While most people would jump up and down upon seeing neutral / brown tone eyeshadow, myself on the other hand is the total opposite. When I first saw a brown eyeshadow palette in my MIVVA box, I didn’t know what to do with it. I am definitely someone who is very much into incorporating blue, green and purple to daily eye makeup. Brown is a no-no color for me. The girls at MIVVA is actually quite thoughtful. They thought I’d love brown (most beauty blogger do) so they purposely put in a brown palette in my box. Who would have thought this auntie is actually quite a colorful person in real eh? 😀
With a wave of the magic wand, I now have a Enuca Eye Essential Quad #Amethyst palette instead of #Sunset! I’ve been using this palette since then for at least 2 days in a week, as an alternative to my one-week-one palette philosophy.
Enuca Eye Essential Quad is housed in a black, plastic casing that is actually quite well made but attract lots of finger prints. I like my cosmetic products to be in superb clean condition and these finger prints is driving me nuts!
Same goes to the outer box. *Phew*
Now. Tell me this absolutely breathtaking eyeshadow quad doesn’t blow your mind. I’ve been seeing a lot of picture of this quad before I get my hands on it. But seeing it in the computer is so different from seeing it from up close. I went gaga over this for a good few seconds before I came to my senses. Even while drafting this blog post I can’t stop staring at the picture 😛
As the name suggest, this palette is a quad so it comes with 4-color shadow. Normally you get 4 eyeshadow but in this Enuca you only get 3 eyeshadow and the 4th one is actually the base. Honestly I would prefer if it’s a highlighter instead, seriously. So I do not need to use a separate highlighter whenever I’m using this palette.
The purple family – light purple and dark purple is shimmering while the peach is more matte. Base on the other hand is matte too.
Side note: Drooling over the eyeshadow.
From the pan itself I can almost imagine how this eyeshadow would be. My first guess is that it’s going to be intense color payoff, smooth & creamy and definitely with fallout.
Side note 2: Still drooling over the eyeshadow.
So how much did I score in the guessing game? I’m quite surprised that my guesses are very much the same with what it would be. Here’s why.
The color payoff is INDEED very intensive. It is so strong that I need not to dip my brushes on the pan too much. Just a light dip will do. Unless I want to look like a crazy woman roaming around Klang Valley lol!
The shadow texture is smooth with creamy satin like finishing. It has this metallic shimmer finishing for light purple and dark purple. The peach one is also shimmering but somehow it’s more matte and powdery. If you are into matte shadow, this is definitely not for you.
Although it is smooth and creamy satin-like, the fallout is absolutely ridiculous. Everytime I use this palette I end up with dirty palette on the inside. The fallout is driving me insane! All the powder migrated over to the base especially which is the lightest color of all.
I can’t get the base. It’s yellow in color. It sure does looked weird to me which is why I don’t use it. I prefer a transparent base 😀
By far this has been one tricky eyeshadow palette I ever own or used although I have been using it for quite some time. Because of the intense color payoff I need to be extra careful and light handed. One wrong move and kaboom. I ended up looking as if I was punched on the eye :D. But, also due to it’s intense color payoff…correcting mistake is a breeze. I stand by one rule and one rule only, which is to blend, blend, blend and blend!
Here is how I usually do my eye makeup using Enuca Eye Essential Quad #Amethyst. Please take note that I am not makeup artist or expert so don’t shoot me if you think your eye do is better than mine. I am merely just sharing how I use the palette okay? :D. Everyone have their own preference and way so there is no right or wrong :). Just do whichever way that you like and suits you!
(1) Apply light purple on the 3/4 of the inner corner of your lid. Bring out some of the color to the tear duct.
(2) Apply dark purple on the remaining 1/4 outer corner of the lid. It does not need to be perfect as you will need to blend the harsh line away later.
(3) Use a blending brush and blend away the harsh line. This eyeshadow is easily blend off so be light handed as well. But if you accidentally blend some color away like I did, fret not. Just add on will do.
(4) Apply peach color on the middle of your lid, exactly on top of the line between light purple and dark purple. This will add some color on the purple so you don’t look too bland.
(5) Apply highlighter below the brow bone.
(6) Apply both purple on the lower lash line, line using your favorite eyeliner, and apply mascara on both top and bottom eyelashes. Then you’re done and ready to go!
Here is the description of the quad on the back of the outer box for your info. I couldn’t capture the ingredient list as it’s soooooo small printed on the side 🙁
And here is the finishing look using Enuca Eye Essential Quad #Amethyst.
Actually purple eyeshadow is nothing to be afraid of. Most people will avoid it whenever they can. I am somehow drawn to colors :). Usually I would prefer a quad palette as I would need 4 colors at one go to complete a look. By right the peach should be applied on the crease but because the color is far too intense and pink I couldn’t do it. Unless I use a very very light hand, which is quite hard for me LOL. Either way it is still a beautiful peach color to have in a quad. My only complain on the palette is the ridiculous fallout and the base. I would prefer if the base is a highlighter instead. Then it’s a perfect quad.
Hope you like this quad and also a simple tutorial on how to use the palette as much as I enjoyed using it. Did anyone scream in horror when you see a peach color in the quad and not knowing what to do with it or how to do use it? Now you know how to fully utilize the palette! 😀
Disclaimer: Product was from MIVVA June 2013 “Colourific” beauty box. This doesn’t affect my judgement in the review in any way.