Do you ever want to pull out all of your makeup and do an eye look that you would otherwise never wear? This grownup “play time” — I constantly crave it. Constantly. And lately I’ve been toying with the idea of a 100% black smoky eye.
This neutral-loving girl has almost always approached smoke safely, rarely venturing out into the deeper end of her Urban Decay Naked palettes…
Aaand then the MAC Studio Eye Glosses happened, and I could no longer resist my desire to experiment.
I mean, indulging in makeup play time is a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it, right? 🙂 In the interest of makeup experimentation, I think I’m up to the task.
I can’t help but notice that the MAC Studio Eye Glosses don’t always get the best reviews…but I think they’re a runway makeup artist’s dream. They’re also temperamental and require some patience, just like an expensive sports car. The eye gloss trend definitely falls more into the editorial/runway makeup category than the everyday makeup lover category that most makeup lovers are comfortable with.
They come in a carefully curated range of colors ($22 each) intended to really amplify your eye looks with a new texture, rather than a new shadow finish.
I couldn’t wait to get my greedy little paws into these beautiful, shimmering gel pots, and the first thing I noticed when I did was their texture. I expected something more along the lines of a gritty lip balm…but they have a smooth consistency, more along the lines of an emollient glue stick.
Don’t let that description fool you, though. I was concerned that once I applied these, my lids would feel “stuck” when I tried to open my eyes, but that didn’t happen. My lids looked glossy and felt surprisingly comfortable.
Lightly Tauped, a light beige gloss with pearl, is exactly the kind of shade that I like to wear in lip glosses to top off other more matte shades.
And guess what? These also work the same way on top of lipsticks, just like a gloss. I may even wear this beauty on my lips all on its own!
Honey Money, a true yellow gold metallic glitter, looks absolutely gorgeous when layered over foiled gold eye shadow for a blindingly bright, incredibly reflective metallic eye.
Seductively gorgeous Medoc is a deep blackened burgundy that reflects ruby (ooh!). I think it’s beautiful on its own, but it also pairs perfectly with Noticeably Noir, a black with multicolored glitter.
To say that I’ve had fun playing with these would be an understatement. For this look, I started with my trusty MAC Painterly Paint Pot, topped it with my favorite matte black shadow, created the shape I wanted with a blending brush and a neutral brown shadow, and then piled on MAC Studio Eye Gloss with my fingertips. Then, to keep the look dark, I patted Noticeably Noir up to and just slightly above my crease and tapped Medoc toward the center of my eye for added dimension.
Did this wear well? No…not in the traditional sense. You can see in the photographs that the Eye Gloss creates a lived-in editorial look that creases and shines.
And guess what? It’s supposed to look that way. You won’t see a negative review from this gal because MAC Studio Eye Gloss delivers on its promises and looks glossy and grunge chic. I see myself wearing it for nights on the town but, truth be told, I could easily be persuaded to wear it grocery shopping.
This experimental makeup lover wants to know: would you try a lived-in, glossy, grunge-inspired eye? And where do you stand on the eye gloss trend?