Does Urban Decay's Naked Heat Palette Work with Cool Skintones?

An eye of the day with Urban Decay's Naked Heat Palette.

I knew very warm tones probably weren't for me. But I got sucked into the hype of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette—and the beautiful looks that others were creating with it. A Sephora coupon code sealed the deal. It would be mine.

And you know what? I didn't love it. First I tried a simple look with some of the terracotta shades. And every time I looked in the mirror, I just saw ORANGE. *shiver* Then I tried to mix it up with this look (inspired by this look), focusing on the purple, which I blended over some purple eyeliner for depth. It was better. Purples and bronzes look great with my eye colour.

But the rest of my cool-toned complexion? Not so much. At least in my opinion. In this look, my eyes pop, but my skin just doesn't look as healthy as it usually does.

Compare it to this look, for example.

Ultimately, I returned the Naked Heat Palette because I didn't love it. At this point in my collection, there's no point keeping things around that I won't reach eagerly for.

The lesson? Don't just choose eyeshadow based on your eye colour. Choose eyeshadow based on your overall colouring. Are you warm-toned (more golden skin) or cool-toned (more pinky skin)? If you're cool-toned like me, you'll probably look your best in greys and cool browns. I wear lots of different colours because I like trying different things. But without fail, I get the most compliments when I wear greys, purples and taupes.

What do you think, lovelies? Am I nuts? Or would I look best if I stuck to cooler tones? (I refuse to entertain the word should in makeup. There is no should. Wear what you love. And if it doesn't work out the way you hoped, wash it off!)

Have you learned any makeup lessons lately? Or do you scorn the "rules"? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

A (Really Brief) Eye of the Day Post Featuring Too Faced's Chocolate Bar Palette

An EOTD featuring Too Faced's Chocolate Bar Palette

I don't think there's a single shade in Too Faced's Chocolate Bar Palette (the OG!) that doesn't make me salivate. (See what I did there?) The shadows are soft, buttery, pigmented, blendable...and they smell like CHOCOLATE. Enough said, right? I have no idea why I waited so long to adopt this beauty.

Here's an eyeshadow look I came up with a few weeks ago:

The breakdown:

  • Primed my eye with NARS Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base (HG)
  • Swept White Chocolate all over my lid, from lash line to brow bone, as a base
  • Applied Salted Caramel in my crease as a transition shade
  • Used a combination of Semi-Sweet and Milk Chocolate to deepen my crease
  • Added Cherry Cordial to my inner and outer lid, then blended everything together
  • Patted Amaretto onto my mobile lid and blended
  • Applied Creme Brulee just to the centre of my mobile lid
  • Added Amaretto to my lower lash line
  • Used a mix of Marzipan and White Chocolate to highlight the inner corners of my eyes
  • Lined my upper lash line with Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Liner in Black Ink (it's replaced my MAC Blacktrack—I like it!)
  • Used a combination of Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara (it's meh—clumpy) and Clinique Lash Power Mascara (a staple for layering)

Have you tried the Chocolate Bar Palette? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

Disclosure: These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.

An Eye of the Day with Charlotte Tilbury's Rock Chick Luxury Palette

A Face of the Day with Charlotte Tilbury's Rock Chick Luxury Palette.

Recently I decided to take the plunge and complete my Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette collection (!) with the Rock Chick, a beautiful quad of greys. The shadows are on par with Charlotte other Luxury Palettes—that is, fabulous and perfect. (An exception, as you may remember, is the pop shade in Glamour Muse. It's really the only sorta-dud in her collection.)

Roughly following her tutorial video, here is the look I came up with:

  • I swept the prime shade, a very light, shimmery grey, from lash line to brow bone.
  • I applied the enhance shade, a shimmery steel-grey, in the crease with a fluffy blending brush.
  • I applied the smoke shade, a satiny, brownish charcoal, into the crease with a more precise brush.
  • Using my finger, I patted the pop shade, a glittery grey-silver, on my mobile lid.
  • Usually I'd add a bit of colour under the eye, but given how tired I've been looking lately, I thought adding grey under there would be a bad idea, so I skipped this step.
  • I applied a generous amount of Charlotte Tilbury's Rock n' Kohl Liner in Bedroom Black, and even managed a wing! I used her technique of placing a dot where I wanted the tip of the wing using the tip of the sharpened liner, and it worked out! I was stoked.

Note: I'm also wearing Make Up For Ever's new Ultra HD Concealer (both Y21 and R20, I believe) as well as Clarins' Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 08 Plum, and I've been LOVING both. They've definitely become daily staples. The concealer ACTUALLY makes me look less tired—an impossible feat these days—and the gloss is fresh, juicy-looking, and goes with everything. Yummy.

What looks have you come up with lately? Leave me a link in the comments!

Disclosure: One of the concealers was provided by Make Up For Ever for my consideration.