Aug 26, 2014

Gold Eyeshadow | Sisley Phyto-Ombre Glow and Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish

These aren't gold nuggets that I found panning a nearby stream (a Google sidenote: did you know you can still try your hand at gold panning in locations all over the country?). They're flecks of Sisley's new Phyto-Ombre Glow Luminous Eye Shadow, $54 (in 'Gold,' available here), the same product that Karlina Caune wears in an editorial from the current issue of German Vogue, as seen in yesterday's post. I picked it up at the store (as well as a Stila contender), because who in their right mind wouldn't want those gold-burnished eyelids? (I'll link to the entire editorial, here, just take a look and you'll get it). It's less glitter and sparkles, and more of a modern, gold-leaf, lit-from-within metallic.

Its unique consistency makes Sisley's metallic eye shadow a keeper. Somewhere between a powder and cream shadow, application is fool-proof -- it glides on so easily that fingertips worked better than a brush. The color is buildable -- with a light hand, it's a great sheer metallic for day, but is pigmented enough to give you that more opaque gold-leaf look.

Stila's own cream-to-powder version, Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow, $32 (available here), takes it a step further. This shadow really gives off an amazingly lustrous metallic sheen -- the way it looks in the pot is exactly how it looks on your skin. I like the 'vintage black gold' because it's a more wearable brown/gold, darker than the brassy yellow of a true gold. My other favorite is the 'metallic laurel,' a much lighter and also wearable color, between a gold and a silver.

The verdict? Stila's eyeshadow packs a big punch -- a little goes a long way. Its high sheen, aptly named 'foil finish,' would likely be too much for day and more suited for nights out (certainly perfect for New Year's Eve). Conversely, you'll get more uses out of Sisley's eyeshadow precisely because it is a more subtle metallic, less lustrous, but highly buildable to a pigmented shade.

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