I start this post with something of a confession: I suck at eye makeup. I have my concealer and eyebrow routines down to a T, but when it comes to applying liquid eyeliner or creating a smokey eye, I am pretty rubbish. It doesn’t seem to matter how much practice I get or how many tutorials I watch, I still seem unable to improve my skills. We can’t all be good at everything, I guess…
Despite my challenges in the eye makeup category, I have recently become a little obsessed with finding reasonably priced, vegan alternatives to meet my lust for glamorous, glittery shades and powders. In particular, I was desperate to get my hands on loose powder to use on my eyes, as well as a dupe for my once-beloved Naked 3 palette. I’m happy to say that with the help of some favourite and newly discovered brands, I’ve come up trumps.
E V E R Y D A Y E Y E S
I’m not one to bother very much with my eyes on a day-to-day basis; usually, it’s a flick of mascara and little else. Sometimes, though, I like a muted, matte shade on my lids and some eyeliner. The Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Essential Mattes 2 is one of my favourite recent discoveries. It has a great range of shades for everyday wear, they’re really well pigmented for the price (£4!) and last for a good while, especially when applied over my e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow Primer.
P A R T Y E Y E S
I would never describe myself as a social butterfly, but I do find myself with more plans than normal around Christmas – even if it’s just the office party or a nice meal with friends. I like to use the festive season as an excuse to make more of an effort with my eye makeup, and have been on the hunt for loose glitter shades that are vegan friendly for a while. I was thrilled to find a wide range available from Lily Lolo, and quickly snapped up three of their mineral eyeshadows in Moonlight, Bronze Sparkle and Parma Violet. Moonlight is a deep purple shimmer, Bronze Sparkle is a coppery gold shimmer and Parma Violet is a gorgeous matte lilac. Their website is very easy to use, with the ingredients sections specifying vegan friendly products.
After reading some mixed reviews, I decided to also try e.l.f.’s Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow which I purchased in Toast (bright gold), Celebration (cool silver) and Festivity (browny purple). The “whipped gel” texture does take some getting used to but I actually find it pretty versatile, in that you can either just swipe from the top for a more understated look, or scoop out a finger full for a bold eye which will last all evening. Recently I wore Toast over a dusty pink matte shade, building it up until I’d achieved the desired coverage. And if you haven’t seen Celebration in action for my snow queen look, then you can check that out here.
I’m very pleased with the new additions to my eye makeup collection. They all offer durable, highly pigmented shades, and encourage a novice like me to get experimenting! Do you have any cruelty-free recommendations?