Saturday, January 5, 2013

Suddenly... COLOURS!

After a lifetime of staying true to neutrals and "barely there" shades, I've fallen head over heels for bold colours. Most are vibrant, juicy, primary shades like red and blue. I know not from whence this sudden longing sprang, but it most definitely started with a desire for the truest reddest blush in the planet. As you can see, I've been on the hunt.


Blush Madness


It's a longing that has been simmering for a while. I believe that the pick-up of Essence Renesmee Red Blush was a tiny step toward it. After resisting the siren call of NARS Exhibit A for months, I decided to resort to a possible dupe: MAKE UP FOR EVER #99 (left). And as stated in my post from the summer here, I followed through with the intent of securing #75 as well (right).


After conquering my fear of red lips and embracing my love of red cheeks, the next hurdle was my terror of blue eye shadows. Blue is a colour I adore, as you might guess from the number of blue nail polish posts showcased in the past, but the thought of wearing it on my tiny, mismatched East Asian eyes with yellowish skin tone was a challenge I could not fathom until now. Often, I admired looks such as these and did wish I was more brave and adventurous.

Okay, that's almost grey, I know...

But this is blue.

And this is BLUE.

I'm in the middle of swatching all of my blue eye shadows (there aren't many) and wanted a matte navy blue to keep things real. Because I'm still not willing to do something like this, YET.


But then, the upcoming NARS Spring 2013 collection contains a vibrant blue/green shadow duo that has me really looking forward seeing it in person, so who knows what the next few months will bring? The last few months added this...

Guerlain Terre Indigo

and this...

NARS Mandchourie

...to my growing stash of blues.

And to my horror, the desire to accrue more blues hasn't stopped. Recently, MM of Makeup Morsels put Guerlain Place Vendome on my radar. See her post here and admire the stunning blue shade in the middle of the palette. Isn't it gorgeous?

As I reflect on this perpetual wavering back and forth between attempting to reduce the number of makeup in my possession while accumulating simultaneously, I came to the realization that makeup-wise, I'm quite the late bloomer. It wasn't until my mid to late 20s that I started to take makeup seriously, and most of the time spent since was focused on looking natural, polished and professional. When I'm in experimentation mode, all bets tend to be off. I will spend all possible waking moments devoted to the preoccupation at hand until I am stopped by the lack of time/money/space or gradual tapering off of interest. It's not that I want to own every blue shadow in the world, but there is a very strong desire to close all the gaps between the shades of blue I own. However, I'm very specific about what I want. For now, that's all I have to stop myself from becoming a crazy blue shadow hoarder.

Anyway, it's my intention to start wearing the blue shadows instead of just collecting them. I'm working on a blue shadow post to gather my thoughts on what's really needed and what's not. In the mean time, do enjoy this sneak peek at NARS Spring 2013.



It's the most exciting spring collection so far, since I actively dislike pastels and refuse to wear them. But based on this post, it could be that by next year at this time I'll have a post up called "Suddenly... PASTELS!!!"

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  1. Yay! Color! I think there is a place for everything - the neutral, toned down, very professional look, and then the artsy bursts of color and flair. There's no need to keep yourself entirely in one realm.

    Add a Sugarpill blue to your list - they are vibrant ;) Cheaper and more pigmented than NARS Outremer, as well. And I think the thing that people miss is that the bright shades can be blended into dark bases or shades to create darker, wearable shades, as well, so they *are* versatile.

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    1. God, I love the look of NARS Outremer. That's one that I'm not convinced is worth it but want just for how it looks in the pan. I don't know anything about Sugarpill - will have to look that up.

      I'm never going to be one to wear blue boldly solo but incorporating it into a regular look is what convinced me to finally take the step! :)

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  2. I LOVE navy blue but working in the corporate world as sucked the color out of me. I have so many neutral shades, I could make a rainbow out of them! Even during the rare night out, I stick with neutral and just go for a darker version of my daytime neutrals.

    I bet all my bold colored eyeshadows (and I have MANY from pre-cubicle ddays) are expired now, that's how long it's been. Lol.

    Le sigh. I hold out hope that your steadily bolder colors will help me discover my love as well!

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    1. A matte navy blue can be quite corporate. :) And yeah, I hear you on the offices sucking all joy of colour out of us. I tried to resist it by adding colours to my wardrobe in the years past but not being able to go bolder with makeup felt really limiting in the past few years.

      Maybe a freshening up of those old colours is just what you need in the new year. ;) No need to go crazy but just switch out a few old for new maybe?

