What’s that saying about peeling back the layers of an onion?
Wait — is there a saying about peeling back the layers of an onion? I could have sworn…
Doesn’t matter. All I’m trying to say is that I love layers. Layered hair (the only way I can handle my thick, wavy mop), layered clothing (a habit I picked up living in San Francisco) and layer cake (the food, not the film, although I did think Daniel Craig was wicked hot in it).
I also love layering my eye makeup, and I’ve been doing it a lot lately using these MAC Metal-X Eyeshadows ($20 each).
The nine soft, limited edition cream shadows, which recently launched at MAC stores, on counters and online, intensify the color of powder shadows worn on top of them and create a high-shine metallic effect.
I’ve also noticed that they seem to make powder shadows a little easier to blend…
Now, I think these work just fine by themselves, without powder shadows, but they might need some extra babysitting when worn that way. I tried several of colors a couple of different ways, both on bare lids and atop NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, and every time I wore them alone, without shadow, I kept having to reapply. After about 2 hours on my lids, they begin to crease.
And that’s where the powder shadow comes in.
When I apply them on top of eye primer and then pat a great powder shadow on top, the resulting look stays rich and shiny all day long. There may be a tiny bit of creasing after a few hours, but I don’t think it’s bad.
When I apply a Metal-X shadow with my fingers or a firm eyeshadow brush like the MAC 239, I seem to get my best results and the richest, most intense pigments.
Red Hot Copper
Swatches from the left: Cyber, Virgin Silver, Fusion Gold and Palladium
Rusty (left) and Red Hot Copper (right)
From the left: Venetian Tarnish, Vintage Coin and Gold Carbon
Here are a few combinations featuring the Metal-Xs that I’ve been loving lately…
- Metal-X in Venetian Tarnish beneath MAC Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Sweet Satisfaction
- Metal-X in Vintage Coin beneath MAC Sumptuous Olive
- Metal-X in Gold Carbon beneath MAC Eye Shadow in Club
Swatches from the left: Venetian Tarnish, Vintage Coin, Gold Carbon, Venetian Tarnish layered beneath MAC Sweet Satisfaction, Vintage Coin layered MAC Sumptuous Olive and Gold Carbon layered beneath MAC Club
PRICE: $20 each
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Do you hear that?
It sounds like…
Honestly, I don’t have any plans for tonight or this weekend, although I’d love to do some hiking tomorrow. It’s supposed to be nice.
Mostly, I’m just glad that we made it through the week!
Got any plans this weekend? What should we do? First thing tomorrow, I’m going to try to maintain one of those stiff upper lips I hear so much about and power my way through a few chores — some housecleaning, getting the groceries and tending to Tabs’ every whim — but after that, who knows? Sky’s the limit. Maybe a hike and hopefully even a yoga class or two.
OH! You know what movie I can’t wait to see? Chronicle. It starts next Friday, a week from today, and it’s the one with the three teenage boys who can move things with their minds (telekinesis).
Looks pretty intense!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,