Here's a simple look I wore last week to work that centers around a rediscovered item from my stash, Illamasqua's Ore pigment. (Side note: Have you seen the "moving swatches" on Illamasqua's web site? They are so helpful!) I picked this up a couple of years ago but it is still available as part of the Art of Darkness collection. I tend to reach for pressed shadows on a day-to-day basis (purely out of laziness!) and have avoided using this but decided it was high time to give it a go. I'm glad I did because it is a gorgeous shade.
- MAC blush - Launch Away!
- Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer
- Chantecaille lip gloss - Crystalline (sample size)
- Laura Mercier lip stain - Peach Glaze
- Trish McEvoy lip pencil - Bare (discontinued)
- YSL Touche Eclat - #2
- Estee Lauder Double-Wear powder foundation - Desert Beige
- Urban Decay eye pencil - Bourbon
- L'Oreal Lineur Intense - Carbon Black
- Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill mascara
- Illamasqua pigment - Ore
|Laura Mercier's Peach Glaze lip stain|
|MAC's Launch Away! blush (love this color)|
|Illamasqua's Ore pigment|
|Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer|
|Chantecaille Brilliant Lip Gloss - Crystalline|
From left to right: Trish McEvoy Bare, Chantecaille Crystalline, Laura Mercier Peach Glaze, MAC Launch Away!, Urban Decay Bourbon, L'Oreal Carbon Black, Illamasqua Ore, Josie Maran Illuminizer
The sparkle of Ore is stunningly beautiful. This pigment is finely-milled, like fairy dust. I recommend loading your brush with care to minimize product fly-away. For best results apply your favorite base and then get a bit of the pigment on your finger and pat it on your lids and into the crease until you get the desired intensity, then blend lightly upwards with a soft, fluffy blending brush. I used a bit of the Josie Maran Illuminizer as a base for the powder to adhere to. It did well for that purpose and the color stayed put through my 9-hour workday. I think this pigment would look amazing over a dark brown or black base, or smudged-out eye pencil. I only used the Illuminizer since it was handy (I also used it as a cheekbone highlighter).
|Stealth blogging at the office -- not a recommended practice!|
Although Ore is very sparkly and metallic, I do think it can still be appropriate for the workplace. In my case because of my eye shape and as I am getting older and gravity is taking its toll, much of the color in the crease is hidden from view when my eyes are open, so I don't feel as if it is over the top for a conservative environment. On cheeks and lips I stuck to my usual go-to peachy/pink shades.
Have a great week everyone!