Riviera Reverie

July 21st, 2015

July 21st, 2015

Between the mini-heatwave we recently enjoyed and holiday snaps on social media tempting us, we’re emulating the colours of the Mediterranean with bronze and blue hues on our eyes to capture that summer vibe.  And we’re not alone – Tom Pecheux’s bright blue eyes for Elie Saab S/S ’15 have been haunting our dreams, as has the bronze sweep at Givenchy, courtesy of Pat McGrath.  Stock up on some of these product picks to join us in our Riviera reverie.


Elie Saab – Source


Givenchy – Source

Bold Blues

There’s something about a vivid blue on eyes which shouts summer.  Forget your hesitations over 80’s blue eyeshadows, these latest shades are bright, sophisticated and oh-so modern.

Dip your toe with a flick of vivid cobalt liner against black lashes for an uncomplicated yet refreshing twist on the norm.  We love the punchy colour delivered by the YSL Shocking False Lash Effect Eyeliner in Majorelle Blue– the nib gets the balance right between rigid and flexible, and you have two other colours to choose from depending on how bright you dare to go.


Our love affair with blue eyes was sparked earlier this year by Illamasqua and their #ToBeAlive limited edition collection.  Challenging us to re-think our relationship with colour, we fell head over heels for their Spirit Palette, filled with three powder shadows and the most beautiful icy blue cream shadow.  Wear alone or worked into a smoky azure eye – but be quick, before it’s gone for good!

IllamasquaTBA IllamasquaSpirit

If you prefer a deeper, peacock-esque shade, we are officially obsessed with the new Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize cream eyeshadows.  The Cleopatra shade is a stunning metallic green-blue, as rich as a deep lagoon and light as air in texture.  They’re beautifully pigmented, so these dinky glass pots should actually last quite well.


Recently we had the chance to play with some of the latest products from Glo & Ray, and we were drawn to the unusual texture of their Mirage Mousse Eyeshadow.  Their unusual Multi Silky-Wax Complex provides a seamless silky feel that, with a simple touch, creates a misty mirage effect with a hint of shimmer.  It’s firmer than you would expect from a mousse, but the colour that comes away when you press into it is undeniable.  The shade Egyptian Ocean caught our eyes instantly!


While at IMATS we swung by the Graftobian stand and found their Luster Powders to be silky smooth and strong in pigment.  Create Grecian-inspired eyes with a mixture of Morningstar Turquoise and Bronze Sun.  As a bonus, these loose pigments work well elsewhere on the body allowing you to double your use of them.

Galliano S/S15 - Source

Galliano S/S15 – Source

Bronze Goddess

Bronze shades are fantastically flattering and can temper or emphasise a pop of blue, depending on the look you’re after.  Softer than black but with real depth of colour, a couple of bronze shades in your arsenal will go a long way.

Ideal no matter your budget, the Maybelline Colour Tattoo cream shadow in On & On Bronze makes a fantastic base.  It’s not overwhelmingly shimmery, and the colour is complex enough to make it very versatile.  Definitely one of the best cream eye shadows on the high street!


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eyepencil in Smog is one of our favourite bronze liners, and is perfect for creating a long-lasting smoky eyes.  Use on the waterlines to intensify without closing the eye in as much as a black pencil would.  These liners have an incredibly long-lasting formula and come in every colour under the sun.  Needless to say, their eyeshadow in the same shade is also a winner!


At IMATS we also got to play with the rainbow-hued products from Make-up Studio, originally from Amsterdam.  We were hugely impressed by their range of products and stunning shades.  Their Lumiere baked eyeshadows caught our eye, particularly in the shades Chestnut Gold, for a bright and warm bronze, or Citrine Gold, which was a stunning paler bronze colour.


Chestnut Gold

While it’s not always handy to carry single shadows around compared to a palette, we make an exception for the stunning L’Oreal Color Riche L’Ombre Pure Monos.  There are so many fantastic shades, but Quartz Fume is very unique and makes a fantastic deepening crease shade to really transform a look.  They’re extremely soft and pigmented for such an affordable brand.


Inglot’s overwhelming colour options can be quite daunting, but among their browns and coppers we’d highlight their Freedom System eyeshadows #409 and #406 – the former is quite darkened and cool, with a pearlised finish, while the latter is brighter, warmed and more metallic.  Both have the intense pigmentation and buttery formula we’ve come to expect from the Polish brand.


Inglot #406 – Source


Inglot #409 – Source

That are your favourite bronze and blue shades? Leave your comments below, or tweet us @Warpaint_Mag!



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