When I saw Stars Makeup Haven Eyeshadow Single in Metro on Karla Sugar’s wonderful swatch site, I knew it had to be mine, thanks to its pewter shade. At only US$4.95 a pan, this eyeshadow is not only affordable, it is also rich in pigment. A pressed powder version of Benefit Skinny Jeans, the complexity of this beautiful shade, together with its intensity, truly impresses me.
Karla Sugar describes Metro as “an intriguing, shimmery, warm steel. It’s slightly green-grey (kind of the color of money)”. Although she classifies it as a warm colour, it has definite cool tones. I think it is the mix of cool and warm that makes it a special shade. Like MAC Eyeshadow in Vex (a duo-chrome colour that also has cool and warm tones), Metro is at once neutral and complex. You can wear it on its own but when you pair it with other hues, you will be surprised by its morphing/colour-offsetting abilities.
If you’re fond of such shades, this would be a wise investment. As you can tell from the swatch – just one swipe! – it is dense in pigment. It also goes on smoothly and wears well.
Clockwise from the top left: Stars Makeup Haven Eyeshadow Singles in Unzipped, The White Shadow, Metro, Smoke and Mirrors. All SMH shadows fit palettes that can accommodate MAC pans.
Although it works with many shades, I put it together with other SMH shadows to make up a smokey eye palette in my kit. These colours go well together (although the charcoal shade of Smoke and Mirrors does seem a tad too cool, compared to Metro). As with all SMH eyeshadows, Metro is only available in pan form. I do wish SMH made it in pot form though! :)
Image source: Stars Makeup Haven
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