A little while back we got our first whiff of springtime here in California. Rising temperatures and a wht spring organizing post sparked in me a rising need to weed my cluttered garden of makeup paraphernalia. Eye shadows were the big loser here—tossed were all the colors I didn’t wear and multiple shades of similar colors. I was left with my shimmery brown, gray and nude standbys, a handful of palettes and a couple of newbie testers for upcoming wht reviews.
What I got with this spring-cleaning was an enviable organized vanity area; what I lost was the flexibility of creating a multitude of looks that all those multiple shades of similar colors afforded me. Enter the Smashbox Eye Illusion Palette.
Smashbox Eye Illusion is a trio of three, almost-white pearlescent shimmers. These iridescent shadows promise to transform any eye shadow or cream eyeliner shade into an entirely new hue, expanding the range of your current shadow collection. The shimmering shades in super pale yellow, opal blue and pink cast a sparkling sheer spell to add some magic to your shadow collection.
Before we delve into the transformative powers of Eye Illusion, I wanted to note these shades can also be worn alone for a soft glow. I have found that these three Illusions make fantastic under-brow or corner-of–the eye highlighters. Rather than the usual pure white, these tones complement the shadows you’re wearing in a very subtle manner.
I’ve also found great use for the Eye Illusion as a blending aid. Sometimes layering shadows from lid to crease to brow can look stripy, no matter how much you blend. Using a light application of Eye Illusion on top of your shadows makes the lid and crease colors blend seamlessly. Who can’t use that?
Now for the fun part – the Illusion effects! There is a how-to video on Smashbox’s site that shows how dramatic this transformation can be: See slate go iridescent blue in seconds! Is it really so easy? In three words: yes and no.
Three other words? Time to play! This pot of three similar, yet surprisingly distinctive shimmers can create lots of new looks. As always when experimenting with makeup, I found some more successful then others, but had some fun just playing with color.
My first test with the Eye Illusion was with a dark teal shadow I had previously found a little too teal. What if I tried a little iridescent gold Illusion on top of the teal? My dark teal shadow was transformed into a light teal shadow. I tried the blue, then the pink. My teal was still a light teal, this time with a slight nod to the undertones of the Illusion. The blue made the teal look an even lighter shade, while the pink gave the teal a light purplish cast.
Subsequent tries were more dramatic in changing the shade of the original eye shadow. A charcoal-grey shadow suddenly appeared true blue, green-gold or purpley-gray with the blue, gold and pink Illusions, respectively.
Smashbox does recommend using a dark shadow or liner for the transformation to best take shape, since a dark canvas allows the Illusion to vividly showcase the shades of iridescence while creating a much lighter—yet not too-pale—glow.
Yet my most successful transformation was when I used the illusion on top of a pale purple cream shadow – mostly unused because of its lack of staying power on my oily eyelids. The shadow was already shimmery, but Eye Illusion delivered a big wallop of iridescence to the shimmer. The Blue Illusion made the almost lilac more lavender; the Pink made it more of a very light fuchsia (is there such an animal?). These transformations were beautiful warm weather lid colors. As an added benefit, the powder shadow of Eye Illusion transformed my cream shadow into a more wearable, less creaseable eye color. Excellent!
Bonus Tip: The Eye Illusion works well wet or dry. We’ve discovered that a dry application gives a sheer, top layer of shimmer. When applied wet, the Illusion seems to blend into the original shade a bit more.
So, as spring washes into summer and your makeup case gets lighter, Smashbox’s Eye Illusion can be a wonderful tool and a handy addition to your shadow and liner collection.
Testers, do you all think Eye Illusion is a transformative must-have for your eyes?
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