There’s a formula to nude eyeshadow palettes: start with an ivory, bung in some shimmers/pearlescent shadows in beiges, browns and taupes, and finish up with a deep chocolate or black.
Variations to this are made – the addition of a mad ‘accent’ colour is currently de rigueur. Sometimes the black will be shot through with a more jazzy colour – purple, gold, cognac. On occasion a pure glitter colour will be added for those events when more is more.
Rare, though, is the palette without any bedazzling elements, one that sidesteps a panoply of finishes, or a colour that gets beauty journos talking. The reason for this is, quite sadly, that they are less marketable, though eminently more wearable.
Here’s one such palette by Becca that I’ve come to love. Their Ombre Nude Eye Palette won’t make you look wild or daring or thrilling. No. It’ll make you look sophisticated, ‘like you but better’ (please forgive me – that hackneyed expression is lazy of me indeed). It’ll enhance your eyes and nothing else. Sorry – that’s a lie – it’ll also condition your eyelids: Becca have infused the shadows with green coffee oils to gently stimulate circulation and soften skin.
Finally – and this is perhaps the thing about this palette that has me so enamoured – it may just acquaint you with the joys of subtly enhanced eyes. Oh and if you need a bit of glitz, layer a cream eyeshadow on top (I suspect you already know I always have a Chanel Illusion D’Ombre to hand to play with texture) and add a little kohl to your inner waterline.