Friday, March 28, 2014
Pastel Pretty: bareMinerals Eyecolor in Celery
I also kind of wanted to title this post 'Ugliest name, prettiest shade' - I mean, really, Celery?! I hate celery. But I love this shade, so that's what it's going to be all about today; plus another idea on how to incorporate spring pastel-ish shades into everyday make-up looks.
I'm actually stretching the truth a bit here; bareMinerals Eyecolor in Celery ($14 for 0.57g/ 0.02 oz) isn't exactly a pastel shade, and it certainly isn't mint. Celery is more of a light shimmery sage green; it has a grey rather than white base. But because it's such a light shade, it does work quite similarly to pastel shades - I would go as far as to claim that it might work better for those who struggle with pastels, and from what I hear, it's very many of you.
I don't have much more to say about the quality/texture of the bareMinerals Eyecolors (you can check out this post for my thoughts), apart from the fact that I cannot fault this one and found the complex shimmer quite stunning, but not overwhelmingly blingy; you can see it quite well in my indirect light vs. full sunshine arm swatches.
Contrary to my previous look that featured a pastel purple shade (Lancome's Evermore Lilac) in a very prominent fashion all over the lid, I've used Celery sparingly as an inner corner highlight. I think this is probably the easiest way to try wearing pastel shades - the sage green is still visible but the overall look is more neutral than anything. I've used a warm rosey taupe (Inglot no. 402 Pearl) all over the lid, blended up to the crease as well as on the lower lashline, and a matte dark grey (Inglot no. 348 Matte) lightly in the outer corners. I finished the look with a thin line of dark brown pencil liner (Annabelle Smudgeliner in Rich Chocolate) and a generous coat of black mascara (Covergirl Lash Blast Volume).
Lastly, a quick shopping tip: I would really encourage you to sign up for Bare Escentuals e-newsletter. They sometimes email particularly nice offers, including some free products with no purchase necessary, which is how I scored Celery, and recently a deluxe sample of their Lash Domination mascara (am I the only one who wants to call it Lash Abomination?!). I won't say no to free make-up, peeps.