I picked two colors of the new Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow by Wander Beauty, a brand that appeared lately on Sephora's website (it's only online at the moment). It was an easy choice, as Dove Gray looked kind of taupy, and Bronze is, well, a bronze (looked more like sand-blasted copper in the tube, and closer to a rose gold on skin). Both were hard to resist.
From the Sephora directions "Just apply to the eyelid, directly from the doe-foot applicator, and blend outwards using a makeup sponge or your fingers, building with additional coats for a more dramatic effect. " I could already guess that these Wander Beauty liquid shadows were going to be on the sheer side, but I don't mind a light wash of color that can be layered, as long as the texture and finish are good. And they are, for an eye gloss.
I was a bit unsure the first time I applied them. The sheer shimmery liquid made me worried I'd end up with a less pigmented glittery mess, similar to the wretched YSL Full Metal Shadow I bought last year. But the result was closer to the old Paul & Joe Eye Gloss (I actually loved those things). It was easy to apply and blend, layered nicely without too much fuss and never flaked off after setting. These liquid shadows do take a little while to dry, and remain a bit tacky for a while, but I don't mind, because I take my time with the rest of the makeup anyway.
Once set, the Wander Beauty liquid shadows stay put and maintain the nice glossy finish for 6-8 hours. It's not Armani, for sure, but they're easier to work with, and like any eye gloss can be used as a top coat for other eye shadows. The colors turn out more muted on the lid (over various primers), but with quite a bit of shine. I like them, but I don't mind metallic shimmer on my lids, so your mileage may vary.
Bottom Line: as long as you adjust your expectations.
Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadows ($26 each, made in USA) are available from Sephora online.
Above you have a makeup look focusing on the eyes where I used Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow in Dove Gray. Here's the full breakdown:
The Face shop Glow Date-prep Butter. It's a Korean product (available from Amazon) which I used as a sort of primer, but you should only do so if your skin is dry-to-parched. I'll review it soon.
Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer in Natural Radiance. Obviously, I was piling up the glow.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30.
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Translucent Powder. It's the closets to the now discontinued compact version that I loved beyond reason. I wish they'd bring it back.
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin (from a sample that reminded me how much I dislike this version. I don't need my primer to shine).
Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow in Dove Gray.
ColourPop Fast Lane eyeliner gel (the one in the pot). I smudged the line further than originally intended, so decided to just embrace it.
Barry M waterproof eyeliner pencil in Bold Black on the upper and lower waterline. It's a UK drugstore product that I bought through Amazon (probably paying twice than the original dirt-cheap price, but still worth it).
Touch In Sol Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect Mascara. It was part of a Sephora kit and it's alright. Nothing special, but it works.
Hourglass Mood Exposure Ambient Blush.
Lipstick Queen Cupid's Bow Golden Arrow.
Carolina amato scarf (I bought a bunch when Gilt had a big sale. They're mid-weight and perfect for the season).
SotD was an odd mixture of what was left from other things I wore that day: Ostara, L'Artisan La Chasse Aux Papillons, and vintage Nina Ricci Fleur de Fleur.