicely throughout the day. Just be warned that Dear Teddy will give off a little glitter fall-out.

Shop the Velvet Teddy Collection here. (I’m not sure how long this collection will be in stock, so if you’re interested I’d hop on this quick!)

& OTHER STORIES Single eyeshadow in QUILT JAM

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking for something bolder, brighter & more fun at an affordable cost.

Yes that’s right, clothing retailer & Other Stories do a whole line of beauty products from makeup, to skincare & bodycare! I feel like no one talks about it, and I follow/watch a lot of bloggers, vloggers & beauty influencers.

Anyways, I picked up a few bits recently from one of their NYC locations and this single eyeshadow in the color Quilt Jam just jumped out at me. At first glance you may think, that’s a blush color! And it still could be (I haven’t tried it on my cheeks yet but I should), but when you pack this color all over your lids, watch out! It’s a beautiful, highly-pigmented, bright warm pink. This is for my true pink lovers out there who aren’t afraid to wear something a bit bolder. I’m not saying this is my new everyday shade, but I’m definitely digging it for something a bit more fun.

Shop for Quilt Jam here.

& Other Stories Quilt Jam Eye Colour, MAC Dear Teddy & Soft Teddy, and Elf Cosmetics Summer Breeze Mad for Mattes Palette
Counter-clockwise: MAC Dear Teddy, & Other Stories Quilt Jam, MAC Soft Teddy, and Elf Mad for Matte Summer Breeze

ELF MAD FOR MATTE PALETTE IN SUMMER BREEZE

  • Who’s this for? Anyone looking for both soft/wearable pinks & slightly brighter ones as well, but on a budget.

You guys probably all know by now (cause I’ve talked about it a gazillion times already), but I loveeee Elf’s Mad for Matte Palettes. Quality, pigment, blendability…all amazing for just $10.00. And Summer Breeze will give you all that rosy neutral goodness on a much smaller budget. I won’t drone on and on here about the awesomeness of this palette cause I’ve already done before. Feel free to check out the linked blog post below for more info.

Shop for Summer Breeze here.

Read this: My fave drugstore matte eyeshadows, $10 and under

What is your opinion on pink eyeshadow? Would you wear it? Do you have any have any favorites? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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I’ve been loving pink eyeshadow recently! Right in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m giving you a little tour of my current collection of pink shadows, featuring bits from Urban Decay, Charlotte Tilbury, Elf, & Other Stories, and MAC!
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MAC Uninterrupted eyeshadow, a rediscovery!

Hi friends!

I had a true “shop my stash” moment recently that I just needed to tell you all about. Years ago I got really into muddy browns, mustard yellows & sepia tones on my eyes; I think it happened around the time I became a redhead. I found that warm colors on my eyes looked great against the warmth of my new hair color. So when I saw MAC Uninterrupted eyeshadow (a new product around 2013 / 2014) featured in a Pixiwoo YouTube tutorial, I jumped all over it!

Originally it came out as a Pro Longwear eyeshadow (the ones that are sold in the larger pans). I loved it sooo much! It was like all my sepia-colored dreams came true. But in famous MAC fashion, it got discontinued somewhere over the years. So I felt I could never talk about it much; what’s worse than hearing someone rave about a product you can’t get? Also, I lost sight of it in my collection as newer items came in throughout the years.

MAC Uninterrupted Eyeshadow (as Pro Longwear shadow - discontinued)

THE REDISCOVERY

A few weeks back, I was going through my collection, doing a bit of a declutter, and happened upon my “lost” but beloved Uninterrupted eyeshadow. It was like a revelation, how could I have forgetton such a little gem?! I immediately started using it again, and oh wow, what a beaut! And bonus of all bonuses, last year MAC brought Uninterrupted back as a single eyeshadow. I don’t have to feel bad about professing my love anymore!

Read this: MAC is re-releasing it’s popular eyeshadow Uninterrupted

THE COLOR & Texture

Uninterrupted is a beautiful warm brown with a strong orange/yellow undertone. It’s a matte texture that applies quite evenly across the eye using a large fluffy brush; it can tug a tiny bit and be ever so slightly patchy but nothing too offensive in my eyes (ha, I hate puns). The pigment here is really strong so it takes nearly no time at all to get a really beautiful smokey eye. It’s important to conceal any red or pink on your face when using a color like this, as it can really amplify those tones and make you appear a bit sickly.

