First of all, thank you all so much for sticking with me during this time of irregular blog posting. Some of my other commitments had to take the front seat, but things will become more smooth. This post is going to be a bit Holiday-themed, because the palette that I am reviewing today is a limited edition for the Holidays. I have been using it over the past few weeks and got really into it. I thought I would share with you, hoping that if you are interested, you could grab it with a little discount before the sales are gone.
I filmed a brief demo of the In the Blink of a Smoky Eye – Smoky Eye Kit*, which you can watch below, to show you how well the eyeshadows apply. Of all of the eyeshadows in the palette (eight total), there is only one color that I have barely touched, Iris (a deep, matte violet color), but every other color was very loved. Three eyeshadows come in a deluxe (I mean, giant) size (Bone, Pure Gold, and Dawn), and five come in a smaller size (Rose Gold, Iris, Forest, Double Espresso, and Ebony). The “smaller” size is about the same size as the Kjaer Weis eyeshadows, so at $50, the palette turns out to be very good value for the amount of product included. Even more if you consider that each Jane Iredale individual eyeshadow retails for $19. These are the color descriptions:
- Bone – matte creamy nude (perfect for highlighting, even in daylight). This has become a favorite of mine, and I have not done my makeup without it ever since I received it. It brightens, but it does not have any shimmer/glitter.
- Pure Gold – shimmery bright gold
- Dawn – shimmery rose brown
- Rose Gold – shimmery rose gold
- Iris – matte cool violet
- Forest – semi-matte deep green
- Double Espresso – matte dark cool brown
- Ebony – semi-matte black
As I said, beside Iris (which by the way, would look gorgeous on anyone with green eyes!), I use all the other colors daily. Bone, Dawn, and Double Espresso are my favorites, and I know you’re not surprised about that ;). All of the colors work so well when mixed together. They are all pigmented and easy to blend and although the darkest shades look a bit powdery when I dip my brushes in them, I haven’t had any issues with fallouts (but keep in mind that I always tap excess powder off the brushes before applying them to my eyes). My favorite thing about these eyeshadows, however, is that they do not crease. Even after a long day, I don’t have any lines on my eyelid where eyeshadows tend to deposit due to my eye shape.
I also love the packaging, which feels like a very sturdy cardboard and it has a magnet for ensuring proper closure. I think that they made a great call by not using a plastic or metal compact, which can easily break into pieces during the Holidays traveling. The palette also comes with a fold-out guide with how-to instructions on how to create five different smoky eye looks. The instructions are easy to follow and quite detailed, so if you aren’t a smoky eye expert, you can still get the job done. The inside of the palette is mirrored, so it can be used on-the-go.
I also found the color palette to be fairly versatile. I usually do daytime appropriate makeup by using the nude shade, Bone, and a touch of Dawn and Double Espresso. For a little glam upgrade, I add the shimmery colors and use the black shadow to intensify the smoky effect, (like I did in the video). I *ahem* also used the three eyeshadows on the bottom right – Forest, Double Espresso, and Ebony – to fill in my eyebrows. And yes, a touch of green and black are going to work by making the color more ashy. Several cosmetic companies in Asia include green in their eyebrow palettes, because as crazy as it sounds, it works well for cool-toned brown hairs. You just need to get the right amount of the three colors on your brush, but it can be done.
I obviously really like this palette and can hardly find anything I don’t like about it. I would have happily traded the purple eyeshadow with a matte taupe or warm brown, but I am very pleased that I could go on a trip tomorrow and carry this palette only for my eye makeup, and actually have fun with it. I must say that I have never been disappointed with any of the limited edition Jane Iredale palettes, especially the ones that come out for the Holidays. Remember the tiny Glamour Eye & Lip Palette from last year? It comes with thirty colors. It is very tiny, but so good!
Onto the giveaway! (UPDATED) Jane Iredale will kindly send me a second palette to gift one of you. In order to participate you will have to:
- Subscribe to my Youtube channel
- Leave a comment on Youtube under the video telling me which eye shadows from the palette you like the most (just so I know you want to enter the giveaway)
- Like my Facebook page
The giveaway will end on December 6th, and I will announce the winner on Facebook on December 7th. Open internationally.