You know the deal by now: major clear-out, serious streamlining and there’s not much left apart from my real favourite favourites. I’ve shown you lot what’s left in my nail polish, cheek product, lip stuff, primer and spray stash, so today I thought I’d give you a quick tour around what’s left of my powder, cream and stick shadows (bigger palettes to come at a later date)…
My shadows can be split down the middle with creams on one side and powders on the other. Creams are my favourite because they are so easy to apply and can be smushed on if you’re
ever without a brush feeling lazy. Now I know that this might not seem like the most efficient sort ever because a few of the colours do look pretty similar but they all serve their own little purpose. MAC Prolongwear Paint Pot Groundwork is my ‘my lids but better shade’. Tom Ford Cream Colour for Eyes in Spice is my favourite for when I want to have a warm, but pretty opaque colour on my lids. Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette is probably my favourite colour/formula/everything of all time and is a pretty golden bronze that I tend to wear whenever I’m unsure what to reach for. Estée Lauder Pure Colour Stay-On Shadow Paint in Chained is my ‘Olsen-eye’ go-to and then finally I love the CHANEL Illusion D’Ombre in Mirage which is basically a mix of everything from above – a good all-rounder.
When it comes to stick eyeshadows, I realised that the By Terry Ombre Blackstars are really where it’s at. Nothing else compares in colour range or formula. My two personal favourites are Misty Rock and Brown Perfection. I tend to use Misty Rock all over the lid whenever I fancy a taupe with a bit of sparkle and Brown Perfection is a nice smudger around the lashline for when I’m in the mood for a bit of definition and that ‘lived-in, but still looks good’ look.
Let’s talk powders. Though I tend to reach for cream formulas more often, I still love a good powder when it comes to pigmentation and slightly more finicky eye looks. Quad-wise you can’t beat a Charlotte Tilbury Colour-Coded Luxury Eyeshadow Palette. The best thing is that there is never a duff colour out of the four and the textures are dreamy with the right balance of opaqueness and blendability. You can’t go wrong, but personally I love and own The Dolce Vita, The Sophisticate and The Vintage Vamp. I used to have a tonne of MAC Eyeshadows, the majority of which I rarely reached for so my mates now have some banging Z-palettes and I’m left with my four favourites: All That Glitters, Sable, Soba and Antiqued. Then finally there are just two little singles: the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe (currently not available in the U.K, but this one is from the U.S) which I always hold on to because I believe that it’s the perfect taupe and then Burberry’s Sheer Eyeshadow in Pale Barley which is a classic. There’s nothing quite like a low-key Pale Barley eye. It might not seem like the most exciting shade, but it’s the one which I can identify the most on others because it’s such a beaut.