You can shop Uninterrupted on MAC’s website here.

Swatch of MAC Uninterrupted eyeshadow

THE LOOK

I love to create a big, smudgey smokey eye with this color. It’s insanely easy & quick. I just apply it all over my lid, up into my crease and even above it, making sure to blend out the edges really well. Then I just smudge the color along the lower lash line and blend it down ever so slightly lower than I normally would. (Again, don’t skip concealer with a look like this! Unless you want that kind of ‘hollow’ look.) That’s it! No liner or extra shadows needed.

I just love the grunginess of this color; cool grunginess of course! I feel like it brings out my brown eyes, but it would look particularly amazing if you have lighter eyes or blue eyes.

MAC Uninterrupted eyeshadow applied on eyes
MAC Uninterrupted eyeshadow applies on eyes

Do you own MAC Uninterrupted eyeshadow? Do you love or hate sepia tones? Tell me in the comments!

Catch up on my previous posts!

Spotlight feature on The Beauty Influencers

Bougee Review! $70 Chantecaille Mascara

Glowy primers for makeup – my picks!

Xo, Erica

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Who doesn’t love a good “shop your stash” moment? I recently rediscovered MAC Uninterrupted eyeshadow and I’m obsessed again!

Glowy makeup primers – my picks!

Hi friends!

I’m sure you can tell from the title, but today I’ll be talking on the topic of glowy makeup primers. So if you’ve been a long-time, long-time reader of mine you may remember that I never really had much use for primers before last year. (And technically, I still don’t use traditional primers or products that are marketed as primers, I should say.) However, I have come to realize the benefits of applying a product that provides both hydration & subtle sheen to my dull, dry skin before I apply my base.

(If you’re unsure of what a primer is or why it’s used, check out this helpful article from HuffPo.)

So today I’m going to give you a peek at some of my favorite glowy makeup primers, and the best news is that you can pick up most of them at the drugstore! I’ve talked about most of these items on the blog before so I won’t go into great detail here; instead I’ll link you back to any relevant posts if you need or want greater detail.

Let’s get started!

MAC STROBE CREAM IN PINKLITE

MAC Strobe Cream in Pinklite

I talked about my love for this product way, way back when I first started this blog; this was my hydrating primer of choice whenever I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. This has been around in MAC’s line forever, and it’s now available in five varieties of pearl to compliment different skin tones. I have Pinklite, which is the original shade, and I apply this either all over my face or just to the high points before I put any base product down. It doesn’t stay too tacky for long, but leaves the skin with a smoothness & softness. The pearl in this is quite subtle, but when your skin hits the light you can see this beautiful, natural sheen. No glitter, no shimmer, nothing that obvious. I love it!

You get 50 mL for $34.00, or 30 ml for $14.00 in the mini size.

Read this: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation on dry skin: tips & tricks to success!

AVEENO POSTIVELY RADIANT MAXGLOW SERUM + PRIMER

Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Serum + Primer

This is my newest purchase from this list, and this is part of a larger range that Aveeno just brought out called MaxGlow. I believe there’s also infusion drops & masks in the range, but when I saw this in Walgreens I knew I had to snatch it! This is a bi-phase product with a thin oily consistency that you shake before use. I massage this hydrating oil into my skin before makeup and it leaves behind the most natural subtle sheen. Do not expect this to give you the kind of glow a highlighter would though. This is more of a skincare-makeup-primer-in-one item that helps build the foundation of glow; you will need to layer this with other glowy products to really bring out its full potential.

Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Serum + Primer

You get 45 mL for about $20.00 (depending on where you buy it).

L’OREAL true match LUMI GLOTION natural glow enhancer

L’Oreal Lumi Glotion

I featured this prominently in a post last year about drugstore alternatives to the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, as well as the next product I’ll mention. The Lumi Glotion probably has the most pearl of any of the products listed in this post, and it has a lovely creamy consistency that gives you such a beautiful, healthy look to the skin. (I do find I have to slightly shake the bottle before squeezing the product out since it can separate a little.) I usually alternate this product with the next product I’ll mention. For more detailed info, check out the post linked below.

Read this: Drugstore alternatives to Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter

You get 40 mL for $14.99.

