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Monday, January 12, 2015

Earthy Neutrals EOTD with Maybelline

maybelline earthy neutrals

Ah, the neutral... It's a glorious thing, but if we're going to be completely honest, it can get boring. You know it. When you've done the same shades a trillion times (estimate might be a little on the high side) - we all get in shadow ruts, it's okay- it's time to change things up. I was inspired by Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Deep Forest and a few other Maybelline products which lead me to an earthy, green tinged eye of the day that stays in neutral territories, but is far from boring. Read on!

maybelline colour tattoo leather- deep forest (1)

The base of my eye look- both literally and figuratively- comes in the form of Maybelleine Colour Tattoo Leather in Deep Forest. The newest additions to the Colour Tattoo range, the Leathers have a matte finish. I find the Leather formula to be a little drier feeling, with more of a powder finish, which tends to look a bit patchy when swatched, but does perform quite well on the eye and just like all Colour Tattoos has excellent crease free wear. The Deep Forest colour isn't as green as one would expect based on the name, but instead is a khaki-green taupe.

maybelline master kajal- onyx rush(3)
maybelline master kajal- onyx rush(2)

swatches maybelline colour tattoo leather- deep forest and master kajal- onyx rush

A swipe (or two) of black liner is a given with neutrals need a pop, so Maybelline Master Kajal in Onyx Rush is a perfect fit. The kajal formula is richly pigmented and super smooth and easy to apply and blend (or smudge) but also happens to be waterproof. As, such the kajal is perfect for tightlining and the waterline, as you can create a fully opaque line that lasts for the better part of the day. I did find that when I just used it on my tightline I did get a bit of transfer onto my waterline, but not as much as a non-waterproof formula would.

maybelline the falsies big eyes mascara (2)
maybelline the falsies big eyes mascara- upper brush
maybelline the falsies big eyes mascara- lower brush

Of course, no look is complete without mascara, which leads us to Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara. What makes this mascara a little different from the herd, is that it includes a second smaller brush for use on lower lashes. You could call it gimmicky, but I've totally wanted to try the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara but didn't feel spending the money on a separate mascara that I'd end up forgetting to use.

The beauty here is that you get your regular sized brush on one end and an itty-bitty brush on the other. Both brushes are pretty standard, but do a great job distributing product and adding oomph to a lashes. I am quite happy with the amount of length and volume this creates, but it is quite wet when first opened and does tend to apply with that oh-so-appealing splatter action. You know what I mean. Luckily this does 'mature' nicely and doesn't end up all over your freshly applied eyeshadow. That said, the formula is great for lower lashes as it doesn't smear or transfer in the slightest. The only downside I found is that this doesn't hold a curl too well. When applied over curled lashes it just pulls them back down to where they were prior to curling. I suggest trying the waterproof version if you're all about a good curl.

maybelline earthy neutrals
Earthy Neutrals EOTD featuring Maybelline

To bring everything together, as seen above, I used the Colour Tattoo in Deep Forest all over the lid, then used Blackout (from UD Naked 2) through the outer corner and crease. I used Booty Call -also from Naked 2, which has quite a few shades that go well with Deep Forest- in the inner corner and under the brow-bone. I then added MAC Modern Pewter to the middle of the lid for a bit of shimmer. Up next, a thin line of Master Kajal on the upper lash line, followed by the tightline, waterline, and lower lashline, which I then smudged out and topped with a bit more Modern Pewter. I finished everything off with two coats of The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara on upper and lower lashes. 

The end result was a little smokier than I had initially anticipated, but sometimes you just have to go where the shadow takes you. I quite like the touch of green this look has without being so obviously green. Would you wear it? Tried any of these Maybelline products?