So many of us are trying to be more conscious about what kind of makeup we’re buying. Cruelty free, organic, vegan are all words that a lot of us are looking for but sometimes the quality just isn’t up to the standards that we expect. In 2010 makeup artist Valerie Giraud launched certified organic and cruelty free Antonym Cosmetics. With the recent launch of some of their products at Sephora, we were sent some press samples to try and found the perfect, organic smokey eye! Here’s how we did it.
Certified Organic Quattro Eyeshadow in To The Moon & Black
Obviously eyeshadow is an important part of a smokey eye and this palette is really all you’ll need. With an off-white, black and two grey shades, you can mix and match to get the look you want. The shadows are pretty well pigmented and creamy enough that I didn’t see a lot of fallout. The sustainable bamboo packaging and cruelty free double ended brush are an added bonus.
Natural Eye Pencil in Noir
I never expect much from an organic eyeliner. Actually, I do, I expect them to be a pain to work with. These eyeliners are a dream to work with though. With jojoba oil and shea butter as just two of the ingredients, you can just imagine how easily these glide on. It comes with a removable sharpener that sits on the end of the pencil when you’re not using it. They’re waterproof but they do move around a bit (which helps with getting that smudged, smokey look), so a setting spray is probably a good idea anyways. I’m completely in love with the brown shade and I’ll definitely be buying more when I run out.
Certified Organic Mascara Lola Lash TOO
I usually have issues with plastic mascara wands hurting my eyes but Antonym’s wand is so flexible and soft that I can use it with no problems at all. The formula is a little too wet for my personal taste but if you let it dry in between coats, you’ll end up with both volume and lengthened lashes without that stiffness that most of us hate. It doesn’t smear or get clumpy but I did have to be careful while applying to not get it on my upper eyelid.
All of these lasted hours in summer heat fairly well and came off easily with a makeup wipe, which is something I want in a smokey eye. So if you’re looking for a smokey eye that’s also good for the environment, you might want to try these.
Instead of having a basic seasonal collection that’s basically just new shades for fall, Clarins has taken it one step further and introduced their Pretty Day + Night collection. There are two separate collections for day and night, the products we received are for night. We tried the Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Matte Eyeshadow in Carbon and the Kohl Eye Pencil in True Violet.
The shades are really great for fall. I don’t wear a lot of black eyeshadow, or purple eyeliner for that matter but these products are really easy to incorporate into a routine. The kohl liner wasn’t as great as the one I tried from the Aquatic Treasures collection. It’s not quite as creamy or pigmented but it didn’t drag on my eyes as much as it did on my hand when I was swatching. The colour lasts all day as well.
I love the Ombre Matte shadow, It’s smooth and easy to apply, I use my fingers and once it sets it’s there until you take it off. Carbon is a great black that can be used as a shadow or a liner and you really only need to use a tiny bit. The swatch is one swipe.
I love the idea of a collection that’s more about helping people figure out their makeup and really wish there were more of them.
Smashbox have always been great with innovation (their Water Primer is carrying me through summer), so when they recently released three new products this summer, we had to try them. Smashbox introduced a matte version of their Be Legendary Lipstick (we received Femme Fatale), L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour (Malibu Berry) and the Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner (Jet Black).
I’ve been using Smashbox’s gel liner forever, it was the reason I got an eyeliner brush and it’s been my go to liner for years. It’s so easy to apply and it lasts for hours and hours, so I was really excited to try this version (no brush required!). I’ll start off with a warning, this is not for eyeliner beginners and it does take some practice to get the hang of. This isn’t a gel pencil like other liners, when you twist you get pure gel. Once you get the hang of how to drag it to get a smooth line, it’s the same pay off as the traditional gel liners. Huge wearability payoff, it won’t budge until you take it off.
When I saw the lipstick and L.A. Lights shades I was sure they weren’t for me, luckily Smashbox surprised me again. The L.A. Lights in Malibu Berry was really flattering as a cream blush and was extremely blendable. It was slightly lighter as a lipstick but looked just as good. I love two in one products because you can just throw it in your purse or makeup bag and get a whole look with less stuff. It also looked pretty good as an eyeshadow.
I’m loving all these new matte lipstick formulas and Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick in Femme Fatale Matte was no exception. While I probably won’t be wearing this shade much in summer, it’s perfect for fall and winter. I don’t wear a ton of plum lipsticks but this one is definitely sticking around. I got a perfect matte lipstick with crazy pigmentation and it didn’t dry out my lips.
Smashbox is one of my go to brands for a reason, I honestly can’t think of a time where I’ve been disappointed by one of their products and with this new lineup (of which I may have to get more shades), I don’t think it’ll be happening anytime soon.
With all of the expensive makeup on the market, sometimes it’s nice to play with colours that are affordable. I played with some of the new hues and products in the essence summer makeup collection:
3D Eyeshadow – If you’re anything like me, you are going to love these eyeshadows at first glance. What’s not to love? Each little container has two complimentary colours of eye shadow in a pretty wavy design. All of the colours have a hint of a metallic sheen to them. You will notice that when you apply them, it’s best to either use a wet brush or be prepared to layer. This shadow is so light. It makes it easy for playing around, but frustrating if you know what you are looking for and just want the colour to appear.
Lash Princess Volume Mascara – This pretty and curvy mascara is a great affordable option. The curvy brush is reminiscent of many other expensive mascaras, but for a fraction of the cost. The curves in the wand help you to get at smaller lashes.
Long Lasting Lipstick – Brighten up your lips for under $5 with this lipstick. I got hooked on the matte red to bring the glam!
