Yesterday, I tried out my new L'Oréal Studio Secrets Eye Intensifier eyeshadow and eyeliner for a Christmas party. And the verdict is... I like them very much.
The concept of the Studio Secrets Professional range is that by using make-up colours that are complementary (or contrasting) to your eye colour, you can intensify certain shades in your natural eye colour and make them stand out. For example, if you have brown eyes, you might want to bring out the gold tones.
My eyes are a mid-dark brown colour, so I picked a blue (shade 552) eyeshadow from the "brown eyes" range, and a blue (shade 650) eyeliner from the "dark eyes" range. There was a blue eyeliner in the "brown eyes" range too but it was a bit too cobalt for me.... mine is a more subtle grey-blue.
Both the eyeliner and eyeshadow are metallic and a little shimmery (but not so shimmery that you can't see the colour itself).
I find that L'Oréal eyeshadows are not usually very pigmented, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this Studio Secrets eyeshadow brushed on nice and dark... mmmm. Applied over a primer (I'm loving e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer at the mo) and nude base colour, it blends really well, so you don't end up with harsh lines.
The eyeliner lead is soft and creamy and glides on without pulling the skin.
As promised, the blue shades flatter my brown eyes and don't look as harsh as I thought they would. I usually struggle to create smokey eyes because sooty greys and blacks overpower my natural eye colour... and then I just look dull and tired. And brown shades can look a bit dowdy on me. But the blues work! Who'd have thought.
You can find the L'Oréal Studio Secrets range in larger Boots and Superdrug stores in its own separate display.
Here's me wearing the eyeshadow and eyeliner: