So many people raved about the goodness of this amazing TF Cocoa Mirage, and so one fine day, I finally decided to buy it. I have tried out a couple of other TF quads (Cognac Sable
, Burnished Amber
) before, and found their shimmery shades to be quite impressive, but other than that, I haven't found the urge to actually buy one myself. If you look across the color range of the TF quads, Cocoa Mirage is not going to be one that grabs your attention immediately. It is very understated, and is the only quad that consists of mostly MATTE shades. And when I swatched them, I found that each of these matte shades are very creamy and pigmented. I also like that the only shimmery shade makes a nice layering combo with the matte ones. They blend very easily, and the fact that they are housed together in one neat palette just seals the deal. And a bonus? I used a mixture of the matte brown shades to fill in my brows today, and it works!
There are other smiliar mostly matte creamy eyeshadow palettes of course... for example Urban Decay Basics palette, and in terms of quality and color range, you can also build your own neutral matte from Inglot (I think the creaminess and pigmentation is very comparable to Inglot eyeshadows).
Some close ups of the palette -
You can see how smooth the eyeshadows are even in the pan...
I think this is quite a warm matte palette... and while they are matte, they are by no means flat/ chalky/ powdery at all.
I used the palest shade as a brow bone highlight, and blended all the other shades together on my eyes. Overall, a very easy failproof (safe, very comfort zone) type of smokey eyes. Can I do this look with the gazillion of other neutral eyeshadows that I already own? Of course! But do I want a TF palette that I can use for everyday smokey neutral look? Yes!
Skin is looking a little crappy due to a post camp trip... but sorted that out quite quickly with my Aseop parsley seed mask & followed up with Clarins Lotus Face Oil (bam, overnight, skin is cured and back to 'normal').
All products used:
face - Sulwhasoo Snowise BB Base, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation, set with Chanel Loose Powder
concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy finish
brows - Shiseido brow compact, set with MAC beguile brow set
eyes - TF Cocoa Mirage, Heavy Rotation Liquid Liner
lashes - falsies from Japan (no brand), YSl Faux Cils
lips - NARS Satin Lip Pencil Timanfaya, Larger than Life Gloss Bimini (from the Spring 2014 Collection)
Tee - Cheap Monday Graffiti
*** later on in the day I used NARS Short Circuit as an OMBRE (wooooo OMBREEEE!!) stain in the centre of my lips. Suddenly felt the whole full lips and eyes thing very heavy going.
pics below taken with my iphone5
Things we do... take selfies while getting ready.
A close up pic of the lippies I used:
I have been making a few 'good deal' purchases lately, for example, this pair of Tom Ford shades that I randomly saw at Tangs for ONLY $129!!!
A close up of the outfit from this LOTD - my new Cheap Monday graffiti tee, old navy rockstar skinny jeans, new look studded flats, Givenchy Pandora. Comfy and nice!
Another similar outfit I wore a couple of weeks back, red checkered shirt (on sale, Zara) paired with white tee, old navy boyfriend pants, River Island flats, studded bracelet, MK rosegold watch, same Givenchy bag
New camera! Haven't gotten to play with it much yet, but I love how cute and compact it is! Canon Powershot N ($399).
Graphic tee in the background is from ASOS.
Also got myself a new pair of running kicks from my recent trip tp JPO, a plain all black NIKE Free Run 5.0 - this is men's size.. cos I have big feet. Comfy, and cushiony. Goes with my jeans and running gear.
And in view of the upcoming NARSissist Palette
, I arranged this little stash of my NARS neutral eyeshadows. Not pictured are 5 more singles, which aren't exactly in the neutral famliy.
I already have these shades that will be in the NARSissist Palette...
Ashes to Ashes
These are the other shades in the palette which I don't already own (mostly from existing eyeshadow duos).
(All About Eve #1)
and the rest show in the pictue are:
And wooohooo! I finished another loose powder - Chanel Loose Powder. Took me a few years and some straying... but I am done with this! One of the best loose powders out there. Sets my makeup for the day.
Hope everyone have a great week ahead!
Thanks for reading!