The Colors of Fall: Shadow Shade Picks 2014

pp-quad_the-dolce-vita-crum_1 IT’S FALL!, (Well almost)… at least it feels like fall in New York.

Fall is my favorite season- the cool weather, the pumpkin spice flavored EVERYTHING, the beanies and combat boots, all with the beauty of the changing environment around me.

I like to think of fall as a new start. As the great F. Scott Fitzgerald once voiced, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” 

With this new start, I like to vamp up my makeup. Instead of the usual sun- kissed look for the summer months, I like to transition to more warm, sultry tones as these deep, rich colors are perfect for cool, crisp Autumn days and nights.

Below are my personal picks for Fall 2014 eyeshadows based on current trends and old classics… ENJOY!

1.) Charlotte Tilburry LUXURY PALETTE THE DOLCE VITA Colour-Coded Eyeshadows ($52) pp-quad_the-dolce-vita_1 Charlotte Tilbury is one of the most iconic, current makeup artists in the industry, working for numerous celebrities and high- end publications. When Tilbury launched her very own cosmetic collection, there was no doubt that the products would be of utmost quality. After all, being a makeup artist herself, she knows the difference between fantastic and subpar cosmetics.

This pallete has everything an eyeshadow quad should include, having both definer and transition shades. I fell in love with the Ox Blood type shade (top right) especially as this rich, mahogany red gorgeously complements Fall.

The shadows themselves are smooth and blend-able with super pigmentation. The smoky fire- wood brown and shimmery pearl/ gold easily work with the Ox Blood shade in beautiful cohesion. Plus, this pallete can create subtle, day to dramatic night  looks.

The Charlotte Tilburry collection isn’t widely available yet in the U.S. though can be found sometimes in stores like Nordstrom. You can also shop online at http://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/. (Check the website out- Charlotte lays out some great, top tutorial tips!) pp-luxury-palette_the-dolce-vita-arms7C336D72796FDB80627EFD15A08AE0AB

2.) Chanel LES 4 OMBRES: 36 Intuition  ($60) 164360_a_LARGE Chanel offers a classic Autumn- inspired palette which features a glowing golden/ cream shade accompanied by a shimmery Sage and burnt red/brown. These shades, mach like the Charlotte Tilburry collection, provides a workable, highly- pigmented application and is a great investment buy as you will get endless uses of this product.

Like I always say, it’s nice to splurge one in a while on yourself. Chanel-Enigma-1

3.) NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29) d6ae5_nars-dual-intensity-eyeshadow-reviews NARS recently launched these dynamic shades with a slight, metallic edge. This new collection, featuring 12 eye- popping shades has a unique edge as they can be applied Wet or dry (as normal).  

Applying these shadows damp adds a little extra intensity, creating an electric shade perfect to spice up a  fall afternoon.

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Here is the full lineup of the Fall 2014 shades available: NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Shade Chart1

4.) YVES SAINT LAURENT: COUTURE PALLETE: 10 Lumeries Marjorelle   ($60)

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Who says fall makeup has to be conservative and expected? If you feel daring, try out this even more electric YSL palette! I wrote about this palette in my JUNE FAVORITES, here is the except from that post:

This Saint Laurent compact is beyond beautiful from its golden packaging to its gorgeous shadow. I choose this palette in the No.10 colour palette which has sparkling midnight shades and two vibrant matte greens plus a sweet 50s baby blue. The pigmentation of this palette is unreal~ a sign of true quality. The YSL colour collection, as a whole, has a very Mad Men mod vibe to them which gives off a demure vintage look. Here is a recent eye look I did a couple nights ago featuring the No.10 (don’t mind the hair in my face): img_9784dscn3754

Link from JUNE FAVORITES: https://jvwbeauty.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/june-favorites-hits-misses/

5.) L’OREAL COLOUR RICHE EYE SHADOW IN BLUE HAUTE COUTURE ($7.95) item1.rendition.slideshowVertical.long-lasting-drugstore-eyeshadow-loreal-colour-riche

Want the YSL look without spending so much money? TRY L’OREAL! Priced at only $7.95, this palette is amazingly brilliant. Sure, it’s not exactly YSL but hey, it’s at least half way there and super affordable.

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Try out some of the other dynamic shades of the collection~ they’e all glorious. Fun Fact: L’OREAL actually owns Lancôme, so their formulations are not too dissimilar. ~L’OREAL is probably my favorite drug store brand overall~

6.) Nyx Love In Paris: Merci Beaucoup ($9)

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Another excellent, inexpensive buy is the NYX Love in Paris eyeshadow collection, priced at only $9! The colors are nicely blend-able and vibrant. They might not last as long as some of the more high- end shadows, but they do the trick.

NYX is great at making accessible, cheap, but good quality products. Just like L’OREAL, NYX is another drug- store favorite of mine. I like this particular palette in Merci Beaucoup because it includes both shimmer and matte shades in Autumn tones, along with my new addiction to that burnt red “Ox Blood” color. 7.) LORAC PRO PALLETE 2

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This is the END ALL, BE ALL palette. If you just got this, you’d be set. I wrote a in- depth review of the greatness of this collection by LORAC. I’ll link it here: https://jvwbeauty.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/review-lorac-pro-palette-2/ Take a look!

If you just wish to quickly take a glance at the swatches/ looks I created with the LORAC PRO 2, here ya go:

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That wraps it up! I hope all of you guys have a pleasant fall full of yummy scented candles, chai tea, and of course some of these sultry eye shadows!

Write to you guys soon!

Oh! and Remember: if you have any requests or questions, you can send them to me in my “Questions/ Requests” tab!

Thanks!,

~JAX

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