There was a time when I avoided purple eyeshadow like the plague, for it was renowned to make one look bruised in the eyes if not done well. If it weren’t for Dior introducing me to the deep purple liner shade in my Mystic Smokys palette that I was gifted for my birthday in 2011, I wouldn’t have discovered just how alluring deep purple is for accentuating the eyes, nor would I have come to the realisation that purply taupes is the best transition shade for my skin tone, and I certainly wouldn’t have reached the point of using lilac as a highlighting shade and shimmers to complete the look.
In my journey of searching for my favourite purple eyeshadow palettes, I came across some hits and misses (eg. Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow 08 Vanites didn’t suit my skin tone) and acquired some single shades that showed potential (like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow “Heather Mauve” and Estee Lauder* limited edition “Untamed Violet” single shadow from the Underground Violet Collection). But I have concluded that when it comes to purples it’s much better to spend one’s energy finding the right palette rather than on trying to piece together various single shadows from different brands.
My two favourite purple eyeshadow palettes share similarities in that it has a transitional taupey purple shade, except that the Estee Lauder has the shimmers integrated into the transitional colour, whereas the shimmers in the Dior palette is in the gold shade and there are more shades to work with as tranisitional colours. Both have an intense purple liner shade, and the highlighter shade in Estee Lauder is lilac, whereas Dior‘s is pink.
Estee Lauder The Metallics – Pure Color Instant Intense Eyeshadow Trio – Steel Lilac*
This is my go-to purple palette for work when I want something quick and easy with just 3 shades. The key tip is to use a blending brush to fuse the colours together.
Dior 5 Couleurs Mystic Metallics – Constellation 864*
This is one of the few palettes that I can actually easily use all 5 shades in the palette. I use the deep purple as a liner, the darker purply taupe on the lids, the light mauve as the transition colour, gold accents on the centre of the lid, and shimmery pink for the brow bone.
Tom Ford Eye Color Quad – Violet Dusk
The other purple eyeshadow that is on my wish list is Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in “Violet Dusk” which my mum purchased to match her deep purple evening dress. The palette has more violet in the mid tone shades, and I was impressed at both how this palette instantly brightened my mum’s sallow complexion and made her eyes look more vibrant. Must acquire this palette by 2014.
Do you have a favourite purple eyeshadow palette?
Did anyone else also avoid purple shadow like the plague?
Products marked with an asterisk were provided for consideration.