Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Shades of copper for autumn ft Fuschia, Charlotte Tilbury, MAC!

Autumn is here whether we like it or not and I'm delighted because this means I take full inspiration from my surroundings.  I love anything burgundy, copper, burnished gold and feel so snuggly when I'm wearing any of these shades.  Yes, I like to have cosy eyes.  Shut up, it's a thing!

Since starting the blog and taking up close photos of my eyeballs and subsequently realising I have green eyes and not in fact blue, I've embraced anything that will compliment my eye colour.  And I wanted to focus on all things copper today.  Yes, this metal has taken home decor by storm in 2015, but I love it on my eyeballs, and you'll see why in a minute.

I went through my stash to pick out my favourite copper bits and pieces for my eyes and it was only when swatched all together that I realised they're pretty identical.  And yet I love them all.

Left - right: Fuschia pigment Bronze Brass dry, Fuschia Pigment Bronze Brass wet, MAC Antiqued, Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita copper shade, Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Bronzed Garnet 

MAC Burgundy Times Nine palette

I've been making my way through this palette for the past couple of months and have a full review on it here, but I couldn't talk about copper anything without including it.  I still think it is one of the most gorgeous palettes for green eyes and I still use it all the time.  And because of it's travel friendly size, it's perfect for popping in the makeup bag to go from desk to dinner.  If the rest of you looks haggard and crap, your eyes will be on point.  My favourite shade is Antiqued, that delicious shade on the left in the middle row.  The rest of the shades are gorgeous don't get my wrong, but this one is special and I have the full sized version too (which I totally forgot about until I was searching my stash.  That's not normal.)

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon - Bronzed Garnet

I'm a sucker for an eyeshadow crayon because they're handy for on the go touching upping of one's makeup and make the perfect base for eyeshadows.  It's worth mentioning that these can crease so either apply an eyeshadow base first, or apply one thin layer of Bronzed Garnet, blend it out with your finger and apply a second layer when it's set.  And if you're stuck, they can be used as liners too. I bought Bronzed Garnet last year and still love using it on it's own or under the next product...

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette

I bought this last year too and still reach for it when I want to feel all fancy.  You can read my full review here complete with a video tutorial showing it in action alongside Bronzed Garnet above.  Used together with Bronzed Garnet, my eye makeup stays in place well past the end of the work day and I kind of want another Charlotte Tilbury quad.  For the blog and all!  If you're looking to treat yourself, then definitely check this one out!

Fuschia Loose Mineral Eye Dust - Brown Brass

This pigment is what inspired this whole post because it arrived last week for me to test and as soon as I swatched it on the back of my hand, I fell in love with how multifaceted it was.  A lot of copper teamed with a smidge of gold and it was instant obsession.

Brown brass wet (left), dry (right).
Loose pigments can be messy to work with so I generally use them with a wet brush to minimise fall out.  If you don't want to use them wet, then use your eyeshadow brush to pick up whatever product is in the lid and in all instances, whether wet or dry, pat the product on with a flat eyeshadow brush.  Pigments and fluffy brushes do not mix so unless you want a face full of copper, listen to me and take heed!

I literally can't get enough of copper and in these eyeball photos, all I've used is the Brown Brass pigment wet on the eyes and lined my waterline with Bronzed Garnet.  That's it.  What I'm left with is very amazing metallic eyes that makes me happy my peepers are green.  I'll be checking out more of Fuschia's pigments in the near future because this is gorgeous!  Now as usual I have to use a primer to keep things crease free, but this autumn, I'll be wearing Bronze Brass out and about lots!  And for €12.95, they're great value too because there's not a hope in hell I'll ever go through an entire pot of this.  For a list of Fuschia stockists, check out their website.

And so concludes my copper story today.  It's weird that I'm sitting here writing this post admiring my eyeballs isn't it?

What are your favourite copper products because you know I need to add more to my collection!

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