I don’t know anyone who works in the beauty industry who doesn’t have a bit of a soft spot when it comes to a good neutral eyeshadow; we know that as beguiling though blues and turquoises are, nothing opens and flatters an eye like a smudge of chocolate or whisper of warming copper. If you’ve yet to turn to the bronze side, here are two palettes with distinctly different effects that I’m slightly mad for at the moment //
ESTEE LAUDER BRONZE GODDESS SHIMMERING NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE / This one is the best ‘I live in the South of France and am therefore permanently sunkissed’ palette I’ve ever seen. On the left hand side of the palette five shadows ranging from pale pink to a deep caramel (these aren’t matte, but slightly reflective and day/office friendly) and on the right three ultra-shiny shades to use as an accent or as a highlighter (I just dab a bit onto the bit just above my lashes and blend as I have done in the below picture to give my eyelid dimension). You’ll need lashings of mascara and bronzer to complete the ‘bronze goddess’ look.
MAYBELLINE THE NUDES PALETTE / I can be a touch snooty about inexpensive shadows on account of having often found them to have poorer textures and less densely-pigmented formulas, but I promised to look into good options for tighter budgets and this one came highly recommended. It’s so good that I’ve been spurred on to explore realms of more affordable make-up. Twelve shimmery and matte shades, this covers everything from a cocoa daytime eye (like I’ve done below) to a soft bronze or mink shimmer. Also: not texturally inferior to more expensive brands or with poor colour pay off. And, yes, lesson learned: I’ll leave my snob at the door next time I’m browsing eyeshadow.