Being a matte eye shadow fan, it's rare I find high shimmer shadows that rival my beloved matte textures. I wear shadows that have various amounts of reflective pigments but nothing like these Cle de Peau Beaute quads and Kevyn Aucoin loose shimmer shadows. These give high intensity shine, but look incredibly wearable. It's almost hard to describe in words how beautiful all of these look on the lid, because the color and finish of each is so unique. But trust me when I tell you, they will convert a matte fan to a shimmer fan immediately.
1. Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer Shadows - You will never want to wear another pigment once you have given these a try. I read a ton of reviews online giving these high praise and I am not surprised. They take finely milled shimmer pigments to another level. There is minimal fall out but when used with this or this eye primer they adhere immediately. I can apply the roller ball directly to my lids, but I prefer to use a brush to pack the color on evenly. Blending with these is effortless and they look almost like liquid metal on the lids. Naturally I initially gravitated to Candlelight, but after using them all my favorite is Amethyst. Who knew? It's different from my normal muted nude tones, but looks like jewels on the eyes. See swatches below of the 4 colors Kevyn Aucoin sent over that I've been testing.
2. Cle de Peau Beaute Fall 2014 Eye Color Quads - Cle de Peau Beaute is a new brand to me, but one that has been on my radar FOREVER. Shortly after the fall 2014 collection launched, I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on these quads especially since the initial swatches and reviews were stellar. Cle de Peau Beaute graciously sent these over for me to test and I am not exaggerating when I say that my mouth dropped open the first morning I used one. The shadows are powder but feel so soft as if they were a cream. I immediately honed in on quad 307 and loved those warm browns and plum shade. But I have been experimenting with the other quads to push myself out of my comfort zone and I am quite shocked at how much I love a bit more color on the lids. Quad 302 contains the absolute perfect shade of forest green, and quad 306 is going to be my first choice for a fall smokey eye. There are a total of 8 shades, so be sure to check out the other colors - I am thinking about picking up 305 next. The shadows and case are sold separately, so it can be really great to travel with if you want to remove and place into a portable Z palette.
I highly recommend trying both of these shadows, regardless of whether you are a shimmer or matte texture fan. They are sure to win over both parties.
Have you tried these shadows? What are your thoughts?