Do you ever imagine yourself with a different name and think, “That’s just not right.” I’m a Karen, and that’s all there is to it.
Sometimes I do that with beauty products. I love it when things seem to fit their names, ya know? Like when you can’t imagine them being called anything else. It’s one of those extra little touches I appreciate, and when it comes to the new Make Up For Ever Wild & Chic Eye Shadow Palette, well, the name fits!
The snakeskin pattern on the outside — I mean that’s kinda wild — and the silver accent on the top? That’s pretty chic. And then there’s the colors inside. Six Make Up For Ever Eye Shadows in Bronze, Khaki, Pearly Light Pink, Brown Black, Metallic Copper and Beige, and a small Aqua Eyes #0L liner in black. From more conservative beige and brown (chic) on one side, to bolder green and bronze on the other (wild!).
Available exclusively at Sephora inside JCPenney stores, the $39 palette, part of the Wild & Chic holiday 2011 collection, almost resembles something for summertime, doesn’t it? Even the colors lean warm.
If it looks like something’s off in this pic, you’re right. There’s a color missing, Bronze #84. Poor thing arrived that way in the mail, so I included a PR picture down below. Chances are that wouldn’t be a problem if you decided to adopt one of these from the store, but ya never know. Might be a good idea to check your palette, just in case.
I can’t speak about the wayward bronze, but its brethren in the palette are flawless — highly pigmented, shimmery and silkier than the fur on my favorite husky tabby (but don’t tell him I said that!).
They’re shiny enough to catch one’s eye but not so frosty that they SHOUT! Very sophisticated, yet still a lot of fun.
PR picture above showing the missing bronze on the left (the one that got away), which oddly looks kind of green…
Swatches on NC42 skin with the flash
Swatches on NC42 skin without the flash
Swatches on NW25 skin with the flash
Swatches on NW25 skin without the flash
I think my warm NC42 skin takes well to these colors, but if you have a hard time wearing warm eyeshadows, the universally flattering colors in the Wild & Chic Best of Make Up For Ever Kit ($55) might be a better fit.
AVAILABILITY: Available now (hopefully containing all six shadows) exclusively at Sephora inside JCPenney stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (an A assuming the wayward bronze lives up to the other colors)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,