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  3. YAY blue eyeshadow! Go Liz! :D
    I think blue can definitely work on Asian eyes. I love wearing blue! Maybe you could start incorporating a navy eyeliner in your daily makeup to ease in that gorgeous blue eyeshadow. ;) The Terre Indigo palette looks so pretty...oh, to the day I can finally afford Guerlain palettes. *wistful sigh*

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    1. I know now that it can work on Asian eyes - but I didn't think much of it before for some reason. The navy eyeliner is a great idea. I tried a MUFE actually a few months ago but had to return it because it wasn't the exact shade I was looking for. I think I'll look at Prestige liners again.

      If it makes you feel any better, I can't afford full priced Guerlain palettes either! This one was snagged at half price. :)

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  4. Hi Liz, Hurrah for color! The reds are so eye catching and definitely daring! I don't know if I'd be able to pull that off, but they do look fun! As for the blues, I like the pic you pulled of Chanel Iman (??). She's gorgeous!

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    1. Oh, you have some red in you. I've seen your red polish posts and if you have bold shades like NARS Outremer, you can totally pull it off. ;)

      That is Chanel Iman indeed! I know, she totally won in the genes pool.

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  5. How nice! I enjoyed reading your journey into colour, this post could pass off as poetry :D
    I absolutely adore colour! The bestest and the most ultimate eyeshadow I have used is Yaby pearl paints. Amazing pigment and it is powder but feels like cream. Amazing pearly finish too! I only have a few little pans but the World Of Pearls palette is so worth splurging on! But I am happy to just keep buying tiny refills for now. My favourite shade and I am sure you'll like it too is Butterfly Blue :) I think it is Canadian company :D

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    1. I don't know anything about Yaby and never see them, but their site says THIS:

      "yaby was developed by Toronto makeup artist Liz Yu, when searching for a solution to condense her ever-growing kit."

      Change her last name to mine and we could be the same person. LOL!

      Yikes, that palette ain't cheap though. :x

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  6. I find it hard to wear colors, except for prune that really compliments my green eyes. I tend to stick to neutrals. But this year, I started wearing pink lipstick! I started with translucent shades and upgraded to opaque fuchsia. its a starter!

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    1. See how these things start? :) I mean, to be honest, I don't reach for red blushes and blue shadows on a daily basis, but I'm not avoiding them like I used to. Baby steps!

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  7. Great post, Liz! I'm loving all of the shades in your red blush collage, they all look so pretty.

    Like you, I tend to stick to neutrals and "barely there" shades, but I have started to be a bit braver recently. I'm obsessed with plum and purple shadows at the moment and have started to add a few to my collection. I've started to experiment with brighter blush colours too. I may have to check out a few of the shades in your first picture, the Illamasqua colours all look lovely!

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    1. I went through a purple phase in my youth and still haven't recovered, lol. Plums are so beautiful though. I bet they look great on you! Illamasqua just recently arrived in Canada and I am so excited. Unfortunately they don't offer any of the red blushes in the limited range I have access to. :(

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  8. ah, i am drawn into red/wine colored blushes a lot lately. i have tons of pink blushes but suddenly i feel i have nothing to wear because of this red blush fever. lol
    i actually used to wear lots of blue eyeshadows in the past (nobody wore them when i was in college and i was the only one, so people kinda hated it. haha), but now i wear more neutrals on my lids.
    still, i think blue eyeshadows look awesome with dark brown eyes. we just need to find the right shades of blue! :)

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    1. Lol! You and me both. There are no red blushes in the drugstore at all. I think the cheapest is this MUFE #99 refill, if you wanted to give it a try. ;) ;)

      I'm really surprised to hear about your blue shadow phase but so pleased at the same time. PICS!!!! lol

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  9. Wow that Guerlain palette is gorgeous!!! Color, color, color - so fun!!! Congrats on breaking out of the neutral mold...I need some inspiration to do the same so this was a great post!! Though I have some non-neutral colors I still haven't worn them yet...lol...it's just so hard to break out...

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    1. I do have some non-neutrals aside from these that I've been ignoring forever. It's also difficult to remember them when you're rushed in the mornings, etc. Glad this was able to help.

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  10. Yay, color!

    It is scary, looking at that pan or bullet of HELLO THERE colour. I've taken my inspiration from the classic and effortlessly chic way French women wear the red lip - with a next-to-bare face, a dash of mascara and almost negligent confidence.

