Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column Vol.21: ​​Name 5 powder eyeshadows every eye makeup wearer should own

Question of the week

Name 5 powder eyeshadows every eye makeup wearer should own
BISC Vol.21 Authors

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup

1. Mac Phloof- a perfect beige highlighting shade.
2. Mac Sable- my favorite golden bronze shade that looks great on anyone, even when worn on its own.
3. Mac Soft Taupe- it might be my favorite shade of all times- a gorgeous taupe shade with silver shimmer.
4. Urban Decay Riff- a matte warm brown shade with tiny gold speckles, perfect for blending into the crease.
5. Lorac powder eyeshadows- I don’t own single eyeshadows from them but their Pro palettes have the most buttery and soft texture and are extremely easy to work with.

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

Ahh, I can’t choose five!! But if I haaaad to pick a few products… I’m going to go with the Clarins mineral eyeshadows (I am, to say the least, a little bit obsessed with the quads), the old Make Up For Ever 92, and Inglot 420.

And it’s not an eyeshadow, but also I’m going to take a moment here to talk up the Wet ‘n Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer, which (when paired with silica powder) is the ONLY thing that lets me wear eyeshadows without getting creasing after 4-5 hours! ?

ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca

These are the ones I think any eyeshadow wearer should own. Color selection based on your complexion, obviously:

1. The blending color, close to your skin tone, preferably matte (my choice: Alverde “Vanilla”)
2. The matte crease color, to define and darken (my choice: MAC “Cross-cultural”)
3. The Wash-of-color, to apply all over the lid and be good to go (my choice: MAC “Satin Taupe”)
4. The every-day duo chrome, to look like you have made an effort (my choice: MAC “Club”)
5. The sparkly night out eyeshadow (my choice: MAC “Dark Indulgence”)

But why limit yourself to just five?

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up

– MAC Sumptuous Olive
– MAC Deep Truth
– MAC Embark
– Urban Decay Lounge
– Urban Decay Naked 3

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

Oh this is a hard question! But my recommendations are MAC Knight Divine (gorgeous smokey silvery-gray with a hint of brown, MAC Satin Taupe (the “good for everything” color!), MAC Bamboo (perfect crease color for me; it brightens up my eyelid so well!), Burberry Midnight Brown (rich, saturated brown with a lovely, buttery texture), andUrban Decay Buzz (a pretty, shimmery pink from Naked 3).

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  1. says: Erin

    Sorry I didn’t get around to this one! My eyeshadow collection is paltry. My favorite formulas are:

    1. NARS singles and duos
    2. UD anything
    3. Stila
    4. Chanel Les Ombres
    5. MUFE

    My choices for colors are certainly skewed because I’m the only cool toned person in our collective.

    For Nars: I love Tokyo Duo, Lhasa, Ashes to Ashes, Strada, Daphne, BLKR,Kauai Duo, Melusine Duo, All About Eve Duo, Underworld Duo. I only own a few of these but I’ve has them used on me. The newer formula is ok but it seems to wear off really fast on me even with primer unless I apply wet.

    UD: I really love AC/DC and Mushroom. Mushroom is a very neutral grey that everyone should have.

    Stila: My favorites are Kitten and Cloud. These are my go to washes. Cloud was DC they brought it back though. I have yet to buy it again. I’ve bought countless pans of Kitten. It’s one of the only warm shadows that works on me perfectly every time.

    Chanel: Many Chanel shadows work well for me, regardless of the shade. Only the warmest ones don’t work for me. I love the formulas, sophisticated colors, and depth their products have.

    MUFE: I’m just starting to use these since the reformulation. Depending on the finish, you might have some issues but for the most part, these are great shadows. I really like them for their lighter colors and any of the satin finish shades.

    Honorable mention: Hourglass, Tarte, and Laura Mercier.

  2. says: Kelly

    Great picks everyone! I agree that it depends on skintone, but some that I think should work for most skintones are:
    1. Urban Decay Blackout
    2. MAC Satin Taupe
    3. Stila Kitten (doubles as a highlighter)
    4. MAC Rose Gold (pigment)
    5. ColourPop So Quiche (not technically a powder eyeshadow; it has a spongey texture but dries like a powder eyeshadow)

  3. says: k r i s t e n //

    Yes, Jaa! I second you to the moon on Satin Taupe, Midnight Brown, and Buzz! I haven’t tried the other two but I bet I’d love them! :)

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