Continuing on with my look at the latest releases from The Body Shop, today I'm showing you a stunning Autumnal make up look using the new Colour Crush Eyeshadows and Smoky 2 in 1 gel liners. I love when the weather turns at this time of year- rustic browns, reds and golds really bring out the blues of my eyes and they also happen to be the perfect hues for the forthcoming season!
First up we have four new shades released just this month (although there are 6 in total in the new collection) of the colour crush eyeshadows. These are made from high quality crushed pigments, blended with Community Fair trade oils for a vibrant and intense eye look. I have Coco Deluxe, a rich shimmery dark brown, Gold Rosemance, a pearlescent pink/cream, Champagne Kiss, unsurprisingly, a champagne hued shimmer and Golden Cinnamon, a copper toned shimmer.
These blend beautifully, are highly pigmented (as you can see in the below swatch photo) and can be worn on their own or in a variety of combinations to create different looks. They're €12.95 each.
Next up, we have the Smokey 2 in 1 gel liners. I have brown and black to play around with and have been loving these. My love for gel liners has most definitely been rekindled lately and I found these to be excellent quality. The formula is soft enough so that it applies with ease, the brush makes drawing a simple line or a flick hassle-free and once it's on your eye it stays put. That's it, it's not budging. It also works well when creating a smokey eye, as you can see at the end of the post.
I also really like the packaging, it's quite clever when brands create a gel liner with a built in brush because when they don't (I'm looking at you Maybelline and Rimmel), I lose said brush and find the whole situation rather vexing. With these the lid screws on well (hopefully meaning it won't dry out quickly too) and the worlds dinkiest little brush pops out of the lid. Naww!! These are €15 each.
My only issue with this is that it's marketed as a 2 in 1 product; as in you use it as an eyeliner and a brow product. For me, this didn't work for two reasons. Firstly, even using the lighter brown shade meant that it was still far too dark for my naturally light brown/dark blonde hairs and so it looked more than a bit unnatural on me.
Secondly, I actually found it difficult to apply to my brow hairs; it was way too easy to end up with massive brows as I feel that because the product is so creamy, soft and well pigmented, it's just not well suited for use on the brows, even though those qualities make it the perfect eyeliner.
Above are swatches of both liners that would not budge no matter how much I washed my hands.
Top left is the brown gel liner on both my lid and brows, while top right is the black liner and my Anastasia Brow Wiz in ash blonde (again, apologies for my brows, I still can't leave the house to get them threaded). While the gel used on my brow doesn't look that dramatic here, added with blonde hair it just looked a bit much.
Bottom left and right are all four colour crush shades; a base of Gold Rosemance with Coco Deluxe in the crease, Golden Cinnamon blended over the centre of the lid and on the lower lash line and Champagne kiss in the corner of my eye. Completed with a light application of the brown gel liner. I'm a bit in love with this eye shadow look and will most definitely be reaching for these over the next few months.
What do you think?
Have you tried any of these?
What's your go-to eye look for Autumn?
*Press sample, gratefully received. All opinions my own, as always.