Friday, December 4, 2015

6 Transformational Eye Products + 1 Rich Red Lip for Good Measure

Above: All about eyes.
Happy Friday! If eyes are the window to the soul, then keeping them their brightest and most captivating is a worthy pursuit.  Today, I am thrilled to share 6 transformational eye products that feign a rested look while offering a marvelous dash of color, perfect for the sleep-deprived and celebratory day and nights ahead.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...

(1) *Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm: Between a case of jet lag and long, end-of-the-semester teaching days, tired eyes have been the norm lately.  Consequently, I have been on the hunt for a product that can recharge the orbital area, both instantly on the surface and at a deeper, more long-term level as well.

This portable eye balm by Elemis possesses all necessary criteria.  I prefer to apply a bit right after my normal skincare (but before foundation) to hydrate, cool, brighten and tighten and then I toss the little tube in my handbag for when I require a mid-day refresher.  I've been experimenting with this radiant formula it for the past three weeks -- not quite long enough to calibrate the long term effects -- and am impressed with its performance thus far.

Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom

This instantly illuminating and moisturizing eye balm by Elemis brightens and refreshed tired eyes. Skin-soothing chamomile and arnica are blended with birds of paradise flowers and optical blurring powders to help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Omega-rich apricot kernel oil nourishes the delicate eye contour area. The balm's cooling applicator provides targeted application underneath and on top of makeup.
How to use: Apply to the skin just under the eye. The cooling applicator provides targeted application underneath and on top of makeup.
  • 0.3 oz.
  • Suitable for all skin types.
  • By Elemis; made in the UK.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Mica, Coco-Caprylate, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Laureth-7, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Strelitzia Nicolai (Bird of Paradise Flower) Seed Aril Extract, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Benzoic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Alumina, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

(2) *Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit:  Contour does not need to be relegated only to the cheek area; this handy kit features three genius formulas, a smoothing base, a illuminating highlighter and a silky powder contouring shade, for subtle sculpting.  Excellent for a "no makeup makeup" look or as a formidable base layer for the additional color to come, this compact holds the key to orbital optical illusions.

I use my ring finger to sweep the smoothing base over bare lids, add the contour in my crease and blend out for a lovely shadow and finish with some strategically-placed highlighter along my brow bone and in the inner corners of my eyes to brighten everything up while still looking entirely natural.  This trio is invaluable!


Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

Now every angle becomes your best angle.™ This expert all-in-one eye contouring trio contains everything you need to add depth and dimension for bigger, brighter, more defined-looking eyes:

Smoothing Base: Creamy formula preps and primes the lid for flawless, stay-put application.

Highlighter: Brighten shadows and accentuate the features you want with a creme highlighter.

Contour: Sweep on the powder contour to define the eye with multi-dimensional allure. Ideal for wearing alone or under eye makeup.

SEE THE TRANSFORMATION
Look in the mirror. You'll love what you see with New Dimension—a face that looks radiant and more defined from every angle.

Usage:
Step 1
Smooth: From left-hand pan of the Eye Kit, apply Smoothing Base on eyelid and to inner and outer corners of eye. Use fingertips or included brush applicator. (Tip: use one end of applicator for creamy formulas, the other for powder.)

Step 2
Highlight: From center pan, sweep Highlighter along browbone and to inner corner of eye. Use fingertips or same end of applicator.

Step 3
Contour: Flip the applicator and using the fresh brush, apply Contour from right-hand pan along outer third of top lashline. Then sweep in natural crease of eye.

(3)  *Laura Mercier Sleek and Chic Eye Colour Palette: (also available at Neiman Marcus and Space NK): Since receiving this palette last month, I have been finding myself reaching for it more and more.  A lovely balance of warm and neutral shades of varying intensities and finishes, the formula of the powder shadows is finely-milled and remarkably pigmented.  I am especially smitten with African Violet, a shimmering lavender shadow that shifts to a warm, purple-tinged copper in the light.  I also have been putting a marginal dent in the warmer Cedar and Bronze Glow tones and there are enough matte shades -- Ginger, Bamboo, Cashmere, Morning Dew, Stellar, Espresso Bean and Noir -- to please the most discriminating of eye shadow connoisseurs.  

A $95 value, this limited-edition palette retails for a very reasonable $55...it's a marvelous gift to give and get!

Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

Shades include:
- Ginger
- Cashmere
- Bamboo
- Cedar
- Bronze
- Espresso
- Morning Dew
- Sable
- African Violet
- Cherrywood
- Plumifique
- Noir



(4)  Le Metier de Beaute Eye Prisms: I have been using these creamy shadows for the past month and a half and love how translucent, radiant and stalwart they are.  Although there are eight shades, I recommend starting with the soft golden Ultra Suede (perfect as an eye shadow base and highlighter) and the neutral light taupe Neoprene (which is a gorgeous, all over the lid shade).  

