Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fabulous Fall Eyeshadows!

Since it is time to pack away our fun bright summery eye shadows (sigh!) I decided to do a post that focuses on my favorite fall eye shadows! I went searching through my collection and found some palettes that I either used a lot last fall or thought would be great for this time of year. I bought some new palettes last week while I was at Riteaid from the new Maybelline Limited Edition Eye Studio collection. They are PERFECT for fall so if you want to see swatches of those click here!
 My first choice are three products from Wet n Wild. If you have never tried Wet n Wild eye shadows than you are missing out because they are amazing. I would say that they may be one of the best drugstore eye shadows hands down! They are very pigmented, long wearing, and have a large selection of colors and finishes. Not only that but they are very affordable. The first palette (on the left in the picture above) is probably one of my favorite ones out of the whole Wet n Wild collection. It is the Wet n Wild Coloricon 8 pan palette in Comfort Zone($4.99). It is a great palette for fall with the browns and greens. The palette in the center is the Wet n Wild Coloricon Trio in Cool As A Cucumber($2.99) and the one on the right is the Wet n Wild Coloricon Trio in Knock On Wood($2.99).
 Above are swatches of Comfort Zone on bare skin without primer.
 Above are swatches of Cool As A Cucumber on bare skin without primer
Above are swatches of Knock on Wood on bare skin without primer
The next set of eye shadows are the L'oreal Infallible eye shadows. If you have never heard of or tried any of the infallibles I highly suggest you do. They are amazing. The texture is sort of like a sticky pigment. They are neither powder nor a loose eyeshadow but more of a mix of the two. They go on silky smooth and have amazing color payoff. I like these most because you don't need an eyeshadow base or primer in order for them to stay on all day or to get a nice bright color. The L'oreal Infallible Eye shadows above are (from left to right) Gleaming Bronze, Golden Emerald, and Bronzed Taupe($7.95).
 From left to right: Golden Emerald, Gleaming Bronze, and Bronze Taupe
The above swatches are on bare skin without primer. As you can see the colors go on evenly and have great payoff. All three of these shades are very shimmery almost metallic so if you do not like eye shadows like that than these are not for you. However, the L'oreal Infallible line does carry matte shades which are just as great.
 Up next are the Maybelline products. I have oodles of Maybelline eye shadows and it took some narrowing down but these are my two favorites for fall. Well besides the two new ones I got the other day. The palette on the left is the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow collection in Sunbaked Neutrals($6.99). Maybelline did a really good job with this palette. I own five of the 8 pan palettes from the Expert Wear line and usually there are four or five shades that I really like and the rest aren't so great. In this one though I love every shade. It has a wide variety of finishes (matte, shimmer, and metallic) and they all have great color payoff. Not only that but they are not chalky like some drugstore matte shades can be. I do suggest a primer or base underneath these shadows though due to the fact that they may not last a really long time otherwise. I wore these with just a primer and they stayed put for about six hours before I saw any fading in color. Over a base such as the Maybelline Color Tattoos they stay around 10 hours without fading.
The palette on the right is the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion in Caffeine Rush($10.49). The Color Explosion palettes are known for their great color payoff. I really like this palette for a nice brown smokey eye. It gives you every color you would need to make a great more dramatic fall look.
 Above is a closer view of the two products
 Above is a swatch of Caffeine Rush on bare skin without primer
Above is a swatch of Sunbaked Neutrals on bare skin without primer
 The above is the Ulta Eye Shadow quad in Dream Girl($12.00). This palette and I kind of have a love hate relationship. I know your probably wondering why I would include it then. Well here's the dilemma...I love the colors in this product. They are unlike any others that I have. I love the beautiful blue/grey/green that it has and the color pay off is nice. Now for the downfall...although the color payoff is good and the colors are beautiful they are chalky. Expect fallout when using this product and you will need to use an eyeshadow base but if you don't mind putting in a little extra work then you will love this as much as I do.

The above image is swatched on bare skin without primer
 Lastly is the e.l.f Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($5). Like I have said before some e.l.f products are hit or miss for me but this is one of the better of their products that I have tried. Now, some of the shades in this palette suck but for the most part I really like them. Especially the browns, greens, and purples in this palette. It offers a nice variety of finishes and colors. I have worn this multiple times and was surprised at how well these eye shadows lasted.

Swatched on bare skin. Left to right 1-5
It would take a lot of arm space and time to swatch the entire palette so I only picked out a few key fall shades.
So that about sums up my favorite fall eye collections but I am sure that I will be adding many more as the fall collections at the drugstores and elsewhere are starting to be released. If you have any questions, comments, or friendly advice feel free to email me or comment on my blog page. Also if you would like a full review on any of the products mentioned and other colors in the line let me know :) Thank you for reading lovies and please return!

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