The Case Against Shimmer Shadows

It would be sincere to say that I am a regular consumer of cosmetics.  From skincare to makeup, I run the race.  I have fallen in love with Huda, Anastasia, Pat McGrath, and Natasha Denona.  My quality standards went from Covergirl to La Mer in a short amount of time.  Yet, I find myself flummoxed by shimmer shadows.  Yes,  I use them.  Yes, I love them.  No, I don’t use them the same way I would if I was a teenager.

My conundrum derives from the getting up and going to work, running to the grocery store, going to the bank, living my life kind of life.  You see, for the grand majority of these activities, anything more than a tiny pop of color is too much.  Much too much.  Life becomes relegated to the mattes and the neutrals of the world.  Don’t get me wrong I wear pink shadows all the time, yellows, oranges, reds and greens.  That said, a 1gram pan of metallic, shimmer, foiled shadow can last a lifetime. After all, a little dab will do you.

In quickly going through the palettes sitting on my desk, it is almost a 50-50 split between mattes and shimmers.  When in the world would I end up going through and utilizing all of these shades before they expire?  When I look at new releases and products currently on the market, I see a lot of shimmers.  The Too Faced Chocolate Gold palette is mostly shimmer, all of the Pat McGrath palettes are the ultimate adventure in shimmer. ABH, on the shimmer train.

Where does that leave ordinary customers like me? I can’t go to work looking like I did a face plant in a puddle of glitter! What is on the market for me?  Natasha Denona makes a couple of all matte palettes.  Viseart makes a few.  But, they are few and far between.  If you are like me, and looking to find something beautiful in the realm of matte try the BIBA palette, the Safari palette from Natasha Denona. Tarte makes the Tartlette Amazonian Clay palette.  Urban Decay Naked Palettes, and let us not forget the shadow singles that most brands carry.

In the end, I am super curious how many of you out there wear heavy shimmer looks regularly?  Let me know in the comments below what you like to see in an eyeshadow palette, and if you have ever gotten to the bottom of a pan of shimmer shadow?  Chime in on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @everydaybeaut11.  What is your favorite matte palette?

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