May 142010

Guerlain L’lnstant d’une Émotion ($35) is a large pan on multi-dimensional deep grey powder eyeshadow.  Of the four released by Guerlain recently, this is the most smooth, pigmented and multi-dimensional.  Therefore, it is my favorite.

Although I don’t usually like darker eyeshadows, every collection needs to have a few and this is a beautiful one to have.  Like the others, it is packaged in a beautiful square gold that is nicely engineered and easy to hold.  As you might expect, it is subject to fingerprints but the little dips and waves seem nicely placed to allow a nice grip on the container so that it will not be dropped.

L’lnstant d’une Émotion is a charcoal color with mulit-color shimmer.  The pigmentation is beautiful–it applies easily.  The shimmer is so small that it does not have any sparkle or gritty feel.  Rather, the shimmer is part of the shadow.  Here is a picture of its pan gorgeousness:

Here is a swatch of the single.  As you can see, this is charcoal rather than a black.  This was taken in sunlight, so there is a little gold cast to it:

Here is a comparison with some other grays in my collection taken with an indoor flash.  The color is more neutral here and looks more like the color does in every day light.  The comparisons are between the shimmery Chanel Silvery, the matte Chanel Ebony and the very deep grey (almost black) Shu ME Black 990 that has tiny microsparkles:

Bottom line:  Worth checking out if you like neutrals with a little drama.

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Apr 082010

Believe it or not, the picture below is actually  in full color.  No, I’m not kidding–these are my favorite gray eyeshadows.  No brown, no taupe, no green, no white, no kidding.  Just straight grays, which can be both very striking and easy to wear.  I tried to stay away from silvers, but some shimmery grays sneak into silver, so I’m not sure that I succeeded.

These are eyeshadows that I’ve collected over the years, and you will see some limited edition and “old school” Bobbi Brown packaging.  There are a few more that I might add, such as Chanel Silvery, but I’m mentally preparing for a Chanel Eyeshadow single marathon in a few weeks so I thought I’d do it then.

  • Absolute favorite:  Make Up For Ever #145 is a shimmery luminous gray that adds light to my lids.  It’s a sweep-on and look-polished color, and looks really nice with black liner.
  • Second favorite:  MAC Swan Lake was sold with the Danse collection a few years ago.  I find this the most similar to Make Up For Ever’s #145, but it has a bit more pigment and shimmer.
  • Two classics from Bobbi Brown:  Steel, a deep matte grey and Sterling, a light gray shimmerwash, look great together
  • MAC’s Softwashed is a shimmery dark gray that borders on silver, but it’s so beautiful I had to include it
  • Lorac Dreamy has an amazing pigmentation and color, although it can look a little blue when applied to my warm coloring.

Here are individual swatches:

Do you have any favorite grays?  What do you recommend?

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