Monday, May 7, 2018

One Palette, Three Looks (Series) - Look 1 Using Shayla X ColourPop Perception Palette

If you follow me on Twitter, I am sure you have seen me tweet about the Shayla X ColourPop Perception Eyeshadow Palette. I purchased this palette with my own money, and I am sure glad that I did. For only $23, the palette includes 16 super pigmented shadows in a variety of colors and finishes.  The palette was a collaboration between YouTube beauty sensation Shayla and ColourPop. If you are familiar with Shayla's channel, something she always comments on when reviewing a palette from any brand, is if it has a mirror or not. Like many makeup lovers, she strongly prefers her palettes to come with a mirror. She also prefers eyeshadow palettes that display the color name below each shadow.  These are qualities that I really appreciate in an eyeshadow palette, and I am glad to see her stay true to her preferences. This is one of my favorite things about brands collaborating with beauty bloggers/YouTubers, etc. The individuals that these brands are choosing to collaborate with really love makeup. They have a lot of it, and for this reason alone, they know what many consumers want in their beauty products.

I am a big fan of ColourPop, and their Yes, Please palette is one of the most used palettes in my stash these days.  However, while the Yes, Please palette is a great color scheme and the shadows are textured to perfection, I do find myself wishing that it had a mirror and that I could see the names of each colors beneath each shadow, rather than on the back. 

In addition to the Perception eyeshadow palette, Shayla launched an entire collection with ColourPop including lipsticks, a lip gloss, and two highlighters. She said that she made the collection hoping that there would be something in it for everyone. 

Shayla, this palette feels like it was made for me!  I love it so much, that I decided to use it as the first in my new series, "One Palette, Three Looks."  With brands launching new palettes on the regular, some of us are scooping up the next popular palette without looking at what we may already have in our collection. However, not all of us can afford to purchase new products whenever they come out. My goal with this series, is to help you get the most out of your makeup. I chose this palette for a few different reasons. First, it is affordable.  Second, it has a large variety of colors and finishes, which lends itself perfectly to this type of series. Finally, I really love this palette! 

Here is how I created look #1 using the Perception Eyeshadow Palette:

After applying my base, and completing my face makeup, I applied NudeStix concealer in Light #3 to my eyelids as a base. You can apply any matte concealer that matches your skin tone or is within a few shade ranges of it. If you prefer to use an eye primer, you can, but I wanted the nude color to show through on the lid, as I did not apply eyeshadow along the eyelid, focusing most of the color along the lash line, and just above my crease.

Next, I took Urban Decay's 24/7 glide-on eye pencil in Radium (travel size) and followed along the upper lash line starting just where my pupil begins, drawing the line out and winging it up slightly.  These pencils dry and set quite quickly, so it is important to blend before moving on to the next eye.  Taking a Sigma pencil brush, I then blended the pencil up and inward to define the crease of my eye.  See the shape that I made with the pencil and pencil brush below:

Next, using the same pencil brush, I picked up the color called 14 from the Perception palette.  This is a metallic navy that is so much more pigmented than I expected it to be! You only need to pick up the tiniest amount on your brush. Using this navy shadow, I traced over the pencil and blended it into the crease.  As you can see from the above photo, the resulting look is quite strong.  I then took a clean blending brush, without any product on it, and blended out the blue shadow just above the crease so that it faded, keeping it strongest only at the outer edge of the eye.

Using a small flat brush, I picked up a mixture of Culture (matte soft brown) and Revenge (matte red brown) from the palette and gently smudged it along the lower lash line. Using the same small, flat brush, I dipped it back into the same mixture of brown shadows and brushed a line just above the natural crease of my eye to create a softer version of a cut-crease. I blended (very softly) the brown into the blue where they met, being careful not to over blend.

When using blue eyeshadow, one must be careful not to emphasize any natural blueness in the under-eye area.  It is very important to use a good concealer and/or color corrector if need be to cancel out any blue tones naturally occurring in the face. To brighten things up a bit, I took Unbothered from the palette (an ivory with peach flecks) and blended it into the inner corner of the eyelid. Depending on your skin tone, you may want to pick up just a smidge of Culture to blend it back onto the eyelid with. Since I am so fair, Unbothered worked alone for me to brighten up the look.

I lined my lower waterline with a bronze eyeliner before filling in my brows and applying mascara to top and bottom lashes.

Here is the final look:

Yesterday, the weather was absolutely beautiful in Chicago, and I wore this eyeshadow look out and about all day, and it lasted until I removed it that evening. I look forward to creating many more looks with this palette.  Make sure you are subscribed so that you don't miss out on the other two looks that I will be creating with this palette in my One Palette, Three Looks series. 

If you have any specific colors that you want me to work with from this palette or types of looks you would like to see, please let me know in the comments below. 

What other palettes would you like to see in this series?

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