2 In 1 Eyeliner Pen – This eyeliner is great because of how versatile it is. Take two of your favourite eyeliner pens and put them together to get this one product. The 2-In-1 Eyeliner Pen from essence has a marker at both ends in the same rich black. One is thin for getting a close tight line around your lids. The other end is XXL with a thick pen to get sexy cat’s eyes for a night on the town.
I’d been hearing about Eyeko for months before I had a chance to try any of their products and literally everything I’d seen was a rave review so I knew I had to try the brand. We have a bunch of Eyeko reviews coming up but I decided to start with the Making Eyes Automatic Gel Eyeliner because from the second I tried my first shade, I was obsessed.
These liners are a twist up gel pencil that has a built in sharpener and is really, really smooth. These are a total dream to apply and they’re fabulous on waterlines and not too soft for tightlining.
My favourite thing about Making Eyes is the lasting power. Once these dry, they don’t move for anything and with summer humidity coming up it’ll be nice to be able to depend on my eyeliner. With each of the six shades so highly pigmented (I wish there was a brown), there’s a shade for every look.
I’ve been using Pitch Black pretty regularly but I also love Blue Teal for a pop of colour and Powder Pink to brighten up the inner corners of my eyes. I’m hoping they add more shades to the collection but right now I’ll keep using whatever I can get.
Make Up For Ever recently introduced three new black eyeliners to their collection; Artist Liner (pencil), Ink Liner (ink/liquid) and Graphic Liner (pen). I was instantly drawn to the Graphic Liner because I love a good pen liner and can’t use liquid liner to save my life. The fact that they call it a carbon black vinyl like liner got me even more interested.
The Graphic Liner looks like a typical pen liner. It has a foam tip and it goes on pretty smoothly. When it dries it actually looks like vinyl, so if you’re looking for the typical flat black finish you definitely get a surprise.
This liner dries extremely fast and doesn’t move, even without a primer. The only thing I don’t love about it is that there’s no snap when you close it, so I’m always worried it’s open and will dry out. If you’re looking for a new black liner that’s just a little different though, this one might be it.
Every company has black eyeliner in one form or another but Lord And Berry have taken their black eyeliner options to a whole other level. Their Black Wardrobe collection has everything you could ever possibly need to get the look you want, from subtle daytime to completely dramatic. These are our Most Wanted eyeliners from the collection. Kajal Stick in Oriental Black
This traditional Kajal stick is super creamy and blendable and works amazingly well on waterlines. It’s rich black pigment is about as black as you can get. It’s perfect for a nighttime look.
Silk Kajal Kohl Eyeliner in Black
This is a great, everyday black eyeliner. It’s buildable so that you can go for a more subtle look or get a darker, more intense black. It’s not the darkest of the blacks but it’s close. Pailettes Eye Pencil in Sparkle Black
If you want something a little different for holiday parties but do want to go to extreme, this is the eyeliner for you. It’s a black pencil with sparkle in it, but it’s not overpowering. You can blend it out for a black shimmer shadow as well.
Smudgeproof Eye Pencil in In The Black
This is my personal favourite of the liners. I hate runny black eyeliner so I’m always looking for something that won’t budge and this pencil doesn’t move at all. It’s great for tightlining because it’s just the right texture.
Lord And Berry literally have a black eyeliner for every occasion and need, so if you love wearing black as much as I do this is definitely the company to look for.
I can’t believe October is almost over and that it’s time for another monthly Most Wanted. Here are my Most Wanted products this month. L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Midnight Black
I’m always searching for the blackest mascara possible and this one is one of the darkest I’ve used. The butterfly brush takes a little getting used to (I poked myself in the eye for the first time since high school) but once you get the hang of it, you get amazing volume, length and super black eyelashes. Sephora Kiss Me Balm in Melon Sorbet
I usually don’t like melon scented products but I actually don’t mind the scent of this one. It leaves the slightest hint of colour but the highlight is the actual balm. It leaves my lips really moisturized for hours at a time and it’s really cute to carry around. Lise Watier Feline Eyeliner HD in Brun
I have been wearing this pretty much non stop since I got it. The shade of brown isn’t too dark or too light, making it a nice alternative to black. The pen itself is reasonably flexible, but it’s the easiest eyeliner pen I’ve ever used, it creates a great line on the first try. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Peacock
I’m definitely an eyeshadow person and I love using colour. This crayon shadow makes it so easy to apply and blend on the run. You can throw it in your purse for touch ups and the Peacock shade is a gorgeous teal that you can use as a light wash of colour or a bright eyeliner. Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral
I love everything about this lacquer. The shade is the perfect dark coral, it goes on so smoothly, isn’t sticky and lasts a really long time. It’s everything you want in a gloss and lipstick combined.
Those are my picks for the month, what have you been loving?
Eyeliner is not just eyeliner anymore. The latest trend in liner is kajal. Every brand is releasing their own kajal without really helping women understand what kajal is or how to use it.
Kajal pencils are inspired by makeup from India and the Middle East. It’s a very traditional way to line and darken your eyes that goes back centuries. They were often made using non-toxic or more natural ingredients.
Nowadays, kajal liners are your go to eyeliner for drama. We are talking serious drama. These liners are big and thick, but also go to a point giving your versatility in how you can use it. They are amazing to get a soft smoky finish because you can really smudge and rub them around. Want the ultimate smoky eye, try kajal. You can also get a rich, dark black using just the tip.
They have a softer texture than your regular eyeliner so it goes on easier. This can be a blessing or a curse. It’s easy to apply. It can also get messy if you aren’t prepared or skilled with a liner.
We tried the Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Intensifying Kajal to see if it really was different from the regular eyeliners at Target. It is definitely easier to apply. You will need to apply it carefully and slowly to make sure that you don’t end up with black makeup all over your face. Once you have mastered the art, your makeup possibilities will open up.