I love blue eyeshadow even if its the one colour most people fear. The trick is in wearing it so you don’t look like someone punched you in the eye, or that you just stepped out from the 80’s when blue eyeshadow ruled. I like wearing just a touch of blue on the lid or close to the lash line and then use a grey or black to blend it out.
I recently came across 2 blue eyeshadow palettes I just had to share in a Save and Splurge edition :D
Do you see how I might have thought so? :D
Both palettes from 2 different ends of the price spectrum contain interesting blue shadows and good crease and highlight shades. Lets see how they stack up, briefly.
Save: Rimmel Glam Eyes HD Eyeshadow Palette in Royal Blue – RM35.90 (Review here)
A lovely inexpensive palette from Rimmel in a very pretty Union Jack layout. I’ve told you about the practicalities of the palette (quite impractical) but I will say that the colours are well pigmented with a soft shimmer that isn’t over the top. Royal Blue has, as its base colour, a pretty teal shade that makes a very good lid shade without being too bright. At the wallet friendly price, you could use this as a practise palette to ease yourself into blue shadow :)
Splurge : Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Les Aqua – RM190 (Review here)
If you love blue eyeshadow and budget allows for it, splurge on the Guerlain Les Aqua palette. The texture and colour pay off is super and the colours are soft and blend well. There are 4 different textures in this palette, and the colours are bright and vibrant on the skin. The navy blue in particular deserves mention for being a gorgeous colour you can use to line your eyes, for accenting purposes, or as an all over smokey eye blended with the deep gray. Beautiful palette!
Here are some comparison swatches of the 2 palettes – want to hazard a quick guess which swatch belongs to which palette ?
Have you made your guess? Answer will be below ;)
I do like both palettes but if I had to give one up, I’d give up the Rimmel one. Its not the price that’s the concern. Its the quality, texture, colour and above all, usability that sways me in favour of the Guerlain Les Aqua palette. Each pan is large and laid out in a simple easy to use design, and brushes pick up the colours well and deposit them on skin easily.
However, if you have been lusting after the Guerlain Les Aqua palette but are loathe to shell out the money for a palette you may not use very often, then the Rimmel Glam Eyes HD Royal Blue palette is a good budget buy. If you have been wanting to try wearing blue eyeshadow but aren’t sure how best to start, start with the Royal Blue palette… and then work yourself up to Les Aqua ;)
Do you own either palette I’ve featured here? Do you like blue eyeshadow as I do, or are you afraid of channelling that dreaded 80’s look? Do you have a favourite bright blue eyeshadow palette to share?
Rimmel Glam Eyes HD Eyeshadow palette Price: RM35.90 at Rimmel counters at major pharmacies; Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Price: RM190 at all Guerlain counters
Save and Splurge is where I show you similar items by different brands that I have tried. They may not work quite the same way, but it’ll offer you options for your wallet for a similar effect/product. Do note however, that it is based on products I have tried, so whilst there are many save and splurge options out there, these are my views. You can find more under the category of Challenges.
Answer: (1) Rimmel Royal Blue palette (2) Guerlain Les Aqua