Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Top 5: High End Neutral Eyeshadows


Months and months ago I set out to pick five of my favorite neutral eyeshadows from the drugstore which resulted in THIS post. Since then, I've been meaning to round up my most loved neutral eyeshadows on the pricier end but I've been putting off the task til now. Without further ado, these are my top five, go-to neutral shadows that get a lot more love than all the rest!

Surprisingly, only one taupe shade made it to the top and that honor goes to Urban Decay's YDK. It is a midtone taupe with the slightest hint of purple mauve leanings. I love these as an all over lid shade with a bit of a darker shade in the crease with liner. This shade has a bit of micro glitter but the issue is easily solved by tapping off the excess before application. This shadow is included in the Naked2 Palette if you don't want to splurge on the individual compact.

Inglot's AMC Shine 08 is one of my favorite eye brightening shades as the light gold really wakens my lids without being too dramatic. The shimmery finish is not too frosty but imparts a soft focus effect that looks great on its own or paired with matte crease shades.

The golden pink duo-chrome shadow in the Clinique Strawberry Fudge Duo is one of those transformative shadows that I never tire of swatching. In the pan the shadow looks like a baby pink but when swatched there is an apparent golden look that works wonder at brightening the eye.


When I'm in the mood for a more dramatic smokey look, Mac's Tempting is often what I turn to. This brown shade is ultra pigmented and easy to work with. I like to pack on the shadow to my entire lid and use a fluffy brush to soften up the edges for a three minute smokey eye. If you aren't feeling so daring, this also makes a nice crease shade. I get a lot of compliments when I wear this shadow which is another bonus!

Of course I had to choose a dark, defining shadow and that would be Urban Decay's Twice Baked. Although the dark brown shadow is loaded with golden shimmers in the pan, when swatched the glitters seem to disappear and you're left with a satin finish brown color perfect for the outer corner. The shadow is warm and cool toned depending on what colors you pair it with.

That wraps up my top picks for neutral shadows if you have a bit more money to spend. Check out the video below to see more swatches and the shadows up close!


What are your favorite high end neutral shadows? 

9 comments:

  1. Great picks - it's true, that Clinique eyeshadow looks so much more interesting when swatched!

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    1. The burgundy in that duo looks incredible as well! I think Clinique's shadows are quite underrated!

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  2. Nice picks :] They all seem to have a gold sheen to it in the light. I really like the clinique shade and twice baked.

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    1. The middle three shades have a golden tone but I think YDK is more mauve toned while Twice Baked is cooler.

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  3. I so wanted to try out the iglot's eyeshadow but the price just hinders me on trying out >_<

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    1. Inglot eyeshadows are actually quite reasonably priced! Each eyeshadow pan is $6 in the US but it will cost more for a palette since the case is sold separately. I bought my palette awhile ago and the price was $50 for the entire palette of 10 shadows which makes it quite inexpensive!

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  4. Love your picks! For some reasons, I never used YDK of my Naked 2 palette. I've been using bootycall & verve a lot, but I'm going to try out YDK tomorrow :D I'm curious about Clinique e/s now it looks go beautiful!

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    1. Hope you like YDK! It's a super easy shade to pull off :)

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  5. Nice! Thanks for sharing your picks :)

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