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Smoky eyes are here to stay. The look is everywhere, from the runway—we loved Clé de Peau’s rose gold take for Vera Wang—to the Oscars’ red carpet, where Amanda Seyfried rocked a lavender smoky eye. This collection, created exclusively for Birchbox, is the perfect kit for creating a subtle but still sultry smoky eye. Each set includes two full-size eye shadows, in Hot Toddy (bronze) and Tiramisu (dark brown), plus a full-size shimmer powder in Firelight (gold).
First, the colors I got didn't match the description. I got no tiramisu. Instead, I got a shade that was actually lighter than the hot toddy so the smokey eye directions are wrong. This stuff is almost pure glitter and sparkle more appeasing to a teenager. A tiny amount sends your eyes into a shimmer like crazy - and you can barely tell the color of the shadow underneath. The price on this makes this a big miss with me. I needed a simple, daytime smokey eye. Since the colors aren't the same, I can't achieve it with the set, but further - it's not subtle... AT ALL.2
While all of these colors are gorgeous, the pigment is a little to overpowering for my taste. I love a great neutral smoky eye but this is too much. I may try using a natural brush instead of synthetic to see if that changes the application. Like I said, colors are great but they are extremely bold.3
I applied these products in my typical "smoky eye" style and the three colors didn't complement each other very well. The shimmer powder and the Tiramisu looked good, but the Hot Toddy just threw the whole look off. I will probably just get rid of the Hot Toddy and add in a different color from the makeup that I already have. Overall, it was just "OK". It applied pretty easily with a good makeup brush and a lot of blending and it seemed to stay on throughout the day. If I had been going out that evening, I definitely would have had to reapply.3
The eye shadow I have used every day and I love the sparkle and bling it brings. The shimmer power I save for special occasions and have used it on my daughter for her dance recital. It creates a fabulous sparkle and glow.4
Firstly, I love that these powders are pure and for sensitive skin. I'm definitely thinking about investing in more of Altima pure products once I use up my other products. The hot toddy color is a little too orange for my skin, but tiramisu is a great darker color for when I want to do a smokey eye. I LOVE the shimmer powder for highlighting, it adds a perfect luminescence to add more definition to my face! It's a great little package!4
This product is fun to use and the colors match my style perfectly. It gives a nice shimmer without being too in your face.4
I love the colors in this collection! They go on and blend together well. The only complaint I have is that the colors aren't more intense.4
I really really love the colors, they blend very well and look amazing. will get this product again for sure4
The colors of the shadows are great for any skin tone and really make eyes pop! I love them and the shimmery powder makes your skin really glow.4
I gave this to my sister in law for Christmas and she is still gushing about how wonderful it is. Looks like I'll have to order it for me also!4