One of my favorite types of posts to do are color themes. I love looking through my makeup and finding shades of the same vein and putting them together for photographs. I have done gold, teal, and rose gold in the past. A current color favorite of mine is the not quite blue, not quite grey variety. I decided to pull together some of my loves in this area.
Once you get to know me you will notice that blue eyeshadow is not really my thing. I am *very* picky about what blues I will wear and admittedly it’s not often that I will wear them. I reserve brighter blues for summer time and even then, it’s usually just a bright liner. The exception to my polite disregard of the color blue in the makeup arena is blue-grey…or grey-blue…whichever. It can look sweet and feminine like Butter London’s Lady Muck…or it can look sultry and smoky like bareMinerals Skyline. Either way, I feel like blue-greys are so much easier to wear for me then regular ‘ol blue.
Clockwise from Top:
- Essie Cocktail Bling (new for Winter 2011)
- China Glaze Sea Spray (from Spring 2011)
- Sonia Kashuk Blank Slate (from Fall 2011)
- Butter London Lady Muck (permanent color)
I don’t know that I could choose a favorite of the bunch because to me, they are all different and lovely in their own ways. Lady Muck has a gorgeous shimmer throughout and pulls more blue, while Cocktail Bling pulls more grey and does not have any shimmer at all. Sea Spray and Lady Muck are closest, but you can see the shimmer is much more pronounced in Lady Muck and Sea Spray is also lighter and brighter. Blank Slate is the odd man out, in a good way.
Clockwise from top:
- Benefit Steel Her Date liner (this was Limited Edition from Benefit’s Holiday 2010 Femme Metale set I review here.)
- MAC Parisian Skies ( Limited Edition from the Blogger’s Obsessions collection this past summer)
- MAC Scene (Permanent color)
- bareMinerals Skyline (Permanent color)
Again, these aren’t dupes, but rather all fall into my vision of what grey-blue (or blue-grey) is. Parisian Skies is lighter and has a sheen to it where Skyline is darker and completely matte. Scene is the most grey and is also matte. Skyline is the most pigmented, but it’s a loose shadow so if you prefer ones that are pressed, maybe stick to the other two. I was hard pressed to find a blue-grey eyeliner and this one came the closest for me. It has a smooth texture reminiscent of the Urban Decay 24-7 liners and this lasts all day on me. I really wish Benefit had decided to introduce this liner formula into the permanent line.
How do you like your blues? Do you like full on bright blues or do you prefer the more muted greyed-out variety?