Thursday, December 06, 2007

Muted Beauty: 29 Cosmetics I-BLOCK Eye Shadows

Continuing their Napa Valley winery theme, 29 Cosmetics offer pretty eye shadow palettes, each one contains 4 well coordinated colors. The compact is elegant and feels luxurious, the colors are very wearable and blend well. Of course, there's also the claim that it's full of antioxidants and moisturizing components, but I can't tell you what if any is the effect of those. I'll talk about color and texture.

The one I chose, The Valley, has several of my favorite colors. The colors on the top are shimmers: a mauvish beige with a little taupe in it. The other one is an olive taupe that isn't too green. The matte colors look like a muted, toned down version of Nars Habanera. I wished for something like that for a long time, because as pretty as the Habanera colors may be, they are so out there I can only wear them at night, and even then a careful application and blending is a must. Here there's a light, creamy sage and a deep purply brown, both are neutrals and daytime ready.

I have to mention that these eye shadows aren't very pigmented. They all show up on my skin , but the look is tamed and always appropriate. Of course, if you're pale, your mileage may vary.

The texture is super-fine and melts into the skin. It blends perfectly and makes a beautiful, classy look. this palette has become one of my favorites for a casual morning look, but it can definitely be played up, especially on lighter skin tones. A primer is essential to make it last, otherwise the colors start to fade within 3-4 hours, which is my one and only complaint regarding quality.

29 Cosmetics is available at select Neiman Marcus store, and the company's own website.


  1. I've been looking for a new palette. The Valley looks like my colors. never heard of this company by the way, thank you for the information!

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