Umm… No, this is not going to be a review of the new 50 Shades movie.
This post is simply a round-up of my favorite eyeshadows in a shade I very rarely used until a few months ago:
Can you guess which brand made me fall in love with it?
HINT: It’s the brand that always manages to make me want things I normally wouldn’t even consider…
Yes, thanks to the Chanel Architectonic Palette from the Holiday 2016 Collection Libre, grey and I are having a big moment. This amazing palette (which I’ve reviewed and swatched here) combines some gorgeous greys with beautiful blue shadows in a pretty unique cream-to-powder formula. It’s still available and I highly, highly recommend it.
If blue is not your thang, YSL recently released a more conventional smoky palette featuring grey shadows in different finishes and undertones (swatches and look here). The powders in the YSL Couture Variation Underground Palette are pretty creamy and decently pigmented, but the shimmery shades have a ton of fallout during application, so I always make sure I use them before doing my base.
If you love the ease and speed of application of cream shadows, I really wish you could still get your hands on that hyper shimmery, yet super chic, beauty that is the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Épatant, which has sadly been discontinued. Italian brand PUPA makes an almost perfect dupe, though (see comparison swatches here), so if you’re planning a visit to this little old country of mine, make sure you check out the PUPA Vamp! Cream Eyeshadow in 200 Khaki.
Let’s stay in Italy a little longer, because indie brand NABLA has quite a few greys in their top-quality range of reasonably priced eyeshadows (here you’ll find swatches of the ones I have). But you don’t have to come to Italy to get your hands on their good stuff, since their website ships internationally.
If you prefer your cream shadows to come in stick form, the KIKO Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 33 Smoky Grey is where it’s at. I usually just scribble this matte, medium-deep grey along the lashline, blend it with a pencil brush, and am good to go.
The Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow in 04 Silver Ivory is not exactly grey but does have a bit of greyness to it. It’s a light champagne-y, silvery, taupey shade that works amazingly well as an all-over-the-lid wash of color for the daytime.
If I’ve inspired you to venture into the world of grey eyeshadows, but you’re not sure how they’d look on you and you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on something you might not like, the Essence All About Greys Eyeshadow Palette is definitely the one for you. It features six different grey shades and is literally cheap as chips!
Do you ever use grey/silver eyeshadows? What are your favorites? And were you hoping for a 50 Shades review?
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