Last week, I had the honor of being featured on No More Dirty Looks in the “What’s in my Makeup Bag” feature they do on Mondays. I reviewed what I use on a daily basis and in doing so, I complained about not being able to find a good, clean eyeliner pencil. At the time I wrote the piece, I was using a Tarte dual-ended liner. It was raccoon city, so I gave up and got rid of it. I haven’t pulled the trigger on any replacements yet. The problem is that when you shop for “clean” makeup, you’re going to be doing so on line. If you’re like me, you read reviews and often wind up not buying anything. Why? Because inevitably, someone brings up a deal breaker: it runs, it fades, the pencil is too hard, the pencil is too soft. It just takes one mention to plant the seed of doubt. I know what you’re thinking: she is the freaking Goldilocks of eyeliner. Well, you’re probably right. I like my first-world problems to be as frivolous as possible, thank you very much.
So what am I doing while I wait for the clean eyeliner problem to be worked out by the gods? Well, I ain’t going without eyeliner if that’s what you’re thinking. Mama likes her cat eye/doe eye/winged liner. I have been using Kjaer Weiss Onyx eye shadow. It works well with a wet fine liner brush for a defined look or a dry fluffier liner brush for a softer line. You can even wet the fluffy brush for a soft, darker line. The possibilities! The softer color makes your mascara-ed lashes pop. KW describes Onyx as “a beautiful iridescent slate color, an ‘almost black’ shade, with gorgeous texture, giving beautiful definition to evening make-up. Onyx is great for creating a smoky eye, as the darkest, finishing color. The iridescent sparkling effect of Onyx adds life to black; it is a vibrant shade that is wonderful for all skin tones.” While it does have some sparkle, it is so finely milled so it’s not obvious at all. It is lovely and the photos above don’t do it justice—sorry!
Here’s what is in it:
Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Zinc Stearate. May Contain +/- Mica, Iron oxide (CI 77491), Iron oxide (CI 77492), Iron oxide (CI 77499), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891) Certified Natural by the CCPB, Italy (KW eye shadows contain bamboo which grows in the wild not in a supervised area, therefore not accepted as organic by the CCPB. 70% of the raw materials in this eye shadow are certified ORGANIC which qualifies it as certified NATURAL).
So all good news so far right? And we haven’t even touched on the now famous packaging—it’s even been likened to Cartier packaging. The shadow costs $44 IF you get it in the packaging. I did not. I bought the refill for about half the price and put it in a Z Palette. I think if you get the foundation—and more on that later—you should get the packaging. Since I knew I wanted to build a palette of clean shadows, I decided I could get twice as much by buying refills. So that’s my story. My clean eye shadow palette is coming along. I’ll post about that soon. In the meantime, you can read the blog post (by Lilly of Genuine Glow) that inspired me to start a palette.
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