MOTD: Grey and Blue
This combination of eye shadows is one I’ve partially worn before, because the particular grey, Gunmetal by Urban Decay, is one of my favorite eye shadows of all time. I remember going into Sephora and seeing it when it was brand new, and thinking that the color and the name were the exact match for a grey I had been trying to find forever. It also involves my ABSOLUTE favorite blue eye shadow of all time, Painkiller, also by Urban Decay (actually, all the eye shadows for this particular look are from Urban Decay). It was difficult to photograph for some reason though (maybe like Eve, I need a new camera?) and the shot of my eyes open is blurry, as is the shot of one of the blues, so I apologize.
Here’s what the eye shadow looked like on:
(Okay, so not only is the ‘eyes open’ shot blurry, but my eyes look a little crazy too, lol…although that’s probably true of any picture I take where the purpose is to photograph my eye shadow. It is, apparently, excessively difficult for me to do :p Also, I totally need to pluck my eyebrows. I need to stop being lazy!)
For this look, I used Gunmetal on the lid and under the eye area. It’s described by Sephora’s website as a dark metallic grey with micro-glitter, and it’s fantastic…really pigmented. In the crease I used Dashiki, which was described by Temptalia in a review of Urban Decay shades as a medium, brightened blue with a frosted sheen. They also note that it’s comparable to M.A.C.’s Freshwater (which I also have, of course), but there are differences, however subtle, and I’ve always thought of freshwater as being slightly lighter, and it is less frosted or metallic, however you want to describe it. On the very top edges of the Dashiki I blended some Painkiller (which is possibly best described as a shimmery aqua blue). To finish it off, I blended Polyester Bride along the brow bone and around the outside. Polyester Bride is described by Sephora’s website as a white snow shimmer with silver micro-glitter, but I have also seen it described elsewhere as a slightly yellowed white. I think it looks more yellow before it’s on, when it mostly looks white, although if it was applied alongside a more pure white shadow, such as Urban Decay’s Zephyr, it would probably look less white.
Here are the eye shadow’s themselves:
From top to bottom, left to right they are Gunmetal, Painkiller, Polyester Bride, and Dashiki (the only one pictured as a single, though I own all of them BUT Painkiller as singles as well as in palettes). I have the original version of Gunmetal as a single, but it also came as a shade in a palette (Book of Shadows IV, pictured). It is available as a single as part of their new reformulated line of shadows for $18. Painkiller was originally exclusive to the Urban Decay Show Pony palette, but was subsequently offered as a shade in the Preen palette (which I don’t have) and in the Alice in Wonderland palette, where it was renamed Alice. The version I have is from the Alice in Wonderland palette. To my knowledge, none of the palettes are available through Urban Decay or Sephora any longer, but maybe elsewhere? I’m always hopeful that they’ll offer the color as a single someday, because as I said before, it’s my favorite blue of all time. I have the original version of Polyester Bride as a single, and two three palettes (including Alice in Wonderland, where it was renamed White Rabbit :p ). It is available as a reformulated single, also for $18. Dashiki is, unfortunately, one of the colors discontinued by Urban Decay when they switched formulas. If you wanted something similar, you could try Freshwater, but I think Urban Decay’s Haight is more like it, just slightly darker.
Even though I have a lot of palettes (which someday I suppose I will put up here) I generally prefer to have eye shadows as singles. I just buy palettes if I like the packaging, or if it’s the only way to get a color I want :)