Gigi Here . . .My friend TanteJoan calls me a “palette-loving soul.” Stylemama has me pegged as well. But Sharond, honorable to a fault, exacerbated my habit—she is actually a “pusher” for Cat Cosmetics palettes! They understand my addiction; Sharond has fed it. I didn’t dream she could be duplicitous! Thus, I promise this will be the last palette review for awhile, maybe even two weeks, but detox requires baby steps.
As a young child, I began to paint and a palette was an extension of my arm. When I grew older and had less free time, irresistible mixes of makeup hues replaced paints, albeit in a rectangular or square shape. Should I confess this? Deep breath her e, Gigi, these women are your treasured friends. At one point, I was worse than Monk when it came to idiosyncrasies. I feared being put in a padded cell. I could only eat from divided Chinette foam plates, placing each item in its proper order (think of the natural nuance of colors, as in a rainbow—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black).
Thus, every course of a meal was housed in a separate divided compartment from left to right. A large dinner generally required two, three, or more plates. Food was arranged something like this: beets, carrots, yellow squash, French-cut green beans, Bleu cheese, Jello in deep lavender, steak, and caviar. That was before I sought therapy and became a member of PLA (“Palette Lovers Anonymous”). I strive to live one day at a time; I do not think of the compacts I will buy tomorrow and am content with what I have. Most of the time. Some of the time. Okay, I’m not there yet.
NYX makeup is priced so reasonably that I fear they have lost their minds. I pray they aren’t reading this and will not inflate prices. Their new “Smokey Eyes” Palette can come close to Tarte’s Day-to-Night, opulent “Heath Couture Collection” ($44.00) Kat Von D’s sultry compact in “Beethoven” ($34.00), and more for a mere $9.00. You read that right—buy it now and they’ll add a magic garden tool, onion chopper, and miracle spot remover for the same cost! (Disclaimer: That was said in jest; I teach law and do not wish to be sued at this moment. Perhaps later, but I’m not in the mood right now.)
Formulas are highly pigmented, more than with other inexpensive shadows. You know where I’m headed with this—nothing compares to brushes to gain control over how much you wish to use. (Did I ever tell you how much I emphasize using these? I believe I did.) Dark shadows work perfectly as liner, allowing those with unsteady hands to forego pencils or liquids to smolder and smudge. They last fairly long, but a primer will help to extend the color and prep your eyes as a canvas is readied for paint. A perfectly coordinated combination of soft and intense tones will take you from day to night, from “Bashful Beth” to “Sara the Siren.”
Not into smokes? There are other compacts meant specifically for your own eye color. These combine some surprising but tremendous hues. Although contrasts work best, those with blue eyes can handle variations of indigo when used in conjunction with brown, and green eyes will pop with a bit of jade or forest. Trust me—I still wear paint stains from art classes in college. If you visit www.nyxcosmetics.com, use the well-designed web site to pull the colors up close to help make a decision on what works for you. Actually, you don’t have a decision. Buy at least one. The Drugstore Dealer rules on Thursdays!
I tried the crème rouge, the kind your mother or grandmother used long ago. It has benefits. If you are attached to powder blush with Velcro, pry it off and experiment ($6.00 in a huge range of tints). A touch of crème extends your flush and leaves a natural glow, as if you’ve just enjoyed a walk on a lovely, crisp day. Powder can appear dry; crème will return you to sixteen. (I exaggerate, but get over it.)
NYX can be difficult to find. If the drugstore near you doesn’t carry it (void like mine), purchase trios at www.drugstore.com or the palette at www.cherryculture.com. My patient, saintly husband drove me two hours away to obtain it from a beauty store. We counted cows and rows of corn along the rural route (not kidding). Currently it’s out of stock at Cherry Culture; why? IT WORKS! Don’t say I didn’t tell you . . .