Afterglow Cosmetics Organic Infused Eco Eye Shadow is one of the best finds I have come across since starting my personal campaign to go greener in the beauty department. I found out about this brand in a “what’s in my Z-Palette” post on Genuine Glow. If you’re not reading that blog, you should! I’ve been building my own palette, but I am too lazy to do a similar post because I’d have to cover about a dozen shadows at once. Instead, I am taking on the shadows in individual and small groups.
Today we’re talking Afterglow eye shadows in the Feather and Baroque shades. I’ve got a few other Afterglow shadows as well as Jane Iredale, Zuii, and Kjaer Weis. (See a review of Kjaer Weis Onyx here—I like it as a liner). Getting back to today’s shades—these are perfect, subtle colors: Feather is a pale, pearly pink and Baroque is a peachy-yellow-gold. Feather is perfect for inner corner and brow bone highlighting. Baroque is a lovely gold color that can be worn sheer or built up to more of a yellow-gold. I love them best mixed together. (Swatched above from left to right: Feather, Baroque, and a combo of the two we’ll call Faroque). My photo doesn’t do it justice. It is so pretty and it’s the perfect complement to (faux) bronzed summer skin. I like to do a light wash over the entire lid using the Real Techniques Finishing Brush. I then tap a little of the Feather on the inner corner of my eye with my finger. (I know this brush is not really meant for shadow and that you’re all: You know nothing, Glossed in Brooklyn! And you’d pretty much be right when it comes to shadow. I tend to keep it simple and fast and this brush does the trick.) I used this combo shade with liner on the upper lid in brown, navy, plum, and soft black. All of those options look great with it—especially the navy or brown.
We’ve covered the colors and application. What about formula and performance? This stuff is good. Of the brands I own, it is the least powdery and the least dry. I almost want to say it’s creamy, but I don’t want readers to take that literally. It is undoubtedly pressed powder, but one that holds together pretty well. When you tap your brush in it, it doesn’t crumble or send powder flying. It’s well-pigmented, soft, and finely-milled. Think shimmery as opposed to sparkly. (I hate chunks of sparkles in shadows.) They also stay put and don’t crease, even on hot, humid days like we’re having today in NYC. (Keep in mind that I don’t use eye shadow primer.)
Here is what’s in it:
Manihot esculenta (organic tapioca) starch*, zea mays (organic corn) starch*, mica, zinc stearate, ricinus communis (organic castor) seed oil*, vitis vinifera (organic grape) seed oil*, punica granatum (organic pomegranate) seed oil*, euterpe oleracea (organic acai) berry*, lycium chinense (organic goji) berry*, hydrogenated glyceryl abietate, tocopherol (gluten free vitamin E), thymus vulgaris (organic thyme) oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (organic rosemary) oil*; May contain +/-: titanium dioxide (77891), iron oxide (77491, 77492, 77499), chromium oxide green, ultramarines
These cost $21 each. I went with the refills since I am using a palette. Those are $17 each. There are about 20 shades. I just ordered Mingle, a soft teal that should work really when I am channeling mermaids this summer.