When the production crew of Hoarders finally arrives at my doorstep to film “the very special makeup episode,” they’ll find me half-buried under a mound of Friskies Gravy Lovers cans, unread issues of Entertainment Weekly and Chanel eye quads.
I’ll be wearing the gray bathrobe I borrowed from my friend Jen once and never returned and clutching something small and Chanel-like in one of my hands…
“Forget about me!” I’ll say to the production assistant trying to free me from the mound. “Save the quad instead!”
What quad is that?
A new one from Sonia Kashuk called Moroccan Dunes.
Is it just me, or does this quad shout, “COCO WAS HERE!” The sleek, Chanel-esque packaging, the luminous finish that glimmers on lids, and the colors, like precious metals, in rich, dark brown, grayish mauve, shimmering pink and rosy gold.
But in this case, the price is right — much lower than Chanel. It’s just $16.99, so you won’t feel like you have to sneak it into the house in your big purse (been there, done that).
When I work with these hybrid shadows, which combine baked, powder, cream and liquid finishes/textures, I like to start with a kick-@ss primer on my lids, like NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, to lock the shadows in place.
Then, to apply, I load a flat eye shadow brush with one or two of the shades, tap it to remove the excess and reduce any fallout — which can get pretty wicked with a couple of the fluffier shades — and press the powder on my lids.
Pressing, as opposed to swiping, seems to help the shadows bind a little better to my skin. Then I blend the edges with a domed brush.
Applied this way, I get from 10-11 hours of shiny, sparkling color — and no creases or fading.
Ah… I love knowing that I can skip touch-ups throughout the day.
And I just feel so elegant when I’m wearing Moroccan Dunes, like all I’d have to do is slip on my black cocktail dress (can’t forget the Spanx!), add a strand of pearls, and I’d be ready for Bruce Wayne to whisk me off to a museum gala.
The palette’s priced on the high end for drugstore, but what a great way to get a Chanel look for less.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Target stores and target.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (what’s with all the fallout lately?)
Greetings from A-line salon in Corte Madera! I’m sipping tea, waiting for my color to process and listening to my roots sigh with pleasure, ah…
They sell thin-crust pizza by the slice, so after I finish getting my hair did, I can walk next door for a snack.
Hair color and pizza? You know, priorities!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,