Thursday, December 17, 2015

IV | Beachy Bronze

I've wanted to try Josie Maran's product line since I heard about it from Vivianna years ago, but I wasn't drawn to any of the products enough to take the plunge - the Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise was very tempting - but when I swatched the Coconut Watercolour Eye Shadow in Beach Sand, I knew it was coming home with me.

I was struck by the unique formula, as 50% of the contents is coconut water, meaning that once given a good shake, the coconut water blends with the pigment to form what is almost an eyeshadow paint. The pipette-ish lid is hard plastic, and doesn't function as a pipette at all. Instead, a doe-foot applicator inside the lid can pick up product to streak some on the eyelid and the instructions call for 'fingerpainting'. I do think that fingers are the best option to blend out the liquid eyeshadow, and normally I'd try to find an alternative method because long-wearing eyeshadow bases such as these are a pain to wash off but this water-based formula somehow washes off the fingers instantaneously but stays on the lips without smudging, creasing or much fading for hours until you take it off at the end of the day.

l-r: not blended, blended, Tender CaramelTender Caramel over Beach Sand
My favourite way to wear it is as a base- I wear it in the same way I used to wear Maybelline's Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze before it dried up and became unusable. Beach Sand's similarity to BTTB is one of the reasons I was majorly drawn to it. I love shades like this cool bronze and purplish taupes because I think they accentuate brown eyes the best. For a particular night out I layered L'Oreal's Infallible Eyeshadow in Tender Caramel over the top of Beach Sand and both eyeshadows could be applied with fingertips, making touching up my makeup in the bathroom a lot easier than getting out brushes. I highly recommend this formula of eyeshadows because of their ease of application and longevity. The colour selection isn't bad at all- Mecca Maxima stocks a number of shades including some colours like purples and greens as well as neutrals like rose gold, champagne and bronze.

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