Before I dive into V.I.M.R.I. (Very Important Makeup-Related Information) — aka why you should make room in your work purse for the new $48 Estée Lauder Pure Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Pretty Naughty — first, a question.
Do you ever mess around with song lyrics to make weird cover songs about your pet?
El Hub and I have been doing it lately with the words to Bell Biv DeVoe’s Poison…
One of us will start by singing, “Tabs drivin’ me out of my mind, that’s why it’s hard for me to find…” and then the other person jumps in, “Can’t get Tabs out of my head. Miss Tabs, kiss Tabs, love Tabs (wrong move you’re dead). My cat is poison… POISON!!”
I know. Waaaaay too cat obsessed.
So let’s talk palettes instead! You might be thinking, “Heck, no. I don’t do pastels,” but hear me out.
I’m not always into pastels, either. Sometimes I think they’re just too light and chalky for my tan skin, but the smooth pastels in the Pretty Naughty palette are surprisingly intense, and they should show up well on light and dark skin tones.
This limited edition quint comes with three pastel shades (a matte sky blue, a shimmery soft pink and a shimmery violet) and two neutrals (a shimmery taupe and a glittery charcoal), and if you’re looking for, like, a palette you can wear to work, but you also want to have a little fun with color — not necessarily a hot pants/disco glitter/rhinestones on a Wednesday morning kind of fun, but more like a long Friday lunch break to look at shoes we can’t afford at Neimans — Pretty Naughty is the palette you’ll want in your makeup bag this spring.
From Monday through Thursday, I might wear the taupe/charcoal combo with a smidgen of black liner. It’s a classic combo with a soft shimmer to keep things exciting.
But come Friday, I’d want to spice things up, perhaps by patting one of the pastels on my lids, or lightly blending a small amount along my lash lines for a conservative flash of color. Either way would brighten my eyes fast.
My inner lazy girl (who holds a great deal of sway around here) loves how easy this quint is to use. A single layer atop NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, a few swipes back and forth with a blending brush, and I’m set for the day. No need for touchups.
AVAILABILITY: Coming next month to Estée Lauder counters and esteelauder.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (the sky blue might not be everyone’s cup of tea)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,