L’OREAL VISIBLE LIFT LUMINOUS SERUM TINT In pearl

L’Oreal Visible Lift Luminous Serum Tint in Pearl

Like the Lumi Glotion, I also featured this in my drugstore alternative – Charlotte Tilbury post. This is a skincare/makeup-hybrid product that gives you a little moisture & a little pearl. The consistency here is definitely much thinner than the Lumi Glotion, and the radiance level is definitely lower. But it’s formulated to target fine lines and wrinkes so if that’s a concern for you, it could be the perfect product to apply all over the face or to your high points before you apply makeup. For more info on this product, please refer to the post linked under the Lumi Glotion.

You get 30 mL for $14.99.

Swatches of MAC Strobe Cream, L’Oreal Lumi Glotion, & L’Oreal Luminous Serum Tint

Just for the record, I 100% still stand behind the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter as a glowy primer & highlighter. I just didn’t include it here since I’ve spoken about it sooo much already; I didn’t want to be too repetitive for you guys!

Do you have any favorite glowy makeup primers I should know about? Let me know in the comments!

Xo, Erica

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Shopping for glowy makeup primers? Check out my list of favorites that deliver on both hydration & glow. Psst, and most of them are from the drugstore!

Makeup that makes me nostalgic

I’m not big on nostalgia. It’s not that I don’t enjoy reminiscing from time to time about great experiences or moments that I’ve had with friends and family. But I generally try to keep looking ahead rather than backwards. While this sentiment refers to a broader life philosophy, let me take this back down to makeup. I found myself watching an old Pixiwoo video a few days ago when all of a sudden I was struck by a feeling of honest-to-goodness nostalgia. Sam whipped out Gilt by Association eyeshadow by MAC, which I believe is now discontinued, and a piece of my makeup past flashed in front of me. It was one of the very first eyeshadows I used in high school, and I couldn’t remember the last time I even thought about it.

It got me thinking, how many other products did I regularly use when I first started wearing makeup that I’ve since forgotten about? How many are actually still on the market now? How many do I still use today? I racked my brain and came up with a nice list of products (sorted by brand) that I’d love to share with you. And in true nostalgic form, each product reminds me of a specific period in my life. I know I missed ‘Throwback Thursday’ with this post but I hope you’ll indulge me anyway.

COVERGIRL

LashBlast Volume Mascara – Shop here

CoverGirl Lashblash Mascara
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Of course we all know this one is still on the market, but I feel this is definitely a product that has been overshadowed over the years by a million new launches. This was either one of or the first mascaras I used, I can’t remember exactly. I used it in high school for quite a long time and generally enjoyed it. However I stopped using it after my mom told me it was snapping off her eyelashes (!). Yup, you read that right. She had noticed her lashes were getting shorter since using this mascara. It got me so freaked out, I threw mine out and never went back.

Intense ShadowBlast Eyeshadows (discontinued)

CoverGirl Intense Shadow Blast
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I loved these way back when. At one time I had all the colors from the line, which were the three pictured above plus a light olive green shade. They were cream shadows in a tube with a doe-foot applicator; easy to apply, blended perfectly and locked into place all day. I particularly loved the brown shade (of course) which I think was called Brown Bling. It was a true taupe shade, very cool-toned, which made it very work-appropriate. This was a staple in both my work makeup menu and also in my travel makeup bag in the mid to late 2000’s. I remember specifically taking this on so many work trips since it was so easy to apply. But unfortunately CoverGirl discontinued this line a while back and have yet to replace it.

JEMMA KIDD MAKEUP (DISCONTINUED LINE) 

Jemma Kidd Eyeshadows

Jemma Kidd Eyeshadow Palette
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Remember Jemma Kidd makeup?? This was definitely early in my makeup-wearing days when I only really shopped at either MAC, the drugstore or Target. This was a UK brand that was carried at Target in the U.S. before the entire line was discontinued. I know a lot of UK bloggers and YouTubers were obsessed with her complexion products like foundations and highlighters, but I never really wore face makeup until about six or seven years ago. I had the eye/lip palette pictured above (probably right after college), and I was obsessed with the dark, sparkling blue shade on the lower right-hand side of the top quad. I look at this now and I’m not sure what I was thinking with that shade, but I used to dig my finger in and lightly pat it across my lids. I almost hit pan on that shade too.

