Saturday, June 12, 2010
I love any excuse to break out into Seals and Crofts' "Summer Breeze", and today's eyeshadow choice is the perfect excuse for song! I'm wearing Urban Decay's latest palette, Summer of Love.
Summer of Love was a very generous gift from my second adopted mother, Cindy of Prime Beauty. She had reviewed it and decided that it wasn't the best palette for her, but she thought I'd love it. Mother knows best! I really adore this palette.
Summer of Love includes a mini Sin Primer Potion (not pictured, but it's nice enough), four eyeshadows (Flash, Maui Wowie, Chopper, and Smog), and a mini 24/7 liner in Bourbon (a warm, shimmery medium-to-deep bronze-brown). It retails for $29 and I think it's quite nice and worth the money ; I would have purchased it had it not been a gift.
The thing that I love about Urban Decay's eyeshadows are their pigmentation and blendability. The thing that I dislike about Urban Decay's eyeshadows are that the glitter shades have incredibly annoying fallout (meaning that the glitter falls all over your face). There are two glitter shades in this palette: Maui Wowie and Chopper. Maui Wowie is an incredibly gorgeous color: a cool-toned dirty gold, but I had never purchased it because of the glitter. Chopper is a bright and dirty peach color. The two non-glitter shades in this palette are equally gorgeous: Flash is a pretty blue-purple (but a little sheer, which I think makes it easier to use) and Smog is a truly divine bronze color. Honestly, Smog is a must-own eyeshadow color. Just sayin'!
(Smog, Flash, Maui Wowie, and Chopper - swatched over Pixie Epoxy)
Anyway, I am dealing with the glittery shades by using Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy as a base. Pixie Epoxy keeps the glitter on my lid, allowing for the beauty of Maui Wowie and Chopper to shine through, and I adore these two shades as lid colors (the glitter lays flat to create an intense, eye-opening look!). Today, I am wearing Chopper on the inner 2/3 of my lid with Smog in the outer 1/3, and blended into the crease. I lined my bottom lash line with a wide smudge of Flash, for some color and pop against my tanned skin. The effect is sexy, summery, and young. I love it!