I'm going through a brown eyeshadow phase at the moment. I recently went out looking for my ideal brown eyeshadow (slightly taupe, with no red or purple undertones), and ended up finding four really useable browns, pictured below...
- MAC Paint Pot in "Constructivist"
- Sleek Eye Dust in "Dirty"
- Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in "Underground"
- The Body Shop Eye Colour in "32 Chocolate"
Swatches in same order (applied dry with finger):
A slightly bronze brown, with just a hint of shimmer. I bought this because it went on so opaque (it's not very reflective, so you get more of the colour showing) and doesn't budge once it's on. It's a nice colour, but I haven't quite got the hang of applying it yet because it dries so quickly and is hard to blend once it's dry. I'm currently using it as a base under dry shadows, until I work out the best way to use it!
A dark, shimmery, rich chocolate brown pigment. It looks a little red-toned in the swatch photo but it genuinely doesn't look like that in real life. This is such a nice colour and packs a punch when applied... it's so intense. Being a loose pigment, it does deposit itself all over my cheeks when used dry, but I can put up with that (actually it's quite annoying when I try to wipe the dots off, and end up smearing them into lots of little brown lines... but hey). This pigment turns into a beautiful metallic brown paste when used wet (which also means no fallout). I couldn't believe this was only £2... what else can you get these days that cost £2?!
A really pretty, shimmery "medium fawn" as described by Urban Decay. This is the most sparkly of the four colours I bought, but also the most foolproof to wear. It's a warm taupe with multi-faceted shimmer and it lights up my eye area as soon as I swipe it on. I really can't describe the prettiness of this colour - you just have to see it for yourself in real life in a store. If you have a soft spot for taupes, you'll fall in love with this colour. Oh, and the packaging is cute too (albeit slightly excessive for a single eyeshadow).
This was a surprise buy because I rarely like any of the make-up at The Body Shop... but this is a fantastic dark, taupe brown eyeshadow. It has more grey in it than the other colours I bought and is much more pigmented than you would expect. The packaging is a bit flimsy, but I love the grey-brown colour and the pigmentation so never mind.
In the photo at the top of this post, I am wearing Urban Decay "Underground" as the largest area colour, The Body Shop "Chocolate" on my lids, and Sleek Eye Dust "Dirty" as a liner on both upper and lower lash lines (used wet). I also tried my Ardell individual eyelashes with just latex glue as opposed to the permanent glue that they're meant to be used with.