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This is a pretty good duo. I have worn the heck out of the beige shimmer that is infused with lots of gold. It makes a great base shade and mixes well with any color ever. It is very versatile. It can look very “natural” when worn with chocolatey browns such as MAC  Bronze or MAC Sable. It also wears nicely with blues, especially those with warmer undertones like MAC Tilt or the blue found in Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad Seashore Frosts worn in the crease. It does well with everything from orange to plum to navy. It provides nice coverage and is very pearly. I bought the duo for the orange shade. It is an orangey bronze with gold shimmer. It doesn’t pack as much of a punch and needs to be layered a few times for maximum impact. It isn’t a bad color it doesn’t have as much “drama” as I would like. Actually, when paired with the other color in the duo, it looks pretty netural and “work” friendly. It is a warm shade with a hint of glimmer. It looks nice with other metallic metal shades such as Milani Sun Goddess or MAC Amber Lights. It doesn’t pack a punch like MAC Orange or Rule but does pair nicely with those. Warm shades like this really make blue and green eyes pop. I usually do a wash of orange over the lid, apply black liquid liner, lots of mascara or false lashes and pair with my RIP Nars Taj Mahal blush. It looks great in the summer with a hint of bronzer and a sheer gold gloss like Milani Buzzy Worthy Lip Gloss in Busy Bee. I have found with this duo when it is applied wet it really doesn’t appear much more intense and that it has a tendency to crease. However, for the drugstore price tag I find that the lightest shade is worth the money. This compact really makes blue and green eyes pop.

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This L’Oreal Wear Infinité Eyeshadow in Forest is an OK compact. The colors are sheer but very buildable. I purchased this because I have been searching for a truly matte shade of green. These are greens with absolutely no shimmer. That being said, these are a little chalky but they do work. You can see them swiped on my hand below (ignore my shimmer, it appears to just ooze out of my pours). One is a light sage green and the other is a dried herb green. I usually wear the lighter shade all over the lid and the other green in the crease. I would pair it with a peach or nude blush and a little bit of a peach lipstick or gloss. This was a good everyday look and it went nicely with my dyed red hair. I imagine that this compact would wear nicely on natural and dyed red heads with pale skin. These colors are pretty sheer and I don’t see them showing up very boldly on medium to deep skin tones. I think these colors are a nice neutral without being brown, so that being said it could go with all hair colors. I would say that this is a good compact for lighter skin tones and I think it would look nice paired with brown or hazel or violet eyes.

This duo retails for under $6 and is available at drugstores and Ulta. I’ve used this duo to recreate a “classic” look of Ann Blyth. I usually wear this duo how I describe Ann Blyth’s look.

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Swiped on my hand.

This is the look that will never grow old. Thick, heavy eye makeup and nude lips will always scream sexy. To get Faye’s look using Stila products,  apply a sheer foundation such as Stila Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup and Stila Perfecting Concealer where needed. Lightly dust face with a loose powder such as Stila Hydrating Finishing Powder in your shade. Brush brows into place with just a hint of color with Stila Brow Polish in your shade. Apply the lightest shade from the Stila Eye Shadow Duo in Salome, this is a light warm shimmer, from lashline to brow bone. With the eyes open, blend the darker shade (the warm bronze) above the crease. Take the darker shade and lightly line the bottom lashline. Black “cat” eye makeup is a must. Apply Stila Liquid Liner in Black and extend out from the lashline. Now, take a dark shade such as the matte black from their Matte Eye Shadow, Makalu. Take a stiff liner brush and line over the liquid liner, blending up for a slightly smoky eye. Take the same liner brush and line the bottom lashes half way. This creates that “mysterious” eye look. Apply lots of black mascara such as Stila Major Lash Mascara. Cheeks are super nude. Apply the Stila Convertible Color in Peony. A little goes a long way for this look. Also, to make life even easier, you can apply the Convertible Color to lips with fingertips for a nude, matte lip look. If you want a little more sheen, Stila Lip Color in Emily is a nice nude. Or you can just apply a balm over the Convertible Color.

Weekly Cheap Secret: This is the first L’Oreal HIP product that I have purchased. I’ve been drawn to it because most drugstore items that claim to have tons of pigment don’t have it. Plus, the ads for this line are a bit cheezy and I always think the models would look better without the makeup. I love loud colors and tons of pigment but something about the application in the ads rubs me the wrong way. It is trying too hard and comes across and crude and brash. Anyways, I stumbled across this item. I was looking for a nice gold and I thought for $6 I’ll gamble. I got this stuff home and loved it. The gold in Gilded is a pure, super pigmented antique gold, so it is a gold with some dirty brown shimmer. It is thick and packs a punch. It looks great under shades and mixed with deep eggplants and rusts and even a matte chocolate brown. The other color isn’t too bad. It is a sooty black with lots of gold sparkled. It looks nice applied wet like a cake eyeliner. It has a nice shimmer. I have worn these two shades together and I wasn’t crazy about it. I felt their textures together wasn’t the best. It looked OK. It just looked like gold smoke. The black makes for a nice smoky eye mixed with bronzes and warm browns. The black doesn’t pack as much pigment as the gold. I just wanted to add that. I’m not disappointed, especially for the price. I’ve bought shadows from MAC that provided less pigment and wouldn’t blend as well. (Yes, I’m calling you out Electric Eel!) I’m very curious about some of the other shades, especially the purples and a few wines. I would love to try a few more.

Smeared on my hand.

Smeared on my hand.