I don’t really know my neighbors very well, but I’m sure they know me — as the crazy lady who walks her cat on a leash while wearing lots of eye makeup and bathrobes, ha! I love it.
I kept getting that look. You know the one, where they’re afraid to make eye contact, but their glassy, straight-ahead stares betray what they’re really doing, which is watching you from the side with their peripheral vision… I do it a lot at restaurants to see what everyone else is eating, haha.
This morning I decided to give ’em a break and go back to wearing something a little less shocking in public. Out came the new Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Palette ($45).
The Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Palette from left: Eye Shadow in White, Metallic Eye Shadow in Tin, Eye Shadow in Storm, Long-Wear Eye Paint in Onyx
Have you seen it yet? One of three new kits in the just-released Choose Your Glam collection, it comes with four powder eyeshadows perfect for black/gray smokey eyes.
I’ve been chomping at the bit for this one, specifically for the sparkly black Long-Wear Eye Paint in Onyx.
Bobbi makes a pretty big deal about how it can be worn either wet or dry, but isn’t that true of most powder shadows?
Eh, with glitter like this, who the hell cares!? They can say whatever they want as long as they catch me when I swoon.
When Bobbi does glam, it’s generally more understated than the artistry lines like MAC and NARS; not surprisingly, all four of this palette’s shadows apply super sheer. Pigment purists might protest the low level of intensity, but busy schedules and smokey eyes should like them a lot.
A thoroughly blended black/gray smokey eye heavy on pigmented shadows and layering can take me upwards of 30 minutes or longer to do, but I banged these out with the Smokey Eye Palette in 10. For me that’s frickin’ grease lightning, woo hoo!
Pigment purists might protest the low level of intensity, but busy schedules and smokey eyes should like them a lot.
For this look, I applied Onyx with a wet brush on my lids, mixed metallic gray Tin and matte gray Storm in my crease, added matte White shadow along my brow bone (all from the Smokey Eye Palette) and Creamy Eye Pencil in Jet from Bobbi’s Beauty Rules Palette along the waterlines.
For the record, Jet doesn’t last long on my waterlines, boo! If you want something longer lasting, check out Bobbi’s Kohl Eyeliner in Black.
The rest of the look’s pretty simple and doesn’t require any detailed work. That’s Pot Rouge in Homecoming Pink from the Beauty Rules Palette patted on my cheeks and Hourglass Extreme Sheen Gloss in Ignite on my lips.
Swatches on NC35 skin: Eye Shadow in White, Metallic Eye Shadow in Tin, Eye Shadow in Storm, Long-Wear Eye Paint in Onyx
Onyx applied dry (left) and wet (right)
Creamy Eye Pencil in Jet, Pot Rouge in Homecoming Pink, Hourglass Extreme Sheen in Ignite
Onyx and the other sheer shades in the palette make peepers pop but stop short of going over the top. Now I think if I can just play it straight for a week my neighbors might think I’ve regained most of my marbles.
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So tell me, what do you think about sheer smokey eye looks like this one? Are you into it, or do you prefer more drama?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,