Friday, March 11, 2016

The Best Everyday Eyeshadows for Deep Skin Tones

Well, I could just jump for pure JOY and go SCREAMING from all the mountain tops to say just how elated I am to have finally found the perfect everyday eyeshadows for women of color (especially deep skin tones). I have been searching for almost a year. I have tested out so many eyeshadows on a trial and error experiment. Most of them were ERRORS!!!! All I ever wanted was a neutral eyeshadow with a gorgeous sheen that COMPLIMENTED my RICH MELANIN.....ANNNNNNNNND that I could where on my eyelids to just about anywhere. Anywhere includes: work, school, church, a bbq, day party, special events, date night, girls night out, etc. LISTEN, GIRL...EVERYWHERE!!!!!  SO LET'S JUST GET INTO IT.

Front Row - (Right to Left): Brozned Taupe, Bad to the Bronze, Moondust, Woodwinked, Tempting
Back Row - Half Baked

I discovered L'Oreal Infalliable eyeshadows about two years ago, but I most recently fell in love with Bronzed Taupe after purchasing it. Bronzed Taupe had been sitting in my collection for quite some time without even being swatched. One day I just decided to use it and it occurred to me that I had discovered a masterpiece. 

Bronzed Taupe is a pressed pigment with a creamy satin finish. This eyeshadow is best applied with your fingertips. It glides so smoothly from the fingertip onto the lid.The color is a neutral bronzey taupe eyeshadow with a glorious sheen. It is extremely pigmented. This eyeshadow retails at Walmart for $5.96. It is my absolute favorite. 

Once you have used the eyeshadow you can use the second lid to press down the pigment and reshape it to its mini compact form.

Next up on the list is Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tatoo, 24 Hour Eyeshadow in the color Bad to the Bronze. I realized that Bad to the Bronze was not only the perfect base for an eyeshadow but in fact one of the best eyeshadows for everyday makeup purposes. 

This color looks very similar to Bronzed Taupe. I believe it can be considered a dupe. The eyeshadow retails for $5.60 at WalmartBad to the Bronze also has a neutral bronzey taupe color with a light golden brown undertone. The eyeshadow blends in perfectly with my eyelids flesh toned color. It has bit of a thick paste like consistency. It doesn't glide onto the lid smoothly at all. It is best applied with fingertips or a concealer brush. You have to pack it on to the lid. You also have to build the pigmentation. My intentions are to use this eyeshadow for everyday use, so I really could care less about having to build the product. The LESS application of the product the BETTER!

The next eyeshadow is Makeup Geek's Moondust. Moondust retails for $6.00 on the Makeup Geek website. Moondust can also be considered a dupe for Bronzed Taupe, as it looks very similar to the color. Moondust also has a bronzed taupe color to it with a slight pewter undertone. It has pretty good pigmentation with a medium powder consistency to it. The color is best applied with a flat dense eyeshadow brush. 

Do you see the color resemblance? I think they look pretty similar especially Bad to the Bronze and Bronzed Dupe. They are darn near identical when swatched side by side. They totally belong to the same family. Sisters from another Mister.

When I want to be a little bit more fancy then I will reach for my MAC eyeshadow in Woodwinked. This product retails for $16.00 on the Nordstrom website. I purchased Woodwinked last fall and it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. This color met all of my expectations. This product has a dusty gold color to it with such a beautiful sheen. This color stands out a bit more than the previous eyeshadows mentioned.....WELL, HELLO, IT IS MAC AFTER-ALL. Nevertheless, this eyeshadow can still be worn for any occassion.  It really just depends on the application. I ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY, this color!!!! 

Tempting is another eyeshadow by MAC that makes me feel like I am doing it BIG when I put it on!!!! Tempting also retails for $16.00 online on the Nordstrom website. This color is a shimmery, rich, dusky-bronzed-gold . It is very pigmented and should be applied lightly if you want to  wear it during the day. If you want to wear it at night then do what you want, GIRL...MAKE IT DO WHAT IT DO...(Pack it on until there ain't nothing left if you get down like that). 

Tempting looks very similar to Woodwinked when swatched side by side. What do you think?

The last color that I discovered in my collection that is absolutely perfect for deep skin tones is the eyeshadow by Urban Decay,  Half Baked. This single eyeshadow retails for $19.00 on the Macy's website. Or you can purchase the Naked Palette which includes the Half Baked eyeshadow on the Sephora website for $54.00. I own the palette. The color is a shimmery golden-honey shade. Half Baked is definitely one of the most velvety and highly pigmented eyeshadows that I own. Urban Decay eyeshadows are just amazing in general. But, UD really out-did themselves with this color. This color can be very intense on the eye.  It definitely needs to be blended with special consideration if you are going to wear it during the day (depending on your makeup preference).  BLEND IT LIKE YOUR LIFE IS AT STAKE! This eyeshadow is so gorgeous when it is blended out or even when it is packed on the lid. I love it. It does have quite a bit of fall-out...(YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED). BUT....a little fall-out never hurt nobody.


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