Elizabeth Arden are really stepping it up in the packaging department. Just take a look at their new gorgeous new Beautiful Colour eye shadows, available in both singles and duos:
The single shadows come with a little sponge applicator and the duo’s have a sponge/brush applicator. The best bit? None of them are the crappy kind that you’d toss after opening; they actually do a very nice job when it comes to swiping and blending.
In regards to the shadow itself, the quality is good in that each one is nicely pigmented and silky to the touch. I’ve been using them for a couple of days now and like that none of them have ‘coated over’; you know, like when a shadow goes hard and shiny on the surface and you have to scratch at it to get some colour going? That’s my pet hate and there’s no danger of that happening here.
Formulation-wise, each shadow is actually ‘good for your skin’ in that it’s a blend of silky silicones, antioxidant collagen-encouraging vitamins C and E and retinyl lineolate. (The latter is a super mild form of wrinkle-busting retinol that won’t irritate your skin.)
If worn on top of foundation or primer, the shadows all show up nicely on skin, don’t crease up and really do stay the day.
Now let’s take a look at the shades shall we? First up, we’ve got the ‘matte’ singles:
These are the shimmery singles:
…plus their swatches (which I stupidly did in a different order to what they are up top):
And over here we’ve got the duos:
Seen any shades you like? You’ll find Arden’s new shadow singles and duos in store now going for R195 and R245 respectively.