I told you I was going to do it. I fell deeply in love with the Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Smoky Suedes Eye Palette I was sent last month, so I could not resist buying its sibling, The Smouldering Eye Palette. Because blue eye shadow.
I already talked about the wonderful texture and pigment intensity in the other Olivia Palermo x Ciaté palette. I get the most satisfying looks when using my stiffer lay-down brushes, such as Hakuhodo J121G (horse hair) and J127 (same), and blending with the gentlest, fluffiest ones (Hakuhodo S142 is probably the best for this purpose). I don't know what Olivia Palermo thinks of Fergie and her Wet'n'Wild collection, but I find that the primer from that line is the perfect companion to these eye shadows.
The eye shadows in the Smouldering Eye Palette give kind of a moody ambiance. Blue and aubergine can be rather flamboyant, but there's no hint of the 80s in this palette. The colors are opaque but not bold, and the results I get are wonderfully season-appropriate. And have I mentioned how much I enjoy the texture?
Here are the colors:
Top row, left to right-
Camo (murky olive, almost metallic smooth finish that leans bronze)
London (smoky charcoal, matte)
Pisces (gray pearl with smooth bright shimmer)
Double Denim (dark indigo, between satin and shimmer, not as bright as in the pan)
Butler (same as in the green Suede palette, a matte ivory beige)
Bottom row, left to right:
Amaretto (matte aubergine that leans brown)
Mulberry (high shimmer and slightly brighter aubergine)
Penny Jar (stunning high shimmer complex color that looks anywhere between grayed purple and purpled taupe.
Blondie (matte medium greige that leans a bit cool)
Bottom Line: Very very satisfying.
Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London The Smouldering Eye Palette ($39, made in Italy) is a limited edition item, exclusive to Sephora.