Eyes Beauty Tip

Eyeshadow Makeup Tips That Make Sense

The best part of Almay’s Bright Eyes eyeshadow collection of products if for brightening the eye area. This version has two eyeshadows in one package, one a softer shade than the other, and each with a cream-to-powder finish.

Combining these or using them separately is supposed to create the intensity or brightening you need, but those traits can be attributed to most eyeshadow formulas, depending on the colors you choose. The cream-to-barely-powder finish helps create a sheer application but they remain creamy even after blending and are prone to creasing and fading.

If you like pressed powder eyeshadows, you may want to try Smooth Minerals eyeshadow from Avon. The main minerals in Avon’s formula are the same as those used in most eyeshadows, even though they’re not marketed or labeled as mineral makeup.

On a positive note, compared to other loose mineral powders, Avon took care to choose packaging that minimizes the mess, so if you’re extra careful, this works well as a silky-smooth powder eyeshadow with a finish that is either a sparkling shine (Bronzestone, Pixie Dust, Russet, and Pink Sapphire) or a soft shimmer (all the other shades). The shine stays in place reasonably well, though some flaking is inevitable.

The gray-blue Breeze shade is the only one to consider avoiding, unless you intend to apply it sheer. Eyeshadow Perfect Pro by DHC features three shades for shaping and shading the eyes, along with a thin strip of powder eyeliner. Shine is the name of the game here, but for those who prefer shiny eyeshadows these have a sumptuous, almost creamy texture that is a pleasure to apply and blend. Color payoff (including for the dark eyelining shade) is sheer, but the formula builds well and the shine tends to stay in place. Each of the sets is well coordinated, though what’s available is limited to say the least.

Revlon makes a great eyeshadow where the texture is smooth, the colors are soft and well-coordinated, and it blends well to a low-glow cream finish. What’s not to like? You can blend Revlon shades together to get a gradation of color and be able to shape and shade the eye (which is the purpose of eyeshadow). However, in some cases, even if your blending is precise, the formula tends to cause the colors to migrate into one.

If powder eyeshadows with obvious shine and sheer color payoff are what you’re after, Revlon’s option is worth exploring. This eyeshadow has a beautifully silky texture that isn’t the least bit "dusty" and it applies evenly. You can build more intensity, but keep in mind that doing so ups the shine ante, because with each layer you get more shine than pigment.