MAC

Pro Longwear Lip Pencils – Shop here 

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils
Image source: eBay.co.uk

MAC was the first higher-end makeup brand I ever used because my mom was a big fan of their products. (Spoiler alert: there’s a lot of MAC on this list.) I’ve honestly never been the biggest lipstick/lip liner person. I alternate between really loving lip products and wearing them everyday to hating the feel of any product being on my lips. But when I was first experimenting with lip color after college, of course I went to MAC first. If I was going to wear anything on my lips, I thought, it was going to have to last so I bypassed lipstick at the time and went straight to lip pencils. I still think the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils are a great formula, if not a bit stiff, but I don’t have any in my collection right now. I used to have Staunchly Stylish (a browny nude), In Anticipation (a mid-tone pink), and More to Love (a deep but bright fuschia). Most of the time I would apply these all over my lips as a lipstick.

Prep & Prime Eye BaseShop here for the newer version

MAC Prep + Prime Eye Base
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The Prep & Prime Eye Base (in the compact version) was very first eye primer I ever used. I remember specfically my mother gave it to me and said you should always prime your eyes before using powder shadows to get the best effect. So I do what I’m told and I still prime to this day. I’m not sure if this version exists anymore in the Prep & Prime line, but I’ve linked above to the 24-hr Extend Eye Base in the squeeze tube.

Pro Longwear Paint Pots – Shop here 

MAC Paint Pot in Camel Coat

I’ve talked about my big love for Paint Pots as primers umpteen times on this blog before, so I won’t bore you much longer. But after the Prep & Prime Eye Base, it was Paint Pots for me, and Paint Pots it will likely stay.

Eye Kohl Pencils – Shop here 

MAC Power Kohl Liners

These are real nostalgia products for me. Before I was into face makeup, I was into eye makeup…big time. My eyes were the first feature I really wanted to play up as a teenager and as a young adult. I remember lining my upper and lower lashes with black liner for the first time and thinking I was super cool. The MAC kohl liners weren’t the first liners I ever used, but they were the first liners I really loved. But this was back when I didn’t know much about makeup, so I’d line all over my eyes without setting it with powder, and by half-way through the day I was a panda. I really don’t use kohl liners anymore because of their smudginess, but I’ll always have a fondness for the MAC ones. I used to own Powersurge (a gold), Teddy (a bronze), Smolder (a charcoal-black), and Tarnish (a blackened-green that might be discontinued?).

Powder Eyeshadows in Gilt by Association, Patina, Club & Satin Taupe – Shop here (everything except Gilt by Association) 

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Gilt by Association by MAC

 

MAC Palette with Patina, Club, Satin Taupe highlighted
My MAC palette featuring Patina (P), Club (C), & Satin Taupe (S).

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Swatches from top to bottom: Patina, Club, Satin Taupe, Lola Lola (NARS).

Gilt by Association was a baked eyeshadow with a mineralize finish that had this beautiful marbled effect with gold, black and dark browns. I hardly used eye brushes early in my makeup-wearing days, so I used my fingers to gently tap the shadow all over my lids. It gave me a subtle, shimmering golden-brown effect that I loved at the time. Then I got heavily into MAC singles in the mid-2000’s and eventually created my own palette with my favorites, as pictured above. But I particularly loved, and still love to this day, Patina (a cool-toned golden-pearl shade), Club (a warm brown with green/blue shift), and Satin Taupe (a cool-toned purpley-brown satin shade). Classics.

MAYBELLINE

Dream Bouncy Blush – Shop here

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush
Image source: walmart.com

This was one of the first blushes I ever bought when I started wearing blush. I’m not sure exactly how old I was, but most likely I was in my early to mid-20’s. I didn’t want to invest in a high-end blush yet in case I didn’t like the effect, so I went to the drugstore instead. If memory serves, the only reasons I gravitated towards the Dream Bouncy Blushes were the fun colors they came in and the cool-looking texture. I had an apricot shade and a pink shade, but I remember thinking these were kinda crap after a while. But perhaps it was my fault. They have a powder-to-cream kind of formula, so I used my fingers to apply the color to my cheeks but I could barely get anything to show up (and I have fair skin). They hit the trash not too long after purchasing them, but whenever I see them in the drugstore I remember when I first discovered blush.

NARS

Lola Lola Single Eyeshadow (may be discontinued?)

NARS Lola Lola Eyeshadow

This one takes me all the way back to high school. I loved this warm, rusty brown shade just simply applied all over my lid (again, just using my fingers). I never applied shadow underneath my lower lash line when I was teenager; too dramatic. I might have hit pan on the first one I had, but I repurchased it a few years ago. Sadly I couldn’t find this shade on NARS’s website, so perhaps it’s since been discontinued.

