A bit of sparkle for the new year
Happy New Year! It feels good to be blogging again and after taking the opportunity to really wind down between Christmas and the New Year, I am more than refreshed and raring to go. I wasn’t really feeling the whole “these are my new years’ resolutions and goals” this year and decided I was just going to go with what felt right. And what felt right was to just get stuck in and share some sparkly makeup items. It may be time to take down the Christmas decorations, but there is always room for a bit of sparkle….right?
I’ve also realised that when it comes to makeup, I definitely purchased more eyeshadows last year but there was always that extra wow factor that I was missing – that full-on glitter and shine. Whilst I have many a gold and silver eyeshadow, by the time I blend everything in, my eye makeup starts to look the same and I used to feel like I needed something to lift everything, a finishing touch so to speak that I just couldn’t achieve with packing on some more eyeshadow. Luckily for me, I’ve found that in the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow and the YSL Full Metal Shadows.
I’m sure you are all no strangers to the Stila Magnificent Metals – they’ve certainly been all over the blogosphere and most probably one of the best launches of 2017. I eventually settled on Kitten Karma, which is a great one to try if you are new to these as it’s a champagne and sits nicely between a bronze and a warm gold tone. Make no mistakes though, this stuff is serious shimmer and is certainly not subtle.
It has a liquid texture that dries down fairly quickly and it can be worn alone or on top of eyeshadow. I think it’s best used on top of eyeshadow and as a last step and rather than apply it all over the lid, I prefer to apply it to the outer corners of my eye. The metallic glitter particles can apply somewhat dispersed which can be annoying, but as it’s quite a wet formula to start with so this can be easily corrected.
This is definitely perfect for party and evening makeup looks for that extra wow factor and draws compliments as it does stand out. Individually these are priced at £23 but post purchasing mine, there is also a Christmas set of 3 minis for £25 which is still available at Cult Beauty here.
As much as I love the Stila Magnificent Metals, it’s very much for a special occasion which is where the YSL Full Metal Shadows come in as although just as pretty and sparkly, the formula is appropriate for any time of the day…well for me at least.
I have the colours Onde Sable, which is a champagne with light gold undertones and Pink Cascade, which is a warm peach / rose gold and both are great neutrals. These eyeshadows have a creamy, pearlescent and metallic finish and can be layered. I tend to apply these straight from the wand and then blend gently using a slightly dense blending brush. It’s also best applied as a last step and on top of eyeshadow and looks especially nice when used on the inner corners and blended into centre of the lid.
These cost £22, so they are in a similar price range to the Stila Magnificent Metals and last for 16-hours. I’ve definitely found when wearing these that they do not budge (that’s with a primer underneath) and there is no creasing. Although both finishes are different, I do prefer the YSL Metal Shadows for their versatility and if it was up to me I would buy every shade going. You can see below for swatches.
So what’s your go to when you want that full-on shimmer and sparkle on the eyes? I’d love to know. x
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