For real, though
The struggle is real!
I’m so not kidding either. If someone hands me a fluffy brush like the MAC 217, I will swipe, buff and swirl until the cows come home.
With some eye looks, it works in my favor, like for blown-out super blended smokey eyes with subtle gradients where all of the shadows smoothly transition into each other.
In looks like that, you almost can’t blend enough, ya know?
But then there are those other times… Those times when over-blending isn’t so cool, and while you think you’re doin’ your thang, and blending those subtle transitions between the colors, the eyeshadows all merge together into a muddy mess.
It happens a lot sometimes with certain palettes and eyeshadows.
It happened to me recently with Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess the Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, a $60 limited edition summer palette available now with the Bronze Goddess collection at Estee Lauder counters.
Elegant tortoiseshell packaging…
Bedecked in tortoiseshell attire, it houses five nude matte eyeshadows in bone, beige, tan, brown and dark brown; and three metallics in white gold, bronze and plum.
First things first — these shades all being together in the same palette makes total sense to me, but figuring out the best way to work with the palette does not.
That’s because the nude mattes are all pretty close together in terms of color. There isn’t a ton of variation among the shades (lots o’ brown), and they’re kind of semi-sheer, so, like, when I pop them on my lids and start moving my brush around, they merge together into a blend of brown.
Same thing with the metallics… They appear quite dark in swatches but apply semi-sheer on the lids.
And, they also blend together a little too freely.
It’s not a big deal if I’m just going to be wearing one or two of these colors, but anything more than that can look muddy.
Wearing the matte nude brown shades from the Estee lauder Bronze Goddess The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette in my crease and the metallic shades on my lids and in the inner corners