Friday, December 12, 2014

SPOTLIGHT: Benefit, 1028 Visual Therapy, and Urban Decay Eyeshadows

Hey, everyone!

When I was getting into make-up, one of the things I was always very hesitant with wearing was eyeshadow. In my uni, everyone is quite laid-back and majority of the people wear almost minimal to no make-up, moreso eyeshadow. I just thought it might be overboard for an everyday look but then one day, I realized I didn't really care and from then I started wearing some wash of colour on my lids.

2 palettes and 1 eyeshadow kit later, I've fully embraced and now love eyeshadows almost as much as I love bases (and that's saying a lot). I do lean to the neutrals, and I don't think that's going to change anytime soon (or ever). I've compiled a bunch of my favourite eyeshadow colours and combinations that I may have worn consecutively for at least a week because I loved it so much.


Chopper from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

This is a rose gold shade and probably my favourite out of all the colours in the Naked 2 Palette. I used to ogle at this quite a bit and search for tutorials using this particular colour because I found it to be so pretty. This colour is quite uncommon for an eyeshadow (from those that I notice) and impossible to dupe. I make sure to blend this out quite well as it does have a tendency to make my eyes look a bit sick otherwise.

Half Baked from the Urban Decay Naked & Naked 2 Palettes

Gold is quite possibly my favourite colour so my love for this particular colour should be no surprise. I love how this is a neutral gold and has amazing colour pay-off which I look for particularly in gold shades. I remember using this first when I got my Naked 2 and I'll definitely be using it more in the future because of its versatility.

Shade #2 from the 1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes Palette

This is still somewhat neutral but I love how it's pink without making me look like I'm sick. It also has a lovely iridescent quality to it and the most similar shade I know is the NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Cassiopeia. I love using this either as a base colour or as an inner corner highlight.

Shade # 5 from the 1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes Palette

Brown eyeshadows are so essential and this one is no exception. Out of all the brown shades I own this is probably the lightest and comes out almost as a darker version of My Two Cents from Benefit (to be mentioned below). I really like blending it in the outer-v of my eye and I've been complimented a few good times for how pretty it comes out.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit + YDK from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

I talked about this combination previously in my October Favourites. Birthday Suit, an ash taupe with gold shimmer, is already a great colour on it's own and I wear this when I want a wash of colour on my lids. Combined with YDK however, its just a beautiful mix of both silver and gold that changes depending on the lighting. Because it's a powder shadow layered over a cream, it also stays on all day. Overall it's very brightening to the eyes and my favourite combination of the bunch.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in My Two Cents + Shade #3 from the 1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes Palette

This is another cream shadow that's more of a copper with gold shimmer when blended, and a little more bronze when layered. It's my favourite despite it being used least, because of the gorgeous colour. I wear it alone or with a bit of the 3rd shade from by 1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes Palette to make the colour a little more bronze and wearable.

What about you guys? What are your favourite eyeshadows, palettes, or combinations? Do you like wearing eyeshadow? Let me know in the comments below!

Review for the 1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes Palette

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1. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
2. 1028 Visual Therapy Brownie Eyes Palette
3. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit & My Two Cents


  1. Never say never on sticking to nudes! ;) I started off same as you, really wary of eyeshadows, then I fell in love with the Naked 3 palette and now I've weaned myself onto brighter shades of purple, green and copper, and I love it! :D xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    1. Hi there Katy! I used to want the Naked 3 palette so badly, but then I realized I just want one eyeshadow in that spectrum. Going to get MAC Cranberry soon! :)

  2. Loooove cream eyeshadows! I like to use it as a base and then apply powder foundation on top, it makes my eye makeup last all day!

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

    1. Hi Alyson! Cream eyeshadows are the best! They're so easy to use especially when you're in a hurry, too!

  3. I felt the same way when I first got into eyeshadow: it might be over the top for everyday wear but look at me now hohoho.

    I've been wanting to give cream shadows a try, and now I think I'll look into Benefit ones. Those shades look amazing. *A*

    1. Riiiight!! It's nice to be an eyeshadow convert! ^^

      Try them out! They have a lot of nice shades, but the champagne/brown/copper ones are the best!

  4. Urban Decar are like no other powder eyeshaddow, they're so pigmented and go on so lovely! x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

    1. Hi Charlotte! That's very true - they're the best that I've ever owned :)

  5. I absolutely love all of the Naked palettes, they have beautiful shades!

    1. Hi Amy! Yes, they do! Which among them is your favourite? :)