The other day I realised that I've only posted one PURPLE EOTD so far - gaaahhhh! It's not because I don't adore purple eyeshadow (oh but I do!), I actually wear it probably once per week, but my camera doesn't seem all that keen on capturing the beauty of this particular hue - it tends to make it look more blue than purple, or even a bit murky & muddy, and consequently there just haven't been that many pics worthy of posting. Well that was until this week when I went all out to find a blend of pigments that my camera just couldn't argue with, and here it is...
Interestingly, the shadows are made by what I'd call a bargain brand - L.A.Colors, which is a range you find in those discount bin variety stores where they sell anything and everything. This particular palette is called Venus, and it truly is a goddess collection of purples, all for the exceptionally wallet-friendly price of $6.99. These are baked shadows and really pop when applied with a damp brush. For this look, I blended the bottom two colours over a gel base.
This was also the perfect opportunity to try out the new Face of Australia Budge-Proof Gel Eyeliner in Pure Purple. Using a gel eyeliner as a base is my absolute favourite and most trusted way of showing off a powder shadow to its best advantage, as well as ensuring it lasts through the day.
This particular gel takes a lot longer to dry than others in my kit, which was a darn nuisance the first few times I used it, but now I'm enjoying the extra time that it gives me to press on the powder before it sets. Pure Purple is a gloriously bold deep violet, far more pigmented than the MNY Painted Purple tattoo, more true purple than either Mirenesse Purple Tart or Virgin Violet, and pretty good value for $9.95. I also have it in Brilliant Blue, but that's for another day :-)
The gel is creamy and shimmery and has a brush built into the lid - the bristles are quite petite and fine, so I used one of my own flat brushes to plaster it over my lid, but the one it comes with would probably work well if you wanted to actually use it as liner (ha ha what a thought - using a liner...as a liner!).
I have quite a few of these L.A.Colors shadows, and will gradually give you a glimpse of them in the months ahead. The non-baked ones aren't quite as spectacular, but one or two of the pans in each of the regular palettes I have are true beauties :-)
Take care of you,