Here’s a closer look at the Ed. Pinaud eyesahdows from the L’Officiel magazine giveaway. In a clockwise direction from the top are Gilded Black, Emerald Green, Frosted White, Rose Brown and Midnight Blue.
Gilded Black is from the Ombre À Paupières Magique / Magical Eye Shadow range of baked eyeshadows that can be applied dry or wet. I don’t really like using it dry as it can be a tad chalky. However, moistening a brush before picking up the shadow transforms it into a smooth and inky black.
The rest are from the Ombre À Paupières Lumineuse / Luminous Eye Shadow range that apparently has a mix of powder and cream shadows (although the ones here seem to indicate a cream-to-powder formula). The inserts in their boxes inform that foam applicators are particularly suited to the texture of these shadows.
From right to left:
Gilded Black – A matte black spiked with gold glitter
Midnight Blue – A deep sapphire with silver glitter
Emerald Green – A cool-toned green with fine golden shimmer
Frosted White – A clean, frosty white with silver glitter
Rose Brown – An almost-orange, rosy warm brown with silver glitter
Emerald Green and Midnight Blue are the creamiest and the most easily identifiable cream shadows of the four in the Lumineuse range. I can’t place Frosted White and Rose Brown; their texture seems like a cross between powder and cream. If I really had to categorise them, I’d say the four are cream-to-powder shadows. :P
All five colours are extremely pigmented and perfect for stage makeup. If you’d like to use these intense shadows for everyday makeup, it’s best to use a light hand. The glitter is also very apparent, so you’ll need to buff the shadows to tone down the sparkles.
This is Gilded Black over Emerald Green. I like how it shows up well over the cream shadow. Such layering essentially creates a better colour and more dimension.
Flip the shadows over and a hidden compartment reveals a mirror and two sponge-tipped applicators snugly ensconced within.
Emerald Green is my favourite of the lot, my love for greens notwithstanding. I like its pleasing tone and how it makes a nice base for several other shades. :)