Twilight aficionado? Obsessed with Buffy? Member of the Anne Rice fan club? Rereading Dracula for the umpteenth time? I know how you feel. I’m one of the many that is easily seduced by any story centering on vampires. Love or hate the Twilight series, those infatuated with vampire lore are enjoying the vamp style making it’s way into the mainstream. Lucky for those that are also make up obsessed (a large percentage, I would guess) the recent Twilight craze has even bled into the cosmetics industry.
We heart this readers will recall that we truly heart Julie Hewett and her glamorous line of makeup; nobody does a red lipstick as well as Julie (seriously, even those that avoid red can find the perfect shade). So I was ecstatic when we received her latest palette, twilight, a gorgeous collection of dramatic colors inspired by ”the thin veil between light and dark” at that magical time of evening.
Just like the twilight hours, the hues, both dark and light, mesh together for a smoky dramatic effect and soft, shimmering pale hues pop out and highlight your eyes like the flickering rays of light at sundown. Check out the mix of dark and light in the above photo – that’s our Stef modeling the palette. She says she was a bit puzzled by this palette at first. “A light shimmery grey combined with a matte brown? Throw in white (a shade that I always find hard to work with) and I just didn’t get it. That is, until I tried it!” Pretty results, no?
While the muse for this collection may be the Twilight phenomenon, this palette is also pure Julie Hewett style – classic and elegant with a moody, film-noir vibe. This four-color compact features large pans of shadows and a generous mirror in a sleek, magnetically clasped, black compact. Throw it in your bag and you’ll have all you need for eyes – from a subtle day time look to a smoky, sexy evening with one compact. Vamp up your look with these four shades:
• Brunette – a deep, smooth cocoa brown (for contouring and to create smoldering depth.)
• Pola- a sheer, subtle white sheen that’s perfect for highlighting under the brow (or to light up the center of the eye)
• Black Chandelier- a deep, intense shade of slate with soft sparkle that can be used as a liner or shadow
• Swank- a super soft pewter with a pretty sheen that’s is “best when brushed all over lid area”
Finally, a word about the sparkle factor. I want my eye shadows to be just like my vampires – Not Sparkling! The twilight compact has some subtle sparkle (Black Chandelier) and shine (Pola, Swank) that is wearable and flattering for all. Use it to create a lovely, luminescent glow (like that of pale vamp skin) without glaring, chunky sparkles (sorry Edward fans, vampires should not sparkle)!
If you’re looking for a great fall palette, the twilight compact totally captures the gloomy, gothic vibe and combines it with modern, fashion forward color and style.
Readers: have you been bitten by the vampire craze? Testers: have you captured the moment of twilight with this compact?