The formula glides on and blends easily; once it dries down, it stays in place for the entire day without budging and even though the shades have a satin finish, the shimmer is so finely milled (no fallout) that I daresay even those adverse to such a finish will find these shadows sophisticated rather than glittery.

Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

The perfect compliment to our true color eye shadows, these weightless liquid shadows are indestructable, crease proof and radiant.  The easy to apply, long wearing formula can be used alone or as a base for our true color eye shadows. 



(5)  *Lancome Drama Liqui-Pencils:  The name of these recently-released gems says it all; although this liner looks like a typical pencil, the ultra-smooth gel texture of the formula glides on even the most delicate parts of the eye (here's looking at you, waterline) without any tugging or pulling whatsoever.  It embodies the fluid feel of a liquid with the lasting power of a pencil...magnifique!

Additionally, the intensely-pigmented shades perform like a waterproof liner, masterfully staying in place without smudging or flaking.  I am particularly partial to the neutral light grey Embrase, the rich black Noir Intense and the matte pale violet Baroque, which is much more wearable than one might imagine (see how I chose to style it later on in the post).  

Official details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
An extreme, long-wear, high-intensity color liqui-pencil eyeliner.

What it does:
This eyeliner has the high intensity color of a liquid liner and the ease of application of a pencil. Glide on smooth color while giving eyes maximum color intensity and all-day wear. Featuring a creamy, instantly blendable formula, it sets quickly for 24-hour wear—without budging or fading.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates

What else you need to know:
Create a smoky effect by smudging product immediately. This product is free of fragrance and ophthalmalogist-tested.
 

(6)  *Lancome Sourcils Tint: In this age of "Instagram brows," there may be what feels like a million brow products on the market, causing one to lament, like wise King Solomon, that "there is nothing new under the sun." That being said, this newest brow release from Lancome feels extremely fresh!  

The fine-tipped felt pen yields a long lasting, matte finish (yet translucent) liquid formula that fills in sparse areas and stays in place without fading or rubbing off.  Applied conservatively, and your brows look like the best version of their natural selves; applied with a bit more verve and brows take on a dramatic, yet entirely believable, form that doesn't disappear until you choose to remove it.  

I am duly enchanted with the novel way in which a beautifully polished brow can be achieved with this product (#03 Braun is an excellent match for my neutral ash brown tone) and implore you to give it a spin. 

Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom

Lancôme Sourcil Tint Longwear Eyebrow Pen is a felt-tip pen that delivers the perfect amount of matte-finish product with each swipe, filling in your brows and giving definition where needed.
How to use: Apply one layer for a natural, soft look or layer for a more intense, bold look.

 

Finally, the Gucci Audacious Lipstick in Iconic Red (also available at Neiman Marcus and Gucci.com) seemed the perfect compliment for this eye look, especially in light of the minimal makeup on the face (just a light application of the By Terry Light-Expert Click Pen Foundation #05...reviewed HERE).  Iconic Red is just that...a neutral, classic, timeless carnelian with the quintessential balance of hydration, creaminess and shine.  My lips absolutely love the Gucci lip color formula and this shade should be in every red-lover's lip wardrobe!


Above: The Gucci lip color in Iconic Red applies so beautifully...it's hydrating, smoothing and wears off evenly.
The following images reflect all products in action...
Above: I first applied the Elemis Eye Balm to brighten and hydrate the eye area.  I then followed the three steps for the Estee Lauder Shape + Sculpt for subtle contour.  Next, I blended a touch Le Metier de Beaute Eye Prism in Ultra Suede over my upper eyelid and added a bit of Neoprene at the crease.  I followed with Laura Mercier African Violet and blended outward.  Finally, I applied Lancome Baroque close to my upper lash line and swept a light combination of Lacome Embrase and Noir Extreme along my lower lash line for a multi-dimensional effect. 
   
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this "all about eyes" post and would love to know what eye products you've been enjoying as of late.  Do share!

Good things ahead including a fresh NARS-heavy FOTD, a host of new beauty + skincare procurements and a beauty-laden holiday shopping gift guide.

Have a beautiful weekend..xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

4 comments:

  1. Golden lids and amazing red lippie! Superb.. :-)

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  2. You are always gorgeous, and I think it is difficult, if not impossible, to choose a favorite look! This, though, is just on-another-level stunning!!! Such a perfect red on you, and I love the subtle, yet complex, eye - the combo really makes your eyes sparkle! I just ordered the Gucci Iconic Red. I'm thinking it might be my secret weapon to ward off any cold winter blues! :) Thanks so much for your exceptional posts and terrific recommendations!

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    1. Hi Kristen,

      Thank you, ever so much, for the generous compliment. I am generally so hesitant to wear red in real life but it is so fun to wear on the blog ; ) Thrilled that you ordered Iconic Red...can't wait to hear your thoughts.

      Much appreciation, from my heart, for your support!

      xx and have a lovely Sunday,

      --The Beauty Professor

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