REVLON

Lip Butters (discontinued)

Revlon Lip Butter
Image source: walgreens.com

I was heavy into the Lip Butters around 2013-2014. I loved this formula so much that I had three or four of these on the go at one time, and nearly all of them lived in my purse. I would never remember the exact names but I had a fuschia, a red, a nude and a peach at least. If you never owned a Lip Butter, they were basically colored lip balms. Nothing special necessarily, but they had some cling to them so the color lasted a little longer than you’d expect for such a moisturzing formula, which I loved. And they had decent color payoff for being just balms. Revlon discontinued them in the past few years and replaced them with the HD Gel Color line, which is equally as moisturizing.

Which makeup items make you feel nostalgic? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

 

My favorite luxe beauty products

Even though I live for a good drugstore beauty find, I still have plenty of more luxury beauty products that I frequently indulge in. I love having a mix of high and low-cost items in my stash; it gives you a well-rounded understanding of all the beauty world has to offer. I’ve spoken about plenty of more affordable products here on the blog, so I wanted to take this opportunity to devote an entire post to my luxury beauty faves and tell you why I love them so much. To challenge myself, I picked one item from each category. But of course I slightly cheated here and there, so in some instances I’ve included a runner-up. Without further delay, here we go.

FOUNDATION

Dior AirflashShop here

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I’ve actually never talked about this product on the blog before, but this is probably the most beautiful foundation I’ve ever used, hands down. Beautiful in terms of both the finish and the texture. What you see pictured above is actually an aerosol can so the product sprays out in the most fine texture you can imagine; this is essentially airbrushed makeup. I preferred to spray it directly onto a damp sponge and then blend it in all over my face. When I first bought this I tried spraying it directly onto my face from the can but that resulted in a horrible mess. The combination of the fine-textured foundation and the damp sponge was total magic; my skin looked glowy, fresh and almost plumper when I applied this. I don’t have this in my collection at the moment since my previous bottle got old and I sadly had to toss it. Even though this is insanely expensive, I would still repurchase it. It’s that good.

*First runner-up: Bobbi Brown SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm

CONCEALER

Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer – Shop here

I did an entire review on this product which was packed with detailed information so please check that out for photos & swatches. Even though I didn’t find the most ideal shade match for me, I still love this concealer. The application, the coverage level, the longevity, the finish, everything is lovely. I’ve used this as both an undereye concealer and also as a spot corrector all over my face when I don’t want to wear any other base. I’ve never noticed any cakiness or significant cracking (I don’t always set it with a powder either). Great stuff.

*First runner-up: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

POWDER

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

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You see how much I’ve used of this powder? I have never, repeat never, used a product up or seen as much pan as I have with this palette. I love it that much. Hourglass just knows what they are doing with powders. Typically I take a duo-fiber kabuki brush and swirl it around all three colors/finishes, and then lightly dust it all over my face. It doesn’t look like traditional powder in the slightest; it gives you this beautiful soft-focus finish to your skin with the tiniest bit of sheen. It never looks cakey or dry on me. My mother refers to it as a “veil” and I think she’s onto something.

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From L to R: Radiant Light, Incandescent Light, Dim Light.

I know the swatches are hard to see especially on my light skin tone, but there are three different colors and finishes in this palette. Radiant Light is a beautiful pearly cream shade, which you can buy individually as well. Incandescent Light is exclusive to this palette and has the most noticeable shimmer/sparkle to it. And Dim Light is the deepest shade of the three that has the most warmth; it’s a light peachy shade with very fine gold shimmer. You can buy this individually as well.

EYE PRIMER

MAC Pro-Longwear Paint Pots – Shop here 

I spoke about my love for MAC’s Paint Pots back in a much earlier post I did on my favorite cream shadows, which you can check out here. I also have swatches in that post as well that you can reference. But I’ve been using Paint Pots as eye primers for years. They are creamy and blend across the eye very easily. I use the lighter, skin-tone shades (for my complexion) like Painterly and Camel Coat. They have just the right amount of tackiness that powder shadows really cling to well. I wish MAC would bring them out in stick form for even easier application!

