In the hunt for the black eyeshadow that will allow me to create The Killer Smoky eye, I purchased the new kaleidoscope from Le Metier de Beaute, this one is called “Nouvelle Vague” (new wave) and comes in a silver case ! Finally ! I have so many of them and I never got a silver version of the compact !
Recently I wasn’t that impressed with Le Metier kaleidoscopes but it gets better with this one.
So as I said, I am looking for the eyeshadow that will help me to create the most threatening yet wearable smoky eye. The first time I used it, I ended up with a black mess all over my face and pretty much all over the place. This black shadow is pigmented but you are very close to not-being-able-to-work-with-it pigmented.
Today before I applied the black shade, I literally wiped the brush with a paper tissue and believe me, there was still enough color on the brush. This time, no fallout. It reminds me of the MakeupGeek’s Corrupt, it’s actually so similar. If the black is the only shade you are really wanting from this kaleidoscope then get Corrupt, much cheaper and the quality is not that far away. In both black pans you can see tiny specks but so tiny that they will disappear once applied.
The following swatches have been done with two similar brushes, you can see the smearing on the left side, that’s “flying fallout”, the only way to avoid it is to remove the excess powder on the brush before applying it.
The mauve eyeshadow is excellent as a crease shadow, a nice matte shade that is not powdery at all. I don’t really wear the pink shadow but I like the other peachy-gold one, mixed with the black it delivers a nice sultry finish.
Here we go… this is my attempt to create a killer smoky eye which in fact is not that threatening … it’s even wearable in daylight, I will post here some pics for you, sorry to be so useless with a camera 🙁 So hopeless …
I applied Burberry Trench as a base, then the mauve shade on the crease, the peachy on the lid and the inner corner, then the black on the outer V, with some peach in the bottom lash line. I blended the application with the Hakuhodo 214 (the black version of the 214 otherwise this black shadow will not be that easy to clean on a white brush).
I am wearing an Ellis Faas L108 on the lips and RBR Gracilis on the cheeks. Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate as a contour.
I damped a cotton bud with some Bioderma water, removed the excess water so that the cotton was only slightly damp, then cleaned the line below the application to give a more straight appearance to the application.
I actually recommend you to apply your foundation after your eyeshadow, it’s easier to clean up afterwards 🙂
I am just adding a few more swatches because at least the mauve shade should be compared to other similar colors …
This mauve shade is really very similar to Makeupgeek “Unexpected” which is also nicely pigmented, it really is the exact dupe to me, same color, same pigmentation and same texture.
Then I tried to see if I could find a dupe to the first layers mixing the Makeupgeek shadows I had but I couldn’t, although the first one could be considered as being a bit similar…
I quite enjoy Makeupgeek shadows, I love Moondust (if you are a taupe lover you need this and it’s a similar shade to LMdB Crystal ball !!!) and Corrupt is also amazing, great shadows and for 6$ that’s really a good deal.