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    1. I've yet to really master that because it takes a gazillion layers of mascara to have any effect on my tiny lil lashes and bold red on my face is just so overwhelming. But I love that idea and want to do the same somehow. Video tutorial, Maggie? ;D

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  11. Yay Liz! It's so much fun watching you evolve with your makeup! You are getting braver and braver and that's great!
    Blues aren't that scary. I love them.And it's so easy to just add a bit of brown to your blue look and it instantly tones it down.
    I wanna see some EOTD now haha! :)

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    1. Oh man, we are LONG WAYS away from EOTDs but let me work on my eye makeup skills and who knows where that will take us, LOL. Thanks, Tracy. :D

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  12. Hurrah for colour! I love Illamasqua Devour as a bright red cheek!

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    1. Sadly, none of these wonderful reds made it past the Canadian border, but I don't really *need* them anymore. I love how so many people love bold red cheeks. :D

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  13. I love blue eyeshadow and I have several! I've totally rocked the Chanel Iman look in the past, and you could definitely rock it in your future!

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    1. Well, maybe a toned down version of it. I can't see myself going full force there in this current lifestyle. :>

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  14. It took me quite a while to venture into colours. I still love my neutrals especially when it comes to eyeshadows! Blogging made me love bold lips and due to some products I have to try, I even wear (gasp) PINK eyeshadows which are known to make my lids look swollen. However, it's great to find ways to wear colours, I think.
    So yay for this little journey! I still have many other colours to explore, but let's take it slowly eh? LOL!

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    1. Hehehe, slowly, sure. We'll see about that when next month we decide to go crazy and sport PASTEL EVERYTHING. ;)

      I like to think that I might have reached colour exploration eventually, but I agree - fearless bloggers probably had a lot to do with it!

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  15. Yes, COLORS. I am liking this new obsession of yours. I stayed away from blues for the longest time too (it's because of all the people that wear it so scarily!), until I got two blue eyeshadows from Ellis Faas and realized how good they looked with brown eyes. Oh, just wait until you see today's post on Place Vendome ;) And I have two more planned after that muahaha hold tight to your wallet!

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    1. I think it was the navy shadow in the Smashbox brown eyes kit that did something for me. Maybe I should have just gotten THAT and been done with!

      I saw your PV post and am drooling! So much gorgeousness in one pan should not be allowed!!!

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  16. LOLLLL, I love this post. So happy that you're into colour now!!! :D

    I didn't start wearing colour make-up (as in, not just foundation) until I was 18. And now I'm a make-up artist/addict/hoarder. GOOD LUCK.

    I basically need everything from the NARS Spring 2013 collection. DAMN YOU, LIZ.

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    1. You're an artist! Hoarding is mandatory!

      Damn me, hahahahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaa. If I can't have it, I might as well enjoy it second-hand through your posts, LOLOL!

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  17. yay colors! i used to wear more colors before. but now i try to be more natural. but bright colored blushes are nice! Especially cream ones oooo! and i just love the promo look for nars spring, but i don't want or need any of the collection lol.

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    1. Change is nice, whether we steer to or from colours. :) We'll see about the NARS stuff when they finally arrive for personal examinations, lol.

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  18. Heck YES to color Liz! I'm so excited for you to experiment :D

    I understand about wanting to fill gaps Liz, 100%! I'm in the same mode right now but I gotta chill out sometimes - I get these moments of frantic energy where I think "Fuck it, I'm buying them all right now!" but thankfully...don't. Yet. Seriously fighting tooth and nail to keep my shopping habits controlled, though I think something bad is going to happen soon :S

    Anyway! I can't say I'm liking the NARS spring collection, I don't think any of the shades will work for me, or are to my taste. However, I haven't seen swatches so I'll hold my breath for the time being.

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    1. LOL @ "something bad is going to happen soon" !!!!!!!!!

      I was all set to ignore the spring collections but some of them are getting to me now. This neverending tide of NEW PRETTY STUFF. Shiiiiiiiiiit. Well, I'm sure that you'll keep yourself remarkably intact and indulge in a few well-deserved goodies. I have a sort of a resolution to not buy anything without coupons, sales or discounts, but who knows how long that will last.

      As for NARS, I think those shades are made for you but I'll stop here for now, LOL.

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  19. It's only been over the last year or so that I reintroduced blues (and teals) into my eye makeup repertoire. Mostly I'll keep it to a subtle pop with a coloured liner but I've also found that coloured shadow can be daytime appropriate for me as long as I anchor it with a complimentary neutral shade. Go Liz!!!

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    1. Yeah, I doubt that I'll ever go crazy with brights but it's fun to incorporate it into the daily routine in small ways. :D

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