I am on a "no buy" but lately I've been purchasing things, mainly eye shadows. Fall is the season when many neutral palettes come out and since the colors are usually too warm for me, I pass on purchasing the collections. Dior's newest collection features 6 3 colouer smokey palettes and I'm wanting 3 of them. I'm hoping to cut it down to 2 but we'll see.
I recently saw Josie Maran Beautiful Smoke Eyeshadow palette in Sephora and really liked the look of it. Mind over matter and I bypassed it. I've actually been waiting for the mail person to deliver my Sleek Bad Girl palette, which I felt would create the same smoky eye using some similar colors. I decided yesterday to no longer wait and picked up the Beautiful Smoke palette.
The attraction of this line is the fact that the naturally formulated shadows are infused with Argan Oil and a blend of floral and fruit extracts. I use an Argan Oil treatment for my hair and love it so thought that it would be good to try an eyeshadow that is infused with it. It is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
Sheila of Maddy Loves recently posted a review on NARS Grand Palais here and the silvery taupe color caught my eye. When I went to Sephora yesterday, it was to check out Grand Palais. While I really loved the silvery taupe, the dusty rose color was a little too warm for my tastes. I debated whether or not to pick up the duo anyway because of the silvery taupe. I then went and looked at Beautiful Smoke and another debate was going through my head. I then got the idea to swatch the deep brownish taupe color in Beautiful Smoke and compared it with the silvery taupe in Grand Palais. I don't wear browns well so I wasn't sure about the color. I then decided to layer the silver color over the brownish taupe color in Beautiful Smoke and to my amazement, the color came out almost identical to the silvery taupe in Grand Palais.
This was all that I needed to decide to forego Grand Palais and pick up Beautiful Smoke.
Did an EOTD this morning using Beautiful Smoke.
Mezaik Double Eyelid Stretch Fiber
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Josie Maran Beautiful Smoke Palette
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner
Included in the box is an "instruction" sheet, similar to what you find when you purchase Japanese brand eyeshadows.
I basically followed the instruction sheet, mainly because that's how I usually apply my eyeshadow anyway. I did layer the silvery crease shadow over the deep browish taupe shadow to the inner 1/3 or my eyes to create the silvery taupe color that I loved from Grand Palais.
These shadows are really nice. While they are not buttery soft and highly pigmented like Urban Decay shadows, they are nicely pigmented. I think that there is a fine line between buttery soft and too hard and these shadows fall within that fine line. The liner shadow is actuallly much firmer, which is nice because I experienced no fallout using it or any of the other colors. You can also layer it and build up the color to achieve a darker, richer color which would be good for an evening look.
It's my first purchase from this brand and I'm really happy with it.