Monday, January 14, 2013

Getting Cheeky's Top Five: Eye Shadow

Today I bring you another installment of my new series, Getting Cheeky's Top Five. I adore when fellow bloggers (and readers, for that matter) share carefully selected items that they couldn't be without, so I thought I'd take a cue from my own taste as a reader and start a series of items from blush to nail polish featuring my favorites from each category. If you'd like to start this series from the beginning you can read the first installment about my favorite kind of makeup, blusher.

Fortunately this collection of products doesn't include any limited edition items, but you may notice that there are six shadows below despite the moniker of this series! I simply couldn't narrow it down beyond the shades I'd already painstakingly culled from my collection.

MAC All That Glitters 
I'm sure my love of MAC's much celebrated All That Glitters is not at all unique to the blogging community, let alone the general public. This shade is one of MAC's most universally flattering, easy to work with and most well formulated eye shadows. As you can see by the generous dent, I almost always turn to All That Glitters when I'm unsure of what I'd like to wear. Though I'm on a mission to use many of my products until they're complete in the hopes of reducing my collection, I will be sure to repurchase this gem when I've completely finished the shadow.

MAC Honey Lust
Honey Lust was the subject of several posts on Getting Cheeky when I first started blogging (I won't share them as the photography is not to my current standard, feel free to look them up if curiosity has gotten the better of you). Despite the not so positive reviews it often receives due to textural challenges, Honey Lust was the first MAC shadow I ever fell in love with so it holds a special place in my heart. Even now after several years and more than one pan I struggle to find a copper shade that brings out the color of my green eyes quite as well.

Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian (Original Review)
Roughly a year ago I boldly stated that Le Métier de Beauté's much sought after, Corinthian, was my favorite shadow and I believe that still holds true today. I've always adored the consistency of Le Métier's shadows: so blendable that two or three shades easily meld into something entirely unique. However, I'm not sure I'd ever be able to bring myself to mix Corinthian with anything else because it is simply the perfect taupe!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird (Original Review)
Abyssinian Catbird represents my first fore into the world of Rouge Bunny Rouge cosmetics. When I first purchased Abyssinian Catbird I was (and still am) absolutely blown away by the quality of the shadow. Though I've predominantly used this shade as an eyeliner, it makes an absolutely incredible tarnished gold haze that blends to perfection when applied on its own. I struggle with smoky eyes, and I find that Abyssinian Catbird creates the perfect, subtle smoky eye for my complexion.

Burberry Midnight Brown (Original Review)
I believe it's undisputed that Burberry makes some of the best shadows on the market at the moment. Though Pale Barley was also a close contender, I couldn't help but select Midnight Brown, a shade unique to the Burberry shadow range in my humble opinion. Despite a relatively vast collection of safe neutral shades, Midnight Brown stands out as the richest cocoa brown and I absolutely adore its ability to add complexity to any eye look I'd like to deepen.

NARS Ondine
I'm astonished that I have yet to mention NARS Ondine on Getting Cheeky. I've long been obsessed with all things taupe, and I believe this was the shadow that gave birth to that love affair. Ondine is a relatively plum taupe that brings out the green in my eyes without being too colorful for day-to-day use. Interestingly, I haven't seen this shade mentioned all that frequently: if you have the opportunity to swatch Ondine I recommend that you do!

Though the shades I selected aren't terribly unique, they are stunning and well executed shadows united by a common theme: the ability to bring out the color of my eyes with a beautiful but versatile (ie work appropriate) shade.

(Left to right): Le Métier de Beauté Corinthian, Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Burberry Midnight Brown, NARS Ondine, MAC Honey Lust, MAC All That Glitters

What are your favorite top six five eye shadows?