The Best and Worst Eye Shadows
There’s more to eye shadow than those puzzling packages sold at local drugstores that promise to “enhance eye color” with strange combinations of multi-tonal hues. When applied correctly, shadow can add depth to eyes, complement eye color and make eyes “pop” (that’s she speak for eyes that get noticed).
Plus, the distance between eye lashes and brows is twice as large in women as in men, according to Wikipedia, meaning that a pale shadow applied to the upper lid and brow bone may actually make you look – and feel – more like a woman. And while a great eye shadow can help polish your look, a bad shadow is sure to streak, fade and call attention to fine lines, leaving you looking more like a raccoon than a fox. Since we can’t have that, we’ve reviewed dozens upon dozens of eye shadows and this week I’ll divulge which ones you’ll love, and which to leave at the counter.
Love it! Lorac’s Little Black Palette
Lorac’s tag line is “The Red Carpet Authority” and after testing their Little Black Palette, we have to agree that Lorac puts make-up artist worthy tools at consumers’ fingertips. The palette contains four color coordinated baked eye shadows in shade of gold and bronze plus a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Shadow Primer, ideal for locking color in place from pre-party to after party. And while the shadows are long lasting and easy to apply, it’s the amazing blendabilty and flattering hues that make Lorac’s shadows a nominee for best in show.
Leave it: MAC’s Rodarte Collection
We have to admit, we’re fans of most of MAC’s collection, but the brands collaboration with designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte misses a step. Inspired by a small town in Mexico called Juarez, frequently called the “murder capitol of the world,” the soon-to-be-launched collection includes products with names such as “ghost town,” “factory” and “quincenera.” And here’s where beauty meets bad taste: the town Juarez is known for the hundreds of young women who have been raped and murdered, many on their way to work at local factories. Perhaps all of this would make sense if MAC has set out to raise awareness and funds about the plight of these women, but it did not. And while the brand has issued an apology to those offended by the collection and may even be changing the names upon public pressure, it’s the principle, not the products, that land MAC.’s “Bordertown” shadow at the top of our leave it list.
Love it! Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeshadow Quad
A long lasting formula and an impressive range of shimmering shadow hues make Maybelline’s Eye Studio shadow collection a must to those looking for affordably priced shadows at your local drugstore. Best of all, ready-to-wear shadow quads include four colors meant to be mixed and matched with ease. Plus, shadows boast heavy pigments, meaning the color you see in the package is the color that appears on lids.
Leave it: HIP Studio Secrets from Loreal
Despite its promise of delivering shadows with highly pigmented color, L’oreal’s HIP Studio Secrets shadows failed to impress. The colors in the package didn’t seem to match the colors on my lids, showing up as a very pale impersonation of their packaged selves. Plus, the shadow couldn’t be contained upon application and ended up leaving more color under our eyes than on our eye lids.