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.