EYESHADOW (POWDER) 

MAC Sumptuous Olive – Shop here

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When I was making my list for this post, this shade was an absolute no-brainer for me. I’ve been using and enjoying this product for years and years. It applies on the eye like a dream and blends out perfectly with hardly any fallout. And the color! One of my absolute go-to’s. It’s a wonderful mix of gold and olive green, and it has just the right amount of shimmer. This is one of MAC’s Veluxe Pearl finishes. I usually just apply this all over my eyelid, into the crease and smudged along the lower lash line as well; nothing else on the eye apart from lots of black mascara. It’s the nicest daytime-appropriate smokey eye I can think of.

I swatched this alongside my favorite highlighter, which you’ll find below.

EYESHADOW (CREAM) 

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks – Shop here 

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Bobbi Brown Shadow Stick in Taupe

I also talked about this product in my favorite cream shadow post, so I won’t stay here long. But these are so easy to use, creamy and they stay on quite well. (You may get a little creasing at the end of the day, but nothing major. If you want to be extra safe, put a primer on underneath.) I just love shadow sticks though, and while you can absolutely find them on a budget in the drugstore, I have yet to find one as creamy as the Bobbi Brown version. They come in loads of colors and finishes, so there’s something for everyone. The two I have are both matte: Taupe and Nude Beach. Check out my earlier post linked above for swatches.

EYELINER

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliners – Shop here 

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Three things I look for in an eyeliner: 1) goes on creamy; 2) gives me playtime to smudge; 3) sets for the day. The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliners tick all these boxes for me. Of course you can get really good eyeliners in the drugstore; I have a few of them myself. But there’s something about these I absolutely adore and always will. I have them in a variety of colors and finishes; they’re all awesome.

MASCARA 

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara (for upper lashes) – Shop here;

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara (for bottom lashes) – Shop here 

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Image Source: Cult Beauty

I’m a little high maintenance with mascaras I know. I need two all the time: one for the top lashes and one for the bottom. I can’t deal with smudging mascara, which is what I experienced before I discovered the Clinique product. I wrote about both mascaras in much detail in my very first blog post, which you can read here. The Stila is perfect for those who want dramatic and volumized lashes that are very black; it’s not for those who go for natural mascara looks. The Clinique is specifically made for bottom lashes so the brush is tiny and the formula is perfection; no flaking or smudging in sight. Both are total winners in my book.

*First runner-up: Lancome’s Hypnose Drama Mascara

BLUSH

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush – Shop here 

Blush is so important in my makeup routine because I’m so fair-skinned. I love nearly all colors of blush from brights to neutrals, but I tend to lean towards more warm tones like pinky-peaches and pinky-reds. I also heavily prefer the finish of creams over powders, so my go-to for years has been the YSL Kiss & Blush which is a dual lip and cheek product. I spoke about my favorite cream blushes in this post which included the YSL product plus swatches. The thing I like most about this product is the staying power. It goes on like a cream-gel hybrid, blends out quite easily (beware of some of the darker colors though) and stains the cheek. I don’t mean stain like you’ll never get it off, but it’s still there in some form at the end of the day. Blush is one of the first makeup products to fade on me so when I find one that actually lasts, it’s a keeper.

*First runner-up: Stila Convertible Color

HIGHLIGHTER

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter in Opal – Shop here

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From L to R: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, MAC Sumptuous Olive eyeshadow.

I got three Shimmering Skin Perfectors in a set years ago called Spotlights, which included Pearl, Opal and Moonstone in the cream versions. I ditched Moonstone since it was too yellow for my skin tone and hung onto Pearl and Opal. I love the formula on these, but then again who doesn’t love Becca highlighters? They’re some of the best on the market. They’re creamy and blend seamlessly into the skin with the tap of your fingers. And the amount of shimmer is just perfection in my opinion; not overly shiny or obvious in the slightest. If you’re looking for a blingy highlighter, go with the powder version over the cream (or layer both together).

LIPSTICK

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick – Shop here 

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

Although this is a fairly recent addition to my lipstick collection, it’s become my absolute favorite. I wrote about this in my makeup travel bag post, but I find the formula on these lipsticks second to none. Comfortable, easy to swipe across your lips, and with decent staying power. I feel this is more of a semi-matte finish because there’s a generous amount of give when you rub your lips together, although the color gives off no shine. I would happily repurchase again and again for a formula this good.

What are your favorite luxury beauty products? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to know!

xo, Erica