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Try This Eye: Gold + Cobalt Blue

I am fully on board the pop of color eye. Love an electric emerald, ultraviolet or shocking fuchsia shadow — instant, no-brainer cool. But too much POC can result in neon overload, a dangerous condition in which you slide from chic to Japanime, and people confuse you with the First Lady of Young Money.  Girls, I’ve been in this place. I was desperate for a respite from all the Crayola color…and then I found it, backstage at Just Cavalli’s spring show:

Gasp! So gorgeous! The models were wearing a wash of subtly sparkly, antiqued gold eyeshadow, punctuated by rich cobalt eyeliner. The combination of the soft metallic and bold blue managed to be both fresh and decadent — like a Midwestern teen model’s first night at Studio 54 — and I was sold. Thank heaven, two of my favorite eyeshadow brands launched metallic eye palettes for spring:

Estee Lauder’s Topaz Mosaic Pure Color Five EyeShadow Palette is both earthy and suitably glam! Comes with a vivid peach shimmer, a neutral taupe shimmer (great for browbone), rusty brown shimmer, champagne shimmer (beyond radiant blended onto the inner corners of the eye), and a bright, buttery matte shade. Gorgeous for spring, really.

Giorgio Armani Luce Collection Eye Palette #2 is honestly one of the prettiest metallic palettes I’ve ever laid eyes on. Though highly pigmented, the shades are creamy and soft — you’ll get just a kiss of delicately antiqued color on your lids. Mooaaan, I could die in these shades.

At Just Cavalli, the models’ gold-dusted eyes were rimmed in the richest, most stunning cobalt liner:  specifically, MAC Eye Kohl in Blooz, an intense shade with a hint of glam shimmer. Trace it along lashlines, and then smudge with a Q-tip for maximum hotness.


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  1. Jlynn719
    March 28, 2012 2:36 pm 

    Love it! I just bought Mac’s industrial eyeliner yesterday so this post is perfectly timed! Thank you!

  2. Lana
    March 28, 2012 3:38 pm 

    Running to the store to buy cobalt liner… seriously. So pretty!

  3. March 28, 2012 7:08 pm 

    That shimmery gold is stunning!