Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sand & Sea Part III: Colors of the Ocean for Eyes

Matheson Hammock Park & Marina, Miami, Fla.

Today's post highlights marine shades of blue, aqua, seafoam, teal and green. What you see below is basically the extent of the blues in my collection. For a long time I had avoided wearing blue eyeshadow, associating it with the early 80's, the disco era, and even the character "Mimi"  from the old Drew Carey show. But recently I have grown to appreciate a soft, gray-blue accented eye or a pretty, pale periwinkle-blue or even a bit of bright cornflower blue liner. In short, I have learned that blue can be your friend!

Left: MAC Dandizette, Center: Sephora Liner The Deep End, Right: Urban Decay Kiddie Pool

Top: MAC Surf USA, Center: MAC Lucky Green, Right: Shiseido Aqua Shimmer

Flash lighting


Top to bottom: MAC Pearlglide Undercurrent, MAC Eye Kohl Float on By, Nars Palladium

Clockwise: MAC liquid eye liner Signature Blue, Armani Eyes to Kill #10, Benefit Tidal Rave

  1. MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner Signature Blue
  2. Sephora Smoky Cream Liner The Deep End
  3. Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Palladium
  4. MAC Eye Kohl Float on By
  5. MAC Pearlglide Undercurrent
  6. Shiseido Hydro-Powder Eyeshadow Aqua Shimmer
  7. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner Tidal Rave

Chantecaille's La Baleine Bleue palette - love this pair, mom and babe :)


I swatched the top champagne shade, the gunmetal gray from the mom whale, and the pale blue of the surrounding "sea."  There is a bit of shimmer overspray so these shades may differ slightly once that has worn off. I have to say it was hard to touch this one as it is definitely among a handful of items I have that are simply too pretty to use.

Flash lighting

Nars Summer 2011: Cap Ferrat

I almost passed on this trio, thinking it would never work for me, but reconsidered as these colors are so tropical and summery, and also unique to my collection. Look how pretty they are on Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog here. These types of shades look great paired with gold and are also nice layered over a black base for a more dramatic look.

Windsurfer, Matheson Hammock Park & Marina, Miami, Fla.


  1. So very gorgeous. The photos make me miss home, just a little bit. And that whale palette is so unique!

  2. Such beautiful shades! I don't think I have anything like them in my collection as I shy away from these colours as well. I've never thought they would be flattering with my fair skin and blue eyes.

  3. Hi Larie, Thank you! :) Are you from Florida?

    Hi Perilously Pale, I can see a little silvery-grayish-blue looking really great on you! :) I can only wear the brighter & more colorful blues/greens if I keep everything else on the face very neutral

  4. Very pretty! I'm really crushing hard on that Chantecaille palette! Are the shades shimmery under the over-spray? I don't know why I'm asking- I would probably just stare at that and never want to use it! lol

  5. Those are all so pretty and make me want them. Unfortunately, I don't think I can do it unless the blues were heavily greyed. I want to drool over those greens, but green makeup pulls red out of my face. I really want the Chantecaille Baleine, though. I really should grab one before they're gone forever.

    As always, gorgeous, drool-worthy pictures. Every time you snap the shutter, a lemming gets its wings.

  6. Hi Makeup Merriment, Thanks! Yes they are shimmery but not overly so. I haven't used this palette aside for swatching for these photos, but Karlasugar has better swatches. This palette first came out in a 2009 collection, but is still available. I think it is a bit overpriced though. :)

    Hi Zuzu's Petals, Thanks! :) Yes, greens and blues aren't the easiest colors to wear but like you said the heavily greyed blues can be much easier to pull off on most skin tones. I love Chantecaille's palettes & really would like the Baleine highlighter/blush palette as well but probably won't splurge for that one.

  7. These swatches are very pretty to look at. Blue is my favorite color, yet I don't have/wear blue eye makeup at all. I'm more of a neutral gal when it comes to makeup. I'm not ready to go all colorful yet. But maybe someday, I'll give blue eyeliner a try.

    The Chantecaille La Baleine Bleue palette, that's an eye shadow palette? Looks too pretty to be one. I wouldn't able to bring myself to use it.

  8. Hi Paige, Thanks :) A little liner is definitely the easiest way to try out blues or greens. Lately, I've been trying out a little shimmery pale gray-blue when I'm wearing gray. Yep, the La Baleine is an eye shadow palette - It is too pretty to use. I almost couldn't swatch it!

  9. I have that chantecaille palette and it is gorgeous. I always get compliments when I wear it :)

  10. Hi luv2smilexo, It's like a work of art! I have had it for a while and this was the first time I swatched it - now, to try it on my eyes! :)

  11. This is such an amazing series! So thoughtful! Loved it.

  12. Hi Mercedes, Thanks for stopping by and thanks also for the sweet compliment! :)


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