Splash of colour: Eye shadow palettes

Host of new eye shadow palettes available as summer gives way to autumn, writes Tama Lung


Now that the carefree days of summer are over and another fashion season has dawned, most of us are ready to add a bit more colour to our lives.

Make-up is without a doubt the easiest way to test out a new shade or jazz things up for a special occasion. And this autumn there are a host of new eye shadow palettes packed with fun colours to play with.

Make Up For Ever’s new Blue Sepia collection was inspired by 1950s style, French fashion and sepia photography. The eye shadow palette features eight rich shades, from light pink and pale beige to dark brown and “petrol” blue. It includes matte and satin textures, and two brushes that can be used on lids and brows.

Chantecaille has released another causerelated palette, this time in support of America’s wild horses. Proceeds from the Wild Horses Palette will go towards conserving their wild habitat, which has been reduced by more than 8.9 million hectares over the past 40 years. The equine-inspired colours include Black Stallion, Palomino (creamy beige), Mustang (chestnut brown) and Freedom (sunset pink).

Also featuring four colours plus a built-in eyeliner, Lancôme’s Hypnôse Palette comes in 12 different versions, from natural browns to intense smoky shades. The eye shadows are made with a “wet” technology that leaves an even veil of colour and can be applied wet or dry for varying intensities. The palette also includes extra-long magnetic applicators.

L’Oreal Paris’s Color Riche collection offers six compact palettes with creamy, concentrated pigments. Options include the daring Disco Smoking with orange accent colour, Eternal Blue with light to deep indigo shades and the sparkling Hidden Gems. Blend together for a strong evening eye or use the colours alone for a more subtle look.

Equally stunning – and portable – Guerlain’s L’Écrin 2 Couleurs eye shadow duos combine one pure colour and one sparkly or metallic texture for a range of mix-and-match options.

The eight new palettes for autumn offer something for everyone, from Two Rock’s green and black to Two Gossip’s plum and gold, and Two Candy’s white and pink.

Estée Lauder has taken the guesswork out of smoky metallic eyes with its new Pure Color Instant Intense EyeShadow Trios, seven sleek compacts with three metallic colours each. Each trio includes a base colour, contour shade and highlighter. The creamy, crease-resistant formulas can be applied wet or dry and are said to last up to 10 hours without fading.



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