What if my eyelids naturally shimmered, and all I had to do was be awake? I’d probably stumble out of bed as usual, with my crazy-@ss hair and (sometimes) crusty drool around the corners of my mouth, and shamble to the bathroom.
But then! — then I’d gaze upon my reflection in the mirror and be almost blinded by my shimmery eyes. Wham, glam, thank you, ma’am!
Of course, that’s just a fantasy… Real people don’t have eyelids that naturally shimmer (le sigh), but I think I may have found the next best thing, Laura Mercier’s $24 Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Bronze, one of four shades in the new Art Deco Muse collection.
These eyeshadows have a luminous, pearlescent finish and a soft, almost bouncy texture similar to the MAC Extra Dimensions (which I love!), and they shower eyelids with shimmer and pigment.
Gilded Bronze, an easy-to-use neutral bronze with taupe tendencies, is my favorite of the bunch. I have a feeling it’ll get along swimmingly with skin tones on both ends of the color temperature spectrum.
For the kind of shine I can comfortably wear to daytime events, I just pat a miniscule amount directly on my lids (I think you can get away with using less on darker skin) with a firm, flat eyeshadow brush like Laura’s All Over Eye Colour Brush, and buff out the edges with a tapered blending brush like Laura’s Pony Tail.
Then, I curl my lashes, treat them to Chanel Le Volume Mascara, swipe a smidgen of Laura’s stunning Lip Lacquer in Laque Rouge gloss on my lips, and “Why, yes, I am ready for my closeup, Mr. Deville.”
Alternately, for a bolder, high-shine metallic shimmer, I’ll simply add a second layer.
More to adore about Glided Bronze…
- When the medium-sized flecks of shimmer catch the light, they demand attention! This is definitely not a shadow for shimmer shy wallflowers.
- The buttery smooth formula blends easily into other shadows.
- I don’t detect any fallout at all.
- When I layer it on top of my NARS primer, it resists fading and settling into those annoying little lines on my lids…
One side effect of all that pigment and shine is how easy it is to go unintentionally overboard with these, so unless I really want that “Vegas, baby!” party girl, eyeshadow shine, I have to remember to be a little careful about how much product I load on my brush.
I usually think of Laura’s look as more understated glamour than this, not that I’m complaining at all. These are just so intense and shimmery that I might have guessed they were from a brand like MAC or NARS.
Surprise! That’s one of the things that keeps life interesting.
PRICE: $24 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Laura Mercier counters and lauramercier.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
The real animal planet
Imagine your life if all of your friends acted like cats and dogs…
Ha! This thing totally cracked me up. The guy who plays the “cat friend” is dead on, especially at the 1:33 mark.
Hope you’re having a terrific Tuesday over there. What’s the word?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,