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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mark On the Dot Pastels Eye Colour Compact

Every Spring we see the pastel products creep into collections, and while I love pastel nails and pale lips, I tend to avoid pastel eye products. I'm getting the hang of managing blues, but still I'm iffy about pastel blues. Pinks can be tricky to pull off too. I'm not a huge fan of yellow. See where this is going? I can talk myself out of pastels pretty easily, even though they always look so darn appealing.

Keeping all that in mind, I was a bit apprehensive when I opened Mark's On the Dot Pastels palette. At the same time, the pretty dots of pastel, all cute and colourful did look awfully appealing. I braved my 'fears' and boldly entered the candy coloured pastel world. Want to see how I fared? Read on!

I'm a convert!

After taking all the 'shiny, new, untouched by (wo)man' photos (fellow bloggers know what that means) I got busy swatching. Oh my. These shadows have a very interesting texture... they're not quite powder yet not quite creams either. They're a combo of both, yet they're so creamy. Their texture makes them almost impossible to pick up with an eyeshadow brush, so you're best bet is to use a flat, dense brush (like a concealer brush) or your finger. Once you do get into them though, you'll see how dreamy these are!

mark. On the Dot Pastels Eye Colour Compact*- pale purple, minty green and pale yellow (shades 1,2 and 5)

Now, I know the swatches don't look all that impressive (their frosted almost metallic finish makes them difficult to properly photograph) but these are intensely pigmented shadows! The shades cover all your standard pastels- lavender, minty green, pale yellow, peach, and pale pink, but they also include bluey- gunmetal shade that is quite interesting.

I really love how brightening these shadows are. The frost finish isn't too frosty, but it is best to use a matte shadow for contouring or in combination with these as a whole look can be a little bit extreme. I used a bit of black liner to ground the look a bit, but if I were planning on wearing this out, I'd use a bit of a matte purple shade to deepen the crease a bit.

Overall, this is a fun way to inject a bit of pastel into your routine. I like that unlike some of the other pastel offerings I've seen lately, this is much more budget friendly. If you're only going to use something for a season why spend such copious amounts on it? Do you like pastel shades on eyes? Which shades do you gravitate towards?

Available as of March. Orders can be made through Avon Independent Sales Representatives, by calling 1-800-265-AVON or online at

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