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Purple in my eyes

Last month when I was in the US I bought this nice Maybelline eyeshadow quad in the series “Stylish smokes” in the color “Amethyst” ( maybe the name is different here in the UK, don’t know really).

I  like the colors in this quad very much:


Maybelline's Stylish Smokes in Amethyst

I also like the fact that there is no guess work, every shadow has imprinted where it should be applied (lid, crease, brow bone, outer corner) although obviously you can do whatever you want.

There are even some suggestions on styles you want to try on the back:


Maybelline's Stylish Smokes eyeshadows

I normally go for either the “casual look” or the “classic smoky look” for day and then upgrade to the “dramatic smoky look” at night.

I really love these colors and the quad was quite affordable. Don’t remember exactly but I think it was about 7$? What I don’t like is that they are not very easy to blend and they are not very long-lasting although I’ve only tried them with the mineral ELF primer underneath and still have to try with the Urban Decay primer (I’ll talk more about this one in a different post).

I also bought these quads in other two color combinations: Charcoal Smokes and Natural Smokes


Charcoal Smokes (left) and Natural Smokes (right)

I’ve only used the Natural Smokes so far (actually almost every day for the past week). Again very nice colors but they tend to have disappeared from my lids by the end of the day…I think maybe my primer is drying out? I have a backup (actually 2!) so I think I’m going to try if they stay longer with a new tube of primer…

I’ll keep you posted on the result!

Have a good weekend!

Update 19.10.2010:

Definitely the tube of ELF Mineral primer that I’ve been using lately is the problem here. Today I changed to a new tube of primer and when I came home from work (about 10h later!) my eye make up (eyeshadow + eyeliner) were still intact. I used the Natural smokes palette today but it will probably the same with the other quads.

BTW, the primer has lasted a good 9-10+ months. There is still plenty on the tube but now I’ll start using it as an undereye concealer instead.