It occurred to me while fiendishly gurgling on my third cup of coffee this morning and scouring every surface of my office (including the floor) for my missing, precious pan of MAC Soft Brown (I eventually found it) that on any given second of any given day, there are women, and makeup-loving men, around the world joining Team Matte Eyeshadow.
If you’ve already been drafted, congratulations, and welcome. 🙂 Now check it — Guerlain’s new Ecrin 4 Couleurs in Les Violines is like the Super Bowl for violet eyeshadow lovahs.
It’s $63, which, ya know, is business as usual at Guerlain, but if you’re open to the idea of paying that much and have a yearning, burning love for matte purples, I think these are pretty great.
Les Violines strums a tune about violet. Its three lightest shades are tonally near and dear to each other, making them ideal for blown-out matte purple looks with smooth transitions, like what I’m wearing on my lids in these pics. I paired Violines with contoured cheeks and a slightly shiny berry lip, for a look that I think has that meow-rrific ’90s thing going for it.
If you’re thinking that the palette might be too cool for you, no way, man! — you can so do this. The shades actually have reddish undertones, despite how cool-toned they look in their pans, and if your skin tone leans warm like mine, that red should make these shades easier to wear.
Ah, but what about the blending? you may ask. Good question. Yup, it’s often one of the biggest challenges with mattes, as much as I love ’em. They can be bears to blend.
Blast those choppy, harsh lines! [*bites fist*]
Thankfully, these shadows feel softer than a Ragdoll kitten’s downy fur — in other words, super silky (similar to the creamy, dreamy matte powder eyeshadows over at Dolce & Gabbana). It barely takes the lightest swipe of a brush to seamlessly transition one color into the next…and thank goodness for that, because right now I can barely lift my arms!
Quick tangent, but yesterday I did push-ups for the first time in at least a year; consequently, I’ve been in a great deal of discomfort all day today. I’ve been walking around with my arms stiff and hanging straight down at my sides like Robot Karen. “BEEP! Must. Apply. Makeup. BEEP!”
Oh, have I ever mentioned that my eyes (weirdly, the left eye more than the right) seem to be sensitive to a lot of purple and violet eyeshadows, where they’ll start tearing up, sometimes for hours, especially when the shadows have gritty powder grains?
It’s the weirdest thing, but it hasn’t happened at all with Violines. It’s been smooth sailing so far.
I say oui, ma cherie to Les Violines, and you can say bonjour to it now at Guerlain counters and online. 🙂
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,