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Saturday 29 November 2014

eye up how you dazzle after dark

Party time! Judiciously applied eyeshadow can be the anchor for your festive face. How did these five do?

CLARINS Ombre Minerale 4 Couleurs in Odyssey, €40, HHHHI These are relatively low key, until you add a touch of that glorious gold. You can go from desk to dance floor with this, no problem -- but you will need the gold to perk things up, as the colours tend go a bit bland towards the end of the day.

LUSH Emotional Brilliance Eye Cream in Sophisticated, €17.95, HHHII I do love me some cream eyeshadow -- they blend in so well, and give you the look that you thought you could only achieve with a make-up artist. These new eyeshadows from LUSH give you a good look, but I didn't have much luck using more than one colour at once. If you're after a straightforward look, look no further.

Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry No. 19, €56, HHHII Sparkly! Can't get enough sparkle at this time of year. You can blend this down to a low-key shimmer if you want to wear this during the day, and then top it up for evening wear. The upper left colour is ... unique and I didn't get much use out of it -- and at those prices, you really want to use every bit, don't you?

TRISH McEVOY Beauty Emergency Card for Eyes, €45, HHHHI This has everything you need to give yourself everything from a workday eye to a smokey one, including a brow definer, and all in a teeny, tiny package. It's also a logical-looking palette, because the squares are small; I've never used up eyeshadow and I am a professional eyeshadow wearer! I don't have a retractable eyeshadow applicator, though; this mitigates the effectiveness of the smallness of this.

ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color in Film Noir, €20, HHHHH Speaking of The Smokey Eye: this look has a tough learning curve, with a very fine line between Smokey and Bruisey. If you prefer not to look like you've gone a few rounds with the champ and lost, give this a try. The pigments are rich and have great staying power.

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