Light Up Your Eyes and World With Make Up For Ever’s New La Bohème Eye Shadow Palette

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High up on my list of things to do this week: dreaming big dreams — no matter how silly or far-fetched they might seem.


Because you never know. Casting those crazy ideas out into the ether could be the spark that sets in motion a chain of events that leads to one or more of them coming true.

Of course, a few of my big dreams would have to be related to makeup, right? — like traveling around the world while wearing the colors in the new limited edition Make Up For Ever La Bohème Eye Shadow Palette ($39).

And since we’re talking about BIG dreams, I’d want to wear each of the six baked shadows in this free-spirited palette while exploring a different far-flung corner of the world, and I’d start in Costa Rica with Lagoon Green.

This shimmery teal would be the perfect color to wear out to dinner with my BFF Cindy after a day spent playing in the surf.

From there, we’d zip out across the Pacific to the Garden Isle with mossy Vegetal Green, which I’d love to wear while searching for secret waterfalls on Kauai.

Then, and this one would require passing through quite a few time zones, I’d wear Beige on my lids while hiking the hills around Provence with my favorite wide-angle lens, and silvery violet Parma Purple while El Hub and I ate our way through Rome.

Next, silvery peach Coral and I would tour the Taj Mahal (always wanted to go), and then head back home to hopefully wear shimmery reddish bronze Brown out with you to lunch.

Afterward, maybe we could even do some window shopping, and you could take us to some of your favorite places to play with makeup in your town. 🙂

I know, I know. Such a crazy dream, but even if it never happens, at least I can still mimic the same sparkle in my eyes that I get when I’m traveling, since MUFE added high amounts of pearl to these baked shadows (which have a new formula just added to the line) to give skin a luminous, almost metallic finish.

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The La Bohème Eye Shadow Palette and Aqua Eyes in Gypsy (also from the La Bohème collection)

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Swatches from the left: Lagoon Green, Vegetal Green, Beige, Parma purple, Brown and Coral
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Unlike MUFE’s regular powder shadows, these six apply somewhat sheer, but because they exhibit very little fallout and are so easy to blend, I don’t mind having to apply a few layers with a wet brush for bold looks.

Since they neither crease nor fade, I don’t have to spend a lot of time on touch-ups, which means having more time left over to dream big. 🙂


PRICE: $39
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Make Up For Ever Boutiques, Sephora and online

Look what the cat dragged in…

Tabs has certainly been having a happy Monday. His Paul & Joe Meow collection order just arrived, and he’s tickled pink (reviews coming soon)!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. that palette looks amazing. you look beautiful Karen!

  2. Michelle says:

    Soo pretty! I love your hair Karen!

  3. KSlone says:

    Squee!! Kitty cosmetics! I still can’t bear to swatch them!

  4. rebecca says:

    OH MY ! That is beautiful !!!!

  5. Anna says:

    What a gorgeous, spring-y palette! It’s been sunny and somewhat warmer up here in Vancouver so I’m totally in the mood for this 🙂

    Saw this today, and I thought the cat lady in you would love it:

    • Karen says:

      I was just thinking of your town today, Anna. I want to go back soon! I think I could live there someday!

      Anywho, that link totally made me LOL! 🙂 My fave is “Your petting is unsatisfactory.”

  6. Kellie says:

    What foundation are you wearing in this one? Your skin looks GORGE! 🙂

  7. bianca says:

    Seriously your skin looks amazing! You look flawless! I wish my skin was like yours! I used to have perfect skin… Now I get huge cystic acne & the havoc they leave behind 🙁

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bianca,

      I wish mine looked like that naturally too! Really, it’s the power of makeup. I use several different products and brushes that I think photograph pretty well. The look can be a little much for every day, but you could always do a modified version. Let me know if you want me to list out the products for you!

  8. Audrey says:

    I love your flippy ‘do, it’s so cute! I can’t wait for it to be spring here in Canada. I want to wear pretty pastel shades, dagnabbit!

  9. Heidi says:

    These colors look wonderful, especially the Parma Purple and the Coral (you know how I am about coral).

    Missy is anxiously awaiting your Paul & Joe Meow collection review with catnip baited breath!

    • Karen says:

      I know you love your corals, girlfriend!

      Tabs sent me a text to take more pics of his haul today. I don’t know if I’ll have the heart to swatch everything… it’s all so darned cute.

      Ahh, to be a crazy cat lady! 😀

  10. Jorunn says:

    I sort of fell in love with this the first time I saw it. But after reading your review, and reading the review on the Sephora site, I’m actually going to pass. I think it’s just too sheer and too glittery. 🙁

  11. Marina says:

    I really love Vegetal Green and Brown shades. Can’t wait to see what you’ve picked up from the ‘cat collection’.
    Marina recently posted … Chanel Roses Ultimate de Chanel Makeup Collection for Spring 2012

  12. This palette is adorable! All the colors seem nice and spring-y!

    I can’t wait to see Tabs’ Meow Collection haul! The pieces are just too cute. I know I won’t use them even if I get them, so I’m probably letting them go.

  13. artemis says:

    i love the placement of the colors 😀 hehe, pretty blue
    ohhh, the paul and joe stuff is so cute, even my bf agrees

  14. Lulle says:

    Very pretty! The 3 shades on the left (on the swatch picture) really remind me of Dior Garden Pastels quint….
    May I ask where you find Paul & Joe makeup in the US?

  15. tee says:

    That’s a very pretty eye look you did with the palette! Makes me want to grab one too!

    Could u share with me how did you do it?

  16. Nina says:

    the colors are too pretty! i think thats the right way to do pastels … 🙂

    and yay for paul and joe!

    • Karen says:

      I love Paul & Joe! I just wish they were easier to find in-stores here in the US, you know? Sephora carried them back in the day, but now I’ve only seen them in one store, and that was in Hawaii!

      • Nina says:

        oh wow, i never even know P&J was in Sephora … i can sometimes find P&J lipsticks and eyeshadows at of course theres… 🙂

  17. Kim says:

    Those shadows look great on you! And, I’m going to echo the other posters above: your skin looks awesome. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great day so far!!

  18. corallista says:

    These are so pretty. I don’t think I’ve ever been attracted so much by the packaging of a product! Loved the travel story 🙂 And somewhere between the shimmery peach coral (Taj Mahal) and the reddish bronze brown, you could stop by at Mumbai for a bit of beauty shopping with me 🙂
    corallista recently posted … Make Up For Ever Eye shadow no. 84 : Review, Swatch and EOTD

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