Wow, I haven’t done a makeup post in a while. Kind of went wild this past winter buying some new makeup but I’ve dialed my purchases way back. Saving money, y’know.
But today I want to talk about a pink-toned eyeshadow quad I’ve been using a lot, and also about how to not overdo the pink eye look. Because face it, no one wants to look like they have the communicable disease called pinkeye, aka conjunctivitis.
The quad is a drugstore one from Cover Girl called Exact Eyelights for green eyes. No, I do not have green eyes; mine are brown. But the quad for brown eyes didn’t grab me and contains a dark gray or black, a silver, a copper-gold, and a light buff. Guess what? You can buy any makeup you want, whether what it says on the packaging matches how you actually look or not. The Makeup Police are exactly like The Nail Polish Police, in that they do not exist.
I’m not sure about the current availability of these Exact Eyelight quads. I bought just the eyeshadow and have also seen it for sale packaged with a special brush. The SRP was about $7.99-$8.99 but Cover Girl and other drugstore brands are frequently on sale.
All four shadows are shimmers or pearl finishes. They’re only average as far as pigmentation and wear, yet I like them anyway. Sometimes — quite often, in fact — I don’t want super-pigmented eyehadow and prefer a very soft look. Here’s the quad shown both closed and open:
Don’t think the individual shadows have names. From left to right, dark to light, they are a plum, a taupe-pink, a candy pink, and a very light grayed pink. I use the first and third shadows the most, and the lightest one doesn’t show up well on my skin tone at all. Here they are swatched on my inner arm, and on the far right is another product I want to mention.
What looks like foundation is actually an eyeshadow crayon from Milani called Shadow Eyez in the color Almond Cream. It comes in some other good flesh tones, in addition to some bright shades.
It has excellent wear, and you can use it as a highlighter, but when I wear pink eyeshadow I line the inside of my lower eyelid with this Milani pencil, which keeps my eyes from looking too red or pink. Being an eye product, it’s safe to use near your eyes, unlike regular foundation. You just need a light touch with it.
I think pink eyeshadow can look very pretty on us older women as long as we don’t try to overdo it and cover our eyes from lashes to brows with hot pink, like Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games movies.