We are now at that awkward stage of winter soon going into spring. So - how to choose your eyeshadow?
This winter, berry/plum shades have been the ultimate trend for lips as well as eyes. The burnt orange tones have also had their fame over the Christmas period, but I just haven't been able to move on; I think they definitely can work almost all year round, especially now that spring is just around the corner. The classic nudes are a given - natural, versatile, everyday colours which can be developed into dramatic, smokey looks - you can never go wrong with a nude palette. For these selections of plum, orange and nude, I have narrowed down my top 3 palettes for the winter to spring transition.
1. Morphe Brushes, 35W Warm Palette
I have had this palette for a good few weeks now (maybe a month) and have used it every day. I've chosen this palette for the winter-spring list due to its wide range of shades, ranging from nudes to browns to plums and greys so that you can create a different look every time and the variety opens up countless options to match to the ocassion, outfit or mood. At only £15.95 (available at beautybay.com with free delivery) and with 35 colours available in the palette, it is incredibly affordable, great value and great product quality. It also offers shimmery as well as matte colours, although there are definitely more shimmery ones and only a few matte. All colours are well pigmented, easy to blend and all go well together, making it super easy to create any desired look.
2. KIKO Milano
(137, 244, 283)
These are individual colours from the Infinity Eyeshadow range, my most recent purchases from the KIKO Milano sale, at £2.80 each (available online at kikocosmetics.com) 137 is ideal for the winter-spring transition, a very deep pink - almost red, shimmery, warm tone to brighten up a wintery look. This one works best when blended with a nude pink shade, creating a natural yet popping look. 244 is a beautiful, pearly violet ('Pearly Orchid Violet') which can be blended with a light peach tone in the corners and a deep plum for the outer section of the eyes. Finally, 283 is the only matte selection from this trio, in the shade 'Mat Dark Blue', perfect for a more dramatic look. It goes well with 244 as well as light greys, blended to create an enlarged eye look. These KIKO eyeshadows are very pigmented, have limited fall-out and the Infinity range has some really great, versatile colours to choose from.
3. The Balm Cosmetics, The Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Palette
The Balm are a great quality brand, and their Voyage Vol. 2 palette is currently available at TKMaxx for £16.99 rather than it's usual price of £26.The palette contains not only eyeshadows but also a highliter, bronzer, 2 shades of blusher and two lip balm colours. This is perfect for an on-the-go situation as it has everything in one place. The eyeshadow colours in particular are reasonably varied from light to dark - Bienvenue, Tervetuloa and Welcome being the natural, nude colours available for an everyday look this season. I chose to add this to the list as it is another very recent purchase of mine which I'm incredibly happy with - it's travel-friendly so that you can alway have everything you need at easy reach to create a cold (Welcom/Failte with Bienvenue) or warm look (Tervetuloa with a blend of Bienvenue and Welcome)