It was a beauty emergency. Just before the move and the frenzied packing I misplaced my most-used basic eye shadow: Le Metier de Beaute in Nude. It's a seemingly nondescript matte beige color that not only blends with just about anything else I use, but is also just a smidge of a shade lighter than my skin, so it opens up the brow bone and makes everything look better. But I couldn't find it (two weeks later I discovered that I placed it in my purse, thinking this way it would be accessible at all times. Ha!). I needed something quickly and the seven minute drive to Neiman Marcus seemed too much (more the parking situation at the Plaza and the place itself. I really wish Neiman would relocate to Riverside Square Mall, which is infinitely better).
On the way to Whole Foods I dropped by Ulta and looked for a quick fix. You'd think that finding a perfect nude matte eye shadow should be easy, but it was the age-old story of too pink, too yellow, too shimmery, too grainy... Until I looked at the Baked Matte Satin eye shadows by Lorac, and it was clear that Posh was as close as I'd be able to get to perfection that day.
It's an exact match to my skin (hence no swatches. It just doesn't photograph well on my arm), has a very fine texture that doesn't flake or crease and plays nicely with any other eye makeup I'm wearing. It lacks that superior feel of the LMdB, both in the perfect silkiness and in the way Nude almost highlights, but it's still an excellent eye shadow and a great alternative.
Bottom line: I think I might need the Baked Matte Satin eye shadows in Insider (indigo blue) and Social (walnut brown).
Lorac Baked Matte Satin Eye Shadow ($22) is available from Ulta and Sephora, online and in store.
All photos by me.